Reality check for 1st XI as they stumble to defeat

Spirited 34 from Jack Wheeler not enough to make-up for early batting collapse


Broadstairs v Old Wilsonians

With conditions ideal for batting, it was no surprise that having won the toss, Old Wilsonians elected to bat. They got off to a solid albeit slow start with the bowling combination of Masoud Rangin and Elliot Fox containing the visitors and restricting the, to 27-0 off 10.

The opening batsmen then accelerated the scoring pace despite the best efforts of Chris Flint and Swaroop Dasari the score advanced to 61-0 off 15. Just when it was looking like a wicket would never come, Dasari struck when Dandeniya was dismissed LBW. This was rapidly followed by the wicket of Devarajulu who had just come to the crease, caught behind by Jack Wheeler off the bowling of Flint.

As the hosts celebrated, Abbett came to the crease and immediately asserted himself with some impressive range hitting. The partnership with Rodda  put on a further 56 before Rodda (49) was caught by Callum Morgan off Chris Kidd’s bowling at the drinks break. Shortly after, Matthew Frewin forced the wicket of Abbett, caught by Isaac Dilkes at mid-on. This prompted a succession of wickets and the scoring rate was brought back under control.

When the 8th wicket finally fell at the start of the 47th over, Old Wilsonians had moved their score onto 179 with the additional 4 wickets being claimed by Kidd , Frewin, Flint and a run  out (Rangin).  The remaining overs went the way of the visitors who threw caution to the wind and amassed an additional 33 runs, finishing their innings on a very competitive 212 with Dasari taking the 9th wicket in the final over.

The Broadstairs innings couldn’t have got off to a worse start with the top three batsmen (Fox, Dasari and Dilkes) all dismissed within the first 6 overs. It was down to the middle order to rebuild and a series of promising partnerships between Flint (12), Scott Narraway, (24) Wheeler and Frewin built the score back up to 122-5.

If Broadstairs were to fashion a victory, it required Wheeler and Frewin to remain together through to the 40 over mark. However, both succumbed within quick succession with Frewin making 19 and Wheeler 34 leaving the score at 122-7. Some determined batting from Alfie Huntley (16), Morgan (9) and Kidd (11) brought Broadstairs within sight of the target. However, when Huntley finally fell in the 45th over, leaving Rangin on 1 and the total on 166, it was clear that the early collapse had made the chase an all-but-impossible one.

Next week, the 1st XI make the trip to Nonington who are on equal points with Broadstairs in Division 2 – the match promises to be another testing encounter.