Lenham Away Invicta League
Won the toss and batted in this 'relegation' encounter. In a much changed side from the previous week, the skipper was able to draw on what seems to be a bottomless pit that he has of 'talent'! But it was the homegrown players who set the foundation of a large score, John Truelove, Rob Gibberson, Ian Prideaux, Greg Snape, Graham Kirkpatrick, all playing their part with a few hefty blow by Jack Rollo at the end securing us 239 before tea. In reply, Lenham had an array of batsmen that looked dangerous but in their haste to score runs, wickets were sure to fall. Lenham were eventually all out after 37 overs still some 80 runs short of their total. Things are looking promising; young players coming through, a bit of silverware in the trophy cabinet, and a skipper who has not forgotten how to win games!
Staplehurst Away Invicta League
Won the toss and batted. At 25 for 3 things looked a little shaky, but then a 130 partnership between Richard Truelove and Senthil Muniyasamy put us right back in the game. After their dismissals, however, the final few overs saw the run rate drop and we finally finished on 181 for 9. The title chasers were not happy at tea!In reply an early chance taken at slip, further upset the hosts but, two further early chances were not converted into wickets and the game got away from us as. The batsmen getting well on top, to such an extent that at the end it was dificult to bowl against on a very good batting track. They eventually reaching are total with some 15 overs to spare! Ouch.
Cobham Home Invicta league
Lost the toss and were put in the field on a hot day. With not a full strength bowling attack we were able to restrict the visitors to 157 for 9 at tea. In reply, the run rate was never an issue, but the regular loss of wickets were, when Richard Truelove was still there, there was hope of victory, but one that kept low was his undoing, leaving us eventually to be bowled out for 97. PJB
Won the toss with nine players present, and decided to bat. BicBic never turned up, the other only just. Due to the very poor weather forecast the skippers opted to reduce the game to 40 overs per side.Our first 20 overs amassede 25 runs the latter, 100 to finish on 123 for 8. In reply Leeds also made a sedate start reaching 32 off 20 but then 'one shot' came in with3 wickets down, and went balistic. 74 off the next 90 saw the home team triumph. The 'one shot' did give some chances some sharp, some steepling but we were unable to hang on to any of them, and the game was lost. PJB
Headcorn Home Invicta League
Lost the toss and were put in the field. Fielded and bowled much better than previously even with 10 men (the 2's also putting out a similar number). Headcorn eventually reaching 220 for 6. In reply, Merrick, Snape and Norman were able to get starts but could not push on to worry the visitors, eventually being bowled out for 86.
Marden Home Invicta League
Lost the toss and were put in the field. At 44 for 2 in the 17th over there was little evidence of what was to come. Paul Sunnucks and Terry Byrne then put on a partnership of 181. Enabling them to score 100 off the last 10 overs, finally reaching 267 for 5. In reply, the moment (according to Richard Truelove) I ran him out any chance to reach their total evaporated. Realistically, any chance had gone in those last 10 overs. We were eventually bowled out for 153 including a spirited knock of 76 by Senthil Muniyasamy. PJB
Horton Kirby Away Invicta League
Game cancelled due to rain
20/20 Final: Hollingbourne Away
Lost the toss and were put in the field. As before Hollingbourne were prepared to bludgeon every ball that came their way, but the bowling was up to the mark and the tactic did not come off, being reduced to 22 for 5. From there they did very well to post any sort of total at all, and it wasn't until the latter order, and some thoughtful hitting at the end did Hollingbourne finally reach 89 all out in the last over. Somewhat stunned the home team took the field, but their tails soon became up when, their opening bowlers (off 'longish' runs) got stuck into Farleigh's top order, similarly being shocked into being 25 for 5. Game on! Another wicket fell in the 30's and so was left to the captain, Alan Smith, and Jamie Emmitt to grind out the run-a-ball required, and grind it out they did with some clever batting and running between the wickets that dampened the vocal local supporters, and calmed the nerves of our tail and visiting clan, reaching the total in the 19th over! So a trophy in this captain's first year in the post, and well deserved. Fantastic!
