All The Headlines And Match Reports From 2010


In a low -scoring friendly at Newenden on Sunday Bodiam eventually clinched a nail biting victory. Batting first ,on a suspect wicket, the home side collapsed to 18 for 6,Rich Colgate (3 for 6 )and Richie Reardon (3 for 2 )doing the damage. This year's skipper, Reardon, attempted to make a game of it with bowling changes but Adrian Marketis (3 for 9 in two overs) had different ideas. The only other bowlers used were Rob Ufton (0 for 1) and Richard Mitchell (1 for 25)as Newenden capitulated to 46 all out ,off 17 overs. Graham Bransby held two excellent catches whilst Badger Courts surprised everybody with a stunning catch ,running backwards, to bring the innings to a close. P.Morris (13) and G Rummary (12) were the only batsmen to get in to double figures. As so often happens in games like this the outcome is not what one would expect .With the score at 33 for 2 and only 15 runs needed, the Bodiam middle order disintegrated as they plummetted to 42 for 7.Rich Colgate not out 4 and a dogged not out 3 from Kevin Dixon off 17 balls saw the visitors safely home. C.Reardon (11) top -scored for Bodiam whilst I.Picton (2 for 7) was Newenden's most successful bowler. Rich Colegate was awarded "Corner Carpets Man of the Match."




On a cold winter's day (well that's what it seemed like!)at Bexhill Down on Sunday, Bodiam ground out a 4 wicket win. Surprised  to find the Bexhill side with half of Sidley C.C. playing for them, the visitors did well to restrict the home side to 147 all out. Sidley captain N. Priddy and overseas player M. Taylor opened the batting  and found themselves back in the pavilion with only 10 runs on the board. Wickets fell steadily but with the score at 64 for 5 a reasonable total looked on the cards for Bexhill. However fielding  a much weakened bowling attack due to several injuries  Bodiam rose to the occasion with Rich. Colegate( 2 for 15 )and Chris Reardon (2 for 26 ) backed up by occasional spinners Kevin Dixon (2 for 33) and Robin Ufton( 2 for 16 ) .P.Gould was the unlucky last wicket to fall with his score on 49. When Bodiam batted under driving wind and darkened sky they achieved a comfortable win with 6 overs to spare.Most batsmen accrued useful runs with the top scorers being Glen Constable(32) and C.Reardon(31) who were awarded joint Corner Carpet Men of the Match .P.Gould (1 for 8) was Bexhill Down's most successful bowler.





Etchingham won the toss and elected to bat first on a balmy spring day in the picturesque surroundings of Bodiam. The home team's bowlers were soon made to sweat and toil for wickets as openers S. Tooke (54) and D. Bray (25) saw the visitors off to a swift start in an opening stand of 60. Two quick wickets from R. Reardon (2-32) saw the run-rate faulter before contributions from Etchingham's middle order set out to frustrate the hosts on a hot day in the field. Luckily some outstanding catching managed to help restrict the visitors to 159,despite a useful cameo from A. Hind (21 not out).  The Bodiam reply began slowly with Etchingham's bowlers making good use of an uncharacteristically well-behaved wicket. The top-order departed reasonably swiftly before the middle-order, consisting of B. Courts (38), M. DIxon (28) and M. Pengilly (26), counter-punched with some quick runs to set up a thrilling finale. However, a devastating second spell from Bray (6-10) saw the frailties of the Bodiam tail uncovered, with their aversions to the straight ball helping the opening bowler to a six wicket haul. The last five wickets falling for just 14 runs helped Bodiam snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in a fascinating game of cricket. Courts picked up the 'Corner Carpets Man of the Match Award' for a typically entertaining knock after utilising his knowledge of the sub-continental conditions to help him deliver a useful spell of bowling earlier in the day.



