Sheppey v New Ash Green - Having taken a trip to the island, New Ash Green were invited to bat first. Not a particularly bat-friendly track but they ground out 137, finally all out in the 40th over. Opener G Wale made 32, P Sumner contributed 22 & D Freeman 20.
After tea, defending a lower total than in recent weeks, J Nash & I Mellor racked up a fine 10 maidens for their spell. Nash finishing with 3 wickets for just 7 runs. Whilst none of the follow-on bowlers was profligate, Sheppey chipped away and although they still needed 16 runs off the final two overs they did have wickets in hand. Brought on in the 39th over N Delaffon justified the gamble taking 2 wickets for 2 runs and leaving the opposition with too much to do. Wicket apiece to A Gleeson, J Elisak & Wale; a catch & a stumping for keeper Freeman. And another win in the book.
New Ash Green v Streatham & Marlborough - At home the hot sun dictated drinks every 15 overs, but the New Ash Green batsmen to declined to wilt. Opener S Funnell made 42; whilst K Poole in at 4 chalked up a PB 78, including a big 6 to bring up his fifty, before running out of steam. With contributions from all batsmen (several proving 13 is not an unlucky number) New Ash Green finished up the 40 overs with 199-6 - the first time a club side had got within touching of 200 in over a year.
After tea, the home side continued to prove their form cleaning up the opposition for 89 in 29 overs, the only opposition batsman able to get into double digits (T Hewitt 45) insufficient to stem the tide. F Quantrill (3-25 for his spell) set the foundation, E Quantrill replacing him continued the damage (5-34), M Syed & Poole taking the other two; and J Nash jnr getting the chance to show his potential with his first League over.
New Ash Green v Swanscombe & Greenhithe - T20 format. A classic Sunday match, with a good mix of youth & experience. Swanscombe batted first and with a flexible retirement policy to facilitate some father/son partnerships chalked up 128-3. Skipper E Quantrill made use of 8 bowlers whilst resting himself: F Quantrill, J Nash (snr) & I Mellor managing to snatch a wicket each, the latter proving the power of Nelson.
In reply, with all 12 players contributing, New Ash Green could only reach 108, mostly succumbing to the Patel family, son H Patel showing up his father with figures of 4-19 off 4. For the home side, F Quantrill (27), E Quantrill (13) & 12th man J Nash snr (14*) were top scoring. A good day's family cricket in the sunshine. With a 'keep it in the family wicket' in both innings. And, since New Ash Green had been beaten, everyone declared that cricket was the winner...
Sheppey v New Ash Green
Kent Regional League Match - 40 Overs. New Ash Green (19pts) 137 all out (39.4 overs); Sheppey (14pts) 129-8 (40 overs); New Ash Green won by 8 runs.
New Ash Green's fixture this week involved their furthest journey of the season as they visited Sheppey in the east of the County. The team showed three changes from the previous weekend, including the presence of Adam Gleeson, making his League debut for the club, and the side were confident they would get the better of a clash between the league's two in-form sides, (us 3 wins in a row, them 4 wins in a row). Once again James Nash failed with the coin (5 in a row! - does the Club keep records on that type of thing? †) and the home side elected to field.
†WebEd: Nah, we don't actually keep historical records on coin-flips... but stats have been noticing this season that losing the toss actually seems to be a good omen for New Ash Green 1st XI - there's only been 2 match wins from winning the toss - one for us (v Leybourne) & one for the oppo (The Mote) out of 8 matches - keep those bad calls coming!)
Fortunately confidence was high amongst the batsman having set a defendable score the previous weekend, unfortunately, this confidence was rocked second ball when Pete Webb was bowled for 0. His 3rd first over blob of the season! Joe Elisak, promoted to number 3 following his good showing with the bat the previous week, joined Gary Wale at the crease and began to take the attack to the bowlers, on what looked a very difficult pitch to bat on. The partnership reached 38 before Elisak was dismissed for 15, but the home team had been put on the back foot and by the time Wale was dismissed for a well-made 32 in the 20th over, New Ash Green had reached a reasonable total of 62-4. There was, however, still work to do and useful middle order contributions from Paul Sumner (22) Dean Freeman (20) and debutant Gleeson (18) allowed the side to post a hard fought score of 137 all out from 39.4 overs.
It was important that the bowlers kept things tight in order to make full use of the batsmen's toils, Ian Mellor, although luckless in the wickets column for the second week running, was miserly in just conceding 22 from his 10 overs. Opening partner Nash, however took the economic bowling a step further, conceding just 7 runs from his 10 overs and picking up three wickets in the process. By the time drinks were taken, Sheppey CC had mustered just 30 runs for the loss of three wickets. Skipper Nash, with a plethora of bowling options to choose from, was able to split the remaining 20 overs between five bowlers, and was able to switch bowlers around to stop the opposition batsmen getting settled. Adam Gleeson took the ball for the first over after drinks, and second ball he had his first League scalp for the Club to add to his first League runs earlier in the match. Not content with that, he also registered his first catch too completing the dismissal off his own bowling. Elisak also picked up a wicket in his 1st over but, with one batsman with his fifty in sight and wickets in hand, Sheppey were getting ever closer to their target of 138 so, taking the advice of senior players, Mellor & Freeman, Nash introduced Noel Delaffon in the 39th over. Fortunately, the gamble paid off. Delaffon bowling a great over, going for just 2 runs and picking up 2 wickets in the process. This left the home side with too much to do off the final over and with a stumping bringing Wale into the wickets, New Ash Green's winning margin a massive 8 runs this week!
