BCC 2 XI travelled to Dartford for the second away game of the season looking to make amends for the loss last weekend. With availability being low this week the team arrived hoping to come away with some points. The toss was won by BCC and the decision was to bowl, planning to restrict Dartford to a score that was achievable with the bat.
Fox and Vikas were given the task of opening the bowling, with Dartford getting off to a flyer thanks to BCC gifting Dartford with a number of wides. Nathan was unlucky not to pick up an early wicket when an edge was put down in the slips. It was Vikas who came up with the magic when their opening batsman lofted a drive into the covers only to be caught by McCormick. (Looked like a Jester with the juggling that ensued) Vikas then bowled their number 3 and the scoreboard was starting to look a little more respectable following the good start that Dartford had made. McCormick replaced Fox, picking up 2 wickets (1 LBW and the other caught by Day at midwicket). Vikas finishing with figures of 2 for 41 off 9. A. Ellison took over and was quickly into his stride picking up the 5th wicket stumped. This led to a rebuilding from Dartford who managed to take the score from 100 for 5 at drinks to 219 for 6 with Marshall coming on to claim 2 wickets (1 bowled and the other caught by Bailey) and Fox returning to claim 1 (bowled) before the prodigal son Andy Bailey (1st game in about 2 years) returned to bowl the penultimate over. It didn’t start well, but with a run out from deep by McCormick and a bowled wicket by Bailey, the innings came to a close at 247 all out off 49 overs.
After a decent tea, BCC had a mountain to climb with the target set at 248 to win. Bailey and Hewitt walked out with confidence knowing that the pitch had held up nicely and looked like there were runs to be had on it. Bailey unfortunately adjudged caught behind for 2, bringing Fox to the crease. Hewitt playing his usual game, getting the team off to an absolute flyer with a quickfire 43 (including 7 fours). Both Fox and Hewitt pushing the score on to 77 before Hewitt was stumped. Bond joined Fox and the 2 of them kept the scoreboard ticking getting to drinks with the score at 142 for 2. A little scare with both Fox and Bond giving a chance in the 26th over, was the only blip in a well constructed chase by both batsmen. Bond using his experience and guiding the young Fox through his innings until the score was 246 for 2 off 47 with Fox on 99 and Bond on 66. Fox finishing the innings off with a late cut through backward point for 4 to not only claim the win for BCC, but also to get to his maiden century for BCC 2 XI. The final tally being 250 for 2 with Fox on 103 not out and Bond 66 not out.
MOM this week going to the young Nathan Fox for his well paced 103 not out. A special mention to James Bond for his supporting role which included a number of 3’s being run. An incredible win in the end for the BCC 2nd XI, which leaves the team well placed in the league after 3 games.