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Archive Reports of 2013

Summers Cup final report for 2013

NEW BEACON MARCH ON

One of the few warm, dry days this summer meant that New Beacon and St. Ronan’s and their supporters could enjoy the delightful setting of Rodmersham Cricket Club. New Beacon continued their remarkable sequence of final appearances (every year since 2000!) and met first time finalists St Ronan’s.
St. Ronan’s batted first and set out to score runs quickly. This they did, but lost a number of wickets in the process. The first 11 overs were bowled in just half an hour and 5 wickets fell. Maybe some of our grown-up professionals should look at playing at this tempo! Zack Barker stood firm and batted aggressively for a fine 70. Some support from the tail-enders took the score to 139 all out, well within the allotted 30 overs.
The tea interval was slightly extended. It has to be to give everyone the opportunity to enjoy the magnificent spread that Rodmersham C C always provide!
New Beacon’s reply was steadier at first, but they accelerated once Harry Bevan-Thomas had settled in. With support from a number of his team mates, he made a high class 53 not out to lead his side to a 5 wicket victory. (Harry is still an under 10, so his sights may be on another appearance next year and, who knows, a century?)
Zack Barker also led the St. Ronan’s attack, bowling his 6 overs for just 6 runs and 2 wickets. It’s hard to put in such a fine all-round performance and still finish as one of the runners-up.
The Umpires were delighted by the spirit in which both sides played. Congratulations to all who played and to those who coach and prepare them. This was certainly one of the best final matches in the competition in recent years.

Ford (David English) Cup

A hot day, where Judd won the toss and chose to bat; a choice that seemed to backfire when Norton Knatchbull’s Joe Cunningham struck in the 3rd over. Their fortunes changed, however when Norton’s change bowlers struggled to find a line and length; letting them off the hook. The 2nd wicket didn’t fall until the 10th over, by which time the opening batsman had laid the foundations of a solid total. The scoring rate remained fairly evenly-paced as Josh Endenberg (28) and Josh Lord (24) attacked at one end whilst Martin Christopherson patiently built his innings. Norton juggled their bowlers a little too much, which failed to ruffle Christopherson and he carried his bat for 60, in Judd’s total of 189 for 5, from their 30 overs.

Whilst a challenging total, the fast outfield at Rodmersham gave every prospect of a successful chase if a couple of Norton’s batsmen could establish themselves. Cunningham opened the batting and played quietly for the first few overs, as he adjusted to the pace of the wicket and the bowlers’ variations. His powerful hitting through the ball saw the run rate accelerate, matching that of Judd’s innings and the prospect of a tight finish whetted the spectators’ appetites. Almost inexplicably he was run out on an ill judged 2nd run and Judd sensed that it was time to turn the screw. They bowled a tight line and pulled the field in; which Norton’s middle order tried to hit through, with almost inevitable consequences. The late order batsman dogged it out until drinks; the last pair putting on 19, but eventually they were all out for 84, leaving Judd the winners by a margin that didn’t adequately reflect Norton’s commitment.

We wish Judd good luck as they represent Kent in the national, 2014 David English Trophy. Our thanks to the umpires, particularly Colin Hill, as well as to the members of Rodmersham CC, for their enduring hospitality.

U12 T20 Final

St Olave’s and Skinners contested the closest final of this year, at Rodmersham CC. St Olave’s won the toss and chose to bat first. This was not a day for bowlers; the customary good track and fast outfield placing a premium on bowling to ones field setting.

Both openers carried their bat with Arnav Barry (75) and Shalin Kothari (52) offering some chances but displaying the ability to dispatch the bad ball with ruthless power and efficiency; whilst George Spice & Tom Graham were the most economical of the Skinners’ bowlers. The closing total of 149 was certainly a challenge that needed a calm and well paced response.

Skinners started well, although they lost an early wicket. Hugh Jones (37) was joined by George Spice who assumed the role of aggressive stroke play, whilst Jones rotated the strike to keep things moving. After 10 overs, Skinners had just over 50 on the board and a series of tight overs had put the pressure on them. Spice gradually increased the pace of the run chase and when Jones was out Oliver Daniels came to the wicket. By this time the run rate had climbed to 12 an over. Daniels announced his intentions with a couple of swishes that didn’t connect, but soon found his timing and with Spice began to macth the asking rate. The returning opening bowlers were unsettled by the momentum change and Skinners completed their task with an over to spare; Daniels (20) and Spice (53) were both undefeated as they finished on 154 for 2; with Swastic Gupta and Arnav Barry the most economical of the St Olave’s bowlers.

Congratulations to both teams for a pulsating match which had spectators on the edge of their seats, for the final 5 overs.

