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First XI - In Brief

New Ash Green v Holborough Anchorians - At home, New Ash Green were riding back-to-back wins and were unperturbed when invited to bat first. In an innings were each batsman contributed, they built a respectable 160-7 off their 40 overs. Still suffering with his injury, D Freeman (37), coming in down the order once again, built a partnership of 72 with J Elisak (25); and, in as 9th man in the 34th over, M Bushe (23*) made the most of an opportunity to playing an attacking game to the appreciation of his team-mates on the boundary.

After tea, an early wicket for J Nash put the visitors on the back foot and although there were no more wickets before drinks, the usual controlled, tight bowling from the opening pair prevented the opposition getting on top of the run-rate. Follow on bowlers J Elisak (4-56) & G Wale (3-41) reaped the rewards and although the visitors entered the last 3 overs only 8 runs behind where New Ash Green had been [NAG 145-7:HA 137-7], their tail end folded and were all out for 154, Wale bowling the 11th man on the last ball of the game.

Second XI - In Brief (from the scorecard)

Dulwich v New Ash Green - Away the 2nd XI were also put in to bat, handicapped by being a man short. Fortunately, although an injury - a ball nicked up into his face, luckily with no lasting damage - took G Freeman away from the crease for treatment for a spell, both he (38) and S Funnell (36) made strong contributions to a reasonable 143 all out from a nearly complete innings.

After tea, M Syed (4-22) & F Quantrill (3-31) got most of the job done but left enough for M Gallagher, S Funnell & G Freeman to pick up a wicket apiece. Despite a couple of strong performances from amongst the oppositions lower order, Dulwich were all out for 114 in the 31st over. And New Ash Green were on their way home having bounced back from the previous weekend's narrow defeat.

Sunday XI - In Brief

With 2 league games this weekend, no match was scheduled for today. There will be a T20 Sunday fixture next weekend. Why not come down to watch the match.

New Ash Green v Holborough Anchorians

Kent Regional League Match - 40 Overs. New Ash Green (20pts) 160-7 (40 overs); Holborough Anchorians (12pts) 154 all out (40 overs); New Ash Green won by 6 runs.

New Ash Green hosted Holborough Anchorians CC this weekend. Having won the last two games, including away at League leaders & local rivals Hartley Country Club, the team were looking to continue their momentum and begin to dream of possible promotion. Once again the home side were at good strength despite three changes from the previous week but skipper James Nash continued his form with the coin, making it 4 straight losses, and Holborough Anchorians elected to field first.

Wins build confidence, thus this week there were no opening over wickets, most of the New Ash Green batsmen made double figures and generally looked comfortable. Though with a combination of some good opposition bowling and a few questionable shot selections the home side were 62-5 at drinks. However, with the two opening bowlers bowled out, the lower middle order were able to increase the scoring rate and once again it was the 6th wicket partnership of 72 that had the staying power. This week Joe Elisak (25), with a welcome return to form with the bat, and Dean Freeman (37) took the scoreboard to 128 before an unbroken partnership of 32 between Chris Hoddinott (9*) and Matthew Bushe (23*) took the home side to a very respectable 160-7 after their allocation of 40 overs.

As usual Nash (1-20) & Ian Mellor took the new ball for New Ash Green and once again bowled with control & accuracy. On another day both would have gone home with a bagful of wickets but the visitors rode their luck including one instance when the ball was hit onto the batsman's own stumps only to not dislodge the bails. However the pressure was telling on Holborough Anchorians with Luke Shaw picking up a sharp run out and they had only just passed 50 in the over before drinks break arrived. Elisak and Gary Wale were introduced to the attack and with the visitors needing to increase their run rate a number of aerial shots and risks were taken, Elisak ending with 4-56 and a very strong claim for the man of the match award, and Wale his customary three wickets (3-41) & a catch, bowling the 11th man on the last ball of the 40th over to leave them 6 runs short. Matt Scanlan having taken two catches, one apiece to Nash and Paul Sumner, Freeman adding to his stumpings tally.

With Holborough Anchorians 154 all out in their last over, New Ash Green had completed two last over victories on the trot and showing some true mental toughness in the process. Even more exciting for the home team is that in each match different players have stepped up to be counted in making the match winning contributions but none of the victories this season could have occurred without a real team effort and spirit, a really good sign of where the Club is at as a whole.

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Dulwich VI v New Ash Green 2nd XI

Kent Regional League Match - 40 Overs. New Ash Green (20pt) 143 all out (39.4 overs); Dulwich (12pts) 114 all out (30.4 overs); New Ash Green won by 29 runs.

New Ash Green travelled to delightful Dulwich to take on their 6th XI and always a pleasure to visit a nice part of London with lots of games of cricket going on and everyone enjoying a sunny Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately, one of the team decided it was too nice to play cricket and decided not to show up - if you are out there, we miss you, need you & require your £10 match tax for the oppo tea money.

