All The Headlines And Match Reports From 2011

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 Newenden 42   Bodiam 43-0
Bodiam's players showed no signs of sluggishness from the long off-season as they dominated proceedings on a picturesque Newenden pitch on Sunday. Corner Carpets Man of the Match Robin Ufton (4 for 3) set about depleting the home side's middle order, after Rich Colegate (2 for 7) and Rich Reardon (1 for 13) made the early inroads. Extras top scored for the hosts in a total of 42 on a tricky wicket.Bodiam's openers knocked of the target without losing a wicket, as Chris Reardon (26 n.o.) and Glen Constable (12 n.o.) lead their side to victory. After tea a twenty-over beer match also resulted in another win for Bodiam and an enjoyable afternoon's cricket was had by all.



Bodiam 218-6 Etchingham 119

Bodiam eventually ran out comfortable winners, at their new surrogate home of Sandrock, on Sunday in a 40-over fixture with Etchingham.The hosts won the toss and elected to bowl on a very blustery day and the opening batsmen were soon making hay in a stand of 118. G. Constable (60) and P. Johnson (56) set Bodiam a decent platform, before wickets from G. Miller (2-25) and some comical running set them back in the quest to set an imposing total.However, K. Dixon (19 n.o.) and R. Reardon (35n.o.) made good use of the last five overs in an unbroken partnership of 59 to set the visitors an imposing 219 for victory. The Etchingham reply got off to a steady start with skipper J. Heath (48) leading from the front, along with some entertaining stroke-play from sidekick D. Bray (21). At the halfway stage an entertaining finish looked on the cards with the visitors perched on 99-2. However, following drinks ,a collapse instigated by B. Courts (4-19) on his return from sunnier climes and finished by Dixon (3-0) saw the last eight wickets fall for just 20 runs as the away side finished 100 runs shy of the target. Corner Carpets Man of the Match was shared between B.Courts and K.Dixon. Many thanks for the sterling effort from Tracy Dixon for preparing such a good tea in such difficult conditions!



 Bodiam 115   Mountfield 75

A below strength Bodiam side were asked to take first knock in this 35 over match by Mountfield at a windy John's Cross on Sunday. In an afternoon where the ball dominated the bat, the Bodiam batsmen struggled with the variable bounce and only opener Chris Reardon (19) found some early form. A middle order partnership between Brian Courts (14) and Adrian Marketis (21) gave Bodiam hope of a reasonable total, before their departures sparked a collapse at one end. Mick Pengelly (24) watched as 4 partners came and went until he and last man Kevin Dixon (10 no) stretched the innings into the last over. Mountfield's bowlers all returned good figures, with T Tidmarsh (3-13) and J Morgan (2-12) being the pick. In reply Mountfield's innings never got going with wickets falling at regular intervals with runs at a premium. Courts, with the wind behind his back, bowled his allocation of 7 overs for only 7 runs while picking up the first 3 wickets.   Corner Carpets Man of the Match Marketis replaced him and he picked up 4 -11 in only 4 overs. Morgan (19) was the only batsman to get double figures, and when Pengelly (2-23) removed him, there was no way back. Club benefactor Rob Bransby (1-7) celebrated a rare appearance by claiming the last wicket.



Legion 135 for 9 Bodiam 139 for 2

In this friendly 40 over match, played at Little Common ,Legion won the toss and elected to bat. J. White (23) and M. Busbridge (6)made a slow start before Busbridge was bowled in the seventh over with 14 runs on the board. A. Mitchell (4o)was the highest scorer for Legion with T. Foster (10) the only other batsman to reach double figures. Playing out the full 40 overs Legion were 135 for 9 at tea. T. Adams (2 for 27)and S. Constable(3 for 24) were Bodiam's main wicket takers.When Bodiam batted G. Bransby(6) and 'Corner Carpets Man of the Match' Adams (86 not out)put on 50 for the first wicket in 6 overs. T. Adams continued a superb display of shots with J. Adams (22) and A. Marketis (5 not out )taking Bodiam to the winning total of 139 for 2 in the 24th over. H. Thakral (1 for 30) was Legion's only wicket taker .Next  Sunday Bodiam play Wanderers at home in the now annual match in memory of the late John Towner. There will be a raffle and play commences at 1.30 pm .All welcome.          



