Broadstairs suffered their third defeat of the season in a match that they will reflect on as one that was there for the taking. The visitors Hayes CC wont the toss and elected to bat on a dry pitch that looked to be full of runs. The opening bowling partnership on Masoud Rangin and Bradley Ellison quickly got into their stride, with Rangin bowling overseas Yabsley in his first over. While Ellison (10-3-17-1) kept things tight throughout his excellent 10 over spell, it was Rangin (8-2-36-3) who would claim the next two wickets, Buttery being caught behind by Jack Wheeler and Askew being dismissed with an outstanding one-handed catch by Alex Hogben. Ellison claimed the wicket of Cauldrey late in his spell and at drinks, the Seasiders had reduced Hayes to 84-4. Revitalised after the short break, Broadstairs continued to make breakthroughs with Chris Kidd trapping Bamber LBW, just after he had reached his half-century. With the score on 108-5, three further wickets were to fall without Hayes adding to the score with Matt Frewin (10-2-33-1) claiming one and Kidd (7-1-52-3) a further two including a sharp catch by Jamie Dewell. Hayes were now on the ropes and Broadstairs had the opportunity to see of the match. However, Eddicott, batting at number 8, was to shift momentum back to the visitors with a display of explosive boundary hitting, reaching 50 off just 20 balls. Chris Flint (10-2-33-1), coming on for a second spell, removed Marlow with Hogben taking another catch and Eddicott was finally run out by Callum Morgan for 71. Although the Hayes total of 183 was still not out of reach for the hosts, the 68 runs put on for the 8th wicket put a serious dent in their chances.
Openers Flint and Wheeler started off purposefully, putting on 28 in the first 5 overs. However, they would each succumb in quick succession, both falling to Eddicott – Flint (18) caught and Wheeler (13) LBW. This turned out to be the highest partnership of the Broadstairs innings and the demise continued with Morgan (2) and Hogben (9) being trapped LBW in quick succession. Only Frewin offered some hope of a successful run chase but when Harry Wise was removed after a stubborn 4 off 18 balls, Frewin was beginning to run out of partners. A quickfire 20 from Dewell (20 off 12 balls) and a dogged 5 off 20 balls from Alfie Huntley were not enough to keep hopes alive. When Frewin was eventually bowled by Cauldrey for 37 and the reply on 136-8, it would be down to Kidd to mount a final assault with the remaining batsmen Rangin and Ellison. In the end, the challenge was too great and Broadstairs finished on 154, 30 runs short, with Kidd 21 not out.
Despite the disappointment of the defeat, Broadstairs should take some encouragement that the match was there to be won against a team that are unbeaten so far this season. They will hope to have shored-up their batting by the time the two teams meet again later in the season.
Next week, Broadstairs travel to Folkestone who are one place above them in Division 1.