The 1st and 4th XI’s were in league action on Saturday with local rivals Bromley and The Roebucks providing the opposition.
Captain Beau Couldrey won the toss and asked Bromley to bat first.
Bromley have strengthened their side during the pre-season and it was good to welcome Hayes old boy, Lewis Hickford back to the club.
The Bromley openers made a strong start and on a cold day, they pushed on and made a 122 partnership before The Beast (Andrew Eddicott) captured the first wicket of the new season.
Grant Sheen (10-2-33-4) was then amongst the wickets as Hayes out the brakes on the Bromley attack.
Scott Gallagher (10-0-31-1) also bowled a tidy spell and debutant Jacob Marlow (4.5-0-44-1) also picked up his first wicket.
However, the innings was punctuated by showers and ultimately the match was ended by a heavy hail shower. The strip was well protected but the standing water on the adjoining strip refused to move and the match was ruled inconclusive at 6pm.
A frustrating start to the season for both sides.
The 4th XI skipper Sam Millard, also won the toss and invited the opposition to bat – clearly both captains have faith in their sides chasing runs!
A couple of early wickets seemed to support Sam’s decision with Tom Davis (10-3-30-4) and Kevin Coates (5-0-33-2) ably supported by Colin Couldrey (6-1-28-3) saw the opposition crumble to 95-7.
A rear-guard fightback ensued and The Roebucks finished their innings on 183.
Despite rain – and hail – delays, the pitch was very playable.
Jeremy Browne (25) and Alfie Peck (33) put on 57 for the 1st wicket and with Joe Lambourne (15) also amongst the runs, the target looked in reach.
Colin Couldrey (29) and Sam Millard (27) pushed on but with their demise a combination of poor batting and some controversial umpiring saw the Hayes innings close on 174 all out and an agonising 9 runs short.
Still with the Kent Regional League offering bonus points for the closeness of the result, 15 points from the 1st game is not a bad start to the season.
Special thanks to Phil Burnstead, volunteering to Umpire in the coldest of conditions – needless to say the controversial decisions weren’t from his end!
Sunday saw our friends Southern Railway. Kenley and Selsdon Cricket Club visit Hayes.
A strange coincidence – Len Cullen, a Southern Railway Member, who will have been known to a few of us older members, introduced Graham Duckett, Father of Ben (who yesterday made his England T20 debut), to the club. Graham was a distinguished wicketkeeper and captain of Hayes 1st XI and has been to a number of our recent social events.
Hayes won the toss and elected to bat – openers Liam Buttery and Simon Flinn soon took to the bowling and on a cold Sunday, both scored centuries before retiring.
Peter Jones (24), Danny Carroll* (16) and Rhianna Simmonds* (16) pushed the score to 284 in our allotted 35 overs.
Paul Steet (5-0-25-3) was soon amongst the wickets and with Lewis Knox (3-1-7-2), Peter Jones (2-0-7-2) and Rhianna Simmonds (2-0-6-2) also chipping in, the opposition succumbed for 111 in 31 overs.
So a cold weekend finished on a high note and some notable achievements.