Broadstairs travelled to Holmesdale this week in search of a win. Losing the toss Broadstairs were asked to bat on a damp seaming track. We welcomed back Elliot Fox who opened the batting with Jack Wheeler and both got us off to a good start.
Jack was looking settled until he holed out to deep point for 18, Jamie Dewell was in at 3 and was quickly into his stride, latching onto the loose deliveries and keeping solid in defence. Elliot (18) eventually got a decent delivery, seaming into him, flicking the pad and onto the stumps. An over or 2 later and Alex Hogben (3) also got a ripper of a delivery, pitching middle and leg and seaming away into off stump and we were 68-3.
Matt Frewin joined Jamie and the two built a nice partnership, just before the drinks break Jamie brought up his 50 with a big six over long on. Jamie eventually fell for a well made 64 that had helped put us in a good position, 133 with 20 overs to go.
Matt Frewin fell for 28 amongst a couple of wickets, Matt Hardy (1), & Harry Wise (2). Skipper Chris Kidd was going well and a nice little cameo from Alfie Huntley (15) got us to a total of 205-8. Kidd was not out 32.
It was a decent total on a seaming track and the batsmen had to work hard. During tea there was a small shower, the covers were late going on and this turned out to be pivotal.
Ellison and Rangin opened up, Ellisons first over going for 17, including 2 straight sixes. Holmesdale had promoted one of their lower order who came out swinging. Mas was getting the same treatment the other end and the pair were quickly withdrawn, Kidd and Fox were into the attack, Kidd struck early and Fox eventually got the pinch hitter, but he had managed to compile a belligerent 63 from 18 deliveries and Holmesdale were 78-2 from 12 overs!
Kidd struck again to make it 78-3 but we had to wait for the next wicket. Rotating bowlers trying to make something happen, But a middle order partnership of 76 looked to have taken the game away from us.
A change of ends for Frewin and we had some hope 154-4 became 171-7, Matt bowled one, and the batsmen insisted on trying to hit over the top, 2 caught at mid on and 1 at mid off.
Unfortunately Matts spell had finished, so had Kidd and we had to try the seamers. This made it easier for Holmesdale who used the extra pace to find the boundaries and eventually over the line.
It was a much better performance from Broadstairs, team spirit was good and there was plenty of effort. The toss was vital, the changing conditions made it easier to bat second and one player took the game away from us at the start. The seam attack will admit they didn't bowl well, 2 spinners conceded 52 runs and took 6 of the 7 wickets.
We head off to Upchurch next week who are bottom with us so a must win game.