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Ella Makes Club History

The History making 3rd XI v Egerton June 2018

Ella Hadler made Club history at the weekend when she became the first female to play senior cricket for Club in its 234 year history.

Selected to play against Egerton in the 3rd XI’s Kent Regional Cricket League game.   Electing to bowl the team came up against a strong opening pair but stuck to their task with William Cosstick (1 for 52) and another Debutant Oscar Hird (0 for 25) bowling well.  Toby Heather (0 for 32) also bowled well  and was joined in the attack by Ella.  Bowling a good line and length the batsman gave respect to both bowlers and Ella complete 6 overs for just 32 on a very small ground.   The Chairman (1 for 18) joined the attack after drinks picking up one of the openers in his second over and the third debutant Ian Hird (0 for 10)  bowled well with Guy Wakefield in support.  The home team batted well and reached 240 for 2 in their 40 overs.

Simon Cosstick (44) and the Chairman (22) put on a 70 opening partnership but some good bowling and excellent fielding saw the team bowled out for 129 in the 35th over with just William Cosstick (14) and Toby Heather (16) reaching double figures

It was a real pleasure to play in this historic game.  Ella bowled 6 good overs, scored 2 runs and fielded exceptionally well and should be proud of her contribution but it was also the fact that we had a father and son also playing their first game for the Club  and a good mixture of young colts, students and senior players enjoying their cricket in the spirit that cricket should be played.  The club has other young female and male players waiting in the winds to start their senior careers and that can only mean a strong future for the Club.


The 1st XI were at home to top of the table Staplehurst and decided to bat first.  The opposition bowling attack was strong as was their fielding and wickets fell regularly with only Callum Leary (44) putting up any resistance as the team found themselves all out for 143 in the 41st over

A couple of quick wickets after tea looked promising but again good batting by the League leaders saw them reach the total with 8 wickets to spare in the 22nd over.


The 2nd XI travelled to Bromley Town and elected to field.  Good bowling from Ashley Bax (1 for 23) and Adam Watson (1 for 16) got the team off to a good start.  Ethan Collier (0 for 20) carried on the good work and Lee Cogger (2 for 19 off 10 overs) Linc Bryden (2 for 37) and James Weller (1 for 26) meant the home team scored just 151 for 8 off their allotted 46 overs.

Unfortunately after tea runs fell regularly with only Nick Page (23) and Adam Watson (19) reaching double figures as the team was bowled out for 99 in the 35 over.


The Sunday XI entertained Street End in their KVL Division 2 match.  Electing to bat the top order did their job with Tom Carey (41), Steve Roberts (37), Adam Watson (32) James Weller (56) and Brian Carey (15) all scoring well.  The team reached 222 for 9 in their 40 overs.

In a repeat of the first innings Street End top end also batted well and the game finished with Street End reaching the target on the last ball of the match with 5 wickets remaining (Steve Roberts picking up 3 for 56)


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