Sutton v. Beddington at Sutton on Saturday 27th May 2017

Beddington 198-6 (Lester 68*, Down 44) 50 0vers

Sutton          200-7 (Edmeades 69, Seadon 45*, Outram 44) 43 overs

Sutton won by 3 wickets.

In this, the last of the limited overs games for the time being, Beddington won the toss and elected to bat. Fawad Bajwa(24) started well but with the score on 31 he flicked at a straight ball and was bowled. From thereon in, wickets fell at regular intervals and a reasonable start turned in to a bit of a nightmare for Beddington. Wickets fell to a succession of poor shots and the run out of Moolman did nothing to lessen Beddington’s misery. At 62-5 they were in all manner of trouble. Slowly but surely though, Antony Down and Graham Lester started to repair the damage. Lester, naturally the more attacking of the two, hit boundaries all around the wicket whilst Down chipped in with the odd one here and there, including a fine slog-sweep. These two put on 112 before Down was out with the score on a far more respectable 174. Ryan Cummins and Lester (68*) added 24 more before their innings closed.

Beddington needed to get into the Sutton batting early if they were to have any chance. This they did. Luke Smith was caught behind off Gondal and Ryan Cummins had Freddy Boys and Harry Allan both well caught in the slips by Lester who was having a field-day. At 29-3, Beddington were very much in the game. Grant Edmeades, Sutton’s overseas player, was then joined by the well-seasoned Gary Outram and these two took the score to 121 before Outram (44) was out LBW to what seemed like a very strange decision. The umpire’s finger went up and down several times and eventually came to a stop in the “up” position and Outram had to depart. In the meantime, Beddington’s cause had not been helped when Tom Bevan pulled up half way through his first over and was unable to bowl. Kyle Moolman managed to dismiss a couple more and Cummins removed the dangerous-looking Edmeades (69). But, Cummins apart, the Beddington bowling attack was more like cannon-fodder today with far too many long-hops and full-tosses offered up to batsmen far too good not to take advantage. Daniel Edwards hit a somewhat unorthodox 45 and a glimmering hope turned into a dampening squib and Sutton stuttered home by 3 wickets.

Next week, after 3 consecutive away games, Beddington are back in the park to play the Old Whitgiftians in the first of this season’s time-games. The non-availability of the top players (those more cynical may call it a lack of commitment) has been a concern and from now on, if Beddington are to recover from this very poor start to the season, it will take everybody being available every week.