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16/06/2007 - Four Counties League Division 3

Shenley Church End CC - 110-2 (25 points) BEAT
Milton Bryan 1st XI - 107 (2 points) by 8 wickets
Gliding into 2nd place in Division Three, SCECC defied the heavy rain and general bad weather to overcome the challenge of high flyers Milton Bryan with a sturdy 8 wicket victory at Manor Fields, Shenley's fourth victory of 2007.

And one man's terrific contribution steered the club to this fine win with a brilliant all round display, South African Anton DeBeer making his mark with the ball and subsequently - more devastatingly - the bat.

He hit a magnificent 85 during Shenley's reply of 110, which beat Bryan's laboured total of 107 from 41.2 overs, after the visitors put Shenley in the field on their home turf.

With heavy overnight rains, the outfield in front of the pavillion had to be cordoned off to avid ball damage in the huge puddles created, but healthy pitch rolling and a handy bit of luck with the weather meant the only stoppage was before the game had started. Both team left the field with Jay Fletcher ready to bowl his first ball.

Church End move through Milton's innings wicket by wicket, each bowler basically bowling most or all of their allocation. The only real partnership being the 6th wicket, where Tom Cooksey hit a lively 27, with Grish Bakshi opening also with 27.

Attemtping to bat out the overs, the visitors fell to a run-out late on, but Jay Fletcher 3-28 and Anton DeBeer (3-15) were the Shenley pick. Richard Fletcher, Jon Pennells and Graham Teagle contributing well also.

The elder Fletcher (Richard) fell caught at cover 3rd ball of the innings, attempting a cut shot, while Andy Peacock was cruelly (!) run out by DeBeer whilst the pair homed in on the total. Colin Wayman was a bystander as he saw DeBeer demolish Bryan's bowling attack, hitting 6 sixes (including one smashing the very top of the giant tree) and the winning runs for a professional victory.

Totalling 146 points from seven games, the Club are now well into their stride and aiming to stay high over the coming months. Caddington (A) and Open University (H) will offer the chance of top spot before June is out.

Strip used: | 8 | 7 | 6 | 5 | 4 | 3 | 2 | 1 |
Condition: Wet, soft, still ok bounce.
Catches dropped: 0
Interesting facts of the day:
- Teagle turned up late, thinking the match was off
- Avoiding the severe weather to complete game
- Andy Peacock's superb diving catch
- Anton DeBeer finishing his spell with 2 wickets in 2 balls.

Team: Andy Peacock, Homer Evans, Colin Wayman, Anton DeBeer, Stuart Burke, Richard Fletcher, Stuart Hardwick (c), Graham Teagle, Steve Palmer (wk), Jay Fletcher, Jon Pennells.

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