Cricket. Sunshine. Oil (linseed/tanning)

Borderers 1st XI started their 2016 campaign away at Pevensey following (and affected by) a long-awaited yet successful “End of season” dinner the evening prior.

1st XI vs Pevensey CC - Saturday 7th May

Captain Benjamin Edwards won the toss and decided to bowl.

The new nut was handed to Callum Wood (9-2-39-0) who, despite some perfectly adequate bowling, was unable to disturb a mature Pevensey line-up. It was therefore down to Australian debutant Daniel Heuston (12-1-52-3) to make an impact on the game. Sauntering up to the wicket he made the early breakthrough, putting the Borderers men on top. However, the men from Pevensey wriggled free during some tight opening bowling and put their club in the ascendency with notable contributions from Kurt Leuthart (55) and Gavin Hornby (62). With runs on the board and wickets in hand, Pevensey were certainly in the driving seat (summed up by an unfortunate 5 overthrows from Robert Teague. A bullet arm but this time a stray bullet).

Cue Joshua Moor (8-0-39-2). He managed to remove the threatening Leuthart and give Borderers fresh impetus. Together with lightly seasoned Nicholas Edwards (15-4-75-2) they began taking wickets again although Pevensey continued steadily to a score of 233-7 dec. from 47 overs. Fun fact: Pitches in Australia are 1 inch shorter than in England. A fact Heuston was unaware of during his spell that included multiple “NO BALL” deliveries (two of which would have taken wickets).

Patrick Anderson (6) along with veteran Nicholas Edwards (12) started the reply. Both men were unfortunately removed early. This did however bring to the crease the potentially threatening duo of Heuston (75) and Wood (5). Wood looked to get on the front foot but was caught ceaply.  Not looking good for Borderers now 4 wickets down with only a handful of runs. Enter captain Benjamin Edwards (45), who along with a magnificent innings from Heuston, began to put the pressure onto a Pevensey side that had looked like they would be cruising to an early dinner. Years of repetitive training ensured a strong bottom hand was able to find the boundary with ease. The dream chase looked on as Borderers moved to within 100 runs of victory with these two power houses of East Sussex Cricket League Division 3 cricket still at the crease.

Much to the dismay of the team these two were removed by Graeme Corbishley (10-2-28-5) and Robert Adams (14-1-65-4) respectively and with only minor contributions from the tail end, Borderers finished 179 ao.

Borderers picked up a decent 13 points and a Kiwi looking for the night life in Tunbridge Wells, so in the end I think we can all agree that cricket is the winner here.