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Saturday Third XI Results 2006
Date TW Score Opposition Score Venue Result Team
31/10/06 11 out of 13 wins see previous detail Mainly the TWCC Bar ... TWCC III promoted !! TW III XI
After an unhealthy wait, the news finally came through that the the TWCC Third XI had gained a second promotion spot into the 'A' Division of the Feeder League. Thus it is that Steve Niker's men and boys had stamped their mark on a Season which carried with it almost every permutation of anxiety and jubilation, deservedly completing matters with the crowning accolade of advancement. This eventuality will no doubt be fully acknowledged in the end-of-year report, due to follow the AGM upcoming shortly. Hearty congratulations are in order to all of those who performed so well, not forgetting the 'back-office' teams of tea-makers, umpires, scorers and supporters.
09/09/06 214 all out Betsham 235 for 8 wkts Betsham TW III lost by 21 runs TW III XI
Tunbridge Wells 3rd XI Championship hopes were finally over when Bickley Park achieved victory, and the Wells suffered a 21-run defeat against Betsham. The excellent track and short boundaries produced another run fest, with the classy Jason Hardy scoring 84 for Betsham. This was backed up by a belligerent 78 from Hilton Bayayai, whose innings included six large sixes. It was to the Wells' credit that they kept Betsham to 235, with another excellent spell of 3-40 by Wells 3rd XI Player of the Year, Andy Kerrison. Wells' innings started at a blistering pace with 40 off the first six overs, but when skipper David Wells was out, quickly followed by Richard Cutts and Andrew Kerrison, the Wells were up against it. An 85-run partnership between Pradeep Muragesan and BJ Allatt gave the Wells hope. However, despite a fighting innings of 84 by Allatt, two excellent catches on the boundary left the Wells 21 runs short of victory. Notwithstanding the disappointment of defeat, TW 3rd XI have had an excellent year, winning 11 out of 13 games and 2 friendlies. They now await to hear if their second place will be enough to gain promotion.
02/09/06 161 for 6 wkts Lamorbey Park 160 for 9 wkts Upper Nevill TW III won by 4 wkts TW III XI
In a 72 over match, Tunbridge Wells kept their championship hopes alive after a virtuoso batting performance from Pradeep Muragesan. He made 96 not out in of a score of 161-6; when he came to the wicket, the Wells were 4-3 after a disastrous start to their run chase. In difficult conditions, he produced a series of wristy shots, hitting 17 boundaries all around the ground. He was particularly severe through mid-wicket, the covers, and also played some fine straight drives. A partnership of 75, with Andy Kerrison (22), steadied the Wells innings, but crucially was well above the required run rate. Dave Thomas and young Chris Williams then partnered Muragesan in key partnerships to win the game. Lamorbey Park had threatened to make a large score but Andy Kerrison again took vital wickets, especially the dangerous South African Jayson Stanley, for a classy 61. Chris Williams (3-24) and Ben Allatt (2-26) grabbed vital wickets at the end of the visitors' iinnings. This enabled Wells to face an achievable score. Bickley Park are still ahead of the Wells in the league, but the championship outcome goes down to the final week-end. The Wells have won 11 out of 12 league games with three games rained off.
26/08/06 153 for 9 wkts Dulwich 152 for 7 wkts Upper Nevill TW III won by 1 wkt TW III Friendly XI
Tunbridge Wells' young 3rd XI side achieved an exciting one wicket victory against a very sporting Dulwich side in a friendly match on the Upper Nevill on Saturday. Skipper Steve Niker inserted Dulwich on a slow but drying wicket. Young Chris Williams removed the opener to a fine diving slip catch by Pradeep Muragesan. However, his decision to bowl Elliott Hughes, in his final game before leaving for the USA, surprised his team-mates, but he bowled a tight 8 over spell and grabbed his first wicket in Senior cricket. Young Liam Flint took three wickets in an excellent spell in his first Saturday game for the Wells. A hard hit 50 by D Russell backed by E Lockett 21 not out lifted Dulwich to 152-7 in 40 overs. Wells' Young Openers Emerson Wood and Chris Williams, started well. They put on 36 for the first wicket until Williams was bowled. Nick Sharpe (38) and Wood (40) took the score to 106 with a series of fine shots before a major collapse left the final partnership to make 12 runs for victory. Fittingly, it was Elliott Hughes, who scored the final runs to lead the Wells to victory with a four and a six, whilst skipper Steve Niker was able to keep his wicket intact. The Saturday 3rd XI have two vital league games the next two Saturdays to decide if they will come Second or First in their league.
