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Sunday A XI Results 2008
The Sunday League XI had the match on 24 August abandoned due to persistent rain, then the 7 Sep game called off after Roebucks withdrew from the League. These losses notwithstanding, the team ended up in a creditable second-equal spot with all to play for in 2009.


Date  Venue

Opponents
Score

TWCC

Score

Aero League Opponents Result
17 Aug 2008
Hayes CC
151 all out
152 for 3 wkts
Hayes CC Dev XI
TWCC won by 7 wkts

Winning the toss, Hayes batted first, and quickly took advantage of some wayward pace bowling as the score was hoisted to 59-1 from 11 overs. Oliver Williams, enjoying an unnecessary life on the midwicket boundary, played a stylish and ultimately match-shaping knock of 65 (5 fours and 1 six), but after Jamie Askew was unluckily run-out at the bowler's end backing up, he received almost no support. Wells soon had spinners Fred Florry and Tom Elliott in harness, and the innings fell away from 95-3 to 151 all out with all but four overs unused. Florry captured 2-25, and Elliott 1-27, while Oli Priestman tidied up the tail with 3-11 at the close. Smart work in the field saw skipper Richard Cutts grab two catches, and Priestman held on to a spectacularly juggled effort at gully to add to the collapse. Florry (F) finally ran out Williams to complete matters, and Wells were set 152 to win.

The reply stuttered somewhat to 38-2, but Harry Florry, enjoying a rich run of form, was in unstoppable mood. Brough Cooper assisted as 46 runs were made for the third stand, but Florry (H) then took his side to victory in partnership with Jamie Baldwin as 68 runs came without further mishap. Florry (H) carried his bat for a well-crafted not out 53, while Baldwin, back from injury, made an impressive undefeated 31. The target was overhauled with some ten overs in hand, and Wells moved briefly to the head of the table, with several results awaited to move places about. There are two further games to be played off in the Aero League for TW.

 


Date  Venue

Opponents
Score

TWCC

Score

Opponents Result
10 Aug 2008
The Nevill
168 for 9 wkts
169 for 3 wkts
British Officers CC
TWCC won by 7 wickets

At last the rains abated and a 40-over match was played out, with visitors British Officers (Philadelphia) winning the toss and electing to bat. Somewhat lacking match practise, the early order struggled to make headway as Matt Green, Emmerson Wood and Fred Florry put down tight and testing spells which saw to the capture of three wickets while the score advanced to 38 from the first eighteen overs. The rallying point came as Khan (S) took charge of the recovery as he dominated the second half of the innings, carrying his bat for a splendidly-struck undefeated 87 (10 fours), which transformed the tempo of the batting. Adding 62 for the sixth partnership with Maqsood (T), Khan ensured that a total of 168-9 was arrived at after 40 overs, the home attack returning economical figures down the list, as might well be expected from an XI whose average age was just 18.

The reply was set on course by a watchful and solid second stand of 137 between Will Stickler (84) and Tom Elliott (51*) which effectively won the game for Wells. Maqsood (2-37) stood out for the Officers, but his was a lone effort as Stickler and Elliott took toll of some varied but nonetheless tricky bowling. There was a little in the pitch to assist the attack, but the sheer size of the partnership eventually settled matters. Elliott saw the effort through, accompanied by Oli Priestman, and a satisfactory win by 7 wickets was duly posted with ten overs to spare.

 


Date Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents

Score

Aero League Opponents Result
03 Aug 2008
The Nevill
138 all out
131 all out
Lordswood Sunday Dev XI
TWCC won by 7 runs

Lordswood opted to bowl at The Nevill under overcast skies, and quickly made inroads into the Wells early order after the openers had put up 42 without loss. Dan Masters and Bradley Killick plucked out two wickets apiece as the score drifted to 57-5, but skipper Richard Cutts had withstood the attack from the outset, and his steady 31 in 26 overs guided Wells up to 85 before cameos from Fred Florry and Chris Williams dragged the score on to 138 all out with four overs unused. Youthful spinner Jack Richardson snapped up 3-41 while Matt Iles (3-19) brought the innings to its premature close with the prospect of an interesting chase to come.

