Well here we are on home turf for our final League outing and Baz actually wins the toss and opts to bowl first. Macca and Reedy open the action for us with Leybourne scoring at about 4 an over. Roachy replaces Macca after 10 overs and keeps a tight reign on the batsmen but giving away several wides. He bowls the captain for 22 in his second over – 53 for 1 off 13 and does the same to his replacement for a duck in his next – 55 for 2 off 15.
Reedy gets in on the act with a wicket maiden for his final over, bowling the other opener for 21 – 64 for 3 off 18 and Roachy strikes again bowling his third victim for 5 – 66 for 4 off 19 – things are looking promising. The next partnership steadies the ship somewhat, adding 50 in 11 overs but Oakesy makes the breakthrough thanks to an Elton catch – 116 for 5 off 30. Baz has now replaced Roachy and takes his first wicket with an LBW decision (given by Cookie :O ) – 151 for 6 off 33. He strikes twice in his 5th over, both batsmen being caught by Joey and Leybourne are now 183 for 8. We only have one more wicket to take as Leybourne could only muster 10 men and Baz takes the final wicket, a catch by Roachy and Leybourne have been dismissed for 193 in 38.5 overs.
Bowling figures:- Macca 5-1-22-0, Reedy 9-1-29-1, Roachy 9-0-33-3, Oakesy 9-1-47-1, Baz 5.5-0-48-4 and Joey 1-0-4-0. Roachy’s figures would have been even more impressive if it hadn’t been for the 21 wides Cookie called him for.
We open our batting with Jez and Shaun keeping up with the Leybourne strike rate but having put on 36 Shaun is bowled for 19 in the 8th over. Baz in at 3 deciding to have a “look” at the bowling by smacking his first ball for 4 but then restrains himself for 6 dot balls – the rest of his innings goes 4,4 dot 4, 4 dot, dot, 1 dot 6 and then out caught behind for 27 (woe betide anyone entering the dressing room then :huh: ) – 66 for 2 off 12. Oakesy joins Jez, who has batted very patiently for his 15, but he is bowled for 8 – 99 for 3 off 19 – at this stage we are well ahead of Leybourne. Macca, limping slightly, in at 5 and after scoring 5 is adjudged to have been run out when even the Leybourne players said he was well in – 124 for 4 off 22.
Jez has now started to find the boundary and records his 50 in the 25th over. Reedy in next but manages just 7 from 11 before being bowled -154 for 5 off 27. Elton now joins Jez but alas Jez perishes next over, being bowled for a fine 63 – 156 for 6 off 28. Runs required with overs remaining seem well within reach but batting is beginning to look a bit lean. Kearnsy joins Elton and they add a very useful 29 before Kearnsy is stumped for 16 – 185 for 7 off 34 – just 9 needed from 6 overs, 4 of them given to us with byes. Roachy in next, 7 ball duck, then Elton perishes LBW for 8 – double wicket maiden – 189 for 9 off 36. Joey and Tom to see us safely home but the fairy tale ending eluded us as Joey was caught for a 5 ball duck and we had gifted Leybourne a 4 run win – thank goodness this had not been a “must win” situation.
This was a switch of venue as the Hill were not able to mow their ground, so well done to our crew for stepping in. The Hill won the toss and elected to field first so we opened this 40 over match with Gee and Kearnsy. Alas Kearnsy perished for a golden and we were 9 for 1 off 2. This brought Cowelo to the crease and what a partnership this turned out to be, they faced 21 overs and added a brilliant 141 to the score, Cowelo being c&b for 60 in the 23rd over with Gee on 63 – 150 for 2. Joey went in next and hit his best ever score of 40 before he was caught – 237 for 3 off 33 (a partnership of 87 off 10 overs).
Rob in next and with Gee taking most of the strike the score continued to rattle along way past nosebleed territory for the Saturday team. Gee reached his ton in the 35th over with his first 6 but Rob was bowled 2 overs later for 9 – 290 for 4 off 37, leaving Tom to see out the final overs with Gee. The Wood notched up their 300 in the penultimate over and Gee reached 150 with a 4 off a no ball in the final over taking the Wood to the amazing total of 319 for 4 and carrying his bat for a fine 154 off 120 balls. Incredible figures for a Saturday and I think probably the highest score that I have marked for the Wood – beaming smiles all round at tea
Gee was obviously still in “super” mode at the start of the Hill innings as he took an amazing low down, reflex catch at slip off Tom in the first over and the Hill were 4 for 1. Kearnsy bowled the other opener in his second over – 16 for 2 off 4 and next over saw Joey juggle and then finally “catch” the ball in the crook of his arm for Tom’s second wicket – 25 for 3. Tom then claimed a wicket maiden and the Hill were 34 for 4 off 7. This began to feel very much like the “Twilight Zone” with a complete reversal in rolls but the next batsmen finally began to up the run rate. They had added 42 in just 3 overs when Joey struck in his first over, bowling their captain for 17 – 76 for 5 off 10.
