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Weekend Wrap

6 months ago By Harri Kallas

Magnificent Start for All Sides - Centurions and 5 Wins!

The first full weekend of the new season saw all 4 Saturday Sides in Action.

The 1st XI travelled to local rivals HSBC, full of expectations for the new season and complete with new signings, Rhys Morgan and Hayden Walsh.

Losing the toss, skipper Simon Routh was asked to bowl first and HSBC got off to a flyer, plundering the opening attack and at 128 - 0 looked in a position to mount a daunting total.

However Stuart Eddicott (10-1-46-3) then bagged both openers and some tight bowling from Hayden Walsh (10-1-35-0) and Rhys Morgan (10-1-32-1) coupled with some excellent catching from Hayden, saw HSBC restricted to 233-7.

Somewhat lesser than was feared but still a commanding total.

In reply, Hayes were soon in trouble, with only Jamie Askew (19) in the top three scoring double figures.

Hayden though was looking set and needed someone to stay with him - Beau Couldrey (10) and James Bamber (29) offered some support, but it wasn't until Stuart Eddicott started to launch some lusty blows, that an unlikely victory looked on.

With live feeds being being fed to the Hayes Clubhouse, Hayden began to dominate and cruised past his half century.

Stuart departed for 29 and the pressure mounted on Hayden, with skipper Simon blocking at one end.

Hayden passed the 100 mark with a Dilshan Scoop and finished the match with another boundary - a win snatched from the jaws of defeat!

The listening crowd at Hayes were heard cheering all the way back to Beckenham!

The 2nd XI entertained Nonnington 2's - although once the scorecard was reviewed it appeared they sent their 1st XI (who had no game that day).

Skipper Sam Davis also lost the toss and was asked to bowl.

A steady opening stand was broken by Tom Davis (15-3-45-3) who continued where he left off last season with a tight controlled spell. Ably supported by Andrew Eddicott (12-2-46-1), Scott Gallagher (9-2-31-1) and the returning Joel Couldrey (10-2-33-1) the Hayes bowling restricted Nonnington to 182-7.

Batting wasn't easy on a slow but true strip and the Hayes reply was led by skipper Sam and Scott. Sam fell for 4, but with Martin Pratt (22) keeping an end tight, Scott started to attack the ball and although riding his look early, he took the game to the bowlers.

Martin departure, after a 78 run partnership, bought son Josh (9) to the crease and Scott continued his onslaught.

Michael Robertson (11*) followed Josh and watched as Scott completed his maiden century with yet another crushing boundary and soon Hayes were victorious!

A great achievement for both Scott and the side.

The 3rd XI were also at HSBC with skipper Jewel proving more adept at the toss than his colleague's.

Batting first, Hayes amassed 205-6 in their 40 overs with all batsmen contributing - the highlights being Mo Rahman 42* and Jewel 32*.

Despite losing a couple of early wickets, HSBC made steady progress and it wasn't until Shahidul Chowdhury (9-1-33-4) made inroads that a Hayes win started to look likely.

HSBC never recovered and finished on 181-7 in their 40 overs and a god start for the 3's!

The 4th XI entertained Bexleyheath, with skipper Sam Millard winning the toss and electing to field.

Leo Webster (10-2-38-2), George Fisher (7-0-24-3) and Graeme Morrison (10-0-32-2) picked up the wickets as Bexleyheath were restricted to 150-7 in their 40 overs.

Shrijeet Desai (18) opened the innings and with his demise, Hayes were soon in trouble with 3 wickets down early. Joseph Cotton (11) started to steady the innings and it was left to his father Steve Cotton (50) and Joe Lambourne (39) to steer Hayes to the brink of victory and 4 out of 4 for the Saturday sides!

Updated 05:42 - 12 May 2017 by Harri Kallas

Where next?

Captain Speaks! Sam Davis on a Great Start for the 2nd XI
2's Pre Season v Tunbridge Wells Report on Sammy's Boys Visit to The Nevill

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