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Saturday Fourth XI Results 2012
Date  Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents

Score

KL Opponents Result
12 May 2012
Offham CC
263 all out
63 all out
Offham CC II XI
TWCC won by 200 runs

   The wet weather cost the XI their matches against Walmer and Deal, however

Percy Watts' campaign at last got underway with a visit to Offham, nestling between East Malling and Wrotham. The XI arrived, the toss was promptly lost, and the home side asked Wells to take first knock.

   All went well for the bowlers at first, as Wells slipped to 37-3, with Harry Legg (5-43) using the conditions well. Tom Nickols, on debut for TWCC, began a recovery with Charles Walker, and hereabouts he benefitted from a massive slice of good fortune as he was badly missed at mid-on when on 20. Nonetheless, Offham grabbed three more wickets as the score rose to 132 (Nickols 68* with ten fours and one six) before the game changed in a seventh stand of 70 between Tom Chaloner (19) and Nickols. Following a ripsnorting 21 in 9 balls from Michael Reichel, Nickols went up a gear during the Chaloner partnership, adding a further 42, and reaching three figures with his 16th four. More fun followed as Nickols scored all of the 40 runs added for the eighth wicket, yet all good things must come to an end, and at 261, he gave a catch to cut short the carnage on 156 (22 x 4 and 4 x 6), made from just 139 balls. The innings closed moments later on 263 with four balls of the final over unused, and Offham were set 264 to win.

   The reply never truly got going, as Chaloner added to his all-round credentials in a tidy spell of 2-8 from seven overs, but the chief destroyer was Steve Green (5-21), whose fifth five-wicket-haul in six seasons pretty much condemned the home side to a heavy defeat. The score tumbled to 24-6 from nineteen overs, and, although Nigel Stoodley and Legg then stayed awhile, the result looked foregone, and so it proved to be. Ali Manser broke the lingering eighth stand, and snapped up 2-4, while Green performed the last rites to wrap up the match by a margin of exactly 200 runs. The result catapulted Wells to the head of the Table.


Date  Venue

Opponents
Score

TWCC

Score

KL Opponents Result
19 May 2012
Upper Nevill
201 for 8 wkts
113 all out
Cowdrey CC II XI
TWCC lost by 88 runs

   Wells won the toss and asked Cowdrey to bat first, clearly hoping for any movement in the wicket to assist their attack. In fact, a patient century from opener Richard Marsh defied the home bowlers whilst setting up the victory platform, and the resulting play followed the gameplan almost perfectly.

   A wicket quickly fell to the home bowlers, but an obdurate second partnership retrieved the situation and laid the foundation for a match-winning total. Leo Holmes (36) helped Marsh to send the total into the nineties, and, despite some fine work from James King (3-33) and Oliver Kent (2-37), the two hundred was reached as the overs ran out, and Wells were set to make 202 for victory.

   The canny Cowdrey attack wore down the home batting, although Charles Walker (33) rallied the middle order resolutely. Ali Manser and Tom Chaloner did no harm to their all-round credentials, but the target proved to be out of reach, and defeat came after almost 44 overs thus handing Cowdrey the 20 points.


Date  Venue

Opponents
Score

TWCC

Score

KL Opponents Result
26 May 2012
Hayes Lane
183 for 9 wkts
184 for 2 wkts
Bromley Town CC II XI
TWCC won by 8 wkts

   Percy Watts' XI journeyed up to South London (Hayes Lane) where they won the toss and asked the home batsmen to take first strike. Initially, this was not propitious, as Simon Lynch (31) and Stephen Slamon (41) eased past the fifty mark without loss, but the second string bowlers turned the match conclusively.

   Tom Baxter (4-32) and Chris Courtney (4-46) interrupted the confident start, and reduced the innings to disarray, as the scoreline sagged to 100-8, before Simon Jones swashbuckled an undefeated 62 to give his bowlers something to bowl at. Indeed, the ninth pairing remained unseparated as the overs ran out, and Wells were left to make 184 for victory.

   The reply was built around a splendid, commanding knock from 'keeper Ross Jefferies, who was given excellent assistance by Jorge Ehren, on debut for the side, in an opening partnership of 84. The second fine start of the game left exactly a century to be made, and, although Bromley struck soon after breaking the first stand, Jefferies was joined by Richard Powell to guide his team over the line. The third partnership posted an unbroken 74 which sufficed to secure the win by eight wickets, while at the same time Jefferies passed his maiden KL fifty before going on to reach 85 not out when the target was reached. The Wells Fourth Team moved comfortably into third place in the Table as a result of the points gained from the encounter.


