Broadstairs travelled to Upchurch this week in a bottom of the table clash.
Winning the toss skipper Chris Kidd opted to bowl on a green track. Masoud Rangin and Bradley Ellison opened up and bowled well, beating the outside edge regularly. In the thirteenth over Rangin found an edge but Kidd was unable to hold on, 2 balls later the same batsman hit straight to cover but Callum Morgan couldn’t hold on. It wasn’t until Ellison’s finally delivery of his 10 over spell that we got the first wicket, caught by Jamie Dewell on the long on boundary.
Matt Frewin came on first change and struck with his second delivery bowling Apps, Jamie Dewell replaced Ellison and had Masters caught behind from his third delivery and all of a sudden 73-0 had become 74-3.
Hussain joined opener Aaron Walker and built a partnership, taking the attack to the bowlers who had started to lose line and length and were who were also let down by poor fielding.
Chris Kidd ended the partnership with the score on 160, dismissing Hussain for a belligerent 53 caught by Morgan. Opener Walker eventually fell in the 47 over for 81, caught at long off by Wise and Kidd had his second wicket, he then went through the lower order, a catch and a stumping for Wheeler, one bowled and the final wicket courtesy of a run out and Upchurch finished on 246-9.
Kidd the pick of the bowlers with his 5-43 from 9, a wicket each for Ellison (1-31), Frewin (1-56) and Dewell (1-56)
After another decent tea (the standards seem to have got better at away games this year) Matt Hardy and Jack Wheeler opened up. Adeel Hussain was bowling as quick as anyone we’ve faced this year and Masters was coming of five paces the other end, moving the ball both ways, this was a real test for the openers.
The first wicket fell in the seventh over, Hardy nicking to first slip from Hussain. Jack followed soon after, caught behind off Hussain and when Dewell also edged to slip from Masters we were 16-3. Hogben also nicked off to give Masters his second and we were on the ropes at 27-4.
Morgan was bowled by Masters (28-5), Wise LBW (29-6) and when Chris Kidd was caught & bowled (37-7), Masters had his fifth wicket. Enter Masoud Ranging. With the change of bowling Mas fancied his chances, first a six over mid-off, then another but this time further and followed by a pull over the big legside boundary for six.
This onslaught meant that Hussain was brought back to try and clean up. Mas was trapped LBW first ball, Alfie managed a single first ball. Matt Frewin had been toughing it out but was now faced with a free hit from a Hussain No ball, unfortunately he gave himself too much room and was unable to connect with the freebie. Two balls later he was cleaned up for 17 and we were 70-9.
Bradley Ellison and Alfie Huntley did what they could to at least reach three figures, Alfie copping one right on top of his foot was a particular highlight for the Upchurch fielders and Ellison made the decision to stay at the non-strikers end!
Alas, Alfie managed to turn a two into one and then the inevitable happened! Hussain steamed in, sent down another rocket and then watched it disappear to the point boundary courtesy of Ellison’s bat!
A couple more boundaries from the off spinner got us to 89, before Ellison was caught at mid on trying to go over the top. A loss of 157 runs and Upchurch had their first victory of the season. Only 3 batsmen made double figures and 2 of them were the opening bowlers!
We were outplayed in all aspects, the Upchurch batsmen rode their luck and our batting just wasn’t able to keep out the pace and movement.
Next week we welcome Tenterden to Park Avenue, in another bottom of the table clash, a must win game. We may also see the debut of our new overseas, so come along, have a beer and watch some cricket!