Lemon Cup 2010 - St Edmund's March On!
Date: Wednesday 26 May 2010
An away tie against Dover Grammar School was not the most appetising prospect on a cool Wednesday afternoon, played on an artificial wicket in the middle of a football field. But an all-round team performance against very decent opposition - stroke-playing batsmen, and quick, aggressive bowlers - enabled the St Edmund's boys to make it to the quarter-final stage of the competition, and into the hat for the draw.
Dover, in fact, made a good start, batting slowly, but reaching 50 for the first wicket after 16 overs out of 30. Then Ben Pape struck twice in his final over, and wickets fell regularly. After a sixth wicket stand of 41 between the hard-hitting Trafford and Blackman was broken, the tail crumbled to 132 all out. Kemp finished with 3 - 13, Penn 2 - 27, Pape 2 - 26, Stone 2 - 19, and Higson 1 - 24.
The reply got off to a swift and effective start, with Pape and Stone putting on 52 at seven an over. Both fell, Stone (31) and Pape (25), as did Callaway (14), before Anglin with 34* and Kemp, 19*, completed a good afternoon's work. There were over ten overs to spare at the end of a very useful work-out prior to the 20/20 Cup match tomorrow, at home, at 4.00pm, against the very real challenge of St Bede's, and their Sussex county stars, and ex-England coach, Alan Wells.
One thing is for sure - if St Bede's are going to entertain Judd School on Sunday, we will make them work really hard for the privilege!
As for the quarter-final draw in the Lemon Cup - we have been pitted against our opponents from last year's final, Beth's GS. The main thing in our favour is that the tie will be played in Canterbury, with a date to be finalised - possibly in the week after half-term.