Games turn on catch chances

logo-250-250A tale of two catches at the Wood this weekend. A superb catch from Tom Carr to inspire the rest of the Saltwood fielders on Saturday, and a dropped catch on Sunday that proved to be painful not just for the fielder who dropped it.

Saturday’s match against Elham Valley CC was the second of a four match series this year, with Saltwood winning the game and drawing level with two to play. Saltwood batted first, losing two wickets early on before Dan Cowell (61) and Jack Woods (30) steadied the ship. (more…)

Winning weekend for the Wood

A double header at Saltwood this weekend with two victories and league points all round.

Saturdays match against Willesborough ended in a victory for Saltwood thanks to debutant Charlie Englebretson’s batting skills down at number 11. Willesborough were bowled out for 146 off 41.2 overs, with tight bowling from opening duo Owen Reed and Ian Oakes, backed up by spells from Grenville Cartledge and Jack Woods. 146 was 50 runs short of a par score but the Saltwood reply made it look like a winning total at 90 for 7.

A captain’s innings from Teddy Easthope (26) and heavy hitting from Brice Dempster (31) got us close to the 147 required but two quick wickets left the last pair of Owen Reed and Charlie Englebretson to secure the victory. Owen’s huge swipe at his second ball didn’t inspire the home team, but a well hit four and hard run three took SCC to the 147 runs required for victory.

Saltwood CC vs Willesborough CC scorecard

Minster CC provided the opposition for the the second installment of the winning weekend at Saltwood. The Saltwood pacemen ripped through the Minster batsmen for 47 in just 14 overs, with Sean Carey taking 6 wickets for just 8 runs in 5 overs and Rahim Ali taking the other 4 wickets for 21 runs. With 48 runs required you would expect a couple of early wickets to fall when Saltwood are involved, but some big hitting from the openers got Saltwood home in 5.2 overs with 10 wickets still intact. Adam Lamberton ended on 32 not out with 6 4′s off 20 balls and Arthur Leaver on 18 not out with 4 4′s off 12 balls.
Saltwood CC vs Minster CC scorecard

Records tumble at Loose CC

Saltwood Cricket Club LogoTwo club records fell on Sunday with the highest score by a Saltwood batsman and the highest score by the club. Sean Carey knocked a fine 215 runs (despite being dropped on 0) off 88 balls, with 18 6’s and 17 4s. Assisted by both of our senior team sponsors Grenville Cartledge (from Four Gold Cruises) who fell just 4 run short of his 50 and Teddy Easthope (from Easthope Stained Glass Studios) who had a great knock of 81. Without going through many years of score books, the opening partnership of 151 and second wicket partnership of 181 may also be club records. Saltwood reached a massive 409 off 40 overs, sadly missing out of the KVL record. Scorecard

A slightly demoralised Loose CC went in to bat with a mountain to climb and lost regular wickets to the puffed up Hemang Patel who took the bowling honours with 5 for 15 of 8 overs, assisted at the other end by Ian Oakes with 2 for 25 off 7 overs

Saturday’s result was slightly less impressive with a loss to Canterbury 3’s. Saltwood reached a below par score of 142 with only G (67), Teddy (17) and Brice (20) making decent contributions. Canterbury knocked the runs off with 13 overs to spare for the loss of just one wicket. A leg injury for Barry could keep him out of the team for a couple of weeks.

Elham vs Saltwood

The first of 3 fixtures against Elham this year didn’t get off to the best of starts with Saltwood loosing out by 6(ish) wickets. Saltwood batted first and never really got going, with wickets falling regularly, racking up around 130 runs in 40 overs. (more…)

Saltwood vs Aldington

The runs continued to flow at SCC on Sunday in another high scoring game. Shah won the toss and decided to have a bowl, but hadn’t counted on Robert Miller launching an early attack on the Saltwood bowlers. By the time Miller (43) finally fell to Shaun Carey, his opening partner Matt W had notched up just 8 runs.

Matt fell to the returning Barry Wire with the total on 99-4 leaving Cowlo and Paul Rodway to form a partnership of 95. Tim W chipped in with 22 at the end, leaving Aldington very happy on 245-9 from their 40 overs. Pick of the bowlers – Shah 9 overs 4 for 38 and Barry 9 overs 4 for 24. (more…)

Herne Bay CC vs Saltwood CC

After 4 rained off matches the season finally started with our first Kent Regional League match against Herne Bay CC.

