****Great Chart CC v All Stars****
We welcomed a touring side All Stars to GCCC for the game on Saturday. Having won the toss they decided to bat but were soon 11 for 2 with both openers back in the pavilion when we had Eddi and Toby bowling well. Their number 3 then played one of the best innings seen for a while to score 130 before being out to the very last ball of their innings. Our bowlers stuck to their task well with Eddi taking 2, Toby 1, Chris Crowfoot 1 and myself 2. Josh, Paul D and Haz (it was great seeing you back playing) bowling well without luck. The fielding was good with Old Thing taking 2 catches and Josh a great one on the boundary and Paul Arnup saving lots of runs. After an enjoyable tea prepared by DMac and served by Lisa we set about chasing the total. Anup and DMac got us off to a good start before Anup departed. This brought Old Thing to the wicket for his first game of the season. He and DMac played nicely until the run machine that is DMac was plumb LBW which brought Chris Crowfoot to the crease. Together the 2 Chris' took our score to 202 for an honourable draw. A very enjoyable day, well done everyone.
NC - 6th July
****Great Chart CC v Stowting - an Umpires view.****
With yet another injury stopping me playing I volunteered to Umpire on an exceedingly hot day as we welcomed Stowting to GCCC for the first time in many years.
The skippers agreed to reduce to 35 overs a side with 2 drinks breaks in each innings. D Mc won the toss and elected to bat first.
Opening with James B and Anup a brisk if slightly streaky start ensued with James in particular putting away anything loose. Anup played an excellent supporting role and will have a sore head this morning after skying one, unsure where it was until it landed on his head! - no real harm done and hopefully not too sore this morning mate!
Anup departed with the score on 79 in the 14th over. Marky and Jimbo then provided James support as he marched past 50. He was dropped in the covers but other than that played another excellent innings to reach his second ton in 3 innings.
After he departed Aaron and Kieran went cheaply and it was left to Chris and Darren to add 34 in the last 5 overs to enable Chart to finish on 205/6 off their 35.
Seeking welcome shade the teams enjoyed a lovely tea prepared by Lisa before recommencing the game with temperatures still hovering around the 30 mark.
Opening with Keiran and 16 years old today Josh (happy birthday young man); early wickets were taken with Josh taking a wicket very first ball, and James (it's not all about batting) Burgess taking an excellent slip catch almost behind him off Keiran.
Another wicket fell to Keiran before the first bowling changes saw Chris and Bigfoot come on who both quickly joined the party with a wicket each to leave Stowting rocking on 32/5 off 13.
This enabled everyone to get involved in the game as DMc gave others a bowl including young Patrick's first bowl in senior cricket. Despite nerves he still seemed to enjoy it. Aaron and Mark had seven overs between them without any joy as Stowtings middle order rebuilt.
Despite bringing back the miserly Bigfoot 2/3 off 7 overs (bowled magnificently from my end) which included one wide and a single off dropped catch; and then Kieran and Josh to finish off they finished comfortably on 120/6 so a draw as the players shook hands and headed for cool showers and a cold pint or two.
Undoubtedly the players on the day were the two Burgesses with James narrowly taking the man of the match from his Dad who as well as the miserly spell of the day made an excellent diving stop at slip to provide the days champagne moment! (Usually by the time his huge frame hits the deck the ball has long since gone past!).
So the Satters excellent season continues with just one narrow loss so far in 10 games. I have to say the camaraderie and team spirit with everyone getting involved is a joy to see and long may it continue! 😀😀
Next week we play a team called Allstars who we know nothing about with many who were unavailable this week vying for places!
A couple of thank yous to Melvyn for standing the other end with me and to Geoff for coming down with a barrel of beer when we'd run out!
