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Blake 57 triumphs over our Alien style of cricket

Blake 57

By Seaxe Man, Dingy Bags and Phil the Power
August 13 2018

We have virtually ball by ball commentary of a report thanks to the Middlesex 3 at Beckenham. Sadly we hear about another inevitable defeat.  



We arranged to meet at Blackfriars Station Platform Three for onward travel to Beckenham on the 12,56. Free to me on old gits pass. Suffice to say. Blackfriars is a strange station suspended in ' No Mans Land' above the Thames. 

On arrival at Beckenham our guide took first left instead of second out of the station,, which led to about an extra two and half mile trudge to the ground. On inquiries of the locals we eventually arrived in good time.

Now to the 'Fake News'. The day long deluge forecast for the whole of England missed out Beckenham and much else. We had an irritating drip during the MX innings which ceased between innings. And the 60% precipitation forecast for 3pm never arrived.

On going into the small members area, Gus Fraser enquired as to whether MX had ever been sponsored by Pedigree. As I was wearing the 2008 pink shirt adorned with their name, I was able to confirm yes.


Middlesex Powerplay by The Power. 

Stirlo + Malan opened. Denly bowling the first over. Malan single to mid on first ball. Stirlo hits  a four through cover, then another to deep backward square. Then a third four to end the over a 13 for 0.

Milne bowled 2nd over - safely negotiated, 19 for 0.

Claydon - 3rd over - Stirlo four to mid wicket - Malan six over long-on and we are 33 for 0. 

Milne - 4th over - Malan four through square cover then hits a six over the bowler's head and another four through mid-off and it's 49 for 0 after 4. What's occurring?!

Haggett - 5th over - Malan - six over mid-on Stirlo guides a four through the vacant slips and another through square on the off side 64 for 0.

Claydon - 6th over - Stirlo four through backward point and a couple of singles and at the end of the Powerplay we are 71 for 0.

Unbelievable! ( Kammy). TIME TO DECLARE.


Overs 7 to 20.


As is usual in these games when spin is introduced against the Middle, two things happen, the rate slows and wickets fall. Joe Denly immediately did that in over 7  Firstly removing Malan caught and bowled and then Stirlo caught in the gully off Qayyum next over. Both shots looked indeterminate..

Morgan and Simmo had replaced the departed openers and we progressed to 110 by over 11 with a six apiece to Morgs and Simmo. 

Morgs next to go caught on the boundary at long-on in over 12 and Simmo followed in the same fashion a couple of overs later. Both trying to hit the spinners out of the ground. This left MX on 128 for 4 with six overs left.

The last four overs took us from 145 to 189, the best being the 17th which went for 24 with Eski and Franklin ( a couple of sixes)(eventually caught going for another big hit) doing most of the damage. So we closed at 189 for 7 a competitive total.

Joe Denly top bowler for Kent with an analysis of 4-0-25-3.


Kent Powerplay by Dingy Bags.

Our Powerplay had set up our innings so it was interesting to see how Denly and Bell-Drummond would go. 

Over 1 - Tom Barber. 1st ball hit through covers by Denly. 2nd a wide. Not a good start. Found his range next two balls- both dots. Then Denly had a swing and nicked to Simmo- diving catch - couple more singles 7 for 1.

Over 2 Ravi Patel - Is that a good idea- 12 runs all through the legside - 19 for 1.

Over 3 - James Fuller Starts with a wide ( Tom Barber and Ravi Patel also bowled a wide) JK three times pulled to mid-wicket boundary 35 for 1.

Over 4 - Tom Barber switches ends. Finishes with a mighty six over square cover by Bell-Drummond. 47 for 1. 

Over 5 - James Harris - first ball smacked back past him, second through extra cover 4 more - third more edgy - 4 to third man. He bowled Kuhn last ball- 61 for 2. 

Over 6 - James Fuller - Quieter over including a good bouncer - Kent powerplay ended on 68 for 2.


Overs 7 to 20. 

Overs 7 to 12 took the Kent score to 116 with one wicket wicket falling, Billings caught by Fuller at long off off Patel. 103 for 3.

Over 13 was unlucky for Ravi Patel, a touch of the good, bad and the ugly for Ravi which went for 15 runs.

Bell-Drummond was looking settled and a threat.

Overs 15 and 16 were good for the Middle. Firstly, Harris bowled Bell- Drummond for 62 which at the time seemed crucial.

Next over, Stirlo had Crawley lbw for three so Kent reduced to 141 for5 still needing 49 off 5 overs.

However Tonker Blake, who I knew from previous observation, could and

does tonk the ball a long way had entered the fray.

At the end of over 17 Kent were 150 for 5 needing 40. Blake soon 

turned that on it's head with the bowler Tom Barber being taken for 22 - 172 for 5. 

Now only requiring 19 off of 2 overs meant the home side were well back in the game. We did succeed in removing Blake (57 taken by Morgan off Fuller in the deep) and Dickson whose single score was a six , leaving Kent on 187 for 7 but Haggett turned the 3rd ball of the 20th over to the boundary to complete their win.



For those who made the journey, pleasant that the rain stayed away and the Middle on this occasion did compete.

Our tenth loss out of twelve putting us level with Northants in the North Group. Thursday's match with Essex a play-off decider for bottom slot. Though Hampshire could still oblige.

James Harris after an inauspicious start was our best bowler 4-0-32-3 and I thought Stirlo did a fair job with the spin 3-0-18-1.

The Beckenham Ground which proudly says Kent County Cricket Club is the sort of ground MX could do with. Pleasant with fair sized

Many thanks to The Power and Dinghy Bags for covering the Powerplays.




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Blake 57 triumphs over our Alien style of cricket
Middlesex till we die (IP Logged)
13/08/2018 16:40
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2018:08:17:09:17:48 by London Leprechaun.

Re: Blake 57 triumphs over our Alien style of cricket
Seaxe_Man (IP Logged)
13/08/2018 17:09
Last sentence....pleasant with fair- sized boundaries.

Re: Blake 57 triumphs over our Alien style of cricket
Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
13/08/2018 19:34
I travelled to the match from London Bridge to Lower Sydenham, and travelled back from Beckenham Junction to Blackfriars. I found the recently-rebuilt London Bridge station to be strange, as it seemed to be the only major station I have visited to not have any boards which displayed the stations served by the next few departures. Instead, there were some boards showing the time, terminus and platform of the next 20-odd departures, and some boards showing the fastest train to a particular destination. Thankfully, I arrived with plenty of time to spare, so could afford to spend time working out which platform to go to. Blackfriars has also been refurbished recently. I imagine that tourists must be impressed that they can see several London landmarks from the platforms at Blackfriars.

I was not sure what privileges I could get at the match with my Middlesex membership. I saw a sign which said ‘members’ toilets’, but I didn’t try getting in. I purchased a ticket for the stand at a cost of £5 more than standard entry, but it seemed like anyone could get away with sitting there, as those attempting to enter the stand weren’t asked to show their ticket. I got a good view of the match from the stand, although my only criticism was that it was situated next to the main electronic scoreboard which I could consequently not see, meaning I had to rely on a manual scoreboard at the opposite end.

The decision to open the bowling with Ravi Patel meant he was able to bowl to Daniel Bell-Drummond, who seems to be one of his best friends in cricket judging by their Twitter exchanges.

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