Another good partnership followed but that master of spin Joe Rice, also in his first over, claimed the next victim given out LBW for 50 – 123 for 6 and two balls later bowled his partner for 21 – 124 for 7 off 15. The next pair added 23 and this time it was Harry’s turn to take a wicket, bowling Woollett for 8 – 147 for 8 off 20 – the Hill were well on target with regard to runs at this stage but well down on the wicket front. Cowelo took the next wicket with an LBW decision – 184 for 9 off 28 and with the light fading that man Gee stepped up to take the final wicket with the Hill finishing on 195 off 30.5 overs. Some bowling figures – Tom 5-1-34-3, Joe R 8-0-39-2, Harry 4-0-15-1 and Cowelo 3-0-9-1. A really great afternoon with some outstanding performances, some laugh out loud moments and really good banter between all involved – brilliant.
Seven teams had entered for this year’s competition, divided into a group of 4 with teams captained by Rob Davies with “The Archbishop’s Rejects”, Big T with “The Six Men”, Macca with “Hopeful at Best” and Simon Canter with “At a Canter” and a group of 3 with teams captained by Baz with “Barrington’s Phats & Small (BP&S), Tom Leaver with “The Saltwood Smashers” and Trev 1 with “The Mighty Mallards”. With a very tight schedule and the hope that we were not playing in the dark come the final, play got underway at 10am.
Group wise, the A/Rejects beat H at Best and the 6 Men, the 6 Men beat H at Best and At a Canter, At a Canter beat the A/Rejects and H at Best beat At a Canter meaning that the 6 Men and A/Rejects went through to the Semis. In the other group BP&S beat The S/Smashers and the M/Mallards, and the S/Smashers beat the M/Mallards- this pair also played the play-off match also won by the S/smashers which meant that BP&S and the S/Smashers were the other semi finalists. In the semis BP&S beat the A/Rejects and the S/Smashers beat the 6 Men and so come the final it was the Colts versus the Coaches.
BP&S batted first racking up a respectable 57 for 2 Cowelo being run out and Jez falling to the final ball. Biff would be key to the S/Smashers innings but his fine batting throughout the day was curtailed by Roachy who bowled him for 2 in the 1st over. Matt was c&b by Baz for 1 next over and Joey had Tom caught for a duck by Cowelo. Cowelo didn’t actually take a wicket but Jez accounted for both Arthur, caught behind for 9, and Doug, bowled for 1 and the S/Smashers finished on 19 for 5. So we crowned new Champions this year as Baz was presented with the Partridge Cup. A great day as usual with thanks to Big T for the organisation and to all those who played, helped and supported on the day raising in excess of £200 for club funds – see you all again next year.
Bossingham called correctly and put the Wood into bat and we opened with Gee and Big J (brother of Big T). They got us off to a good start, hitting several boundaries, before Big J was bowled in the 6th over for 12 – 22 for 1 – bringing Shaun to the crease. This proved to be a very successful partnership, adding 78 to the score in 15 overs, but alas Gee was the next to go, caught in the slips for 45 – 100 for 2 off 21. Shaun did not last much longer being adjudged LBW for 49 two overs later (definitely jug avoidance by the pair of them ) – 114 for 3 off 23. This left Tom and Kearnsy at the crease, Tom dropping anchor while Kearnsy hit out as much as he was able. Tom perished first, being caught for 3 and we were now 121 for 4 off 29.
Blackadder up next but he was also caught having added 6 to the score – 129 for 5 off 33. Big T joined Kearnsy and this pair had added 18 in 2 overs when Kearnsy was caught behind for 21 – 157 for 6 off 35. Moxo in at no.8 hitting the 4th ball faced for a boundary (duck avoided again ) but Big T was bowled for 12 (obviously not wanting to outdo his brother!) – 163 for 7 off 36. Rob had faced 6 balls for his 3 before being caught next over – 169 for 8 off 37. This brought in a long absent Woodie (“Leeds” Tumber) to join Moxo and apart from a “no-yes-no” run out chance when Tumber set off was sent back, slipped, sprawled and put off the keeper so he missed the ball this pair saw us home, finishing 21 and 8 not out respectively. The Wood finished on 190 for 8 off their 40 overs – a very respectable total for the Saturday team, especially as we had been bowled out for 38, chasing 261, when we visited them earlier in the season .
