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First XI - In Brief

New Ash Green v New Ifield - Finally a home game for the 1st XI, but with bank holiday & half-term availability issues, it was a shuffled New Ash Green bowling line up that made New Ifield work for their runs. With G Wale's 3-9 bowling debut, the opposition finished out their innings on 102-7.

However, after tea New Ash Green also struggled with the bat. D Freeman (43) kept the runs ticking over, but with no one able to stay with him to build an innings. Despite a determined effort from the tail end keeping the possibility of a stolen victory tantalisingly almost within reach, New Ash Green were all out for 97 in the 38th over.

Second XI - In Brief

Beckenham v New Ash Green - Away, the 2nd XI were once again finding form, taking to the field they restricted the opposition to 77 all out, E Quantrill (6-29) topping the wicket takers. The innings also notable for a strong team performance in the field: 7 of the 10 wickets were taken as catches.

Leading from the front skipper G Freeman (46*) batted through and New Ash Green wrapped the game up for a 4 wicket win in 22.4 overs.

Sunday - Family Fun Day

Family Fun Day - Having moved our Family Fun Day from the August Bank Holiday weekend and upscaled the format to be more of an open day, New Ash Green were rewarded by the weather staying dry (and warm!) and a good response from the neighbourhood coming over to join us.

They enjoyed a wide range of stalls and children's entertainments & activities, plus various food options, a bar, & of course, a cake stall offering a mouthwatering selection from the club's renowned contributors. There was a chance for the youngsters to get involved in some cricket contests and the Grand Prize Draw rounded out the day.

New Ash Green v New Ifield

Kent Regional League Match - 40 Overs. New Ifield (20pts) 102-7 (40 overs); NAG&HCC (12pts) 97 all out (37.5 overs); New Ash Green lost by 5 runs.

Finally, already a month in, the 1st XI prepared to play their first home game of the season against New Ifield in a top of the table clash. Unfortunately the timing couldn't have been worse with Bank Holiday weekend, half term and the Champions League final all adding to the normal ad hoc issues with availability meaning 8 regular 1st XI players were absent. In recent years having this number of players unavailable would mean the cancelling of at least one fixture over the weekend. Fortunately due to the increased strength of New Ash Green this season, both fixtures went ahead on the Saturday and everyone could look forward to the Family Fun Day the following day.

Skipper James Nash won the toss and inserted the New Ifield in an effort to restrict their run scoring. In the continuing bowling absence of Mick Sumner (who himself, injuries notwithstanding, stepped up this week as an 11th hour fielding sub) Nash took the first over and, together with Ian Mellor, proceeded to go for just 29 runs off their combined 19 overs. Scoring was difficult and New Ifield, themselves missing first team regulars, stuttered to an under par 102-7 off their allotted 40 overs. Gary Wale (3-9) and Felix Quantrill (2-14) heading the New Ash Green scorecard, were both taking their first 1st XI wickets for the club. Which again serves to highlight the depth of bowling talent the club is fortunate enough to enjoy. Whilst not quite comparable to the catch-fest taking place with the 2nd XI at Beckenham, Lee Lipscombe, Joe Elisak & Sean Funnell demonstrated that the 1st XI is not without safe hands, the former two adding a brace apiece to their Club Stats.

Unfortunately, after tea, the New Ash Green innings got off to a less than ideal start with first Wale and then Sumner dismissed in the first over of their reply. Matt Bushe, and Sean Funnell after him, helped Dean Freeman steady the ship but it was clear runs were hard come by and at drinks New Ash Green were still behind the run chase on 40-5. Freeman's dogged resistance kept New Ash Green in the game, finally departing in the 31st over for 45, with the scoreboard on 80-8. A determined effort followed from a tail end who didn't give up, but Ian Mellor (11*) was ultimately stranded in 38th over just 5 runs short. A frustrating result for New Ash Green, but taken in the context of illness, injury & 'in-availability', the positives are that, without a fully "first string" XI, New Ash Green took the top of table game to the line and came away with a reasonable pile of bonus points. Roll on the return fixture...

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Beckenham V v New Ash Green 2nd XI

Kent Regional League Match - 40 Overs. Beckenham (9pts) 77 all out (33.5 overs); New Ash Green (20pt) 78-6 (22.4 overs); New Ash Green won by 4 wickets.

New Ash Green found themselves on the road again, travelling to Lower Sydenham for their game against newly formed Beckenham 5ths. Arriving with confidence after a good win in the previous game, and refreshed after a weekend with no game, New Ash Green were at the ground in good time & spirits and were met by a friendly opposition player, Stuart, who kindly directed us to the changing facilities. With no need to make the obligatory pointless walk to inspect the wicket due to it being artificial, this meant there was more time to stand around huddled on the fringe of the outfield. From the rudimental observation, it was clear that the long grass would make for a slow outfield, and boundaries would be at a premium.

