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    Bodiam ended their successful season by losing to a powerful Lewes Priory outfit in this 40 over match at their home ground on Sunday. Lewes Priory batted first in the warmth of the late summer sun and with their first four batsmen making solid contributions the score raced to a 102 for 3. M. Murray (not out 84) led the way supported by sensible knocks from A.Hartridge (18) and C. Baker (26) as an eventual total of 197 was reached, in their allotted overs, on a very difficult playing surface. Four Bodiam bowlers shared the wickets with the cunning guile of Tony Wilson (2 for 32) achieving the best figures. When Bodiam batted they found some interesting ways of getting out as the score slumped to 59 for 5. Corner Carpets Man Of The Match Steve Seabridge (38) combined with Glen Constable (not out 14) to make a a respectable total of 140, whilst not threatening the Lewes Priory dominant bowling attack with extras of 42 being the top scorer. D.Tory (2 for 20) R.Secrett (2 for 15) and B.Denton (2 for 22) were the visitors' most successful bowlers.



  In this 40 over close encounter at Beckley on Sunday, played in Indian summer conditions the home team lost the toss and were put in to bat. Opener Ben Larkin(not out 88)carried his bat in an almost one- man onslaught against the Bodiam bowling .No other batsman figured as strongly in Beckley's total of 167 off their allotted overs but the team amassed 110 together off the last twenty. Rob Pook (2 for 14) and Kevin Dixon (2 for 20) were the pick of the visitor's bowling attack. When Bodiam batted the openers, Corner Carpets Man of the Match, Mark Dixon(32) and Terry Adams (30) launched a savage attack as the score raced to 45 after 9 overs. On their dismissal the run rate slowed to a trickle until Glen Constable (not out 29) and Rich Reardon (not out 15) ,despite being severely handicapped by the slow spin bowlers using the setting sun to their advantage, saw the visitors safely home with one over to spare. J. Goodsell (2 for 24) was Beckley's main wicket taker.



  Bodiam's run of drawn games came to an end on Sunday with a stunning victory over Hurst Green. Batting first the home side lost two quick wickets with only 3 on the board. Richard Reardon (1 for 55), Steve Seabridge (1 for 26) and Brian Courts (1 for 28) completely stifled the run rate with only 76 runs coming off 31 overs. With the removal of this trio from the bowling attack Dave Baldock (not out 82)and Guy Ballard (84 -including an unprecedented feat rarely seen in club cricket of six sixes in one over) crashed the bowling to all parts of the ground in a remarkable stand of 131, culminating in a daunting total of 219 for 4 at tea. When Bodiam batted they also lost two quick wickets until Sam Constable (79) and Jim Adams (65 ) increased the tempo with a stand of 123 . Constable and Courts (not out 53) then added 83 for the fourth wicket to take Bodiam to the brink of victory, which was eventually achieved with only one ball to spare. R .Baldock (1 for 28) D. Cox (1 for 25) and D. Baldock (1 for 40) were Hurst Green's wicket takers. After much discussion Corner Carpets Men of the Match honours were awarded to Constable, Adams and Courts in a first time ever occurrence.



Bodiam endured a third drawn game on the trot in this friendly encounter at Cousley Wood on Sunday. Batting first the visitors got away to a good start with Glen Constable (22) batting steadily. Two quick wickets fell and then an excellent 93 run partnership between P. Johnson (50) and J. Godden (64 not out) steered the visitors to a reasonable position. Short cameos from Adrian Marketis (18) and Jim Adams (12) guided Bodiam to a safe 197 for 7 at tea. Pick of the Wadhurst attack were S. Ward (3 for 54) and Ian Bell (2 for 53 off an extended 18 over spell). When Wadhurst batted A.Notley (51) led the way in an aggressive knock but he was not backed up by the early batting order as the home side slumped to 89 for 7. Steve Seabridge (3 for 14) and Corner Carpets Man Of The Match, Jack Godden (3 for 30) caused the main damage but Wadhurst recovered as tail enders A. Hall (18) and Bell (25 not out) steered them to safety.



