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Saturday First XI Results 2008

06 Sep 2008 - The Nevill game was called off at 13.45, and news came in half-an-hour later that Lordswood, at Blackheath, had suffered the same fate .. thus by the narrowest margin, TWCC First XI retained Premier status for 2009. Those vital bat-first wins had saved the day, and the XI can reflect upon the glory of second place in June 08 and that final result at The Foxgrove on 30 August ...

 

TWCC end 2008 with notable success through 5 League campaigns ... 

   The rain which swept over much of Kent on 6 Sep 08 was a blessing in several ways as TWCC gained unexpected respite from the difficulties thus created.

The flagship First XI evaded relegation thanks to their bat-first victories in the season, finishing tied otherwise on points and wins with Lordswood, and will compete again at the top level in 2009. Continued mention in Wisden 2009 beckons in addition. TWCC, who had been second-placed in June, in retrospect owed almost everything to an heroic unbroken last-wicket stand against Lordswood at The Nevill for the rearguard that kept them in contention to survive right to the very end. A final victory against Beckenham brought the 20 points required to enable the escape to finally take place.

   At Gore Court, TW II had another chance to secure the Championship Title, Bexley having been rained off, but the plan misfired as the home side moved to victory in the gloom of a monsoon evening, and the XI had to settle for the Runners-Up spot. This was, in itself, a remarkable achievement, following promotion in 2007, and will no doubt serve to fire up a renewed ambition for 2009.

   With TW IV already in the SN KCL for 2009, TW III had many moments of nailbiting tension before the denouement of the vital Dartfordians match allowed the same measure of delight at promotion. Forced into abandonment at The Upper Ground, the IIIs were therefore 19 points ahead of their only challenger, and, amazingly, Dartfordians played out their game but managed only 18 points. This outcome gave the title to TW III by just one point, with thanks no doubt to the Shooters Hill late order, and a double elevation to the SN KCL for 2009. The effort was all the more exceptional in that as many as four matches were wiped out by rain, and no opponent suffered quite so heavily.

The Sunday XI achieved joint second place in the Aero Sunday League after a season which had seen them rock between second and third spot for much of the year after a mini-run of unfortunate reverses early on.

   Thus the 2008 Season brought much success and genuine reward for the Club right down the list, with the distinct promise of better things yet in 2009 and thereafter. These events were digested amid predications and foretellings at the annual Curry Night, which was attended with panomphean wassail long into the evening ...

Alan Cutts - 09/09/2008


Date  Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents

Score

Opponents Result
30 Aug 2008
The Foxgrove
212 for 8 wkts
164 all out
Beckenham & Sydenham CC I XI
TWCC won by 48 runs

TWCC travelled to Beckenham knowing that anything less than a victory meant almost certain relegation, and so, winning the toss, skipper Simon Routh batted first on a fine track. Mark Alexander rolled back the years to post a superbly-paced hundred for Wells, which served to propel the visitors' innings into the almost unfamiliar but welcome territory of 200-plus runs. In spite of an early wicket falling, young Gregor Paterson (37) kept Alexander company in a second-wicket partnership of 114 which grew in confidence and free-scoring the longer it went on. Incredibly, this was the first century stand of the Summer for TWCC, with Alexander easing into some trademark crashing drives and generally helping his young partner along, Paterson being content to sit back and watch the master at work as he moved effortlessly to a splendid 102 (15 fours) at almost a run-per-ball.

The leg-spin of Mudit Dayal, with veteran Ally Owen-Browne, saw to five wickets tumbling while just 54 runs were added, but Oli Reynolds marshalled a late recovery with Routh, and the score reached 212-8 at the close, AOB netting 4-44 and Dayal 3-57.

The reply suffered two early set-backs as Chris Fenwick removed the prolific Chris Isles, and Reynolds dismissed Leigh Walker. On the back foot hereafter, Beckenham tried to resist the varied Wells attack, but piece by piece, the order was dismantled, only James Evans (90) offering the required resistance and defiance. Ollie Waite assisted Evans as 64 runs were posted for the third stand, but thereafter the visiting bowlers surged relentlessly on to the victory that would keep them in the Premier Division. Fenwick grabbed 2-27, Chris Lawrence 2-30, and Fred Florry 2-40 to take out the tail-enders and reel in the 20 points. Two magnificent run-outs added to the general enthusiasm, as Wells, too long without the oxygen of success, seized the win by 48 runs with 22 balls to spare.

The result served to move Wells onto equal points with Lordswood, both ahead of Sandwich Town, with one game remaining to be played out at The Nevill against Gore Court on 6 September.

