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Saturday Second XI Results 2008
Heavy rain had prevented any match play prior to the first League Match for this XI, the practice games having been abandoned earlier on in the season.


Date  Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents

Score

Opponents Result
06 Sep 2008
The Grove
173 for 5 declared
174 for 6 wkts
Gore Court CC II XI
TWCC lost by 4 wkts

An exciting end to a successful, if ultimately unfulfilling, season.

On a very wet and dark September day when very few matches were even started, far less completed, the 2nd XI played its final league match still in contention to win the title in the year following promotion to the Premier Division. Ultimately the side fell short largely though a failure to take wickets and/or contain runs at the required rate.

News filtered through that league leaders Bexley had been forced to abandon their fixture and so were 17 points ahead of TW. In the meantime the toss had been lost again and TW had been asked to bat - so victory would gain the title. Just before the appointed start time the heavens opened (again) and it seemed likely that there would be no play. However, sterling work by Gore Court (who needed some points to be sure of safety if others played) in mopping up meant that a 70 over match could be commenced in tricky but acceptable conditions.

Will Stickler (84*), finding fielders struggling to cope with a slippery ball, and Simon Luckhurst (21) laid a fine platform allowing Oli Priestman (39) to play assertively for 44 balls before a final onslaught from Evert Bekker (17*) allowed a declaration after 34 overs at 173-5.

The Gore Court reply featured a solid innings from a returning 1st XI player and featured an outstanding catch by Brough Cooper and very solid bowling from Matt Green (9-2-21-1). Regrettably wickets were not garnered early enough and at regular enough intervals to make a victory very likely but with 18 needed from 12 balls with 5 wickets in hand all results were possible. The equation became 9 runs from 6 balls with 4 wickets in hand and the balance had shifted, though perhaps not irrevocably. There was to be no repeat of the heroics of Blackheath and TWCC slid to defeat with 2 balls remaining. 6 points and the Runners-Up place in the league were secured.


Date  Venue

Opponents
Score

TWCC

Score

Opponents Result
30 Aug 2008
The Nevill
221 for 8 wkts
222 for 5 wkts
Dartford CC II XI
TWCC won by 5 wkts
Another toss was lost and TWCC was condemned to a run-chase at The Nevill.

Although the bowlers conceded 28 boundaries, the TWCC batsman performed under pressure to secure a win that means it is still possible to win the title. Sole rivals Bexley are 9 points ahead with one game remaining.

Dartford scored far too many on a typical home wicket though there were some encouraging spells from Wes Bryce-Borthwick (on debut), Matt Green and Sam Stickler. The captain was less profligate and was rewarded with 5-40.

The TWCC reply was not so dependent on boundaries and saw a much more positive intent in running between the wickets than in recent weeks. After an early wicket, Will Stickler and Richard Cutts laid a firm base on which Cutts (98) and Oli Priestman (71*) consolidated and led the charge to victory. Cutts worked particularly hard before falling to a one-handed return catch by the Dartford overseas player who had a dominant game. Priestman played powerfully and struck some fine blows to avoid any last minute nerves in the run-chase, despite some hiccoughs at the other end, and secured victory with 3 balls to spare having needed 17 runs off 12 balls. 16 points were safely taken from the game.


Date  Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents

Score

Opponents Result
25 Aug 2008
The Nevill
159 for 9 wkts
160 for 6 wkts
Lordswood CC II XI
TWCC lost by 4 wkts

Another toss was lost, but nevertheless TWCC still had the opportunity to bat first at The Nevill. Despite rain in the air and general murkiness, the match was not interrupted. Once again Chris Williams showed his clean hitting and solid technique, scoring quickly whilst all others struggled. Richard Cutts occupied the crease without ever being able to dominate, hindered by the regular loss of wickets at the other end. Again, inability to rotate the strike and keep the scoreboard ticking over in the absence of genuine 'bad balls' was key. However, a total of 159 should have been a winning, or at least a non-losing, score.