Dan won the toss and made the wise choice to bowl first. Early season rustiness was evident with SCC racking up 39 extras (13b  3lb  20w  3nb ) which proved to be the second highest score of the Herne Bay innings by some distance. With only one batsmen breaking into double figures the 39 extras were not popular with the skipper. A fine bowling performance from Joe Pritchard (17-4 from 4 overs) and Tom Leaver (11-3 from 9 overs) backed up by Rosie, Macca and debutant James Brigton.

With 103 runs on the board the win seemed likely for Saltwood, but we did manage to do it the hard way ending up at 25-4 before Dan and James took control. Dan took a back seat, leaving James to bash a couple of sixes to finish off the match and get 20 points on the board.

Full Scorecard (click here)

Ashford Town vs Saltwood

Another chilly afternoon with rain threatening, the Wood took to the field. Our opening bowlers were Rose & Tom. Rose unusually a bit expensive, Tom making his mark in his 2nd over with an LBW decision – 17 for 1 off 4. Rose now in the groove took the second wicket, a Tim W catch – 27 for 2 off 7. The run rate now slowing, Tom had a double hit in the 10th over, a Rose catch and a bowled – 30 for 5. (more…)

Leybourne vs Saltwood

On a cold wet afternoon the start was delayed several times and we eventually got underway at about 3pm with the match reduced by agreement to 30 overs a side – bowlers still able to have nine overs, according to the KVL book. Leybourne won the toss and put us in to bat first.

We opened with G and Jezza but G went first ball, caught behind, not the best of starts. Macca joined Jezza and managed to find the boundary, the partnership adding 18 before Jez was bowled for a single in the 8th over. Shaun in next and this was our most successful partnership putting on 49, Macca being bowled for 46 in the 17th over – 67 for 3. Baz in at 5 hitting a rapid 23 off 19 balls, given out LBW -102 for 4 off 22. Tom joined Shaun, playing his back up role, with Shaun reaching his 50 in the 26th over. Tom was bowled for 15 in the 28th over – 140 for 5 – but Shaun hung on to give us our batting point, getting himself stumped for 66 with the score on 160 in the final over. Moxo and Reedy played out the final balls and we finished in the rain on 165 for 6.

The weather had improved a little when Leybourne went out to bat, Reedy and Macca our opening bowlers. The first wicket fell to Reedy in the 3rd over, Shaun taking a superb catch diving forward in the slips – 17 for 1 – a promising start. Macca’s wickets came in the middle of his spell, in consecutive overs. They came courtesy of a Lewso catch, an LBW decision and a good take by Moxo behind the stumps leaving Leybourne on 49 for 4 off 12 – we seemed to have things under control. Unfortunately Leybourne’s 5th wicket partnership added 101 in 13 overs Baz making the breakthrough bowling their No. 4 for 43 – 150 for 5 off 25. Tom bowled his replacement for 1 next over but the damage had been done and Leybourne passed our total in the 27th over for the loss of 6 wickets. Reedy 9-0-42-1 Macca 9-0-32-3

Saltwood vs Brookland

Brookland lost the toss so Moxo chose to bat – Joey & Tom were raiding Tescos to put together an emergency tea! We opened with Jezza and Biff and they steadily upped the run rate until it hit 5 an over for a while, but all good things have to end and this came in the 15th over when Jezza was caught for 18 – 63 for 1.

Lewso in at 3, hitting 9 off 13 and then being bowled – 81 for 2 off 19 – Biff on 48. Shaun joined Biff who notched his 50 2 overs later, but having got to 60 he succumbed to a father/son combination, being caught in the 24th over – 99 for 3. Sadly this was the start of a Wood collapse, not helped by some very erratic calling which surprisingly only brought about one run out (Amanda for 2). The only other batsman to reach double figures was Moxo who got to 19 and the Wood were all out for 151 (9 short of a batting point) – El Presidente being the 10th wicket to fall in the 38th over.