19/08/06 146 for 3 wkts Blue Star 143 all out Upper Nevill TW III won by 7 wkts TW III XI
Wells won the toss and put Blue Star in to bat, and took wickets regularly enough to prevent the strong top-order from pulling away. Chris Holman (21) and Andy Harper (33) put together the basis of the innings, but Wells dismissed both as the score moved on to 79-4. Andy Kerrison (3-38) then ensured that the target would be within bounds, only Simon Kidby defying the youthful and varied attack for long as the batting fell from 102-4 to 143 all out, all of the Wells bowlers enjoying some success in a fine collective effort. The chase featured a splendid, dominant not out 68 from Kerrison (11 fours), support coming from Elliott Hughes and skipper David Wells as the score rose to 116-2. The opening stand was worth 62, the second stand 54, and the victory surge was barely interrupted as BJ Allatt smacked the final runs with Kerrison to reel in a comfortable 7-wicket win to maintain the lead at the head of the Table. Only rivals Bickley Park remain in contention for promotion along with Wells, it being still unclear whether one or two sides go up at the end of the campaign. Kerrison's fine all-round performance was the highlight of the match.
12/08/06 253 for 9 wkts Centymca 82 all out Upper Nevill TW III won by 171 runs TW III XI
Wells batted first in the gloom, and at 80-3 the match was finely balanced. Pradeep Muragesan, however, continued his in-form 2006 effectiveness, this time going on to a personal best of 93 (12 fours and 3 sixes). Supported by Elliott Hughes (43) in a fourth partnership of 92, Pradeep ensured that his side would post a daunting short-overs target, and he himself saw the score up to 237-7 before unluckily falling short of three figures, in which he was in good company over the last few weeks. Callum Wood added some telling blows, and Centymca were finally set 254 to get at more than a run-per-ball. The reply featured a second stand of 33 between skipper Matthew Warne and opener John Denton, but Mark Thompson (5-35) was irresistable, and supported by Oliver Priestman (4-33), blew away the visitors' innings in just 16 of the 21 overs required to complete the rout. No other batsman reached double figures, and with sharp catching and groundwork, despite the unhelpful conditions, Wells romped to a win by a margin of 171 runs. They continue to head the table, but chasers Bickley Park have one game in hand, and a 10-point deficit to make-up.
29/07/06 261 for 5 wkts Bickley Park 265 for 8 wkts Upper Nevill TW lost by 2 wkts TW III XI
The two top teams in their League fought out a high-scoring match on the upper Nevill, with Bickley Park emerging as narrow winners by just two wickets with 10 balls to spare. Skipper David Wells batted first and opened up with young Emerson Wood, and so well did these two play that 143 runs were hit up for the first stand in a little more than 27 overs. Sure strokeplay brought Wells 18 fours and one six in 91 balls, whilst Wood notched 9 fours before being unluckily run out two shy of his fifty. Wells fell at the same score for a pulsating 93, whereupon Ollie Jones hit up a rapid undefeated 73 (10 x 4, 1 x 6) which piloted the total past 250 as wickets were sacrificed for quick runs. The eventual target was a forbidding 262 for the win. Bickley Park also revelled in batsman-friendly conditions, Dondeenu and Bradshaw each putting up half-centuries, but Wells stayed in the hunt as their young bowlers kept knocking back the chase. The reply had an ominously solid feel to it, however, and the score reached 201-5 with the game in the balance. Young Colt Christian Dell, purveying left-arm orthodox off-spin, came to the party with a very well-earned 5-52, and Wells nicked out three more batsmen as the score inched up to 240-8. Bradshaw, nonetheless, saw through the effort with a valiant undefeated 63, partnered by the nerveless number ten, and TW's record winning run was ended by the closest of margins in a fine game of attacking cricket. Wells remain at the head of the table despite the result, with a welcome rest next weekend before battle resumes in the title-race.
