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Archive Reports of 2012

The Ossie Ford Cup Final – 2012

See-saw match hangs on good running by batsmen

The Rodmersham CC, traditional hosts of this final, put on their usual display of good wicket, good ground and excellent catering. The protagonists, on this occasion, were The Judd School and New Beacon, Sevenoaks. The outfield, as at all clubs currently, contributred to a low scoring match but nonetheless another exciting and “close run” thing; which might have seen either side the victor, until the very last over.
Judd batted first and their innings stuttered with the loss of 4 early wickets, in the face of very tight field settings by New Beacon. Only Toby Seal (29) looked assured and maintained his composure, as he contributed to rebuilding the innings. Hesitant running between the wickets, until the last 5 overs, meant that Judd’s total of 109 for 8, from 30 overs, was always “gettable”. Henry Weston (1 for 15 from his 6 overs) and Oliver Etchells (3 for 15) were the most effective bowlers for New Beacon.
After tea, New Beacon set about the chase, lead by a confident Henry Weston whose 38, in rapid time, threatened to make the win a formality. Cricket, fortunately, continues to keep us on our toes and a seemingly innocuous short ball was chipped to point, leaving us to see what depth of batting New Beacon possessed. Toby Seal’s 2 for 13 from 6 overs helped “put the brakes on” and wicket keeper Omkar Divekar passed on the gloves to assist wth 1 for 8 from 4 overs. The last over started with scores level and “no pressure” on the bowler to produce a double wicket maiden to tie, or a triple wicket maiden to win the game; New Beacon reaching the 110 target on the 3rd ball.
Yet another tense final, as befits the occasion, where Judd so nearly “pulled off” the unexpected. Congratulations to New Beacon who will go on, next season, to represent Kent in the National, U13 David English Trophy.
Our continued thanks to Rodmersham CC and to the umpires Matt French & Stuart Chilmaid, who both steered the tricky path of consistent but judicious calling of wides, in what proved to be such a tight encounter.

The U12 20/20 Final – 2012

“Stand-out performers steer Chatham & Clarendon to victory”

Upchurch CC hosted this thrice re-arranged match, between Chatham & Clarendon GS from Ramsgate, appearing in their second consecutive U12 final and Borden GS, Sittingbourne. Our thanks go to Steve Parker, the Upchurch groundsman, who worked tirelessly over a two week period, to ensure that the final was completed this summer. Chatham & Clarendon batted first and lost an early wicket. Their opener Elliott Fox (46) and the number 3, Joshua Attwell (44) then set about building a total in excess of 120, with some delightful stroke play and running between the wickets. Almost inexplicably they were both out within a few balls of each other, one to a smart stumping and the other to a needless run out; causing a noticeable slowing of momentum. As the later order batsmen tried to restore the strike rate, chances were taken in the final overs and the innings closed on 113 for 6; with Joseph Eves the pick of the Borden bowlers, his return being l wicket for 8 runs from 4 overs; whilst keeper, Thomas Carey, took a stumping, a caught behind and the important run out.
With a drying outfield, Borden’s target looked challenging but definitely “gettable”. Although they too lost an early wicket, Joseph Eves (33) and opener Carey established a good platform to close in on the target. Once Carey was out, however, Eves’s partners tried a little too hard to maintain the necessary strike rate and four run outs took their toll, with Borden being dismissed, for 88, in the 19th over. Elliott Fox with 12 runs from his 4 overs and Joshua Attwell with 1 for 4 from 3.1 overs were the principal thorns in Borden’s side.
Both sides contributed to a memorable final; which the Association’s President, David Turner, pointed out coincided with the Diamond Jubilee & the London Olympics, as he presented the trophy and medals. Our profound thanks to Upchurch CC and to the umpires, Mick Fielder & Stuart Chilmaid, who, in lieu of a third umpire, had to be “on their toes”, particularly in the 2nd innings.

The Thomas Cup Final – 2012

“Another match goes down to the wire?”

The Rodmersham CC was host to the Thomas Cup final, played between Harvey GS and Simon Langton GS; providing a hard, dry wicket that had had the benefit of covers for the previous 5 days. The outfield was, of course, a different matter and in keeping with the other finals of this summer, scores were lower; though this game proved no less absorbing than the higher scoring matches of 2011.
Harvey batted first and whilst the fieldng was of a high standard the Langton bowlers were far too generous in the matter of wides and no balls. None of the batsmen got beyond 25 and Harvey’s 30 overs yielded 131 for 8 wickets, with Jan Gray the only Langton bowler to give an outstanding performance, his 6 overs of spin costing a miserly 6 runs for 2 wickets.
Langton’s reply was immediately put on the back foot, as Harvey struck in the very first over, and they lost 2 further wickets fairly quickly. Jan Gray (33) patiently rebuilt the momentum and the supporting batsmen managed to stay with him as Langton got back on track with the required run rate. Just when you thought, however, that the result was inevitable, Jan played a rash shot, leavng the lower order batsmen to negotiate the 7 runs needed from the last two overs. Another wicket fell and Harvey sensed the game would be their’s, but a fortuitous couple of extras gave Langton the impetus needed to “squek home” on 132 for 9. Harvey bowlers who did particularly well defending their total were Lawrence Snow (1 for 20, from his 6 overs), Ken Gainsford ( 1 for 19) and Robert Tibbles (2 for 10 from 5.2 overs).
This was a game in which either side would have been very disappointed to lose; though one from which, we hope, they will all remember their contribution to a tremendous game of cricket, between two of the very best sides in Kent. Our thanks, again, to Rodmersham CC and to the umpires Colin Hill & BobWhale.

