Dropped catch allows Weybridge batsman to make a century

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Weybridge v. Beddington on Saturday 16th July 2016.
Weybridge: 309-6 dec 58 overs (Erwee 146)
Beddington 159 all 48.3 overs (Moolman 63, Vainker 6-53)

Toss won by Beddington

At last the weather was set fair and were able to get off to a prompt start. It was mentioned in an earlier report that when you come up against a class batsman, life is certain to be difficult. All the more reason to emphasise that if a chance does come your way it is essential to grab it thankfully.

Today Sarel Erwee was dropped in the slips while still in single figures and as the summary above shows, he went on to make 146. I am not for one moment suggesting that had the catch been taken, Beddington would have won the match but they would probably have given themselves far more of a chance. Erwee plays Divisional 1st class cricket in South Africa and his class showed today as he stroked the ball all around the field. He and Harry Cripps put on 109 for the first wicket before Cripps was bowled by Dan Lewis and with only one run added Moolman had Tom Winslade caught for nought.

But that was to be the end of any Beddington success for a while as Erwee and Ollie Mills piled on a partnership of 130 in 19 0vers. Mills was bowled by Dan Lewis and soon after, Erwee gave Butler his wicket for the second time in two years but the damaged had been done. Weybridge batted on for a further 10 overs and eventually declared with a score of 309 -6.

Dave White and Anthony Down started the Beddington reply cautiously. The Beddington batting has been somewhat more than suspect in recent weeks and it was good to see two guys battling it out with the Weybridge seamers. The usual saying is “one brings two” but in Beddington’s case of late this does not seem to be quite right. For in the space of just eleven balls, Down was caught in the slips, Butler too was caught and White missed a straight full-toss and was LBW.

So 53-0 became 54-3. This scenario has been all too frequent with Beddington’s brittle batting. Tom Bevan hit three nice boundaries before popping a return catch to Vainker Meanwhile Kyle Moolman, short of runs lately, was putting together a steely type of innings. But slowly but surely he was running out of partners with Graham Lester and Sam Owen lasting 10 balls between them.

Seb Chmielinski showed some resistance and ran well between the wickets with Moolman as the latter reached his half-century. These two put on 30 before Chmielinski was caught at deepish mid-off and the writing was on the wall. Moolman was the last man out for 63 and the victory belonged to Weybridge.

Beddington Results:

Beddington Lions U19 160- 4 (20) (Jack Ballard 48) v Old Whitgiftians U19 89 – 7 (20) – Beddington won by 71 runs- Beddington won by 69 runs
Beddington 2nd X1 218 – 6 dec (M Nadarajah 59) v Trinity Med Whitgiftian 155 – 9 – Winning draw to Beddington
Beddington 3rd X1 215 – 5 dec (T Maslona 67, I Walters 70) v Hampton Wick 3rd X1 146 all out – Beddington won by 69 runs
Beddington 4th X1 165 for 9 v Oxted & Limpsfield 4th X1     213 – 5 Winning draw to Oxted & Limpsfield
Beddington 5th X1 141 all out v Merstham 4th X1 108 – 9 Beddington won by 33 runs
Beddington U11 180 for 5 v Wimbledon U11 109 for 9 – Beddington won by 96 runs
Beddington U13 108 all out v Spencer U13 109 -2 – Spencer won by 8 wickets


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