Bapchild Cricket Club

Champions !!

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The 1st XI sealed the Division 5 Championship with an excellent performance against 2nd place Borstal at the weekend

Bapchild won the toss and elected to bat.  Early wickets saw the team on 25 for 3 but a 79 run partnership from Ricky Dale (47) and Callum Leary (43) steadied the ship.  Wickets continued to fall but a valuable 11 from Owen Harrison and 10 from Ben Wiebe-Wiliams saw the team reach 165 before being bowled out in the 47th over.

After losing an early wicket Borstal looked comfortable on 56 for 1 but Harry Mantle (3 for 35) made the break through removing the key batsman.  Kesha Rajadurai continue to show what he has achieved all season with on of the best bowling spells seen at the Club with even the opposition giving him a standing ovation at the end of his spell.  His 10 overs, 10 maidens 2 wickets for no runs stopped Borstal in their tracks and built the pressure on visitors and with great support from Ricky Dale (10 0vers for 24), Owen Harrison (3 for 22), Tom Carey (2 for 13) and Harry to finish off the mid order and tail taking 6 wickets for just 23 runs as Borstal were bowled out for 121 in the 45th over.  The 44 run victory seal the League Championship for the Club with a impressive record of losing only one game during the whole season.

Well done to Matt Lewis in his first year as captain and all those that played and contributed to such a magnificent achievement.  The whole senior squad played their part and 2nd and 3rd XI players supported and played up to allow the 1st team to always field a strong team and the moral and support through out the squad and its supporters was superb

Also congratulations to Ricky Dale who was the top scoring batsman in the division with 427 runs

 

 

The 2nd XI were in a relegation fight just one place and 3 points above the drop zone with a tough game against Catford Wanderers who were looking for promotion.  The visitors put Bapchild into bat and put the Bapchild  under pressure from the start.  Only Lee Cogger (15 no) reached double figures as the team were bowled out for 68 in the 34th over

Dan Covey picket up 3 for 28 but Catford crossed over the line with 7 wickets 33 overs to spare.

After a nervous wait the news came though the Cowdrey who started the day one place below the team had won their final match and the 2nd Xi had been relegated

The Club always knew the team was going to be challenged throughout the season having been promoted as Champions from Division 4.  Early results that went against the team when they could have been won had made the challenge even harder and the support they gave the first team in supplying players when required meant that while they had done as much as they could it was a season where it wasn’t meant to be. The Club is immensely proud of their achievement playing in the highest division in the history of the club and next year will see us consolidate and go again.

 

The 3rd XI did not have a game and finished the season in 6th position

 

The Sunday XI also played their last game at the weekend and were 2nd in the league before the math started.  Electing to bat at home against Bearsted eight players scored double figures with Tom Carey at the top of the pile with 31 as the team reached 158 before being bowled out two balls short of their allotted 40 overs.  An early wicket from Tom Carey (1 for 13) got the team to off to a good start but Bearsted batted well and despite some tight bowling from Dan Gunner (5 overs for 16 runs) and Ella Hadler (6 overs for 28) and Dan Covey (5 overs 1 for 25) the visitors crossed the line with only three wickets down in the 30th over.

Again results went against the team with Mersham Le Hatch pipping them into the last promotion place by just 3 points.   A great seasonal effort by the Sunday team and great to see so many young players getting a chance to play and doing so well once again.

Congratulations to James Weller who topped Division 2 batting with 478 runs and was 2nd across all divisions and also Tom Carey who was 3rd in Division 2 with 360 runs.

 

 

 

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