 


Date  Venue

Opponents
Score

TWCC

Score

Opponents Result
23 Aug 2008
The Nevill
134 all out
62 all out
Hartley Country Club CC I XI
TWCC lost by 72 runs

Winning the toss, Hartley batted, and soon found the track to be helpful to the home attack. The ball seamed and there was lateral movement, and Chris Lawrence revelled in the conditions as he snapped up 4-46. At the other end, Chris Fenwick put in a dynamic burst to pick up 2-21, and the League Leaders slipped to an ignominious 50-5. James Thompson hereabouts put together an innings which showed splendid defiance for 100 balls to hold the lower order together while compiling a match-turning undefeated 46 (5 fours), yet wickets continued to fall as the score passed the hundred mark. Fred Florry (2-20) and Mark Smith (2-28) brought the effort to a close, but not before a last-wicket partnership had posted 24 vital runs yet again stretching the target that Wells would have to make. Skipper Simon Routh pouched five catches behind the wicket during the course of the innings, which finished four overs short at 134 all out.

The reply thus had 59 overs in which to make 135, but the wicket was no less treacherous, and Andy Tutt (3-13), supported by Min Patel (4-14), blew away the batting after Matt Coles (2-10) had made the early breakthroughs. Just two batsmen managed double figures, and, far from seeing out the overs available, the innings was destroyed in 32.5 overs for a paltry 62. The effect of this dreadful reversal was to send Wells nosediving to the bottom of the Premier Division, while Hartley opened up a margin in their lead at the top. That 20 wickets fell for less than 200 runs on the day gave ample indication of the nature of the wicket.

For the home XI, just two games remain to salvage senior status in the Kent League.



Date  Venue

Opponents
Score

TWCC

Score

Opponents Result
16 Aug 2008
The Nevill
324 for 6 wkts
174 for 9 wkts
Sevenoaks Vine CC I XI
Losing Draw

For a second time, Wells were saved from certain defeat by a determined and stoic last-wicket partnership between Fred Florry and Chris Fenwick, which endured this time for all but thirteen overs, and so denied local rivals Sevenoaks Vine in their victory bid and kept them within reach at the lower end of the table.

Losing the toss, Wells fielded out to a massive Vine effort, John Bowden and Will House raising the score to 220-1 in all but 36 overs of quality batsmanship. The home side clearly felt that decisions went against them, but flooring as many as six chances in a patchy fielding display was disappointing, and the fightback came too late to alter the domination of the visiting batting on a splendid batting track. The attack eventually produced some success, as spinners Philip du Plessis and Fred Florry slowed the runrate while grabbing four wickets, and, in taking the pace off the ball, the innings momentum was slowed as it moved along to an eventually impressive 324-6 - but the declaration was forestalled and the full overs were used up. Just how important this might prove to be was shown by later events. Bowden notched an almost inevitable 104 with 17 fours and a six, and House made a cultured 120 after a somewhat uncertain start, and also included 17 fours.

The reply, by recent standards, produced some improvements, and indeed showed signs of fighting qualities ruined only by two dreadful and unnecessary run-outs. Alex Williams and Mark Alexander, the latter peppering the coverpoint arc, added a serene 39, while Mark Smith (37) partnered du Plessis (33) as 61 rapidly-made runs came for the fourth stand. Then came the run-outs, and the lower order again subsided as six wickets fell while just 36 runs were gathered. Enter messrs Florry and Fenwick, who had more than twelve overs to withstand, and the Vine tried everything in their armoury to dislodge one of this pair. As against Lordswood, both played fine cricket, and held out to the very end, battered by pace and beguiled by spin, as each was confronted by aggressively attacking fields and occasional short fast bowling as the overs slowly ran out. At length, the draw was achieved, and once again Wells had contrived to give themselves a bare chance of survival in the KL Premier Division with just three matches left to play.

 


Date Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents

Score

Opponents Result
02 Aug 2008
The Nevill
116 for 9 wkts
117 for 1 wkt
St.Lawrence & HC I XI
TWCC lost by 9 wkts

A delay for rain caused the game to be played out with 42 overs each, and St.Lawrence won the toss and asked Wells to bat. Hugo Snape (5-34) turned in a decisive spell which wrecked the re-shaped home line-up early on, as the score tottered to 35-5 before some token resistance was encountered. Philip du Plessis (35) partnered Dan Thirkell as 48 runs were added for the sixth stand, but Snape's second spell accounted for both, and only another last-wicket contribution took Wells to a solitary batting point as the overs ran out. Oli Reynolds and Chris Fenwick rattled up 18 untroubled runs to raise the final total to 116-9, which represented something of a recovery after the dismal start. Snape received splendid support from Alex Day (2-21) and Murray Creed, marred only by a disproportionate number of wides.

