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Thurrock beat Lyndhurst by 17 runs.

June 29, 2014

Lyndhurst arrived to Thurrocks ground on a cloudy and overcast day in high spirits and eager to play. After winning the toss, skipper Jeff Richards made the decision to put Lyndhurst in the field. Lyndhurst made off to a great start taking an early wicket off Kierans bowling thanks to a fantastic catch from Andy Speed. Another wicket from Stefan followed shortly and Lyndhurst had put themselves in a strong position. Through the run-up to drinks some good bowling from Stefan, Kieran, Matthew and Michael as well as some tight fielding from the team meant Thurrocks runs were restricted. As the rain started to fall fielding became increasingly difficult and with the Thurrocks batsman beginning to pick up the run rate Lyndhurst were soon working hard in the field. Solid bowling from Stefan gave him 2 wickets each while Matthew and Kieran also picked up a wicket each. Thurrock finished on a challenging 238 for 6. Fielding mentions to James in the gully, Michael in deep cover and Speedy with his magic single handed stops.

Coming out to bat Lyndhurst knew they had to work hard. Things didnt start as smoothly as hoped with Dave being run out early in the innings for a duck. Jeff managed 33 in his usual pace of run scoring joined by James who witnesses have reported played 3 defensive shots in a row, Yes 3, finishing up on 24 after being caught by a exceptional catch from one of the Thurrock fielders. Michael replaced James and proceeded to start a wonderful display of batting. Jeff started to hit out and after hitting his last two balls for 4 (his only 4s) was caught. Andy replaced Jeff scoring some quick singles finishing on 13 before getting bored, retiring and going home for a bath. Liam then came out to bat scoring 24 playing some quality shots finishing not out with Michael who managed to score a total of 113 runs not out consisting of 14 4s and 3 6s. Through Michaels control, accuracy and a lot of patience he managed to score his first ton!! SHAA BASH MATE!!! .

Despite Lyndhursts best efforts we finished on 221 runs for 3 wickets. A loss of 17 runs. A great effort by all!

Report written by MR.

Old Southendians beat Lyndhurst by 97 runs

May 11, 2014

The day started off cloudy and a full days play was looking doubtful. Lyndhurst were in high spirits for the first game of the season and after Jeff won the toss Lyndhurst were out in the field ready to go. With Kieran Gallacher opening the bowling who managed to concede just 34 off 7 overs, Warren at the other end (18 off 2) and Matthew following (35 off 5). Things started off ok however with no fall of wicket soon the Old Southendian openers had their eye in and began to score more runs.

After bringing on Liam who was also unsuccessful, skipper, Jeff Richards decided to unleash his secret weapon - The mighty Harrington and his socks. The pace and variation had the batsman baffled and soon Stefan had produced an impressive 3 wickets off 7 overs conceding just 36 runs. Harringtons 3rd was an impressive catch caught by James Jupp while running backwards (after having an absolute mare earlier in the game, dropping a sitter.)

Skipper, Jeff Richards opened the batting and proceeded to play his textbook shots. Staying in for the whole 35 overs he managed to score 60 runs. Other batting performances came from James Jupp putting his first two deliveries over the boundary for 4, scoring a quick 23.

However without any other players apart from Kieran, Jeff and Andy managing to score double figures Lyndhurst were unable to keep up with the run rate and finished on 158 for 6. A loss of 97 runs.

Report written by MR.

2014 Season

November 28, 2013

Following last night's AGM, things are looking good for the 2014 season! With 13 already booked in, the fixture list is nearing completion. Please check back here soon for the full list!

As always we are looking to improve our playing strength so if you are interested in playing some friendly cricket next summer, please call Jeff on 07717 484 620!

Rainham beat Lyndhurst by 73 runs

September 1, 2013

Lyndhurst's 2013 campaign ended with a whimper as they were comfortably defeated by Rainham.

Stand-in skipper JJ failed miserably at his first task of the day, losing the toss and being put into the field on a deck which deteriorated through the day. Kurt had, until this point in the season, managed to keep his friendship with a lightning fast bowler a secret, but Sammons was duly brought in for the last game and hit the ground running by yorking Rainham opener Sid Patel for a cheap dismissal.

The momentum wouldn't continue, however, as Rainham's top order got stuck into one of Rainham's poorer bowling performances this season. Wickets came rarely, and Rainham piled on the runs to reach 240-5, with a returning Chay the pick of the bowling, taking 2-22 from his 4 over stint. Matthew put his newfound hip flexibility to use with a tidy spell, but Chay duly informed the team that his passion now lies in the Zumba classroom, a headband shielding the eyes from his buoyant curls, short shorts exposing most of his thighs, surrounded by sweaty gyrating women.