Four wins on the bounce, three of which having been achieved in the final over of the match, the First XI train keeps rolling on. Provided availability remains as good as it has been so far this season, there seems little reason not to expect the side to be pushing all the way to the season end and continuing to enjoy winning matches. Now it is just time for the skipper to go away and practice that coin toss!
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New Ash Green 2nd XI v Streatham & Marlborough VI
Kent Regional League Match - 40 Overs. New Ash Green (20pts) 199-6 (40 overs); Streatham & Marlborough (3pts) 98 all out (29 overs); New Ash Green won by 101 runs.
New Ash Green welcomed Streatham & Marlborough to Manor Field for the final game before the turn and the reverse fixtures, not knowing what to expect from a club with a large enough pool of players to put out at least six teams on a Saturday. Streatham arrived in the main in fairly good time after a pretty long journey from the big smoke and seemed like a thoroughly decent bunch looking forward to a game of cricket in pleasant surroundings. Pleasantries exchanged and we moved onto the business end of the captains getting down to the coin flip, with Streatham winning the toss and putting New Ash Green into bat.
Glen Freeman & Sean Funnell set out to open, both fresh from runs the previous game and looking to add to their tally - good to see Freeman back after his injury last week. The Streatham opening bowlers were tidy enough, bowling a good line and length from the start not offering the batsmen much in the way of loose ones to put away. The breakthrough coming from the pavilion end, the bowler nipping one in to clip off stump and send Freeman back to the shed. The first wicket brought Munhib Syed to the crease and he looked comfortable in the main, occasionally being troubled by the bowler that saw off Freeman. But it was in fact the opening bowler from the other end that had him gone, the batsman nicking one behind to keeper who duly obliged. The batsman seemed reluctant to head back suggesting the absence of a touch with bat, but after a discussion with the square leg umpire, the decision stood and New Ash Green were two down. Syed out, Kieran Poole in and New Ash Green were looking to exploit the left/right hand combination and this was certainly the case with Poole & Funnell putting on a brilliant display of hitting hard and running hard, taking the score into three figures before Funnell's dismissal for an excellent 42 clean bowled. Michael James was the next batsman in and carried on the good work; reaching double figures before retiring hurt, not out for 13. One Michael back and another one in to replace him, Mick Sumner brought into the ranks to aid his rehabilitation after an injury - the 2s happy to have his experience and enthusiasm in the ranks as a non-bowling batsman. Sumner supporting Poole well in his quest for a ton, but unfortunately this was not to be, clean bowled for 78. A brilliant innings full of big hitting, clever strokes and a good defence - hopefully many more big scores to follow in the second half of the season. With overs diminishing, runs on the board and wickets in hand, it was time for the risk/reward big hitters to take the opportunity to have a swing. Bhavin Purohit never one to turn down such an opportunity and came out swinging like an old drunk on Rochester High Street any given Saturday night. This tactic did provide a few runs, but nowhere as many as it should have if Bhavin had connected cleanly with one. Sumner adding some symmetry to the previous Michael, by scoring 13 also, clean bowled by the returning opening bowler but not before one particularly long 4 which had the fielders hunting for the ball in the long grass. With Sumner gone we were entering Quantrill territory, with Felix the first cab off that rank, coming in with the intent of having a swing. Felix & Purohit was certainly a batting combination that had the spectators moist with anticipation of where the ball may end up. Purohit was the first of the big hitters to go, another clean bowled victim, bringing the other Quantrill into action, Edward joining his brother at the crease looking to take the score above 200. This was sadly not the case, falling just one short, but both Quantrills getting off the mark and not out, seeing the 40 overs out. Michael Gallagher and Jamie Nash the only two batsmen not to face a ball, but they were kept busy keeping the players refreshed with drinks every 15 overs. Streatham fielded well on a warm day and rotated the bowlers well, with the two openers returning tight bowling figures. 30 extras probably made the score look a little heavier than it could have been, but most teams have conceded quite a few extras already this season.
