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Archive Reports of 2014

Cup winners in 2014

A summary of finalists with more detailed match reports, below.

Competition Winner Runner up
Summers Cup (U11) New Beacon Eltham College Jnr
U12 20/20 New Beacon St Lawrence College
Ford Cup (David English) Chis. & Sid. Beths
Thunder Cup (U13 20/20) Beths Rochester Maths
Thomas Cup (U13) Judd Simon Langton
U14 20/20 Skinners Dartford GS
Oliver Cup (ESCA U15) Tonbridge Judd
Miskin Cup Simon Langton Eltham College
Miskin Plate Oakwood Park St Olave’s
Lemon Cup Harvey Langley Park
U19 League Cranbrook Skinners

Footnote: Congratulations to Simon Langton GS, who reached the regional final of the ESCA U15 20/20 competition; losing to Whitgift School. This is the furthest a Kent winner has got in the 7 years of the National U15 20/20 competition, so far.

Ford Cup Final Report, 2014

On a sunny day at Rodmersham Cricket Club, a closely contested local derby for two Bexley based schools, Chislehurst & Sidcup GS & Beths GS, was played out.

Chis. & Sid. won the toss and elected to bat; which almost backfired when opening bowler Harry Taylor claimed a wicket with his second ball. Thereafter, however, opener Toby Cogswell (17) and Jonas Whitmore, with a fine half century, consolidated the innings by putting on 54 in 13 overs for the 2nd wicket. The next two partnerships were also substantial with Max Leaves (38 not out) the backbone of Chis. & Sid.’s last 10 overs, as they finished on 152 for 7; a challenging but gettable total in 30 overs. Top bowlers for Beths were Joseph Harris, conceding 24 from his 6 overs, Haris Mughal with 1 for 23 from 5 overs and  Nathaniel Ticehurst with 2 for 21 from his 5 overs.

After tea Beths got off to a solid start with 22 from the first 6 overs, before a wicket fell. Harry Taylor’s 45 was the backbone of their reply, being assisted by Joseph Harris (19). At 65 for 2 from 15 overs, Beths looked in a fair position to increase the run rate and achieve victory. However 2 run outs heralded a collapse of the middle order, leaving them on 87 for 6, after 20 overs. With a run rate of 6.5 required from the last 10 overs the lower order tried too hard and Nathaniel Ticehurst ran out of partners in the face of some straight bowling; although Beths finished on a creditable 140 all out, in 28 overs, still in touch with the required run rate. Tommy Gregson (1 for 17 from 5 overs) and Eddie Finnemore (2 for 20 from 6 overs) were the leading bowlers, in terms of economy, with Sam Wakeman (3 wickets, all bowled) and Leaves (with 2), mopping up the tail. An exciting and close game; befitting of the Ossie Ford Final.

Congratulations and good luck to Chislehurst & Sidcup GS who go on to represent Kent in next Season’s David English, national, U13 trophy.

Our thanks go to Rodmersham CC and umpires, William Arnold and Stuart Chilmaid, who maintained a sense of calm in the last frenetic overs of the Beths’ innings.

U12 T20 Final Report, 2014

The New Beacon School, Sevenoaks and St Lawrence College, Ramsgate, contested this year’s T20 final, at an usually overcast Rodmersham Cricket Club.

St Lawrence won the toss and elected to field first; having an early success when prolific run maker Harry Bevan-Thomas was run out, for just 5 and another wicket followed fairly shortly. Then, however, skipper James Earl, was joined by Patrick O’Connell and they set about consolidating, then building a significant total; putting on 74 in an 11 over, 3rd wicket stand. By this time Earl had moved into “belligerent mode” and despite another wicket falling, in the following over, carried his bat, for a handsome looking 75 and ensured a good target for his bowlers; of 144 for 4, from their 20 overs. Archie Ralph-Harding and Henry Collins were the most effective St Lawrence bowlers, conceding at fewer than 5 an over.

The St Lawrence reply was hampered by an immediate and sustained pressure from the New Beacon bowlers and fielders; just 14 runs from the first 7 overs whilst 5 wickets fell. From that stage onwards the die were cast and they finished on 58 for 9, with only middle order batsmen Sam Delo and Finlay White getting into double figures. Whilst Bevan-Thomas’s 3 for 6, from 3 overs broke through the top order, he received miserly support from Edward Surguy, James Norris & Barnaby Todd, all with run rates below 3 per over.

 Congratulations to New Beacon, for their fine win but also to St Lawrence for their continued efforts, until the very final delivery.    

Our thanks go to Rodmerhsam CC for their customary hospitality and to umpires David Lapthorn & Terry Lister.