GB - 29th June
****Great Chart vs Bilsington ****
Pretty sure we lost the toss and were put into bat. (I may be completely wrong on that one.) D Mac and son of bigfoot (James Burgess) opened the batting. Pretty much from the first ball they took the attack to their opening bowlers. In fact they looked untroubled at the crease for 34 overs. Scoring at will. It was great to watch . James reaching his 100 first, a very proud moment for his ma and pa who watched nervously as he approached his fifty then his century. Next it was D Mac to reach his century the opening pair putting on a great chart record opening partnership of 231. Once DMac reached his century the pair of them gracefully decided to retire. James on 114 and Dmac 100, both not out. This brought myself and graham to the crease. We did not last long. Then came Big foot senior and Marky Marky Mark. Mark playing some lovely shots but Big foot getting the biggest cheers for his boundaries. After 40 overs we reached 264 for the loss of 2 wickets. It was then time for tea... many thanks to the Champions for such a lovely tea, praised highly by both teams...so to the bowling. Eddie opened the bowling and was bang on the money from the get go, taking a wicket with only his second ball. Eddie's figures for his first spell was a fantastic 3 for 18 off 5 overs I bowled from the other end and after a woeful first over took 1for 14 off 5. The bowling and fielding from chart was pretty decent throughout the 40 overs. Bilsington finding themselves 32 for 5 after phil took the next wicket. Despite some great bowling we could not get 10 wickets. Bilsington finished 172 for 8. With j crowfoot taking 1 and paul Davis taking 2 wickets. Nigel bowling well and big foot, with a couple of overs from james and one from Marky Marky Mark. The game finished a draw, but hopefully a good time was had by all. James Burgess was a deserved man of the match. Well done guys and look forward to the next game
CC 22nd June
****Egerton v Great Chart CC****
Egerton won the toss and elected to Bat. They scored quickly. All our bowlers bowled really well but with very little luck. (Eddy, sorry for dropping the opener 2nd ball) Paul took our 1st wicket , bowling the no2 for 41. Paul also took the other opener for 82, caught by James. James then kept his father happy by taking our final wicket. They finished 214 for 3. We struggled to stop them scoring but we tried hard to keep things tight , the final 10 overs were much better and the 214 didn't seem a bad total in the end.
We began the run chase with Beardo and James starting strongly. Beardo got a good one from the best young opening bowler we have seen this year. James continued to score quickly before being caught on the boundary for 42. Anup batted beautifully for 18 before being caught one handed by an amazing catch. I managed to keep things ticking over. Patrick batting really well before getting caught. Paul came in and got caught early. Kieron was the last man in and scored quickly. A lovely flick off the legs for 4, and the shot of the day, a lofted six over long off. A great win on a wicket that was a road to bat on. Happy day, another great team win.😁😁😁
DM - 15th June
***Mersham Le Hatch match v Great Chart report***
We welcomed Mersham Le Hatch to Chart for our third league match and still looking for that first win! After a morning of feeling a little delicate from the night before and from a few celebrations I was unsure what to do if I won the toss! Once they said they had no umpire I claimed it and decided to bowl. We quickly got into our stride with William and Jamie bowling well, Jamie getting the early breakthrough, after their spells Marty came on with Ben the other end and continued bowling well and keeping their score down and picking up wickets at the right time. We let it slip at the end of their innings and they posted 161 for 9. Another solid fielding display by us with some fantastic bowling. After tea we set about the chase, Ben and Parky got us on our way followed by Gavin giving us a solid start on a tricky wicket! After Gavin departed brought in Tim and they thought they had Tim out stumped but William at square leg umpire said not out ! Tim eventually falling for 31 in the meantime Ben was still there and once I joined him went through to his fifty! I managed to continue on from last week hitting a few fours and between Ben and myself getting us close to our target but unfortunately Ben fell for a brilliant 60 with just 6 to win but Luke came in and hit the winnings runs for us to win by 6 wickets and a few overs spare. A big well done to everyone but special thanks to Ben for tea, Darren and Parky for groundwork, Dickie for umpiring and my Dad for scoring for us.
JA - 2nd June
****Great Chart v Foxbury Eiles Match report****
Today we welcomed Foxbury exiles to Godinton Park. They say great games are when both teams score a bucket load of runs but what follows is the polar opposite but a great game nonetheless.
With skipper and vice contemplating different ideas as to what to do the decision was taken out of their hands as we lost the toss and were put in.
Macca and myself opened up.
I soon went for a 8 bringing big Paul D to the crease. With scoring hard to come by macca tried to up the rate only miss timing a hook to mid wicket with the fielder taking an absolute worldy that Stokesy would be proud of. Scoring then became hard as their spinner came on and only 10 runs were scored between overs 10&20. 42-2 at the half way point. Paul was given a reprieve after originally being given out LBW their skipper called him back as there was a massive inside edge, that didn't last long as he went soon after for 11, Anup came and went quickly, then Azza 'no P' came in and steadied the ship with Marky Mark. Having both got to double figures they both got out in quick succession. Toby hit the shot of the day punching a drive through the covers for 4 before an end of innings collapse which saw Paul A, Toby, Phil the Power and Eddie the Eagle disappear back to the pavillion. Our innings finishing on 67 all out.