Wanderers 202 for 6 Bodiam 204 for 9

This 40 over friendly match in memory of John Towner took place on a hot sunny day at Bodiam. The home side won the toss and put Wanderers (with a few guest players) in to bat. P. Johnson (52) and P.Grace (36) put on 85 for the first wicket followed by R. Lee-Davey (15) but it was a confident J. Godden (46 n. o.) and Nani (32) who accelerated Wanderers to their grand total of 202 for 6 at the end of the 40 overs .S. Seabridge (1 for 3) K. Dixon (2 for 47) and R.Ufton (1 for 25) were the pick of the Bodiam bowling.

 After a delicious strawberry tea prepared by Tracey Dixon and her team ,Bodiam took on the ominous task. With the loss of two fairly quick wickets and only 19 on the board the target already seemed almost unattainable. However a steady knock from S.Constable (35) set the wheels in motion once again and an outstanding performance from a rejuvenated Corner Carpets Man Of The Match R. Ufton (56) excited the spectators. Along with a cameo innings from M.Dixon (26) ,Bodiam were in with a fighting chance of victory and it was left to B.Courts(24 n. o., recovering from a knock on the head)and K. Dixon (9 n. o. recovering from his strawberry tea! )to secure the win. Bodiam won the match on the 3rd ball of the final over, regaining the John Towner trophy after its loss the previous year. Wanderers produced some good bowling with Nani (3 for 31) R. Wathey (2 for 26) and J. Godden (2 for 31).

This was Bodiam's first home match on a much- recovered wicket thanks to the hard work of G. Constable and M.Pratt , who also prepared the very enjoyable barbecue after the match. This was followed by the presentation and raffle. £173 was raised for Prostate Cancer Research and the club hope to add to this total before the end of the season. An excellent game of cricket played in true competitive spirit in picturesque surroundings. Many thanks to everyone who attended. John would have loved it.



Bodiam 127 for 8 Sedlescombe 130 for 2

In this friendly timed match at Sedlescombe on Sunday the home side won the toss and put Bodiam in to bat. G.Bransby (27) and T.Adams (17)made slow progress in an opening partnership of 32 runs off the first 19 overs. A quick fire 15 from T.Constable  off only four scoring shots moved the total on but  after his dismissal this was followed by a steady collapse. A.Marketis (11) and P.Barnett (12) were the only other batsmen to reach double figures as Bodiam struggled to 127 for 8 at tea. F.Holland (4 for 27) was the pick of some good bowling performances from a young  Sedlescombe side.

In reply Sedlescombe openers J.Beeslee (52 n.o.) and J.Carthew (28) made 50 for the first wicket and Bodiam were already under pressure. S.Galbraith (24 n.o.) took Sedlescombe passed the target hitting a 6 with 15 overs of the last 20 still remaining.T.Constable (1 for 23)and R.Reardon (1 for 24 )claimed the two Sedlescombe wickets. Corner Carpets Man of the Match for Bodiam was awarded to G.Bransby for his staying power in a match where Bodiam never really got going.


Bodiam 162 for 6 Moulscomb 121

Bodiam's match against Moulscomb on Sunday was transferred from Hadlow Down back to Bodiam due to the weather. Many thanks go to Mick Pratt who worked extremely hard at such short notice to prepare the pitch. Bodiam batted first in this 35 over friendly and the opening partnership between Tom Adams(34) and Rich Colegate (30)put on 59 for the loss of the first wicket. T. Constable(17),S. Constable (17), Terry Adams (12,)M. Dixon (14 n.o.) and R.Ufton (18 n.o.)all added their support with some solid batting culminating in a pleasing total of 162 for 6 despite some inclement weather. The most successful bowlers for Moulscomb were J.Gibson (2 for 14) and K.Cook (1 for 18) .

After tea Moulscomb opener K.Cook (26) started off well but some low scores from the higher order batsmen slowed the run rate. Middle order knocks from M. Hunton(23), S. Lightly(23)and J. Gibson (17)looked to be putting Moulscombe back in the running but the away team eventually capitulated with only one run being scored by the last four batsmen. Moulscomb finished on 121 with Corner Carpets Men Of The Match Terry Adams (3 for 22)and Rich Colegate (2 for 9) doing the most damage.



