Match Reports  2013

 

2013 

 

 

Iden 184             Bodiam 84



The curtain raiser on Bodiam's season was at Iden - a new fixture for the club. The hosts were asked to bat in this 45 over
encounter, and were soon appeared in trouble on 27-4. However Bodiam's optimism of chasing a low
total were soon dashed by a fifth wicket stand of 81 between Gary Rens (50) and
Theo Bekker (42), and even when they departed runs seemed easier to come by for
the lower order with Neil Pearce running out of partners on 23 not out. Both opening bowlers for Bodiam were the pick
- Richard Reardon 3-27 just pipped by Paul Barnett 3-22.


Bodiam's reply never really got going and soon slumped to
25-3. A glimmer of hope emerged with Richard Reardon (17) and Sam Constable
(27) until an optimistic third run saw Reardon depart run out. With the last six batsmen contributing just
10 runs Bodiam were sent home smarting with a hundred run defeat. Iden's pick of the bowlers were Dave Townsend
(3-11) and Julian Hanshaw (2-1).

Corner Carpet's Man of the Match was Richard Reardon



Played on 28thApril 2013 at Iden



 



 

 Hadlow Down & Moulsecoomb Wanderers 156                           Bodiam  157-6

The ground at Hadlow Down resembled more of a wildflower
meadow than a cricket pitch, prompting Bodiam to field first in this friendly
10 a side encounter. This turned out a
wise move as early on the ball was reluctant to leave the square until the
surface dried and the dandelions were trampled and opening bowlers Richard
Colegate (2-34) and Badger Courts (1-6) restricted HD&MW to only 29 off the
first 16 overs.  Opener Kris Radmall
(29) and then the 78 run partnership of Jim Gibson (9) and Danny Sherwin (57)
giving them a useful platform, but it
was the dismissal of Sherwin by a stunning one handed catch by Alan Honess,
plucking the ball out of the air before it disappeared into the trees for six,
that turned the game. Sam Constable
(4-12), bought on far too late, then mopped up the tail cheaply.

After the first over of the reply went for 15, Bodiam felt
that they could wrap up things in short order, but of course soon found
themselves on 40-3. Chris Reardon (52)
then played a match winning innings imperiously dismissing anything outside his
off stump, and with Corner Carpets Man of the Match Sam Constable (46no) saw
Bodiam within 22 runs of victory. 
However a couple of quick wickets set the pulses racing, but Constable
soon settled the match with two sixes. 
Giles Woodcraft (2-4) and Jim Gibson (2-23) were the best of the
bowlers.



Played
on 5thMay 2013 at Hadlow Down

Bodiam's fixture against WG Gracefully was unable to be completed on Sunday due to the early evening rain which ruined the prospect of a close game.
On an overcast and blustery afternoon the hosts took first knock and compiled 202-4 off their 40 overs mainly thanks to a century by their opening batsman. Paul Barnett (2), Julian Hanshaw and Will Foster taking the wickets for Bodiam.
Bodiam started their reply very optimistically and reached 52-0 until the heavens opened. Graham Bransby and Badger Courts both made 23 not out with Graham out-scoring Badger for the majority of the time, shocking his team mates with several uncharacteristic 'meaty' back-foot drives!

"Bodiam Openers In Rich Vein Of Form"

Bodiam entered this fixture with Mountfield on the back of a
disappointingly abandoned match the previous week. In the game at
Isfield, openers Graham Bransby and Badger Courts put on an excellent
unbeaten 51 run partnership before the elements cruelly intervened.
Move forward one week and the pair shared an even more impressive
opening partnership of 89. Courts (64), was the main aggressor, with
Bransby (74) content to accumulate runs at a more leisurely pace.
Having been inserted, Bodiam where keen to post a good total in their
first home fixture of the season. The fall of two wickets brought Sam
Constable (28) to the crease, and he shared a partnership of 88 with
Bransby, who was now showing his full array of shots. The Bodiam
innings closed after 40 overs with the total on 198 for the loss of
just 4 wickets. The wicket takers for Mountfield were D Weekes (1 for
36), O.Wedmore (1 for 23) and Q.Wedmore (2 for 42). After a sumptuous
tea, courtesy of Mrs Dixon, play resumed. The Mountfield openers
started well reaching 30 before the first wicket fell to Tony Wilson
(2 for 12). Will Foster (0 for 43) shared the opening duties and was
unlucky not claim any wickets. Bodiam used a number of spin options
in the pursuit of wickets and were rewarded when TS Ganesh claimed (2
for 21) and stand in skipper Paul Barnett (2 for 17) reduced
Mountfield to 112 for 6 wickets. The one constant for Mountfield was
opener Steve Tooke, who dispatched the ball to the boundary with
consummate ease, and all the time he was still at the wicket
Mountfield had a chance. Terry Adams (2 for 24) was introduced into
the attack and this proved to be the decisive moment. Tooke had taken
his personal score to 90, when Corner Carpets man of the match,
Graham Bransby held on to a steepling catch. Adams wrapped matters up
in the 34th over with Mountfield dismissed for 146. Many thanks to
Tracy for the lovely tea, more of the same next week will be greatly
appreciated and if we can play some good cricket as well, then happy
days.



