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CHAMPIONS !

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The 2nd XI secured their position as Champions of Kent League Division 4 (2nd) last weekend.

Travelling to Downham and Bellingham and needing just a win to secure the Championship the team elected to bat.  John Heatley (76) and Robert Kennett (21) got the team off to a good start supported by Simon Cosstick (21).  wickets started to fall but Nick Page (51) added to the score with the team reaching a respectable 225 for 7 off their 46 overs

Ethan Collier (1 for 22) picked up an early wicket helped by a superb catch from John Heatley (as he humbly told everyone who would listen in the bar that evening !!).  Jake Mitchell (1 for 27) returning for a second spell made the important breakthrough as the opposition had just past 100 runs for 1 wicket.  After that Alan Hampton (4 for 33) run through the middle order supported ably by Lee Cogger (2 for 26) and Glenn Kennett (1 for 39) in a rain effect second half.

The opposition were 154 for 9 with just three overs left when the game was abandoned due to the weather.  After a nervous wait other results came in and with Cowdrey’s game also being abandoned the team had scored enough points to mean they could not be caught in the final game and were duly named Champions.

Congratulations not only to the team but everyone at the Club who has played their part over the season to help deliver this remarkable achievement.

The 1st XI, in a double header, entertained the oppositions 1st XI.  Choosing to bat 8 players reached double figures as the team reached 199 for 9 off their 50 overs. Top scorers Ricky Dale (35), Lee Taylor (33) and James Longhurst (32).

After tea the bowling attack did their job defending the score with Ricky Dale picking up 2 for 18 off his 10 overs ably supported by Harry Mantle (1 for 28), James Longhurst (1 for 15), Tom Carey (2 for 44), Adam Larking (1 for 20), Owen Harrison (0 for 10 off 6) Tyler Wassell (0 for 23 off 6) leaving the opposition on 169 for 8 at the close of play. The result means that they need to win against fourth place Frindsbury on the last game of the season and other results to go for them to remain in the division next season.   We wish them every luck.

The 3rd XI didn’t have a match this week

The Sunday XI entertained 2nd place Wingham at the weekend and were put into the field by the opposition. William Cosstick and Daniel Gunner picked up an early wicket each but the Cork family scored 94 and 107 respectively until Ben Dutnall removed one of them.  The visitors reached 259 for 3 off their 40 overs

James Weller (70) scored freely supported by Ricky Dale (20), Matt Lewis (44), Ella Hadler (28) and William Cosstick (30) and Toby Heather (24) looked like they would get the team across the line but the team ended up just 2 runs short in an excellent run chase

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