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3rd XI - Match centre

Bromley Town CC - 1st XI
Bexley CC - 3rd XI
Sat 24 Jun 13:00 - Kent Regional Cricket League - Premier Start time 13:00

The Daiquiri Destroyer shakes up the league.

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3s make it 2 in 2

The 3rdXI extended their winning streak (to two games) with an excellent performance against title contenders, Bromley Town.

Following a victory against Mersham Sports, the Bexley boys arrived with a sense of confidence that hadn’t been seen since early April. There were a few changes to the team; Hume and Zaki returned to bolster the captain’s spin options, with Dan Haley arriving to strengthen the top-order.

Given the recent tropical climate, Bexley were surprised to be greeted by a luscious green pitch, which was enough to persuade the Skipper to have a bowl. The coin Gods duly obliged, so it was Bromley who would be batting first.

After a slightly shaky opening over, the new-ball pairing of Cryer and Russell settled into an excellent rhythm to restrict the scoring of the Town's opening batsmen. The latter displayed a level of line and length way beyond his 30 years, which was soon rewarded when he grabbed a wicket. Russell continued to toil away, finishing with dobber-esque figures of 12 overs, 4 maidens, 1 for 29. Following the hard work of the two seamers, Captain Lush introduced himself from the far end, hoping to make the most of some cloud-cover and an unusually shiny ball. It didn’t take him long as he picked up a caught and bowled from the classic ‘full-toss’ – much to the dismay of Cryer and Russell…

As a few more wickets tumbled, the 3rdXI continued to work hard in the field to support the spin twins of Hume (5-25) and Zaki (2-45). Both bowled exceptionally well, with Hume displaying lovely control to pick up his wickets. At 133/9 things were looking really promising and spirits were high. However, the final pair batted well which lead to a tenth wicket partnership of 38, meaning Bexley would be chasing 171 to win.

George Newell (fresh from an evening on the Strawberry Daiquiris) started positively, with an array of cuts and drives which helped build a solid platform for the run-chase. An excellent partnership with Haley (30) led the third team to the unusual position of 80-1, which was met with pleasure and surprise in equal measures. When Haley fell to a brilliant in-swinging delivery, it was the turn of ‘Big Abs’ Pradhan, who quickly put the Bromley attack to the sword, with a quick-fire swashbuckling 33. By now, the fat lady had warmed her vocal chords and not even the 3’s could throw it away… 20 points were on their way back to Manor Way and would be toasted with a jug of the finest Rioja courtesy of the Spin-King, Stuart Hume.

Highlight of the day was undoubtably the superb 71* from Newell, which was much needed at the top of the order and will give the batting unit confidence going into the second half of the season.

Next week will see the much publicised mid-season break, giving the players a chance to re-group and prepare for the next fixture, a crucial 40-pointer against rivals Blackheath Wanderers.

[i][/Nick Stroudleyi]

Scorecard

Bexley CC - 3rd XI won the toss and elected to field

Bromley Town CC - 1st XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Rob Drinkwater
b. G Lush
28
 
Michael Armenakis
b. J Russell
19
 
Matthew Betts
ct. G Lush, b. G Lush
0
 
Matt Shepherd
st. N Stroudley, b. A Zaki
41
 
Tom Goodyear
ct. A Pradhan, b. S Hume
1
 
Thomas Smith
b. S Hume
5
 
Ian Ferrier
lb. S Hume
7
 
Luke Loverage
ct. D Haley, b. A Zaki
4
 
Tim Leech
ct. A Zaki, b. S Hume
2
 
Matt Twose
Not Out
15
 
Lewis Dicker
ct. D Hathrill, b. S Hume
22
 
Extras
7w, 12b, 6lb, 2nb
27
Total
for 10 wickets 45.3 overs
171

Bexley CC - 3rd XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Mark Cryer
9
1
31
0
3.4
Joseph Russell
12
4
29
1
2.4
George Lush
6
1
23
2
3.8
Stuart Hume
10.3
2
25
5
2.5
Ahmad Zaki
8
1
45
2
5.6

Bexley CC - 3rd XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Rohan Moon
lb. L Loverage
6
 
George Newell
Not Out
71
 
Daniel Haley
b. M Twose
30
 
Abhishek Pradhan
b. M Betts
33
 
Nick Stroudley
lb. M Shepherd
8
 
David Hathrill
Not Out
10
 
George Lush
Did Not Bat
 
Stuart Hume
Did Not Bat
 
Joseph Russell
Did Not Bat
 
Ahmad Zaki
Did Not Bat
 
Mark Cryer
Did Not Bat
 
Extras
7w, 6b, 1lb
14
Total
for 4 wickets 37.5 overs
172

Bromley Town CC - 1st XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Matt Twose
12
4
28
1
2.3
Luke Loverage
7
0
25
1
3.6
Matthew Betts
7
1
34
1
4.9
Lewis Dicker
3
1
18
0
6.0
Michael Armenakis
6
0
42
0
7.0
Matt Shepherd
2.5
0
18
1
9.0

Team selection

Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.

League round up

Other Premier results

Rodmersham CC - 1st XI
141
303/6
The Roebucks CC - 1st XI
Staplehurst CC - 1st XI
322/2
161/7
Wickham Park CC - 1st XI
Mersham Sports CC - 1st XI
163
173
Blackheath Wanderers CC - 1st XI

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League table

# Team Pts
1. Staplehurst CC - 1st XI 263
2. Kings Hill CC - Saturday 1st XI 254
3. The Roebucks CC - 1st XI 245
4. Bromley Town CC - 1st XI 220
5. Blackheath Wanderers CC - 1st XI 200
6. Bexley CC - 3rd XI 198
7. Wickham Park CC - 1st XI 171

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