 



"Skipper Reardon steers Bodiam to victory"

Bodiam entertained Etchingham this week in a low scoring, but never
the less tense 40 over per side match. Bodiam won the toss and
invited Etchingham to have first knock. Bodiam's opening bowlers Mark
Freeman 0 for 8 from 8 overs, and Richard Reardon 0 for 5 from 5
overs kept things extremely tight, conceding just 11 runs from the
first 11 overs. Bodiam used a total of nine bowlers during the
innings, the pick of which were Julian Hanshaw 2 for 5, Will Foster 1
for 19, Stumpy (he doesn't even keep wicket) Dixon 1 for 19 and
Badger Courts 1 for 8. Top scorer for Etchingham was skipper J Heath
who showed great patience and skill in compiling his score of 55. The
Etchingham innings came to a close at 115 for 6 from their allotted 40
overs. Tea was once again enjoyed by all, however there was one
notable absentee, in the form of the illusive Bakewell Tart. Much
promised by Stumpy (the mind boggles) Dixon, it is hoped that this
particular favourite will make an appearance in the near future.
Bodiam started their innings in confident mood on the back of 51 and
89 run opening partnerships, but as they say "all good things must
come to an end", and so it was as Bodiam slumped to 22 for 5. The
chief destroyer for Etchingham was M Neve who claimed 4 for 12 from
his 8 over spell. Etchingham who were two players short, borrowed a
fielder from the home side. It was during his 10 over fielding stint
that Badger Courts managed to hold on to 2 catches, more than he has
achieved for Bodiam in the 2 previous seasons. Corner Carpets man of
the match, Richard Reardon (58) was joined by Sam Constable (29 not
out) and they set about rebuilding the Bodiam run chase. Both players
curbed their natural instinct to attack, as they edged the team
towards victory. Reardon was out with the score on 111, but Will
Foster (1 not out) joined Constable and saw Bodiam over the line for
the loss of 6 wickets. Bodiam travel toBuxted Park next week, hoping
to continue with their winning start to the season.


 



   

 

Bodiam's Good Form Continues

 Bodiam travelled to the picturesque ground of Buxted Park on Sunday to take on a very youthful side, looking to continue their good start to the season. Skipper Richard Reardon duly lost the toss and Buxted Park elected to bat. Bodiam opened their bowling with Richard Colegate (1 for 15 from 10 overs) and Richard Reardon (4 for 33 also from 10 overs) bowling superbly, reducing Buxted Park to 37 for 5. A Shankster (20) and T Clift (53 not out) did their utmost to repair the damage, but the Bodiam bowlers where not to be denied. Further wickets fell to Badger Courts (3 for 20 from 7 overs) and Stumpy Dixon (2 for 6 from 2 overs). The innings closed with the Buxted Park total on 131 all out. Bodiam had a very good day in the field, holding on to 7 catches in total.

After a superb tea, Bodiam started their reply with Chris Reardon (18) and Corner Carpets man of the match, Graham Bransby (43 not out) setting of at a brisk pace, adding 37 for the first wicket in 9 overs. The partnership was broken by W Sheffield (1 for 15 from 5 overs), who as it transpired was the only successful wicket taker for Buxted Park. The other wicket to fall was that of Terry Adams (7) who was run out, by some distance, after a mix up in the middle. Paul Barnett (47 not out) joined Bransby with Bodiam still requiring 72 runs for victory, but with plenty of overs in which to get them. The partnership was a complete contrast in styles, with Bransby's shots full of finesse and timing and Barnett's more of an agricultural nature. The combination proved very effective as the remaining runs were knocked off inside a further 14 overs, to complete a thoroughly satisfying victory. Bodiam are at home next week with Netherfield the visitors, rumour has it (Stumpy) that the much vaunted Bakewell Tart will finally make an appearance.

