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.
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With the 1C East Division championship within our reach we set off for Wootton & Denton’s ground with plans being made for the post match celebrations. What greeted the team was less than impressive with a locked up ground, no wicket prepared and no oppo to be seen.
A few phone calls later and Wootton & Denton decided that it would be a good time to cancel the match. Thanks for that lads, (more…)
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…)
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
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.
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…)
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.