At Catsfield , on Sunday, Bodiam squeezed a tight win in a match which could have had three different results. Batting first ,Catsfield lost a wicket in the first over and struggled to overcome the early setback with only 22 runs coming off the first 8 overs. Pete Mills (22 )and David Taylor (17) retrieved the situation and pushed the score along to 44 before Mills fell to the cunning guile of Brian Courts(3 for 28).Only S.Sharma (17) made any headway against the visitors attack as Adrian Marketis (1 for 18), Chris Reardon (3 for 23 )and Jamie Wisby (2 for 1) reduced Catsfield to 133 all out in only 34 overs. When Bodiam batted they also lost a very quick wicket as Wisby (4) was unluckily run out in the first over. Corner Carpets Man Of The Match Marketis (30) held the middle order together and  at the fall of his wicket Courts (16) and Skipper for the day Robin Ufton (not out 10) inched their way towards the target until Bodiam veteran Mike Noble strode to the crease at the fall of the eighth wicket and ,wondering what all the panic was about, smote two boundaries in two balls and the game was over. Nick Gurr (3 for 35 )off a marathon spell of 17 overs and Tony Taylor (3 for 49)were Catsfield's main wicket takers.



At Mountfield on Sunday the home side won the toss and put the visitors in to bat in this 40 over friendly. Glen Constable (40) ,Chris Reardon (18)and Kevin Dixon(29) all made useful starts but a mini middle order collapse saw Bodiam slump from 84 for 2 to 89 for 5.Rich Reardon (44) staged a one man recovery before his departure with the score on 156.The tail enders were unable to exploit the situation resulting in a disappointing total of 163 all out when 200 would have been a more satisfactory total for the opposition to chase. Joe Howells (2 for 28) ,B. Wickes (2 for 25) and Mike Tapsfield (2 for 25) were Mountfield's main wicket takers. When Mountfield batted C. Reardon (2 for 57) removed both the openers with only 14 on the board. Further success eluded the visitors as Howells (38) and P .Stovell (not out 65) confidently knocked off the winning runs with 10 overs still remaining. R. Reardon (2 for 39 )was adjudged Corner Carpets Man of the Match.




Bodiam gave Netherfield the opportunity to take first knock in their pleasant friendly encounter on Sunday afternoon. Bodiam's bowlers made good use of the new ball as Netherfield's batsmen failed to come to terms with the bouncy surface. All seven bowlers used by the visitors took wickets with Tom Constable, Steve Seabridge and  Kevin Dixon contributing a brace each. I. Ahmed (21) was the only man to reach double figures in the host's total of 77. In reply Bodiam strolled to victory for the loss of just two wickets, both courtesy of opening bowler Alex (2-22). Rich Reardon (32no), Tom Rose (19no) and Glen Constable (14) ensured there were no slip ups in the truncated match returning the away side to winning ways in the process. Corner Carpets Man of the Match was a TEAM BODIAM effort this week!



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Sedlescombe snuck home by the narrow margin of seven runs in what turned out to be a riveting friendly encounter with Bodiam on Sunday. Having won the toss and elected to field Bodiam looked to make good use of a dubious track at Sedlescombe. R. Reardon (3-19) and R. Colegate (1-16) were economical in their exploits with the new ball and prised out some early wickets. However, J. Beesley stood firm with a knock of 43 which was deserving of half-century. The only other man to make an impression with the bat was S, Galbraith, who demonstrated remarkable clean hitting on his way to 60 not out. Sedlescombe skipper C. Fellows (13no) played an entertaining cameo innings at the end to get the hosts up to a decent total of 166. S Seabridge (2-11) and B. Courts (2-21) also starred with the ball in an indifferent fielding display by the visitors.  


After the tea interval Bodiam's batsmen went in pursuit of the target but were hampered by the early loss of wickets. S. Cornford (4- 25) was deadly accurate in his opening spell as the batsmen failed to come to terms with his subtle variations of pace. T. Adams (25) counter attacked with an aggressive knock which helped keep the away side in the hunt, before A. Marketis (47) came to the wicket and steered his side towards victory in a run chase which constantly swayed in the favour of one side and the other. Wickets, however, fell in quick succession with Marketis falling agonisingly short of what would have been a deserved half-century, before Reardon (21) joined the former back in the pavilion as Bodiam began to flag. Galbraith (2-7) completed a fine all-round display by capturing two wickets including the final wicket to cue wild celebrations from the home team's players. The 'Corner Carpets Man of the Match' was awarded to Marketis for his belligerent knock in a fruitless run chase.



Bodiam's disappointing run of losses continued at home on Sunday losing by 30 runs to a strong Chiddingly outfit. Batting first the visitors cruised to 88 for 1 with solid contributions from M.Ramesar (34) and overseas player K.Ramsay (39).J. Lofthouse (52 n.o.) continued the onslaught taking the visitors to a satisfactory 177 off their 35 overs. Chris Reardon (2 for 26) was Bodiam's most successful bowler.