Paul Barnett - 04/06/2013

 

 Adam's Century Seals Win For Bodiam

 

There were two first appearances of the season on Sunday,
and both contributions were rewarded as joint Corner Carpets Persons of thematch. Tom Adams for his match winning,unbeaten century and Tracy Dixon for her stunning Bakewell Tart. This was afirst for Tracy and she has promised that Mr Bakewell Tart will be making further appearances throughout the season.Bodiam won the toss in this 40 overs
per side match and invited Netherfield to have first knock. Although sunny ,the chilling wind meant that numerous layers of additional shirts and jumpers were required. Steady bowling from openers Tom Adams (1 for 8 from 8 overs) and Badger Courts (2 for 10 from 4) soon had Netherfield in trouble at 20 for 3. J. Barrett (32) steadied the ship while C. Keeley (43) went ballistic, dispatching the ball to all parts. He struck four mighty sixes before falling victim to Richard Reardon's (2 for 55 from 8) wily spin bowling. Further runs were added
by G Cooper (17) and an eight wicket unbroken 35 run partnership between N. Soan (12 not out) and I. Ahmed (48 not out) guided Netherfield to a commanding 196 for 7 wickets at the close of their innings. The only other successful bowler for Bodiam was Richard Colegate (1 for 40 from 8).

Bodiam's reply did not start well with three wickets falling inside the first six overs for just 11 runs, the wickets claimed by I. Ahmed (2 for 26 from 8) and B. Whitewood (1 for 40 from 8). This brought to the
wicket joint man of the match Tom Adams (108 not out) and the club's leading run-scorer this season, Sam Constable (48). They set about reconstructing the tattered Bodiam scorecard, and proceeded
to put on an outstanding partnership of 175 runs, only broken when Constable was run out with a direct hit. Adams completed his second century for the club and along with Skipper Richard Reardon (7 not out) led Bodiam home to victory, reaching the target in the 36th over. Stumpy Dixon returns to lead the team next week, when Bodiam visit Crowhurst due to Legion being unable to
raise a side.



  "Stumpy Back Where He Belongs?"

Bodiam travelled to Crowhurst on Sunday
for a hastily arranged fixture. Initial weather patterns did not look favourable, with rain in the air. Miraculously, however, the sun came out and the teams were able to enjoy a glorious afternoon of cricket. Bodiam skipper Stumpy Dixon won the toss and elected to bat first. Openers Graham Bransby (35)and Chris Reardon (27) got Bodiam off toa flier adding 41 runs for the first wicket inside ten overs. The fall of the firstwicket brought Sam Constable (93 not out) to the crease. Sam has been inimperious form so far this season and has to date scored 271 runs at a currentaverage of 90.33. Together with Bransby, Constable moved the score along to 109 runs in the 26th over. Stumpy was getting a little twitchy now and felt that an increase in the run rate was required. In the remaining 18 overs Bodiam managed to move the total on to 232 for the loss of just 4 wickets, courtesy of a cameo performances from Tom Rose (30) and
Paul Barnett (28 not out) in conjunction with the now free scoring Constable. The successful Crowhurst bowlers were Neil Stapley (2 for 32), Matt Read (1 for 39) and S Cruttenden (1 for 22). After a superb tea Bodiam took to the field, with Stumpy back as wicket keeper there was a definite spring in his step. After some initial rustiness with the gloves, Stumpy was soon back in the swing of things. Watching Stumpy was like pergatory, sorry, poetry in motion as he held on to two catches to back up the opening salvo from the Bodiam bowlers. Richard Colegate (3 for 33 from 11) and Julian Hanshaw (2 for 16 from 10) quickly made in roads into the Crowhurst top order, reducing Crowhurst to 25 for 5 after just 11 overs. Early success in timed matches can be a double edged sword, as some teams shut up shop in an attempt to stave off defeat. Crowhurst to their credit continued to look to score runs with useful contributions from N Hartnell (17), M Woodhams (29 not out), B Harris (12), Neil Stapley (14) and P Benge (22 not out). With the introduction of Mark Freeman (3 for 39 from 11) and his variety of slow and even slower deliveries, Bodiam sensed victory but alas they could not prise out the last two wickets. Crowhurst's innings closed on 137 for 8 from 44 overs. The match may have finished as a draw but there were many positives to be taken from the game, none less than the impending sibling rivalry as Mark Dixon looks to reclaim his berth behind the stumps, Easy !!

