**** Great Chart v Tyler Hill Match Report ****
Finally, some good weather graced a Sunday fixture for the first time this season. We welcomed Tyler Hill to Godinton Park for the first KVL game this year, under clear blue skies. The wicket had taken a lot of water over the past week and because the opposition failed to supply an umpire, I duly claimed the toss and bowled first – hoping to make the most of the moisture first up.
Will bowled exceptionally well without any luck, conceding only 12 runs from his 9 overs. Constantly making the batsman play and passing the edge of the stumps and bat regularly. Jamie made the ball dance from a good length with swing also, picking up 3-26 from his allocation. Keeping the batsmen quiet and being backed up be excellent ground fielding, we restricted Tyler Hill to 60-3 at the 20 over mark.
Martin, Parky and myself then sped through our spells – Martin bowling a good length to pick up 1-31 from 6 overs, Parky troubled the right handers with his variations of pace and line of attack to claim 2-26 from his 9 overs off the reel. I managed to land my first delivery (!) and rattle the stumps through the gate, followed by two in two balls in identical fashion – extracting good turn. The hat-trick ball was more arse than class – properly wasted.
Their left handed number 6 then unleashed several quality blows over the boundary, particularly harsh on anything full. We put him down on the boundary once, but he soon became my fourth wicket – a skier of a caught & bowled. Tyler Hill all out for 146 inside the 39th over. Brilliant effort in the field by all.
Out reply started slow amidst some quick and accurate seam bowling. I succumbed early for 7. Parky counterattacked with a spritely 34. We unfortunately lost our top order in quick succession – Gavin (0),Tim (4) and Jezz (0). Jimbo (19) and Darren (9) steadied the ship for a while. But when both departed, Jamie stood firm and made some lusty blows for a good 21 before getting a low one. Will looked as good as anyone in his brief stay, before Aaron (3) was the last man dismissed (runout) to leave us 25 runs short of victory.
A good even game in the end – just undone with the bat in the face of accurate bowling on a slowing surface. My thanks again to Michelle for scoring, Dickie for umpiring, Team Laker for preparing the tea/helping with the wicket and MartyB, Squiggles and Jezz for doing groundwork in the morning.
Onwards to Aldington next Sunday (although the map on the Teamo app points to Kennington ?!?!?) Names down via Teamo (preferably) by 8pm Wednesday please. If anyone has not yet downloaded Teamo, please let me know and I can assist. I am unlikely to be there for training Wednesday evening as working late in Croydon.
Looking ahead, we still need to fill home game teas. Please refer to the board at the club to volunteer for a tea – even double up with a teammate if you like. We should all be able to organise one tea a season. Team Teas will have to take effect if not volunteers.
NP - 12th May 2019
Great Chart v Smalllhythe
Despite the weather and damp wicket we started the game at 3pm, the game reduced to 30 overs each side. Myself and Toby opened the bowling. Both of us bowling a pretty tight line ( a miracle for me from my last couple of bowling spells) I took the first wicket and Toby taking the next 2, including probably their best cricketer. leaving them on 22 for 3. Then came the bowling change.Phil 'the Kent player' at one end and the chairman at the other. Nigel taking 3 wickets in his first 2 overs leaving them 38 for 6. Out stepped their youngest player of 11 years old who showed great enthusiasm for the game. Shouting every NO when there was no run to be had. He faced 39 balls and looked like he enjoyed every minute of being out in the middle which was great to see. The next bowling change saw the partnership of Arnup and Marky Marky Mark. Paul with his aggressive style of grenades (lol),and Mark who hasn't bowled for a number of years taking an impressive 2 for 14 off of 3 overs including a caught and bowled that left Small Hythe to defend a score of 87 for 8 off of 30 overs. We had a great tea thanks to Paul. The fish finger sandwiches going down very well and home made quiches lol. It was a delayed start to our inning due to the weather during tea but we eventually got back out to bat. The chase started with Scott and Beardo playing some nice cricket. Graham hitting some nice boundaries early doors. Then came their first bowling change, pace at one end slow turn at the other. The slow turn being a particular problem losing Scott stumped, Marky Marky Mark and Paul Davis came and went. Graham then went to the pace of their best cricketer who could've had him 3 times in that over alone. I soon followed leaving us 37 for 5 when we had been 29 for 1. Oops . Next in was Mr Arnup who was soon dismissed leaving us 38 for 6 needing 46 from 12 overs. To our rescue came the captain Dmac and man of the match Toby.D Dmac scoring 28 not out and Toby 13 not out to see us home. 4 out of 4 for the satters a good time had by both teams. Played in the right spirit.
CC - 11th May 2019
Hythe CC v Great Chart CC – Match Report
Out first match at Hythe CC for nearly 15 years was played under overcast skies – and thankfully better conditions overall than our Saturday XI endured the day before.
Going into the weekend two players short due to unavailability and a last-minute injury, we were able to secure the guest services of former player Luke Laws and Jamie’s cousin Jason for the match.