Thomas Cup Final Report, 2014

Significant performers during the competition, prior to the final.

player feat for Against (round no.)
Rehan Mohammed 4 for 6 Woolwich Poly. Harris Academy (1).
Max Bullock 50* Sir Joseph Williamson’s St John’s RC School (1)
Edward Laslett 103* Dover GS Herne Bay HS (1)
Joe Cunningham 50 Norton Knatchbull GS Simon Langton GS (2)
Oliver Hill 4 for 10 Borden GS Oakwood Park GS (1)
Edward Laslett 65 Dover GS Kent College (2)
Ben Day 58 Chis. & Sid. GS New Beacon (2)
Oliver Hill 71* Borden GS Wilmington GS (2)
Alex Beck 78* Simon Langton GS Sir Roger Manwood’s (3)
Tom Davis 88 Simon Langton GS St Olave’s (s/f)

Simon Langton won the toss and elected to bat on a hot and sunny day at Rodmersham CC. This proved to backfire when both openers fell for 0 to Ramasinghe followed by a senseless run-out. A rebuild was needed, and a fruitful partnership of 46 between Aaron Hopkins and Fabian Weldon did the job. However a constant stream of wickets followed and Simon Langton were bowled out for 74 nearly five overs shorts of their allotted 30.

In reply Judd got off to a good start. The introduction of leg-spinner Wilf Dibiase saw 3 wickets fall in the 30s and with 5 wickets down for 39 a close finish looked possible. However a fine innings of 30 not out, including seven 4s, by Michael Mahoney, the Judd number 4, saw them home by 5 wickets with a good 10 overs to spare.

Our thanks to Rodmersham Cricket Club and the umpires, Terry Lister & William Arnold.

Thunder Trophy Final Report, 2014

The finalists in this year’s tense and fascinating Thunder Trophy Final were Beths GS, Bexley, and Sir Joseph Williamson’s, Rochester. On a dull afternoon, at Rodmersham Cricket Club, with the looming threat of rain, Sir Joseph Williamson’s won the toss and elected to field first.

Beths  got off to a steady but unspectacular start , until two wickets fell in quick succession. With the score at 42 after 9 overs Archie Langley (33) took the attack to the opposition with a range of shots that were helped by a significant number of wides. When Langley was out in the 17th over and the score on 106, the Sir Joseph Williamson’s bowlers put the brakes back on and Beths finished on 118 for 4, from their 20 overs; with Max Bullock & Joe Piekos being the pick of the bowlers.

A light drizzle, which started shortly after the resumption, came and went throughout the second innings. The umpires were sympathetic to the progress of the game and fortunately the safety of the players was not compromised.

Matthew Beard (21) and Bullock (19) gave Sir Joseph Williamson’s a solid start and pushed the score along to 50 for 3 after 11 overs. Skipper Joe Errington then set about matching the required run rate, punishing the bad ball and running very effectively between the wickets. The ascendancy was swinging towards Sir Joseph Williamson’s when Errington was run out on 33, in the 17th over; with the score on 97. Despite some frenetic hitting in the last 3 overs, skipper Rohan Moon juggled the Beths’ bowlers, who held their nerve, whilst supported by the fielders whose reaction to the increasingly wet outfield was prudent and controlled. Sir Joseph Williamson’s finished on 116 for 6, a victory to Beths by just 2 runs; the pick of their bowlers being Elliot Slee, Billy Hally and Langley.

 Our thanks, once again, go to Rodmersham CC for their excellent hospitality and to the umpires David Lapthorn and Terry Lister whose judgment of the fine line between safety and the good of the game proved to be well founded.

Oliver Cup Final Report, 2014

Another warm day at Tenterden Cricket Club saw frequent finalists, Tonbridge School, in a local derby with The Judd School.

Tonbridge batted first and made a good start, putting on 48 before they lost a wicket, with Charlie Winder batting steadily; timing the ball well as he made a very good 63. Tonbridge then lost some momentum, but some strong hitting by Ellis Winsper (32) took them to 168 all out. Callum Gallagher, the Judd captain, bowled well taking 3 for 26.

In their reply, Judd lost early wickets but were just ahead of the run rate at the drinks break, though with more wickets down. Subsequently Judd were not really able to accelerate because of excellent bowling by Henry Forster who took 5 for26, all bowled. Despite the efforts of Toby Seal who made 51, Judd were all out for 150, losing by 18 runs.

Congratulations to Tonbridge, who go on to represent Kent in 2015’s ESCA/ECB National U15 Competition.

Our thanks go to Tenterden CC for, once again, hosting an excellent day; to Evan Stirzaker and Colin Hill for umpiring and to Tonbridge School for providing tea for players of both teams and the officials.

 U14 T20 Final Report, 2014.