The Joey/Tom tea was a great success so huge thanks to them, also to Moxo’s mum and dad who kindly washed up afterwards. Biff and Tom opened the bowling for us but could not break the opening partnership. The introduction of El P finally made the breakthrough, getting an LBW decision from Brookland’s umpire – 104 for 1 off 18.

This second wicket partnership almost made it to the finish but El P struck again in the 24th over, bowling the No. 3 for 26 with only 4 needed to win. These were duly hit by Stanley the other opener who finished not out on 69. A rather comprehensive 8 wicket win in 24.1 overs. A mention for Big T who made some very useful stops in the field without which we would have finished even sooner and Biff who almost pulled off a diving one-handed catch but couldn’t quite hold onto it.

Hythe Green vs Saltwood

We lost the toss and HG put us into bat on what turned out to be a very uneven wicket. We opened with G and Shaun and they put on 19 before they were removed in consecutive balls, G caught for 10 and Shaun bowled for 9 – 19 for 2 off 6.

Kearnsy and Trev 2 were our next pair but Kearnsy was bowled next over for 2 – 23 for 3 – bringing Tom to the crease, could he manage to steady the ship? Nine was added for the next wicket, Trev caught for 6 – 32 for 4 off 10. Cowello lasted for 12 balls, hitting a 4 and a 6 before being caught – 51 for 5 off 14. Matt W joined Tom and this pair produced the highest partnership (20), Matt being bowled for 14 (highest score) – 71 for 7 off 21 – Reedy went for a golden next ball, 71 for 8. Joey in at 9 and after a near run out, it’s Tom out next for 13, having held firm for 16 overs – 82 for 8 off 23.

Rose joins Joey but they don’t add to the score as Joey is bowled next over for 7 – 82 for 9. Amanda faces 6 balls but is bowled without scoring leaving Rose not out on 4. The Wood are all out for 87 off 25.5 overs with several sporting bruises caused by the erratic bounce.

As it was only 3.20, HG went straight into bat, Reedy and Rose opening the bowling for us. Hythe started smartly and had reached 22 when Rose struck, bowling their No. 2 for 4 in the 6th over. Reedy claimed the wicket of the more prolific Allen for 18, caught behind (Shaun) – 26 for 2 off 9. Reedy struck again in his next over, bowling the No. 4 for a single – 29 for 3 off 11. And with the run rate having slowed dramatically, he took his 3rd wicket, an LBW decision, in the 15th over – 35 for 4.

Tea was taken at this point and Reedy and Rose returned to finish their overs. They were replaced by Tom and Joey but no further wickets were taken and HG hit the winning runs at the end of the 28th over, finishing on 91 for 4. Special mention for Rose who finished with top figures of 10-4-8-1, Reedy 10-2-36-3, Tom 4-0-22-0, Joey 3-0-12-0 and G 1-0-1-0

Saltwood vs Bishopsbourne

A couple of milestones notched up at the Wood today, but more of that later. Moxo won the toss but the Bishopsbourne captain asked if they could bat second as they only had 10 men and a not too strong batting line up, so the Wood batted first. Our opening pair were Lewso and Tom, but didn’t last long as Lewso holed out off the third ball – 0 for 1, not a great start.

Baz in next but things didn’t improve as he also holed out off his 4th ball – 1 for 2 off 2 – oh dear!! Hall (Pilchard) joined Tom and things began to look up for us (well they couldn’t get much worse) as the scoring rate rose from 2 to 3 and then 4. Pilchard reached his 50 in the 21st over, the century partnership coming 2 overs later. Having put on a superb 119, Pilch was caught behind for 71 in the 25 over – 120 for 3.

Davis joined Tom who was now on 40 and they had added a further 26, which included several Wood members cheering Tom’s maiden 50 when he was only on 48!, when Davis was bowled for 5 – 146 for 4 off 29. Fortunately Tom hit 4 to notch up his 50 in the following over, accompanied by a bigger cheer from the Pavilion, and this seemed to spur him on as he and Joey added a further 50 in just 7 overs, Tom finally being bowled for a brilliant 81 in the 36th over – 196 for 5.