Paul Barnett - 19/06/2013



 



     

Seabridge Returns In Style

Steve Seabridge returned to the fold on Sunday and turned in a Corner Carpets man of the match performance, claiming 3 wickets for 22 and scoring a valiant 31 not out. Steve's last game was in 2011, but he is hooked again and has already agreed to play in the next game. Hastings Wanderers were the visitors for the annual John Towner memorial match. Bodiam won the toss and asked Wanderers to bat first. Jamie Wisby (35) and Paul Hurrell got the innings of to a steady start against some accurate bowling from Richard Colegate 0 for 27 from 8 and Richard Reardon 1 for 18 from 8. Bodiams cause was not helped by some slack fielding and no less than 9 yes 9 dropped catches. Contributions from G Bird (36), Paul Johnson (22) and Wobbly Davey (34) allowed Wanderers to reach 185 all out, with Stumpy Dixon run out from the last ball. Bodiam's other wicket takers were Sam Constable 1 for 55, Will Foster 1 for 34, and Terry Adams 3 for 15. After a sumptuous tea, Bodiam set of in pursuit of the 186 runs required. They were however soon in trouble with both openers dismissed with just 6 runs on the board. Sam Constable (35) and Richard Reardon (13) moved the score along to 33 before Reardon was dismissed. Bodiams progress was slow as wickets continued to fall, Steve Seabridge fought a lone battle but ran out of partners with the score on 143 all out. Wanderers most successful bowlers were M Reese 2 for 26, G Bird 2 for 10 and Bob Wathey 2 for 16. Wanderers skipper Rob Lee-Davey was presented with the trophy as players and supporters enjoyed a barbeque and a raffle was held to raise funds which will be donated to Prostate Action in Johns memory. Bodiam will travel to Winchelsea next week, having undertaken a lot of catching practice. 




Paul Barnett - 02/07/2013

 

'SEDLESCOMBE FEEL HEAT OF ADAMS'

ONSLAUGHT'

Bodiam 217 for 4             Sedlescombe 67




The hot and dry spell is proving challenging for the
beleaguered Bodiam's groundsman, as the wicket for the penultimate home game
was rock hard and provided some very variable bounce. Having elected to bat on it though, makeshift
captain and opener Kevin Dixon (23) silenced his harsh critics by hooking and
nurdling a useful start accompanied by this season's run machine Sam Constable
(21). That was just the prelude to an
expansive innings from Jimmy Adams (88) who exploited the hot and tiring
Sedlescombe attack, ably assisted by the veteran Badger Courts who helped himself
to an unbeaten half century, in a stand of 131. 
Pick of the attack was Lawrence Flint with a pacy 2 for 27.


Sedlescombe's reply never really got started, as Bodiam's
bowlers took early wickets with Mark Freeman (3-25) and Tony Wilson (1-21) and
a run out, removing half the batsmen in their opening 10 over spell. Resistance was met from Andrew Wallis (19),
but Terry Adams decided to hit the pub early with a decisive spell of 4 wickets
for just a single run. Credit must go to
the Sedlescombe team who had to field in very hot conditions, and then try to
bat after a very large tea!



 

Friendly match played at Bodiam on 14-7-13



 

      Last Home Game Ends In Victory!

 

Sevenoaks Weald 165-6 Bodiam 167-3

It may be only mid July, but the game against Sevenoaks Weald was
Bodiam's last home game of the season. It was just as well as the pitch was
succumbing to large cracks, and any grass was a distant memory.

The Weald decided to bat in what was the hottest Sunday for 6 years in
this 40 over friendly encounter, but initially struggled to tame the
unpredictable bounce. Two early wickets, including an unnecessary run out,
brought Matt Hill to the wicket who held the innings together with a patient 59
not out. Lee Holmes (28) and Dan Denton (28) stuck around but Weald could not provide the big finish, and were probably a few runs short of a par score on
this fast scoring ground. Wickets were shared amongst the six bowlers, with
Will Foster (2-32) returning the best figures.

The familiar pairing of Badger Courts (21) and Graham Bransby (21)
provided a solid start in reply, but the innings was anchored by Corner Carpets
Man of the Match Sam Constable (46). Skipper Richard Reardon (25 no) saw Bodiam to victory alongside returning veteran 'Lord' Robin Ufton (26 no) who was struck squarely on the helmet grille, by Matthew Keates the fastest bowler seen at Bodiam this year.