In cloudy conditions, at Tenterden Cricket Club, The Skinners’ School batted first and lost a number of early wickets to some accurate Dartford GS bowling. Steady batting towards the end of the innings by James Gardner, 27 not out, helped Skinners to make 103, with Preb Saini taking 3 for 10, from his 4 overs, for Dartford.

The Dartford innings started well, but when Ayish Gupta was out for 23, there were limited contributions from the other batsmen, even though Skinners bowled 22 wides; Hugo Williams being Skinners’ best bowler with 3 for 10.

Final score – The Skinners’ School 103 for7  –  Dartford Grammar School 94 all out

Our thanks go to Tenterden CC for the use of their ground and facilities, in particular Dick Page and his wife for providing the teas, and to Bill Lacey, the grounds’ man, for a very good pitch. The umpires Ray Tomkins and Ken Amos were very professional as usual, officiating in their second match of the day. Thanks also go to the teachers and coaches in the schools, for ensuring that matches were played on time, so that 2 schools could eventually reach the final.

Miskin Cup Final Report, 2014

Significant performers during the competition, prior to the final.

player feat for Against (round no.)
James Pestell 75 Cornwallis Academy Wilmington GS (1)
Tom Jones 67 Folkestone Academy Norton Knatchbull , Ashford (1).
Oliver Robinson 90 Hurstmere School, Sidcup Bennett Memorial, T.Wells (1)
Owen Tucker 4 for 0 The Judd School Beths GS, Bexley (1)
Josh Weller 52* Oakwood Park GS St John’s RC School (1)
Mohammed Haider 60* St John’s RC School Oakwood Park GS (1)
Callum Gallaher 4 for 8 The Judd School Bexley GS (2)
Miles Clayton 4 for 18 Simon Langton Chatham & Clarendon GS (2)
Andrew Boye 86 Sir Joseph Williamson’s MS Dartford GS (2)
Omkaar Divekar 4 for 2 The Judd School Hayes School (3)
Jan Gray 4 for 7 Simon Langton GS Dover College (3)

With the run up to the final, a period of fine weather, the forecast of heavy rain showers in the afternoon prompted moving the start time forward by half an hour, at Wye Cricket Club.

Eltham College batted first and got off to a good start with 31 for 1 from the first 5 overs. Langton skipper, Jan Gray, then brought on two spinners, including himself, which caused a dramatic change in fortunes. A six over spell saw the score collapse to 48 for 6. Eltham batsman Owen Davies tried to keep the score moving and several later order batsmen contributed in the run chase, but he eventually ran out of partners as Eltham finished on 90 all out from 18 of their allotted 20 overs.

The Langton reply showed a much steadier run rate, although 2 wickets fell and some light rain began. After 4 overs, with the score at 18 for 2, the umpires adjudged the rain too heavy and the teams came off, to witness a fairly heavy shower.  Fortunately the break was limited to some 25 minutes and when play resumed skipper Gray (34 not out) set about getting the run rate on course. His well judged innings was supported by some cameo assaults on the bowling, from the middle order and victory was achieved at 91 for 5, in the 17th over.

Our thanks go to the umpires, Terry Lister & Colin Hill who made the well judged decisions about the weather interventions.

Thanks also go to Wye CC, affording their customary excellent hospitality and we wish Simon Langton good luck as they face Brighton College in the first round of the national stages of the ESCA U15 20/20 competition.

Miskin Plate Final, 2014

Significant performers during the competition, prior to the final.

player feat for Against (round no.)
Thomas Gallagher 114 St Olave’s GS Cornwallis Academy (1)
Byran Sathananthan 4 for St Olave’s GS Cornwallis Academy (1)
Thomas Gallagher 103* St Olave’s GS Dartford GS (s-f)
Suraj Johal 70 Dartford GS St Olave’s (s-f)
Ed Miller 50 Norton Knatchbull GS St John’s RC School (q-f)
Ethan Bridge 4 for 18 Norton Knatchbull GS St John’s RC RC School (q-f)
Shaun Evans 56* St John’s RC School Norton Knatchbull GS (q-f)

By contrast with the previous year it was a day of cloud cover and fingers crossed that the forecast rain showers didn’t arrive, at Tenterden Cricket Club; until after the game between Oakwood Park GS, Maidstone and St Olave’s & St Saviours GS, Orpington, was over.

St Olave’s won the toss and unsurprisingly chose to field fist. The Oakwood skipper, Josh Weller, fell to the very first ball and St Olave’s generally bowled a tight line, supported by good fielding. Skipper Thomas Gallagher again returned potentially match winning figures, of 2 for 12, from his 4 overs and was supported by good performances from Bryan Sathananthan & Jack Hurley.

The Oakwood total was based on a fine innings of 33 from Dan Terry, who received effective support from Will Turner, Connor Davis and Sam Vale, but the target set of 90, to win in 20 overs, looked a tricky one to defend.