Thanks go to the umpires Terry Lister & Evan Stirzaker and to Rodmersham CC for their continued hospitality.

Thomas Cup

A game which hinged on the experience of several players, at a higher level. On an overcast, but warm, day Judd batted first; on Rodmersham’s well prepared ground.

Norton Knatchbull struck early and after 7 overs the top order had largely succumbed as Judd reached 39 for 4; with Ollie Chandler (2 for 23 from 4 overs) and Henry Pelling-Smith (2 for 18 from 4 overs) doing the damage. Toby Seal and Joe Wheeler (36) then dug in to rescue a fraught situation. Though not a chanceless partnership, they firstly ”steadied the ship” and then accelerated the run rate, putting on 91 for the 5th wicket. Seal was further supported by the late middle order batsmen and the Judd innings closed on 202 for 7, from their 30 overs, with Seal drawing on his county squad experience to finish on 106 not out.

Whilst a formidable total, on Rodmersham’s ground this was, by no means, an impossible chase. Judd captain, Callum Gallagher however, effectively settled the outcome in the opening over, with a triple wicket maiden.

The more limited experience of the Norton Knatchbull batsmen could not cope with the mountain left to climb. Gallagher marshalled his troops to increase the pressure; although the Knatchbull middle and late order gamely prolonged the match until after the 2nd innings drinks’ interval. This was Judd’s day, however, with almost everything in the air going to hand and the final score was 38 all out, with Gallagher finishing on 5 for 5 from 5.2 overs.

Rodmersham’s chairman Brian Sanders presented the medals to both teams and Sue Sanders the trophies to the winners; a congratulatory kiss giving Toby an “instant attack of sunburn”, seemingly.

Our thanks go to Brian Fridd & David Lapthorne, the umpires and of course to Rodmersham CC, particularly Sue Sanders, who maintained the club’s reputation for an excellent tea.

Thunder Trophy Final (T20)

St Olave’s and Ashford, on their first appearance in a KSCA final, contested this year’s Thunder Trophy at Rodmersham CC. St Olave’s won the toss and chose to bat first; on a track which had, in the morning, produced 300 runs for only 2 wickets lost; in the U12 T20 final.

The Ashford fielding was tenacious throughout and an early run out could have set St Olave’s on the back foot. In Sohayl Ujoodia they had a consummate batsman, however, who played some fine shots and clubbed the bad ball on his way to a big score. As the innings reached its latter stages, a fine catch at deep mid wicket brought Martin Senior to the crease, who proceeded to hit the ball to all parts of the boundary in a rapid fire 39 not out. The last ball of the innings saw Ujoodia bringing up his unbeaten 101; the major contribution in a total of 211 for 3. This is a record in a T20 KSCA final, whilst Ashford’s Harry Stracey & Luke Perkins were the bowlers whose overs prevented a bigger total.

Such a daunting target, in the face of tight field settings proved too much for Ashford’s batsmen. Their captain, Stracey, opened but fell after a few overs, to a smart catch in the covers by Matt Lane; who added three more in the course of the innings. Whilst the middle order carried on going for the runs the loss of their talisman had an effect and in the face of some accurate fast bowling they lost wickets fairly regularly; 2nd change Laiq Nagi finishing off the tail with 5 wickets for 5 runs. Our thanks, once again, to the umpires Evan Stirzaker & Terry Lister and the continued support of Rodmersham CC.

Oliver Cup Final, 2013

On a cloudy but windy day at Tenterden, Tonbridge won the toss and elected to bat. They got off to a steady start though lost an early wicket and batted rather cautiously. Nevertheless, when drinks were taken, at 17 overs, they were well placed to accelerate the run rate. Simon Langton’s Jan Gray had other ideas and his 7 over spell of leg spin yielded a miserly 13 runs, whilst he took 3 wickets. He received solid support from Will Hadler (2 for 20 from 7) and as Tonbridge approached the final 5 overs they had only just reached 100. A concerted and aggressive stance from their tail produced a surge of runs and they finished their 35 overs on 143 for 8; with Ben Devaney (22), Ollie Balcombe (25) and Sachin Rawson (21) the leading scorers.
After tea Simon Langton got off to a similarly steady start which closely matched the Tonbridge scoring rate; a fact that became important as it started to drizzle and then rain more steadily. Captain Jan Gray’s innings (43) was the backbone of the reply and he had built momentum to the point that, when rain intervened, after 16.5 overs Langton were “winning” on count back.
The covers went on for 20 minutes and the rain fortunately stopped. On the resumption Langton steadily increased their run rate with Alex Jones striking a relatively quick 27. With 5 overs to go it seemed to be plain sailing until Jan got out to opening bowler, Ostler’s last delivery.
The scoring rate dropped dramatically for a couple of overs but the Langton middle order saw them through, the winning run, a 4 off the last ball of the 33rd over, Langton finishing on 147 for 6.
Congratulations to both teams, for an exhibition of tenacious fielding and to Simon Langton, who go on to represent Kent in next year’s National U15 competition.
Our thanks go to the umpires, Terry Lister & David Darlow and to Tenterden CC, whose customary magnificent hospitality was enjoyed by players and supporters alike. Particular thanks go to the ground staff, lead by Bill Lacey & Fred Pearman for their efficient action when the rain caused a break in play.