Macca in next hitting a rapid 20 off 17 and was then run out, Joey deciding not to risk the run! – 223 for 6 in the final over. Moxo ran a single off a no ball bringing Joey on strike and he was bowled for 14 next ball, marking our second milestone as Amanda went into bat, hitting a single off her first ball. Moxo finished the innings with a big 6 into the trees and the Wood ended on 235 for 7, a very respectable total.

Following his heroics with the bat, Tom opened the bowling with Joey taking the first wicket in his 4th over – 27 for 1 off 7. A double bowling change after the 11th over brought on Baz and Macca, Macca bowling the other opener for 35 – 49 for 2 off 13. He took his second wicket, also bowled in the 17th over – 81 for 3. B

az got in on the act next over also a bowled – 90 for 4. Macca taking his 3rd wicket – a C&B, having to fend off 2 other fielders with a loud call to take the catch – 90 for 5 off 19. A Davis catch off Baz’s bowling in the next over saw BB on 95 for 6 off 20. Macca again with a bowled in the 21st over 95 for 7 and Baz also a bowled next over 100 for 8 off 22. After this steady fall of wickets, the final partnership proved to be more stubborn so with Baz and Macca having bowled out, Amanda and El Presidente (Jo Rice) came on. And it was Amanda with the first ball of her second over who took the final wicket with a catch off her own bowling – BB all out for 123 off 29.1 overs – well done the Wood – a double winning weekend.

Bowling figures – Tom 6-2-13-1 Joey 5-0-23-0 Baz 8-1-35-3 Macca 8-1-34-4 Amanda 1.1-0-3-1 and El P 1-0-6-0

Saltwood vs Littlebourne

On another beautiful afternoon, Cowello won the toss and put Littlebourne into bat.  Our opening bowlers were Reedy & Rose.  Reedy being very economical took the first wicket (bowled) 25 for 1 off 5.  Rose followed suit next over – 27 for 2 off 6.

Shaun almost took a slip catch in the 10th over to dismiss their No. 3 but the ball popped out as his elbow hit the ground – shocking  but fortunately it didn’t prove to be too expensive as he was caught behind (a fine take by Ben) 2 overs later – 48 for 3 off 12.

A change of bowlers, Macca for Rose, brought the next wicket, Cowello taking the catch off Macca’s first ball – 55 for 4 off 16.  Reedy, still keeping things tight, claimed his 2nd wicket – a G slip catch – 64 for 5 off 19.   Then his final over proved to be a double wicket maiden, Shaun hanging on to a catch, and Reedy bowling his replacement 1st ball – 88 for 7 off 23.

This heralded a double bowling change with G and Shaun taking over.G proved very miserly only giving away 2 singles from his 2 overs and Shaun cleaned up the tale – 1 wicket in his first over (bowled) – 102 for 8 off 26.  Then 2 wickets came off the last 2 balls of his second over, Ben again then Reedy taking the catches.

LB were all out for 106 from 28 overs, another great performance from the Wood.  Bowling figures:  Reed 12-5-24-4 (exceptional) Rose 7-1-34-2  Macca 5-0-35-1 (not a good day)  G 2-0-2-0 (very tidy) Shaun 2-0-7-3  (starting a trend)

The decision was made for Saltwood to start their innings and to take tea at 4.15, G and Shaun our opening pair.  LB started with a maiden, then Shaun hit a 4 off his first ball, unfortunately that was the extent of his contribution this week as he was bowled 2 balls later – 4 for 1 off 2.

Cowello in next, hitting 2 boundaries before he too was bowled (he did face 15 balls) – 25 for 2 off 7.  T.W. replaced him only to fall victim to a rather dubious Cookie decision, given out caught behind for 7 – 40 for 3 off 10.  Ben in at 5, batting very well,finishing 30 not out and seeing the Wood home with G hitting the winning runs and getting his 50 at the same time.  We reached the 107 target of 23.1 overs – a very satisfying outcome.

A fine performance from Ben behind the stumps and with the bat, to go with Reedy’s immaculate bowling – well done.

Wootton & Denton vs Saltwood

Walking from the cars to the Pavilion was not encouraging, the pitch did not look as though it was going to help our cause. We lost the toss with W&D chosing to bat first and we opened with Reedy and Macca. With the scoring rate nearing double figures a bowling change was quickly made, Baz replacing Reedy, and W&D settled slightly at 8 an over.

