Kent League Match - 100 Overs
Old Wilsonians (20 points) 288-6 dec. (50 overs)
New Ash Green (2 points) 108 all out (27.4 overs)
New Ash Green lost by 180 runs
Missing several key players and playing the side relegated with them last season this was always going to be a tough game for New Ash Green. They weren't helped when Vic Mayers was injured early on after taking the important early wicket of Wilsonians skipper Simon Corrigal. Pete Burke bowled well for 15 overs, but all the rest were expensive, although there were two wickets for Matt Scanlan. Nick Bier must have been frustrated to finish 99 not out.
In response New Ash Green had a moderately sound start, with Scanlan and Simon Duke putting on 37 for the first wicket before Duke went for 11. Pete Burke made 21 at number 4, but after he was out and Scanlan fell for 48 there was little further resistance. The return of four senior players this weekend should make the side more competitive, though after Pete Burke's starring all round role he will be sorely missed!
Kent Feeder League (East) Match - 46 Overs per side
New Ash Green (4 points) 115-9 (46 overs)
Nonington (19 points) 116-3 (27.4 overs)
New Ash Green lost by 7 wickets
Sadly the sunshine deserted Nonington, a very picturesque ground. On what looked an excellent track New Ash Green were surprised to be asked to bat first. They got off to a steady start, but soon discovered that making runs was not easy on a very dead track, with the ball keeping low and not coming on to the bat. After losing John Howland early Matthew Quantrill and Lee Saunders seemed to be establishing a sound base, but the accuracy of Stuart Mears and Paul Laurent made scoring difficult, and when Quantrill was caught flicking the ball down the leg side the run rate really dried up. David Baker and Lee Saunders ran a number of threes, but couldn't really break the shackles. Ian Martin and Matt Bushe briefly threatened, but were out just as they looked like they might mount a late charge. John Clack, in his first game for 8 years made a few good hits before being stumped, but the innings eventually ended on a score of 115, well below par.
New Ash Green hoped to put pressure on Nonington with accurate bowling, and had an early boost when John Harley struck in the first over, having Paul Bennett very plumb LBW. However the Nonington batsmen seemed more used to the pitch, playing well forward and driving well to anything pitched up. Lee Saunders bowled a good opening spell, taking one wicket, but Carl Knowles played very soundly, and New Ash Green's change bowlers were a little untidy. Joe Elisak did pick up one wicket, but Nonington cruised to a very comfortable victory. New Ash Green will hope to be a bit stronger in depth in future weeks and mount more of a challenge.
New Ash Green 100 all out (31.5 overs)
Albury 89 all out (25 overs)
New Ash Green won by 11 runs
I have had some brief verbal reports from this game. It appears that New Ash Green got off to a solid start, with Andy Payne making 22 before Rob Boss ran out Matt Scanlan, after which the middle order rather fell away. Jasper Holliday has obviously learnt something from his winter in Australia as he made 9 in leading the lower order to take the final total to 100
There was a similar pattern to the Albury innings, with the top three making double figures but the rest making very few. Opening the bowling John Harley took three wickets and Matt Bushe one, before Holliday turned to his future brother in law Chris Pickering who mopped up the tail witn five wickets. A little excitement was provided by Mick Sumner (having made a duck for New Ash Green) batting for the opposition, as one of their men was injured, and swatting a six and a four before being last out to give Pickering figures of 5-22 in 4 overs and maintaining Holliday's 100% record as captain against Albury.
Friendly Match (28 overs)
New Ash Green 97 all out (26.3 overs)
Wilmington 99-6 (24.1 overs)
New Ash Green lost by 4 wickets
Heavy rain showers before the start, lasting till around 3 o'clock dleayed the start, leaving the pitch oozing water for some time. However once the clouds parted the sun came out and the captains agreed a 28 over game starting at 3.45. Matthew Quantrill, having to leave early anyway, made a swift start, taking advantage of some wild early bowling before being bowled trying to keep up the positive play. Scott McKechnie and David Baker then carried on the good work in an impressive stand of 46 for the second wicket, but once Wilmington turned to their more senior bowlers Wooton (4-17) and Cotton (3-0) and used the conditions to their advantage run scoring became considerably more difficult. Baker made 19 and McKechnie 37, but the innings again tailed off and having looked on for a big score at one stage New Ash Green eventually couldn't pass 100
In the very green, damp conditions that total was certainly defendable, and initially New Ash Green looked likely to do so successfully. John Harley took 3-15 in 6 overs, and Matt Bushe 2-44. At one stage they had reduced Wilmington to 35-5, but Wootton again rescued Wilmington from something of a hole, cracking a quick unbeaten 50. Lee Saunders bowled an economical spell, conceding just 15 runs in 6 overs, and Matt Scanlan took 1-6 in 3 overs, but Wilmington were able to get home comfortably thanks to Wooton.