Saturday Fourth XI Results 2016

 

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07 May 2016 
 Upper Nevill
 210 all out
201 for 8 wkts 
Dartfordians CC II XI 
TWCC won by 9 runs 

   Charles Walker brought together some new, and some not so new, faces for the opening League match to be played out at the Upper Ground, where a welcome and popular all-round performance from Febin Jose tilted the scale just enough to keep Wells ahead through a tightly-contested game of the kind at which, in 2015, the side would often falter. The forty-over format provided a nerve-jangling finale as spectators counted down the requirement against the deliveries of the last over until the home victory became a reality.

   Dartfordians arrived at The Upper Nevill only to lose the toss on a baking hot afternoon, and buckled down to restricting the home total to reasonable levels, but veteran opener Peter Ford (42) stood in their way as the score moved unsteadily to 102-5 from 22 overs. Jake Fairman led the way for the attack as he snapped up 5-22 before Jose stole the show with a pulsating 67 from 58 deliveries which included five fours and three sixes; Simon Marcus, on debut, stroked his way to 31 as 96 came for the sixth wicket, but the visitors soon wrapped up the tail once the stand was broken, and set themselves 211 for the win.
   A good start for the Wells bowlers saw the score dip to 9-2 before the middle order fought back significantly against a determined attack; Charlie Pooley (71) played very solidly with strong support from Terry Phillips and Jagdish Udayakumar, and these three took the score to within 17 of the target when disaster struck. Jose smartly ran out Pooley, who was attempting to keep the strike, and now the top scorer was gone with just the tail to make 13 from the final over. Jose clean-bowled two from the first two deliveries, and the task proved to be just beyond the late order to reach, handing Wells a nine-run win as the game concluded. The points taken by both sides were obviously almost identical, reflecting the well-liked KRFL system of scoring matches of a close nature.

 

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 14 May 2016
War Memorial Ground 
189 for 9 wkts 
160 for 5 wkts 
Belvedere CC I XI 
TWCC lost by 29 runs 

   Wells travelled up to the Memorial Ground where they won the toss and chose to chase the home total, and there was, in the end, little between the two sides. Unfortunately, the failure to match or overtake the target resulted in defeat, although many positives could be taken from the game.

   Belvedere, who had already toured the TW district two weeks earlier, were indebted to ‘keeper Zack Moules, who opened the innings and was last out for a sterling 88 (11 fours), yet his support was distinctly sporadic; skipper Adam Thomas lashed two fours and a six in a match-turning eighth stand of 47 but after a peak at 89-2 had been reached, more might have been expected. The middle order was ripped out by Tom Chaloner (3-28) and the spin of Peter Boyages (2-29), although the top and tail gave Moules enough to set a challenging total.

   The reply was knocked back at first, but Pieter Booyse and Simon Marcus guided the tally on to 78-3, although the runrate was held down by the home attack as they defended their score. The fifth wicket went down at 94, leaving 96 needed from the last ten overs, which was always going to be a tall order; Oliver Daniels, not yet 16, now played a splendid rearguard knock to bring up his maiden League fifty (4 fours and 2 sixes) accompanied by the veteran wisdom of Chaloner (22*) as an unbroken sixth partnership of 66 denied the home team any further successes. Daniels came in undefeated on 53*, from just thirtyfour deliveries, and the margin was reduced to a mere 29 runs, and a decent share of the points; Belvedere won the game, quite rightly, however, the towering knock from Moules was the main difference between the sides.

 

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21 May 2016 
Dartford GS 
159 for 8 wkts 
 160 for 5 wkts
 Bexley CC V XI
TWCC won by 5 wkts 

   Wells travelled over to Dartford Grammar School, alma mater of noted cricket lover Mick Jagger, where Charles Walker won a useful toss, and asked Bexley V to take first knock; again, a ten-man team was all that could be found to make the journey, but fortune favoured this squad, who won a thriller from the very last ball of the game. Hopefully, availability will increase now that other distractions are over for the time being.