A discussion was then had whether to go straight out for their innings, but the lure of Amanda's fantastic tea was too much, so we tucked in to a variety of home made delicacies.
Full of cake and other savoury delights we rounded up the troops and set about our task. Toby the pianist setting us on our way with a beauty of an inswinging Yorker cleaning up their opener 1st ball. Eddie the Eagle from the other end bowling a tight line. With their no 2 trying to sneak a quick single Toby ran in and launched a rocket of a throw leaving him 2 yards short. Their big hitting number 4 came in, but Big Paul had a plan and Eddie produced the goods cleaning him up 1st ball. Their middle order then rallied hitting runs at will, albeit with 3 drops (hard chances to be fair). So bowling changes at each end. Big Paul came on to bowl his wily spin which resulted in 3-10 & at the other end Phil the power sending down some Bertie bassets, but getting 2-10 including an awful full toss that the batsman missed hitting all 3. This left them 62-8 bringing in their player of the match, young Ellie Clifton, having earlier taken 2-11 from 7 overs she then hit the winning runs, a swept 4 then a single to finish off the match resulting in a 2 wicket loss and the Satters 1st of the season.
A fantastic effort by all in the field, a game played in great spirits.
And everyone happy for an early finish to get back well in time for the footy tonight, especially as 9 of their team are Spurs supporters.
A big Thank You to Chris for umpiring throughout (a trip to a panel shop required now, as one of the foxbury boys sent a 6 straight onto his bonnet 😂😂),Ananda for another great tea and Peter for scoring, Also a shout out to Paul A for doing ground duties this morning.
Next up Eastry at home next week.
Good luck to the sunners tomorrow, who are back to League action against Mersham Le Hatch.
And last but not least, (without prejudice) good luck to the Spurs tonight bring that trophy back to the Lane. (sorry/not sorry Liverpool fans 😂😂)
JS - 1st June
****Mersham Sports v Great Chart Match Report****
We arrived at Mersham for our 1st game there in quite some time but unfortunately were down to 10 men after Neil Burgess had to pull out with an injury. After cosulting the boys who wanted to bowl first so they could eat more tea I won the toss and elected to bowl! This was possibly an error as their top order started hitting anything lose to the boundary! The outfield was fast and unforgiving especially with 10 men! We stuck at it and eventually Squigs made the break through in his 1st game of the season but the barrage of big shots and boundaries continued with only Marty B picking 2 wickets in his spell! But with their left hander carrying his bat for 121 their total of 308 for 3 was a formidable one to chase! A special mention to Squigs for his figures of 1 for 29 off 7 overs and all the boys for their effort in the field. After a lovely tea our innings got under way with Luke and myself opening, I in particular got off to a flyer hitting boundaries for for fun! We put on 57 for the 1st wicket when Luke fell for 10, Kieran playing his 2nd game for us came in at 3 and with some lusty blows got 27, in the mean time I'd moved past my 50 for the 2nd time this weekend! After losing Jason and Anup for not many Aaron no p Thomson came strolling out to bat with a few blows of his own he got himself 14 runs showing his hard work in the nets is paying off! Squigs came in next but fell for a few but in this time I'd picked up the pace again and when Marty B joined me I managed to hit another 4 to take me to my 100!! Unfortunately I couldn't follow their leftie by batting through the innings and got caught on the boundary for 108 leaving Marty B and Toby to get us to 210 all out. A big thank you to all the boys and of course my Dad for umpiring the whole game
JA - 26th May
****Little Chart v Great Chart Match Report****
We travelled up to the picturesque Little Chart ground with 10 players, managing to recruit 4 last-minute players: Brad Palmer, Robbie Richardson, Rich Richardson and Duncan Holmes (thanks again guys) and it was also the first game for new member Kieran Basava.
The wicket wasn’t in the best condition but we went into bat first with Darren Mc and Jimbo opening. We had high hopes after seeing Darren hit a 4 off the first ball but we must’ve jinxed it because he shortly got caught out for a single-figure score; 5 of the 8 batsmen got a single-figure score.