Lyndhurst never looked like threatening the target despite some stern resistance from Jeff, who dropped down the order to 4, prompting cries of "this man should open!" from Stefan. He finished 86 not out. As Rainham wickets fell and the result was beyond doubt, all of the buzz in the crowd concerned Kev and his undismissed streak... would he get a bat? If he did, would he smash a quick 50 to win the game or block out to maintain the air of invincibility with which he is currently enshrouded? As it turned out, he had clearly threatened to cut his son out of his will if the younger K. Gallacher was dismissed. At least that's what it felt like watching Kieran crawl like a wounded animal to 4 not out from 40 balls.

Rainham had failed to dismiss Lyndhurst, which didn't look likely at some points, so it's a credit to Jeff and Kieran that they reached 163 for 7. This wasn't a close game and Lyndhurst didn't do themselves justice. The results from the season don't make impressive reading but that doesn't tell the full story of close games, ups, downs, brilliance mixed with comedy and plenty of enjoyable cricket.

Weeks without Kev being dismissed: 17!!

Report written by JJ.

Lyndhurst beat Maylands Green by 8 wickets

August 4, 2013

Lyndhurst overpowered Maylands Green with their best all-round performance of the season.

There were some typical Lyndhurst selection problems in the build-up as Kurt texted at 1.40 to see if there was a game. Luckily he was wearing his whites that morning because he managed to turn up at 1.45 despite apparently not having heard where the game was. Lyndhurst's ranks were bolstered soon after as Liam Clay eked his way out from under-the-thumb.

Fielding first, Alfie produced a fiery opening spell of pace quicker than we have seen all season. JJ's regulation drop at second slip didn't cost Lyndhurst as the lucky batsman was dismissed on the last ball of Alfie's second over. With Kieran building pressure with a classically tight spell at the other end, Alfie returned for his third and produced a snorting inswinging yorker which uprooted not just the leg stump but also the confounded batsman. As he dragged himself off the dusty surface and back to the pavilion, Alfie prepared for his hat-trick ball, and the excited fielders closed in around the bat. The ball was a peach: back-of-the-length, as fast as anything we've seen from a Lyndhurst player in years, and completely unplayable. A genuine edge to Jeff was fumbled once, twice... but taken! The excited Hylands Park crowd went wild.

At 10-3 Maylands were in trouble, and after JJ got in on the act with three wickets, they were even deeper at 40-6. However, the 7 and 8 dug in and began to restore some order in the ranks. Kurt was unlucky to have a couple of catches dropped and remain wicketless in his first spell, while Liam looked to be bowling well until he fielded a straight drive with his ankle and had to limp off. Stefan, James and Matthew also bowled good spells but could not break the key partnership as Maylands passed 100. It took Alfie to come back to make the breakthrough, and when Kurt returned for his second spell bowling Shane Warne-style googlies, he removed Maylands' top scorer with a snick behind to Jeff. Jeff was able to pick up his third catch of the innings in Kurt's next over, and JJ wrapped things up with his fourth.

Set 137, Lyndhurst were quickly in all sorts of trouble at 10-2 with Jeff and Alfie both receiving unlucky deflections from their pads onto the stumps. However, the lesson was clear: don't play across the line to the fullish deliveries. Liam, who came in at 4, doesn't need telling to play straight, and he produced some stunning drives; a back-foot drive through cover to the longest boundary in the park showcased timing at its best, and proved that with a decent bit of willow in his hands, the boy can hit runs. JJ played with uncharacteristic restraint for his 84* as Lyndhurst ended up coasting home. Kev "Juan" Gallacher was due to be pushed up the order to 5 and was reportedly devastated to not get a bat.

With two wins in a row under their belts, Lyndhurst have clearly hit their stride at just the right time of the year. With two fixtures in the next two weeks, hopefully more wins are on the horizon.

Weeks without Juan being dismissed: 13

Report written by JJ.

Lyndhurst beat North Enfield by 6 wickets

July 28, 2013

Lyndhurst finally got their second victory of the season with a comfortable win against North Enfield.

Alfie made the mutual decision to field, and he and Kieran opened up with very good bowling spells on a boundary which was very punishing for anything off-line. Kieran picked up two wickets, including the dangerman "Apax" for 31 who is reportedly averaging over 100 with the bat this season. Running in with a peg-leg, Kurt took a superb low catch at mid-off. The first change bowlers Fuller and Liam showed what they were made of with very tight spells, including a wicket apiece. Lyndhurst's fielding was again very good, with James taking a stunning low catch at gulley. When JJ and the somewhat fatigued-looking Matthew came on, they shared five wickets in a short spell, and James also picked up a wicket in an encouraging spell to finish off the North Enfield tail for 106.

Alfie's struggles with the bat continued as he was dismissed early, but Jeff played the vital anchor role upon which any Lyndhurst win is founded. His 29 not out along with Fuller's 49 led Lyndhurst to a comfortable victory, despite Fuller getting bowled by Colonel Sanders with the scores level.

The team spirit shown despite the unfortunate results this season is excellent to see and it was a relief that a great fielding performance finally paid off. Hopefully as the season progresses Lyndhurst can build on this result and get back the winning feeling.

Weeks since Kev last dismissed: 12.

Report written by JJ.

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