Lordswood was quickly reduced to 5-3 by some excellent bowling and fielding. A largely untroubled fourth wicket partnership of 106 was then compiled against some bowling which, the captain apart, failed to demonstrate sufficient discipline. However, it is not easy to score later in the day, and, once a breach was made, the game entered a nail-biting phase in which the nerve of the batsmen ultimately held as they accumulated the winning runs with less than three overs to spare. Another disappointing day in which 4 points were gained left the XI nine points behind the league leaders with two games remaining.


Date  Venue

Opponents Score

TWCC

Score

Opponents Result
23 Aug 2008
Manor Way
181 for 7 wkts
150 all out
Bexley CC II XI
TWCC lost by 31 runs
Richard Cutts, captaining the XI in the absence of Nigel Keess, who umpired the fixture, managed to maintain the toss-losing habit and was obliged to field. Some disappointing bowling contributed to the attainment of a total higher than the wicket demanded. Tom Elliott began to demonstrate some of the ability which it is known that he possesses whilst Caspian Paget's first spell, and Oli Reynolds' second spell, were of the required standard and consistency. 181 was always likely to be too many to chase.

The reply from the batsmen was reflective of the general lack of confidence in playing slower bowling in club cricket. Chris Williams was assertive in his normal stroke-playing manner before playing across one from the worthy Peter Roser and seeing his middle stump cartwheel. The middle order was unable to build partnerships to support the captain before Reynolds demonstrated his oft-unseen batting ability before inexplicably giving slip some catching practice when a very valuable draw (to deny victory points to close rivals Bexley) was within reach. Another 5 points were gained, making the 'game in hand' v. Lordswood of increased importance.


Date  Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents

Score

Opponents Result
16 Aug 2008
The Vine
196 for 7 wkts
200 for 3 wkts
Sevenoaks Vine CC II XI
TWCC lost by 7 wkts
Having won the toss and batted, a TW total of 196-7 was below par but potentially competitive. In the face of some accurate early overs a platform was laid. However, with the exception of Harry Florry (58), batting too low at No. 5, and a late flourish from Caspian Paget (17), nobody was able to despatch the bad balls, manoeuvre the strike with singles and good running, or go on to make a match-defining contribution.

In the field, once again, some lacklustre groundwork and missed chances were in evidence. This was in stark contrast to the home side. Bowling uphill into the wind was not easy, but 6 overs each being struck for 9 or more runs was also a telling factor. A disappointing day. Fortunately other results mean that a 1 point lead with a game in hand is maintained at the top of the table, but better performances will be required if the title is to be claimed.


Date Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents

Score

Opponents Result
02 Aug 2008
Highland Court
175 for 9 wkts
140 all out
St.Lawrence & HC II XI
TWCC won by 35 runs

Scottish mizzle hit Canterbury causing a delayed start, and a 76-over match ensued.

TWCC won the toss and batted. Once again Chris Williams (43) showed early aggressive intent, and combined well with Mark Alexander (63) before needlessly running himself out. After the demise of this pair, the returning 1st XI players in the middle order came and went swiftly and some consolidation was required to ensure that all the overs were used and some extra runs eked out. 175 was more than acceptable but by no means insurmountable on a fast-scoring ground.

Despite the captain's butterfingers, some early wickets were claimed. Chris Lawrence (8-3-11-3) was both incisive and frugal, and Sam Stickler with the new ball and Williams also contributed well. James Nethercott bowled with control and induced mistakes to claim 3-8 from 5 overs, and, after a switch of ends, gave way to Tom Elliott who claimed the last two wickets in the final over to turn a likely 13 points into 20 which took the side to the top of the league table with a game in hand.

NB James Nethercott reached 100 League wickets for TWCC in this match.


Date  Venue

Opponents
Score

TWCC

Score

Opponents Result
26 July 2008
Martin Grove
253 all out
256 for 3 wkts
Lordswood CC II XI
TWCC won by 7 wkts
Another toss lost and another match won!

After much deliberation and consultation on a hot and humid day, Lordswood batted first and, after a steady start, began to exploit the two short boundaries. The TWCC spinners stuck to their task manfully, and constantly looked likely to capture wickets and would have done so had a couple of chances been taken. Once again the fielding, especially from the younger players, left something to be desired - mainly in attitude, application and desire rather than ability. At 40 overs with the score on 209-4, a target of 300 looked possible, however wickets were captured and the scoring rate contained through the introduction of Nigel Keess (2-18), rewarding the work from Stefan Grosvenor (3-75) and a couple of 'death' overs from Caspian Paget. Rob Sharma (5-2-9-0), though lacking penetration and on a flat wicket, was perhaps unfortunate not to be given a second spell. The final wicket was captured with the total at 253.

