Beddington Cricket Club lose to Guildford by seven wickets

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Guildford v. Beddington on Saturday 25th June 216.
Beddington 117 (44 0vers)
Guildford   118-3 (Edwards 51 not out, 26.4 overs)
Guildford won by 7 wickets.

There was a certain amount of “déjà vu” about Beddington’s performance in this game. Without their captain, Simon Lewis, injured fielding last week, the batting looked perhaps a little bit frail. Lewis is likely to be out for the rest of the season. However, next week they are optimistic about the return of Fawad Bajwa who has not been able to play yet due to work commitments.

Beddington lost the toss and were asked to bat first on a fairly green wicket. Sam Owen and Anthony Down started slowly and with the score on 17 Owen was bowled by Teale playing exactly the same loose shot that he had played last week. Arun Butler was again promoted to No.3 but he was unable to repeat his long stay of last week and he soon fell LBW to Odell. Tom Bevan joined Down and he sought to attack from the off.

However, on 47, Beddington lost Down, bowled by Odell and then two balls later Moolman was caught, yet again off Odell. So with the score on 47-4, everything was starting to look somewhat precarious for Beddington. But the aggressive Bevan and the obdurate Tommy Roy had other ideas and they took the score 93-4 when heavy rain took the players off for a five minutes early lunch.

Because play was unable to resume until 4.00 p.m. the game was reduced 88 overs. This meant that Beddington had only 22 overs left in which to muster up a challenging total for Guildford to chase. They started slowly and disaster struck when Bevan was run out in a mix-up with Tommy Roy. From here the innings went from bad to worse. Their innings lasted for only 16 of the 22 available overs and only 24 runs had been added, leaving Guildford a very meagre total of 118 in 44 overs to win the game.

Guildford started carefully with both Cummins and Bevan beating the bat on a number of occasions. Quick wickets were needed if Beddington were to make telling inroads into the Guildford batting. Patience told in the end when Cunningham was well caught in the slips off Bevan. Lowe and Erasmus continued cautiously but in his eighth over Cummins was rewarded when he had Erasmus LBW. With the score on 41-2, there was just a glimmer of hope for the away side.

But the arrival of Lincoln Edwards, who had scored a century in the game earlier this season, changed everything rapidly. He and Lowe took the score to 94 before Lowe was caught on the mid-wicket boundary off Arun Butler’s first ball. But Edwards was in no mood to hang about and he raced to his 50 in 39 balls to see Guildford comfortably home.

Beddington Results:

Beddington 2nd X1 140 for 9    Old Whitgiftians 157 all Out    Beddington Winning Draw
Beddington 3rd X1 172 for 7    Woking & Horsell 194 All Out    Woking & Horsell Winning Draw
Beddington 4th X1 167 for 6 (A Carroll 59)    Weybridge 4th X1 68 for 8 Beddington Winning Draw
Beddington 5th X1 119 all Out    Battersea Ironsides 4th X1 120 for 3
Battersea Ironsides won by 7 wickets
Beddington U11 119 for 5    Old Rutlishians U11 90 for 8 Beddington won by 47 runs
Beddington U13 83 for 8    Trinity Mid Whitgiftians U13 82 for 9 Beddington won by 2 wickets

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