Willesborough Home Invicta League
Lost the toss and were put into the field. Willesborough only playing with nine men, it looked like a promising day. On a pretty dead pitch both batters and bowlers struggled to do any damage. Then there was a breakthrough when Mark Anderson picked up 2 quick wickets. However, this saw an acceleration in run rate with the no.3 and 4 batsmen scoring freely. A couple more wickets fell late on before a total of 196/4 was amassed. Our innings started steadily, and we were looking in a good position at 60/2 with 20 overs left (especially with the extra gaps in the field!) Sentil was on 45 and Gregg on 25, but both fell to the Willesborough skipper in the same over after managing to pick out a fielder. It was an uphill struggle from there. A hard fought effort from Steve Smith (16) and a whirlwind 20 not out from guest player Stuart Field were made in vain of a target which was just beyond us. AS
The scorecard tells that the visitors batted first and well, not losing a wicket until the 90 was on the board yet, the bowling was sufficiently tight to restrict them to 196 for 4 off their 45 overs. In reply the top five all got a start but could not push on to reach their total, eventually reaching 160 for 9 PJB
Lenham Home Invicta League
A memorable date; a memorable day! For two (some think three) years we have been looking for a win in the league, and today it came. Lost the toss and were put in. Richard Truelove came in at no.3 and played his best innings for the club, making sure we were unlikely to be bowled out (we were in the last over!) and took runs whenever they were available, gave a sharp chance in the 40's but went on to end on 101, when we had made 159. In reply, Lenham never got going and 'four fors' from Senthyl Muniyasamy and Jack Rollo saw us home dismissing them for 65.
Hollingbourne Away 20/20 evening league
Cancelled due to Rain
Staplehurst Home In victa League
Cancelled due to Rain
East Sutton Home 20/20 league
Won the toss and batted. Matt Coles was watching as he had Kent duties to perform the next day, but the team looked strong; but as the innings progressed, so did the loss of wickets. East Sutton were almost flawless in the field and eventually dismissed us all in the 18th over for 77. In reply, East Sutton also found the going difficult on a very damp pitch, slow outfield and spirited bowling and fielding. It was not until the final over that our total was limped across for the loss of 8 wkts. An excellent game played where one performance would have changed the day.
Cobham Away Invicta League
Won the toss and batted poorly, being scuttled all out for 55, a total they duly reached for the loss of 2 wickets. Having time to go back a see the 2nd's play, couldn't fail to notice they had a much stronger side than the 1st's. Out-****ing-rageous.
Hollingbourne Away 20/20 evening league
Lost toss and were put in the field. Hollingbourne very quickly pushed the scoreboard along on an evening where the weather always looked threatening. 12 overs went by before Hollingbourne had reached 85 for 4 before the darness fell and a night of an electric storm began. Game abandoned. Assuming all other matches were drawn, the thoughts were that no matter what the result next Tuesday Farleigh are in the final. The table however, would give some doubt to this. Let's beat East Sutton anyway! Another fun game.
Leeds and Broomfield Home Invicta League
Won the toss and put them in on a very wet pitch. Downpours in the morning made the prospect of any game look unlikely, yet with the help of mountains of sawdust the game began almost on time. The fielding was good at supporting the bowlers that we had available and held their score down to 179 for 6 off their reduced 35 overs. To be honest we lacked the likes of Senthil Muniyasamy, not just with the ball but someone who could put in a match winning innings. Mark Meyrick almost came close with a very useful 32 but few else could ably support him, eventually all being dismissed for 108.
Linton Park Away evening league
Won the toss and elected to bat, with only 8 WF players present at 6 o'clock! A bright start, a wobble in the middle and a flourish at the end saw us to a total of 128 for 7. In reply Linton got off to a good start, but soon fell behind the run rate as they lost wickets, however it was not until the 17th over and the loss of their captain, Mark Christmas, that the match was all but secured, Linton falling 24 runs short with one wicket left. Three wins out of three!
Headcorn Away Invicta League
We WON the toss, and with a very weakened side decided to bat first. A
steady but slow start ended with 3 quick wickets, with only Truelove
showing signs of holding the innings together. When he was dismissed
for 16, it looked like being a repeat of Marden. It was...with only a
spirited effort form Mark Anderson (27) seeing us scrape to 63 all out.
Headcorn made hard work of the target on a very tough batting pitch,
reaching it off of 28 overs for the loss of one wicket (Nemane 18-1).
Again an impressive fielding and bowling performance...we just need to
get triple figures on the board! Maybe the 20/20 mentality is required
on a Saturday! (AS)
Detling Home 20/20 evening league
Lost the toss again! Put in. Lost our opener in the first over, but this XI are certainly no 'one trick pony'. Scores from Ian Prideaux, Jamie Emmett and Senthyl Muniyasamy saw us to 156 off our allotted overs. In reply, Detling were never on track and eventually were bowled out in the last over for 85. Ryan Ravenscroft making up for his earlier duck, taking two wickets and conceding only 5 runs in his full spell. The fielding was also a breath of fresh air. Bring on Linton Park and Co!
