Broadstairs First X1 went to the top of Kent Division 2 after a 108 run victory against Gore Court. It was a game where the bowlers were generally on top of the batsmen on a pitch that gave assistance to bowlers of both sides.
Skipper, Chris Kidd opted to bat at the toss and soon after overseas star, Swaroop Dasari was back in the pavilion having edged the impressive Adeel Hussain to the wicket keeper for a second ball duck. Elliot Fox and Chris Flint then had to dig in against the hostile attack of Boyns and Hussain. It was Boynes who was to remove Flint for 13, adjudged LBW, Isaac DIlkes, bowled for 5 and the returning Andrew Bailey, caught behind, for 2. At 49-4, the omens were not good.
Fox was now taking the attack to the visitors, but was initially, finding the fielders, who clearly felt that the game was in their grasp. Fox had the ideal partner in this situation in Scott Naraway, who bided his time with good solid, defensive technique, waiting for the odd bad ball, which he punished. Fox was now, also able to break the tight infield and add boundaries to his singles.
Having built a 40 run partnership, it was a surprise when Fox was caught, to a rare loose shot, having scored 49. It had been another mature innings, from the young opener. He will be disappointed in the manner of his dismissal. Narraway was joined by Jack Wheeler, who mixed good defence with some robust blows. A second important partnership of 51 was built for the sixth wicket before Narraway (35) was caught and bowled by the useful, well traveled, Faisal Zaman, with a well bowled slower ball.
Alfie Huntley contributed a valuable 11 and Jamie Dewell struck a few good blows to see the score rise to 183 for 6 in the allotted 50 overs. Hussain finished with 2-23 off 10 overs and Sam Boynes, 3-30.
The pundits on the sideline felt that this was a good total and would be too challenging for a team that had struggled chasing this season.
Broadstairs gave the new ball to Dewell, bowling from the Park Avenue end. He produced his best bowling to date for the Ist Team. He had Kent caught at the wicket, by an impressive, Wheeler, for 10, and bowled Palmer for 0. (Dewell 10-20-3)
There then followed an unfortunate mishap for opener Edwards. Williams, his partner had hit hard to Scott Naraway, who attempted a diving catch, initially held, but dislodged on hitting the ground. Palmer, had run, but Williams had stayed in his crease. The ball was returned to the bowlers end and the appeal was made for a run out. After a long consultation the umpires gave the inevitable decision that the ball was not dead and Palmer was out. It would take more than smooth negotiations from the off-field and off duty umpire at the Pavilion to placate some incensed Gore Court players.
Fox removed Kumar for 0 and Captain Kidd entered the attack with Farjad Yasir, on debut. Kidd picked up 4 quick wickets in 3 overs. It was left to Dilkes to pick up the final wicket in his second over. Gore Court dismissed for 75 in the 29th over.
Broadstairs are still not firing on all cylinders. Good totals are made by building partnerships. Batsmen need to hang around and build partnerships, and when they do, inevitably good totals accrue, even on pitches that are initially, challenging.
Thanks to the ground staff of Terry Kidd with his apprentice, Chairman Brian Solly, for the good cricketing pitch produced. They must be hoping for a good fall of rain to give the ground a good soak…but not in the 48 hours before the match. Nothing much forecast for this week!
Next week the Seconds are at home to Hayes. Midday start.
The 1st X1 travel to Folkestone who have, like Broadstairs won four of their last five games. Folkestone defeated the useful Chestfield side, chasing down 267. No mean feat. It should be a real test for their promotion aspirations as we reach the mid season.
Report David Parker