Macca struck in the 8th over, bowling his victim for 31 – 61 for 1. It was another 11 overs before the next wicket was taken, Baz getting an LBW decision from Cookie – 108 for 2 off 19.

Hemang replaced Macca and it was not long before this change brought reward as he bowled the No. 4 for 2 – 115 for 3 off 22. He struck again with a Macca catch – 132 for 4 off 26 but the other opener was still going strong, having now reached 53.

G had now replaced Baz but it was Hemang who struck again, this time Oakesy taking the catch, 184 for 5 off 32. His final wicket came in the 34th over when he bowled the opener for 82 – 186 for 6. G got in on the act then, bowling both batsmen – 195 for 7 off 35 and then 209 for 8 off 39.

W&D finished on 213 for 8 off their 40 overs with the Wood not having such a good day in the field with catches being missed and several fielding errors although the uneven pitch did not help.

G and Shaun opened the batting for us building steadily until they were scoring at 5 an over but Shaun was bowled for 23 in the 12th over with the score on 57. G was next to go, out LBW for 27 – 65 for 2 off 17. Hall was caught for a duck – 70 for 3 off 19 and when Baz was bowled for 19 in the 24th over – 95 for 4 – the rot set in with wickets going in successive overs, finishing with 2 in the 29th and we were all out for 108!  A rather sorry tale after the good result on Saturday.

Saltwood vs Bossingham

Bossingham lost the toss so Cowlo put them into bat. Our opening bowlers were Rose and Tom with Thorpe opening for Bossingham finding the boundary regularly and they were scoring at 6 an over. Rose made the breakthrough in the 7th over bowling their no 2 for 4 – 36 for 1.

The score continued to rattle along and then G was brought onto bowl. His second over was a double wicket maiden accounting for Thorpe who was stumped by Moxo for 53 and his replacement who was C&B caught for a 4 ball duck – 74 for 3 off 14. (more…)

Saltwood vs Elham

Elham called wrongly at the toss so Moxo chose to bat as we were still a couple of players short. G and Macca opened for us posting a useful 44 in 9 overs, Macca being bowled for 16 in the 9th over. Jezza was caught in the next over for a duck, bringing Tom to the crease. He couldn’t follow on from his great effort on Saturday, being given out LBW for 5 in the 15th over – 69 for 3. Cowlo in next announcing his arrival with a huge straight 6 but was only able to add a further 3 singles before being caught – 105 for 4 off 19.

G went first ball of the next over for a well crafted 53, Lewso and Moxo the 2 new batsmen. Moxo had added a single to the score when hesitancy and no/yes calling saw him almost chasing Lewso down the wicket, Lewso being the one to be run out – 106 for 6 off 21. Reedy joined Moxo, the partnership lasting for 4 overs when Moxo was caught for 2 – 120 for 7.

Big T in next but a double wicket over saw Reedy go for 14 and Harry for a duck – 122 for 9 off 26. Arthur, our 11th hour replacement, joined Big T and they added a further 15 to the score, Big T last man out on 15, leaving Arthur 1 not out and the Wood on 137 off 29.2 overs. Not our most brilliant effort!

Following an early tea we opened the bowling with Reedy and Tom. Tom, thanks to a juggled catch by Big T, making the breakthrough in the second of his 3 opening maiden overs – 16 for 1. Macca replaced Reedy and he claimed the wicket of the other opener on 48 – a spectacular slip catch by G taken high to his right, that was worthy of Collie himself. Even the batsman admitted he didn’t mind getting out to such a good take! – 64 for 2 off 15.

Macca also took the 3rd wicket – a Reedy catch – 73 for 3 off 17. The only other wicket to fall came in G’s first over, Tom hanging on to a very high skied catch – 86 for 4 off 21. The fifth wicket partnership saw Elham home in the 35 over. Great catching again but work on the batting needed if we are going to make any sort of impact this season.

Oh and fielding moment of the day – Big T at wide third man endeavouring to stop a boundary off Macca’s bowling but only succeeding in sitting down, watching the ball roll over the white line – good one Tris!