Date  Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents

Score

KL Opponents Result
09 June 2012
Metrogas
97 all out
55 all out
RACS CC II XI
TWCC won by 42 runs

   To say that the deck at Metrogas was bowler-friendly perhaps gave understatement a new edge, but the match occupied just 71.1 overs, while strokeplay was virtually eliminated as runs by both sides came to a desultory 152 for the twenty wickets that fell.

   RACS won the toss and gave first knock to the visitors, and the plan immediately worked as Wells crumbled to 48-4 which seemed desperate but later was seen as almost impregnable. Tom Nickols, Charles Walker and skipper Percy Watts all made hair-raising contributions that nonetheless laid a foundation, but the tale really was all about the home attack. John Darling sent down twelve overs for fifteen runs and two wickets, Chris Webb nine overs for six runs and two wickets, while Archie Webb (3-15) completed the task with support from the remaining bowlers used. Birthday Boy Watts carried out his bat for a match high-score of nineteen, and received vital assistance from Ali Manser and Michael Reichel as somehow the total was raised almost to three figures, and a target for victory was set at 98 with 60 overs available.

   The reply was even less substantial, and tottered to 47-7 as the Wells attack relished the conditions in turn. Nickols (3-21) and Will Clark (3-9) ~ who ripped out the early and middle order respectively ~ turned the game round, with Manser (3-2 in seven balls) administering the coup de grace as the home innings crashed to 55 all out. Just one batsman reached double figures, and an extraordinary match brought Wells 20 points to consolidate their third spot in the Table.

 

Date  Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents

Score

KL Opponents Result
16 June 2012
Upper Nevill
174 all out
176 for 9 wkts
Frindsbury CC II XI
TWCC lost by 1 wkt

   Frindsbury won a useful toss and asked Wells to have first knock, with a firm surface on which to operate, having also acted as Car Park during the few playable sessions of the recent County Week. However, so well did the home openers respond, that a very healthy first partnership was posted, after which the bowlers came back strongly.

   Jorge Ehrens and Ross Jefferies (56) set off by adding a studied 85 from 19 overs before a wicket fell, and the bowlers up to that point had all been unsuccessful. The introduction of Paul Winchester (6-37) changed the game, as wickets steadily fell, only Percy Watts (33) defying the progress of the attack for long. The second phase of the innings saw all ten wickets fall while 89 runs were added, just two minor pockets of resistance delaying matters.

   The reply set off to make 175 for victory, and struggled after Mike Nock (35) and Sam Budd (59) had laid down a platform for the visitors that took them halfway to their requirement. Will Clark (5-24) now ripped out the middle order, and bagged a hat-trick in a wonderful spell that brought the initiative back to the home side. Three speculative overs then went for 46 runs, with Winchester notching an unbeaten 24, and the slender target was narrowly overhauled with a solitary wicket in hand. The result was enough to keep Wells at third spot in the Table, but allowed the chasing pack to close in.

 

Date  Venue

Opponents
Score

TWCC

Score

KL Opponents Result
23 June 2012
Pilgrims Way Hollingbourne
190 for 8 wkts
119 all out
Hollingbourne CC II XI
TWCC lost by 71 runs

  The Hollingbourne skipper won the toss and batted, but an early loss slowed progress as Tom Chaloner and James King sent down testing and economical spells. Russell Armstrong (27) assisted 'keeper Steve Martin to post a careful 56 for the second stand but Will Clark (2-39) once again made middle order inroads to send the score sliding to 92-4 at the halfway mark. Martin reached a battling half-century only to fall immediately to Ali Manser, but now the visiting attack strugged to complete the removal of the remaining batsmen.

   The Hollingbourne late order, led by Adrian Lemoine (33), first dug in and then played freely to take the tally along to 183-7, support coming from Mark Polloway (23) as the fifth partnership produced 41 vital runs, while the following two wickets added 50 more. Oli Kent (2-29) stood out in this latter effort, but the target was set at 191 when the overs ran out.

