Faversham v New Ash Green - New Ash Green headed east down the M2 to Faversham for the season's opening friendly.
New Ash Green batted first, main contributions coming from Dean Freeman (51 retired not out) & Peter Webb (31); some lower order hitting by Mick Sumner & Ian Mellor and some early competitors in the Duck Cup. New Ash Green mustered a respectable 145-8 from their 30 overs.
In the field after teas, 8 bowlers got in some early season overs. Ed Quantrill (2-11) and Mick Sumner (2-17) were the leading wicket takers, with catches for keeper Dean Freeman, Pete Webb & Rob Wills. However the home side reached their target for the loss of 7 wickets with an over to spare.
With the league season yet to kick off, there was no second game today.
Manor Field not yet available so no Sunday match today.
Faversham v New Ash Green
Friendly Match - 30 overs per side. New Ash Green 145-8 (30 overs); Faversham 148-7 (29 overs). New Ash Green lost by 3 wickets.
New Ash Green headed east along the M2 a fair distance in warm spring sunshine down to their the opening match of the 2018 season, a friendly against Faversham CC.
The game was also the first outing of the new club shirts (kindly provided to all members of the club this season by our lovely sponsors IG Flooring and Martin Ives & Co); the first game captained by new Club Skipper, James Nash and, last but definitely not least in the minds of many, the first opportunity to score points in the inaugural NAG&HCC Fantasy Cricket League.
Thus buoyed up by expectations, following a negotiation between the skippers and agreement to a 30 over match, New Ash Green batted first. Pete Webb & last minute sub, Luke Shaw opening for the side. A brief cameo for the latter when he became the first wicket of the season, bowled for 4 in the 4th over, but with Dean Freeman coming in at 3, the side settled and he & Webb built a healthy partnership before Freeman retired on 51* in the 18th over - to give the rest of the side some time at the crease...
And thus setting in motion a cascade of wickets as first Martyn Greene was run out for 0; Webb followed shortly bowled for 31, and the tumble of next three wickets was mainly soften by a rash of fielding extras (that scourge of early season conditioning). As hopes of a big score started to slip away, some lower order hitting by Mick Sumner (12) and then Ian Mellor (10*) steadied the ship and New Ash Green closed out the 30 overs with a reasonable 145-8 off the early season pitch.
After tea, a plethora of bowling options was available to the skipper. With the home side losing some early wickets, 8 bowlers were given the opportunity to get early season overs under their belts. Ed Quantrill (2-11) and Mick Sumner (2-17) impressed; Shaw (1-24), skipper Nash (1-25), Webb, Freeman and Rob Wills (the latter 3 with catches) all got their names into the stats.
However, with some fiesty work from the youngsters in the side, the home team managed to reach their target for the loss of 7 wickets with an over to spare.
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