Sunday, July 27, 2008

Date: Saturday 26 July 2008
Location: Canterbury
Sides: Canterbury v. Folkestone
Partner: Graham Hall

A roasting day and no breeze at Polo Farm! High-scoring match - nearly 500 runs on the day. A tree inside the ground was worth four runs and we actually had to give this twice - once for a fielder who tossed the ball back through the branches and once for a towering hit that touched the top on its way over the boundary. A Folkestone player hit a century but it still wasn't enough to overcome the Canterbury total. No major decisions or problems.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Date: Saturday 19 July 2008
Location: Folkestone
Sides: Folkestone v. Sibton Park
Partner: Hugh Buckhurst

Nice weather and a good match, though Sibton never really seemed to be in it - batting indifferent, though they had one good left-arm bowler (who bowled very wide on the crease and got three back-foot no-balls, a bit of a surprise to all including me). Scorers said I didn't repeat signals soon enough for them but needed to keep an eye on the players - a couple of times thought ball was dead but had to look lively for sudden play.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Date: Sunday 13 July 2008
Location: Canterbury Polo Farm
Sides: Kent U13 v Hertfordshire U13
Partner: Hugh Buckhurst

Another fun, relaxed match. Helped that the outcome was rarely in doubt - Herts clearly outmatching Kent in all areas, posting a huge total and restricting runs with some very good bowling. Good spirit all round. Two tight decisions (LBW and stumping) but happy with both.

Back to notebook for recordkeeping, but made my own overs record which was very helpful.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Date: Saturday 5 July 2008
Location: Orpington
Sides: Orpington v. Bickley Park
Partner: David Lapthorn

Excellent match marred by a single incident that unfortunately required a report (the first one I've ever had to make). Bickley started very slowly but safely and looked well behind the pace at drinks, but recovered strongly and used up a few wickets at the end trying get one chap to 100 (he finished on 98 after some comical run-outs). Orpington had an excellent chance at the target - well ahead of Bickley's rate in early overs - but after the opening partnership was broken, no others emerged.

Tried an overs card for the first time - helpful to know the bowler's over count easily but no space for notes! Will try to get a less fussy notebook and replicate the over chart there. Missed the mechanical counter Ken lent me last time; hope to purchase one soon. Felt very relaxed and confident in decisions; really enjoyed the match thoroughly.