Broadstairs travelled to Bridge this week to take on St Lawrence & Highland Court.
After the torrential downpours throughout Kent in the early hours of Saturday morning, the rain had managed to get under the covers and soaked most of the wicket. A 30 minute delay was decided by the umpires and the toss became vital.
Unfortunately the home team won the toss and elected to bowl. The first over started well, Alex hitting 2 boundaries off the Kent second XI bowler Watson, but after 3 overs both Alex (8) and Elliot (0) were out and we were 8-2.
Jamie Dewell and Jayojit went about rebuilding, batting was difficult, the 2 medium pacers were making the most of the damp wicket. JJ was caught for 22 and Jamie compiled a well made 53 from 69 deliveries before being bowled by the leg spin of Nash.
This then triggered a collapse that we are all too familiar with this season, Matt Hardy was adjudge LBW for 8, Chris Flint bowled for 10, Chris Kidd bowled for 5 after chopping onto his stumps, Alfie bowled (1), Callum Morgan (2) caught at cover and when Brad hit to mid off for 2, the leg spinner had his fifth wicket and we were all out for 135 in the 39th over.
The wicket had got slightly better, we had to make use of the new ball. Brad did just that, finding the glove of Hammond in his first over and then in his second, removing the overseas and opener caught behind. At 3-3 our tails were up, Skipper Kidd was bowling well the other end and had a close shout for LBW turned down.
A little partnership from the Saints saw them to 47, when Jamie got the breakthrough. He went on to claim 3 further wickets in a brilliant spell of 4-29 from his 10 overs. Callum Morgan picked up a wicket as well and when St Lawrence were 127-8 we had a slim chance.
It was down to Elliot and Brad but neither could find the right delivery and we lost in the 45th over.
A difficult one to take but ultimately we should have batted the full 50 overs and we may well have won.