Bapchild Cricket Club

We’re UP

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Congratulations to the First team who secured promotion to Division 4 for the first time in the Club’s history.

With just two games left and Rainham only 6 points behind, the team chose to bat against  visitors High Halstow to try and gain the full 20 points. Once again openers Adam Larking and Joshua Hunt got the innings off to a great start putting on a 63 run partnership before Josh (20) fell to a cross bat full toss lbw allowing the Chairman to notch up another “give the son out” decision.  Ricky Dale joined Adam and some fine running between the wickets kept the run rate high even after High Halstow took the pace off the ball making it difficult on a slow pitch. Adam finally holed out to mid-on for a excellent 63  with the score on 126.    Dylan Lee came in at four and carried on applying the pressure on the visitors bowling attack.  Ricky fell just one short of his half century with the score on 195.   Shortly afterwards Dylan reached his first Saturday half century this season before being run out while trying to push the score on.  Wickets fell regularly in the last few overs as the team came out and played freely with Cameron Archbold coming out best with 18 not out including a very impressive strike into the overhanging tree for four !!   The 10th wicket fell on the last ball of the innings with score on 241 – first half of the job done.

Joshua Hunt and Adam Rayner opened the bowling attack and were immediately in the wickets as Josh nicked off the opening batsman with the score on 12.  Adam, not to be out done, removed the other opener with a first slip catch to Ricky Dale before getting his second with a gully catch from Joe Mills.    Adam Larking was rewarded with putting his body on the line with a catch to pick up Adam’s third wicket with the score now on 26.   From the other end Tyler Wassell replaced Josh and immediately had impact picking up a wicket.  Pressure continued to mount on the visitors as Tyler picked up a further two wickets in two balls.  Adam responded helped by a sharp stumping from Lee Taylor.    With the last ball of his spell Tyler picked up his fourth wicket giving him an impressive 4 for 12 off 7 overs and signalling the drinks break.   High Halstow found themselves 9 wickets down and it took just three balls after the break to take the final wicket with Adam Rayner finishing excellent 5 for 32 off 12.3 overs and the score on 59 (25.3 overs).

The team had gained the full 20 points with a 182 run victory and now waited to hear the results from Rainham’s game against Walmer to see if the team had to go to League Champions Leeds & Broomfield looking for a result.   An hour later the news came through the Rainham had lost heavily to Walmer meaning with one game left were 24 points a drift.

The ones were promoted !

The twos continued with the same tactical plan as the previous week when they visited Old Williamsonians.  Finding themselves 6 down with only Joe Cooper (17) getting into double figures our specialist recovery batsmen arrived at the crease.   Lincoln Bryden and Michael Neame fresh from their 98 run partnership decided to go even better racking up a 107 run partnership as Lincoln (61) played another calypso innings and Michael scored his maiden 50. James Weller chipped in with 13 as Bapchild recovered to 191 for 9 off their allotted overs.

The team picked up a couple of early wickets after tea and wickets continued to fall regularly with best of the bowling going to James Weller (3 for 29), Harry Mantle (3 for 32) and Michael Neame (2 for 22).    The last ball of the game saw the home team on 163 for 9 and all credit lost the last wicket going for a second run and giving the twos full points.

 

Finally congratulations not only to captain Lee Cogger and the 1st team members but to the whole senior squad who have worked, trained and supported each other as one throughout the season.  Also to the groundsmen, tea ladies, committee, coaches, members, family and friends who have supported and played their part in the Clubs success.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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