Walton v. Beddington on Saturday 10th June 2017

Walton                 235 (Cummins 7-66) 65 overs

Beddington        147 (Moolman 77) 56.1 overs

Walton won by 88 runs.

After this most dismal performance, Beddington now find themselves rock-bottom of the Surrey Championship Division One. With top order players again conspicuous by their absence, they are beginning to dig a huge hole for themselves.

Walton elected to bat first and were very quickly in trouble at 17-3 thanks to a fine opening spell by Ryan Cummins who took all three wickets.  However, Cummins had little support at the other end. Hamid Gondal seldom attacked the stumps and the two spinners were far too erratic to trouble the Walton batsmen. Dropped catches and some poor ground fielding also made a contribution. The only other penetrative bowler was Seb Chmielinski whose 2-37 probably did not do him justice.

Chasing a modest total of 236 to win, Beddington got off to what has become a customary poor start. Dave White (0), Sam Owen (0) and Fawad Bajwa (12) were all back in the pavilion with only 30 on the board. Kyle Moolman and Ryan Cummins did their best to put things in order but the very untimely run out of Cummins (15) just before lunch was to be almost the final nail in Beddington’s coffin. Kyle Moolman (77) play some “Rootlike” shots through the covers but his efforts were never likely to be enough. Nobody else got into double figures.

Beddington know that they are a far better side than their position shows. It can only be hoped, with regular availability from all from now on and with three home matches coming up, that they will start to move quickly up the table. Next week they entertain Camberley.