Hereabouts, the drizzle gave way to an almost steady rainfall, but all credit was due to the players and umpires as the game was played out to its close and exciting climax. Lordswood started off apace, Craig Ervine and Lyndon Lockhart smacking eight-per-over early on, and soon had 51 on the board before the latter was removed by Rob Sharma, who then had to watch in dismay as Wells floored three catches from him in quick succession. A missed stumping of Ervine off Fred Florry was later rectified, and at this point the home attack struck some telling blows to send the effort to 90-8 and almost certain defeat. Chris Fenwick twice grabbed two wickets in an over, ending on an expensive 4-47, while Chris Williams picked up 2-13. Matt Iles (21*) then defied the rain and the attack as he rallied the tail so effectively that 29 runs were added before a smart low catch by Cutts picked off the ninth wicket, and as the equation narrowed, Iles kept the strike with last man Killick. Trying for a single from the last ball of the penultimate over, Iles allowed Fenwick to run out the number eleven with just eight needed for the win. Thus a finely poised and thrilling match fell to Wells by seven runs in a grey and rain-swept evening, the best of goodwill on show throughout.

 


Date  Venue

Opponents
Score

TWCC

Score

Aero League Opponents Result
27 July 2008
The Dene
133 all out
134 for 1 wkt
Orpington Sunday Dev XI
TWCC won by 9 wkts

Wells visited Orpington CC on a very hot and sticky day, and were left to field first after losing the toss. The home innings spluttered uneasily to 45-6 after 20 overs, with Matt Green (3-19) and Fred Florry (4-20) exerting a control that led to the demise of the early order, but David Robinson rallied the batting with a staunch knock of 53 which allowed the innings both respectability and longevity. Stephen Ingram and Michael Knight assisted Robinson as the score was gradually raised to 132-8, and the searing heat appeared to take away some of the visitors' edge in the latter stages, but smart work in the field brought the effort to a close in the penultimate over with a target of 134 being set. The Wells groundwork and catching was sharp and keen for the mostpart, as ought to be the case with a side whose average age was barely 20.

The reply was devastating in its ferocity and certainty. Oli Priestman and Emmerson Wood clattered and clipped nineteen boundaries while posting 129 for the opening partnership in twelve overs, and there was inevitably no doubt thus as to the outcome. Several home players were heard to have expressed the view that batting first had been a sensible option in view of the onslaught which might have set a score exceeding 400 had the visitors batted first. Wood was first to his fifty, marred only by a couple of dropped chances, but Priestman's effort stayed in the memory for the pedigree execution of many of his shots. The latter fell with just five runs required to complete matters, Wood carrying out his bat for an undefeated 66. Priestman's knock had been worth 55, and Wells began, after a mixed campaign, to move up the table with four games remaining to be played out. 

 


Date Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents Score

Aero League Opponents Result
20 July 2008
New Beckenham
229 for 9 wkts
108 all out
HSBC Sunday Dev XI
TWCC won by 121 runs

Winning the toss and batting, Wells had an anxious time awaiting their skipper and two others following a car breakdown on the A21. Meanwhile, despite Alex Williams being run-out to a direct hit, Harry Florry and Will Stickler (40) took the score beyond 100 in 17 overs as the second partnership all but put up a century before the home attack entered upon a profitable phase of the game. Four wickets fell as 19 runs were added, but Theo Burley (34) played finely, granted useful support from Sam Stickler, and the 40 over mark was reached with the score totalling 229-9. Florry (H) ended with another heavy half-century, his 75 including 10 fours, providing the backbone of the innings.

The HSBC response was continually beset with the fall of wickets, and the Wells attack returned to form collectively with enough panache to deny the formation of any meaningful partnership. The early order prospered all too briefly, but at least had taken the score to 61-3, when Rob Sharma (3-33) effectively ripped out the middle batting, and the innings tottered up to 108 all out with only 30.4 of the 40 overs used. The end came quickly in just 2.4 overs as Chris Williams and Sam Stickler grabbed the last four wickets for four runs. So, after three defeats, the XI finally returned to winning ways, and can still mount a challenge from the remaining matches given reasonable fortune.

 

Date  Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents

Score

Aero League Opponents Result
13 July 2008
Plaistow Lane
180 all out
182 for 6 wkts
Bromley CC Dev XI
TWCC lost by 4 wkts

Batting first, Wells were off to an unsteady start at 77-3, and were indebted to a captain's knock from Harry Florry for their final total. Doubly unlucky to be left stranded on an undefeated 99, owing to the ten-man team and the loss of strike at the sudden tail-end collapse, Florry almost single-handedly dragged the score up to 180 before the innings closed. Support came from Oli Priestman and Sam Stickler, the latter unfortunately run-out when well set after 44 runs had been added. Towards the end, Chris Fenwick added 35 with Florry for the seventh wicket.