22/07/06 152 for 2 wkts Lamorbey Park 151 all out Lamorbey Park (Catford) TW III won by 8 wkts TW III XI
Tunbridge Wells 3rd XI strengthened their place at the top of the table with a 20-point win against Lamorbey Park. Wells' plan was to try and bowl the opposition out and get the runs before the threatened storms arrived. However, after just 7 hostile overs from BJ Allatt and Mark Thompson, and one early wicket, the rains arrived, causing a 35 minute delay. BJ Allatt and Thompson took a wicket apiece, but, with a wet ball and a skidding wicket, Wells found it difficult to get the futher vital breakthoughs. The two South Africans, Jay Stanley and Greg Clark, gave some momentum to the Park innings, reaching 110-3 before Andrew Kerrison bowled an excellent spell grabbing both their wickets in an 11 over 4-30 stint. Vipen Sharma demolished the tail, with all his victims clean bowled, thereby gaining maximum bowling points. This left a final score of 151 to chase. Will Stickler and Andrew Kerrison looked to finish the game early, and scored 64 in the first 10 overs. Kerrison departed after an opening partnership of 80, which brought in debutant Freddie Quirk, who scored a classy 44 not out from 46 balls. Stickler struck the ball fluently through mid-on and the covers, scoring 77 off 93 balls, to enable the Wells to win in 31.2 overs and before further rain could affect the game. This win sets up the Wells for a top of the table clash with Bickley Park next week but with a 32 point lead, and with promotion and championship destiny now in their hands. Incredibly, this was an eighth consecutive full win for the XI, thought to be a Club Record.
15/07/06 292 for 5 wkts Betsham 122 all out Upper Nevill TW III won by 170 runs TW III XI
Tunbridge Wells 3rd XI climbed to the top of the table with a 170-run win over Betsham. The victory was based around a 144-run second-wicket partnership between David Wells (81) and Jamie Baldwin (110), and then five wickets in an excellent opening spell from Mark Thompson, whose 5-42 included three fine slip catches by Will Stickler. Jamie Baldwin's century came in 82 balls and contained 18 boundaries, with one six being particularly severe through the off-side. David Wells anchored the innings, striking 12 boundaries and being out with 15 overs remaining, with the score at 177 after 31 overs. Pradeep Muragesan (25), Simon Pereira (26 not out) and Nick Sharp (16 in 10 balls) supported Baldwin in another run-fest on an excellent home track. The splendid home running between the wickets left the opposition frustrated. Betsham gave a spirited response, with Paul King hitting a quickfire 50, but although starting at a good run rate, wickets fell to counter-act this, Mark Thompson gaining the first 4 wickets to fall, three of which were in the slip cordon. His fifth wicket removed the dangerous King. Betsham had little response to Baldwin's leg-spinners, which brought him 3-24 in 8 overs, and Emerson Wood (2-12), who ripped through the Betsham tail. With title chasers, Bickley Park, not playing, the Wells are now top of the League, and looking to add further pressure on Bickley Park, who do not play next week either. Wells' young side have coped admirably when losing players to higher elevens. A curiosity of the game was that each side conceded a five-run-penalty as the ball hit a stray helmet behind the 'keeper.
08/07/06 152 for 4 wkts Hayes 151 all out Hayes TW III won by 6 wkts TW III XI
An admirable team effort saw Tunbridge Wells' weakened Third team record their sixth win in succession, this time against a strong Hayes side at Hayes, who are just below them in the Table. Mark Thompson struck in the first over, clean- bowling the Hayes opener to lift the young Wells side. After a steadying recovery, with 39 off 13 overs, the dangerous Davis and Brown both fell to Oli Jones's spin, while AJ Kerrison bowled a tight spell backed by some excellent fielding. Hayes struggled to get the spinners away during this phase, and Jones picked up two further wickets to reel in figures of 4-32 in 12 overs. G.Morrison (51) and Rob Leach (24) launched a fearsome assault on the Wells bowler with 12 overs remaining, and lifted the score to 130-5, when young Emerson Wood came on to bowl 5 overs at the death. He took 3-20 to gain maximum bowling points and also removed Morrison in his spell. Kerrison had Leach stumped, and then ran out Hayes 1st teamer, Fieldwick, to leave Hayes 151 all out. Wells lost David Wells to a horrible shooter at 14, but Kerrison settled in to play an excellent innings of 55, backed by a fifty from Oli Jones, who was not quite in his fluent form of previous weeks, and together they put on 86 for the second wicket as Hayes' fielding became progressively more ragged. Pradeep Muragesan made 19 not out, and Simon Perreira 13 against Fieldwick, to guide Wells to victory. It was fitting that Mark Thompson should hit the winning boundary with a fine hit over long-on. An excellent 20-point victory was thus achieved to keep the Wells promotion campaign on course, with another key performance by one of their youngsters, Emerson Wood.