 Bodiam 119  Greenheath 109


A thrilling 40-over friendly, at the BCG on Sunday, saw the home side scrape a narrow victory by just 10 runs against their London based counterparts.Having lost the toss and been inserted Bodiam got off to an uncharacteristically quick start. However, what was more in character was the regular fall of wickets as the visiting bowling attack made good use of an uneven surface. A. Chapman (28) top scored for the home side who committed the cardinal sin of not batting out the overs, leaving 12 overs unused! H. Patel (2-9) and D. Wright (2-10) made the early inroads before a devastating spell from S. Harman (2.5-1-5-4) accounted for the tail-enders in a below-par team total of 119.

In reply Greenheath started solidly as M. Watson (15) and J. Gough (16) took the visitors to tea for the loss of just one wicket, whilst R. Reardon (2-24) and C. Reardon (1-16) frustrated the opposition with some tight bowling. However, after tea a rejuvenated Bodiam side took to the field in order to burn off some of the many calories consumed during the interval. Regular wickets went down as B. Courts (3-22) and R. Colegate (2-20) destroyed the middle order to keep the game on a knife edge. A calculated knock from visiting skipper J. Sawyer (24n.o.) threatened victory but he ultimately ran out of partners as Colegate plucked a sublime catch, to dismiss the last batsman, off the bowling of A. Marketis (2-3) to send the Bodiam players into delirium.

Corner Carpets Person of the Match goes to Tracey Dixon whose tea provided the catalyst for an outstanding victory.




Bodiam 250 for 6 Brede 171 for 8

On another beautiful day at Bodiam cricket ground the visitors Brede won the toss and put the home side in to bat in this 40 over friendly. Bodiam lost two quick wickets in the first 4 overs with only 10 runs on the board but a third wicket stand of 81 between Paul Barnett (24)and Adam Chapman(80)changed the mood and Bodiam started to look hungry for a big score. Chris Reardon (69 n. o.), Adrian Marketis (30), Mark Dixon (10)and newcomer Oliver Bettis (7 n.o.) kept the momentum going and Bodiam finished on 250 for 6 before tucking in to another excellent tea. F. Ullman (2 for 33)and A. Bird (1 for 13)were the pick of the Brede bowling.

When Brede batted Bodiam also took a valuable early wicket thanks to a good catch from Oliver Bettis off the bowling of Sam Constable (1 for 13).A.R. Fryer(45)and P. Carruthers (27) put on 82 for the second wicket but with their dismissal the run rate slowed dramatically and S. Newble(17),C. Butler(23) and STurner (20)were the only other contributors in a final score of 171 for 8.Corner Carpets Man Of The Match Reardon (2 for 21) and B. Courts (2 for 12)were Bodiam's most successful bowlers helped by some good fielding ,notably a stunning catch from Paul Barnett.






Bodiam 200  Burwash 178-9


Burwash hosted Bodiam last Sunday in the first ever meeting between the clubs. Having won the toss the host's put Bodiam in on a tricky pitch which had some early tennis ball bounce to assist the bowlers. Early wickets fell like dominos as the top order collapsed with some expert bowling from D. Smith 7-69 and C. Christie 2-39. With the score on 68-8 and an early tea (and a possible beer match) looking on the cards Corner Carpets Man of the Match J. Adams (116) was joined at the crease by R. Colegate (21). The pair put on a terrific 9thwicket stand of 131 which saw  the former notch up his maiden hundred in a gutsy innings. The only other batsman to get into double figures was T. Rose (26) as the visitors somehow managed to post 200.

 In reply Burwash opener Morgan-Jones (28) started steadily as wickets fell at the other end. R. Reardon (2-20) and T. Adams (1-9) got the visitors of to a good start in pursuit of the 10 wickets which would see them record an unlikely victory. Hemsley (23) came to the crease and put on a sizable stand with Morgan-Jones to effectively put an end to Bodiam's hopes of victory. When the breakthrough did come it only enabled Burwash skipper Parke-Reid (57) to blaze an entertaining half-century to threaten a late push for victory. Some late wickets from an economical B. Courts (5-4-1-2) meant that Pikles (2no) had to play out a tense final over, before running out his ninth wicket partner off the final ball in a comedy conclusion to a thoroughly entertaining game. 







 Bodiam 199 for 7 Crowhurst 122 for 7


Captain for the day,' Lord' Robin Ufton,steered the home team to a comfortable victory in this 40 over friendly at Bodiam on Sunday.Having lost the toss, Bodiam were asked to bat and despite losing an early wicket T.Rose (35)and T.Constable(42) put on an entertaining second wicket stand of 79 off 15 overs, followed by an equally impressive knock from A. Chapman(43).Five further batsmen contributed valuable runs resulting in a challenging total of 199 for 7 at the end of the overs. K.Cornwell(1 for 13)and S.Cruttenden(2 for 41)were Crowhurst's most successful bowlers.

