Broadstairs travelled to Tunbridge Wells to play Linden Park this week. Chris Kidd won the toss and missing our 2 main batsmen from last week opted to bowl.
Callum Morgan and Bradley Ellison opened up, Ellison getting the first wicket with his third delivery, short and pulled straight to Joe McCaffrey at square leg, Joe then took a catch in the next over, a full legside delivery from Callum flicked straight to square leg and Linden were 19-2.
We were made to wait until the 17th over before the next wicket, Jamie Dewell finding the edge and Chris Kidd taking another slip catch. After Ellison's spell of 7 overs for just 12 runs, Dewell and Chris Kidd kept the run rate down and chances were being created, a couple of drop catches and some luck for the batsmen meant wickets weren't coming quick as quickly as we had wanted.
It wasn't until Joe and George Kidd were into the attack that we pick up three wickets for 17 runs. George getting an LBW, Joe having 1 caught at slip and a catch from the skipper at mid off.
At 150-6 we were hoping for 180 all out, but it wasn't to be, a some consolidation from the tailenders and they had totalled 232.
We did bowl well and fielded very well, a couple of dropped catches makes it difficult but the outfield was quick and the wicket although old and spinning it was slow spin.
George and Tom Marshall opened up after tea, seeing the first over off with a single each followed by a maiden, after this it went rapidly downhill!
Tom tried to guide one that got a bit big on him and he was excellently caught one handed at slip, George was then caught & bowled by the off spinner who opened up, Harry Wise was then bowled, Callum Morgan caught, Chris Kidd caught and Jack Wheeler stumped. In a flash we were 10-6 and the batting card read 1,1,2,0,1,0!
Alex Hogben had toughed it out, Jamie Dewell joined him and after an early blow on the lid from their left arm quick, they went about putting some respectability on the board! Alex was quickly onto anything short, dispatching the ball to the boundary, including one big maximum straight over the pavilion. Jamie was hitting through the line of the ball, lifting it over cover and they picked up the ones and twos.
We were on the verge of drinks when Jamie mis-timed one and was caught at cover with the score on 78. A well made 38 from Jamie. Alfie was then caught for 1 and when Alex was forced to leave the field with a nose bleed, Joe and Brad tried to nudge the score to at least 100. Joe was bowled for 5 and Alex came back in. We got past 100, the next target was 150 for the first batting point.
It wasn't to be as Alex chased went after wide delivery that got big on him and unfortunately cover point made some ground to take a diving one-handed catch to dismiss him for 43 with Brad unbeaten on 15.
Bowled out for 115 was hard to take but was a lot better than we thought it would be at 10-6.
The opposition weren't better players but they were a better team, their bowlers bowled in partnerships and created pressure, their batsmen played the 50 over game and put a price on their wicket. A lot we can learn from,
Despite the negatives there were some positives, the bowlers bowled well, Alex and Jamie batted well. Jamie taking this weeks MoM for his 10 overs 1-36 and 38 runs.
We welcome Hayes to Park Avenue this week in a second-from-top versus second-from-bottom game.