When Bodiam batted they lost early wickets until father and son combination Glen Constable (26) and Tom Constable (18)made good recovery until both were unluckily run out.Corner Carpets Man of the Match R.Reardon (40) and Mark Dixon (24) added 60 for the eighth wicket but with their departure the remaining wickets fell quickly as Bodiam slumped to defeat. M.Dunn( 3 for 39 )and J.Jarmyn (2 for 22)were the pick of the bowling for Chiddingly. 




In this friendly played at Hadlow Down on Sunday Bodiam were held to a draw despite being the superior side. Batting first the visitors lost a quick wicket without a run on the board. Glen Constable (32) ,Terry Adams (21)and Chris Reardon (18)quickly repaired the damage as the score reached 111 for 5.A splendid maiden century by Skipper Richard Reardon (101 not out)supported by Adrian Marketis (54 not out)forged a 146 partnership in a daunting total of 257 for 5 at tea. J.Hammond (2 for 61) was Moulsecoomb's most successful bowled.

When Moulsecoomb batted they decided a win was out of their grasp and successfully held on for a draw with over 100 still required by the end of play. Rob Hurrell (2 for 18) and Corner Carpets Man Of The Match Reardon (3 for 43) were assisted by good fielding and two excellent catches by A. Marketis. As the home side ground their way to 153 for 7 the afternoon culminated in a frustrating result for the visitors.



Playing at home on Sunday B0diam entertained South London visitors Greenheath in a 35 over match which they won comfortably. Batting first the home side started slowly with Glen Constable (15) and Chris Rose (20) putting on 30 for the second wicket. An excellent innings from, recently out of form, Adam Chapman (57) assisted by Jim Hart (15)kept the score ticking along nicely resulting in a satisfactory total of 157.Patel (2 for 18)  and Wright (2 for 23 )were the mainstay of the visitors' attack.

 When Greenheath   batted  New Zealander Page (19) and South African Shepherd (14) found the Bodiam wicket and accurate bowling hard to deal with and apart from an aggressive knock by Watson(27) and Codd (15) no other batsmen reached double figures as Bodiam ground their way to a 36 run victory. Hart (2 for 10) Brian Courts (1 for 16) Tom Rose (1 for 8 )and Terry Adams( 1 for 27)all played a part in Greenheath's downfall. Corner Carpets Man of the Match was awarded to Adam Chapman.



On Sunday at Brede an under-strength Bodiam side nearly pulled off a shock result against their near neighbours .Losing the toss and being put in to bat the visitors slumped to a disastrous 21 for 6 before veterans Brian Courts (38), Kevin Dixon (26)and Robin Ufton (21 not out)staged a remarkable recovery as Bodiam reached 126 all out at tea. S. Turner (2 for 16) and G.Dinning (3 for 5) returned outstanding bowling figures for the home side.

When Brede batted they lost a quick wicket with only 5 runs on the board but appeared to be coasting home with the score at 86 for 4 courtesy of C. Reardon(27) E. Avann (21) and A. Barrett (17).A sudden flurry of wickets from Adam Chapman (4 for 57) and Courts (2 for 22) caused slight worries amongst the home team who eventually ran out reasonably comfortable three wicket winners. Corner Carpets Man Of The Match was awarded to B.Courts for his all round performance although four excellent catches by keeper Mark Dixon and Chapmans unbroken bowling spell of 15 overs  made them strong contenders.




At Ulcombe on Sunday both sides struggled on a difficult wicket with the highest score of the day being 29.Bodiam continued  with their run of poor results and while not disgraced  eventually succumbed to a four wicket defeat. Batting first the visitors limped to 32 for 5 before any major contributions occurred. Steve Seabridge (15) Badger Courts (17) and Graham Bransby (15) shored up the tail enders in a disappointing total of 102.V.Hampton (5 for 12) put in a splendid bowling performance off his seven overs.

When Ulcombe batted they found similar problems and crept to 54 for 5 making the possibility of a Bodiam victory on the cards. However M. Howard (29),R.Lee- Davey (24) and J.Pallett (24) retrieved the situation well as Ulcombe coasted to victory. Adam Chapman , one wicket ,two catches and an excellent run- out was awarded Corner Carpets Man of the Match.



