Broadstairs 2nd XI finished their 1st season in Division 1 on a high with a resounding win at home to Canterbury CC. Winning the toss and electing to bat, a positive result looked far from certain early on and by the 17th over the innings was floundering at 76-6 following the dismissals of James Bond (8), Farjad Yasir (11), Josh Marshall (0), Harry Carter (7), Adam Izzard (2) and Andy Marshall (1). At this stage, Nathan Fox was on 37 and at risk of running out of batting partners. However, the introduction of Masoud Rangin breathed new life into the Broadstairs innings and together with Fox, they constructed a superb partnership of 155. Eventually Rangin was run out in the 41st over for 52, Fox departed a few overs later for 142 and the innings was brought to a swift conclusion with the dismissal of Oli Frewin (3) and Ashley Ellison (0), leaving Callum McCormick (1) as the not out batsman. Fox’s century was his fifth of the season and brings his total of runs scored for the season to 865 which in all likelihood will place him as the division’s leading scorer and in the top tier of scores across the entire league.
The Canterbury reply seemed to have suffered the effects of seeing the chances of a straight-forward win being taken from their grasp by the hosts’ 7th wicket partnership. In a lack-lustre performance, they slumped to 86 all out with only Finlay Bobb (34) and Jemuel Cabey (14) offering any resistance. The bowling was dominated by some excellent bowling from Frewin (4-16) and Carter (3-17), with McCormick, Rangin and Ellison sharing the remaining wickets between them. Oli Frewin’s tally of wickets for the season now stands at 26 and it remains to be seen whether this will be enough to secure him the title of top wicket taker for the division for the 2nd season in a row.
The win guarantees Broadstairs 3rd spot in Division 1, an excellent outcome for the team and given the important contribution made by the youngsters throughout the season, this augurs well for the future success of the club.