Rain delays start and shortens Beddington match against Ashtead

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Beddington v. Ashtead on Saturday 18th June 2016
Ashtead 183 (G. Harper 50 J. Rogerson 4-17)
Beddington 71 (M. Friedlander 5-30)
Ashtead won by 112 runs

Because of overnight rain, the start of the game was delayed by 45 minutes and the number of overs was reduced from 120 to 107 with a split of 59-48.

Having been asked to bat first, Ashtead made a good start against the pace attack of Ryan Cummins and Tom Bevan. They were helped a little by a couple of difficult catches being spilled including one which caused Beddington’s skipper, Simon Lewis, to have to leave the field for most of the rest of the match. Danny Miller hit a lusty 37 before vice-captain Tom Bevan turned to spin and found immediate success. First Arun Butler removed Miller in his first over and then, also in his first over Jack Rogerson had Sanderson caught behind by Dave White. So 56-0 became 56-2. Friedlander and Harper took the score to 82 when, in the last over before lunch, Tom Bevan had Friedlander caught behind by White.

After lunch Ashtead continued to bat fairly aggressively and after the quick dismissal of Harrison, bowled by Bevan, Harper and Young enjoyed a partnership of 58 before Young was bowled by Dan Lewis for 43. Homes and Harper took the score to 181 before Homes was out, soon followed by Harper. This just left the tail which was suitably mopped up firstly by Rogerson and then by Cummins with two wickets apiece.

Beddington, chasing 202 to win, got off to an inauspicious start when Sam Owen, in the first over, played over and across a straight ball from Thomas and was LBW. In the absence of Simon Lewis, Arun Butler was promoted right up the order to No.3. He and Anthony Down took the score to 43 before Down was LBW to the left-arm spin of T. Homes for 17.

Thereafter disaster struck for Beddington. First of all, Bevan was caught behind off Friedlander. This was the first of five wickets taken by Friedlander, including a hatrick which reduced Beddington to 56-6. From there, there was no escape for Beddington. Arun Butler batted for 28 overs for his 26 runs but showed that a bit of hard graft was not impossible. There is no more to be said about this poor batting performance except that it will be better next week when Beddington travel to Guildford where, last year, they fell just a few runs short.

Beddington Results:

Beddington 2nd X1 208 for 3 (D Baker 50 not out)    Bank of England 2nd X1 205 for 9 Dec
Beddington won by 7 wickets

Beddington 4th X1 115 for 6        Ashtead 4th X1 173 for 8 Dec
Wining Draw to Ashtead

Beddington 5th X1 174 All Out        Oxted &Limpsfield 4th X1 176 for 7
Oxted and Limpsfield won by 3 wickets

Beddington U11 112 for 5    Wimbledon U11 97 for 8
Beddington won by 33 runs

Beddington U13 55 All Out    Old Whitgiftian’s U13 58 for 6
Old Whitgiftians won by 4 wickets

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