The TWCC reply was dominated by a coruscating innings from the Under 15 captain, Chris Williams, whose 91 was scored out of 138 for the first wicket in 22 overs. Marked by clean hitting and sound shot selection, his fearless approach took the game away from the home side. Gregor Paterson (77) played his best innings of the season so far, no small feat considering that he has already amassed just over 400 runs. Together with Mark Alexander (47), he all but guided the side past the winning post though ultimately this was left to Richard Cutts and Sam Stickler. A fine batting performance saw victory secured with more than 10 overs to spare, with another 16 Points gathered in, and second place attained with the game in hand still.


Date Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents

Score

Opponents Result
19 July 2008
The Rectory Field
232 for 6 wkts
230 all out
Blackheath CC II XI
TWCC won by 2 runs

On a wicket thought likely to be typically slow and low, a young TWCC side won the toss and batted. Mark Alexander (70) and Sam Stickler (71) repaired some early damage, having come together at 9-2. Alexander dominated the scoring whilst Stickler got established before taking control following the former's departure. Rob Sharma (28*) managed the final assault (80 runs from the last 10 overs) in which Chris Williams struck a typically clean-hit, fearless and very quick 14 and Caspian Paget (15*) also played powerful cricket shots.

A total of 232 was likely to be difficult to chase, but the Blackheath side boasted a couple of exceptional, adult 2nd XI batsmen together with the dropped overseas player, a former Australia Under 19 representative, as well as another with significant 1st XI and first-class experience.

Sharma bowled a miserly opening spell (6-2-11-0) whilst Emmerson Wood picked up two wickets. 99 runs were then added in 26 overs by two of the aforementioned. Stefan Grosvenor now bowled a controlled spell that set up an enthralling finish. When the Australian departed at 203-4 in the 44th over, having played one of the most calm, controlled and professional innings likely to be seen in club cricket, a betting man might have expected Blackheath to win relatively comfortably (30 needed from 36 balls). With only 6 needed from 12 balls and 5 wickets in hand a TWCC victory seemed to be unlikely. The guile of Nigel Keess saw a further wicket claimed in the 49th over, leaving the equation at 3 runs from 6 balls with 4 wickets in hand. Excellent fielding, particularly from Gregor Paterson, who secured two of his three run-outs in this over, and the nerveless 'death' bowling - straight yorkers - from Paget, saw TWCC claim 4 wickets for no runs and secure a further 20 points. The XI now occupy third spot in the lists, still with a game in hand over rivals.


Date  Venue

Opponents
Score

TWCC

Score

Opponents Result
12 July 2008
Plaistow Lane
85 all out
86 for 4 wkts
Bromley CC II XI
TWCC won by 6 wkts

Another Saturday, another lost toss !

Having elected to bat, Bromley found themselves at 7-5 after 6 overs. Rob Sharma (3-19), with a good line and some bounce, and Chris Lawrence (3-36), did the damage supported by smart catches behind the wicket. A couple of periods of resistance from the lower order were encountered, including a last wicket stand of 10 overs for 20 runs. These demonstrated that run-scoring was entirely possible.

The TWCC reply was not totally smooth and four wickets were lost before Sam Stickler (24*) steered the XI home.

Once again the fielding was strangely subdued and lacking in sharpness, speed of movement and potency. For a young but experienced team, it is a worrying trait that needs to be overcome rapidly if a higher league position is desired. The side nestles in fourth spot in the League with a game in hand.


Date  Venue

Opponents
Score

TWCC

Score

Opponents Result
05 July 2008
The Nevill
155 for 9 wkts
157 for 3 wkts
Gore Court CC II XI
TWCC won by 7 wkts
Having again lost the toss, TWCC fielded first against a Gore Court XI lacking a number of its regular, more mature contingent. Chris Lawrence (4-33) spearheaded the attack with some hostility, removing the likely mainstay of the batting in the third over, and might easily have been granted the top scorer's wicket early in his innings. Rob Sharma (10 overs for 16 runs) provided scrooge-like support and Fred Florry (3-42) was his usual miserly and effective self. An improved though still far from outstanding fielding display provided support, and 155-9 seemed unlikely to be a winning total.