Lost the toss on a hot sunny day and a flat looking wicket, but were put in! They obviously knew something we didn't; and what followed was a mixture of poor shots and some unplayable deliveries that left, what on paper looked a very able batting side at, 79 all out. In reply Farleigh's nemises, the Sunnucks brothers, saw them home with the loss of only 1 wicket. From their decision of the toss, I would have liked to see what they had coming in 4+, not much I'm assuming. Anyway, we'll never know, and therefore can only conclude that we were well and truly stuffed.
May Bank Holiday Weekend 2007
Very sadly had to be cancelled at a very late stage due to lack of numbers on our part. Four still made the trip to sample the delights of the Cotswolds, and as it happened very little cricket would have been possible due to the weather; maybe a rain effected game on the Saturday, but a certain washout on the Sunday.
Bearsted away 20/20 evening league
"Ill just bring along a couple of youngsters" said the skipper.
Barsted won the toss and put us in, and for the first 3 overs we had 9 fielders on the park. After 6 over they were going along smoothly at 30 without loss, then the introduction of the only player over 30 years old, made the breakthrough. The fielding on the night was bright (if not flawless) and Bearsted thereafter were always struggling, eventually reach 95 for 9. (P Baines 5 for 15). In reply Bearsted started the brighter get 3 early wickets, then it was left to the two joungsters, Jamie Coles and Matt Emmitt. "If this is the way to play 20/20 cricket, it is a game I do not recognise at village level". Their total was reached with 5 overs to spare; three sixes off four balls sealing Bearsted's fate. Bearsted actually ran out of cricket balls as three were lost in two overs! Bring on the next game. PJB
Horton Kirby. Home. League
Note to all: League matches this season start at 1.30pm!! Lost toss and perhaps fortunately were put into bat on a drying pitch. (Fortunate as the wicket keeper was yet to appear). Sadly however we were subjected to 24 for 4 in the 12th over. However from there Senthil (37) and Graham Kirkpatrick (60) brought the game back and at the end were 139 all out. In reply. Horton Kirby were 13 for 3 in the 7th over and were wobbling, it should have been 25 for 4 but a run out appeal did not go in our favour, and the lucky opener consequently going unbeaten for 60 reaching our total with 6 wkts to spare
Willesborough Away league
Lost the toss (again), and were put into bat, on a drying pitch after heavy overnight rain. Steady progress was made towards what looked to be a par score of somewhere around 180 runs, and when Senthil Muniyasamy bagan to dominate, this appeared easily within our reach, however he was well caught out on the boundary from a wind effected steepling strike. This proved to be decisive as we ended up on 150 in the 43rd over, giving them an extra over, that at the time did not seem would matter. In reply we reduced them for 35 for 5 in the 20th over, the game was there for us to grasp. But hats off to Willesborough who stuck to their guns, carefully adding to their score, chipping away to the small total. As it came down to the last extra over, they needed 3 to win which they achieved off the first ball with a boundary. Senthil was easily the man of the match with 50 runs, 3 wicket and an assist for a run out (however, his running between the wicket leaves a little work!). The England side have misused the phrase "we can take lots of positive from this", so i won't use it here. PJB
We lost the toss and were put into bat on looked and proved to be a dangerous track. Things looked bleak when we were reduced to 28 for 6. Fortunately, Alan Smith (59)and Garreth Powell (34) mustered an excellent century partnership, before we were eventually dismissed for 148. In reply, Underriver managed to reach the total for the loss of 6. Their skipper Alex Watson shining with 52no. also, he was a swift a bowler as I have seen in this standard of cricket for many a year, fortunately he was also good enough to keep the ball pitched up, otherwise the knocks several players experienced could have been far more common and serious. Always and enjoyable fixture, although in future we must try and play them later in the season when they have more chance to prepare their ground. PJB
The Mote 3rd XI vs WF
We lost the toss and were put in the field. The Mote had a solid start and were disappointed at reaching only 162 for 7 off their 45 overs. In reply, Farleigh eventually easily reached their total for the loss of four. Greg Snape, Ian Prideaux and Alan Smith all shining with the bat, with 40, 73 n.o. and 30 n.o. respectively. The influx of youth all played their part, Dan Prior and Jack Rollo with the bat and Jamie Webb in the field. PJB
Scorecards 2007 tba