   The Wells reply started extremely well with Ross Jefferies (31) and Jorge Ehren (31) laying down an opening platform of 61 runs, but the resulting batting failed to capitalise and handed the initiative to the home attack. All told, ten wickets tumbled for 58 runs, with Russell Armstrong snapping up 4-20 and Mark Stryche 3-24, the latter from fifteen overs. This was a procession, and just 41.1 overs sufficed to bring twenty points to the Hollingbourne side, who thus maintained second place in the lists. Wells slipped back into the pack to take fourth spot, but are still in touch with the leaders.

 

Date  Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents

Score

KL Opponents Result
30 June 2012
Upper Nevill
322 for 6 wkts
158 all out
Littlebourne CC II XI
TWCC won by 164 runs

   Winning the toss, Percy Watts asked his team to bat first, and an innings that galloped along at between six and seven runs per over was the outcome. There were almost four individual half-centuries scored in this effort, Jorge Ehrens falling one run light at the top of the innings.

   David Pinkstone (94) led the way in a carefree second partnership of 128 with the steady Ehrens (49), unluckily missing out on three figures after an animated and lively knock containing sixteen fours from 72 balls. Liam Green now snapped up three wickets as the tally slipped to 167-4, but the home line-up was far from finished. Skipper Percy Watts took charge of rallying the lower order, and a new record seventh stand was created when Michael Reichel joined in with a trademark cameo as an unbroken 104 runs came in the last few overs. Reichel smote four fours and six sixes from 24 balls, and it must have come as a relief to the visiting attack when the overs ran out, setting a target of 323 for an unlikely victory.

   The reply was no doubt overawed by the magnitude of the challenge, and fell prey to in-form Tom Chaloner and, latterly, Will Clark, both of whom turned in devastating spells. Chaloner netted 5-28 and Clark 4-27 and only 'keeper Blair Hart (51), batting at nine, provided any meaningful resistance. Barry Buggins (25) and Louis Green (34) played sensibly for the second wicket, but the home bowlers ran through the order once this association was broken, and it was only when Robbie Loomer supported Hart (B) near the end that the progress was held up for any time at all. Wells took twenty points from the game to rise up to third place in the Table, some distance behind the two ahead of them.

 

Date  Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents

Score

KL Opponents Result
07 July 2012
Gun Meadow
261 for 6 wkts
263 for 4 wkts
Deal Victoria CC II XI
TWCC lost by 6 wkts

   The Deal Victoria captain won the toss and put Wells in to bat, no doubt knowing his track well, and hoping to overhaul whatever target was set. The plan worked in that fashion, notwithstanding some fine batting from the visitors, who perhaps with 20-20 hindsight would have sought 20 more runs from their effort.

   Yet another solid start was provided by Ross Jefferies and Jorge Ehrens, and the platform was built upon by Kelvin Hill, on Kent League debut, whose animated and brisk innings underpinned the eventual total. Most unfortunate to be dismissed ten light of three figures, Hill stroked twelve fours and three sixes from just 82 deliveries, while around his pivotal knock the middle order contributed, with notable additions coming from Nick Sharp, Greg Brunger and Charles Walker. The home attack managed to capture six wickets, two coming from run-outs, and the Deal batsmen were set to make 262 for victory from their fifty overs.

   Much depended upon the Wells front-line attack making steady headway, but a valiant pathfinding century from opener David Gibb, allied to 74 from Number Three James Allen, more than made up for Will Clark's early strike. Allen anchored the recovery while Gibb undertook the attacking role, and some 150 runs came for the second stand, which took Deal into a relative comfort zone with fourteen overs remaining. Clark returned to remove Gibb for a dashing 106, but, despite a rare if successful bowling appearance from David Pinkstone, only four wickets could be taken as the chase reached the requirement with three overs in hand. The points went to the home XI who aspire to title-chasing at third place in the Table while Wells are two places below in fifth spot as the run-in begins.

 

Date  Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents

Score

KL Opponents Result
21 July 2012
Swanmead
171 for 6 wkts
136 all out
Cowdrey CC II XI
TWCC won by 35 runs

   Percy Watts took a balanced and solid-looking side down to Swanmead to do battle with the erstwhile Division V Leaders, and, inspired by the incisive bowling of Tom Jenner (4-14), they bearded the high-flyers in their den and came away with an important victory that sets up the promotion run-in.

