Broadstairs 2nd XI retained their 3rd place spot in Division 1 with a comprehensive victory at home to Dartford. The match demonstrated the Seasiders’ strength in depth with 5 bowlers chipping-in with wickets, all 8 catching chances being taken and an exhibition in power batting from centurion Lewis Hewitt.
After winning the toss and inviting Dartford to bat in damp conditions following the overnight storm, the scoring rate was kept in check from the outset by bowlers Harry Carter (1-38) and Callum McCormick (2-22), the only real disappointment being the extras gifted to the opposition through a series of wides. Some sharp slip fielding by James Bond and Joshua Izzard saw off Saini and Fitzgerald off the bowling of McCormick and Carter respectively. Another key catch by Nathan Fox at cover point off the bowling of McCormick removed the impressive Walker and at this stage, with the visitors on 55-3 in the 19th over, the back of the Dartford batting attack was broken. It was down to Ashley Ellison (2-32), Oli Frewin (2-11) and Andy Marshall (2-6) to work through the middle order and tail with Lewis Hewitt and Harry Carter taking 2 catches apiece and Tom Marshall with the other catch. As a foretaste for what was to come in the second innings, Hewitt also completed a run out on a day when he was rarely out of the action. The Dartford innings finished on 129 in the 48th over with 30 runs resulting from wides- something Broadstairs will need to improve upon if they are to take their challenge for promotion through to the end of the season.
The Broadstairs reply can be summed-up in two words – Lewis Hewitt. Of the 130 runs scored to achieve victory in under 20 overs, Hewitt scored an unbeaten 111. This was the week when his characteristic uncompromising ‘see-ball, hit-ball’ approach to opening the batting paid off. Fellow batsmen Tom Marshall, Nathan Fox and Joshua Izzard could only look on and feed Hewitt the strike as he hit 18 fours and a six in a remarkable display of boundary hitting.
Next week, the 2nd XI are away to Gravesend and they will be hoping to keep the pressure on league leaders Beckenham and Bromley.