The reply was led by Dom Chambers and Creed, who posted 88 before Quentin Ferreira yorked the latter, by which time the result was almost foregone as a conclusion. Chambers went to an accomplished half-century, and, with Paul Dixey, saw to the remaining runs being made without further loss. The target was overhauled with fifteen overs to spare, and Wells were defeated at The Nevill for the third time in four games running, sliding thus into the relegation places with five games remaining from which to extricate themselves. A visit to fellow dropzone candidates Sandwich Town on the upcoming Saturday thereby assumes great importance.

 


Date  Venue

Opponents
Score

TWCC

Score

Opponents Result
26 July 2008
The Nevill
230 for 6 wkts
190 for 9 wkts
Lordswood CC I XI
Losing Draw

At length, Wells were saved from certain defeat by a determined and heroic last-wicket partnership between Fred Florry and Chris Fenwick, which also ensured that their side escaped an unwanted appearance in the bottom two on the table, and thwarted the victory march of opponents Lordswood as they too tried to lift their standing in the lists.

Losing the toss, the visitors were inserted, and quickly succumbed to 2-2 as Fenwick and Oli Reynolds grabbed a wicket apiece. Often the ball was edged, and batting was uncertain, yet the third stand prevailed briefly before Mark Smith removed Craig Ervine to send the score to 43-3. At this point, Peter Stock (89) and Amjad Khan (61) fought hard to grind out a consolidating partnership of 125 for the fourth wicket which changed the pattern of the game, while providing both respectability and relative safety. The home attack began to lack bite, and was loose to a degree, but the two batsmen lasted out through 30 overs for their runs before Smith returned to snap up two further wickets, which brought him to the double for TW I of 1000 runs and 100 wickets. The lower order gathered late runs to bring up full batting points, and the innings finally closed at 230-6 after accomplishing a notable recovery. Stock played through 132 balls in his noble effort, netting nine fours along the way, and vouchsafing his side a more than adequate total.

The chase suffered an early setback, but the score was raised to 98-2 with Smith (42) leading the way before the visiting attack brought the innings to a nadir of 119-8 as a procession, no less catastrophic than those recently endured, took place. Well as Khan bowled, in partnership with the Iles duo of James and Matt, the collapse was founded in poor concentration and woeful technique, and took the home innings to the brink. Dan Thirkell massaged the score on to 150 with Florry, whereupon that last-ditch partnership held out through ten overs while 40 runs were added with surprisingly few alarms. Thus the last pair emerged undefeated, to end the encounter on a strangely upbeat note for Wells, and the teams shook hands with the spoils shared and a place in the dropzone avoided for a further week. It was pleasant to recall the fine spirit in which the game was played out, notwithstanding the importance to both teams of the outcome.

The following week sees TWCC at The Nevill play St.Lawrence, themselves in an unaccustomed lowly position, and the batting lineup is clearly of concern with so much at stake for the XI should a further failure be suffered.

 


Date Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents

Score

Opponents Result
19 July 2008 The Nevill
106 all out
110 for no wkt
Blackheath CC I XI
TWCC lost by 10 wkts

Wells won the toss and elected to bat, but the wicket was lively for the opening 90 minutes, and Blackheath possessed the Middlesex seamer Dave Burton, who at times was unplayable, bowling an extremely tight line to his field, and getting the ball to veer and swerve or jump in the vital early stages. The uneven bounce also severely restricted the safe execution of attacking shots, although it must be stated that several batsmen looked simply unable to cope in the procession that ensued on the day.

The home order was largely rendered strokeless in the opening sixteen overs, and the frustration thus engendered brought the inevitable dismissals. An exception was Mark Smith (15), who showed that the accurate attack could be countered, but even this effort was all too brief, and the score subsided to an ignominious 42-6 before some stout resistance was encountered. Dan Thirkell and skipper Simon Routh added a not uncomfortable 41 in 17 overs for the seventh partnership, Routh going on, for a second consecutive week, to outscore and outlast his more-accomplished fellow team-mates to end up with a splendid 30 out of 106 all out, with four fours, in 101 minutes of bristling defiance. Thirkell sadly fell to a poor shot after his worthy resistance, whereupon the innings folded despite a mini-stand for the last wicket holding up progress for a few more overs. Dave Burton (6-34) was the agent of destruction in the Wells collapse, with Warren Lee (2-41) providing able support, and the innings was completed in 47.4 overs, leaving the visitors a straightforward target to chase.

