Latest Chairman's Blog - Nigel Champion
According to the Meatloaf song “two out of three ain't bad”. If you saw my blog last week you may recall that I mentioned that the Colts and Saturday sides were still seeking their first win, as were the Sunday 2nd XI in the league.
I am pleased to be able to advise that the U15 Colts side had a very good win against Rye last Tuesday. Although we got a relatively low score, we defended that by bowling and fielding superbly to record our first win. Sadly the U13 team were not able to repeat that success later on in the week but did bowl and field extremely well but unfortunately were not able to score enough runs.
The Saturday side scored in excess of 200 against Bilsington, helped by 60 from Graham and a first 50 for the club by Dan Davis. Bilsington were then just over 100 for 9; their last wicket stand then got them to about 150 before we took the last wicket. Included within our fielding display was a first five wicket haul for the club for Howard Baker so well done to Howard and Dan for their respective first’s this weekend.
A similar positive batting display for the Sunday 2nd XI saw us score just under 200 in our allotted 40 overs with Ivan Baker and Darren McGoldrick putting on what, if not the best, must be one of the best third wicket partnerships in our history. They came together with the score less than double figures and then batted throughout in a quite magnificent stand which was an absolute pleasure to watch. Unfortunately we weren't able to match the batting in terms of success in the field, despite some good bowling and were not able to bowl the opposition out or contain them. There were sufficient positive performances to suggest that the first win is not far away.
The Sunday 1st XI recorded a good win against Benenden and are now 2nd in the league, which is a super achievement. Good performances in the field by a number of people including Will, Steve and the man of the moment, Duncan enable us to dismiss them for a relatively low score. Things didn't go exactly as we planned when we batted and could have easily have unravelled but for a Vice Captain’s knock by Gavin which saw us over the line.