   The home early order walked straight into a devastating spell of accurate length and line from Tom Chaloner, the fourth bowler used, who snapped up 5-21 from ten immaculate overs to send the tally reeling on 70-6; the initial breakthrough had been made by Steven Alexander, who had removed the number one opener in his first over. Stephen Course and Emily Thompson played sensibly in the period between these two events, however gloveman David Hendry (49) later gave the innings respectability as he added 45 for the seventh wicket with Abdul Rehman, followed by 44 for the eighth wicket with Jake Barkway. Unfortunate to miss a personal fifty by a single run, Hendry was last man out, having seen the score more than double to 159-8.

   The chase featured a cultured and steady 53 from Alan Bawden, which built upon the resolute opening from the skipper and Simon Marcus, interrupted only by a running mix-up; progress was restrained by fine bowling from Shrikant Bambulkar, who was well supported by his colleagues, and very little was given away. Bawden kept the rate on target, yet, at 125-4 with just six overs remaining, the odds began to favour the home XI. Abi Krishnan cracked a quick twenty, and Bawden followed in his wake, but fell to the first ball of Mike Dixon’s final over. With four still needed, Chaloner, the red ink specialist, and Krishnan managed the task with the aid of two leg byes, and Wells took the game by the narrowest of margins. The win pushed the TW XI to joint top of the Table, a fine reward for some enterprising cricket, but they will need to maintain their focus in order to continue to prosper.

 

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28 May  2016
 Upper Ground
122 for 9 wkts 
107 for 8 wkts 
Pembury CC II XI 
TWCC won by 15 runs

   Pembury II arrived at the Upper Ground just in time to witness a downpour under overcast skies, but both captains soon agreed to play out a contest of thirty overs apiece, once it became clear that a start could be made. The visitors won the toss, and, without hesitation, asked Wells to bat first as the outfield dried. Shots played into the deep often pulled up short and conditions generally made for slow progress initially.

   The Pembury bowlers proved to be almost unplayable at times, and the score slumped to 56-6 after 19 overs; by great good fortune, number three Will Freeman was still at the wicket, already having decided that the best way to accumulate was to avoid the field altogether and hit the ball as far and as hard as possible. He found an ally in Sean Alexander, as the seventh wicket produced 35 rapid runs, and now Freeman reached and passed his maiden Saturday League fifty. Sean Menary, on debut, notched important late runs, and the target was set at 123 for the win; only three of the line-up made it to double figures, although W.Freeman’s 65, with five fours and four sixes, was an extraordinary tour de force, and made the win a possibility.

   The chase was lively early on as the sun came out, but the home bowlers also weighed in effectively, some of whom were very young indeed; Will Clark (3-19), a comparative veteran, took vital wickets at the end, but, at 70-2 after 21 overs, Pembury looked to be coasting to the win. Jake Stairmand (39) was now stumped by Sean Alexander off U14 Gus Freeman, bowling genuine leg spin at seasoned adults, and moments later this duo repeated the feat to the visiting number five; G.Freeman next ran out the number four, and fielded like a star, when suddenly the equation came down to Pembury needing 24 from the last three overs. Menary had also put in a tidy and intelligent spell but now Clark and Ben Powell, aided by a fine catch by Steven Alexander, were recalled to keep the game safe; this was duly achieved, and the win came by 15 runs as the dust settled, although the XI slipped into second place in the Table as Southfleet had managed full points. It was a day to remember for this youthful team, and many more to come, it must be hoped.

 

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04 June 2016
Broomfield Park 
103 all out 
104 for 3 wkts 
Swanscombe & Greenhithe CC II XI 
TWCC won by 7 wkts 

   Wells travelled over to Swanscombe, one of the longer journeys on the itinerary, where they won the toss and asked the home batsmen to take first knock; this move reaped immediate rewards as the opening bowlers each bagged an opener for no score, and the innings thereafter struggled to post a challenging target total. Captain Charles Walker gave his bowlers five-over spells, which worked well for the visitors, and notably for Michael Chaloner, whose thirty deliveries brought him 4-20 plus a maiden over.

