Friendly Match - "Proper Cricket"
New Ifield 196 all out (38.4 overs)
New Ash Green 103-7 (39 overs)
Both sides having found a gap in their fixture list it was a third match in four weeks against New Ifield, and a fourth of the season. With the previous three having been shared equally this could have been viewed as something of a decider, but I think it would be fairer to say that both sides viewed it as a bit of end of season fun. New Ash Green got off to a solid enough start, with John Harley and Graeme Poole bowling tidy opening spells, and picking up an early wicket, but after that New Ifield accelerated and New Ash Green's catching again let them down, Simon Freeman again going wicketless as a result. Avi Kadam bowled a good spell in the middle, picking up two wickets, and David Baker swung the ball prodigiously, deserving better figures than he got. Dan Lewsey and Lee Saunders picked up wickets at the end as the tail swung the bat recklessly, and the end result was very similar to the previous week with New Ifield all out for 196 almost bang on tea time.
New Ash Green's hopes suffered an early blow agaisnt the variable bounce obtained by Rob McSweeney. A cold ridden Matthew Quantrill couldn't react fast enough to one that popped and was caught off the glove, and Matt Dehaney was LBW to one that kept very low. David Baker played a solid innings before being bowled by Foster for 18, and Lee Saunders seemed in touch until he was caught and bowled for 13. James Porter and Avi Kadam quickly followed for 2 each, and all hopes of victory were gone. John Howland, meanwhile, had stayed in at the other end, struggling to time his shots, but surviving where others had perished, and although Dan Lewsey also went for a duck John Harley joined him to see out the last eight overs against everything that New Ifield could throw at them, Howland finishing 29 not out from 120 balls - the exact length of a Twenty20 innings coincidentally.
New Ash Green did notch up one notable triumph on the day, though, as a small delegation from the match (Howland, Quantrill and Graeme Poole) went straight from the game to Hartley Country Club where they took part in the Cricket section's quiz, and despite being numerically the smallest team there they wiped the floor with the opposition and carried away the first prize by some distance.
Friendly Match - 40 Overs per side
Farningham 283-5 (40 overs)
New Ash Green 81 all out (23.5 overs)
New Ash Green lost by 202 runs
John Harley and Dan Lewsey managed to keep Farningham relatively in check early on, but the remainder of the bowlers, with the exception of Graeme Poole, all went for around 8 and over as a strong Farningham line up scored fairly freely on their way to a mammoth total.
New Ash Green's response was marginally more convincing than the previous week's effort, with Toby Harris maintining his improvement by top scoring, as opener, with 19. Lee Saunders was the only other batsman to make double figures, though, and barely more than half the overs had been used when the final wicket fell on another 200 run defeat.