   Watts won the toss and took first knock, but progress, as with many a similar game, was difficult, and the bowlers had significant advantages. Jorge Ehren (33) once again laid down a platform, which was built upon by the stylish, attacking play of Kelvin Hill (49), however, the home attack came back strongly. Four men were nipped out quickly at this juncture, and a modest target was only secured by the careful, late work of Michael Kelly and Ben Watts, whose undefeated partnership took the score up to 171-6 as the overs ended. Ian Scott (4-56) was the most successful bowler, with support coming from Steve Smith (2-38) but the early Wells order effectively dominated the innings.

   Cowdrey also lost an early wicket and consolidated as Darren Apps (30) and John Lamb (35) took the score into the seventies and held out the possibility of a successful chase. Jenner came on as fourth change, and transformed the match, with important help from Tom Baxter (3-33), as the Cowdrey middle order was ripped apart in a six-wicket collapse that gave the visitors the upper hand. Watts (B) added to his allrounder credentials with 3-47 while David Elliott and Smith tried to hit their way back into the game, but the damage was too great to overcome, and Wells closed out the innings to take 20 points and slip into fourth spot in the Table. With decent form both home and away for the remainder of the campaign, the Wells boys could cause some upsets and might well challenge for a promotion spot.

 

Date  Venue

TWCC
Score

Oponents

Score

KL Opponents Result
28 July 2012
Upper Nevill
179 for 9 wkts
158 all out
Bromley Town CC II XI
TWCC won by 21 runs

   A surprisingly low-scoring match at the Car Park served to show how combative the Fourth string have become in 2012, for, having been able only to post 179 as the target for Bromley to overtake, they then bowled the visitors out just short, while some sparkling resistance almost reversed the outcome.

   The usually sound start eluded the home batsmen as Graham Neilly (3-38) took his wickets in a seven-over burst that allowed just 13 runs and did much to slow the Wells' advance. From 25-3, Percy Watts (53) led the revival, with Michael Chaloner, Harry Carden (23) and Charles Walker giving measured support, and gradually the total drew clear of the doldrums. Watts departed at 134-6, having consolidated the effort through 29 overs, and Walker (23*) now rallied the lower order to reach 179-9 at the close. Watts and Carden aded 70 precious runs for the pivotal fifth partnership.

  Wells needed quick wickets, and Tom Chaloner (4-38) duly obliged, while Ben Watts gave vital assistance with two top order dismissals as Bromley sank to 51-4 from fourteen overs. Tim Leech meanwhile compiled 62 out of 83 runs added during his stay, and it was meaningful when he was dismissed at 110-7 by Ali Manser, who was in the midst of a decisive spell of 4-30 that denied Bromley the recovery that Neilly (31) was latterly attempting. Notwithstanding some late blows and a nerve-jangling 25 runs for the ninth stand, the home attack held on, Chaloner (T) returning to wrap up the win at 158. The 21-run margin brought Wells 20 points and kept them in the hunt at third place in the Table, with a promotion spot just ahead of them.

 

Date  Venue

TWCC Score

Opponents

Score

KL Opponents Result
04 August 2012
Hull Pk Sholden
134 all out
136 for 3 wkts
Walmer CC II XI
TWCC lost by 7 wkts

   Walmer asked Wells to bat first after winning the toss, and promptly snapped up three wickets as the score slid to 11-3 with Jack Brown (5-48) grabbing two of them. The customary steadying platform being denied them, the visitors tried to mount a recovery but only partially succeeded. The middle order, with Percy Watts and Tom Jenner in cameo roles, took the score on to 55-6 before any meaningful consolidation occurred, meanwhile the home attack was in the ascendant as Brown and the miserly Barry Green controlled matters.

   Tom Chaloner (41) joined Charles Walker in posting the best stand of the innings, as they added a vital 51 for the seventh wicket and all but doubled the total in so doing. This pairing gathered six fours and a six between them but it was not to last, despite further late resistance that involved Kavinda Dissanayake, and Walmer wrapped up the effort at 134 with a little more than three overs to spare.

   Wells rocked the reply with an early strike, but there the success ended awhile as the second partnership ground out a lengthy platform from which the victory was to come. Derek Brown was joined by Stewart Walters (40) and these two took the score almost up to the three-figure mark. The bowlers, led by Jenner (2-36), broke back, but the margins allowed for no leeway, and Brown was able to take his side over the line to come in with an obdurate but critical undefeated 58. This knock was all the more remarkable as lameness meant that a runner was required for much of his innings, and the result put Wells one place back into fourth in the Table, although still in the frame for honours.