   The middle order fought hard,  but a top-score of nineteen told its own story, and the final total only just reached the century mark; Will Freeman polished off the tail, leaving number five Keith Gould undefeated at the end, and Wells needed 104 for the win.
   The openers were quickly out of the way, and the home attack had a third man dismissed at 40-3, and there appeared briefly the chance that a fightback was on the cards. Chaloner now batted out the innings, accompanied by Simon Marcus, with a winning fourth partnership of 64* from 23 overs to clinch the result and take maximum points (20). Chaloner came in on 29* (3 fours) while Marcus returned on 35* (4 fours) to complete s good day’s work. The XI regained a share of the top spot in the Table as a result of their victory, and face joint leaders Southfleet CC at the Upper Nevill on 11 June.

 

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09 July 2016 
Hall Place 
121 all out 
 42 all out
Dartfordians CC II XI 
TWCC won by 79 runs

   (TW IV XI had lost 4 consecutive games to the weather, last playing on 4/6 as above)

   Wells made the journey over to Dartfordians where they lost the toss and were asked to bat first; fortunately for the visitors, Peter Ford (55*) batted extremely well and seemed likely to carry his bat until a recurrence of knee trouble forced him to retire. It was not a day for anyone carrying a weakness, with late arrivals and injuries, but the two teams helped each other out with substitutes as the need arose.

   Ford received capital assistance from youngsters Will Freeman (23), Sean Menary and Sam Huggett, the first-named sharing in a vital partnership of 42 for the fourth wicket, but the opener, having just reached an exemplary fifty (5 fours), was forced to retire at 118-8, and the innings quickly folded. The home attack was well served by Daniel Allen, who snapped up 4-23, and Jake Fairman grabbed 3-20, but the lower order showed spirit and skill, and the Wells batsmen were collectively able to set a target of 122 for Dartfordians to chase down.

   The reply never really got going, indeed only the number four managed to reach double figures. Joe Wheeler (2-6), Gus Freeman (2-3) and Steven Alexander (2-16) found conditions exactly to their liking, with Ben Powell picking up the other wicket that fell to the bowlers. Two unfortunate run-outs and a retired hurt completed a sorry picture for the home side, who slid to 42 all out and a defeat by 79 runs. The win took Wells on to joint second in the table, equal on points with Pembury CC, but having played off an extra game owing to the 2016 County Week; this imbalance will shortly be remedied.

 

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23 July 2016 
 Upper Nevill
69 all out 
72 for 1 wkt 
Bexley CC V XI 
TWCC lost by 9 wkts 

   Amidst the rapturous euphoria elsewhere in the Club over this weekend, an inexplicably weak batting performance from the fourth string went almost unnoticed; it is in the nature of both cricket and Karma that a divine retribution may occur at any time, and this was surely one of those occurrences.

   Wells won the toss and chose to bat on a day of intense heat as the summer reached its belated pinnacle, and the Bexley fifth XI would have resigned themselves to long bouts of leather chasing in the scorching humidity. What eventuated was better for them than their wildest dreams as the home line-up got themselves all out in just 23.5 overs for 69, which, in this topsy-turvy event, included as many as ten strokes for four. Shrikant Bambulkar (3-20) was a trifle expensive on the day, but he made the initial inroads, followed up by Nathan Harris (4-21), also not exactly miserly, and Jaskaran Singh (2-8) as the score slid rapidly to 46-9; Sean Alexander and veteran Mark Menary now added a dashing seven-over last wicket 23, which represented one third of the tally, and was only ended when George Place induced a catch, and the bewitched innings closed, setting Bexley 70 for the win.

   Tea was not taken between the innings, so sudden had been the conclusion of the first effort, and Stephen Course (41*) ensured a rapid wrap-up as the visitors romped home with nine wickets in hand. George Spice managed a wicket for Wells, but the game finished soon afterwards, with forty overs and five balls being all that was required for the whole match. Heat avoidance had certainly been achieved.

 

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 30 July 2016
 Chalket Lane
124 for 8 wkts 
125 for 9 wkts 
Pembury CC II XI 
TWCC won by one wkt 

   Wells travelled the short distance to Chalket Lane for the second instalment of this local derby, the first having also suffered from a rain-affected start, and once more the captains agreed to a 60-over game when play could be started. The home batsmen were quickly in disarray as the young Wells attack reduced them to 16-4 and then 39-5, but by now the fearsome hitting of Nick Forward was altering the flow of the contest. Partnered by Riaan Kruger (26), N.Forward overcame the awkwardness of the track by simply smacking the ball a goodly distance, and a valiant partnership of 51 for the sixth wicket was the outcome.