For the second week running Bodiam experienced frustration at being unable to prise out the last wicket pair in this friendly match at Rotherfield on Sunday. Batting first the visitors made a steady start with reliable Glen Constable (41) leading the way. The tempo rapidly increased with Tom Constable (61) and Adam Chapman (47) despatching the bowling to all parts of the ground and ensuring a satisfactory total of 193 for 5 at tea. J.Featherby (2 for 37) was Rotherfield's most successful bowler. When the home side batted they made a slow start until C.Buck (45) and D.Hacker (29) put on a partnership of 75 for the fourth wicket. Bodiam put the breaks on the run rate as Corner Carpets Man of the Match Chapman (5 for 34) and Sam Constable (2 for 24 )made inroads on the middle and late order batting, but despite their efforts Rotherfield managed to grind out an unlikely draw from this close encounter.



      For the second week running Bodiam experienced frustration at being unable to prise out the last wicket pair in this friendly match at Rotherfield on Sunday. Batting first the visitors made a steady start with reliable Glen Constable (41) leading the way. The tempo rapidly increased with Tom Constable (61) and Adam Chapman (47) despatching the bowling to all parts of the ground and ensuring a satisfactory total of 193 for 5 at tea. J.Featherby (2 for 37) was Rotherfield's most successful bowler. When the home side batted they made a slow start until C.Buck (45) and D.Hacker (29) put on a partnership of 75 for the fourth wicket. Bodiam put the breaks on the run rate as Corner Carpets Man of the Match Chapman (5 for 34) and Sam Constable (2 for 24 )made inroads on the middle and late order batting, but despite their efforts Rotherfield managed to grind out an unlikely draw from this close encounter.



    Bodiam experienced a frustrating result for the second year running in this friendly match at Winchelsea being yet again unable to prize out the final wicket. Batting first, the visitors lost early wickets until on loan player Jamie Wisby (60) combined with corner carpets man of the match Adrian Marketis (95 - just short of his maiden century) put on 81 runs for the fourth wicket. Tom Constable (35 in 8 scoring shots) kept the momentum going and Steve Seabridge (not out 14) added useful runs in a daunting total of 258 for 7 declared. Craig Pierce (4-65) bowled wholeheartedly for 13 overs. When Winchelsea batted a draw looked on the cards as they crawled to 38 for 5 off the first 20 overs. Aggressive batting by Ryan Dowdeswell (32) and Pierce (18) brought some respect to the scoreline but it was left to cunning veteran Pete Matthews (not out 35) to see Winchelsea home to an inevitable draw. Adam Chapman 5-32 was Bodiam's most successful bowler.



  In a 40 over match at Alfriston on Sunday Bodiam eventually ran out comfortable winners. After being asked to bat the visitors quickly slumped to 9 for 3. Skipper for the day Matt Towner (47) leading from the front regained the advantage in a 55 run partnership stand with Mick Pengilly (11) .However with his dismissal three quick wickets fell for no runs. The later batsmen fought back with Mark Smith (19) Richie Reardon (28) Mark Dixon (28) and Rich Colegate (14 not out) adding useful runs in a satisfactory total of 185, using all of their 40 overs. M. Fawbert (3 for 32) and T. Hurst (3 for 18) were Alfriston's main wicket takers. Alfriston fared equally badly losing their first two wickets without scoring. A commanding innings by M. Cogger (70) appeared likely to make a win a possibility for Alfriston until  he was dismissed by a brilliant catch from Tom Rose with the score at 125. With his departure the wheels completely fell off for the home side as the remaining batsmen only contributed another 10 runs. Jim Adams (3 for 0) wiped up the tail in only two overs. Mark Smith (2 for 22) and Corner Carpets Man of the Match Reardon (2 for 12) were Bodiam's other bowling heroes as they cruised home by 50 runs in this entertaining and friendly encounter.



