friendly club cricket

First XI - In Brief

New Ash Green v Gore Court - A home game and New Ash Green coming to it off two frustrating defeats, keen to reassert their league position. However in definitely an innings of 2 halves, after losing the coin flip and put in to bat, New Ash Green found themselves 41-7 in the 13th over apparently staring into disaster. However C Hoddinott (20*) in at No7 steadied the ship & with P Webb (37) added 66 for the next wicket partnership; then after another quick pair of wickets, I Mellor (20) kept Hoddinott company through the last 11 overs succumbing finally with 2 balls left in the innings to ensure a much more defendable 160.

Once the tide had turned, it continued. After tea the New Ash Green bowlers made steady progress through the opposition batting lineup, with only 2 partnerships breaking through into double figures, wrapping up a 90 run win in 28 overs. Skipper J Nash lead from the front taking 4-23; a brace apiece for J Elisak & I Mellor.

Second XI - In Brief (from the scorecard)

Shooters Hill v New Ash Green - Away this week, the 2nd XI were also watching a first innings batting collapse, however having won the toss they were watching it from the other side. They took just under 17 overs to run through the opposition for 60 all out. M Ives (3-3) & M Bushe (1-0) enjoyed the boost to their averages; M Syed (3-24) & F Quantrill (2-26) having to settle for more modest glory.

Batting, New Ash Green found there were not quite enough runs in the game to prevent opener G Jones (46*) managing jug avoidance, but New Ash Green wrapped up a 9 wicket win in under 10 overs and meandered back to enjoy the drama unfolding at Manor Field.

Sunday XI - In Brief

With 2 league games this weekend, no match was scheduled for today. There will be a Sunday fixture next weekend.

New Ash Green v Gore Court III

Kent Regional League Match - 40 Overs. NAG&HCC (20pts) 160 all out (39.4 overs); Gore Court (5pts) 70 all out (28 overs); New Ash Green won by 90 runs.

Following two straight defeats, New Ash Green were desperate to get back to winning ways against Gore Court, the team they would have faced on the first day of the season had it not been for the inclement weather. Skipper James Nash lost the toss and New Ash Green were put in to bat.

New Ash Green had an awful start with Pete Webb succumbing to injury in the first over and then Dave Baker, promoted to number 3 from his usual middle order position, falling for just one run. Noel Delaffon and Dean Freeman set about rebuilding against very tight bowling from the opening pair of the visitors. With the loss of Freeman (11) with the score on 25, the middle order struggled until the arrival of Chris Hoddinott at the crease. He dug in to see out the openers and a few overs & wickets later was joined by Webb who, as the 7th wicket fell with just 41 runs on the board, felt able to return, Gore Court graciously allowing the use of a runner for the stricken batsman. Hoddinott and Webb (37) put on 66 for the 8th wicket but at 107 the total still did not look sufficient. Fortunately Ian Mellor joined Hoddinott to add a further 51 runs for the last wicket, New Ash Green finally all out for a remarkable 160 in the last over of the permitted 40. The 48 extras gifted to the home side a welcome contribution. To be fair to our batsmen, as our bowlers were soon to discover to their own benefit, batting did not look straight forward with significant movement coming from the pitch and the side were indebted to the stubborn resistance of Webb, Hoddinott (20*) and Mellor (20) in reaching a hopefully defendable total.

The New Ash Green Skipper once more took the new ball and, re-emphasising just how much it was a bowler's track, soon had Gore Court in trouble. Nash (4-23) enjoying early wickets & reducing the visitors to 8-3 off 7 overs as the remaining opening batsman struggled both for runs and to find anyone to stay with him to build an innings. Mellor (2-17), already adding to the pressure at the other end, then joined the party. Add in some great fielding from Joe Elisak effecting a very sharp run out and Gore Court were in serious trouble by the time Mellor took his second wicket at 36-7 off 18 overs. Although the visitors' lower order tried to fight back as New Ash Green had done earlier in the day, they had left themselves too much to do and subsided to 70 all out. Elisak (2-13) and Rob Wills (1-16) mopping up the remaining wickets.