The home reply featured a terrible start as two wickets were lost at once, but the middle order consolidated and found gaps in the field as the total safely mounted. Wells were still in the game at 132-6, but there was not to be another success as the nerveless seventh pairing took their side past the target. The final forty runs came up at a gallop, and the victory was attained with nine balls in hand. Hampered by the ten-man field, Wells were always struggling to contain the rampant lower order, and the solitary win from the opening match remained their only success in the campaign.

 

Date  Venue

Opponents Score

TWCC

Score

Aero League Opponents Result
29 June 2008
The Nevill
210 all out
183 all out
Bexley CC Dev XI
TWCC lost by 27 runs

The Bexley innings was largely based upon a canny and inventive 65 from skipper Jack Bell, who more than compensated for the home attack removing several of the other danger men. From 105-5, the total was exactly doubled in the last 18 overs, and the Wells bowlers had to a degree under-performed following a promising first half of the effort. Chris Fenwick came away with the best figures (3-49) but proved expensive, support chiefly coming from Matt Green and Fred Florry, with several nice catches being held, and the target looked to be reasonably within reach on so good a track.

The reply was immediately rocked with a wicket in the first over, and the cream of the batting found ways of getting out when well-set, despite a sterling effort from Oli Priestman (48) which served to keep Tunbridge Wells in the hunt. From a low point of 108-6, Florry (36) and Fenwick (25) produced a recovery which put together a potentially match-winning partnership of 64. However, the nagging Bexley slow bowlers finally broke through, Florry launching a vast deepfield catch, and the demise was further hastened by a trademark Emmerson Wood run-out (from a no-ball) which put paid to the in-form Fenwick, who had had a fine all-round game. George Wells returned to the attack, and promptly wrapped up the tail, to send TWCC sliding to a 27-run defeat, and a game within their grasp finally eluded the home side who paid for a somewhat profligate approach. Adam Riley, for Bexley, spun his way to figures of 4-48, and was chiefly responsible for causing the downfall of the heart of the Wells batting.

 


Date  Venue

Opponents
Score

TWCC

Score

Opponents Result
22 June 2008
The Nevill
183 for 6 wkts
184 for 4 wkts
Romany CC
TWCC won by 6 wkts

 A blissfully peaceful Sunday afternoon saw the visitors steadily reach 120-2 after which there followed 30 minutes of savage strokeplay that added 63 runs in nine overs and the declaration. M.Corbitt (58) was the chief contributor at this stage before a splendid catch by Richard Cutts removed him, allowing Emmerson Wood to emerge with the creditable figures of 3 for 21 from 8 overs. Earlier, guest number three, Gregor Paterson, had notched a characteristically safe 47 supported by a not out 33 from S.Price.

Jamie Baldwin (80) anchored the chase, which produced partnerships of 73, 50 and 56 as the target was overhauled. Theo Burley (38), Richard Cutts (28) and BJ Allatt (17) supported Baldwin, and the winning runs came shortly after the fourth wicket fell. A most enjoyable game was a fitting end to a splendid weekend.

 


Date  Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents

Score

Aero League Opponents Result
15 June 2008
Hartley
114 all out
117 for 2 wkts
Hartley Country Club Dev XI
TWCC lost by 8 wkts

Choosing to bat, Wells at once showed alarming signs of suicidal intent, two run-outs in the opening overs handing Hartley a dream start. A further wicket brought the score to 13-3 before Chris Williams and Theo Burley added a face-saving 70 runs for the fourth partnership. Williams smote seven fours and two sixes in a gallant 59, while Burley played watchfully, but the home attack swept away the remainder of the innings and a final total of 114 was arrived at after just 33.5 overs. Paul Thompson was the pick of the bowlers with 3-23.

Under no pressure, Hartley set off in the knowledge that less than three-per-over was required, and the visitors' attack had the task of recovering the position. Patrick Underwood (72) ensured that the result would go to the home side, and the target was overhauled in a mere 22 overs, only two wickets being taken during the innings.

Wells must hold on to the fact that it is unlikely that so collective an eclipse is likely to occur again, without taking anything away from the success of the Hartley effort.

 

Date  Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents

Score

Aero League Opponents Result
08 June 2008
The Nevill
224 for 7 wkts
83 all out
Bickley Park Sunday League XI
TWCC won by 141 runs

Wells won the toss and batted on the sunniest day of the year so far, with The Nevill looking a picture in the sudden heat.