The U13 20/20 Final – 2012

“Magnificent inaugural match for the Maurice Thunder Trophy”

Upchurch CC hosted the first Maurice Thunder Trophy match between St Olave’s GS & The Skinners School; following several rearrangements and our particular thanks go to groundsman Steve Parker, for his hard work, which ensured that the final could be completed this summer.
This St Olave’s side were “the holders”, having won the U12 20/20 trophy in 2011. They batted first and their slow start was predictable given the slow outfield and tight field settings of the Skinners’ side. Impetus was given to their innings by an unexpectedly slack over where 14 extras were conceded and from this point on, opener Keeran Rajendran (25) marshaled an acceleration of the run rate. Once he was out, however, the momentum slowed again with Ben Erxleben being the principal cause of the “brakes” going on; returning 1 for 12 from his 4 over spell. In the final few overs, errors by both sides caused an oscillation of fortunes with St Olave’s eventually posting a challenging but “getable” total of 115 for 7.
The Skinners reply was also slow, exacerbated by the loss of one opener very early on. Charlie Stafford (53 not out) gradually came to terms with the wicket and outfield and almost imperceptibly accelerated the strike rate until about 10 overs had elapsed and a 2nd wicket fell. The new batsman obviously came in with the message that further acceleration was required and Charlie duly responded, with a display of powerful striking, using the full face of the bat; his 50 coming with a 4, to pass the target with a couple of overs to spare, Skinners finishing on 118 for 2.
Had Maurice been here he would have been delighted that the final was such an excellent game of cricket with high skill levels on display. It was unfortunate that the, weather enforced, rearrangement of the final prevented members of Maurice’s family attending for the inaugural presentation of the trophy. After a few words outlining Maurice’s contribution to schools’ cricket over a 35 year period, by the secretary, Mike Springett, our treasurer, presented the trophy and medals. Our thanks, once again to Upchurch Cricket Club and to the umpires Mick Fielder & Stuart Chilmaid for their consistent and even handed control of the game.

The Oliver Cup Final – 2012

TONBRIDGE 178 for 5 V KING’S SCHOOL, CANTERBURY 141 All Out

Tenterden CC ground was in good condition after a lot of rain, and the matched started on time. Tonbridge batted first and got off to a very sound, if slightly slow, start. The opening batsmen put on a stand of over a hundred before the first wicket fell. Wickets then fell, however, at regular intervals and after 35 overs Tonbridge were 178 for 5. The opening batsmen, Ed Hyde and Marcus O’Riordan made 65 and 64 respectively. With rain “about” the King’s batsmen made a brisk start and had 66 runs off the first 10 overs.The introduction of James Thomas into the Tonbridge bowling attack signalled the end for Kings. Thomas took 6 wickets for 5 runs and Kings were all out for 141. The oustanding batsman for Kings was Oli Tikare with a very classy innings of 70. Tonbridge will now represent Kent in the 2013 Lord Taverners’ U15 Trophy Competition. Our thanks once again go to Tenterden CC for allowing us to use their superb facilities and the umpires, Hugh Buckhurst & Terry Lister.

The U14 20/20 final – 2012

BORDEN GS v THE SKINNERS SCHOOL

The exceptional micro-climate at Tenterden and dedicated groundsmen, Fred Pearman & Bill Lacey, ensured that this match could take place, when most other grounds in Kent were unplayable.
Skinners batted first and made a steady start, making 44 off the first 10 overs. As they accelerated they began to loose wickets and their innings closed on 99 for 6. Cameron Green was top scorer with 26, whilst Zac Taylor’s 4 overs for only 8 runs helped to keep the target to just 100.
Borden’s reply established a greater strike rate at the start of their innings, but they lost wickets at regular intervals. Tight bowling by Joseph Odell, with 1 for 8 from his 4 overs, helped ensure the traditionally tight finish that is the signature of this competiton; Borden scoring the winning run in the 20th over. Several of the Borden batsmen made a contribution to the winning score, chief amongst them being Sam Rose with 21.
Our thanks once again go to Tenterden Cricket Club for allowing KSCA to hold the final on their lovely ground and to umpires Evan Stirzaker & Stuart Clay for their calm and sympathetic control of the match.