   Isaac Bepey, Steven Alexander and Joe Wheeler all snapped up a brace of wickets in these early exchanges, the second for Alexander being the prized scalp of N.Forward, who had his stumps rearranged; Scott Conway and George Meddings now took over, and the tally passed the century mark with eight down. Some late blows hoisted the score further still, and the visitors were left with 125 to make for the win, being a great improvement upon what initially had looked a likely target.

   The reply featured solid work from opener Pieter Booyse (30), who saw the score on to 51-2, and later fine striking from Sean Menary (20, with 3 fours and a six); nevertheless, the home bowlers worked their way through the list as best they might, and at the halfway stage, the scoreboard showed 74-4. Bepey, assisted by extras and the inscrutable Wheeler at number eight, got the chase past the hundred mark when, all of a sudden, Stuart McCloy entered the fray and grabbed three wickets for four runs to leave the last pair at the crease, needing 13 with 26 balls still avaialble; at this point, Wheeler took charge of the run-in, and, mixing boundaries with well-run singles, took his side home with number eleven Conway coolly lending support with an heroic 0*. The win was achieved by this narrowest of margins, and Wheeler returned to the pavilion undefeated with 31 (five fours) to his name; Wells in fact moved down the Table slightly but are still safely positioned at sixth, within nine points of third place, and, so long as they do nothing silly, should emerge securely by September with their status intact.

 

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06 August 2016
Upper Nevill 
227 for 8 wkts 
153 all out 
 Swanscombe & Greenhithe CC I XI
TWCC lost by 74 runs 

   Wells took on a side who were close enough in the Table to warrant due respect, yet they found that the visitors presented a powerful squad in the contest, running out winners by 74 runs. Swanscombe won the toss on a sweltering afternoon, and batted first, putting Wells through a draining forty over stint in the heat of the day, and, unsurprisingly, setting the home batsmen a daunting 228 for the win.

   Opener Manish Jain (56) held the early innings together as Febin Jose (3-27) and Sam Huggett (3-36) broke through repeatedly, sending the tally four down before a recovery could be managed. Once these two bowlers rested, however, the lower order all piled in as runs aplenty accrued, and the score was doubled in this latter phase, giving Wells a stiff target as the allocation ended.

   The chase was in complete disarray after eight overs, with the scoreboard showing 8-4, before a gallant counter-attack from Jose and Sean Menary stemmed the tide. Jose slammed 61 from just 25 deliveries, crashing nine fours and three sixes, while Menary proceeded more carefully although he missed no opportunity to hit out; these two posted 103 for the fifth wicket in a little more than ten overs, but the pace was too hectic to last. Jose tried once too often to send the ball afar, but Menary (44 with 8 fours) battled on, with Sean Alexander (20) in support; these two ensured that, with skill and spirit, the chase was not yet over. The visitors finally broke down the home resistance, and the end came quickly thereafter, as the final four wickets went down for just two runs. The side remain safely positioned in the Table at sixth, although they will want to take the positives from this encounter and return to winning ways.

 

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 13 August 2016
 Coombes Meadow
281 for 6 wkts 
101 all out 
Southfleet CC I XI 
TWCC lost by 180 runs 

   The Fourth XI, whilst reasonably secure from relegation, took a side to Coombes Meadow which looked a little short of batting; the home XI skipper won the toss and chose to take first knock. At first, the visiting attack had some success, however, the batsmen soon overcame any difficulties, and went on to post a seriously challenging target total from their forty overs.

   Nico De Jong, the former Gravesend player, made a solid 80, with most of the top order making a start, if not carrying on, and the 200 was reached in good time; Minkit Patel (46*) added quick runs with the lower order, while Steven Alexander (2-48) came back strongly at the end, but star for Wells was Ben Powell with 2-23 taken when the batsmen were in full flow. The home innings motored along at better than seven per over, and the resultant 281-6 was always going to be too great to be of interest.

