Broadstairs welcomed Tenterden this week on a scorcher of a day. We also welcomed our new overseas, Jayojit Basu (JJ).
Winning the toss, Chris Kidd opted to bat to the delight of the rest of the team. Jamie Dewell and Jack Wheeler opened up and batted sensibly, reaching 50 off the first 11 overs. Tenterden had dropped Jamie on the boundary and this demoralised them a bit. The Tents finally got their breakthrough in the thirteenth over, when Jamie was bowled for 24 and our opening stand of 56 was over.
In walked JJ on debut, a solid forward defensive first ball was followed by a sublime cover drive for 4 the very next ball, he looks the business! Two overs later Jack timed one too well to mid on and fell for a well made 46.
Alex Hogben fell LBW for 2 and at 82-3 off just 17 overs it was time to rebuild. Club stalwart and allround batting legend Scott Narraway joined JJ and immediately struck a boundary over mid off. A couple more text book cover drives from JJ and we were looking at 250+, but in the 26 over JJ smashed a full toss to the legside boundary where he was caught for 25.
Matt Frewin joined Scott and was aggressive in his approach, attacking the bowlers and find the boundary also with some nice cover drives. Tenterden were bowling well, the spinners bowled slower making it difficult to hit and the seamers were getting the Yorkers in making it difficult to score. Matt was bowled in the 44th over for a nice knock of 40, Scott followed in similar fashion for 48 and when Kidd fell for 6 we were 219-7, with a couple of overs left.
Cal Morgan (17*) and Alfie (4*) got us to 230. A competitive total and something for us to bowl at.
After a typical hearty Broadstairs tea, it was our turn to go out into the furness.
Masoud and Bradley opening as usual, Brad however had not warmed up and bowled a shocking first over, 4 long hops all going to the boundary. Tom Richards was being very aggressive opening up but we were feeding him with some poor bowling. Mas not quite finding his areas and after 7 overs Tenterden were 46 without loss, something had to change!
The eighth over is where things started to change, Ellison finally found his line and length and was started to move it, Richards picked out Matt Frewin at long off and 3 balls later he found the edge of Cramps bat and Chris Kidd did the rest. Diving low he managed to get his fingers just under the ball, a great catch enjoyed by the growing crowd of spectators who were soaking up the sun and Stella.
JJ replaced Mas and found the edge straight away, Jack taking the catch to remove Stickels and two overs later Jack dived around the batsman to grab the ball after Gadd had edge up in the air. 46-0 had become 53-4 and our tails were up. When Kent league journeyman Fattore also edged to Jack from JJ it seemed only a matter of time.
Ellison picked up 2 more wickets in his last 2 overs, after a poor dropped catch, the very next ball Matt Frewin took the catch at mid on and when Mangold played down the wrong line Brad had 4-40 from his 10, a decent come back after that first over!
At 71-7 Tenterden were just trying to salvage some batting points, Chris Kidd beat the bat and Jack whipped the bails off giving him his fourth victim. We were made to wait patiently for the next wicket, Cal Morgan taking a catch at long off to give Frewin a wicket and Kidd claimed the last wicket caught by Frewin. Tenterden were 134 all out and we finally had a victory!!.
No real stand out performers, but a good team effort this week, Scott (48), Jack (46 & 4 dismissals), Matt (40) and Brad (4-40) helped our cause and the buzz of having JJ in the team really helps.
We still have some work to do, fielding wasn't fantastic yesterday and the early overs from the seamers need to be better. Better teams will make us pay as we've seen already this year.
We travel to Bromley Common next week, they are playing well and it will be a tough game.