The demons in the track had long-since disappeared when the reply was begun, but it was nonetheless to be expected that Wells' bowlers would surge back into the fray. However, Alex Senn and David Hammond encountered very few difficulties as they put together a partnership of 110, which took their side to victory by the most agreeable of margins, that of having ten wickets in hand, which demonstrated, if the case needed to be made, just how great the gap between the teams on the day had become. Senn came in with an undefeated 43, while Hammond collected an impressive 66 with 11 fours, and the rout was completed in as few as 28 overs. Wells took not a single point from the encounter, and slipped to seventh in the table, there having been the usual crop of unexpected results in the week-end to keep the side from the dropzone.

The next game against Lordswood will be tightly contested, the opposition finding themselves at the foot of the Division, and Wells will need to rediscover the chemistry that so soon before had seen them in the top three.

 


Date  Venue

Opponents
Score

TWCC

Score

Opponents Result
12 July 2008
The Nevill
173 for 9 wkts
94 all out
Bromley CC I XI
TWCC lost by 79 runs

Wells won the toss and asked Bromley to bat on a track that played unevenly from the outset. Fed by too much short bowling, Nadeem Shahid pulled and cut his way to a swift half-century, hitting up 55 with 8 fours, being given hard-hitting support from skipper James Butterfill. From a high spot of 105-2, the innings disintegrated as Wells snapped up seven wickets while just 29 runs were gathered, Quentin Ferreira (3-15) and Mark Smith getting the ball through tentative defences, while Philip du Plessis (3-39) gained reward for canny spin at the other end. Skipper Simon Routh rang the changes, and disturbed the batting concentration, but some lack-lustre fielding and missed catches qualified the excellence elsewhere. An exception was Dan Thirkell with two catches, and a run-out to remove Matt Dennington. All looked well for the home attack at 134-9, but somehow Wells lost their direction, and Nicky Bluett with brother Michael added a comfortable unbroken 40 runs for the last wicket as the overs ran out.

The target of 174 was hardly daunting, but an inspirational spell of bowling from Ruel Braithwaite (4-29) ripped out the top four, showing the grit and professionalism of the Bromley fightback from a seemingly desperate position. Supported by Dennington at the pavilion end, the chase was in tatters at 32-4, and soon descended to an unimaginable 73-9, only Smith and du Plessis having managed double figures. Total eclipse was offset as the last wicket put up an untroubled 21 runs, the best partnership of the innings, in which Routh stroked three fours in his defiant 32, but defeat came with Shahid's first ball, and Wells, having done so well in the early exchanges, were soundly beaten by 79 runs with all but nine overs remaining.

Back to fifth place in the table, Wells must regroup after this performance, if only because just 32 points separate the top from bottom side in the League, and mistakes now will prove to be extremely costly. Seldom can the Championship have been so open yet so close, a single win being enough to move a team through five places, and the relegation zone barely more than a loss away.

Keeper Routh brought his total of runs defended without a bye to 799 through much of five games before the ball finally eluded him during the Bromley innings.

 

Date  Venue

Opponents
Score

TWCC

Score

Opponents Result
05 July 2008
The Grove
140 all out
141 for 2 wkts
Gore Court CC I XI
TWCC won by 8 wkts

Gore Court, the current Premier League leaders, won the toss and batted at The Grove, starting reasonably enough as the score mounted to 70-1. Steve Marsh had fallen to Chris Fenwick for 19, well taken by Oli Priestman, and Chris Piesley (27) with Kevin Jones (32) had pulled away steadily in a second stand of 51 before Dan Thirkell had the former caught behind. The Wells attack now destroyed the home order in an astonishing phase of play, no fewer than seven wickets tumbling as just 45 runs were added to the total. Chief architect of the turn-about was again Mark Smith, who came away with 5-27, his second five-wicket haul in as many weeks, but the evergreen agility of skipper Simon Routh had much to do with the collapse as he netted a further three catches behind the wicket in an outstanding display. Indeed, 'keeper Routh, in addition, has not conceded a single bye for three matches, the totals defended now tallying 657 runs, a sure measure of excellence from the veteran athlete. Quentin Ferreira had also held a rocket of a catch at slip to remove the pedigree Jones, and at 118-9, Gore Court were in terminal decline. Once again, Wells allowed a last-wicket partnership to drag the score up this time by 25 runs before the completion, which came with as many as eighteen overs unused. Smith caused maximum havoc and seemed to be bowling at his top pace throughout this decisive spell, while Oli Reynolds wrapped up matters with the final wicket.