Will Stickler (40) and Theo Burley posted 69 for the opening partnership in 13 overs, and skipper Richard Cutts took the effort on to 202-6 with support down the list as he notched 53 to give the innings leadership and stability. Brough Cooper, Dan Thirkell and Rob Sharma all contributed as each stand successively put up 33, 33 and 42. Alex Williams added some late runs, and the innings reached 224-7 as the 40 overs came to an end. Phil Browning (3-27) purveyed his spin with effect and control in an impressive display.

The chase was fatally stalled from the outset as Chris Fenwick (3-18) and Chris Williams (3-8) hit the stumps with remarkable frequency, only Alex Darroch (24) having shown resolve in a quickfire knock punctuated by fine drives. The score had reached 42-3 before a complete collapse saw five wickets fall while just two runs were added. The second string of Rob Sharma (2-32) and Emmerson Wood (2-9) enjoyed themselves as the lower order was removed, Chris Lycett striking a comfortable 23 at the end to raise the total to 83 all out. Again the groundwork was very keen, although as many as seven batsmen were clean-bowled, and Wells commenced their Sunday League campaign with a resounding 141-run victory, having provided a clinically decisive display on the day.

 

Date  Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents

Score

Opponents Result
25 May 2008 Leybourne
237 for 5 wkts
178 for 6 wkts Leybourne I XI TWCC won by 59 runs

A new fixture for TWCC saw the XI journey to Leybourne, where, despite warnings of foul weather, a full game was played out in a 40-over format, bringing a decisive victory to Wells by 59 runs, yet being of sufficient encouragement to repeat the effort in future years.

Put in to bat, Will Stickler (61) and Oli Priestman (91) posted 131 for the opening partnership in just 21 overs, finding little in the track to cause difficulty, as the home attack struggled to make an impact. The remaining overs saw Priestman add 51 with Sam Stckler (34) for the third stand, and a clatter of runs towards the end brought a final total of 237-5, with Steve Russell (2-42) the pick of the Leybourne bowlers.

The chase suffered an early setback, but skipper Dan Bowman (44) partnered opener Chris Jones (68) as 89 runs were put on for the second wicket, which took the innings to 110-2 in the twenty-third over. Hereabouts, Wells rang the changes, and the visiting attack took control as the chase lost momentum with the capture of four timely wickets. Altogether, eight bowlers were used as the innings came to a conclusion some 60 runs in arrears, but the crucial period came between overs 22 and 31 when just twelve runs were managed. A late surge served to reduce the margin somewhat, but the damage had been done, and a win for TWCC came with a last-ball wicket as the score reached 178-6.

Incredibly, there was no interference from the weather in spite of a horrendous forecast, and the expected rains held off until the late evening allowing the match to proceed without halt or delay. 

 

Date  Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents

Score

Opponents Result
27 Apr 2008
The Nevill
199 for 6 wkts
176 for 6 wkts
Linden Park CC
TWCC won by 23 runs
The main ground at The Nevill finally became fit enough to allow a Sunday game with local rivals Linden Park. Winning the toss, Wells batted first, and made steady if unspectacular progress to 129-2, but 30 of the 40 overs had been used in this endeavour. Alex Williams (60) led the effort, with support from the early order, yet the nagging accuracy of the Park attack had to be thwarted if a competitive total was to be set. The final ten overs saw the middle order break loose in posting a further 70 runs, Mark Smith's cameo including two successives sixes before the attempt at a third brought about his dismissal. The visiting bowlers put in tight and difficult spells, at times proving impossible to get away over the wet outfield, and the groundwork gave every support in containing the home runrate. A final total of 199 looked to be enough in the conditions, and all would depend upon the youthful Wells bowlers if the Park were to be held.
    The reply slipped to 49-2 but the chunky left-hander Kevin Anson severely punished the profligacy of the home attack. Anson (10 fours and 1 six) propelled the chase to 103-4, his own contribution having been 62 hard-hit runs, but hereabouts the bowlers regained the initiative as the Park effort faltered. Liam Flint and Emmerson Wood (3-21) put in telling spells, and once again Smith (8-2-17-2) was irresistible, putting the batsmen under all sorts of pressure. Stuart Clarke (37 not out) ensured there would be no collapse, but even he was unable to maintain the required runrate as Wells ran out narrow winners by 23 runs.
Ten minutes were lost to rain at the outset, but the game was then played through without further interruption, and a fine contest came to a conclusion giving new skipper Richard Cutts a win in his first match as captain.



Date  Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents

Score

Opponents Result
 
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