U14 Twenty/20

U14 T20 Final Report, 2013

Maidstone Grammar School and Hurstmere School (Sidcup) contested the 20/20 Final, on a glorious day at Tenterden Cricket Club.

Maidstone won the toss and elected to field. Tight bowling restricted Hurstmere to 52 for 1 off the first 10 overs. Oliver Robinson 38 and Charlie Bagnall 24 batted well, but when they were out Hurstmere were unable to maintain the momentum and closed on 117 for 5; Monte McCague bowling his 4 overs for 7 runs; with Charlie Luxton & Jamie Crumwell taking 2 wickets each.

Maidstone batted steadily from the start, the main contributor being Monte McCague (50). Maidstone then lost 2 wickets with the scores tied but eventually won by 7 wickets. The pick of the Hurstmere bowlers was Adam Wallace who bowled his 4 overs for just 13 runs.

Our thanks, once again, go to Tenterden Cricket Club, in particular Bill Lacy the groundsman for preparing an excellent pitch, and to Dick Page and his wife for providing a great tea. The 2 umpires, Ken Amos and Ray Tomkins did a great job, particularly after standing in the U15 match in the morning.

It was good to have 2 new schools in the final, particularly Hurstmere, who also reached the Miskin Plate Final in the U15 age group.

U15 Miskin Cup

Miskin Cup Final, 2013

Compared with last year a fine warm day at Wye, proved a fitting setting for the final between The Judd School and King’s, Canterbury, who were invited to bat first, by their opponents.

King’s got off to a good start, with 39 off of the first five overs, despite losing one of their openers. They increased the run rate so that after ten overs, 96 for 1, they were set for a total close to 200. The introduction of spinner, Jack Roberts, supported by James Toomey, put the brakes on, with Jack’s 3 for 22 pulling the run rate down; so that after 16 overs it was 130 for 4. A last over flurry of 14 runs saw King’s innings close on 158 for 6; with Ollie Tikare (61) & Will Heywood (35) the main scorers.

Judd’s reply got off to a steady 6 runs per over, until the 7th over; when Ollie Mann (3 for 12) put a serious dent in their aspirations. The middle order attempted a fight back, but two run outs, from very optimistic single attempts kept them on the back foot and they closed on 96 for 9; leaving King’s the winners by 60 runs.

Our thanks, as usual, go to the umpires Evan Stirzaker & Stuart Clay and to Wye cricket club, for their customary, generous hospitality.

We wish King’s good luck against Whitgift, their first opponents in the regional stages of the ESCA U15 competition.

U15 Twenty/20 Miskin Plate

Miskin Plate Report, 2013

A hot day at Tenterden, following a week without rain, gave the prospect of a high scoring match. Langley Park won the toss and elected to bat. This seemed to have backfired when they lost skipper, Jacob Gold, in the first over but, the fireworks were just about to start. Jack McGruer, the number 3 set about building a large innings, with a flow of impressive boundaries; the first single not appearing in the book until the 7th over, whilst the score rattled along at 8 an over. Whilst Hurstmere skipper, Harry Hickman, rotated his bowlers in an effort to reduce the strike rate McGruer, ably supported by Sam Parke, continued to stroke the ball around the wicket and quickly reached his 50. Parke’s anchor role complimented McGruer’s assault and they remained together until the innings closed on 182 for 1; with Parke 37 and McGruer an outstanding 121.

Whilst the total looked daunting it was not the highest 20 over score achieved, in a final, at Tenterden and the opening batsmen George Addington (21) and Harry Brooker (41) set off at 10 runs per over. Langley were able to introduce two contrasting bowlers, as first change, who between them swung the match firmly in their favour. Sean Healy’s left arm spin and Tunde Pratt’s fast medium pace started to make inroads in the Hurstmere middle order and the run rate slowed a little. Whilst Brooker remained at the crease the target still looked reachable but two wickets in one over was a major setback. After drinks Gold turned the screw with his field settings and Hurstmere’s middle order withered under the twin barbs of Healy’s flight and the ever mounting run rate. Brooker was running out of partners and he himself eventually succumbed as the innings closed on 92, in just under 16 overs; Pratt finishing with 3 for 21 from his 4 overs and Healy an outstanding 5 for 15 from his 4 overs.