So in the end a morale boosting victory for New Ash Green ahead of the big crunch match against neighbours and local rivals Hartley Country Club next weekend.

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Shooters Hill III v New Ash Green 2nd XI

Kent Regional League Match - 40 Overs. Shooters Hill (1pt) 60 all out (16.5 overs); New Ash Green (20pt) 61-1 (9.1 overs); New Ash Green won by 9 wickets.

New Ash Green travelled to Shooters Hill to take on their 3rd XI with the game being played at Woolwich Barracks. One of the advantages of playing in a more central league is the opportunity to play at interesting places such as this. The game was played with the Barracks in the background and flights coming in and out of City airport.

New Ash Green won the toss and elected to field which initially looked to be the wrong decision as the right/left combination of the opposition openers were off like a bride's nightie making the most of the quick outfield and short boundaries. New Ash Green were fearful of Shooters Hill racking up a large score until the first wicket fell; Felix Quantrill clean bowling the opener for 19 with the score on 43-1. The two openers were attacking from the start and the reward of scoring runs quickly comes the risk of being bowled. New Ash Green were very glad to see a wicket down, as if they had continued to score at the rate they were, we would have been in trouble. The next batsman came and went without troubling the scorer and that really opened the floodgates for New Ash Green to run through opposition lineup like a cheap Longfield curry. The other opener went and aside from one batsman who hung around, the middle order must have all pressed the panic button whilst putting on their pads as the New Ash Green bowlers sensed trouble and put the ball on the spot for the batsman to get themselves out. The middle order collapse extended to a lower order collapse and the score went from 43-1 to 60 all out. Shooters Hill did have a young team and perhaps a bit of experience in the middle might have steadied the ship. As with all games, it wasn't just the batsman getting themselves out as the New Ash Green bowlers did very well bowling a good line and length making it difficult for batsmen to score. A combination of scoreboard pressure and good bowlers led to many dismissals. Special mentions to Martin Ives taking 3 wickets for 3 runs from 11 balls; Quantrill picking up 2 wickets, Munib Syed 3 wickets and Matt Bushe taking 1 wicket in 1 over for no runs. Honourable mentions in the field to Sean Funnell, Quantrill and Glen Freeman for taking catches along with a Quantrill run out. A rare trio for anyone to get a run out, clean bowled & a catch - hopefully justifying the long car journey. Ives must have one of the best bowling averages in the team if not the league;† regularly picking up wickets for the concession of not many runs.

Due to being bowled out in fewer than 17 overs, captains agreed on a straight turn around, parking tea in the fridge for a few more hours. Openers Martyn Greene & Gareth Jones went out with the achievable target in their crosshairs. Greene unfortunately being the only New Ash Green wicket to fall, caught at mid off with a good enough shot, but probably not fully committed by Greene. Freeman replaced him but Jones was batting brilliantly at the other end, going about getting the target himself. Of the runs required, Jones scored 46* himself and it was a shame for him not to achieve his 50 as he batted extremely well against a good bowling attack. Shooters Hill were good in the field, but with a low score to defend, the pressure was on the fielding team from the start and the batsman found the boundaries regularly enough.

Due to limited numbers of overs used, not everyone got on their name on the scorecard, but as always, the team worked hard for each other in a supporting capacity on and off the field. Supporting cast of James Ives, John Howland and Michael Gallagher had a nice day out in London and got some value for their match tax as they got a close up view of a game of cricket. An enjoyable tea was had after the game and a chat with the friendly opposition. Highlight of the day was the gratis bottles of Stellas procured from Martin Ives' boot - a welcome addition to any post match celebration. New Ash Green travelled back with the 20 points and look forward to welcoming Shooters Hill to Manor Field for the reverse fixture.

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Some of the 2nd XI who, already successful, returned to Manor Field in time to see the 1st XI wrap up their own win. For more club photos check out our gallery & also our instagram.