Bapchild Cricket Club

Three League Wins to start the season

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All three Bapchild teams won their opening league games at the weekend.

The 1st XI were at home to Blackheath 3XI and elected to bat first.  The team got off to a quick start with openers Adam Larking and Joshua Hunt and after Josh was caught behind a sensible 57 partnership between Adam & Ricky Dale set a solid base. Further wickets fell at 90 and Adam (49) missed out on half century falling just one short of his 50 with the score on 114 for 4. Dan Pumfrett (38) and Lee Taylor (35) steadied the ship and some fine hitting from Alan Hampton (44) and Michael Willis (34 no) meant the team scored an impressive 280 for 9 off their allotted 50 overs.

Three quick wickets from Joshua Hunt after tea including two in two balls put pressure on Blackheath right from the start.  Some stubborn partnerships were finally broken by Rick Dale and Alan Hampton which looked to swing the game back towards Bapchild. However, a solid sixth wicket partnership looked like the game was heading towards a winning draw with just 7 overs left but cometh the hour, cometh Darrell Carter, who in an excellent second spell broke the partnership. He quickly followed up with three more wickets (4 for 32) , leaving Joshua (4 for 58) to clear up the final wicket and give the team a full 20 pts with one Blackheath all out for 226 half way through the 49th over.

 

The 2nd Xi travelled to High Halstow for the opening league match.

Put into the field pressure was put on the home team with early wickets from the opening bowling partnership of Owen Harrison (1 for 16) and Adam Rayner (2 for 15).  Some superb bowling from Matt Lewis (3 for 9) and Glenn Kennett (4 for 5) say High Halstow all out for 73 in the 38th over.

The runs were knocked off for the loss of just two wickets in 18 overs with solid performance from opener Rob Kennett (28 no) and an “IPL”esk knock from captain Nick Page scoring his 20 no off just 17 balls (he wants £1m but we all know he is priceless !!)

 

The 3XI were at home to Lenham and decided to bat first.  Although Simon Cosstick scored a fine 57 wickets fell regularly and the team found themselves just over the 100 mark and eight wickets down.  However, an excellent unbeaten 43 for Brian Carey supported by a mature innings from Richard Catton and captain “Eric” Phillips the team reached 182 off their allotted 40 overs.

Good bowling from Frank Francis and James Elkin who removed the openers and it was the pairing of Carey (2 for 26) and Catton (2 for 30)  who did enough removing the middle order and leaving them 5 runs short of the target in their allotted overs.

 

Well done to all those who played – a great first weekend of league cricket

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