Our thanks go to umpires Ken Amos & Ray Tomkins and of course Tenterden CC, providing such a fine setting for the final.

U19 League Play-off Final

U19 League Final, 2013

A warm sunny day at Upchurch suggested that summer might finally have arrived, in the south east.
For the 3rd time in four years, in this competition’s final, Cranbrook took on Langley Park; with the “score” at one all. Langley Park won the toss and elected to bat on the good looking track at Upchurch CC.

It was always likely to be a good day for batters and one of toil for bowlers and Langley Park got off to a good start, establishing an imposing strike rate. Their openers Nathan Hill (47) and Velsen Deverajulu (73) laid the basis for a big total, which was further exploited by Callum Basey’s commanding 85.

Langley Park’s total of 246 for 5, from their 35 overs, looked a daunting prospect, but Cranbrook were clearly un-fazed and kept up the chase, despite losing a wicket in the first over. Hamish Cloke (51), Alfie Lloyd-Dyke (28), Al Smallwood (40) and Toby Russell-Vick (28) all batted assertively and the required run rate remained in reach until the last 3 or 4 overs; the final turning point being a catch in the deep. As the run rate then climbed the pressure built, with 2 run outs telling the tale of the pressure applied by Langley Park’s fielders and the innings closed on 207 for 9.

A thoroughly good game of cricket, which from a neutral’s point of view, could have gone either way, as the advantage ebbed and flowed; a tribute to both teams.

The Laws of Cricket shall apply, with the following exceptions : –

Our thanks to umpires Stuart Chilmaid and Colin Hill and of course to hard working officials of Upchurch CC, who made a major contribution to such an enjoyable day.

U19 LEMON CUP

Lemon Cup Final Report, 2013

Another sunny day, with sporadic cloud cover, at Upchurch promised a good game of cricket between Langley Park and Skinners.
Skinners won the toss and batted first but found a Langley Park side determined to collect their second, senior trophy of the season.
Tight fielding supported the bowling of Matt Green (1 for 11, from 5 overs), Iestyn Caddy (2 for 14 from 7) and Seth Tyler (4 for 17 from 6.3) whilst Dom May (30) and Dan Conner (34) were the batsmen who came to terms with the intensity of the fielding, as the innings closed on 104 all out, in the 34th over.
After lunch, Langley set out about passing the total with the luxury of an asking rate of a smidgeon under 3 per over. They did lose an early wicket but Jake Caddy, with an assured, unbeaten 51 and Callum Basey with an unbeaten 29 eased them home in 18 overs; Henry Smith with 4 overs for just 9 runs being the only Skinners bowler to really trouble the batsmen.
Our thanks go to the umpires, Terry Lister and Alan Jones and once again to Upchurch Cricket Club.

U13 Thunder CupTwenty/20

U13 Thunder Trophy Final (T20) Report, 2013

St Olave’s and Ashford, on their first appearance in a KSCA final, contested this year’s Thunder Trophy at Rodmersham CC. St Olave’s won the toss and chose to bat first; on a track which had, in the morning, produced 300 runs for only 2 wickets lost; in the U12 T20 final.
The Ashford fielding was tenacious throughout and an early run out could have set St Olave’s on the back foot. In Sohayl Ujoodia they had a consummate
batsman, however, who played some fine shots and clubbed the bad ball on his way to a big score. As the innings reached its latter stages, a fine catch at deep mid wicket brought Martin Senior to the crease, who proceeded to hit the ball to all parts of the boundary in a rapid fire 39 not out. The last ball of the innings saw Ujoodia bringing up his unbeaten 101; the major contribution in a total of 211 for 3. This is a record in a T20 KSCA final, whilst Ashford’s Harry Stracey & Luke
Perkins were the bowlers whose overs prevented a bigger total.
Such a daunting target, in the face of tight field settings proved too much for Ashford’s batsmen. Their captain, Stracey, opened but fell after a few overs, to a smart catch in the covers by Matt Lane; who added three more in the course of the innings. Whilst the middle order carried on going for the runs the loss of their talisman had an effect and in the face of some accurate fast bowling they lost wickets fairly regularly; 2nd change Laiq Nagi finishing off the tail with 5 wickets for 5 runs. Our thanks, once again, to the umpires Evan Stirzaker & Terry Lister and the continued support of Rodmersham CC.