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Weekend Wrap

10 months ago By Harri Kallas

Batsmen Wanted!

The 1st XI crashed to defeat at Bromley Common on Saturday.

Skipper Simon Routh lost the toss and The Common chose to bat first. Stuart Eddicott (8-1-33-2) and Connor Byrne (10-2-33-1) were soon among the wickets and with Rhys Morgan (9,2-1-23-3) continuing his excellent start to the season, Hayes had The Common in trouble, Grant Sheen (10-2-29-2) bowled well but a 40 run 10th wicket partnership was to prove crucial.

Chasing 158, Hayes got off to s solid start and at 123 - 2, looked in good position. Grant (44) and Hayden Walsh (36) batted well, but with Hayden's wicket, the batting collapsed - only David Giles (16) offered any resistance. With James Bamber injured and unable to bat Hayes succumbed to 132 - 9 and a rare defeat to The Common.

We wish Bamber good luck with his recovery - likely to be out for 3/4 weeks.

The 2nd XI looked to continue their fine start to the season at home to Gore Court.

With skipper Sam Davis away in Ibiza it was left to Michael Robertson to captain the side and Liam Buttery writes on the match:

Following the monsoon-like downpour on Friday night, the rain slipped under the covers, and we were greeted on Saturday morning with a wet wicket to take on Gore Court. Stand-in skipper Mike Robertson lost the toss, and we were put into bat under grey and gloomy skies.

Despite their keeper dropping the easiest catch he could've wished for, the first wicket fell with 34 runs on the board.

In recent weeks, the top order have given us a great platform in the first 20-30 overs, though this week, we put ourselves into a trap and had only 112 on the board by fall of the 5th wicket.

Opening the batting for the first time since the middle of last summer, Tomas Gallagher led the way with a well made 36, before falling to his trademark slog-sweep.

He was supported at the other end by Finnan Bryan who made 22, though the impetus and aggression shown through his running gave more value to the team's innings than his score suggests.

Connor Daniels made the same score of 22 in a valuable contribution, though both batsmen fell soon after getting in.

Our concern with the wicket became irrelevant as we proceeded to gift Gore Court our wickets. Robertson came to the rescue, however, and with an excellent 50 not out, he put on an unbeaten 77 run partnership with Joel Couldrey, who added a run-a-ball 35, boosting our total up to what we felt was an above-par 210-6.

Opening with the seam of Andrew Eddicott (11-6-15-1) and the spin of Joel (11-5-17-1), we gave away next to nothing in the first 20 overs.

By drinks, Gore Court were barely scratching one run per over, and were clearly blocking out from very early on.

Once again the ginger-haired Hayes bowling attack was relentless, and of the 15 runs Beast conceded, 12 came off the outside edge and raced away to the third man boundary.

Colin Couldrey (4.4-1-11-2) kept things tidy down the hill, whilst Scott Gallagher (3-2-4-3) had the Gore Court middle order in all sorts of trouble, as he utilized the spin-friendly wicket.

Young Finlay Baker took the other wicket, as due to their opener retiring hurt, we only needed to claim 9 wickets to win the game. Gore Court were dismissed for a poultry 62 in a little over 30 overs.

We were significantly more ruthless in the field than we have been in recent weeks, and now boast an astonishing points total of 100 out of a possible 100.

Behind the stumps, Martin Pratt took two outstanding low slip catches off the spinners, whilst keeper Liam Buttery claimed three dismissals.

However, the fielding effort was epitomised by Finnan Bryan's run out early on; our effort and intensity in the field must have embarrassed our opposition, who wished us well in our tittle pursuit.

Next week we take on Upchurch, who lie bottom of the division, but their performances against us last year give us great reason to make sure we are on top of our game once again. Game by game the run continues, and week by week we mustn't tire.

The 3rd XI had a "walk over" due to Blackheath's wicket not being prepared and so Jewel and his boy's maintain their unbeaten start to the season.

The 4th XI entertained Dartford on The Meadow and skipper Sam Millard had no hesitation in inserting the opposition on winning the toss.

Leo Webster (7-1-27-2) and William Hadley (6-1-16-1) bowled an excellent opening spell and with Kevin Coates (10-4-25-2) and Cameron Low (8-2-26-3) providing admirable support, the Dartford innings was brought to a close at 125-9 in their 40 overs.

Adam Greenway (39) and Rory Low (47*) led the reply and Hayes cruised home in the 25th over with the loss of only 3 wickets. Another great win for Sam and the side.

So three wins but a tough loss for the 1st team and we hope for a return to the form of the first two weeks next weekend!

Updated 14:36 - 12 Jun 2017 by Harri Kallas

Where next?

Weekend Wrap - Saturday Edition Wins for 2's, 3's, Women, Development and Legends
Weekend Wrap 1st XI Crash but Rest Win!


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