Bapchild Cricket Club

Ones beat 2nd place Addington to stay top


The 1st XI hosted second place Addington at Radfield Hill on Saturday. Captain Matt Lewis elected to bat and he (37) and James Weller (26) got the team off to a good start.   Tom Carey hit a superb 63 supported by Ricky Dale (30), Chris Knope (28 no) and William Cosstick (23).  In fact 8 of the 9 batsman reached double figures as the team reached an impressive 289 for 7 off their allotted 50 overs.

Owen Harrison (2 for 29) picked up one of their openers early but Addington built up a platform until James Weller picked up a excellent catch off Jake Mitchell (1 for 31) to dismiss their main run scorer.   The spinners then did the damage with Kesha “magic” Rajadurai spell binding spell of 10 overs 3 for 19 and Tom “look in the book” Carey 10 overs 3 for 37 doing the damage to the top and middle order.  Will Cosstick (1 for 4) and Ricky Dale (0 for 29) bowled well before Owen removed their last batsman with the score on 157.   A win of 124 runs with 3 overs to spare means the 1st XI remain top by 10pts.

The 2nd XI travelled league leaders Blackheath and elected to field.    A good batting side proved hard to dismiss until Alan Hampton  (1 for 32) and Lee Cogger (2 for 42) managed to clear the top order.  Ben Wiebe-Wiliams (3 for 38) and Sahar (Jay) Shojali (3 for 43) also picked up wickets as the home team reached 225 for 9 in their 50 overs.

Captain James Sutton (46) and John Heatley (40) got the team off to a great start and Alan Hampton (39) and Ben Wiebe-Williams (42) took over and the team looked like getting their second consecutive win.  Unfortunately wickets began to fall and Adam Rayner (16) and the remaining batsman couldn’t quite get the team over the line as they fell just 15 runs short.  A valiant chase against the league leaders.

The 3rd XI entertained Egerton in their Regional League match.   Put into bat the team found themselves 18 for 4 but an excellent 53 run partnership from Dan Covey (35) and Freddie Corner (33) put the team back on track.  Captain Lee Taylor added a further 18 runs but with just 3 overs and 113 on the board cometh the hour, cometh the Chairman, who stroked the ball to all parts of the ground for his 3 not out while supported by Dan Gunner who managed 30 off just 16 balls.  With Dan losing his wicket on the last ball of the innings the team had reached 138 for 9 off their allotted overs.

Egerton got out off the blocks quickly before a change of bowling saw Ella Hadler (2 for 17) make the break through supported with a great spell from Dan Covey (1 for 35). Graeme Corner (0 for 18)  and Tony Hadfield (0 for 16) bowled well before Thomas Taylor (1 for 13) picked up the 4th wicket.   The Chairman was brought into the attack and stunned not only the batsman but also his team mates with 9 straight ball in his 1.3 overs with the last being a match changing shorter ball that dispatched for 4 to win the match for the visitors with 6 wickets and 10.3 overs to spare.

The Sunday XI travelled to Mersham Le Hatch and were put into the field.  Ella Hadler (1 for 18) picked up an early wicket but Mersham then scored freely but it was great to see Bapchild using 9 bowlers and give may debutants and young players opportunity to bowl against a good batting side.   Owen Harrison did pick up 4 fo 47  as home side reached 278 for 8 off their 40 overs.

The team got off to a great start with James Weller  and James Sutton getting 69 and 66 respectively.   Five wickets fell with little added to the score but a 52 not out from Tom Carey and 11 from Sam Clark tried to continue the chase but the team found themselves 54 runs short on 223 for 8 at the end of their innings.

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