Away Match at Sedlescombe
Sunday 27th August 2006
SEDLESCOMBE 139-7 : ETCHINGHAM & FONTRIDGE 142-5
ETCHINGHAM WIN FIRST MATCH FOR 67 YEARS.
It was at least 67 years since their last victory, so Etchingham & Fontridge Cricket Club certainly savoured the moment when the winning runs finally came at Sedlescombe last Sunday. With their best bowling and fielding effort so far this season, and cheered on by a host of supporters the season long work in the nets finally paid off.
The foundation was laid with some tight bowling initially from Dan Bryant and Nathan Hull, before the suppoting efforts of Everest, Neve, Studholme and Kneller helped limit Sedlescombe to 139.
Their hosts knew that this was going to be a low scoring game due to the damp wicket, and after losing a couple of early wickets B.Clark (33) and M.Woodham (27) were just getting into their stride before the partnership was broken with the score on 74. P.Loather (25 not out) helped the score along, but Etchingham's bowlers had managed to restrict Sedlescombe to little more than 3 runs an over. With Keith Boylett his usual livewire self in the field, and Matt Degenkolb working hard , this was certainly a team effort from the visitors.
Openers Chris Bradley and Hull took the sting out of the early bowling attack, before Hull was bowled by Shaw (3-19). Bradley (29), was then joined by Dan "the man" Bryant who took a little while to find his rhythm before blasting five sixes and eight fours on his way to 68. Steve Tooke (20 not out) then guided his side to within sight of victory. When he was joined by Jason French at the crease, with the steely determination of a man on a mission, the result was never in doubt. The winning runs came in the form of four byes, accompanied by a very loud cheer from the Etchingham support
This was a memorable day for the villagers and a big thank you was due to Sedlescombe for being fine hosts and ensuring that the pitch was in a playable condition.