With carnage happening at Lords, could the Wood produce something similar on home soil? We started well with Tumber and Big T, Tumber taking a wicket courtesy of a Moxo catch in his second over – 10 for 1 off 3. This same combination accounted for the second wicket to fall – 26 for 2 off 9, bringing their captain, Raines, to the crease and a bowling change – Tom taking over from Tumber. This 3rd wicket partnership added 64 to the total, having survived several catching chances and a 2nd bowling change (Gee on for Big T) and it was Gee who struck with a caught and bowled, not wanting to see another chance go down – 90 for 3 off 22. Blackadder took over from Tom and the scoring rate started to rise when Gee claimed the only other wicket to fall, a Moxo stumping – 128 for 4 off 28. Although several other bowlers were tried and Tumber was brought back on we were unable to dislodge either batsman and they saw Bossingham home in 37.1 overs – Raines hitting the winning run off Shaun’s only ball, finishing not out on 80. A far more competitive match than last time, with some decent bowling figures – Tumber – 7-1-28-2, Big T – 8-2-31-0, Tom – 4-0-21-0, and Gee – 8-0-27-2, well done to all concerned.
With both Moxo and Cowlo otherwise engaged this weekend, Lewso was in charge and won the toss (he called heads just as Moxo has done each match but to no avail ). Our line up of 10 included John Kearns son Jack, and Lewso chose to bat first. We opened in cautious mode with Gee and the newly married Dan E but alas Gee was bowled (by Teddy E) for 4 in the 6th over – 5 for 1. Kearns senior into the action in Baz mode hitting 3 boundaries off his first 7 deliveries. He hit a rapid 23 off just 16 balls before he too perished at the hands of Teddy by skying a difficult catch – 33 for 2 off 12. This became 33 for 3 off 12 as Blackadder was adjudged LBW for 6 and then Lewso perished next over without adding to the score 33 for 4 off 13. Rob Davies and Robyn Shuter now at the crease and they had added 17 when Robyn went fishing at a wide ball and was caught for 10 – 50 for 5 off 17.
Big Nick sauntered out to join Rob and between them they put on our best partnership of 48 and then Rob was caught and bowled for 14 – 98 for 6 off 25. Big Nick was bowled for 25 in the next over – 98 for 7 and Greenwell was also bowled after striking a good looking 6 – 105 for 8 off 27. This left us with Harry and Kearns jun as our last pair and they added 5 to the total before young Jack K was bowled for 2 and we finished on 110 off 29 overs.
As our innings had finished somewhat earlier than expected with regards to having tea, Alkham went into bat straightaway with Blackadder and Gee opening the bowling for us and Gee struck with the last ball of his first over, bowling their No. 1 for a duck – 7 for 1 off 2. The next pair had added 28 when Blackadder took a good C&B – 35 for 2 off 9. He also claimed the only other wicket to go, an LBW decision – 44 for 3 off 13, at which point tea was taken. At the resumption a double bowling change was made with Rob and Big Nick taking over and Alkham upped the scoring rate by knocking off the runs needed in just 6 overs, finishing on 113 for 3 off 19 overs. Who wants to bet that when Moxo next calls heads at the toss he loses
On a breezy afternoon, the Wood took to the field and opened the bowling with Reedy and Roachy with Jez standing in as keeper. The first half of the Barham innings began very conservatively with both bowlers notching up 4 maidens and at 24 overs Barham were 50 for 1, Roachy having bowled the slightly more adventurous opener for 11 but being replaced by Big T. The second opener was then caught behind for 13 (having faced 70 balls!) off Big T – 57 for 2 off 26 – and Baz had now taken over from Reedy. Big T took his second wicket in his next over – 62 for 3 off 28. Barham went on to add 103 for the loss of 3 more wickets, all taken by Baz, during the next 15 overs and finished on 165 for 6 off 43. Bowling figures:- Reedy 12-4-31-0, Roachy 7-4-8-1, Big T 14-3-55-2 and Baz 10-0-55-3