In reply Crowhurst started off well with K.Cornwell (18) and N.Hartnell(25) taking the visitors to 52 without loss. S.Cruttenden (19) added support but the run rate decreased rapidly as wickets fell and only A.Berwick(15n.o.)showed any sign of late attack. Crowhurst reached the final total of 122 for 7 off 40 overs.

Bodiam shared a strong bowling attack between eight bowlers with Corner Carpets Man of The Match S.Seabridge (4 for 11)showing fine form ably supported by B.Courts(1 for 6)and A.Marketis(1for 32).

Special thanks to stand-in tea ladies Christine and Tracy with their young assistants for the preparation of another enjoyable tea,to those who contributed food and to Mick Pratt for his ongoing ground maintenance.







 Alfriston 268 for 5  Bodiam 271 for 3


Bodiam continued their impressive batting form in this 40 over friendly at Alfriston on Sunday. The home side won the toss and elected to bat but lost their first wicket with only 7 runs on the board. However G. Ellis(39) and T. Sneath (129)then proceeded to put on a second wicket stand of 154broken eventually by a K. Dixon catch off the bowling of P. Barnett (2 for 60).Relief did not last long as J. Bowers (19),M. Shearing(21) and P. Shearing(13 n. o.) continued to pile on the runs. Alfriston finished their innings on 268 for 5, their best score of the season. Bodiam bowlers R. Colegate (1 for 20) and T. Adams (0 for 30) initially contained the batting to 65 for 1 off the first 17 overs but later bowlers struggled on a difficult fielding pitch.

Following tea Bodiam set out with a positive approach to chase the daunting total and openers T. Rose (25) and T. Constable (43) knocked 34 off the first 3 overs laying the foundations for potential success. Corner Carpets Man of the Match Adam "demolition man" Chapman (148)then strode to the crease and ,hitting roofs, cars and breaking a window in the process ,confidently knocked the Alfriston bowlers all around the field. S. Constable (31 n. o.) showed solid support and T. Adams (5 n. o.) scored the winning runs. Bodiam finished on 271 for 3 off just 30 overs in an entertaining match played in good competitive spirit.




 Winchelsea 221-6 Bodiam 173 for 9


Bodiam eventually clung on for a draw in a hard fought contest on a blustery day at Winchelsea. After being put into bat the host's opening batsmen put on 59 for the first wicket in good time as the Bodiam bowlers struggled on a good batting surface. The dismissal of E. Jury (41), however, brought about a mini collapse initiated by C. Reardon (2-22) and S. Seabridge (2-11) as the home side lost three wickets for no runs. This brought together W. Wheeler (58) and M. Cook (31) who proceeded to smash the ball to all parts, endangering motorists unfortunate enough to be traveling on the road past the ground. The two put on 93 for the fifth wicket before a quick-fire 29 not out from R. Bowdsewell helped Winchelsea finish with a healthy total of 221.

In reply Bodiam started steadily with opening batsmen T. Adams (25) and G. Constable (32) putting on 66 for the first wicket, before suffering a similar top-order collapse as they lost four wickets for one run. H. Smeed (5-58) then ripped through the middle order as Bodiam victory hopes were left in tatters. It was left to Corner Carpets Man of the March P. Barnett (49), R. Reardon (29no) and K. Dixon (1no) to hold on for a draw in a thrilling finale  


 Wadhurst 121-9 Bodiam 122-3


Bodiam eventually ran out 7-wicket victors in this timed friendly at Cousley Wood on Sunday. A blustery autumnal day and a wicket which lacked pace combined to make scoring look like binary code as Wadhurst were put into bat after losing the toss.

Boasting the inclusion of Ian Bell, who carried his bat for 58, the hosts struggled against the new ball pairing of B. Courts (1-10) and P. Barnett (2-13) who took regular wickets whilst drying up run scoring opportunities. The introduction of R. Colegate (3-6) further impeded the home side's progress as Bell watched on helplessly at the non-strikers end. The wily spin of K. Dixon (2-17) saw attacking fields being set the likes of which had never been seen during a Bodiam bowling display. However, stubborn resistance from the 9thand 10thwicket pairings saw a competitive 121 being put on the board.

