Kent League Match - 100 Overs
New Ash Green (1 points) 88 all out (31 overs)
Bexley III (16 points) 90-4 (22.3 overs)
New Ash Green lost by 6 wickets
Having been asked to bat New Ash Green made a solid start, with Matt Scanlan (25) and Dan Walton (8) puting on 34 for the first wicket, but after that the innings fell away disappointigly, with only Andy Payne (11) and Kieron Poole (12) making double figures, an innings which inspired Poole to a match winning effort for the under 15s on Sunday morning!
A total of 88 didn't look enough, but when Bexley were 0-2 with each of Matt Meehan and Andy Cox bowling an opener for a duck New Ash Green certainly looked as if they could make a fight of it. Cox took another wicket to make it 11-3, but again having started well things fell away and there was only a consolation wicket for Pete Burke when the game was almost over before the inevitable early finish.
Kent Feeder League (East) Match - 46 Overs per side
Sherwood (19 points) 165 all out (45.3 overs)
New Ash Green (14 points) 161-9 (46 overs)
New Ash Green lost by 4 runs
For the second week running Sherwood won the toss and chose to bat, though this time with conditions seeming more favourable. Lee Saunders and Keith Bushell started tidily and picked up an early wicket each, but Anthony Marriott (55) and Shaun McManus (38) batted soundly, rode their luck slightly and took advantage of some loose bowling in putting on 70 for the third wicket. At the half way stage they looked capable of completely taking the game away from New Ash Green, but shortly the drinks break Ian Martin managed to get the breakthrough bringing one back in to bowl Marriott. After that Sherwood struggled to maintain the same pace, with Martin picking up two more wickets and Paul Sumner getting Marriott, before Saunders returned to mop up the tail, finishing with two wickets in the final over, the last a leg side stumping as keeper Matthew Quantrill managed to deflect a leg side wide back onto the stumps, much to the disgust of the batsman. Saunders finished with figures of 5-27.
Although the ball was frequently staying low the ball was coming on to the bat and 165 looked an achievable target for New Ash Green. They were struck a severe blow early on when Matthew Quantrill played across the line and was bowled for 4, but Ian Martin and John Howland consolidated well, seeing off the opening spell. The scoring rate was snail like, but slowly began to pick up. New Ash Green hoped to take advantage of the change bowling, but Mark Fewtrell bowled much more accurately than he had done the previous week at Manor Field and picked up Martin, Howland and David Baker in fairly quick succession. However Joe Elisak and Lee Saunders (inspired by his first ever five wicket haul) were undaunted, putting on 26 for the fifth wicket at a good rate. Sherwood were struggling for a fourth bowler, Dave Tansey going for 20 in two overs which included some 9 wides, and had to turn to the flighted leg breaks of Ian Courtney. At the other end Elisak and Chris Sooknanan both fell to Fewtrell before he finished with figures of 5-30. David Howland was steady enough but struggling to get the ball away as acceleration was needed, and when Sauders was bowled off his pads by Courtney things looked desperate. Paul Sumner initially struggled to get the ball away, but then started to find the middle, and with the aid of some positive running from Howland made an out and out assault on the target. 18 runs from two Courtney overs left 14 needed from the last two over, but Paul Hammond kept his head and bowled a tight over, bowling Sumner who had made 27 from just 20 balls, the first 6 of those dots! With 12 needed from the last over Sherwood lost faith in Courtney and brought on Anthony Marriott. Three singles and a dot seemed to have made the game safe for them, but from the penultimate ball Keith Bushell mowed the ball over mid wicket's head for 4, leaving a six needed to win, or 4 to tie. He flung the bat at it, but failed to make contact and was bowled, leaving a valiant effort short by 4 runs, but overall an excellent game of cricket and the best team batting performance from New Ash Green's second XI for a couple of years.
Medway Sunday League Match - 40 Overs per side
Newington 218-5 (40 overs)
New Ash Green 45 all out (19.3 overs)
New Ash Green lost by 173 runs
Somewhat short of batting New Ash Green elected to bowl first, and had a sound enough start with John Harley picking up two wickets in a respectable opening spell. John clack seems to have struggled, but Matt Bushe also produced a solid spell, taking 1-36 in 9 overs. Joe Elisak was expensive, but took two wickets, and Simon Freeman and Elliott Harris, on his debut, both had a short bowl. The final total of 218 was high, but not disastrous for an inexperienced side.
With no one in the side who had ever made 20 for the club New Ash Green could hardly expect to challenge for the win, this was more about experience. Although Chris Sooknanan with 14 was the only batsman to recah double figures a few others made small contributions and the final result was not as bad as might have been feared!