The Weekend Wrap – Week 8

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The Wrap - Week 8

Beckenham were our visitors – during Covid we became close friends as we played a number of games in the Corona League, a friendship which was put to the test with Alex Blake and Will MacVicar joining us!

Beckenham called correct and elected to bat first – a decision that seemed vindicated when they reached 103 for the loss of only one wicket, with Connor Byrne claiming that, nicely caught behind by Liam Buttery.

Andrew Eddicott has been a revelation this season and once again his introduction proved pivotal as he removed the Beckenham skipper for 41 and then struck again with Liam taking his second catch.  In between Scott Gallagher took a fine caught and bowled, Beckenham’s fine start was now in jeopardy.

Scott then took his second wicket and the score was suddenly 115-5 and the Hayes bowlers were on fire.

Alex Blake then got in on the act as a fine piece of fielding lead to a run-out and 130-7.

A late flurry from the tail saw the visitors climb to 171 before Will MacVicar took 2 wickets in the final over as the Beckenham innings closed on 171-9.

Praise for Stuart Eddicott – his 9 overs went for only 24 runs and his athleticism on the boundary drew applause from both the opposition and the crowd.

A fine fight back from the bowlers who once again got maximum bowling points.

At Tea it was great to look around the ground and see a fine crowd had developed – including a surprise visit from former England Star and Hayes legend, Lydia Greenway – Lydia is now based in Loughborough and becoming something of a media star, working for both BBC & SKY! This week will see her covering the Women’s Test v South Africa.

Fred Dabbs and Garth Cooper also joined us – both joined the club on the same day 70 years ago!  Fred first captained the side in 1968.

Our 1st XI scorer, Chris Beaumont, also joined us for the first time this season – albeit Chris is still recovering from a hip replacement and still not fit enough to score – hopefully in a couple of weeks – and it was pleasing to see Chris and his family. 

We have had a some great support in Chris’s absence – Malcolm Brown and Kevin Ringham have scored previous weeks – this week injured opener Migs Barbosa stood-in. Migs is responding well after his operation and we hope to have him back before the end of the season.

Thank you all for your help.

New opening pair of Gareth Severin and James Bamber knew they would be in for baptism of fire as Beckenham have the services of David Moody, nephew of Australian Test player Tom.  David having also played in the Big Bash.  He certainly generated as much pace as any bowler we have seen at Hayes but as we have seen with many Australian quicks, he never really looked like hitting the stumps and the Hayes batsmen played him well.

Gareth took on the opening bowlers and made a quick-fire 52 – all boundaries bar 2 singles.  Great to see Gareth playing a range of shots and showing the classy batsmen he is.

James gave great support and with Gareth’s dismissal, with the score on 85, Will MacVicar took over where Gareth left on and masterfully steered the ball around the ground.

Try as Beckenham did, they could not get another breakthrough and Hayes romped home in the 33rd over without the loss of a further wicket – Bamber 64* and Will 45*

A magnificent performance and back to winning ways after last week’s reverse at Blackheath.

Bromley Common had hosted the T20 on Friday evening and the 2’s were looking at emulating the result of the previous night.

Skipper Sam Davis had no hesitation in opting to bat first and despite Alfie Peck (3) falling with the score on 29, Grant Sheen was continuing his fine form from the previous week.

Finlay Baker joined Grant at the wicket and they put on a 98 run partnership before Finn fell for a fine 63.

Grant followed shortly after for 68 but there was to be no respite for the Common as Liam Vallois and Joel Couldrey set about the attack.

Both scored at more than a run-a-ball making 59* and 67* as the 2’s posted there highest score this season, finishing on 279-3 in their 50 overs.

Tom Davis removed one of the openers in his opening spell and Colin Couldrey made it 47-2 as The Common made a steady start.

Grant made it 95-3 but the Common where looking threatening, getting to 157 before a couple of more wickets fell – Alfie and Joel taking the wickets.