In reply Bodiam's opening pair began cautiously, putting on 53 for the first wicket. G. Constable (32) was the first wicket to depart before the ever destructive A. Chapman (23) arrived at the crease. Chapman was likened to an international player during his cameo, but was ultimately dismissed by Bell, whose bowling is often unseen on the international circuit, with victory in sight. However, R. Reardon (21no) came to the crease and with Corner Carpets Man of the Match G. Bransby (33no) saw their side to victory with six overs remaining.  



 Hurst Green 93-9 Bodiam 94-4


A rain reduced match between Hurst Green and Bodiam ended with a win for the visitors on Sunday. Having been put into bat in a 25 over match, after a delay of an hour and a half, the hosts got off to a blistering start with G. Ballard (32) displaying some clean hitting. His dismissal, however, lead to a collapse which saw just 60 more runs put on in 21 overs as Bodiam's bowlers turned the screw. C. Reardon (2-33), B. Courts (2-3…including a sensational caught and bowled) and T. Wilson (2-5…in a rare appearance) registered two wickets each as the home sides lower order avoided being dismissed within the allotted overs.

The run chase never really looked in doubt once T. Rose (20) and G. Constable (18) recorded a 41 run opening partnership. A few quick wickets from M. Hooker (3-14) kept Hurst Green interested before C. Reardon (16n.o.) and R. Reardon (21n.o.) arrived to the crease to calmly knock off the required runs with two and a half overs remaining unused.

Corner Carpets Person of the Match was awarded to Karen Towner, whose efforts with the scoring have been greatly appreciated this year.




 Bodiam 213 for 5  Beckley 171 for 8


Bodiam opened the batting in this 30 over friendly ,setting a testing target of 213 for 5 .After the loss of a very early wicket R. Ufton(36) and G. Constable (40)settled in to a steady 80 run partnership. This was backed up by a quick-fire 65 not out from A. Chapman and an equally impressive 55 from T. Rose, putting on 116 for the fifth wicket. C. Pierce (2 for 14) was the pick of the Beckley bowlers in a side bolstered by the loan of two redoubtable Bodiam players.

After an enjoyable tea the Beckley openers put on 12 runs before W. Baker was out caught on the boundary by a superb catch from T. Rose off the tempting bowling of K. Dixon (1 for 4).The main runs came from R. Howis (50)and C. Pierce(31)but despite a cameo performance from Bodiam' s B. Courts (29), saving his biggest knock of the season for the opposition and a decision by captain R. Reardon(2 for 14)to share the bowling throughout the whole Bodiam team, Beckley fell short of runs reaching 171 for 8 as the overs ran out. This was an enjoyable afternoon's cricket made all the better by the glorious late September sunshine and the always generous provision of a welcome meal at the Rose and Crown after the game .Many thanks.

 Corner Carpets Man of the Match was awarded to both A. Chapman and T. Rose for their all-round performances in batting, bowling and fielding.





 In their final match of a very successful season Bodiam lost the toss in this 35 over friendly at Crowhurst and were asked to take the field. The opening partnership for the home side consisting of K.Cornwell (88) and R. Dennard (20) put on 81 for the first wicket. However a mid- order collapse slowed the run rate with only D. Watters (11) and A. Woodhams (18n.o.)reaching double figures .Despite this Crowhurst posted a challenging 177 for 7 off their allotted overs.

Bodiam's main wicket takers were S.Constable (2 for 15) and S. Seabridge (2 for 18) ,the other wickets being shared between R. Ufton, T. Rose and G. Bransby with the ball finding the safe catching hands of R. Colegate four times!

After tea, taken in Mediterranean conditions Bodiam took to the crease .Stalwart opening batsman G. Constable (69)toiled through the late afternoon sunshine placing well executed shots around the field supported by G.Bransby (7)and A.Chapman (11)before the appearance of Bulgarian Sunny Beach returnee M. Towner(57)added very useful runs leading to a partnership of 108 for the third wicket .When Towner was run out on 160 there were only 16 balls left to score 18 runs. T.Rose (9),S. Constable (4)and S. Seabridge (1 n.o.)were put under pressure from some tight bowling from N.Stapley (1 for 10)and S. Woodhams (0 for 32).Two runs were needed for Bodiam to win off the final over but this proved too much and this very exciting match resulted in a well-deserved tie, drawing the season sadly to a close. Corner Carpets Man Of The Match was awarded to G.Constable.