St Lawrence vs Saltwood

This was our first outing in the Saturday (RL)League, away to St. Lawrence. On a hot afternoon we had to take the field first and opened with Macca and Dan Rose (signed up for the Club with M Wanstall – both friends of Cowlo). Macca went for 2 boundaries in his opening over but after that both he and Rose kept things tight with Macca taking the first wicket in the 11th over – 36 for 1.

Leaver took over from Rose in the 12th over and apart from his final over was very economical. G replaced Macca taking the first of his 3 wickets by removing the other opener – 66 for 2 off 19 – both batsmen being caught by Wanstall. With G holding one end and claiming 2 wickets in the 25th over courtesy of Rose catches – 100 for 4 – a quick flurry of bowlers the other included Joey, Rose again and then Ben Mullan. It was Ben who took the 5th wicket – a Macca catch – 131 for 5 off 36.

Joey was brought back on and a neat C&B accounted for the only other wicket to fall, St Lawrence finishing on 175 for 6 off their 46 overs. It was great to see the Wood hanging on to all those catches backing up the good bowling figures.

G and Shaun opened the batting for us posting 9 when G was caught for 3 in the 4th over. Kearnsy in at 3, his scoring went 4, 4, 4, 2, dot, dot, 4, bowled – adding 18 of the 21 run partnership – 30 for 2 off 6, well up with the run rate. Wanstall in next but was caught behind for a 4 ball duck next over 31 for 3. Cowlo joined Shaun for a partnership of 26 – Shaun being caught off a full toss for 14 -57 for 4 off 12. Ben faced one more ball than Wanstall before also departing for a duck – 63 for 5 off 14.

Scoring rate still good, wicket tally less so! Rose added 2 to the score and was then given out LBW – 73 for 6 off 16 – which brought Tom to the crease. He defended really well while Cowlo upped his boundary tally and they had added 47 in 10 overs when Cowlo was out for 63, C&B in the 26th over – 120 for 7. Macca was bowled for a single in the 29th over – 123 for 8. And that was how the score stayed as first Tom was out caught behind for 7 a sterling effort having faced 48 deliveries and a mix up between James Canter and Joey meant two more ducks in the score book. The final wicket fell in the 31st over so although we were well within the scoring rate our batting let us down.

Saltwood vs Kennington

This is going to be a very brief report as it was not our finest hour! Kennington won the toss and chose to bat, running up an impressive 288 for 4 from their 40 overs. The pick of our bowlers was Tom with figures of 8-1-35-3 and Harry did well too 4-0-27-0. Kearnsy took the other wicket in his first outing this season.

Alas we were all out in the 16th over with Jolley claiming 5 for 15 off 5, Cowlo being the only batsmen to reach double figures, hitting 27 of our 58 runs!! Lets hope that our first outing in the Regional League next Saturday is not quite so one sided. Barbs

Saltwood vs Mersham

Well here we are, first match of the 2011 season and what a glorious day to start. Moxo won the toss by default and chose to bat first, having to take on the opener mantle with G as nobody else wanted to do it!

Moxo was the first to go for 12, skying a catch, the partnership putting on 26 in 6 overs. Tom joins G and they add 16 when G is bowled for 19. Cowlo starts in blocking mode but then unleashes a 4 and a 6 before calling for a 2nd run that wasn’t rally there and Tom is run out. Trev 1 lasts for a 7 ball single before he too is bowled – 58 for 4 off 19.

Oakesy hits 7 off 12 before being caught behind and then Hemang joins Cowlo and they add a rapid 15 before Cowlo is c&b for 32 (top score) – 93 for 6 off 17. Big T in at 8 and this partnership is our best, producing 40 runs in 8 overs. They fall to the returning opening bowler, both bowled for 26 and 17 respectively with Elton out LBW in the in between – 140 for 9 off 38. That leaves Arthur and Harry to see out the final overs which they do quite competently finishing 0 and 6 not out and the Wood have posted 149 for 9 off their 40.

Following Big T’s tea (taking the 1st rather than the last this season) Mersham started their reply facing the bowling of Elton and Oakesy. They scored steadily at between 3 & 4 an over through several bowling changes that included Hemang, Big T, G, Harry and Trev 1 who, although being the most expensive took the only wicket – a caught behind – in the 25th over with the score on 123.

