ICKLESHAM CASUALS v ICKLESHAM CRICKET CLUB
Icklesham Recreation Ground - Sunday 29th May 2011
Icklesham Cricket Club 230 for 9 dec. Icklesham Casuals 125 all out
After the unexpected victory for the football club of the previous year, normal service was resumed in the annual cricket match against Icklesham Cricket Club at the end of May. The weather was not as kind as in the past with overcast conditions and a very strong wind blowing but the rain stayed away therefore depriving the footballers of their main weapon in avoiding defeat.
The Casuals team included Bill Beaumont and Martin Tytherleigh who had warmed up for the game by competing in the Bexhill Triathlon only a few hours earlier in the day.
As the 2 p.m. start approached, the football club had only 8 men - Martin Tytherleigh, probably needing an extra half-hour rest after the triathlon (not sure why as a large part of the event merely involves sitting on a bike for 20km), claimed he thought the game began at 2.30. Unfortunately, he had also informed Stuart Pearson and Steve Tytherleigh of the same start time. It was
the cricket club who once again batted first and with Stuart and Steve having arrived, the footballers took the field with 10 players with Martin joining them an over later.
Adam Stunt and Ben Croucher gave the cricketers a solid start against the opening attack of Aaron Leech and Ollie Beaumont. Adam went on to make 21 with Ben contributing 11 before the Casuals struck back with four quick wickets. Hard hitting knocks from Dean Earl (56), Sean Baker (28) and Kevin Earl (25) took the cricket club to 172-9, a fairly respectable effort in the footballers eyes until a rapid last wicket stand of over fifty between the experienced pair of Wayne Carter (28 not out) and Stuart Baker (34 not out) took the game away from the football club with the cricketers declaring at tea on 230 for 9.
There was the very welcoming sight of drinks being brought out mid-way through the innings and it is at this point that the football club would like to apologise for and distance itself from Martin Tytherleigh’s complaint about the lack of biscuits!
The fielding was a mixture of the good, the bad and the ugly. Some decent catches taken, four of these by Bill Beaumont behind the stumps, several chances going down and a few misfields creeping in notably one by Neil Hastings who, clearly believing himself still to be playing in goal, let a ball go through his legs to the boundary!
The wickets were shared out amongst the bowlers with Nigel Sellman taking 3-42, Keith Swallow 2-12, Joe Beardsley 2-37, David Mayne 1-9 and Neil Hastings 1-24. Despite not taking a wicket, Stuart Pearson impressed with the ball in his first ever proper game of cricket.
In reply the footballers got off to a reasonable start reaching nearly fifty for the loss of only one wicket thanks to excellent knocks from opener Steve Tytherleigh (25) and Keith Swallow (23) with David Mayne chipping in with 12, but wickets then fell at regular intervals with only last man Martin Tytherleigh (12 not out) reaching double figures. Martin responded to the barrage of sixes in the cricket club innings with one of his own - not quite a superbly struck drive or pull over the ropes, but a risky two to mid-wicket followed by four overthrows.
Nigel Sellman was a very good captain but may need a quiet word in his ear after coming in at number ten and irresponsibly charging down the wicket second ball to Sean Baker and being bowled when victory was still a distinct possibility (well maybe not).
For the cricketers, Sean Baker finished with figures of 4-6, Tony Corke took 4-24, Stuart Baker 1-1 after capturing the final wicket of Aaron Leech and Kevin Earl 1-13.
The Casuals star man was all-rounder Keith Swallow, who in addition to his runs and wickets took a magnificent diving catch on the boundary. Keith’s performance was even more remarkable as, during the course of the fielding display, he managed to injure almost every part of his anatomy, apart obviously from his beer-drinking arm. At one point Keith pulled a muscle in his neck watching another six sail over his head into the field behind the far goal then tweaked a hamstring climbing over the stile to retrieve the ball. Still Keith can console himself in having such a set of understanding and sympathetic team mates (particularly Bill).
The Casuals team was - Nigel Sellman (captain), David Mayne, Steve Tytherleigh, Keith Swallow, Stuart Pearson, Ollie Beaumont, Joe Beardsley, Neil Hastings, Bill Beaumont, Aaron Leech and Martin Tytherleigh.
The football club would like to thank the cricket club for another really enjoyable afternoon and Mags and her helpers for the lovely tea. Thanks also to Keith for organising the team, Nigel for captaining the side and to everyone who took part.