Kent League Match - 100 Overs
Offham (20 points) 225-8 dec. (47 overs)
New Ash Green (4 points) 129 all out (46.3 overs)
New Ash Green lost by 99 runs
Offham's openers got them off to a flying start with a partnership of 113 before James Hewitt made the breakthrough. Having done so New Ash Green again were able to recover, with none of the other batsmen making big scores, Hewitt leading the bowlers with figures of 4-52 before Offham declared with three overs and two wickets in hand.
New Ash Green had a decent start of their own with Matt Scanlan and first team debutant Ian Martin putting on 59 for the first wicket before they both fell on the same score, Martin making a creditable 36. It was in fact the same men who had got the runs for Offham who made the breakthrough, and overseas player Mitchell Rowing followed up his top score of 71 with 5 wickets. Marc Klus resisted briefly for 19 as did Dan Walton who was last out for 20, and there was a cameo from Ben Cooke who made 8, hitting the ball firmly past the fielders who had closed in around him. This at least ensured a batting point was secured, but there is still a real struggle to put together a complete performance as a side.
Kent Feeder League (East) Match - 46 Overs per side
Pembury (10 points) 95 all out (27 overs)
New Ash Green (20 points) 99-7 (41.4 overs)
New Ash Green won by 3 wickets
On a hard dry wicket and with possible showers forecast New Ash Green faced a difficult decision on winning the toss, but elected to bowl first despite the late arrival of John Harley. When Pembury were 10-0 after three balls it looked a questionable decision, but the bowlers tightened up after that and never let the batsmen get on top. With the wind behind him Lee Sauders generated considerable pace and bounce, and picked up the first wicket, being unlucky to take only the one in his six over spell. Matt Dehaney, bowling into the wind, struggled a bit more but picked up the other opening batsman. The change bowlers, Paul Sumner and John Harley both enjoyed the bounce and occasional sharp sideways movement afforded them by the pitch and worked their way steadily through the middle order with good catches and a smart leg side stumping adding to two superb balls from Harley which cut back a long way to clean bowl two very befuddled young batsmen. A peculiar run out, when Luke Hattle failed to appreciate how far down the pitch he had come and was run out by yards when Lee Saunders hit the stumps direct also added to the chaos and Pembury collapsed to 75-9 before being rescued by two old stagers at 10 and 11, Dennis Cole swinging the bat merrily to make a very quick 17 before Paul Sumner picked up the wicket of his partner Alan Hughes to finish with 4-32.
Chasing just 96 to win in 63 overs New Ash Green could aford to take their time, and Matthew Quantrill and John Howland took no risks against the tidy but rarely threatening opening bowling attack. They put on a very steady 33 before Howland drove a full toss straight to point. Quantrill was then joined by Matt Bushe at the start of an epic innings that may well go down in club legend. Quantrill was out soon afterwards, carelessly giving his wicket away as so often this season, but Charlie Cutting upped the pace, getting off the mark with a big six and making 25 runs in 29 balls before being bowled. When he was out with victory in sight New Ash Green had a mini wobble, David Baker making 1, Joe Elisak 8, Kieran Poole 3 and Lee Saunders a duck as they struggled to 84-7. However with Matt Dehaney and Paul Sumner at 9 and 10 they had plenty of batting in reserve, and Dehaney duly finished matters off with a brisk 14 from 10 balls, punctuated by some lovely drives for 4. And that epic innings from Matt Bushe? Throughout all of the above he had remained impassive at the other end, facing 74 balls while 66 runs were added to finish on 2 not out!
Medway Sunday League Match - 40 Overs per side
Sherwood 260-5 (40 overs)
New Ash Green 127-9 (40 overs)
New Ash Green lost by 133 runs
In a batting performance dominated by 133 from their skipper Simon Preston Sherwood racked up 260, but there were solid bowling performances from John Harley (1-37 in 9 overs), Lee Saunders (2-57) and Olly Harding (2-41).
Again chasing a total always likely to be beyond them New Ash Green at least showed some fight in batting out the overs, and Lee Saunders impressed with 44. Phil Markham was the only other to make double figures, making 10, his top score for the club.