At Bodiam on Sunday ,against a tough young Crowhurst unit ,the home side eventually ran out comfortable winners by 78 runs. Batting first Bodiam produced much improved form mainly due to cash incentives with seven players reaching double figures!Glen Constable(12) Terry Adams (15)Tom Rose(28) Tom Constable (27) Rich Reardon(27)Paul Barnett (25-playing his first game for Bodiam since 1993)and Brian Courts (11)all combined to establish a satisfactory score of 163 for 9.

B.Harris (3 for 17)A.Berwick(2 for 38 )and G.Hopkins(2 for 17)bowled well for the visitors.

When Crowhurst batted they could not come to terms with the tricky Bodiam wicket and made very slow progress reaching only 32 off 16 overs. T.Constable (3 for 27 from an excellent 10 over spell)and Reardon (5 for 15-his first five wicket haul for Bodiam )created havoc amongst the early batting and only the late order senior batsmen A.Boswell (18) and  bowlers nightmare the obdurate Neil Stapley(17)managed to make the score respectable. T.Constable and R.Reardon were awarded joint Corner Carpets Men of the Match .



  Bodiam 205 for 1 declared, Winchelsea 99 all out.

 After taking first knock, Bodiam lost an early wicket before Glen Constable (51 not out) and Adam Chapman(127 not out) added an unbeaten 195 runs before a storm shortened Bodiam's innings by 20 minutes. Chapman's innings included 15 fours, 6 sixes and a severely-dented passing car. None of the home bowlers were able to contain Chapman as Bodiam rattled up their score in just 38 overs.

In reply, only L. Croll (53) was able to offer any resistance on a damp pitch as Bodiam wrapped up a comfortable victory with 3 overs to spare.Wickets were shared between Steve Seabridge 92 for 9), Paul Barnett (2 for 26), Terry Adams (2 for 20), Chris Reardon (2 for 23), and the mercurial spin of Kevin Dixon (1 for 13),  with man of the match Chapman (1 for 7) taking the final wicket.


Bodiam 197-6 vs. Rotherfield 136


Bodiam continued their recent good run of form with a comfortable 61 run victory over Rotherfield in this friendly fixture on Sunday. A slow start ensued after the hosts were inserted on a slow low wicket, before the introduction of T. Constable at the fall of the first wicket sent the run rate soaring. Constable and P. Johnson (62) put on a fantastic second wicket stand of 137 as Rotherfield's bowlers were put to the sword with some aggressive batting. Constable went on to reach his maiden century in an entertaining knock of 101, which in turn set the home side a solid platform for a big total. However, Featherby (2-13) and Simmons (2-12) took wickets late on in the innings and helped restrict Bodiam to 197, when previously a score of 200+ looked on the cards.

In reply the away side's opening batsmen, Baldock (19) and Hacker (57), got their team off to a good start keeping them above the required run rate early on. However, the fall of Hacker's wicket turned the game Bodiam's way as Rotherfield's low order failed to maintain the required rate. R. Reardon (3-25), T. Adams (2-3) and S. Seabridge (2-20) took wickets for the hosts before Constable completed an impressive all round performance with a brace of wickets to cement his Corner Carpets Man of the Match award.



Wadhurst 149-5 vs. Bodiam 150-7

 Bodiam eventually came through this friendly fixture on Sunday by three wickets, but not before suffering some nervy moments in a relatively low run chase.

Wadhurst were slow to get going after being inserted. The opening bowlers for Bodiam kept things tight as wickets were hard to come by. B. Courts eventually made the breakthrough before going on to record exceptional figures of 4-2 off his five overs. However, the home sides opening batsman Notley played a lone hand to get his side up to a respectable total. He eventually fell after a fantastic knock of 102 as the hosts made 149-5.

In reply many of Bodiam's batsmen made contributions. C. Reardon (28), A. Chapman (24no), M. Dixon (23) and M. Towner (22) kept the visitors on course for victory throughout; however, Wadhurst Skipper Bell regularly took wickets in a marathon spell of 18 overs, to finish with exceptional figures of 18-7-32-4 to keep his side in the hunt till the end. Corner Carpets Man of the Match was awarded to Courts for his sacrifice for the cause.