The reply featured a rapid 52 from Philip du Plessis, who at last turned promise to fulfilment as he cut and drove ten boundaries in 46 balls before falling to the persevering Paul Thorburn. The opening partnership with Alex Williams had posted more than half of the required runs with 73, and, despite a second wicket falling almost at once to Thorburn, Williams played with stylish certainty on his way to overhauling the target in company with the vigorous Ferreira, who, following the break for tea, decided that the match should be brought to an early conclusion. Blasting five fours and two sixes in two overs, Ferreira brought the game to a swift finish, notching 34 from 23 balls as an unbroken 56 for the third wicket with Williams (49* with 8 fours) propelled Wells past the required total. The effect of the successful chase was to net 16 points to bring the XI up to second spot in the table at the halfway point of the campaign. du Plessis also took 1-39 to go with his maiden Premier Division half-century, in this, a major victory for Wells as they unsaddled another League leader from the top spot in what is turning into a most exciting season. The result completed a full set for TWCC's four League sides, who, for the second time in 2008, all recorded a win on the same day. The next match for the First XI is against Bromley CC at The Nevill on 12 July.

 


Date  Venue

Opponents
Score

TWCC

Score

Opponents Result
28 June 2008
The Nevill
309 for 7 wkts
183 all out
Beckenham & Sydenham CC I XI
TWCC lost by 126 runs

Beckenham & Sydenham's powerful batting line-up was more than enough for the home attack on a beautiful day at The Nevill, where a magnificent surface for batting provided the visitors with all they needed after winning the toss.

The innings got under way steadily, and it was not long before Chris Isles was into his stride, and, with partner James Evans, a rapid 50 stand was posted, with Isles cruising to a half-century before being well held by Alex Williams for 59. Johan Malcolm, home from University, then played back to the next ball which kept low and was lbw. Wells' bowlers had little else to celebrate for the remainder of the innings. Evans now began to move up a gear before Mark Smith trapped him in front for 47, whereupon James Goodman and Alex Blake forced the pace through fine strokeplay and clever improvisation. Their stand was worth 60 before Goodman (37) fell to a smart return catch by Smith, with the same bowler dismissing Blake for 30 soon after. The final 12 overs produced a run-fest as Richard Bedbrook and Leigh Walker set about the attack with gusto, blasting the ball to all parts as the score rocketed. Bedbrook's 50 came from 29 deliveries, and Walker looked to be heading the same way before holing out for 40. Bedbrook followed almost immediately for 64, and, after a mini-blitz from Ollie Howick, Beckenham & Sydenham closed on a massive 309-7 with Mark Smith toiling manfully for a well-deserved 5-71.

The home reply began steadily against Alex Blake and Ollie Howick with 42 on the board before Williams was beautifully held by Bedbrook at slip. Morale fell when du Plessis was cruelly run out by a Blake deflection as he backed up, followed by Dan Thirkell giving up a soft catch, and, crucially, Mark Smith being carelessly run out in a dreadful mix-up, and Wells were tottering at 64-4. Quentin Ferreira and Brough Cooper began to repair the damage before Brendan MacDonald had the latter smartly stumped by Duncan Spencer, then caused Ferreira to hole out before Richard Cutts and Oli Reynolds started to play some brisk shots from the spinners, Reynolds merrily hitting up 46 (6 fours and 2 sixes) before sailing down the wicket to give Spencer a second stumping. The coup de grace was then administered quickly through the pace of Blake as two vicious lifters accounted for Wells skipper Simon Routh (15) and Chris Lawrence. To compound the home woes, a point was deducted due to a slow over-rate, the lack of a pair of spinners being deeply felt.

The impact of the defeat, which was perhaps avoidable on such a track, was to push Wells down to fifth place in the table, but the sheer power of the Beckenham XI augurs well for their progression up the lists.

 


Date  Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents

Score

Opponents Result
21 June 2008
Hartley
209 for 8 wkts
208 all out
Hartley Country Club I XI
TWCC won by 1 run

Winning the toss, Wells batted first, and had mixed fortunes as they set off to post a sizeable score. At first, the openers battled well in posting 41 for the first partnership, but Martin Saggers (3-48) and Min Patel (2-11) kept the runrate in check while taking wickets, and, after 29 overs, the total stood at 91-5. Mark Smith then received splendid support from Oli Priestman and Richard Cutts, and the vaunted attack was gradually overcome as the late order mustered 118 runs for the loss of just three further wickets, skipper Simon Routh adding a final flourish. Smith returned to form at a critical time, notching 45 (5 fours) while Priestman and Cutts contributed 31 and 27 respectively as three batting points were secured. Darrell Carter (2-52) finally gained reward in a marathon stint, but the recovery in the latter 26 overs produced a total of 209-8 and the anticipation of a challenging chase.

