2nd XI match reports – July 2022

Shipbourne 2nd XI

2nd July 2022

Firstly, Speldhurst hosted Shipbourne at the Rec in a team missing their regular captain but featuring a host of heroes to eventually bring home 20 deserved points. Bowling first, stand-in skip J Flem (1-31) nipped out their opener early and Siraj Deane (1-35) showed his class and quality with nine tight overs going for just 35 runs. However, the plaudits were stolen by M Flem, spinning and twirling his way to 6-25 (his first over went for 11) including the key wicket of their gun batsman 150 short of the 200 he looked like getting to begin with. Mark was ably supported throughout by Jamie White with the gloves, seven excellent overs from Omar Farid (1-29), Calypso (1-4), and Jimmy Thompson.

With just 143 to win, the chase was conducted with relative ease. Better than a run-a-ball contributions from White and J Flem vital, but Calypso shone with a dazzling 62. Punching on the up through extra cover and, his highlight, a flat maximum flicked off his toes into a tree. 20 points secure with 15 overs left.

Scorecard: https://speldhurst.play-cricket.com/website/results/4995409

Southborough 2nd XI

9th July 2022

Secondly, came Southborough. Following a close loss at the start of the season, this was due to be a good game. Unfortunately, a lack of depth in numbers was ultimately our undoing. Inserted into the middle on a hot day, Speldhurst got the ball rolling…. slowly, despite the lightning outfield. Southborough kept their bowling tight enough, and regular wickets meant the rate of scoring was circumspect. Iqbal and Nash both departed early for mistimed attacking shots, captain Harrison was made to look a little daft by medium pace, and in-form Calypso, fresh from shadow batting his six from the previous week, beaten by a straight-ish LBW. Joe The Oak and Ed The Head took the attack back to Southborough after drinks, the former with a swashbuckling 30, and the latter with an excellent, patient 70. Some silly running from Paul Eames eventually got us to 174.

It was a total fairly short of par on a good pitch and rapid outfield, and the Southborough openers showed us how to do it. An opening stand of 165 quickly beat any enthusiasm out of an under-strength bowling attack. Adam Nash (0-40) opened excellently with his newly-remodelled medium pace and Sean Carroll (1-52) impressed (again), taking our only wicket in seven probing overs of nippy medium pace. A heavy loss, but onwards and upwards.

Scorecard: https://speldhurst.play-cricket.com/website/results/4995412