01/07/06 291 for 7 wkts HSBC 92 all out Upper Nevill TW III won by 199 runs TW III XI
Tunbridge Wells III recorded their fifth win in succession, thereby keeping their promotion charge going. They beat HSBC by 199 runs, after a fine bowling and fielding performance had supported another run-fest with Richard Cutts (85) being the pick of the Wells innings. David Wells, stand-in skipper, showed his intent with a six in the first over. An opening partnership of 59 between Wells and Harry Florry laid the basis for Wells' monster score, Wells making 54 with a string of fine cover drives. Oli Jones struck a couple of large sixes but miscued as the score stuttered to 131-4 after 27 overs. Richard Cutts, in his first knock of the year, played a series of off- and on-drives that increased the momentum of the innings, partnerships of 58 with Pradeep Muragesan (29), and of 60 with BJ Allatt (28), taking the game out of reach of HSBC. Cutts stroked 16 boundaries and one six in just 68 balls, running well between the wickets to increase the pressure on the Bank XI. The final total of 291 was reached as the 46 overs were completed. Graeme Corbishley struck twice in his opening spell, and, with Mark Thompson bowling tightly, the HSBC batsmen were soon under pressure to chase the large total. Sunny Mohammed gained the wicket of Aktar Butt (28), who had offered some resistance, but the chief wicket-taker was Ollie Jones, whose leg-spin and top spin brought him 4-21 in an excellent eight-over spell, with Andrew Kerrison gaining a wicket with turn and bounce. All the Wells' players had been involved in putting out HSBC for 92, a disciplined and deadly team effort giving no chance of escape.
24/06/06 294 for 2 wkts Buckhurst 174 for 8 wkts Sevenoaks TW III won by 120 runs TW III XI
Tunbridge Wells 3rd XI recorded their 4th win in a row, by 120 runs, against Buckhurst at their own ground. For the second week running, one of Tunbridge Wells youngsters recorded a maiden league hundred, Alex Williams making 116 in just 32 overs. He hit 19 boundaries, including a huge six onto the pavilion roof. His main scoring shots comprised excellent cover drives, and some big shots over midwicket that took heavy toll on the Buckhurst attack. He put on 171 runs for the second wicket with Oli Jones, who added some powerful hitting to make 97 not out, just failing to reach his century as the overs ran out. Jones hit two large straight sixes, and 14 boundaries, as he fed on a tiring attack with powerful hitting through the off side. The Wells made a massive 294 in 46 overs with David Wells (27) and Pradeep Muragesan (28 not out) the other scorers. This effort topped that of the previous week as the highest score made in this Division. A fighting 58 not out by Royston Davis, the Buckhurst number 7 batsmen, allowed Buckhurst to reach 174-8 in their 46 overs. However, with Jan Ball taking 2-11 in 9 overs, 7 of which were maidens, Buckhurst lost by over 120 runs, and will be pleased that their double-header with Wells is over. Vipen Sharma took two wickets in a hostile and fast spell, but Wells just could not take the final two wickets to complete matters in the standard fashion. This win puts Wells in second place in the league, with skipper Steve Niker's target of promotion to a higher league now looking a realistic target.
17/06/06 282 for 7 wkts Buckhurst 132 all out Upper Nevill TW III won by 150 runs TW III XI
A well-crafted maiden century from Will Arthur (113), which included 15 boundaries, was the basis for Wells' impregnable total of 282-7, as they gained their third 20-point victory in a row. Arthur was involved in a 3rd wicket partnership of 136 with Grant Stephens, upon which the foundation of the innings was built. In an excellent knock, Arthur batted correctly with delightful shots through both the off and on side. His smart running between the wickets also brought extra runs. Grant Stephens, making another comeback from injury, got his 66 runs in 48 balls, his first fifty since before 2001. When he was out, both Andrew Kerrison (24 in 11 balls) and Pradeep Muragesan (18 in 15 balls) continued the onslaught. The final total was the highest total Wells have scored in the Kent League West. Buckhurst made a spirited response through Peter Lydden (20) and Chris Young-Wooton (46), and, after 14 overs, were 60-2. However, Andrew Kerrison took 3-23 with his off-spin, and Jan Ball, on his return from University, claimed 5-18 in just 3.4 overs with his swing and spin. The victory was wrapped up with 15 overs to spare, by a margin of 150 runs. This victory pushes the Wells into the promotion race, a welcome fulfilment, thus far, of the side's ambitions.
