This week the 1st XI hosted league leaders Bromley CC and suffered their 8th defeat of the season with the class of two ex-internationals being the difference between the two sides.
Having lost the toss and being invited to field, Broadstairs were already on the back foot with two players missing for the initial phase of the innings. Opening bowlers Elliot Fox and Jamie Dewell managed to contain the visitors however and the score was just 44 when the first wicket fell in the 14th over, Selvy-Clinton being caught by Jack Wheeler off Dewell. This brought to the crease former Pakistan international Yasir Arafat who would build an outstanding, almost chance-free innings over the remaining 36 overs, finishing on an unbeaten 109. His contribution, along with opener Smith who was bowled by Chris Kidd for 40 formed the bulk of the Bromley total of 228-8 with Callum Morgan pitching in with 3 wickets from his 8.5 overs. The remaining two wickets were shared between Dewell and Fox in their respective second spells with Kidd finishing with figures of 1-21 off his 10 overs.
Any ideas that the target might be chased down were quickly dispelled by the time ex-England international fast Amjad Khan had completed his first 7 overs. He systematically worked his way through the top order of the Broadstairs batting line-up, reducing the hosts to 35-5. Only Jay Basu offered meaningful resistance with none of the remaining batsmen reaching double figures. Basu finished on an unbeaten 42 as the Broadstairs innings ended on 83-9, with ‘keeper Jack Wheeler injured and unable to bat.
This was a heavy defeat brought about by the class of two excellent cricketers amongst two sides that were otherwise well-matched. The loss keeps Broadstairs at the foot of the division with Upchurch and Tenterden within 9 points of one another. Broadstairs will need to ensure they muster wins against both these sides as well as some of the other lower ranked teams if they are to survive the drop. Next week they travel to 4th from bottom St Lawrence and Highland Court and will be hoping for a repeat of the home fixture where they recorded a win in a tightly-fought contest.