Carrying his run of luck, skipper Glen Freeman won the toss and elected to bowl, which proved to be a good decision when opening bowler Ed Quantrill took an early wicket, the opening batsman clean bowled, although to call it 'clean' would be slightly misleading as the ball gave it everything to battle through the objects in the way to reach the stumps. Opening bowling partner Munhib Syed was not to be outdone, taking the next wicket, with the batsman picking out gun fielder Jamie Nash, who took the catch with nonchalant aplomb. Syed's next wicket was probably the most important of the day, hitting the pegs with a quicker one as the batsman swung across the line. New Ash Green were happy to see the back of said dangerous opener, as he was very strong on the leg side, in particular hitting a large six. Syed bowled well with the new ball, seeing off two of the three opening batsmen. Quantrill's next wicket was down to good bowling, not offering the batsman any width, and an inspired fielding change, with Michael James moving himself into short mid off and the batsman popping one up to him to take smartly moving to his right. New Ash Green can be grateful to the cricketing wisdom of Michael James who has a sixth sense for moving fielders to where the ball is going to go. Quantrill was well in the rhythm now, taking the next wicket, the batsman having a whack, sending the ball towards a waiting pair of Ives, the elder of the two calling seniority, and taking a good catch, avoiding a collision with his son in the process. Not content with a catch, a change of bowling brought Ives into bowl, replacing Syed, and proving an instant success, forcing the batsman into a shot, and a well positioned Jamie Nash took another catch, with as much ease and confidence as the first one. New Ash Green were now smelling the sweet amber nectar of some free alcohol - with Nash on two catches and Quantrill on three wickets a jug was surely on the cards. Ives struck again, with the batsman picking out the one player New Ash Green couldn't keep out of the game, Quantrill - taking a decent catch and making sure the scorer was sick of writing his name. Ives snr can be very happy with his bowling effort and return; with Quantrill deservedly taking the bowling acclaim, Ives offered the batsman nothing, and picked up two wickets for very few runs. Whilst wickets were tumbling, as much as they can on a set of portable stumps, the Beckenham keeper-batsman was doing a fantastic job at the other end, seeing off the good balls and pouncing on the bad ones, rotating the strike and not giving his wicket away. Unfortunately for him, a returning bowler, and a change of end for Quantrill saw him dismissed, top edging one into the waiting gloves of wicketkeeper Freeman. New Ash Green were certainly happy to see him go, as he put on a good partnership and put his team in a stronger position. Jamie Clark and Michael Gallagher tied the other end up, bowling tight and making life easier for their bowling partner to pick up wickets as scoreboard pressure was starting to tell. Both Clark & Gallagher can count themselves unlucky not to pick up a wicket; Clark in particular, the victim of the only dropped catch of an excellent New Ash Green fielding display. Clark bowled well for his five over spell and we hope to see him bowling again on a Saturday. Quantill picked up his five-for, and has Gallagher in particular to thank, taking a sharp two handed catch high to his left with the wicket keeper falling across his line of sight - a good delivery from a bowler bowling well which the batsman couldn't leave alone, nicking behind. Not content with five wickets and a catch, it turned into The Quantrill Show, with him taking the last wicket, clean bowling the No10, adding him to his long list of victims for the day.

Wickets wrapped up and New Ash Green moved lustily towards the al fresco tea, served in the back drop of a leisure centre. A decent spread was offered up with a wide selection to choose from, accompanied by a mandatory cup of tea, even if the components of the tea arrived at different times. Refreshed after a relaxing repast in the sun, New Ash Green mulled over the batting order opting for a path of least resistance. With a slow outfield, and an unusual wicket, they knew the runs would be hard to come by and no liberties could be taken. The opening pair of John Howland & Freeman put on a solid start, getting to 23 before Howland was bowled. The next cabs off the batting rank were happy to occupy an end and let opening batsman Freeman score the runs. Bhavin Purohit unfortunately couldn't match his exploits of the previous game and James Ives looked good until his dismissal. With a few more wickets down at drinks, New Ash Green were closing in on the target score and managed to achieve it shortly after. Most of the praise can go to Freeman, opening and batting through the nearly 23 overs for 46*, not really offering up any chances to the fielding team. It was unfortunate on a personal level that Glen couldn't reach his 50, success in the match leaving him 4 short. Beckenham bowled and fielded well taking their catches.

New Ash Green can be happy with a good day of cricket: fielding well, taking seven catches and getting the runs with wickets in hand. Individual praise for Quantrill taking six wickets, and Freeman scoring 46 not out, but all the bowlers bowled well, and the batsmen contributed in the main. Jamie Nash can also be happy with his work in the field. Staying alert and concentrated throughout, he took two excellent catches and we would be delighted to have him in the field again; perhaps proving a useful addition to the bowling attack. Special mention to Jasper for scoring and general enthusiastic contribution - always a strength of the 2nd XI that the team work together and have people happy to contribute. A few of the New Ash Green contingent headed to the Beckenham ground for a drink after and had the pleasure of watching the end of another game taking place with wickets falling, mis-fielding, catches and over exuberant celebrations. Thanks to Ken for taking the time to talk to us and we look forward to welcoming Beckenham to Manor Field. Final word to Beckenham, who were resourceful with the facilities they have to work with and good luck to a newly formed team in the future.

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in the wet

Family Fun Day We will be posting a selection of pictures from the day shortly here in our instagram gallery.