Bapchild Cricket Club

James picks up six


James Weller started the Kent Village League season with a six wicket haul against Wingham on Sunday

Wingham decided to bat and got off to a really strong start held back only by Ricky Dale (3 for 36) as they raced to 192 for 3.  James joined the attack supported by less than part-time bowler Lee Taylor and in his 8 overs took 6 for 27 including their opener who had reached 113.  Wingham reaching 249 for 9 off their allotted 40 overs

A couple of early wickets put the pressure on the team but a fine 61 from captain Rickey Dale supported by James (34) put the team into a good position however after James fell to a good catch and Ricky followed shortly afterwards the team lost the the last five wickets for just 8 runs falling just 6 runs short of the 160 batting point


The 1st XI travelled to Tonbridge and elected to bat. Wickets fell regularly and the team found themselves 68 for 5 however a fine knocks for captain Lee Taylor (52) and Michael Willis (36) supported Dylan Lee, James Sutton and Michael Neame saw the team fight back to reach 194 for 9 off their allotted 50 overs.

Tonbridge started steadly building a platform but a fine spell from Joshua Hunt (5 for 52) supported by Ricky Dale (50 for 1) removed 4 of the middle order for 12 runs but it was not enough and the home team reached the target with 3 wickets and 3.1 overs left


The 2nd XI was home to Bromley Town and was put into bat by the visitors.  A couple of early wickets put on pressure but an excellent knock by captain Nick Page (91 no) supported by Tom Carey (18), Dan Pumfrett (22) and Glenn Kennett (17 no) meant the team reached 205 for 6 off their allotted 46 overs

Owen Harrison (2 for 24) picked up two early wickets after tea supported well by Adam Rayner but a combination of Matt Lewis (3 for 55) and that man again Glenn Kennett  who picked up his second five wicket haul in successive weeks (5 for 41) saw the visitors dismissed for 166 in the 41st over


The 3rd XI travelled to Sherwood to play their 2nd team who were eager from their 330 off 40 overs the previous week.  On winning the toss the home team was put in and it looked like Sherwood was on for another big score as the Chairman did an impression of Bambi on Ice in his opening over and unable to keep his footing saw 11 off the over.  Fortunately while he was off the picture searching for spare boots Frank Francis (2 for 27) joined the attack and combined with Ethan Collier (2 for 21) bowled with great focus. Both took regular wickets (including a superb catch from Anthony Burbury) while keeping the runs down and at the half way stage the home team were 85 for 5.  Shiv Patel had joined the attack and picked up an excellent 4 for 37 destroying the middle order.  The Chairman (2 for 29) tried to make a game of it in his return over but settled down to pick up 2 wickets at the end leaving Sherwood all out for 116 in the 31st over.

With the extra overs it was all about not losing wickets and team built an innings around an almost patient Nathan Glazier (58 no) supported by good knock from Ethan Collier (27) and Simon Cosstick meant the 3rd Xi picked up their second win on the bounce in the 40th over and 5 wickets to spare



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