Captain David Thompson opened and anchored the reply, collecting a valiant 56 (11 fours), but Mark Smith and Quentin Ferreira each grabbed three wickets, given excellent support from Chris Fenwick. Thompson was removed at 97-3, and the effort was gradually worn down as six further wickets were prised out while the total rose to 173-9. Just five overs remained at this point, but Matt Coles (32) was well-set, having just added 16 with Andy Tutt before the latter was removed by Chris Lawrence, and the last pair then merrily proceeded to add 38 before the final act brought a sensational game to its palpitating conclusion. With two runs required for victory, Fenwick sent down a fast legside delivery which was gloved to the keeper, and a tense and epic tussle was over with victory going to Wells by a single run. Memories went back to the 05 Test win for comparison in closeness, yet a splendid match was fought out to the very end by two enterprising and competitive sides, just four balls remaining unused in the match.

Thus for a third time in six games played, Wells returned with 20 points, moving up to third spot in the Premier Division table. By a wicked irony, Hartley's second team had also lost by one run on the same day, an extraordinary coincidence. Smith captured 3-43, and Ferreira 3-47, each putting down fifteen testing overs.

 


Date  Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents

Score

Opponents Result
14 June 2008 The Vine
222 for 9 wkts
253 for 8 wkts
Sevenoaks Vine CC I XI
Losing Draw

Winning the toss, Wells decided to have a bowl, and soon had the Vine troubled with the score at 65-3. At this point, skipper John Bowden was not out on 44, and two sharp chances shortly afterwards were not taken, allowing the home side to pull away as 107 runs were added for the fourth wicket. Bowden duly reached a cultured and vital century before clipping a catch to short square-leg, but partner Luke Blackaby went on to an equally important half-century as the visitors' spin attack gave way again to pace. The score progressed beyond 250 as the tail grabbed quick runs after Blackaby's dismissal at 218, with Quentin Ferreira the pick of the bowling as he collected 4-11 from ten overs in two spells, but the groundwork was somewhat laboured, allowing the home innings to prosper as extra runs were seized. A final target of 254 was set on a lightning-fast outfield, with every prospect of a good chase.

The Vine bowlers had some immediate successes as the reply slipped to 17-2, but Alex Williams again filled the breach, assisted by Brough Cooper, and the score was raised to 58-2. Bruce Leeke and John Greenidge were getting response and wickets, with the result that the visitors' innings was reduced to 82-5 at the half-way point of 25 overs played. Ferreira, newly at the crease, was now joined by Oli Priestman, and a substantial and comfortable partnership of 90 was fashioned in sixteen overs which restored the initiative to the Wells, and raised hopes of a successful pursuit. Soon after notching a hard-hit 50 (3 sixes and 2 fours), however, Ferreira holed out to deep square, and a flurry of wickets for the Vine brought back the promise of a bat-first win despite the resistance of Priestman (49). At length, the home attack had four overs at the last pairing of Chris Fenwick and Chris Lawrence, but these two not only survived but also almost brought up a fourth batting point as the overs ran out. A losing draw was thus concluded, with Wells pouching six points in all to keep them at fifth spot in the table, with Hartley to play in the upcoming game at The Country Club on 21 June.



Date  Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents

Score

Opponents Result
07 June 2008
The Nevill
167 for 8 wkts
101 all out
Sandwich Town CC I XI
TWCC won by 66 runs

The First XI finally enjoyed a home match, but lost the toss, and were put in to bat by the Sandwich skipper, in the expectation that the track would improve as the game went on.

A maiden Premier Division fifty from Alex Williams, in just his fourth match at this level, put Wells into a strong position after twenty-five overs at 82-1. The visiting attack then began to strangle the runrate with the consequence that a flurry of wickets fell to send the total on to 123-5. Indeed, from overs 32 to 42, only 21 runs were added, whilst the middle order succumbed to the twin threat of Leon Johnson (5-43) and Craig Snell. The wicket did not allow for expansive strokeplay, but a careful recovery was fashioned by Richard Cutts and Brough Cooper which raised the score to 163-7, although the bowlers continued to exert pressure to the very end. A total of 167-8 was at length arrived at, and the feeling persisted that such a target was some way below par, unless the home attack could replicate the Sandwich effort.