Finn and Joel took wickets with the score in the 190’s and although it looked a good batting pitch, Hayes seemed to have made the crucial breakthroughs.

However former Hayes player, Josh Tyrell and the Common’s Conteh Nixon took up the gauntlet and plundered the Hayes attack.

12 off the last over, bowled by Alfie, became 6 off the last 2 – a dot ball meant a 6 was need off the last ball – thankfully Alfie delivered, and Hayes had a fine win to lift them off the bottom of the table!

The Meadow was the setting for the 3rd XI’s encounter with Catford Cyphers.

Marc Wheatley and the boys were invited to bat first, and opening pair, Sam Millard and Matt Warne were soon amongst the runs, with a 50-run partnership – there dismissal however, led to a mini-collapse and at 77-5 the innings was in danger of collapsing.

The evergreen Keith Jackson and young Johnny White set about repairing the damage and produced an 87-run partnership before both were dismissed near the end with the score on 151. 

Some late order runs saw Hayes finish their innings on 164-9.

Catford were quick off the blocks and at 60-0 after 6 overs, looked to be on course for a speedy victory.

Johnny White and MD Belal then produced a spell of excellent bowling to bring Hayes back into the game – MD bowling 9 overs, 4 maidens and taking 3 for 12!  Johnny taking 2-32.

The Catford innings was in disarray, and it was left to Matt Warne to clean up – in 1.2 overs he took 3-1 as Hayes bounces back from 3 straight defeats to win by 47 runs.

A brilliant Saturday which ended up with everyone staying late in the bar to cap off a memorable day!

Sunday saw the Women’s 1st XI host Ickenham.

Invited to bowl first by the visitors, Hayes were soon chasing the ball as a 50-run partnership started the opposition innings.  Beth Egan then pounced to break the partnership.

Ickenham batted well and it was only some tight bowling by Hayes’s latest England recruit, Alexa Stonehouse and Zoe Hainsworth that prevented a big score.  Zoe taking 2-10 in 6 overs.

The rest of the wickets were spread around with Sydney Gorham, Chelsey Rowson, A Grant, Alice Sheridan and Jemima Spence all taking a wicket.

The visitors finished on 174-8 in their allotted 45 overs.

Jemima and Chelsea then opened the batting and took a leaf out of the men’s first team book as they began to dismantle the bowling.

A partnership of 143 – Chelsea falling for 69 – put Hayes on the brink of victory and with Alex joining Jemima, it wasn’t long before the win was secured.  Jemima finishing on a splendid 81* and Alex 12*.

A good win and it took Hayes only 18 overs to romp home!

The men travelled to Beckenham for the annual all-day fixture with a strong side = clearly all-day cricket still has a place in the hearts of the players of today!

Hayes lost the toss and were invited to bowl.

A steady start was brought to an end by Finn Baker taking the first of what was to be 5 wickets.

Finn was gracious enough to let Alfie Peck and David Tappenden take a wicket a piece as Beckenham batted steadily, declaring after 47 overs having scored 213.

Hayes used 8 bowlers and special mention to Jeremy Browne – celebrated his 60th Birthday last week and bowled 7 overs for 14 runs – not bad for an opening bat!

Liam Buttery and Alfie Peck opened the Hayes response and showed what quality batsmen they are – scoring 64 and 67 respectively.

Hayes were then pegged back by MacVicar – no not Will, but his father David!

David and his wife have become fixtures watching Hayes games and many regular Sunday players will remember playing against him over the years.

In a 7 over spell, he rapidly dismissed in-form Tomas Gallagher and Jacob Marlow!

This though brought Gareth Severin and Marcus Browne to the wicket, and they closed out the game – Gareth finishing on 54* and Marcus 21*.

Saturday will be long remembered, with many old friends coming to the club to see great performances by the 1st & 3rd XI’s – the 1st now go unbeaten at home for the first half of the season as an away game at Sandwich brings the first half to a close.

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