The St Olave’s reply got off to a good start with 8 coming from the first over, but then the Oakwood opening attack achieved a devastating break through and after 5 overs St Olave’s had been reduced to 17 for 5; with a mountain to climb.

John Oxley (37 not out) set about the climb with a good innings which punished the bad ball and accumulated runs from the good deliveries. He received some support from the late order batsmen but Weller handled his bowling changes well, as both Terry and Ben Newmarch weighed in with a couple of wickets each, to wrap up the St Olave’s innings on 71 all out and a couple of overs to spare. Oakwood’s principal strike bowlers were Connor Davis, with 3 for 17 from his 4 overs and Sam Vale with 2 for 14 from 3 overs.

Definitely a game where the bowlers prospered, yet a batsman from both sides demonstrated that runs could be had on the Tenterden track & outfield, from a well placed shot.

Congratulations to Oakwood Park, a new name on the Miskin Plate and their first win for a number of years, in any KSCA competition.

Our thanks go to Tenterden Cricket Club, for their usual, excellent hospitality and also to the umpires, Ken Amos & Ray Tomkins.

U19 League Final Report, 2014

 The day was warm, with cloud cover and sunny spells and the Upchurch Cricket Club wicket kind to batters and correspondingly hard work for bowlers. By co-incidence both this final and the week’s, earlier, Miskin Cup Final had a wicket keeper’s helmet contributing 5 runs to the score.

Skinners batted first and 2 early wickets set them back, in the face of some accurate bowling and tight fielding from the Cranbrook side.  Joe Banks (68 not out) then set about building a recovery and he received good support from Ben Fawcitt (54). The Cranbrook bowling, supported by good fielding, remained tight however, with Joe Clark the most economical bowler (1 for 22 from his 7 overs). Fawcitt took more chances attempting to push the run rate up and the remaining middle order batsmen played their part as Skinners finished on 184 for 5 from their 35 overs.

After lunch, Cranbrook’s openers set about the chase with a clear determination and Toby Russell-Vick’s belligerent 41 got the score to 72 from, 13 overs, comfortably within touch of the required run rate. Skinners then took the wickets of both openers, in quick succession and the brakes went on, although temporarily. The Cranbrook skipper, Finn Hulbert (50 not out) was ably supported by Al Smallwood (51 not out) and they consolidated and then accelerated the run rate, with some panache, so that they achieved their 188 for 4 in the 26th over.

Congratulations to Cranbrook; on the face of it a comfortable victory, but credit should go to the Skinners’ fielders who faced a top order, brimming with confidence on a good batting track.

Our thanks go to umpires Colin Hill and Allan Jones, as well as to Upchurch CC for their fine hospitality.

Lemon Cup Final Report, 2014

A cloudy day with some sunny spells was the setting for a fascinating and absorbing contest between The Harvey GS (Folkestone) and Langley Park School (Beckenham), at Upchurch Cricket Club.

Langley won the toss and elected to field, which after an explosive 2nd over and the loss of a wicket seemed to have paid off, as Harvey had to work hard to establish a target for their bowlers. Langley captain Matthew Abbett, with 1 for 21 from his 7 overs and Nick Tay, with 21 runs from 6 overs, kept things tight whilst Seth Tyler, although more expensive, took 4 wickets. Harvey’s total was built around the middle order of Cameron Emanuel-Burns, 39, Ronan Taggert, 40 and their captain Daniel Marsh, with 59 not out. Some of the change bowlers, for Langley Park, were not as consistent and Harvey finished with a gettable but defendable total of 209 for 7, from their 35 overs.

After lunch, Langley’s reply got off to a seemingly disastrous start as they lost 2 quick wickets and tight field settings, that supported accurate bowling, produced a spiralling asking rate. Skipper Abbett, coming in at 3, started to build his innings, however, with the conservative but stubborn support of James Edie (13) in a partnership lasting some 25 overs. By the time Edie fell a run rate, well within the grasp of Abbett and the belligerent Ollie Day (42) set up a tense finish.

The Harvey captain, Marsh, consistently juggled his bowlers and field settings to keep his opposite number off strike, as much as possible, but couldn’t prevent a fine 100 from the Langley skipper. With Langley in the ascendancy, for the last 7 overs, things looked bleak for the Harvey side. But, of course, this is cricket and a rare miscue lead to Abbett being out on 113, with just 5 overs to go. Henry Axon’s re-introduction to the attack, with his 3 for 26 from 7 overs, had, for Harvey, the desired effect and the game went to the last over with Langley finishing on 199 for 7, losing by just 10 runs in a great game of cricket.

Our thanks go to Upchurch CC, for their customary hospitality and to umpires Jonathan Patterson & Barry Hulks for their calm and sympathetic control of the action on the pitch.