Linden Park were the visitors on a balmy Saturday and in winning the toss elected to bat.
Former Surrey opener, Scott Newman, was seen as the main threat and when Grant Sheen (10-1-29-2) cleaned him up early, then followed this up with the other opener, Linden were 8 - 2 and Hayes on top.
However Linden's overseas then came to the wicket and scored an unbeaten 124.
Hayes bowled well - Stuart Eddicott (10-1-35-0) and Rhys Morgan (10-1-37-2) supported Grant well and Linden were restricted to 233 - 5.
The Hayes batting collapsed - 7-6 must be a record and a final total of 43 was the lowest total for many seasons. Hayden Walsh (10) and Stuart (11) were the only batsmen to make double figures. A couple of close LBW's didn't go Hayes way but a disappointing day for the 1st XI and they will be looking to bounce back this Saturday to local rivals, Bromley Common.
The 2nd XI were looking to build on 3 wins from the first 3 games and travelled across Hayes to Old Wilsonians.
Skipper Sam Davis provides the report:
We had taken a maximum 60 points from our first three games and faced another big game against Old Wilsonians who were in 2nd place with 47 points.
The weather was set fair and it was a no brainer to win the toss and bat, so that’s what I did! Buttery and I opened the batting and their bowling was pretty tight at the start of the innings with us only scoring at 2/3 an over initially. Buttery, as usual was looking very comfortable at the crease and started to get into his stride with some trademark drives through covers. A bowler called Ranjan was bowling to me and I was struggling to score off him, but at this early stage we were happy to tick things along and keep the partnership going.
They made some bowling changes and runs started to come a bit more easily. Unfortunately Buttery was caught in front lbw for 25 when he looked set for another big score. Liam said that he got an edge on it…. Pratty didn’t get going and was given out lbw (by Alan Cotton!!!) sweeping.
Finn Bryan came in at number 4 and the innings was very much in the balance. One key reason for our success this season has been our ability to come out on top when the game could swing one way or the other. Finn batted very fluently from the start and was soon finding the boundary. We also ran very aggressively and put their fielders to the test. There were at least three or four boundaries that we picked up with their outfielders trying to stop two but forgetting about the ball. This has been a much improved facet to our game this year and we must continue to do this.
Finn and I were scoring freely and their spinners were bowling their fair share of four balls. With 30 overs gone we had around 110 and I felt that 230 was the score we should be aiming for, and that’s exactly what we did. I eventually departed for 83 in the 40th over and this then allowed the middle order players to play their shots and bat around Finn. Connor Daniels hit his first ball for 6 and was run out soon after!! Mark Trevatt also gave the innings some fresh impetus with 21 off about 15 balls. Finn carried his bat with a superb 74 not out with us finishing on 235 for 6.
Sometimes when you have 235 you feel it is already game over at tea but I felt there was potential for them to have a crack at it if they could put some partnerships together on a wicket that was pretty flat once the new ball had softened. We had a mixture of bowling options and it was difficult to know who I should bowl with Naughty first up. I decided to go with the spin of Joel Couldrey.
They started well and scored at 4 an over for the first 8 or 9 overs. Davis and Couldrey then proceeded to decimate their top order. They went from 30 for no wicket to 40 for 4 and then 60 for 8. We had the rub off the green with a few of those wickets but you make your own luck in this game and both Joel and Naughty were rewarded for consistently putting the ball in the right areas.
Naughty ended up with 5 wickets for 39 from 13 overs and Joel 4 for 45 from 15 overs. You’re not going to lose many games with bowling figures like that!
Finn Baker came on towards the end and took the final wicket, clean bowling their number 11 with them on exactly 100. Finn is a very promising young spinner and it is a shame that his availability is limited this season.
On paper you could argue that this was perhaps our weakest team that we have fielded but we produced our most convincing win yet! Another great effort from the whole team with us outplaying the opposition in every department.
We have now gone 11 games unbeaten when you factor in the back end of last season. There is no room for complacency and we all need to train hard and prepare well to make sure that we keep this winning momentum going.
The 3rd XI were looking to emulate Sam's boys and hosted Old Colfeians on The Meadow.
Jewel won the toss and elected to bat.
Delrick Adikari (42) was once again amongst the runs and was ably supported by Ramiro Rajkumar (34), Dammika Silva (25), Shahidul Chowdhury (22) and Jason Thompson (26).
Hayes finished on 191 all out in the final over of the innings.
Skipper Akhlakunnobi Jewel (8.2-1-37-5) tore in to the Old Colfs innings and they were soon in trouble and with Jason Thompson (9-5-16-3) fit again, Hayes bowled Old Colfs out for 142 and with 4 from 4 top the league!
The 4th XI travelled to Sidcup and were asked to bat first.
Shrijeet Desai (42) batted very well on what looked a tough wicket - Adam Greenway (23) and Steve Cotton (27) - young Jospeh Cotton (13) also got into double figures and Hayes finished on 135 - 9 in their 40 overs.
With a small total to defend, Leo Webster (8-3-11-3) and William Hadley (7.1-1-13-1) bowled opened superbly and then Christiaan Van Der Berg (10-0-24-4) and Graeme Morrison (10-1-36-2) offered great support.
Sidcup being bowled out for 84 in the 36th over!
A bad loss for the 1st XI but some encouraging performances in the other sides meant a great day fro the club!
Sunday was handed over to Jacko Day and the visitors were our friends from Orpington, Petts Wood and West Wickham Football Club.
An enthralling days cricket saw Hayes pick up the Trophy again but a superb day at the club remembering our dear friend,
Updated 18:53 - 5 Jun 2017 by Harri Kallas