10/06/06 192 for 8 wkts Hayes 174 all out Upper Nevill TW III won by 18 runs TW III XI
In a close and sporting content, Tunbridge Wells 3rd XI gained their second 20 point win in a row. Wells' innings was built around a patient 49 by 15-year-old opener Alex Williams, supported by David Wells (20), Pradeep Muragesan (21) and Saeed Ahmed (22). In a vital 6th wicket partnership, Graeme Corbishley (30) and Mark Thompson added 40 runs in quick time to enable the Wells to put 192 on the board. Hayes openers Seller (63) and Walker (11) put on 40 for the first wicket. Thompson and Corbishley then took three wickets, but Hayes were still on course for victory. After 23 overs, Hayes were 103-4, and took 15 runs from the first over following the drinks break. A double bowling change swung the game in Wells favour, however, Vipin Sharma bowling the dangerous Morrison and grabbing another wicket in his next over. Mark Thompson bowled tightly at the other end, before his brilliant pick up and throw from the boundary grabbed the 8th wicket, and he then bowled the penultimate batsman and had the final batsman caught by Alex Williams to give the Wells a vital victory in their promotion challenge. Further good news for the club was Sunday's game against Australian Touring side from Perth, Karrup. Alex Willaims scored his maiden century for the club in a TW Sunday score of 241-2; Karrup made 210 chasing the total.
03/06/06 89 for 3 wkts HSBC 88 all out Beckenham TW III won by 7 wkts TW III XI
Tunbridge Wells opening bowlers, Graeme Corbishley (3-6 in 9 overs) and Mark Thompsom (3-18 in 10 overs) reduced the HSBC to 12-6 and effectively won the game from the outset. A plucky innings of 48 by Billy Woollard showed some of the more experienced bankers how to bat, which enabled HSBC to reach 86, Andy Kerrison capturing 3 wickets to wrap up the HSBC innings in the 30th over. Josh Harrison (23) and Alex Williams put on 35 for the first wicket, before the loss of three wickets brought Ollie Jones and David Wells to the wicket. Jones powered 6 boundaries in an unbeaten 32 that entertained the crowd and guided Tunbridge Wells to their first win of the season. With their previous 3 league games being rained off, skipper Steve Niker was delighted to pick up the maximum 20 points. The side are well-placed in the table, having games in hand on the leaders.
13/05/06 206 for 7 dec Dulwich 95 all out Upper Nevill/Nevill TW III won by 111 runs TW III Friendly XI
Wells batted first and stumbled to 109-6 before an excellent 48 from Graeme Corbishley and a whirlwind 29 by Vipen Sharma (13 balls) led them to the safety of 200-plus. Earlier, Theo Burley (23), Nigel Keess (26), and Andy Kerrison (18) had all fallen when looking set to make a major contribution. Dulwich fielded excellently, with some smart catches and good groundwork. The reply got off to a flier, the visitors hitting up 40 in 6 overs, but, after Lawrence Taylor had removed the dangerman Edwards, Dulwich had little answer to the Wells pace attack. Graeme Corbishley, Saeed Ahmed and Vipen each grabbed a brace of wickets, the last also effecting a smart run-out, and Wells strode to victory by 111 runs.
06/05/06 199 for 5 wkts Blue Star 30 for no wkt (A) Abandoned TW III XI
Batting first, Wells were set up by a pedigree debut knock of 51 from David Wells, whose runs were made as the score rose to 79-4. The home attack had battled well up to this point, but firstly Andy Kerrison (20) and then skipper Kevin Matthews saw to the consolidation, after which Matthews (57*) and Pradeep Muragesan added an unbeaten 80 runs for the 6th wicket. This partnership effectively made Wells safe at 199-5, and Matthews' maiden half-century (8 fours) was a match-turning knock which deserved better than the subsequent abandonment of the game. The Blue Star reply was steady at 30-0 from 9 overs, and showed to advantage the bowling of Saeed Ahmed and Vipen Sharma, who troubled both of the batsmen, yet the weather intervened finally at this point, and the contest was not allowed to proceed to a conclusion. Again a share-out of the points was all that could be achieved, notwithstanding the excellent contributions already noted.
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