On a dreadful track at Cranbrook this 40 over match came to a short conclusion after only 37 overs in total. Batting first the home side's early batting was completely obliterated by Tom Constable (2 for 15) and Darren Murphy (3 for 22). In an effort to create a challenging total skipper Matt Towner introduced some part-time bowlers but this plan back fired as Tom Rose (3 for 17 off two overs) and Badger Courts (1 for 15) cleared up the remaining batting. The highest single runs score for Cranbrook was 19 as they were bundled out for 77 in only 15 overs. When Bodiam batted Jim Adams set about the early attack as the score reached 40 for two wickets. A huge collapse followed as five wickets fell for only 9 runs until reliable veterans Robin Ufton (19 not out) and Badger Courts (11 not out) made the game safe for Bodiam. Extraordinary bowling figures by Pat Coyne in his allotted 8 overs 4 maidens 5 for 12 made a concerted personal effort but was not backed up by his fellow bowlers.



  At Bodiam on Sunday the home side emerged comfortable winners in this friendly encounter. Batting first Bodiam made steady progress with Glen Constable (36) and Adrian Marketis (36) making useful early contributions. Several other batsmen made good starts but failed to consolidate and it was left to the ever- reliable Steve Seabridge (not out 27) to guide his side to a satisfactory 192 at tea. Greg Bird (3 for 27) and P. Brown (3 for 45) were Ulcombe's main wicket takers. When the visitors batted they lost skipper P. Brown to an excellent diving catch by Adam Chapman with only 3 runs on the board. Some good contributions by R. Lee- Davey (26) Greg Bird (31) and M. Crawford (28) created an aggressive resistance early on. However steady bowling by Seabridge (2 for 16) and 'flighted wizard' Tony Wilson (2 for 26, who came out of retirement to bamboozle the batsmen) removed the middle order. With the game heading for a draw skipper Kevin Dixon cunningly induced some aggressive shots in a short spell before bringing back the previously wicket-less Adam Chapman to wipe up the tail with four wickets in three overs, none of whom troubled the scorer. Joint Corner Carpet Man of the Match awards went to Chapman and Marketis.



On an extremely dodgy wicket at Hadlow Down on Sunday Bodiam endured another nail biting finish. Batting first Moulsecombe made steady progress against the opening attack of Adam Chapman (1 for 24) and Darren Murphy (0 for 14).A. Fowler 30 exhibited a dour defence and was assisted by M. Hunton (19) and R. McFadden (25).Corner Carpets Man Of The Match, Jack Davies (5 for 16) reduced the scoring to a trickle and, together with A. Reardon (2 for 30), ensured that no further batsmen achieved double figures in an all -out total of 123. When Bodiam batted they also found runs hard to come by and at 34 for 4 defeat looked on the cards. However, Paul Johnson (48) and Chapman (23) held things together and Bodiam scraped home with two wickets to spare, Davies enjoying the glory of hitting the winning runs. R. McFadden (4 for 43) was the home side's most successful bowler.



Bodiam just about took the honours in this drawn friendly at Sedlescombe on Sunday. Batting first the visitors launched an immediate onslaught with Richard Mitchell (18) leading the way in the first two overs. With his unlucky dismissal Graham Bransby (55) and Corner Carpets Man of the Match Tom Rose (not out 100) added 87 for the second wicket. After the fall of a further quick wicket Rose and Tom Constable (not out 60- including 8 sixes) compiled an unbroken stand of 120 runs before the declaration at tea. When Sedlescombe batted Adam Chapman (2 for 23) quickly removed both openers. However a good third wicket stand between A. Maynard (38) and D Reid (65) looked to keep Sedlescombe in the run chase but with their departure the home side batted for a draw with only 12 runs coming from the last 10 overs. Mitchell (1 for 10) and Constable (2 for 35 )were Bodiam's other wicket takers.



On Sunday at Bodiam these two under-strength sides found the going tough in the heat of the afternoon. Batting first Wanderers   made slow progress against the steady attack of Steve Seabridge (3 for 27) and Adam Chapman (5 for 11). J. Wisby (17), P. Hurrell  (18), P. Johnson (26) and J. Godden (24) took the score to 104 after which no other batsmen scored double figures in a disappointing total of 127. When Bodiam batted they lost a very quick wicket without a run on the board. Graham Bransby (13) and Corner Carpets Man of the Match Adam Chapman (100 not out) put on 90 for the second wicket and an unselfish innings from Tom Rose (9) assisted Chapman to his century as he hit a final boundary when only three runs were required for victory. A. Ling (1 for 31) and J. Godden (1 for 42) were Wanderers only wicket takers.