And so it proved. Jamie Baldwin (32) and Gregor Paterson (22) provided a platform on which Harry Florry (51*) built smoothly and professionally, whilst Nick Chambers (41*) struck fiercely and effectively through the offside. A comprehensive seven-wicket victory was achieved in the 41st over. 16 points were thus taken from the game.


Date  Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents

Score

Opponents Result
28 June 2008
Hesketh Park
197 for 5 wkts
201 for 3 wkts
Dartford CC II XI
TWCC lost by 7 wkts
Having had to forfeit the toss, TWCC found that the ball did not 'come on' off the wicket. On return from a shoulder operation, Mark Alexander (42) attempted to impose himself but could not score freely, whilst Will Stickler (96*) was also unable to dominate until he was joined by a fluent and classy Harry Florry (37), when 70 runs were garnered from 10 overs.

The Dartford reply was solid in the face of some strangely lacklustre fielding/body language. Only Fred Florry (2-36) was able to rise above the general malaise and avoid bowling regular '4 balls'. All-in-all, a disappointing performance against a top of the table team who didn't need to be outstanding to win. 'Bouncebackability' and character will now be tested. 4 points were taken from the game.


Date  Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents

Score

Opponents Result
21 June 2008 The Nevill
152 all out
154 for 2 wkts
Bexley CC II XI
TWCC lost by 8 wkts

For the first time this season the top order batsmen failed to post a large total, undone by some speedier bowling with seam movement. BJ Allatt (20), Stefan Grosvenor (23) and Rob Sharma (75) stabilised the position, but a total of 152 was likely to be difficult to defend.

Despite some tight bowling, no wickets were captured early in the Bexley reply, so TWCC was vulnerable to a late onslaught with wickets in hand. From 58-1 from 20 overs, the winning post was reached with remarkable ease and speed largely through a hard-hitting innings from George Wells (79*) who chanced his arm to up the tempo in one over during which he found some gaps with good fortune on three occasions. Just before victory was achieved Sharma (2-13) captured a second consolation wicket, but on the day TWCC was thoroughly outplayed. 2 points was all that was salvaged from the game but third spot in the table (with a game in hand) was maintained.


Date  Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents

Score

Opponents Result
14 June 2008
The Nevill
263 for 2 wkts
223 for 8 wkts
Sevenoaks Vine CC II XI
Winning Draw
TWCC lost the toss and batted. Will Stickler (108*) and Gregor Paterson (62) were quickly into their stride, and positive running together with fine timing and shot-making saw the score mount. Sam Stickler (22 from 23 balls) continued the momentum before Nick Chambers (53*) became established and cracked 53* from only 33 balls to set up a declaration.

The Sevenoaks Vine reply began spiritedly with some clean striking against the quicker bowlers. The slower bowlers regained control and wickets fell. James Nethercott (4-61) proved to be particularly effective. Some powerful hitting from the late middle order kept SVCC in the hunt as wickets were traded for runs. At the fall of the eighth wicket the chase was abandoned and the last couple of batsmen could not be prised out. 13 points were gathered in another winning draw.

 

Date  Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents

Score

Opponents Result
07 June 2008
The Butts
187 for 1 wkt
148 for 9 wkts
Sandwich Town CC II XI
Winning Draw

Thanks to 'Corbishley Transport Services', a team full of non-drivers reached Sandwich in time for a full match which started at 13.30 in dull and damp conditions and continued in that vein throughout the day. Once again the toss was lost, and TWCC batted. Gregor Paterson enjoyed multiple moments of good fortune, but nevertheless batted throughout the innings for 84*. Sam Stickler seized the opportunity to open the batting by scoring an accomplished first 2nd XI league 50. Together they contrived to give their colleagues some hair-raising moments with their running between the wickets. BJ Allatt found his range after some initial sighters, and a very competitive total was achieved.

