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Epping Cricket Club Sunday XI v Nazeing Common CC on Sun 03 May 2015 at 2.00pm
Epping Cricket Club Won by 18 Runs

Match report We welcomed our long-standing friends and local rivals, Nazeing Common Cricket Club to Lower Bury Lane to compete in the inaugural match for the Beaumont Trophy. Bill Beaumont, newly (self appointed) cricket correspondent for Epping CC takes up the story - This first match was 40 overs in order to secure a winner although matches in future years will revert to the usual format of a timed game.

The weather threatened to spoil proceedings but the match got underway after Nazeing skipper Chris Chew won the toss and confirmed to Jack Archer (captain for the day for Epping) that he was putting Epping into bat.

It was initially a slow start for Epping with Nitish being bowled by Paul Elby without scoring by one that straightened off a good length.

Salim soon got into his stride and took the attack to the opposition bowlers with some fine stroke play. Forming a good partnership with Stan Eaton, Salim brought up his half century in the 18th over with a pull to mid-wicket. Shortly after, he fell to a catch in the covers off a top edge off the bowling of Tom Burns (ed - beaten by the speed) for a score of 60.

Matt Wilson joined Stan at the crease and scored a classy quick-fire 25 before falling LBW to Pinder Grewal who, bowled a tidy spell.

That was the last Epping wicket to fall as Sam Wilson and Stan Eaton accelerated to take the score to 199 for 3. Stan finishing on 56 n/o and Sam, who hit a 6 off the final ball of the innings over long on, scored a swashbuckling 48 n/o,. Although nothing can be taken away from the batters who played some excellent cricket, Nazeing did express their frustration at some typically early season dropped catches which cost them a lot of runs.

A Sandra tea was taken as the dark clouds moved in once again and there was a little rain in the air but thankfully no more than that.

Nazeing began their reply and were immediately put on the back foot, losing their first wicket to the first ball – Paul Johnson being bowled by Jack Archer.

They began to dig in to build a recovery but Chris Chew was next to go, caught and bowled by Sam Wilson. Andy Bevan had scored 28, when caught off the bowling of Dan Lewis, Dan’s first wicket for Epping . He then had Olly Truby caught without troubling the scorers. Derek Taylor also went for a duck, bowled LBW by Salim.

Tight, excellent bowling by Dan Lewis on debut (more about that later) and Salim in 2 spells, put the brakes on the scoring and, after 20 overs Nazeing were 52-5, game pretty much over one would have thought. Well, no one told Paul Quinn and Jamie Gane.

In an excellent partnership of over 100, they set about Epping’s attack and gradually pulled the game around with about 8 an over needed off the final 10 overs or so – perfectly gettable in the circumstances.

Salim made the important breakthrough, getting Paul Quinn caught for a great knock of 61 which was to be the top score in the match.

Pinder Grewal came in to join Jamie Gane at the crease, hoping to get Nazeing over the line, but the final few overs saw tight controlled bowling and Jack took it upon himself to deliver the final over which saw Nazeing fall tantalisingly close to Epping’s total, finishing on a very creditable 182-6, just 18 runs short of victory after being 52-5 at one point! Jamie Gane finished with a wonderful (possibly maiden?) 50 as part of his wonderful century plus partnership with Paul Quinn.

Dropped catches did feature in the result, it would have been interesting had Nazeing managed to take all theirs. Epping also dropped 2 although both were pretty difficult, especially an excellent effort by Dhiru who was running backwards at deep mid off. He managed to take the ball but, as he fell backwards at a rate of knots and rolled over, the ball jarred out of his grasp as his body hit the ground. Everyone thought the wicket had fallen but with remarkable sportsmanship Dhiru quickly corrected the umpires to make it clear that this was not a completed catch. This is the spirit of cricket.

It would have been difficult to name a man of the match as there were some fine performances on both sides, but I think a special mention must be made to Dan Lewis on debut. He finished with the remarkable figures of 8 overs, 5 maidens, 2 wickets for 6 runs, including 2 wicket maidens (8-5-6-2).

A great day’s cricket and an exciting finish – Congratulations to Epping and commiserations to Nazeing Common - well played to both teams!

The Beaumont Trophy was presented to Jack Archer in the club house following the game.

Thank you Bill for your report. Geoffrey Boycott has expressed great concern that his position as end of play summariser for Test match Special is under threat after unsubstantiated rumours that Jonathan Agnew had been seeking secret talks with Bill upon his return from the West Indies – watch this space!!!

A presentation by Dhiru was made to Bill Beaumont at the end of the match of a framed photo and report of last year’s home game against Nazeing Common – his retirement match which led to the setting up of the Trophy proposed by Dhiru. The framed photo will be displayed in the club house, along with the Beaumont Trophy.

Epping Cricket Club Sunday XI Batting
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Nazeing Common CC Bowling

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Nazeing Common CC Batting
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Epping Cricket Club Sunday XI Bowling

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