A sensational day at S/Wilts CC saw Wells comfortably defeat Sunbury CC, a feat which doubtless received approval from many of our senior members, as Rob Sehmi and Alex Williams blasted a quick-fire century stand to propel the team past the 140 set after a tight and orderly performance in the field. The afternoon Final against Preston Nomads was altogether a different matter as the Sussex outfit lashed 181 in their 20 overs; the Wells reply was wrecked at 47-5 whereupon Will Stickler played the innings of his life, assisted crucially by Jorge Ehren with a welter of sixes in one over, and a legend was born. The win came with just four balls in hand, and an epic effort was crowned with the euphoria of a joyous win against all odds.
A narrative of this amazing second game follows :
The Kent T20 Champions entered upon the Area Finals where they carried the County flag in true style … They decimated Sunbury CC (and so laid a 42-y-o ghost amongst older members), and took on Sussex Champions Preston Nomads, who walloped the TW bowlers to the tune of 181-5 from their twenty overs and then took out our top order leaving us wrecked on 47-5 after 6 overs.
Nobody comes back from that, but Will Stickler was to have his great day.
Somehow the batsmen battled on, and took the score up to 127-7 with four overs to go and 55 needed. Surely it was curtains …
“Start the car”, as Bumble would say …
Jorge Ehren, usually found gracing the Third Team, promoted for this campaign, joined Stix …
Jorge banged a tall six way over cow corner, but then they settled back to singles … The nineteenth over came round, the penultimate six balls, to be bowled by oppo star Jonty Jenner, with 33 still wanted from 12 deliveries.
Jorge took another single, Will Stix a huge six, and yet another single !!! Then Jorge got a decent ball, dead straight and up on him, and he got under it and it sailed towards the midwicket fence … Two fielders tried to catch and throw back but the ball beat them all for another six … The next two balls, the last two of the over, were also fast and in the block hole, but Jorge sent them both into orbit over square, to make it three sixes in a row !!!!
Will faced the last over with seven to get, picked out the boundary line, and hammered two fours … and we had won, back from the dead … And the crowd went wild !!!!
Stato … 8 August 2016
There were three individual half-centuries scored in the IIs victory total on Saturday 6 August, the players concerned being Nathan Maskell (59), Richard Cutts (50), and Brough Cooper (75*), and this feat was last achieved in August 2013 v Dartford CC II, when Mark Alexander, William Stickler and Richard Cutts were concerned. Before then, there was a major gap, June 2006 being the occasion when this occurred, with Tim Luckhurst, Nigel Keess and Craig Denness doing the honours.
Stato … 6 August 2016
The TWCC T20 XI who, for the first time, reached the Finals Day at Foxgrove, Beckenham, on 24/07/2016, not only defeated their semifinal opponents Blackheath in a most distinctive manner, but they also won the Final against Sandwich Town with outstanding groundwork, catching and fielding after an evenly contested first innings. The events of the day were momentous enough, and now the TWCC side will try to do well enough to progress in the National leg of the 2016 T20 Competition.
The weekend also gave Chris Williams, the T20 skipper, the opportunity to notch his second KL century of the Summer, both scored from the Dartford attack, during an important away win, meanwhile Nathan Maskell carried his bat in intense heat at The Nevill for TW II as he rewrote the record books with a marvellous undefeated innings of 176*.
In a major achievement for the TWCC Ladies Section, Izzy Cloke has made it into the England Women’s Development Programme for the Winter; she is joined by Kent & Broadstairs’ Megan Belt. This is one of three leading Women’s cricketing pathways to success and selection for higher accolades, and is a notable first achievement for the fledgling TWCC section, set up in 2009. A delighted Izzy was interviewed this morning on BBC Radio Kent about this marvellous step forwards; the links below describe this deserved promotion :-
Alan Cutts for TWCC 22-09-2015
William Stickler chose the final match of 2015 to neatly move to three figures as a catcher, becoming the first player in the ‘computerised era’ to complete this feat. (There will doubtless be others who reached this number of catches for the Club, but research is ongoing). With his nine run-outs, Will leads the field on 109 total victims with Richard Cutts closely behind on 108 and Chris Williams on 106. These last two have considerably more run-outs to their credit, and therefore fewer total catches.