Graeme Corbishley (4-42) bowled his full quota at the outset and provided good control. No Sandwich batsman became fully established, and the side failed to gain any momentum in the face of accurate bowling from Stefan Grosvenor (on debut), James Nethercott and skipper Nigel Keess. However, it was Emmerson Wood (3-29) who returned to capture wickets towards the end of the innings to grab some more bonus points and almost claim a victory. 13 points accrued from a winning draw.

 

Date  Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents

Score

Opponents Result
31 May 2008
The Nevill
217 for 8 wkts
121 all out
St.Lawrence & Highland Court II XI
TWCC won by 96 runs

TWCC lost the toss and batted on the wicket prepared for the Friends Provident Trophy match, which was soft on the surface with a firm core. The top order negotiated some awkward movement and thrived. A solid partnership of 77 for the second wicket set the tone, and was capitalised upon by the middle order. In the face of some lacklustre fielding from a young St.L & HC side, Tom Elliott (64), Will Stickler (46) and Nick Chambers (36) set up a daunting total of 217.

After an indifferent beginning, Graeme Corbishley bowled tightly and Rob Sharma (4-35), on his return from university, made the incisive breakthroughs. Corbishley could not be kept out of game, as he also claimed two run outs, one to break a stubborn partnership that was threatening to become awkward. Sharma returned to wrap up the tail with the captain. 20 points were thus gathered in and a healthy league position attained with one game in hand.

 

Date  Venue

Opponents
Score

TWCC

Score

Opponents Result
10 May 2008
The Nevill
232 for 7 wkts
221 for 7 wkts
Bromley CC II XI
Losing Draw

On a glorious summer day at The Nevill, TWCC lost the toss and witnessed a fine array of off-side shots from Michael Lawrence (120). Youthful debutants Sam Stickler and David Green were welcomed whilst the injury-free Grant Stephens demonstrated his class with a testing, suffocating and unlucky opening spell of 10 overs in which two catches were dropped and other edges failed to reach waiting hands. At drinks (25 overs), with the total 63-2, honours were almost even but Bromley were in a strong position from which to accelerate. Regrettably a glut of '4 balls' followed in the next five overs, and Bromley had gained the ascendancy and ultimately scored probably thirty too many. Once again the quality of TWCC fielding left much to be desired.

In reply, Gregor Paterson (114), in only his second match, dominated the TWCC innings with solid shot-making before succumbing to a naive and unnecessary run-out in the final over. Support was provided by Nick Chambers (30) and Theo Burley (25) but 13 from the final over proved to be beyond reach. In close matches little things matter - catches in particular, but also wides, speed across the ground, ground fielding, good throwing arms and shrewd captaincy. Much room was left for improvement, and a Losing Draw, yielding 7 points, was the reward.

 

Date  Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents

Score

Opponents Result
03 May 2008
The Nevill

229 for 4 wkts

123 all out
Blackheath CC II XI
TWCC won by 106 runs
After another wet week, it was a relief for the 2nd XI to take to the field for their first match of the season. Asked to bat after losing the toss, the TWCC batsman took some time to adapt to the slow grass wicket after weeks on indoor surfaces. Richard Cutts (23) was particularly fluent, and Oli Priestman (50*) struck the ball cleanly and batted intelligently for a maiden league 50. However, the centrepiece of the innings came from Alex Williams (106*), who may be reaping the benefit of some wise old counsel and may be ready regularly to convert useful 50s into match-defining, major scores. After a tricky start, he played very well for a deserved maiden league century.
 
The Blackheath innings had only one period of consolidation following incisive bowling from Chris Fenwick (10.5-5-24-6) on debut. An opening spell of two wickets was followed by a mid-innings burst of two more and the tail was wrapped up in the denouement. Good line and length, with a little movement, proved its worth. Prime support was provided by Priestman (12-4-18-1), filling the large shoes of the now sadly retired Peter Ford. To cap an outstanding day Williams also grabbed an important wicket in the one over that he was granted. Once again the fielding left something to be desired, but 20 points from the first league match following promotion to the top division marks a positive beginning. 


Date  Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents

Score

Opponents Result
 
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