Mersham scored the winning run in the 29th over off Cowlo’s 4th ball – a rather comprehensive win for them by 9 wickets. Just a few of the better bowling figures – Oakesy 5-1-9-0, Hemang 5-0-13-0 and Harry 4-0-9-0. Sadly the Wood were unable to muster 11 players for the Sunday match at Etchinghill so this was cancelled – let’s hope that this is a one and only as we are now playing in the Regional League on Saturdays.

Saltwood vs Hythe Green

barryI’m afraid this is going to be rather brief as I’ve had to leave the score book in the “safe hands” of Baz as I will not be at the final match of the season. Hythe Green won the toss and asked us to bat first, we opened with Jez, still sporting a bruise from last week, and Shaun. Shaun and Jez both scored 7, Baz racked up an impressive 105 and there were also contributions from Cowello, Biff (49), Reedy and Tom. The Wood posting a score of 231 for 6, off 40 overs.

Reedy and Roachy opened the bowling for us, keeping it very tidy and restricting HG to a run an over for the first 6 and they both took wickets in their final overs. The double change brought on Biff and Tom, Biff taking two wickets in his 8. Baz and Cowello then took over with Baz taking a wicket and Lewso was brought on for the final over. Behind the stumps, Shaun took a catch, a stumping and had a hand in the runout off the final ball. Hythe Green finished on 176 for 6 I think so quite a handsome win the the Wood.

Etchinghill vs Saltwood

shaunBowledA rapid return fixture sees the Hill field some “stand-ins” from Folkestone following the trouncing last Saturday. This is a 35 over game, Baz won the toss, put the Wood into bat and we opened with Jez and Tom. Unfortunately Tom fell for a duck in the second over and we were 3 for 1. Cowello in at 3 faring only marginally better, being C&B for 6 after facing 8 balls – 14 for 2 off 4 – not the most promising of starts. Shaun up next and the pace starts to rise, the partnership adding 33 in 5 overs when Shaun is caught off a full toss (the cause of most of his downfalls this season ) for 17 – 47 for 3 off 9. This brings Baz to the crease for the start of our most productive partnership of 81, including Baz being dropped when on 46 , he is caught behind for 57 not long after though and we are now 128 for 4 off 20.

Jez, now on 36, is joined by Oakesy and another productive partnership unfolded. They had added 71 in 8 overs when Jez was bowled for a well crafted 64 – 189 for 5 off 28. Macca (gammy hip and all) in at 7 but Oakesy is bowled for 16 (off the 7th ball of the over, thanks Arthur) – 197 for 6 off 30 and Heman is caught for a golden trying for a big’un :blush: – 203 for 7 off 31. Roachy joins Macca and faces 9 balls for his 5 when he too is caught – 232 for 8 off 34 – make that 232 for 9 as Macca is caught for 29 off the 2nd ball of the final over. Joey and Kearnsy make up our final pairing, adding 6 to the total and we finish on 238 for 9 off our alloted 35 overs.

The Hill openers are S. Graham and R. Green and the Wood attack starts with Macca and Roachy – Roachy, wides to the fore again, is replaced after one over by Joey. The Hill are fairly racing along, at between 8 and 10 an over, as the ball crosses the boundary with frequent regularity 🙁 and it’s Macca who gets the breakthrough in his final over, bowling Green for 15 – 89 for 1 off 11. Oakesy is joined by Roach (bowling a lot better from the opposite end) and they are able to quieten the batsmen as they each take a wicket. Oakesy bowls his victim for 18 – 107 for 2 off 14 and then Cowello takes a catch off Roach next over as Nelson strikes – 111 for 3. S. Graham still there on 59 is now joined by N. Graham and they add 103 in 10 overs as several possible catches are dropped, including one to Jez that catches him a glancing blow on the cheekbone, felling him for several minutes and forcing him to retire hurt (Arthur on as sub – thank goodness for the Leavers).

Joey seems to be in possession of someone elses hands at the moment as his usual safe pair appear to have gone missing  Jez makes his “heroic” return to the field and Heman finally breaks the partnership when S. Graham is caught by Baz for 117 – 214 for 4 off 25 – but the damage has been done and N. Graham sees them home, hitting yet another huge 6 to win the match, the Hill finishing on 242 for 4 off 27.4 overs.

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