Another magnificent spell from Quentin Ferreira ambushed the visiting batsmen, who, after Chris Fenwick came off wicketless, had to face the equally potent bowling of Mark Smith. The score subsided to 76-8 as each of these two men picked up four wickets, Ferreira collecting 4-25 in 12 overs, Smith 4-24 from his twelve. The groundwork and fielding again was of high quality, and every support was provided as these two bowlers erased the chase before any recovery could be mounted. A very smart run-out by Williams exemplified this aspect of the effort. Despite some late and ironically comfortable resistance from the tail, the innings was finally wrapped up after 34.4 overs for 101, with number nine Robert Goatham equal top-scorer with 22.

Wells thus pocketed another 20 points from the game, which enabled them to move up to fourth spot in the table after five matches, and allowed the young side to look forward with confidence to the encounter at Sevenoaks Vine in the following week.

 

Date  Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents

Score

Opponents Result
31 May 2008
Highland Court
175 all out
71 all out
St.Lawrence & Highland Court I XI
TWCC won by 104 runs

The TWCC First XI travelled to Canterbury to take on the 2007 Champions on an unexpectedly dry and clear day, only to lose the toss and be put in on a wicket which had been in urgent preparation for as long as the weather breaks had permitted. The decision was not at first vindicated in difficult conditions, as quality batting from Alex Williams (41) and Philip du Plessis saw to the score reaching 52 in 13 overs before a wicket fell, and Dan Thirkell then played a remarkably skilful knock of 51 (9 fours) to guide the effort to the relative safety of 90-2. Thirkell now added 43 for the fifth partnership with Brough Cooper (25) before Charlie Hemphrey (4-41) enjoyed a notable run of success, assisted by Ben Trott (2-42), which compelled Cooper and Richard Cutts to exercise great caution to extricate the innings from the doldrums of 134-7. With skipper Simon Routh prolonging the late order recovery, a second batting point was attained as the innings completed at 175 with a single ball remaining, asking the St.Lawrence batsmen to go at just over three-per-over to achieve victory.

A truly outstanding spell of bowling from Quentin Ferreira brought 1-8 from six overs, and, with Chris Fenwick grabbing 3-32, the early order was in freefall at 45-5 after 16 overs. The Wells attack, with Mark Smith putting in a testing spell (1-19), was only briefly threatened after Dan Stickells (23) had been removed, as skipper Lewis Jenkins (17) tried to turn the game about, however the last five wickets tumbled in just four overs for eleven runs in an extraordinary eclipse. Ferreira (3-10) tidied up the tail, while Oli Priestman (2-1 in two overs) completed the rout with the innings finishing on 71, to propel Wells to a 20-point win by the astonishing margin of 104 runs. Ferreira altogether bagged 4-18 from 7.5 overs, and the reply was all over in only 26.5 overs, the visitors' groundwork and catching being of the highest standard throughout. This all served to push TWCC up to sixth place in the table, as a first conquest of St.Lawrence since 1988 turned all prognostications upside-down. A splendid team performance thus brought the first of four League wins out of four on the day.

 

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24 May 2008
Martin Grove
165 all out
166 for 4 wkts
Lordswood I XI
TWCC lost by 6 wkts

Put in on a firm track, Wells responded well to the loss of an early wicket, and comfortably moved the score along to 109-2 from the opening thirty overs, with Philip du Plessis (22) leading the way. Dan Thirkell (48) and Brough Cooper (33) then looked to be setting the platform for a sizeable score before the home attack struck back with three wickets just as the game appeared to be slipping away from them. Oli Priestman (21), assisted by Richard Cutts and Simon Routh, took the innings on to 165-6 by the forty-third over, yet not another run was to be scored as Lordswood scythed away the lower order in an unexpectedly swift reverse. Craig Ervine (4-42) was principally responsible for this abrupt turnabout, given strong support from James Iles (3-22), the latter who had opened the attack with five overs and 1-2 before his second spell helped to bring matters to an early close. Young Chris Williams (15, on First Team debut) perished in this period, trying correctly, if a little too soon, to hit out in the closing overs, but succeeding only in lofting a catch to the straight boundary. 

The reply had the luxury of 59 overs to reach the target, but a pedigree knock of 50 from home opener Alan Pattenden went far towards deciding the issue, notwithstanding a splendid fightback from Wells opening bowler Chris Fenwick (3-36). The chase copied the Wells' effort with an early loss, which Pattenden and Chris Thompson (37) left behind in a second stand of 81, before Fenwick reduced the chase to a wobbly 120-4. The batsmen endured a nervous phase before Ervine (31 not out) eased the home side past the required total without further loss, and brought sixteen points to Lordswood in this bottom-of-the-table clash, which saw Wells gather just two points for all of their endeavours. The chase altogether occupied just 39.1 overs, and so was completed with almost 20 overs to spare, but this said little of the closeness of the encounter, which, given a slightly greater total to approach, might well have caused further upsets.

