[no Sunday match]
Hartley Country Club v New Ash Green - With both New Ash Green sides facing a local derby this season, it was the 1st XI's turn to nip down the road to Hartley Country Club. On this occasion the opposition chose to bat first and knocked up 145-8 in the allotted 40 overs. Wickets for R Wills (3-29), G Wale (3-39) & J Nash (2-38).
In reply the top of the order struggled, but P Sumner enjoyed a good innings amassing 63 and D Freeman coming in at the tail end this week took New Ash Green over the line in the final over making 30*. A close game which perhaps could have gone either way, but as always, in the scorebook & the league tables, a win is a win.
New Ash Green v Bexleyheath - At home the 2nd XI also lost the toss, with the opposition also electing to bat first. Their opener (50) batted strongly and there was sparse reward for New Ash Green in the first half of the innings although they restricted the opposition to 66-2. However the home side didn't let up the attack and the visitors finished on 155-9. Wickets were spread through the bowling attack with M Ives (3-22) & E Quantrill (2-19).
In reply, New Ash Green grafted well, G Freeman opened for 21, then J Howland (27) & later M Gallagher (11*) anchored the innings as the rest of the side strove to contribute to the tally. However despite a full team effort they ran out of overs 26 runs short.
With 2 league games this weekend, no match was scheduled for today. There will be a Sunday fixture next weekend.
Hartley Country Club v New Ash Green
Kent Regional League Match - 40 Overs. Hartley Country Club (13pts) 145-8 (40 overs); NAG&HCC (19pts) 146-9 (39.2 overs); New Ash Green won by 1 wickets.
This week saw New Ash Green visit their local neighbours and rivals, Hartley Country Club. New Ash Green coming off the back of a good win the previous weekend, were in confident mood against their League's only unbeaten side, Hartley Country Club having won 6 from 6 so far this season, and avoided any abandoned games which have beset most of the other sides. The game saw Captain James Nash return for the first time in a competitive match to his former club's home ground and, with both teams fielding strong sides, a competitive game looked on the cards. Hartley Country Club won the toss and elected to bat first.
In the continuing absence of Mick Sumner, this season's regular openers Nash & Ian Mellor once again began in a controlled manner but despite tight bowling, good fielding and a cautious 1st ten overs from the batsmen, the opposition openers then start to score steadily. Looking to create a breakthrough, the Skipper brought in Rob Wills to replace himself just as the opening batsman closed in on his 50, but despite Wills indeed steadying the run rate, by drinks it was 72-0. Gary Wale coming in at the end of Mellor's spell, perserverence finally paid off with Wills despatching the top three and whilst Hartley Country Club continued to score they were unable to accelerate. New Ash Green took advantage of the pressure of the final 5 overs, Gale picking up 3-29 & Nash returning to snare 2-38. The opposition finishing on 145-8, adding just 9 runs for those final 5 overs at the cost of 5 wickets.
With a much deeper batting line-up than has been available in recent years, there was less pressure on the top of the order than usual, but as is so often the case, this was just as well with first Pete Webb departing in the first over, then Wale falling victim to the same opening bowler in the 5th. With short, sharp cameos from Matt Scanlon & Luke Shaw, New Ash Green was actually adding runs at a much faster rate than the opposition had, but at the cost of wickets. However Paul Sumner in at No5 was taking up ownership of the innings, scoring confidently and keeping the chase ahead of the runrate. His initial partnership with Shaw added 38 to the scorecard, and whilst the rest of the middle order struggled to join in the scoring, Sumner continued to find the boundary. Matt Bushe coming in at No7 supported Sumner to another significant partnership, this time of 39 before Bushe departed with the score at 106-6. Tiring, Sumner was finally bowled in the 31st over after a very entertaining, hard hitting and grafted 63. Fortunately for New Ash Green however, by then Dean Freeman had joined him at the crease. Freeman having dropped down the order following a rather unfortunate accident at nets the previous Thursday when he had suffered a rib injury at the hands of the skipper, after a delivery had reared off a length. With 33 runs still needed and only 2 wickets in hand, Freeman, batting in obvious discomfort and almost unable to run, took up the challenge but was still 16 runs short of victory when the 9th wicket fell in the 37th over. However with last man in Ian Mellor confident from a run of form with the bat, Freeman knocked off 14 of the needed runs to take New Ash Green to the winning score of 146-9 with 4 balls to spare in the final over of the match.
So a great win for New Ash Green in a keenly fought game played in a fantastic spirit by both sides. And, for the stats fiends, a graphic of the two run chases below:
Scorecard at Play-Cricket Our playcricket pages also provides team & league statistics.
Current League Table See how we are doing so far this season.