Groundsman Glen Constable, having had a difficult season tending the
Bodiam strip, firstly in flood and latterly in drought, was seen hitching up
his caravan and heading off to France - probably to join the Foreign Legion!



 





 
 



 



Burwash waiting
Alfriston waiting   
  

Ton-Up Badger Not Enough For Bodiam



Bodiam218-3                   Crowhurst 219-7


Bodiam were asked to bat first in this friendly timed matchat Crowhurst. This looked a mistake asBodiam' s openers starred in a season's best opening stand of 117. The first tobe dismissed was Graham Bransby for afine 53, but his partner, the evergreen veteran Badger Courts, made his firstever century for the club after 12 years of trying. After Corner Carpet Man of the Match Courts
was bowled by Kevin Cornwell for exactly 100, Sam Constable continued his marchto the batting trophy with 32 not out. Crowhurst only managed to send down 35overs in the 2 hrs and 20 minutes allotted, which was to prove significantlater in the day.

Crowhurst's reply started cautiously, and soon Bodiam hadmen around the bat in an attempt to snaffle early wickets, and when MickWoodhams (10) spectacularly demolished his own stumps, Crowhurst were 3 downfor96. Opener Nick Hartnell (74) thentook control of the game and took advantage of the many gaps in the fastoutfield, and continued even as the fielders retreated to the boundary. Hefound an able partner in Sam Woodhams (43), but there was still 5 overs leftwhen they both perished - Woodhams to an outstanding steepling catch by SamConstable. Had Constable hung on to an
even more difficult chance in the next over, the result could have beendifferent. However the 10-man hosts scraped home by 2 wickets with an over to spare - though this was already 4 more than Bodiam received earlier!  Matt Barnett was the pick of the bowlerswith 3-45, and there was one wicket eachfor the other four.



Friendly game played at Crowhurst on 18-8-13



      Determined Bodiam Victorious At Rotherfield

Bodiam travelled to Rotherfield for what is usually a well contestedencounter, and this week's game did not disappoint. Bodiam won the toss and elected to bat first in this 40 over per side match. The usual opening pairwere still on route to the ground, so Richard Colegate (14) and Paul Barnett (78) took on the responsibility. Rotherfield's opening bowlers Martin Hartland(2 for 20) and Ed Humphrey (0 for 14) bowled very well, not giving the batsmenany time to settle on what was a testing wicket to say the least. Hartland madethe initial breakthroughs dismissing Colegate and Sam Constable (6) in quicksuccession.  Barnett and Graham Bransby (22) then added 55 for the third wicket,and Barnett and Robin Ufton (29 not out) 49 for the fourth. With time running out Barnett fell victim to John Baldock (1 for 18) searching for his first century in over 30 years. The Bodiam Innings came to a close after their 40 overs with the score on 186 for the loss of 5 wickets. A rather excellent tea was enjoyed by all, some more than others!

Rotherfield set off in pursuit of their target of 187 for victory. The batsmen found it very tough going with the unpredictable bounce causing many problems. Opener Chris Buck (25) was watchful in defence, but dismissive of anything pitched up to the bat. Richard Reardon(1 for 24) made an early breakthrough, which brought John Baldock (49) to the wicket. Rotherfield moved the score along to 66 with increasing ease, leaving Bodiam desperate for a wicket. The introduction of Matt Barnett (4 for 20) proved to be the turning point, as he removed Buck with a ball that turned sharply. Three further wickets fell quickly to Barnett's spin, and he was unlucky not to record his maiden five wicket haul. Ed Humphrey (29) joined Baldock and the scoring rate increased noticeably. Will Foster (2 for 15) was introduced into the attack with Bodiam desperate to break this dangerous partnership. Both batsmen were subsequently dismissed in quick succession, Baldock superbly run out by Reardon and Humphrey caught on the boundary by the same fielder. With Rotherfield still only needing 4 runs per over Bodiam turned to Corner Carpets man of the match Paul Barnett (1 for 10) to bowl some of his spin! and in unison with Foster helped to restrict Rotherfield to 159 for 9 after their 40 overs, Bodiam winning by 27 runs. Bodiams fielding was excellent in this match on a difficult surface, with some excellent catches held, and a number of runs saved in the field. A very good game of cricket, which was played in excellent spirit. Bodiam travel next week to Brede for a much anticipated game with their local rivals.