The Miskin Cup – 2012

During the competition, the following players posted notable achievements.
Matt Tucker 4 for 13 for Judd in round 1, Ryan Davies 120* for Sandwich TS in round 2,
Bill O’Rourke 50 for Eltham College in round 3, Ryan Davies 131* for Sandwich TS in round 3,
James Hunt 4 for 23 for Sandwich TS in round 3, Harry Carr 5 for zero for Marsh Academy in round 3 and
Oliver Collins 50* for Sir Roger Manwood’s in the 1/4 final,

“That’s another fine game you’ve gotten me into!”

Following last season’s tense final, a further helping of adreniline fatigue was “served up” by Sir Roger Manwood’s from Sandwich and Borden GS, Sittingbourne.
Sir Roger Manwoods lost the toss and were invited to bat. Starting slowly, they lost an early wicket but then, despite a short interlude for a shower, an assured 35 from Alex Smith allowed them to build a total of 121 for 4, in their 20 overs. Particularly tight bowling from Stuart Martin (12 runs in his 4 overs) and Dan Kemp (15 runs in his 4) allied with the slowish outfield, kept the score significantly lower than that posted in last year’s final.
Borden’s reply got off to a fast start, but they lost 3 early wickets and spinner Oliver Collins “put the brakes on” with a 4 over spell yielding just 11 runs. Andrew Parker grafted away and his 37 laid the foundations for a revival, aided by an aggressive 33 from Dan Kemp, whilst Rory Smith’s 4 overs, for just 11 runs, prevented Borden from “running away with it”. With 5 overs to go and only 4 wickets down the required rate was just 6 an over and Borden looked to be set for a win. The return to the attack of Alex Smith (3 for 18) and Jake Ling (3 for 28) proved decisive, as they removed Dan Kemp and most of the lower order batsmen, aided by a flurry of run outs; that left Borden on 116 for 8 at the close, just 6 runs short of the target.
An excellent game of cricket, where fortunes ebbed and flowed; truly worthy of the final.
Congratulations to both teams for their fine perfomances; commiserations to Borden and good luck to Sir Roger Manwood’s, who go on to represent Kent in the national phases of the ESCA U15 20/20 competition, this year.
We are very grateful to Upchurch CC and the accuracy of the BBC local weather forecast, which allowed us to get the final played on time; an early start ensuring that the onset of heavy rain interrupted the medals’ presentation and not the match. Our thanks also go to the umpires, Dick Ellis and David Lapthorne, whose astute judgement of the short showers played an integral part in completing the game, before the evening rain set in.ed Borden from “running away with it”. With 5 overs to go and only 4 wickets down the required rate was just 6 an over and Borden looked to be set for a win. The return to the attack of Alex Smith (3 for 18) and Jake Ling (3 for 28) proved decisive, as they removed Dan Kemp and most of the lower order batsmen, aided by a flurry of run outs; that left Borden on 116 for 8 at the close, just 6 runs short of the target.
An excellent game of cricket, where fortunes ebbed and flowed; truly worthy of the final.
Congratulations to both teams for their fine perfomances; commiserations to Borden and good luck to Sir Roger Manwood’s, who go on to represent Kent in the national phases of the ESCA U15 20/20 competition, this year.
We are very grateful to Upchurch CC and the accuracy of the BBC local weather forecast, which allowed us to get the final played on time; an early start ensuring that the onset of heavy rain interrupted the medals’ presentation and not the match. Our thanks also go to the umpires, Dick Ellis and David Lapthorne, whose astute judgement of the short showers played an integral part in completing the game, before the evening rain set in.

The Miskin Plate – 2012

During the competition, the following players posted notable achievements.
Orin Needham 50* for Fulston Manor in round 1
Simon Hulse 85* for Harvey GS in round 1
Danny Tomlinson took 4 for 11 for Harvey GS in round 2
Orin Needham took 4 wickets for Fulston Manor in round 2
Michael Waller took 4 for 16 for Tunbridge Wells GS in round 3
Daniel Marsh 63 for Harvbey GS in round 3

“Early breakthrough proves decisive”

Tunbridge Wells GS won the toss and unsurprisingly invited Harvey GS to bat on the usual good wicket that Tenterden’s groundsmen produce. The outfield of course was slow, despite being mown immediately prior to the game. Wells struck in the very first over and thereby seized the initiative, which they never let slip. Alistair Manser, with 2 for 7 from his 4 overs and Ben Match, with 1 for 7 from 3 were tenaciously supported by their fielders and they dismissed Harvey for 73, with 1 ball of the 19th over bowled.
Wells’s reply was always likely to prosper, built on the confidence of chasing a total they believed to be well within their capabilities and so it proved. Harvey’s fielders stuck to the task of making the batsmen graft; but only Axon, conceding just 6 runs from his 3 overs, managed to bowl very tightly, whilst under pressure. Ben Match’s confident and aggressive hitting (32) was the mainstay of the innings, until a careless hit to leg was top edged and snapped up by the wicket keeper. By then, however, the damage was done and Wells achieved their target, reaching 75 for 1 in the 16th over.
Congratulations to Tunbridge Wells, on their win and commiserations to Harvey, whose total was perhaps 20 runs short of a winning score. Once again, our thanks go to Tenterden CC and the umpires, Evan Stirzaker & Stuart Clay.

