Bapchild Cricket Club

Young and Old do Club proud


In what has been a difficult season for selection many of the young players have stood up and been counted over the last two months.  This weekend with the Jubilee weekend it was also the turn of the “old boys”.

The 1st XI were at home to Staplehurst who won the toss an elected to bat.  In form Tom Carey fell early on but James Weller (58), Ricky Dale (35) and Nick Page (19) steadied the ship and scored well.  Unfortunately after their dismissals wickets tumbled as the team found themselves all out in the 50th over for 169.

Staplehurst’s opener Sam McConnel proved resilient as Harry Mantle (3 for 37), Kesha  Rajadurai (2 for 18) and Ricky Dale (1 for 43), supported well by Ben Weibe-Williams, Ashley Bax and Tom Carey, attacked the other end.  Another day with some catches being held might have made a difference but unfortunately Staplehurst reached the target with 4 wickets in the 47th over


The 2nd XI travelled to Nonington and was pout into bat. After a couple of early wickets Simon Cosstick (66) and Adam Rayner (50) put on a good partnership helping the team reach 176 for 6 in their 45 overs.

Unfortunately Nonington’s openers were too strong for the bowling attack and they knocked off the runs in just 25 overs without losing a wicket.  However once again our colts did the club proud and it was good also to see Oscar Hird returning to cricket.

With 6 colts playing for the 1st and 2nd XIs it was the turn of the more mature players to help meet the 3rd XIs commitment in their game at home against Sherwood.  On winning the toss captain Lincoln Bryden decide to field and opened the bowling with himself and Ella Hadler.  Lincoln bowled well going for just 21 off his seven overs and Ella (1 for 29) broke through the opening partnership early on with the Chairman taking a diving catch in the slips.  The Chairman was in action again in the slips a few overs later as when stopping the ball he stumbled a number of yards like Bambi before going down as if he had been shot by a long range rifle.  Not deterred Linc then tried to finish him off with 8 straight off overs.   Brian Carey bowled well (1 for 43) missing out on a stumping by Mark Collier who kept well going behind the stumps for the first time in many years.  Tony Hadfield (2 for 10) was also called into the bowling attack to celebrate his return and proved his worth by getting their high scoring opener out with a very dainty catch by Ella.   Mitch Woollcott bowled well and was rewarded with his first wicket for the Club helped by an impressive diving catch in the field by Tony.  Sherwood were restricted to 187 for 6 off their 40 overs and that was very much down to the efforts of Ben Gunner in the field who chased everything down and covered more ground than the six 50+ year olds in the team combined.

Brian Carey (19) was batting well until top edging a ball into his grill and cutting the bridge of his nose badly.   Even Mike Gatting didn’t look as bad as Brian (…… and that was before Brian got hit) !!!!!.   Steve Botting batted well before being bowled and Ella holed out with a top edge.   The innings looked like it may collapse but Lincoln (66)  and Tony (40)  put on a superb partnership bringing a win back into contention but despite gallant efforts by Mark and Mitch at the end of the innings the team fell just seven runs short as they run out of overs.  A great effort by young and old !!!


The Sunday XI did not have a game last weekend


There was no junior matches due to the Jubilee weekend



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