Hunton Wanderers v New Ash Green - Away again, runs were hard to come by when New Ash Green were inserted after losing the coin flip. Lee Saunders was top scorer on 44 with the side reaching 40 overs on 133-7.
After tea the New Ash Green bowlers lived up to their reputation, keeping the wickets falling and bringing home an 8 run victory. Ian Mellor leading with 4-15; 2 wickets a piece for James Nash & Noel Delaffon.
With a League bye & a friendly scheduled for Sunday, there was no second XI game today.
New Ash Green v Old Gravesendians - Friendly 40-over match in the sunshine. Usually a strong (comparitively) Sunday side the opposition openers racked up a partnership of 130 before New Ash Green could make a break-through and although wickets then started to fall (2 apiece to Jamie Clark & Felix Quantrill), they had set a daunting target of 261-7 by tea.
In reply New Ash Green were able to offer an in-form Martyn Greene (56) and an impressive 65* from club initiate Matt McVeigh. With contributions for the rest of the squad, New Ash Green were able to respond with a respectable but not quite enough 177 all out. So not a win, but it was the club's highest score this season and a sunny day's cricket.
Hunton Wanderers v New Ash Green
Kent Regional League Match - 40 Overs. NAG&HCC (20pts) 133-7 (40 overs); Hunton Wanderers (12pts) 125 all out (36 overs); New Ash Green won by 8 runs.
With another wash out the previous weekend, New Ash Green travelled to Hunton Wanderers hoping to maintain their unbeaten start to the season against a team that had racked up an impressive 288-3 declared the previous week in an ultimately futile attempt to complete their fixture. Luckily this weekend Mother Nature had flipped the coin and come up with sunshine [Was this pre-ordered by the royal wedding organisers??] and the team were in good spirits. Unfortunately the old adage that "tails never fails" was proved to be wrong as skipper James Nash called wrong and New Ash Green were duly invited to bat.
With Pete Webb pulling out on the morning of the game due to a family emergency, the top order had an unfamiliar look. Luke Shaw taking the opening berth along with Gary Wale, with Matthew Bushe, after showing some good form last weekend, slotting in at number 3. With the opposition bowling tightly however, Shaw departed early and it was left to Wale (8) and Bushe (18) to see off the new ball and set about building a total. Runs were hard to come by and New Ash Green were indebted to Lee Saunders (44) putting on 28 with Joe Elisak (10) and then 49 with Rob Wills (12*) to reach a 40-over total of 133-7.
Hunton Wanderers entered the tea break in high spirits, not unsurprising considering their batting exploits the previous week. But New Ash Green are blessed with a bowling unit at least as good as anything else in the league, and it was no surprise after the resumption that the opposition were soon rocking at 18-4. Nash (2-27) taking two early wickets including the breakthrough in the first over, picking up the opposition's centurion from the week before, for a duck; and Ian Mellor (4-15) also picking up an early brace. Hunton Wanderers hit back in the middle overs but New Ash Green continued to pick up wickets, with good displays from Wills, Elisak and Noel Delaffon and some great fielding keeping the match in the balance. With two wickets remaining, Mellor and Nash were reintroduced to the attack and Mellor did the job, wrapping up the innings for a hard fought 8 run win.
Another good team effort by New Ash Green to keep the side in a healthy position in the league tables despite the potential cost of two weather abandoned matches. Special mention to Felix Quantrill who stepped up late in the morning to fill the gap left by Webb's emergency unavailability. Although not getting a bat or a bowl, it cannot be underestimated that this result would not have occurred with only ten players. Just remains to see if the 1st XI will finally get a home game next weekend.
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