An enjoyable tea had and a relatively quick turnaround; if you missed out on the egg sandwiches then more fool you, there will not be many opportunities left this season. Post tea brought New Ash Green to the field with Quantrill (F) & Syed opening the bowling, Quantrill taking the first over up the hill and it was Quantrill striking first, trapping his man LBW with the umpire perhaps still thinking about the delicious egg sandwiches he had for tea and almost forgetting to put his finger up. Finger up though and batsman gone and with Quantrill bowling a tight line it was inevitable that he would strike again, clean bowling his next victim. Syed was not one to be left out and with the batsmen struggling to get bat to ball, they resorted to putting a pad in front of the stumps instead, and the LBW count doubled. Quantrill was coming towards the end of his spell, but still had time to take another one with him, clean bowling the opposition wicket keeper. Felix was replaced by his brother, with the unenviable task of trying to replicate his younger sibling's good work; little did we know that Felix's achievements would be bettered by the elder Quantrill. Ed started his spell taking the key wicket of the set Streatham batsman who was holding the innings together, but eventually gone on 45, clean bowled. We were about to find out why the batsman was keen to hang around as long as possible, with the next batsman in, Quantrill chucked down another leg side filth which moved in a bit to hit the leg stump for two in two; but what was more peculiar than this, was the batsman's decision to walk across to the off stump whilst all this was going on and his apparent disbelief of the bails on the floor, looking to the umpire for an explanation. So, Edward on a hat trick ball and the Streatham batsmen seemingly keen to beat the traffic by just letting the deliveries hit the pegs; with all the fielders up and around the bat, batsman poised, bowler ready, it was time to see if Ed could secure a hat trick - delivery sent down and with a token waft at the ball by the batsman, the ball seemed to move across all three stumps and miss on the off side, deprived of a hat trick. At the other end, Syed was bowled out for the second week in a row, bowling beautifully down the hill proving a real challenge for the batsman getting bat to ball and this brought Poole into the attack. This proved an effective move, with the batsman nicking one to slip with safe hands Sumner taking a decent waist high catch. After this it was all about Ed, robbed of a hat trick, he was not to be kept down and saw off the next three batsmen for his Michelle, somehow getting another one clean bowled round the legs. A special mention for young Jamie Nash, given the opportunity to bowl his first league over and making a very good job of it and hopefully this will be the first of many overs this season and hopefully in the future for New Ash Green. Unfortunately Jamie didn't get the opportunity to bat, but fielded very well across the pitch and sadly we didn't get a chance to see him take any catches on this occasion.
A resounding win for New Ash Green who bowled extremely well, for the concession of nine extras and getting the opposition wrapped up within thirty overs for the second week in a row. In a game played in the correct spirit, New Ash Green displayed excellent team spirit working hard for each other and encouraging throughout. It was good to have Mick Sumner on board to encourage the bowlers and hopefully Jamie Nash will have more opportunities to bowl this season. Honourable mentions as always to the umpires, scorers and all those that helped with the washing up - always appreciated and not forgotten. We look forward to heading to Streatham for the last game of the season and getting bang on it in the pubs of Streatham post match.
It was fitting that four years to the day of the death of New Ash Green player Matthew Quantrill, that his two boys played so well and contributed so much to the game. From playing cricket with Matthew, one of his big aspects was his team mates spending as long as possible at the crease and I am glad that both Edward and Felix had a not out next to their name today as well as the team using up their 40 overs achieving 199 runs with wickets in hand. For them to take eight wickets between them, Felix opening the bowling, Ed on a hat trick ball and to pick up a five-for was an incredible achievement on such a day for them. I for one am proud of them, and look forward to seeing them improve further and contribute so much to New Ash Green cricket club. It has been enjoyable so far and long may it continue. Matthew would have been delighted to see New Ash Green in such good health, with the 1s top of the league and the 2s third & pushing for promotion along with having two full XI out every week, with a few returning faces to the team sheets - long may it continue to the second half of the season.
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|1||Sonny Phull||Ct Ed Quantrill||Felix Quantrill||4|
|2||Keith Gould||Retired||Not Out||21|
|3||Steve Towell||bowled||James Nash||37|
|4||Amit Patel||Retired||Not Out||29|
|5||Paul Edmunds||Ct James Nash||Ian Mellor||17|
|6||Harry Patel||Not Out||11|
|7||Adam Harding||Not Out||1|
|8||Vish||Did Not Bat|
|9||Joel||Did Not Bat|
|10||Dev||Did Not Bat|
|1||Gareth Jones||Ct Amit Patel||Harry Patel||5|
|2||Ed Quantrill||bowled||Paul Edmunds||13|
|3||Martyn Greene||LBW||Harry Patel||4|
|4||Felix Quantrill||Ct Vish||Amit Patel||27|
|5||Matt Bushe||bowled||Paul Edmunds||7|
|6||Munhib Syed||Ct behind S Towell||Paul Edmunds||4|
|7||Aaron Nash||Ct & bowled||Sonny Phull||4|
|8||Jamie Nash||Ct & bowled||Amit Patel||3|
|9||Ian Mellor||bowled||Harry Patel||3|
|10||Bobby Mellor||Ct Sonny Phull||Harry Patel||2|
|11||Kieran Nash||Not Out||8|
|12||James Nash||Not Out||14|