Broadstairs consolidated their 3rd place spot in Division 1 with their 9th win of the season as they hosted Folkestone CC on a blustery afternoon. Losing the toss and being invited to bat, the opening partnership of George Kidd and Lewis Hewitt began well, putting on 42 runs before Hewitt was dismissed for 22 in the 9th over. This brought Nathan Fox to the crease who would bat out the next 37 overs and hit a match-winning 120 off 105 balls (his 3rd ton of the season), ably supported by Kidd (29), Tom Marshall (25), Harry Carter (15) and Josh Marshall (17). Following Fox’s departure, Masoud Rangin took over scoring duties hitting an entertaining 24 from 12 balls bringing the hosts’ final total to 279.
A strong all-round bowling performance ensured Broadstairs were able to defend this total with Folkestone ending on 226-8, over 50 runs short of the target. The pick of the bowlers was Rangin (4-49 off 10 overs) with Ashley Ellison (2-45 off 10), Oli Frewin (1-44 off 10), Carter (1-37 off 9), Kidd (0-40 off 10) picking-up the remaining wickets and giving little away.
Next week, the 2nd XI travel to Bickley Park, hoping for a repeat of their victory in the corresponding home fixture earlier in the season.