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Lindfield Cricket Club Sunday XI v Harry Baldwin Occasionals match report, 2015 season

It was somewhere between warm and hot (I dunno, ask the BBC) for the clash between Lindfield Cricket Club Sunday XI and the Harry Baldwin Occasionals at the weekend. The previous day Lindfield’s First XI did battle with Worthing Cricket Club and between them amassed 507 runs. The pitch was firm and looked likely to be favourable to the batsmen.

Never drinking again

We won the toss and did bat. I was sent in to open with Kevin and a century partnership was but a hairs breadth away until I was the first to depart to the first ball after (soft) drinks. A change of bowler (ex-Lindfield player Pat McGahan) and a lapse of concentration (not my first) meant I scooped up a dolly to Pat for the easiest caught-and-bowled chance imaginable. If it hadn’t have been my wicket I’m sure I’d have seen the funny side too.

Jake came in next and played breezily. He reached 37 in next to no time, with flamboyant shots including a six which took out a couple of tiles on the pavilion and possibly some guttering. One of their fielders, let’s call him ***insert name here*** almost came a cropper attempting to chase a ball down to the boundary by the pavilion, completely unaware he was heading at break neck speed towards a knee high brick wall. He clattered into it and I fully expected first aid would be required and yet he brushed himself down and got on with the game. Miraculous.

No let up

150 were on the board by the time Jake was given out lbw attempting a reverse and Chris on debut was unlucky to fall cheaply shortly after. This brought Will to the crease, who put on another 60 with Kevin to leave the opposition with 230 to chase down from 40 overs.

Tea was taken. The upside down apple cake deserves a mention.

And so to the response. Needing close to six an over was going to be an achievement but after an early breakthrough, their wicket-keeping captain, it became quite clear that the Harry’s weren’t going to play out for a draw. Nunn (sorry I only have surnames to go on) and Roger (he was at the crease long enough for me to hear it and remember his!) steadied the ship before the opener became the second to depart proceedings lbw. This brought Mr Strange to the crease, whose partnership with Roger was worth 141. Despite this the run rate was still up there but the game had turned from one we might win into one we could now lose.

Turn and burn

Peter did for both of them in the end, on consecutive balls no less, which left Pat to fend off the hat-trick ball after much baiting from his old teammates. Survive it he did (excuse my Yoda) and with young Tanvir he brought them within 16 of the target before being smartly run-out by Tony. This was nail-biting stuff by now. I’m not sure how many were required off the last over (is being in the deep a valid excuse for not remembering something that happened yesterday?), but it did go down to the last ball, with three required. They nearly got it to the boundary but had to settle for two which left the scores tied and a draw just about the right result from where I was standing.

Hugely entertaining, friendly cricket of the best variety.

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Nathan Davidson, Lindfield Cricket Club Sunday XI, 07/06/15

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Lindfield Cricket Club Sunday XI v Ifield Cricket Club Friendly XI match report, 2015 season

Ifield Cricket Club brought a young side to Lindfield common three weeks ago. I drafted this post after the game and am publishing it now, such is life at the moment. We were to field first and enjoyed a couple of early breakthroughs. One opener defended a straight ball, only to see the ball bounce back onto his stumps. The next departed after a smart piece of work behind the stumps from Kevin, both to the bowling of Rupert.
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Lindfield Cricket Club v Ashdown Forest Cricket Club 27 July 2014 Midwicket Boundary

Lindfield Cricket Club Sunday XI v Ashdown Forest CC Friendly XI match report, 2014 season

All bar one of the Lindfield Cricket Club Sunday XI arrived at the ground nestled deep in Ashdown Forest with time to spare to get a feel for the conditions, study the pitch, clear their heads etc. Andrew sadly took a detour via Forest Row after a breakdown in comms. By the time we were a full complement he hadn’t missed much, and as it turned out neither had Ashdown Forest’s openers who latched onto anything short and wide. Despite the best efforts of Tim and I, 30 runs had been posted before the first breakthrough, a smartly taken catch at mid-off off the bowling of Mr Richardson by Sunday XI debutant Henry.
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Lindfield Cricket Club v Rottingdean Cricket Club 20 July 2014

Lindfield Cricket Club Sunday XI v Rottingdean CC Sunday 2nd XI match report, 2014 season

When I returned to Lindfield Cricket Club’s Sunday XI a fortnight ago it had been 10 months since I’d last played. Leisure time had become something of distant memory since my son was born in November last year, so it was great to be back. I didn’t have time to report on that game (or the inclination because we lost!), but thought it would be good to get the blog going again, so here goes. Apologies in advance if my reportage is a little rusty!

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Lindfield Cricket Club Sunday XI v Burgess Hill CC Sunday Select match report, 2013 season

I’m writing this match report in haste, so it may be a little patchy on the detail. I thought it would be important to make that clear from the outset. This was also not our finest hour so I don’t really want to dwell too much on this one.

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