The Lemon Cup Final – 2012

“Third rearrangement ends a 44 year wait”

Our very grateful thanks go to Wye Cricket Club and their volunteers, hosts of the 44th Lemon Cup Final; particularly secretary, Andy Elgar, who coped with three re-arrangements and juggling the catering around some “stop, go” showers; whilst the ground staff had to cut and roll a new track on the morning of the match.
With an eye on the weather forecast, it was decided to reduce the game to 30 overs and play straight through, with just a 10 minute break. Having won the toss Langley Park, unsurprisingly, invited Sir Roger Manwood’s to bat. Manwood’s started slowly, in the face of some quick bowling and a tight field setting; with few shots running to the boundary. Mason Denning (58) patiently built the momentum, with help from Alex Smith (18) and Connor Michaels (17) until the drinks interval. Attempts to accelerate the strike rate further brought mistakes and wickets began to fall as the middle order batsmen took the necessary risks to boost the total. The Manwood’s innings closed on 153 for 7; the 30th over being played in a rain shower.
A brief debate followed about taking lunch or starting the second innings; settled by the wind blowing the shower away and Langley Park started their chase. Almost immediately Will Thurgate struck and within 8 overs Langley had lost 3 wickets, including their two most “in form” batsmen; Thurgate finishing with 3 for 3 from his first 4 overs. Langley were thus faced with an uphill struggle; with batsman unaccustomed to the need for playing a long innings trying to come to terms with a side who having seized the initiative exploited it to the full. Only Nathan Hill (20), looked comfortable and he ran out of partners, before succumbing himself, in the face of some very tight bowling from Mason Denning ( 2 wickets for 7 runs, from 6 overs) and Ben Thurgate (2 for 3 from 2.2 overs). Whilst the score line suggested a one sided affair, this was an encounter truly befitting of the final. Our thanks to Mrs Abbett, whose meticulous score book would have been essential in declaring the winner, had the expected rain arrived on time and curtailed the game during the 2nd innings.
Jason Weaver, Kent’s High Performance Manager, presented the cup to the winners and medals to both teams. Congratulations to both teams for their contribution to an excellent game of cricket, and particularly Manwood’s, for their first ever victory in a Lemon Cup final. Our thanks also go to the umpires, Terry Lister & Dave Darlow, who judged the weather so well.

The U19 League Final – 2012

“History repeats itself?”

Cranbrook made their third consecutive final appearance, facing their opponents of 2010, Langley Park. This game also proved a close and tense encounter; where cricketing clichés could, with hindsight, have been “trotted out”.
We are very grateful to Rodmersham CC for again hosting the game, yet are left cursing the early season rain; which helped run up a total of 5 lost balls; they still remain hidden in impenetrable nettle thickets, around the ground.
Despite the loss of an early wicket, Langley Park gradually built a good total, on an understandably slow outfield, in the face of tight bowling and fielding from the Cranbrook side. Callum Basey’s 35 lead the recovery, from the early stutter; whilst a patient, yet powerful, 75 from Matthew Abbett set up the cameo 34, from Tom Davis, in the later stages; allowing Langley to post a stiff total of 170 for 7, from their 35 overs. Alfie Lloyd-Duke’s spell of 7 overs, costing just 19 runs, was a major contribution to keeping the total below 200.
Cranbrook’s reply also stuttered with early wicket losses, although Joe Schindler’s patient 33 laid the foundations of their recovery. When he was out things “went quiet” for a while, whilst 15 years old Alistair Smallwood adjusted to the pace of the wicket and outfield. Despite some tight fielding from Langley, he gradually increased the pressure, surviving a chance “in the deep”, when he chose to bypass the slow outfield with half a dozen sixes, as Cranbrook closed in on the target; achieving it with 3 ½ overs to spare.
Congratulations to both teams for their fine contributions to an absorbing final; commiserations to Langley Park and we await their next encounter; now that Cranbrook have “squared” cup final meetings at one-a-piece.
Our thanks also go to the umpires, Evan Stirzaker and Stuart Clay, who kept proceedings running smoothly, despite several interruptions for “ball hunting”.