The wheels came off Bodiam's two month unbeaten run in spectacular fashion at Westfield on Sunday. Batting first on a good fast track ,the strong home side got off to an excellent start as the first four batsmen amassed 286 runs between them. Credit must go to the beleaguered fielding side for maintaining their composure with four good catches being held, plus two unusual run outs when the ball ricocheted off the bowler on to the wicket with the backing up batsmen out of their ground. The remaining batsmen failed to reach double figures. However the damage had already been done. Adam Chapman (3 for 66) and Richie Reardon (2 for 52) were Bodiam's wicket takers. When Bodiam batted they started well and were level with the run rate after nine overs. However when Jim Adams (32) Matt Towner (19) and 'Corner Carpets Man of the Match' Chapman (23) were dismissed the task proved impossible as the visitors were dismissed for a meagre 126 runs, almost two hundred short of the target.



  This 40 over friendly match at Bodiam on Sunday resulted in a convincing win for the home side. Batting first, Netherfied made a solid start with D.Tooth (19) and D. Ahmed (31) taking the score to 56 before they were parted. J.Barratt (19) added useful runs until Richard Mitchell (4 for 21) removed the middle order as the visitors struggled to 110 for 5.The late arrival to the game of Jonty Howard (10) was not enough to enable Netherfield to make a sufficiently challenging total, reaching only 131 all out off 39 overs. Bodiam gave a workman like performance on the field holding on to all four of the catches offered. When Bodiam batted they lost Tom Rose (3) in the fourth over. Glen Constable (not out 38) and 'Corner Carpets Man of the Match' Matt Towner (not out 75) combined in a 126 run partnership as the home side coasted to easy victory in only 26 overs. D.Ahmed (1 for 22) was Netherfield's only wicket taker.



In this friendly match between close rivals at Bodiam on Sunday, the home side ran out comfortable winners. Batting first, Bodiam made a slow start with only 19 on the board off 11 overs. Corner Carpets Man of the Match Glen Constable (74) found his form in partnership with Tom Rose (18) as the run rate accelerated to 115, when both batsmen lost their wickets. Matt Towner (25), Mark Dixon (15) and Jack Davies (not out 18) added quick runs as the homeside reached 195 for 7 declared at tea. T.Desouter (3 for 38) was Mountfields most successful bowler. When Mountfield batted Darren Murphy ( 2 for 15 )and Bob Pook (3 for 15) ran through the early batting. Desouter (20) and Bashford (12) held Bodiam up for a while until Tom Rose (3 for 8) carved through the tail. Bodiam were worthy winners by 108 runs.



A below-strength Bodiam side were held to a draw at Denton in a match they should have won. Batting first the visitors got away to a solid start with Paul Johnson (50), Terry Adams (30) and skipper Matt Towner (77) making powerful contributions as the score reached 170 for 2. Richie Reardon (17) and Robin Ufton (not out 29) added useful runs in a total of 224 which looked to be a winning score. O.Guy (2 for 35) and D.Milne (2 for 35) were Denton's main wicket takers. When Denton batted they lost a very quick wicket with only 2 on the board. M. Gomm (70) and N. Young (29) batted aggressively and at the half way stage Denton were well ahead of the required run rate. M. Milne (35) kept up the momentum but, with his departure, the home side ran out of steam and added only another 18 runs in 11 overs. Grev Field (1 for 19) and J.Davies (1 for 5 plus a superb diving catch) were well supported by Rob Pook (2 for 33) and Richie Reardon (2 for 31). Jack Davis and Matt Towner claimed joint Corner Carpets Man Of The Match.



Bodiam 287 for 8 E.E.M 137 for 9

Bodiam dominated this friendly encounter but in the end were held to an unlucky draw. Corner Carpets Man of the Match Tom Rose (82) Adam Chapman (44) and Tom Constable (39) were the visitors' main contributors. When E.E.M. batted Bob Pook (4 for 15) and Rich Colegate (4 for 24) bowled with fire and spirit but were unable to prise out the last two batsmen.

