Kent League Match - 100 Overs
New Ash Green (7 points) 193-8 (50 overs)
Blackheath (16 points) 194-9 (49 overs)
New Ash Green lost by 1 wicket
At last something close to a complete team performance from the first eleven, with Matt Scanlan making 40 and Dan Walton 24, before Andy Cox made his first significant score of the season, also 40, with support from Andy Stuart (16) and James Hewitt (17*) taking the total to a respectable 193-8.
There was an early wicket from Andy Cox, who also produced his best bowling figures of the season (3-58), but as so often this season it was one partnership that got away from New Ash Green, with Joe Ryan (90) and Hamish Purdey (43) putting on 108 for the second wicket. After them no batsman offered much, and Andy Stuart (4-24) looked to be on the verge of bringing New Ash Green a dramatic victory. When Micky Sumner took the 9th wicket Blackheath were still 6 behind, but a six from no.10 Saiful Islam allowed Blackheath to scrape home.
Kent Feeder League (East) Match - 46 Overs per side
Hunton (1 point) 165-7 (46 overs)
New Ash Green (18 points) 166-1 (34.5 overs)
New Ash Green won by 9 wickets
Consistency of availability has allowed the second XI to get on something of a roll, giving them the confidence to wrap up a comfortable victory against a surprisingly poor Hunton team. Having won the toss and elected to bat Hunton lost an early wicket, but Captain Ian Goodyer and opening bat Joe Sceats put on 64 for the second wicket, the only period of the game when Hunton looked in control. Goodyer in particular looked a good bat, and it was a great relief when Keith Bushell came back from going for 10 in his first over to swing one back in and bowl Goodyer. With Sceats struggling to do anything but accumulate slowly the rest of the batting showed little sign of ability to score (it was something of a surprise to learn afterwards that one of them had a century to his name this season!) and Bushell in particular was controlled and acurate, taking 3-21 in 12 overs, despite that 10 from his first. John Harley also returned to pick up wickets, but luck was not on New Ash Green's side, with a number of balls in the air going just out of reach and some difficult chances being spilt. Sceats was eventually out for 53 in the last over, trying to find some sort of attacking shot, but as with the Borstal match there was a feeling that with wickets in hand Hunton had not made nearly enough effort to accelerate at the end of the innings.
As it turned out they would have needed more than a little acceleration. Hunton's bowling was unthreatening to say the least, and the biggest dnager Ian Martin was in was of straining himself trying to reach balls outside off stump. He and Matthew Quantrill put on 69 before Quantrill gave his wicket away in all too typical fashion, but Olly Harding stayed with Martin to the end with few alarms. With plenty of batting to come and overs in hand the only point of interest towards the end was whether Martin could make his hundred, but with a few extras and Harding getting into his stride he ended up just running out of time as a comfortable win was wrapped up.
Medway Sunday League Match - 40 Overs per side