Beddington v. Chipstead & Coulsdon on Saturday 6th May 2017

Chipstead:   219-8 (50 Overs)

Beddington:   149 (37.4 Overs)

Chipstead & Coulsdon won by 70 runs

In their opening game of this year’s Surrey Championship, Beddington conspired twice to grab defeat from the jaws of victory and in the end succeeded admirably.

Having won the toss and inserted their opponents, Beddington struck early when Ryan Cummins had Woods caught behind for nought. Woolley and Oberoi progressed well for a short while until Dan Lewis cleaned up Oberoi for just 10. There followed a good stand between the adventurous Woolley and the obdurate Dombrandt. This ended with the score on 106 when Cummins held on to a miraculous catch on the long-on boundary to get rid of Woolley for 65. But 106-3 became 148-7 and at this stage C & C were very much on the rack. However, some very indifferent bowling and fielding in conjunction with a hard-hitting 46 from Leigh Padfield, allowed their opponents to reach a barely respectable 219. It also seemed strange that Dan Lewis, deemed by some to have been Beddington’s best bowler on the day, bowled only 6 of his 10 allotted overs.

Bedddington started shakily losing Fawad Ahmad for 4, Dave White for 2 and overseas player Kyle Moolman for a duck leaving them on 32-3. Simon Lewis and Tom Bevan seemed to be coasting with Lewis in particular timing the ball beautifully. But with the score on 76, Lewis seemed unlucky to be adjudged LBW for 43 and from there we saw a repeat run of the sort of collapse we had seen in the previous two seasons in the higher division. In less than 20 minutes, Beddington went from 76-3 to 101-6 with Lewis, Bevan(23) and Lester(11) all back in the hutch. Ryan Cummins(28), coming in too late one feels at No.8, did his best to rescue an impossible situation but the rest of the tail was unable to even wag and Beddington were bowled out for a pretty abject 149 in just 37.4 overs. The skipper is hoping for a top four finish this season. With more dedication and commitment, it might be even better than that.

There follow 3 away matches for the 1st X1 starting next week at Farnham.