01 May 2015

1st XI Cricket v Bede’s (A) – JET Cup 1st Round - LOST by 119 runs

Bede’s 154 for 3 in 20 overs (M Evans 2/26)

Windlesham 35 in 13.5 overs

When they look back at the way Bede’s performed, Windlesham will note that our hosts got all the basics right; waited for the loose ball; bowled with accuracy and were lively in the field. All the key ingredients to achieve success on the cricket field and Bede’s were deserved victors.

Our boys also had to deal with a cricketing dynasty that saw the Lenham brothers open the batting, with both their Grandfathers, Les Lenham, a former Sussex CCC opening bat as well as coach at the County, plus Peter Pyemont, the former headmaster of Bede’s Prep. If that was not enough, their father Neil, also a former Sussex CCC batsman and an executive of Newbery, the bat-makers, was the coach of their team and umpire! To cap it all, Alan Wells, the former Sussex, Kent and England player came to watch from the boundary, as he is the cricket coach at Bede’s senior school. So Windlesham were up against it, as was Mr Fletcher, being a former team-mate of both Lenham and Wells!

Scott Lenham paced his 87 not out very well and although Windlesham had Bede’s at 48 for 2 in the 10th over, the ‘experience’ of Lenham to ‘farm’ the bowling and of his team-mates to work with him to bat in a ‘partnership’, saw Bede’s amass 154 in their 20 overs, although inaccurate bowling gave them another 12 balls to score off in wides.

Bede’s opened up with Sarrow, a burly, quick bowler and Sampson, a tall, slow left-arm spinner; both were unerringly accurate and soon had Windlesham at 16 for 4. In all seven Windlesham batsmen were bowled, underlying the quality of the bowling, which soon strangled Windlesham’s progress in making just 35, of which only 22 came off the bat, in 13.5overs.

It’s been a tough start to the season for the 1st XI. However, there have been major learning curves in each match and the boys must put these experiences to use and see how they can challenge themselves in their training sessions to become stronger cricketers.

Thanks to the all the parents who made the trip over to The Dicker and to Mr Ryan who helped out with the transportation of the team back to school following Mr Fletcher’s blip at a roundabout!

Chris Fletcher