As the 2018 season reached the half-way mark, Broadstairs 1st XI stumbled to their first defeat away to Division 2 leaders Upchurch. Batting first after losing the toss, the Broadstairs top order showed a fragility that hasn’t been seen so far this season. By the mid-point in the innings, the visitors had lost all 6 of their top order batsmen with the addition of just 84 to the score and only Swaroop Dasari (21) getting into the twenties. A rear-guard action led by skipper Chris Kidd (23) along with Farjad Yasir (15) and Alfie Huntley (10) brought some respectability to the final total of 141 as the side were bowled out with still 15 overs remaining. Wickets were shared across the Upchurch bowlers with David Masters (3-17), Aaron Johnson (2-19) and Harry Mawson (2-31) doing most of the damage.
Broadstairs knew that early wickets were essential if they were to defend such a modest total and Dasari obliged, removing openers Aaron Walker and Daniel Parker with just 11 runs on the board. Overseas Johnson and Michael Hales Jnr then established a 64 run partnership that put Upchurch in the driving seat. Despite some excellent bowling from Dasari (3-33) and 15 year-old Harry Carter (2-20), playing his first match for the 1st XI, Upchurch reached the target with 3 wickets to spare, Matthew Frewin and Jamie Dewell pitching-in with a wicket apiece.
A big thank-you to Josh Marshall for taking on scoring duties for the day.
Whilst this defeat is a set-back in their bid for promotion, Broadstairs remain 32 points ahead of 3rd place Hayes; they will be keen to get back to winning ways as the second half of the season starts next week with a trip to local rivals Chestfield.