New Ash Green were put into bat and openers Glen Freeman & Martyn Greene started well, putting away the bad balls and seeing off the good ones. The opening left arm bowler from the pavilion end was quick and accurate, but unfortunately for him, his pace was too much for his team mates behind the pegs and quite a few extras were conceded early on in the spell. The right arm over from the other end bowled a low, skiddy and accurate line which was hard to get away, and his figures of 2 wickets for 9 runs from 8 overs - which included 3 maidens - backed that up. With the opening batsmen going well, Greene managed to get himself out, top edging the left hander. Freeman's innings was briefly curtailed due to injury - nicking the ball into his chops. Thankfully it was only a glancing blow and no long term damage done. With Greene out and Freeman treating his blow with some ice, there were two new batsman at the crease; Sean Funnell and Munhib Syed, with Syed trapped c&b to the leftie after a good shot which stopped just short of going for four. Funnell was having more success at the other end joined by Callum Whittern in a bid to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Whittern adding a few more runs to the board before being run out, bringing James Ives into the action. Ives & Funnell were scoring well, Funnell in particular sending the bad balls to the boundary. Funnell was next out, clean bowled trying to push the rate up, but he can be very happy with his 36, scoring quickly and rotating the strike. With Freeman returning after his ice treatment, he was back to business of scoring runs before Ives was dismissed - clean bowled after a good innings of batting diligently. Ives out and Michael James in scoring a few runs quickly before also being clean bowled, Felix Quantrill now coming in with the sole remit of having a whack, but this proved difficult on a tough wicket and good bowling. Freeman was next to go, having amassed 38 runs, bringing Michael Gallagher to the crease, who unfortunately wasn't around long enough to trouble the scorers, going also clean bowled. With a few overs remaining, it was down to the youth policy to add a few more runs in the short time remaining. Jamie Nash entering the fray as last man with an open policy of him and Quantrill taking the oppo on. Nash did well against a decent bowler, getting forward and seeing him off well. So, into the last over, and the dismissed batsmen cheering from the boundary to see what fireworks lay in store for the last six balls. Felix and Jamie did not let us down, taking on a risky single and nearly getting in with the fielder walking the ball in rather than chancing his arm. It was good to see them both get off the mark, and special mention to Felix for providing fantasy league players the joy of a "not out" whilst sending Jamie down the river in the same ball. Jamie did well against a good bowling attack and was a willing runner to a ludicrous Felix call - hopefully many more runs for him in the second half of the season. New Ash Green batted well on a tricky wicket, with five dismissals being clean bowled testament to this. Dulwich changed their bowlers well and fielded strongly in the main, perhaps regretful of a couple of half catches dropped. The 40 extras conceded were certainly something New Ash Green were happy to receive and Dulwich may look at ruefully; and New Ash Green did well to bat through to the final over. A decent tea in the spacious cafeteria consumed and New Ash Green were out in the field raring to go. With our eleventh man still MIA, we called upon a sub fielder to whom we are eternally grateful - many thanks to Munhib for bringing his missus† to the game.

In the field New Ash Green got off to a very strange start, Quantrill trapping the opening batsman LBW first ball - to say the batsman was miffed is like saying it is a bit warm this week. So, a wicket and a ball down, new batsman in. Quantrill struck again, getting the batsman caught by Funnell, continuing his good day. Syed was bowling a very tight line from the other end and the batsmen struggling to get him away, and he got through the next four batsman for very few runs, clean bowling a couple and decent catches from Greene and Freeman putting paid to the other two. Gallagher replaced Quantrill at the other end and put a number in the wickets column, clean bowling the middle order batsman. The next two batsmen in put on a very good resistance, and really accelerated the run rate, attacking the bowlers. With Syed bowled out after his ten overs straight through, Funnell was looking to continue with his good game by turning his arm over. A change of bowler brought about the desired outcome, with Funnell bringing about a poor shot from the dangerous batsman and stand-in keeper Greene taking the catch. With the resistance broken, New Ash Green were looking to see the game home, and batsman-come-keeper-come-bowler Freeman replacing Funnell, he struck immediately, clean bowling his victim. Quantrill returned after his rest and after chucking a delivery down the leg side for four leg side byes, his radar was re-aligned and clean bowled his man to see New Ash Green to victory. New Ash Green fielded extremely well on the pitch with very short boundaries and stayed positive in the main, especially against some late order pressure. Special mention to the two opposition batsmen who batted extremely well at the end, and played some great attacking shots. The bowlers can be happy with their work, all of them picking up a wicket. Funnell picking up a key wicket after not bowling for a long time; Freeman likewise & Quantrill with an injury perhaps incurred from the long drive, but main praise goes to Syed, bowling 10 overs straight through, with 6 maidens and 4 wickets for 22 runs - all the more credible with the short boundaries and attacking batsman.

So with one game to the turn, New Ash Green have won five and lost two, unbeaten away. This was marked with a couple of drinks after in the evening sunshine with a World Cup game on in the background. As always, a big thank you to the scorers, umpires and the opposition for their hospitality. At £3.60 for a pint of Kronenbourg, it must rank as the cheapest pint in Dulwich where entry to most pubs is only secured upon display of a Jack Wills item of clothing. Onto the next one and we welcome Streatham & Malborough to Manor Field. With Sidcup losing at the weekend and not having a game this weekend, it is a chance for the pack to perhaps pick up a few points and put some pressure on the table toppers.
† unconfirmed

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