Impressive win for Broadstairs 1st XI
Broadstairs 1st XI completed their fourth win of the season in a low-scoring nail-biter of a contest away to Nonington. The visitors won the toss and elected to bat on what was to turn out to be a deceptively slow pitch.
The openers Swaroop Dasari and Elliot Fox started carefully and by 14 overs, with the score at 41-0, it was looking like a reasonably high score could be on the cards. However, the dismissal of Fox (6) prompted two further quick wickets with Dasari (32) and Isaac Dilkes (0) both departing. It was then down to Chris Flint and Scott Narraway to steady the ship and they managed to add a further 38 runs before Flint (19) was bowled. With subsequent partnerships barely extending beyond 10 runs and only Narraway (23) and Alfie Huntley (11) reaching double figures, the Broadstairs innings stuttered to a final total of 122 with 8.4 overs left of the possible 50.
It was clear that Broadstairs would need to bowl accurately and claim early wickets if they were to be in with a chance of rescuing the match. They couldn’t have wished for a better start with opener Chris Flint bowling the Nonington captain Jamie Burrett in his first over. However, the partnership of Paul Betts and Daniel Birch began to establish itself and by the end of the 13th over, and the score at 46-1, it was looking like Nonington’s match to lose. The momentum shift came when Fox and Dasari came on to continue their partnership, now as bowlers rather than batsmen.
Over the next 13 overs, Dasari claimed 4 wickets, reducing Nonington to 64-5 and putting the outcome back in the balance. The final act came with the re-introduction of Flint and Chris Kidd who were able to remove the tail with the addition of just 29 runs and completing a 29 run victory. Dasari finished with figures of 4-11 off 7 overs and Kidd with figures of 4-11 off 6.4.
The win maintains Broadstairs’ 4th place in Division 2. With some very talented batsmen in the side who still haven’t yet fully fired this season, Broadstairs are hoping that the next match at home to Gravesend will signal an improvement in this department and help to build on what has been an excellent start to the season.
Broadstairs 2nds v Nonington. Kent League Division 2
On another hot but this time blustery day at the BCG, second team skipper Andy Marshall won the toss and elected to bat against a weak Nonington team.
With no Lee Hewitt to open the batting with Brian Simpson this week, Marshall took it upon himself to face the new ball. Nonington captain Adam Cork opened the bowling with his slow deceptive off spin along with the medium pace of Greg Lound in his debut season for Nonington. It was Lound who made the early breakthrough, Marshall deciding to leave the ball at the last minute and inducing an inside edge onto his stumps. Simpson soon followed, Cork’s slow offies too much of a temptation and Broadstairs 2 down for just 11 runs on the board.
The young talents of Callum Morgan and Luke Palmer then moved the score onto 31 before Palmer was bowled for 10, bringing the inform James Bond to the crease. Bond had a licence to thrill and cracked a boundary from his first delivery. With the score on 49 Morgan (16) was adjudged LBW to Lound. Lewis Hewitt then joined Bond and struck some blows to the Nonington bowling attack, before falling victim to Cork and finding a fielder in the deep. Farjad Yasir promoted up the order due to recent form batted with a wise head and helped Bond move the score from 72-5 onto 125.
Yasir was finally bowled for 28 but it was a vital innings and took pressure off Bond. Bradley Ellison failed again after being run out, Oli Frewin then played some splendid cover drives to finish not out 14. Bond finally fell for a brilliant 62 and Broadstairs managed to finish on 183-9 from their 50 overs.
After yet another hearty Broadstairs tea (they really are the best in the Kent league!) Broadstairs took to the field, Ellison and Farjad again opening the bowling. First team player Josh Tutton returning from injury dispatching the first ball of the innings over the mid wicket boundary. Ellison struggled early on to find his usually accurate line and length, and Yasir at the other end seemed to struggle going for 20 form his 3 overs. Lewis Hewitt then replaced Yasir and made the breakthrough, bowling Bennett with the score on 42.
Hewitt then made another vital contribution, taking a brilliant catch to dismiss the dangerous Tutton for 24. This rejuvenated Ellison and he claimed another wicket in his next over, James bond taking the slip catch and Nonington were 55-3. Bradley Ellison was now into his rhythm and had Goulden LBW, Eastman and Harrison both clean bowled leaving Ellison with figures of 5-28 form his 15 overs.
Callum McCormick also clean bowled the skipper Cork leaving the visitors in trouble at 83-7. Brian Simpson then took a brilliant diving one handed catch for McCormick to claim another wicket and at 86-8 the game was all but over. Broadstairs had 19 overs to claim the last 2 wickets, surely they would get the 20 points.
Stubborn wicket keeper French wasn’t giving his wicket up easy and it took a bit of magic from Simpson whipping the bails off with lightning speed as Laurent ventured from his crease (Will Lee Hewitt be able to get the gloves back after this performance from Simpson?) The ever reliable golden arm of Oli Frewin picking up yet another wicket and Broadstairs winning inside 38 overs, Nonington were all out for 103.
Broadstairs travel to Gravesend next week still in third position, With Bond not available and Lee Hewitt still away Marshall has a couple of big holes to fill.