Winning the toss I elected to bat first with the aim to post another defendable target on a slow surface. Unfortunately, we lost Ben (0) and Gavin (10) inside the first 10 overs of our innings. Luke Laws and I then slowly built the total towards the 50 mark inside the 20 overs. Not many loose deliveries to capitalise on, with their military medium attack proving difficult to get away. I departed for 25, leaving Luke (28) and Darren (17) to rebuild again, putting on 44 for the fourth wicket. James was run out for 2, Martin and Aaron not troubling the scorers. Luke Andrews played a good hand towards the end of the innings with 18no in partnership with Jason. A total of 137 was posted – a respectable score, considering the slowness of the wicket and the accuracy of their attack. A mention for Melvin who took a painful blow on the knee from a close-in throw and had to rest for a period.
Our effort with the ball started well, with Jamie opening the bowling with Ben. Tight lines initially proved successful with a couple of hard chances falling just out of reach – including an incredibly difficult C&B chance for Jamie. Mr Williams finally broke through the defences of their right-hander for 9.
After this, luck was not in our favour as further lofted shots fell short of out fielders and they were also able to punish anything short which sat up – and climb into anything full. Their other opener expanding his shots brought their target closer by the 20th over. The other batsman looking at home on the baseball field combined lusty blows – together with good running. At the end of his innings his total disregard for the state of the game and respect for us as opposition saw him switch his stance to a left-hander. Whilst within the laws, not totally respectful.
Good effort in the field by all, especially on a larger surface than generally used too and heavy underfoot after weekend rain and the morning boot fair. Fines collected, beer drunk afterwards and good banter.
Thanks to all who umpired and scored. Names down for this weekend via Teamo (yes or no),or via your captains – outstanding subs paid ASAP please (remember, consideration for selection holds preference for those who have paid).
NP - 5th May 2019
Great Chart v Bethersden Match Report
Thinking about the headline two have sprung to mind - "History made at Chart" and Wind stops play" (no rude comments please!) - more on those later.
The fact we got a game in with the horrid weather and Bethersden only having 8 players on Friday was a tribute to all those involved.
By design and by default Bethersden ended up with 10 with both Keefy and Stuey in their ranks and Mark and Jim guesting!
Chart batted first and soon lost Scotty to a feather edge behind and the DMc was joined by Jez. They put on 71 in 12 overs before Jez managed to miss one which barely had the strength to knock the bails off.
I was in next and despite hitting a full toss for 4 first ball I then struggled to hit the skin off the rice pudding scoring only 3 runs off the next 39 faced.
It did not matter too much as D Mc was putting most bad balls away. The score soon past 100 and soon followed his 50 upon which he promptly asked me if he should retire! The reply was a very firm NO!
The run rate increased even by me and we'd put on 98 when I departed for 25 to one that crept. Paul D came in at the end and with a couple of lusty blows helped take the score to 208/3 off 35 with the innings cut short by rain.
D Mc reached his second consecutive ton in the last over and finished on 110no. This is the first headline from earlier and having checked with DD no one in the history of GCCC has ever scored consecutive hundreds. An amazing achievement despite his modesty, brilliant sir a huge well done.
To show how cold it was virtually everyone stayed inside the pavilion and enjoyed another first class Tea prepared by Rachel and I think after that no one was mad keen to venture out into the cold again!
We did take the field and Chart opened up again with Toby bowling at good pace and Eddi economical again at the other. Only 1 wicket fell in the first 10 overs but both were unlucky Toby in particular beating the bat on several occasions.
Despite Chart changing bowlers and using 8 in total with no one bowling more than 6, wickets were hard to come by. The Chairman bowled Jimbo and Paul cleaned up Stuey .
So to the second headline. We'd already come in once for rain when a second shower was brewing but just before it rained the wind picked up to gale force causing the game to be stopped and a quick dash to the pavilion. I have never seen conditions like it on a cricket field!!!
We were soon back out and Bethersden increased the run rate near the end to finish on a credible 141/4 off their 35.
The game was win/lose so Chart were victorious by 67 runs to win their 3rd game in a row on a Saturday.
Fines included yours truly for being late despite advising the Captain I would be, and the Chairman for somehow missing a ball near the boundary which trickled past him and just had the strength to hit a boundary marker!
So onto next week and another home game beckons this time it's Smallhythe. Can the winning run continue?
As I finish writing this the Sunners will be getting ready to take the field at Hythe just down the road from me, so good luck to them today. Maybe 5 outof 5, who knows. Enjoy your match! Hopefully it's not quite so horrid fielding today but it's far from ideal Cricket weather!!
GB - 4th May 2019
Lenham CC v Great Chart Match Report
The 2019 Sunday campaign finally got underway yesterday at the now familiar opening fixture at Lenham CC.
Overcast, showery and sunny periods of weather greeted us for the afternoon, but we were able to get underway on time. Losing the toss, Lenham put us into bat on a flat, yet sticky surface due to the inclement weather. A decision I wasn’t unhappy with as I knew the wicket would become ‘stodgier and shrubier’ as the match went on and any dampness in the outfield would hamper their bowlers first.