 

Date  Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents

Score

KL Opponents Result
11 August 2012
Upper Ground
266 for 4 wkts
267 for 3 wkts
R A C S CC II XI
TWCC lost by 7 wkts

   Winning the toss, the Wells skipper chose to bat first, doubtless in the expectation that a tall total would bring success. Part One of the plan worked perfectly as Ben Watts produced his maiden KL century, but the visitors had not read the script and made the home attack pay dearly in a match-winning unbroken fourth partnership of 208. Such an outcome was always a possibility with the short boundaries on one side when any lapse in line or length was punishable.

   Watts (B) batted through almost the entire innings, reaching three figures for the first time, and notching 17 boundaries from 132 balls faced. Support was provided by Ross Jefferies (40) in an opening stand of 102, and wickets were hard to come by all day as bowlers toiled to the batsmen's whim. Percy Watts and Kelvin Hill added rapid cameos and a target of 267 was set after 50 overs in the hot sunshine.

   RACS lost three wickets for 59, and the game seemed to be heading towards a home win when captain Chris Webb joined Mrinmoy Borooah, already settling in. Despite all of the changes of bowler and field alterations, these two batsmen carried the day with a double-century stand in which Borooah also reached a hundred (19 fours and one six), taking just 98 balls, while Webb (C) cracked a splendid not out 81 (12 fours and 2 sixes) at a run-per-ball. It was a demoralising experience for Wells in the field, and there were chances missed as well to salt the wounds, but the wicket was the winner in the end, with 533 runs scored as only seven wickets fell. The outcome pushed Wells down into fifth spot in the table, weakening the promotion stakes in so doing.

 

Date  Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents

Score

KL Opponents Result
18 August 2012
Frogs Island
195 for 9 wkts
125 all out
Frindsbury CC II XI
TWCC won by 70 runs

   The toss was won by the home side who asked Wells to take first knock, on a green-top that took grip and favoured spin, especially later on. The Wells innings was one of sporadic success, built around the captain's not out 52 (seven fours) which, in the heat, was a sapping yet courageous effort.

   Ross Jefferies (37) and David Pinkstone set off securely with the former steadying the innings while the Frindsbury bowlers soon broke through. Harry Carden supported Jefferies and allowed skipper Percy Watts to settle in, but again, the home attack scotched any real progress, and Watts had to battle to get the score towards 200 in a match-defining performance. The sixth partnership with Nick Sharp added an obstinate 40 runs, and, at the close, Frindsbury were set to make 196 for victory.

   The reply was quickly troubled as James Lunshof struck, and a smart run-out by Sharp gave Wells the edge which the spinners thereafter built upon. Ali Manser (4-43) and Steve Green (4-33) prevented the home chase from taking shape, despite a lone, hard-hit 62 from Laurence Claughton. Working their way through the line-up at one end, and allowing Claughton to take singles, Green and Manser bowled Wells to the win, which came after 30.3 overs and a margin of 70 runs, which kept the side at fifth spot in the table, just six points off second place with two to play.

 

Date  Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents

Score

KL Opponents Result
01 September 2012
Recreation Ground
184 all out
186 for 5 wkts
Littlebourne CC II XI
TWCC lost by 5 wkts

   The home skipper won the toss and asked Wells to bat first, and almost immediately the bowlers made inroads into the line-up. Difficult early conditions and tight lines meant that the top order struggled, with the opening 20 overs bringing a score of 38-4. This was improved somewhat to 80-6 as Sam Watts (31) showed the way with some beefy boundaries, whereupon the tally was all but doubled in a seventh partnership of 75 runs in just eleven overs. Tom Baxter peppered the fence in long-handled aggression, with Charles Walker supporting as five fours and five sixes came in a welter of hitting. Wells were now in bonus points territory, but the recovery was brought to an end nine balls short of the allocation, setting Littlebourne 185 for victory.

   The chase rattled along at the required tempo, while the Wells attack broke through steadily to hold the innings to 69-3 from 24 overs. Ben Davies stood out as the man to dismiss, but his not out 65 (9 fours and 2 sixes) proved to be the difference between the sides. Jack Parr (25) and Blair Hart (28) helped to add 51 and 43 respectively for the fourth and fifth stands, and the visiting bowlers were blunted as the target was approached. Davies brought up the win with seven balls remaining, timing his effort to perfection in a 100-ball knock that kept his side clear of the dropzone, while Wells had to be content with fourth position after seeming to have lined up a promotion opportunity; 2013 will surely see that ambition realised

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