Bapchild Cricket Club

2nd Team Summary – 2019 Season

With 2nd XI team being invited to step up to Division 4, due to the League restructuring, the hope was to use the year to consolidate.

The 2nd XI had a different experience. Despite a five wicket loss against Leeds & Broomfield on 4th May the team went on an eleven match unbeaten run lasting until 24th August. The second game of the campaign was again against Leeds and Broomfield in a return match at home. The visitors were bowled out for 169 (Linc Bryden 4 for 18, Alan Hampton 4 for 32) before the team knocked the runs off with 3 wickets and 5 overs to spare. 14 & 29 run wins over Cobham (James Sutton 56) and

Chislehurst (Michael Willis 86, James Sutton 68 no) continued to build confidence. The following week. Glenn Kennett (4 for 36 and 47 no) secured a 6 wicket win over Bromley Town before adding a 45 run win over High Halstow (Linc Bryden 74, Daniel Pumfrett 52, Ben Ryder 4 for 24) . A 52 run win against Cowdrey was followed by a 7 wicket win over Downham & Bellingham chasing down 215 (Alan Hamton 61, John Heatley 57no, Simon Cosstick 49) leaving the team to play Ashford at the end of the first half of the season. Set 233 by the home team the 2XI crossed the line with 4 wickets and 11 balls to spare (John Heatley 54).

 

The second half of the season continued as well as the team chased down Cobham‘s score of 218 with 8 wickets spare (Simon Cosstick 87no, Nick Page 76no). After the weather cancelled the game against Chislehurst a 229 partnership from Captain James Sutton (111no) and Chris Knope (87no) saw a nine wicket win over Bromley Town. A 31 run win over High Halstow saw the 2s secure promotion to Division 3 with three games to spare but was then followed by the first loss in twelve games against Cowdrey as the team failed to chase down the opposition’s score of 215 (James Weller 50). Although the game against Downham & Bellingham was abandoned due to the weather with the opposition requiring 72 runs off three overs with one wicket left (John Heatley 76, Nick Page 51) the team secured enough points to become Division 4 champions. Alan Hampton finished the season with 50 but the team could not secure a final win on the last day of the season against Ashford.

 

Congratulations to James Sutton in his first year as 2XI captain and to the rest of the squad for such an amazing season and we look forward to seeing them play in Division 3 in 2020