Our batting line-up started with Robin and Jez getting us off to a good start but Robin was caught for 9 in the 4th over bringing Macca to the crease but he was run out having hit just 1 boundary – 15 for 2 off 5. Jez was now joined by Tom playing very sensibly letting Jez have as much of the strike as possible but Jez was the next to go, being caught for our top score of 32 in the 13th over – 55 for 3. Tom continued to play the anchor roll as Kearnsy hit a quickfire 30 off 24, during which time the 20 over countdown was started and they had pushed the score onto 94 when he was bowled. Roachy in next but having run a single he was then caught – 98 for 5 off 24 and our anchorman, Tom, perished in the following over having faced 59 balls for his 14 – 98 for 6 off 24. This brought Baz and Big T together and hopefully a few fireworks as the total was still gettable but the overs (and wickets) were diminishing. They had added 22 in 2 overs when Big T was stumped for 10 – 120 for 7 off 27 (11 overs left, 46 needed) and Baz was joined by Reedy who, having scored 2, was then bowled – 128 for 8 of 29 (38 needed off 8). Arthur in at 10, managed to get a single but was then caught – 142 for 9 of 32. There were now 6 overs left, 24 needed and just one wicket remaining as Baz was joined by Harry who defended the rest of the over. But it was not to be as Baz was bowled first ball next over for 31 and we finished on 142 off 32.1 overs
This is going to be very brief! Owing to player unavailability, we arrived at Brookland mustering just 8 players plus an umpire that then became 9 players and no umpire. Big T (acting captain) won the toss and decided to bat first, Baz was caught behind off the 5th ball and apart from Shaun who was bowled for 36 in the 14th over, nobody else reached double figures, Joey finishing 7 not out and the Wood had posted just 65 for 8 in 19.1 overs in 75 minutes.
Tea was declined at this stage and the Brookland innings began with Roachy and Big T sharing the bowling honours. The only wicket to be taken was by Joey in his only over – 45 for 1 off 7 and then Brookland reached their target in the next over having taken about 35 minutes and just 8 overs to overhaul us.One outing that’s probably best forgotten but that could well make the KVL handbook for lowest totals for this season.
Stowting won the toss and chose to bat first. With a somewhat understrength bowling attack, we opened with Tom and Charlie White so that they could be brought back on to bowl later if necessary. Stowting’s opening partnership proved to be rather stubborn and they had posted 97 (at one time going at nearly 10 an over) when the 2nd bowling change made the breakthrough – step forward Kearnsy and Moxo. In his 3rd over he had their No. 2 caught behind on 48 and next ball had his replacement stumped, the hat trick ball was defended but it was now 97 for 2 off 15.
Cowlo now joined the attack but Stowting were scoring freely again. With the last ball of his 4th over Cowlo bowled the other opener for 59 – 130 for 3 off 20 – and the first ball of his 5th over had his replacement well caught on the boundary by Tom – 137 for 6 off 22 – again the hat trick ball was defended. The only other wicket to go was a run out by Cowlo and Stowting finished their 40 overs on 280 for 5.
Their total being a little out of our reach Moxo agreed with Stowting for our 4 colts to bat first, so we opened with Arthur and Toby Keets, Toby being stumped in the 3rd over – 8 for 1. Charlie joins Arthur and they add a further 16 and then Arthur is caught & bowled for 9 – 24 for 2 off 7, this brings Tom to the wicket and he’s off the mark with a single. This 3rd wicket pair add our 2nd highest total of 31 before Charlie is bowled for 18 – 55 for 3 off 13. Greenwall in next but unfortunately is run out for 8 – 74 for 4 off 17 and Cowlo goes for a 5-ball duck – 80 for 5 off 19 – will we see out the overs?
Moxo in at 6 and finally breaks his run of ducks but faces only 9 balls when he is caught for 6 – 92 for 6 off 23. Chris Fox joins Tom who is now on 22 and the score creeps along, boundaries being very scarce. Tom reaches 30 and passes his previous highest score for us of 34 then reaches 41 with a boundary but there are just 4 overs left, will he post his maiden 50? He makes it to 43 next over, then 44 in the 38th and 45 in the 39th, he’s on strike and with everybody willing him on for the last over defends the first 2 balls then runs a single off the 3rd, Fox gets a single to put Tom back on strike, another dot ball and then going for glory off the last ball ….. is caught and bowled on 46 and we finish on 147 for 7. A stellar performance from Tom and hopefully his maiden 50 will not be too long in coming.