Paul Barnett - 03/09/2013



 



"Weather wins in the end"

Bodiam travelled to Cousley Wood this week to take on Wadhurst, with a very real threat of inclement weather to come. The hosts declined the offer of a reduced overs match, so Bodiam duly won the toss and elected to bat. Things got off to a bad start with Badger out for a duck in the first over. Graham Bransby (10) and Richard Reardon (16) moved the score on to 19 before Reardon fell to R Kemp (2 for 35). Wadhurst introduced young pace bowler E D'Aguillar (2 for 9) in to the attack and it paid instant dividends with the fall of two wickets. Sam Constable (22) and Paul Barnett (23) set about rebuilding the innings. The pair moved the score on to 56, before Constable was run out. The match was interrupted by the rain and players left the pitch for a short break as a shower blew across the ground. Barnett was the seventh wicket to fall with the score on 89, bringing Glen Constable (31) to the wicket to join Mark Dixon (25 not out). Constable, playing his first game of the season, soon got into his stride hitting his first ball for four. The corner carpets man of the match, Constable then gave a lesson on how to bat in the tricky conditions and stroked the ball to the boundary with consummate ease. Mark Dixon offered invaluable support, showing his full array of shot!, hitting the ball to all, sorry one part of the ground. Constable was last man out, not before the pair had added a very impressive 56 runs allowing Bodiam to declare with the score on 145 for 8, from 44 overs. Tea was taken, and as promised the heavy rain descended making any further a_ction impossible. Bodiam make the long journey to Newick this week hoping for some better luck with the weather.

Paul Barnett - 18/09/2013



 

 



 

 

Bodiam visited Newick on Sunday under grey skies for this new
fixture between the clubs. Stand inskipper Kevin Dixon elected to bowl after winning the toss in this 40 over a side encounter.Containment was the name of the game with Bodiam's bowlerskeeping a stranglehold on Newick's openers, with the ball not running well overa damp outfield. However they could notmake an early breakthrough and then 4 catches went down before sharp work fromTom Rose at mid off run out the obdurate Rylatt who had made 16, at a run anover. This was the trigger that Bodiam needed and 60 for 0 became 85 for 6 inshort order, with Badger Courts (1-24) defying his age with a lively spell, andhe surprisingly sober Rose weighing in with 2 for 6. Opener N Ratcliffe fell for a composed 41 anda late innings rally from S Warren (46) crept the total up to a competitive136. Richard Reardon (2-10) and PaulBarnett (3-21) had mopped up the tail with 4 balls remaining.


Slow but steady was the reply, until Bodiam lost 2 wickets on26. Firstly Graham Bransby was bowledfor 12 and Tom Rose run himself out for a duck. 
Sam Constable (36) was joined by Corner Carpets Man of the Match Paul
Barnett to steady the ship with a 56 run partnership before Constable was takenat slip. This bought Kevin Dixon to thewicket who entertained the watching masses by being dropped no less than 4times in the ever more populous slip cordon during his innings of 17 not out -all off the bowling of the luckless M Sawyer (1-40). Sanity reigned at the other end as Barnett finishedthe game off in style in the 36thover with a six, tofinish unbeaten on 62.



 

 



 

 
Bodiam 207 - 8 Beckley 208 - 4

In this end of season 40 over encounter Bodiam won the toss and decided to
post a total first. However they were soon in trouble at 15 for 3 despite the
Club Chairman complaining loudly that he was given out caught off his pad. The
Adams cousins staged a rescue attempt with Terry (21) and Jimmy putting on a 68 run partnership. Another couple of quick wickets fell but Corner Carpets Man of the Match Jimmy Adams (101) found partners in Steve Seabridge (18) and Kevin Dixon (22) to get to his century. A late flurry of runs from the tailenders
posted a competitive total of 207 - Craig Pierce caused no end of trouble with
his pace and finished with a respectable 4-22 off his 8 overs.
 
Beckley started like a train and had raced to 39 off just 5 overs before
hostile paceman Richard Colegate (2- 38) removed both openers, but that only
bought Craig Pierce (101) to the wicket. Along with his obdurate partner
Alistair Neil (26 off 20 overs) they put on a match winning partnership of 103.
After they perished Bodiam turned the screws keeping the runs to a trickle
before the total was reached with 11 balls left. Wily veteran Tony Wilson
(1-18) who removed Pierce was brought on far too late to save the game, and
Terry Adams (1-46) finished as joint top wicket taker of the season, but with a
couple of run out shouts going the other way, Bodiam could have
triumphed.