Wells must now face the 2007 Champions at their own venue on the Saturday to come, and will need to produce a more convincing performance in order to match a changed St.Lawrence side on their home turf.

 

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TWCC

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Opponents Result
10 May 2008
Plaistow Lane
222 for 5 wkts
175 for 8 wkts
Bromley I XI
Losing Draw

Wells won a useful toss and fielded, and, giving a patchy performance in the field, allowed a weakened Bromley XI to reach 222-5 from their 55 overs.

Chris Fenwick (2-34) enjoyed his meteoric rise to the Premier Division with the notable first scalp of Nadeem Shahid, clean-bowled at 15-1, and followed with the wicket of Matt Dennington at 111-4. Meanwhile, Wells had got into the middle order, only for the batsmen to pull away as Miguel Barbosa (62) and Nicky Bluett added 100 for the fifth wicket, notwithstanding that the runrate never really got much above four per over. Mark Smith added a brace of wickets to the tally, but two missed chances and some untidy groundwork marred the effort, even so Wells were left with a gettable target of 223 to reach if victory was to be achieved. 

A somnolent approach to the chase greeted Philip du Plessis on his debut, as, partnered by Jamie Baldwin, 28 runs were ground out in 18 overs. The departure of Baldwin heralded a brisk partnership as du Plessis and Alex Williams (also on First-Team debut) took the score to 66 after six more overs, whereupon Quentin Ferreira (33) assisted as a further 26 runs were added at a run-per-ball. At length, du Plessis perished for a sterling and workmanlike 44, having been particularly quick on the short ball, while Grant Sheen (4-42) wove his spinning spell to such startling effect that the innings subsided to 152-7. Smith (22) had found an ally in Dan Thirkell (24) at this stage, but the pursuit of the win gave way to survival, and, as the overs ran out, Wells had kept two wickets intact as the score reached the sanctuary of a second batting point. A match of much promise ended tamely with neither XI quite able to gather for the killer blows required for victory, and Wells took four points from the encounter as they set off on the 2008 campaign in the Premier Division.

 

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03 May 2008
Montreal Park
213 for 9 wkts
132 for 6 wkts Holmesdale CC TWCC won by 81 runs
Wells took some tough practice from an encounter with local neighbours Holmesdale, running up a 5-per-over target from the 42 allotted overs, several batsmen showing decent form. Mark Smith collected another half-century, while Joe Becher top-scored with a rapid 64. 30 runs were plundered from over 35, with three sixes and ten (alas !) wides ... so Holmesdale were asked to make 214 from their overs. Becher and Smith each snapped up a brace of wickets, with the rest of the attack chiming in with varying degrees of success, and at length the home batsmen fell comfortably short of the ask. Bonner and Taylor (M) got going without pressing on, but the lower order found it hard to match the runrate. Thus a satisfactory 81-run win came to Wells in final preparation for the League campaign starting away to Bromley on 10 May.

 

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TWCC

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Opponents Result
26 April 2008
Horntye Park
149 all out

152 for 5    wkts

Hastings & SL Priory First XI
TWCC won by 5 wkts

At last the April rain abated enough to allow Wells to get in some practice, and the 'A' XI journeyed to the coast where Hastings Priory won the toss and batted. Conditions rather favoured the visiting attack, however, and the home batsmen, despite a healthy start, were reduced at one point to 81-8. Mark Smith (3-17) and Scott Linden (3-19) - the latter making his first appearance for Wells - were the chief contributors, and excellent support was provided by Quentin Ferreira and Chris Fenwick, also on debut. The wicket suited the lively pace of Smith and Linden, and it was only the late belligerence of John Morgan (53) which dragged the total towards respectability. Morgan smote seven fours and two sixes, and added 53 for the ninth wicket with Finch (M) before the Wells bowlers closed out the recovery at 149. The groundwork was both spirited and safe, with Alex Williams bringing off a remarkable diving catch, and the side generally gave a sound first impression.

The reply featured a cultured knock from Smith of 70 (ten fours and one six), which piloted the chase to the relative safety of 118-4. Will Stickler gave support in an opening partnership of 68, and runs came down the list to assist Smith, whose innings was the key in setting up the Wells victory. The home attack might then have caused difficulties, but Richard Cutts and Brough Cooper securely added 30 to bring the score to 148, and a boundary shortly after Cooper's dismissal completed the win with five wickets in hand. Thus a satisfactory start to the 2008 season was comfortably achieved, and any doubts Smith might have had following his dreadful summer injury were more than refuted as he gave one of his finer all-round performances. 



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