Bapchild Cricket Club

1st Team Summary – 2019 Season

With the 1st XI team being invited to step up to Division 4, due to the League restructuring, the hope was to use the year to consolidate.

They started their campaign in a rain affect match away to Rainham where the game was reduced to 40 overs a piece. Captain Ricky Dale’s 50 no saw the team reach 155 for 5 but the home team reached the target with 6 wickets and 3.3 overs to spare. The following week saw the team home to Kings Hill and after electing to bat scored 189 for 8 (Mike Willis 53). In reply the visitors made 139 before being bowled out (Harry Mantle 4 for 57, Ricky Dale 4 for 23). Away to Walmer the next week Owen Harrison’s 4 for 42 helped bowl the home team out for 210. Thomas Carey (69 no) and Lee Taylor (53) looked to have got the team home but three quick wickets at the end meant they ended 1 run short proving to be costly at the end of the season. A loss the following week to Staplehurst (Rob Kennet 49) followed by a weather cancellation at Addington meant the team had to wait to chalk up their second win when entertaining High Halstow. Bowling them out for 180 (Harry Mantle 4 for 31) Rob Kennett (42) and Matt Lewis (48) then got the team off to a good start and they eventually won with 5 wicket to spare. Losses to Old Colfeians and Downham and Bellingham (Ben Ryder 6 for 24) and Frindsbury (Ricky Dale 52) meant the team ended the first half of the season just above the relegation zone.

 

The second half didn’t start well with losses to Rainham (Owen Harison 50no) and Kings Hill. Unfortunately the bottom of the table clash never happened against Walmer as both teams received 8pts for a weather cancelled match. The team continued to struggle to find form with losses against Staplehurst (James Longhurst 67no), a close game against Addington (Ricky Dale 4 for 32), High Halstow and Old Colfeians. A good win against Downham & Bellingham where batting first the team put on 199 for 9 before restricting the visitors to 169 gave a brief hope but a loss to Frindsbury on the last day of the season meant the team found themselves relegated.

It was always going to be a hard year with some key players being unavailable or stepping down but despite the losses the morale and spirit of the team never faltered and the team looks forward to the coming season.