Early exchanges saw runs accumulated slowly but we lost Ben (7) and Luke (2) within the first few overs to expected late movement. Enter Parky (16),and the returning Gavin (9) for his first game for Chart in nearly two years. Good to have Gav back in the squad again. Boundaries started to flow, and we were scoring at around 5rpo for the first 10. Again, we lost a further quick wickets, including Darren (12) and Aaron (0),to put Lenham in the driving seat – teetering at 65-6 inside the 20 overs.
Enter Jimbo and Martin. Watchful throughout both their innings, but severe on anything loose and within their favoured areas. Jimbo was especially harsh on anything full – dispatching their quickest bowler back over the straight boundary twice, despite men being posted back. Martin was quick to latch onto anything short and wide, taking full advantage of the quicker side of the outfield. A backbone-defining partnership of 64 helped put us back into the game.
After Martin departed for a measured 24, I joined Jimbo to put on another 60 runs together to help stretch our advantage past the 150 mark and into a territory we considered very much defendable on a track which had since taken a 10min heavy shower and had the inevitable consistency of maltloaf.
Both Jimbo (56) and myself (32) departed in successive balls late in the innings trying to push on. Best I’ve seen Jim bat in many years and confirming his form from the indoor nets. A good total of 196 all out was posted.
Early endeavours with the ball saw our potent new ball attack of Jamie and Will cause issues for both openers. Will struck first, luring their handy opener from previous meetings into a backfoot punch, only to be pouched by Parky on the drive in short. Analysis after match revealed he thought it was a cheese roll….
Enter their number three who thought he was at the driving range with a full bucket of balls – devastatingly harsh on anything in his half, depositing three into the school. Despite the onslaught, Will and Jamie stood fast and stuck to their plans. Jamie rattled the timbers to send him back, and so begins the stranglehold on the match. Will and Jamie picking up one wicket each. Parky mixed up his pace and variations well, piercing the defence of their stubborn number 5. Martin bowled tight, enticing their number 4 into a false pull shot – Luke calmly holding onto a tricky catch. The asking rate after the top order went always was around 5rpo heading into the final third. Ben, with one good foot, struck successfully on the pads twice to expose the lower order. I wheeled away and collected four wickets to wrap up proceedings.
Ground fielding and commitment was excellent throughout. Jamie, Gavin, Darren and Aaron putting in some serious yards and dives to keep the pressure on. A good marker heading into next week at Hythe. Hopefully everyone enjoyed being back in the game we love and that there aren’t too many long-suffering joints over the next few days. Fines were collected from Martin (bowel movement),Will (bladder movement behind a tree),myself (misfield) and Ben (laying down for no good reason).
A good bunch of lads at Lenham, competitive yet welcoming – and good social banter at the Red Lion afterwards.
Thanks to Michelle for scoring – both in the book and on the Play-Cricket Scorer App. Also many thanks to Dickie for umpiring in the four-seasons climate.
See you Wednesday.
NP - 28th April 2019
Stone in Oxney v GCCC Saturday XI
So today the Satters travelled to a cold and overcast Stone c.c . Having won the toss the skipper elected to bat and strode out full of purpose with Scotty too hotty Barton. They reached their 50 partnership in the 12th over when Scott tried to lace the leather off the ball with an almighty swish, almost pulling his shoulder out of the socket and only finding one of the fielders for a well worked 20.
Beardo was in next and contributed 16 of a 48 run stand before getting a good nut. I was in at 4 and happily watched D Mac bludgeon away at the other end to get to his 3 figures before retiring to the warmth of the pavilion. I went for 23 after playing over a straight one about a week early. Mark and Josh came and went before Chris the ginger one Crowfoot and the Chairman put on a quick fire 20 at the end to leave us on 197.
Enjoying the warmth and generous helpings of a good tea we weren't looking forward to getting back out in the cold.
However Macca rallied the troops and out to battle we went. Toby the pianist Daines opened up with a fine 5 over burst unlucky not to get more than just the 1 wicket for his efforts.
At the other end Eddie the wily fox Wicken bowled through his 9 overs getting 1 for 14 and beating the bat on numerous occasions. The ginger one bowled his Bertie Bassetts and picked up a customary wicket. Big foot 'stepped in' with 3 wickets including the most outrageous appeal/ non appeal ever. Josh 'junior' Crowfoot bowled well and picked up 2 wickets including one with a catch from his old man ( the whole team held their breath as the ball was in the air for an age before snuggling into his thankful grasp) at this point the opposition were on 94-8 and the pub was edging ever nearer. But out of nowhere they found an 11th player that hadn't fielded but came in to bat!! 47 runs later and the target becoming closer the pianist returned to clean him up and picked up the final 2 wickets and finish with fine figures of 3- 31 and they fell 40 runs short in the end. A good all round performance with some hilarities to go in the memory book along the way. next up Bethersden at home for us.
Good luck to the Sunners tomorrow.
JS - 27th April 2019