   The chase for such a large total was immediately in disarray when the two best batsmen were both removed for just 14, and the number four was injured shortly afterwards. Some rather unnecessary short-pitched bowling was sent down, although many of the young side found the going tough enough without that, and the total slipped almost wordlessly to 56-9 with James Gray joining Isaac Bepey at number three as the only two players to make it to double figures. This was all put into a completely new perspective when last man Alexander (Steven) came out to join Powell, whose all-rounder status took a welcome boost as a delightful new record tenth wicket stand for the Fourth XI was realised, each man hitting about him as though the win was nigh; they took the score on to the hundred mark when finally Powell was caught at 101, the stand having been worth 45 from some eleven overs of fun. The next game sees the side take on bottom-placed Hartley IV, so perhaps Lady Luck has a happier outcome in store.

 

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 27 August  2016
 Upper Nevill
164 all out 
157 for 9 wkts 
Bexley Park CC II XI 
TWCC won by 7 runs 

   The Fourth string had Bexley Park II to play at the Upper Ground on another scorching afternoon; the forty over match formula was thus something of a relief, although the visitors won the toss and then elected to chase. The home batsmen now played soundly down the order, starting with a comfortable 36 for the opening partnership; Peter Boyages (56) dropped anchor and batted for much of the innings, adding thirty-something for the fifth and sixth wickets as Febin Jose (22) and Alan Bawden (20) lent support. Deepal Patel (4-34) was the main wicket-taker for Bexley Park, assisted by Rakesh Gummadi with 3-33, but the home line-up managed a challenging 164 all out from all but the format limit.

   At first, the Wells attack was in full command, with the chase sliding to 70-7 after some twentysix overs had gone; the same names came to the fore again as Patel steadied the visitors’ reply with a well made not out fifty, while Boyages (4-27) and Jose were to star with the ball. The last fourteen overs were very tense as skipper Paul Hewagama (23) stayed with Patel in a wonderful late partnership of 80 for the eighth wicket; both batsmen were hitting out safely, and keeping the required tempo, but the recall of Jose stemmed the tide as he snapped up the two partners with direct yorkers in the dying overs and stalled the chase. Another thriller at the Upper Ground was safely won by the cool Wells players, and a splendid campaign was blessed with safety and success with one game yet to be played. Another victory might improve the XI’s standing but the year-on-year improvement is the cherry on the cake. The late solo effort from Patel brought him a glorious 89 which left him most unfortunate to be on the losing side.

 

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03 September 2016
 Bexley GS
86 all out 
87 for 2 wkts 
Bexleyheath CC III XI 
TWCC lost by 8 wkts

   Wells visited the Bexley Grammar School Ground to tackle Bexleyheath III, who stood a chance of gaining the Runners-up place if results went their way. The match, by agreement of the captains, was reduced to 30 overs per side, as rain was forecast, and the visitors lost the toss; they were inserted on a surface which had seen some midweek rain, and indeed it proved to be somewhat awkward for their line-up.

   Ben Powell (19) and Simon Marcus (13) opened up with 33 for the first wicket, each showing care and a sound technique, but thereafter only George Meddings (23) managed to reach double figures, as the remaining batsmen found the home attack altogether too difficult; Mr Extras, however, did contribute eleven. The first three wickets were snapped up by Billy Hally, but later George Monk completely monopolised the bowling successes as he took all of the next seven to fall for just 24 runs from 41 deliveries, and effectively set up the game for his team. The target was set at a meagre 87 for the win.

   The home reply encountered slightly easier conditions, although the Wells bowlers did manage a couple of wickets before the score passed seventy; Sean Menary and Amos Kemp attacked with panache, yet there was too little room for manoeuvre, and the required runs were quickly made. Bashir Khan, living up to a phonetic alias, struck six fours and a six in an unbeaten 39*, which took Bexleyheath to their victory with eight wickets in hand and half of their overs unused, and gained second place in the Table. Wells, for their part, were comfortably safe lower down the lists, and maintained their status for another year.

 

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