Bodiam 129 Portsmouth 129

In a thrilling 20 over match, played to the Bank Holiday crowds on Southsea sea front, the home club, batting first, dominated early proceedings and a high score looked on the cards. However, steady Bodiam bowling stopped the run flow as Portsmouth totalled 129 in their allotted overs. Bob Pook (2 for 15) was Bodiam's most successful bowler. When Bodiam batted, Tom Rose (40 )continued his successful run backed up by Adam Chapman (24) and Rich Colegate (24) but the match ended in a tie as Bodiam lost their last wicket with the scores level.

Porstmouth and Southsea 176 for 7 Bodiam 177 for 8

Bodiam won this thrilling match off the fifth ball of the final over. Batting first the home side were shell shocked as Tom Constable (4 for 22) ripped through the early batting. M. Shaw (89) held the batting together until winkled out by Tom Rose (2 for 28) as Portsmouth and Southsea totalled 176 for 7 off their allotted overs. When Bodiam batted, Matt Towner (28) and Bob Pook (26) made useful contributions, but Corner Carpets Man Of the Match, Steve Seabridge (not out 58) saw Bodiam home with one ball to spare. Tom Rose was voted player of the tour.



  In a friendly match on Sunday, at Laughton, played in continuous drizzling rain, Bodiam eventually emerged comfortable winners. Batting first the visitors progressed steadily to 120 for 4 with Glen Constable (19),Rich Colegate (28 ) and Adam Chapman (28) making good contributions. Three wickets in three balls handed the advantage back to the home side, only for late order batsman Tom Constable (not out 37 ) to swing the game back in Bodiam's favour with the final wicket falling at 186. T .Glenn (4 for 56) and L. Gillman (4 for 52) were Laughton's main wicket takers. When Laughton batted, Adam Chapman (2 for 20) claimed both openers with only 29 on the board. Mike Buttifant (23) M. Cogger (15) and J. Knapp (14) offered stiff resistance, but a remarkable spell of pace bowling from Corner Carpets Man Of The Match, Richie Reardon (4 for 25), backed up by 7 excellent catches, condemned Laughton to a resounding defeat, reaching 109 all out with 30 minutes remaining. Mark Freeman (3 for 21) on his debut for Bodiam added strong support.



 This new fixture for Bodiam resulted in a rather one sided affair as the visitors coasted home by 9 wickets. Batting first Ulcombe started well and looked to be heading for a big total as the score raced to 122 for 3 wickets. R.Leigh-Davey (37) and G.Bird (44) causing the damage. An extraordinary collapse then occurred as the remaining 7 wickets fell with the addition of only 5 more runs. Bodiam used 7 bowlers with S. Seabridge 4 for 13, Rich Colegate 3 for 31 and A. Chapman 2 for 15, having the most success. When Bodiam batted, Corner Carpets Man of the Match Jim Adams (not out 63) and Glen Constable (29) made the result virtually safe as they strolled to 92 for the first wicket. Skipper for the day, Matt Towner (not out 19) added his own little cameo innings and victory was achieved in only 21 overs. P. Brown 1 for 16 was Ulcombe's only wicket taker.



  In a 40 over game between these village rivals, Bodiam achieved a comfortable 39 run victory. Batting first, the home side lost a very quick wicket with only 9 on the board. Matt Towner (36 in nine scoring shots), Tom Constable (25) and Sam Constable (28, playing his last game before leaving for a summer in Europe), retrieved the situation. Veteran Steve Seabridge (37) took the score to 218 for 9 making defeat look unlikely. Fourteen year old A. Lloyd -Dyke produced excellent bowling figures (8 overs, 1 maiden, 3 for 53) for the visitors. When Etchingham batted, Darren Murphy (3 for 19) looked to be condemning them to a very small total until S. Tooke (60) and L. Swaine (62) turned the game on its head, only halted by a superb catch on the boundary by Richard Colegate. Richie Reardon (2 for 5) and Corner Carpets Man of the Match, Steve Seabridge (1 for 11) caused a shut down on run scoring as Bodiam ran out comfortable winners.