Stato 6 Sep 2015
For the first time since 2008, all four Saturday XIs completed victories in their various campaigns, although a couple were close affairs; the results are all ready to be viewed on play-cricket, where the resultant improvements in the tables are additionally present. Alex Williams’ flagship XI stretched their unbeaten Win-Lose run to thirteen (since late 2013), which is thought to be another KL record notched up by this extraordinary side.
Alan Cutts 2 August 2015
TWCC is assisting in fundraising for the Nepal Earthquake Appeal by hosting a match at The Nevill between a Free Foresters XI and a Nepal XI. Admission is FREE and the Gate will open at 13.00, with play commencing at 14.00, on Friday 26 June 2015. The match format will be T20, and the Gurkha Pipers will provide background sounds. The Club Bar will be open, and a BBQ is billed to take place. Bring your friends for a grand exhibition in a good cause.
This will be a truly worthwhile event and occasion, and everyone is invited to attend and donate as desired. Several known players will be participating and a ‘splendid time is guaranteed for all’ as the song has it.
For TWCC and all involved in the Appeal.
On 13 June, all four League captains scored fifty plus for their respective sides, an event which, oddly, has not been recorded before. Alex Williams hit 91* as TW 1 swept to an early win at the Main Ground, while Charles Walker carried his bat for 73* as TW 4 won on the Upper Nevill. Kelvin Hill did much the same with 94* as TW 3 overcame Burgess Park away, as did Tim Luckhurst with 77 in a defeat at Sandwich. Nevertheless, an interesting synchronicity !
TWCC are honoured as Team of the Year for 2014
At the Courier Media Group gala event, hosted by Sports Editor Glenn Garrett, for Sporting Achievement during the prior year, the TWCC flagship XI beat off stiff opposition to take the Award for Team of the Year 2014, having set a record winning sequence, unlikely to be matched, of sixteen consecutive victories, while at the same time winning the Division One Championship and securing promotion back to the Premier League for 2015. Indeed, they are able to add to their winning run in the new season, as the sixteenth win closed the summer just gone.
Due to committed training, coaching, and even overseas practise, few were available to receive the trophies associated with this memorable accolade, however on hand were this writer and the Club Chairman, Mark Williams, to accept the prestige awards, with photographs showing the moment click here.
The Denness Luckhurst Foundation – In memory of Mike Denness and Brian Luckhurst.
Two of Kent and England cricket’s most well-known families have joined forces to form the Denness Luckhurst Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, which aims to raise money through annual events. The launch event will be a charity golf day and dinner at The London Golf Club, www.londongolf.co.uk in north Kent, on Monday, 8th September.
Awareness of The Foundation, which has been set up in memory of Mike Denness and Brian Luckhurst, has also been boosted by the creation of The Mike Denness Challenge Shield, a trophy to be played for between Kent and Essex.
“We are so pleased that Kent and Essex have supported the creation of the Denness Shield and our Foundation. Both families are delighted that the Cowdreys, through Chris, has also agreed to help raise money for our chosen charities, which are Mercy Ships, the Lord’s Taverners and Saint Francis Hospice.”
Chris Cowdrey, Colin’s eldest son and himself a former Kent and England captain – like Denness and his father before him – is to be the master of ceremonies at the charity’s golf day launch, and says: “Mike and Brian were so different in style but complemented each other perfectly and were a vital ingredient to Kent’s great triumphs in the 1970s.
“Aside from becoming a legendary opening partnership on the field, they were hugely liked and respected off it. I was privileged to have known them both as family friends and briefly as a player. I am pleased we will have the opportunity to remember them while supporting good causes so dear to their families. Two great guys, two great players.”
Those supporting and playing in the event include John Shepherd, Graham Gooch, John Emburey, Barry Hearn and Chris Hollins.
Sponsorship and Team Entry:-
For £750, teams of four can enter the exclusive, 20-team golf day launch event by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org or by ringing 07770 679584 or 07855 384431.
Donations of any size can be made by visiting the Foundation’s website www.dennessluckhurst.org.uk, and clicking on the Virgin Moneygiving link.
Sponsor packages are also available and are detailed on the Foundation’s website by clicking on the sponsorship link.