If ever there was a game of two halves this was it, At lunch Valley End were 161-2 and looked like piling up a pretty big total for Beddo to chase. However this was not to be the case and after lunch 18 wickets fell for a very meagre 145 more runs. This reporter is left wondering what might have been but for a breakdown of communication involving one of our main bowlers who, having arrived an hour late, was not allowed to bowl before lunch but then proceded to take 4-15 after lunch. Who knows?
As it was,chasing 213 to win, Beddo's batting display was dismal.With Messom, Gamble and Simon Lewis
back in the pavilion with only 14 runs on the board, the writing was probably on the wall. Tom Bevan
and Craig McElligott
stuck it out for a while until Bevan was out (47-4) and then another 3 wickets fell for the addition of only 10 runs. Graham Lester
was bowled around his legs sweeping, next there was the crazy run out of Cummins and when McElligott was out for a brave 26, it was left to Ned Lack
to play some nice shots in in his 23 not out. But it was all to no avail as our last 3 wickets fell in 11 balls after tea. All out for 94 was only marginally better than our similar defeat at Spencer.
Earlier Valley End had got off to a good start but a wicket each to Cummins and David Lester
gave Beddington some encouragement. However, the bowling today seemed to be too short and on both sides of the wicket. There were certainly too many 4-balls. After lunch though, the arrival of Ned Lack
into the fray looked as if it might have turned the game around. He and Ryan Cumins ended up with 4 wickets a piece and V.E lost their last 8 wickets for only 51 runs.
But it was not to be for Beddo this week and next week we must get back to winning ways at O.Whits.