We made it! After a period of will we?…won’t we? and a lot of hard work by KCVL we managed to start the season on last Saturday in July when everything was washed out.
So our first matches were on 1st August and thereafter we put out four teams every Saturday and on Sunday mostly two, with games during the week. No mean feat so well done to everyone involved in BCC.Under the amended structure the 1st XI beat Bearsted in final of Division 1. The 2nd XI’s first year in Division 2 lost to Horsmonden in the final.
The move by our 3rd and 4th teams to Vizards was successful. The bonus was the greatest practice facilities. Initially booked for one evening a week, this was increased to two with Monday and Thursday becoming practice evening sessions for juniors and seniors. A meeting point for all ages. It augers well for a normal season. We admit coping with government regulations wasn’t easy but we managed.
Finally it was remarkable coincidence that on the same day that the 1st XI won the title, in the morning at the ANG our u11’s won their title with a 10 wicket victory over Tonbridge. A NOTABLE DOUBLE.
Photocredit: Rebecca Pate Photography
Congratulation to Balders and 1st XI on winning the First Division title for the third consecutive season.
2nd XI in a cliff hanger won by 1 run against Kemsing, so with the last game of the season next Saturday against Ightham at home the winner gets promoted to Division 2.
Agony for 3rd XI who looked to be winning against Southborough but managed only lose by 4 runs, it needs a miracle to avoid relegation.
The 4th XI continue their winning ways under stand-in skipper Aussie Rick.
Two weeks ago Outwood our closest rivals completed, because of the weather, the only game out of 37 matches to overtake us at the top of Division 1. Meaning we cannot have any further slip-ups during the rest of season. So when Shipbourne were bowled out for 111, it all looked rather easy. But it changed very quickly with 6 wickets falling for 54… step forward Stu Pinchin on his first game of the season, to the rescue, enabling us to win by 3 wickets. Additional good news Outwood lost so we are now top by 8.
Despite the outcome it seemed almost every regular player was on holiday, yet we still managed to field 4 sides with 3 winning.
In the 2nd XI, a remarkable achievement with an opening stand of 137 with Harry Dix -Perkins and Miga Steyn . Harry finished with 116 out of 283-5 ensuring a win by 58. Another of our young players Mark Mingard in the 4th XI reached 106.
We are producing some very good players long may it continue.
Congratulations to Eli Clarkson and all those who played in the Greensands competition. A comfortable win VS Bells Yew Green at the Nevill Ground. Thats the UP! … now the DOWN…
My target was the 1st XI to remain unbeaten over the season. Unfortunately we lost to Outwood so now no more defeats.
2nd XI v Shoreham, 15th June – An outstanding performance for 2nd XI by Toby Ponsford, 16 years old taking 7 wickets for 9 runs allowing our team to bowl out Shoreham 1st XI for 24 runs, the second best personal performance for the club since 2001.
22nd June – With the 1st XI playing against Linton Park who are challenging us didn’t get to the other 3 games. A very tight and exciting match going to the last over with us being successful. A good team performance.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Pat Rossiter who suffered a facial injury during the 2nd XI match at Stonewall Park.
MAGIC 80 POINTS
ALL FOUR TEAMS WON
UNFORTUNATELY SPURS LOST
WEEKEND 8TH JUNE HIGHLIGHTS
- 1st XI Anthony Bouffe 9 overs 6 maidens 5 runs 4 wickets.
- 3rd won by 6 runs
- 4th won by 5 wickets
TOP PERFORMANCE by youngster Drew Beazleigh rescuing the 2nd from 66 for 6 with 89 runs on same day as his father Mark lead the 4th to victory with 71.
In the same match junior Olie Rajah playing his first senior game took 2 wickets.
Its remarkable the number of father/sons playing for the club.
Special Thanks to Fox Print, we have again delivered almost 600 fixture books to the village but I still have a few.