I then went in as batsmen no.3 and was “one of the 5” after getting run out by our used-to-be very own Ivan Baker so we were now at 47/2 off 19 overs.
After drinks, the batting pace began to pick up a bit and we were on 94/3 after 30 overs after Rob batted well, including a couple of 6’s to boost the score and near the end we were getting a decent average of 6.1 runs per over.
The overcast hot-ish weather made the ball swing a lot so it was tough batting conditions, but that didn’t stop our top batsmen scorers: Kieran, Rob and especially Jimbo, scoring a very impressive 61 runs.
Well done to Brad as well for getting a not-out after facing only the last ball of the innings.
We ended up with 141/6 as our total score and then had some tea with really nice Cornish pasties so that was nice.
When we went into field, the sun came out and stayed out for the rest of the game; I was lucky not to get burnt from how hot it was.
Me and Paul Davis started the bowling with a quick 3 overs each giving away 12 runs, Paul only giving away 1.
Then Rich and Duncan bowled a few overs with respectable figures and then Rob and Neil bowled 4 overs each for an average of 4.25 runs per over.
20 overs in they were on 69/0 and if it was to continue the way it was, it would’ve been a very close game.
Kieran and Darren Mc had 3 overs each, managing to pick up 3 wickets between them with a great catch from Duncan from mid-on and Darren only giving away 2 runs so they were now 92/3 off 29 overs.
Then me and Paul came back to bowl to the end, Paul immediately picking up a wicket and another in the next over with a loopy catch by me in close fine leg.
Lucky I had sticky fingers from the heat for the ball to stay because of how much spin it had.
They were 110/5 in the 35th over so we needed another 4 wickets to get them all out.
In the 36th over, Paul picked up a wicket second ball then a youngster came into bat.
Paul decided it would be easier just to get him out straight away, so he did but Darren the umpire called for a no-ball to give him another chance.
Paul wasn’t having that so he just got him out the next ball instead.
It has never been so silent after a wicket has fallen, Paul was even asking if that counted as a hat trick.
Darren said no so Paul just got another two consecutive wickets instead, managing to get the hat trick and ending the game with a win, bowling an amazing spell of 7 overs for 10 runs and 6 wickets. Well done Paul.
And that’s it; we got all 10 of their batsmen out for 111, just 30 runs short of their target with 4 overs to go.
Everyone fielded really well and man of the match went to Jimbo for his excellent 61 runs.
Thanks to Peter for scoring and Little Chart for the teas.
TD - 25th May
****Stowting v Great Chart Match Report****
So we travelled over to Stowting on a Saturday for the first time in at least 15 possibly even 20 years with only 8 definite players.
They have one drop out in the morning and a willing volunteer in a really spritely 73 year old in Mike Christie swopped to us and we agreed on a 9 a side 35 overs game.
I lost the toss and we were put in to bat first.
We got off to a great start and with gaps on the field runs flowed and we were 55/0 off 10. The strange thing there was we never changed ends in all that time.
Changes of bowling couldn't stem the runs and the hundred came up in the 18th over just after I'd got my 50.
I had a little bit of fortune with a close stumping and an LBW with Nigel giving me the benefit on both occasions.
We continued to add the runs until I eventually fell LBW for 77 with a very tired attempted hoik to leg and missed it.
Mike completed his 50 eventually falling for 61.
Chris and Mark went cheaply before Toby added a quick 23no including 17 off the last over to take us to 192/4 off 35.
After a really excellent tea, we set about trying to defend our total. Not that easy with 9 fielders at the best of times but with 6 of us over 50!!...
Toby and Eddi opened up again and kept things fairly quiet with Toby picking up 2/10 in his first 6 overs spell.
Stowting put on 108 for the 3rd wicket and even with needing over 8 an over weren't out of the chase. Nigel managed to break the partnership and by bringing Toby back to pick up his 3rd wicket we put the game beyond them and an even draw was the result.
An excellent effort from the 9 and a huge thanks to Mike for his contribution and he was as good in the field as anyone.
Toby was the pick of the bowlers with 3/19 off his 8.
A big thanks to everyone for their efforts. Another good day with a great opposition and although we didn't get the win we remained undefeated on a Saturday.
I'm aching this morning and I expect others are too. I hope you recover quickly.
GB - 18th May
**** 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