Saturday Third XI Results 2016

Date  Venue

Opponents Score

TWCC
Score

Opponents
(KRCL game)
Result
07 May 2016 
Franks Lane 
224 for 6 wkts 
161 for 9 wkts 
Horton Kirby CC I XI 
TWCC lost by 63 runs

   After an outstanding campaign in 2015, the Third XI started the new season with a journey over to Horton Kirby, only to lose the toss on a decent track, which allowed the home batsmen to forge ahead in their forty-six overs. Hugo Williams (3-22) alone took wickets as would be expected, while success attended Graham Barber’s leggies but at an uneconomical cost. Several chances were missed and extras were somewhat excessive, but Anna O’Donnell weighed in as ever with the longest spell yet could only manage a single wicket, and, overall, the Horton Kirby order had things their way for much of the afternoon.

   Warren Bull (55) notched the sole half-century of the match, from the number two position, although an unbroken seventh stand of 64 allowed Ben Crouch (46*) and Chris Scott to get close; the first wicket produced over seventy runs, while afterwards the middle phase was contested evenly, and Wells ended up being set 225 for the win.
   The reply featured a start for most of the top five, although no-one went on to make a telling impact, with Ed Harwood (28) heading the opening effort which posted a tally of 81-6 as half of the overs had been used up; this trend persisted with the fall of two more wickets before real resistance came from Sunny Mohammed and Mark Thompson. A fine, belligerent partnership for the ninth wicket used up vital overs and added a respectable 46 runs, and this was followed by the last wicket holding out, even though defeat was now a certainty. Mohammed top-scored with 43, which included several aggressive boundary strikes, and Thompson came in not out on twenty-eight. The loss, by 63 runs, was emphatic in its way, and the XI have some work to do in order to restore the spirit of the previous summer.

 

Date  Venue

Opponents Score

TWCC
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(KRCL game)
Result
14 May 2016 
Upper Nevill 
162 all out 
163 for 6 wkts 
Roan & Lambethans CC I XI 
TWCC won by 4 wkts

   Roan & Lambethans visited the Upper Nevill after a week of rain, and found that the recently contrived subterranean drainage system, put in by the Council a few years back, had struggled to cope. There were cuttings left on the outfield too, which all conspired to make the majority of shots played worth far less than ordinarily would be the case : the ball simply held up or slowed when, on a fully dry top, a boundary would follow. The visitors won the toss and batted, the track being firm and true for the most part, and a very fine contest took place.

   The early batsmen all made brisk starts, and managed conditions well, insofar as the runrate was kept at almost four per over, although the leg-spin of Graham Barber accounted for five wickets at a personal cost of 44 runs, thus becoming the outstanding feature of the innings. After a high point of 130 for 4 had been reached, thanks to the top order, for whom Joseph Franklin (33) headed the scoring, the tail fell away to the spinner’s guile, and a target of 163 was left for the home batsmen to attain. Peter Ford, off-breaks, collected 2-31, while Shakil Ahmed and the skipper Ben Pearce made further notable contributions with the bat.

   The reply was extremely slow at the start, and captain Kelvin Hill was clearly unable to run owing to a pulled calf muscle; combined with some miserly bowling, the Wells innings took precisely half of their overs to reach a sleepy and uncompetitive 51-2. Febin Jose was promoted to add sparkle to the tempo, and he crashed 36 with some rare boundaries, but the mainspring of the chase came when Hugo Williams was joined by Sunny Mohammed. These two also cracked a six or three, interspersed with canny defences, and were able thus to rattle up 63 from eleven overs before a run-out broke the spell. Two overs remained to gather five runs, but the two factions fought it out gamely before Mohammed managed the winning single with three balls to spare; his not out 42 was a major factor in the success, coming as it did against the play, from a mere 44 deliveries. Wells took 20 points from a remarkable match played hard and well by both sides.

 

Date  Venue

Opponents Score

TWCC
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(KRCL game)
Result
21 May 2016 
Upper Nevill 
285 for 9 wkts 
 67 all out
RASRA Eagles CC I XI 
TWCC lost by 218 runs 

   Not even the weather went right for Kelvin Hill on this occasion, for, with his team depleted by late calls to higher teams, after a low availability weekend, he was faced by a vibrant and powerful Rasra XI whose calypso batsmen revealed a delight in hitting boundaries, sixes in particular. Hill won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first, and put his ten players in to the field for what proved to be an afternoon of chasing leather.

   Keneke Campbell and Amara Kavanga hit about them merrily to get the score shifting at pace to 88-2, although Anna O’Donnell and promoted Oliver Daniels showed spirit as they each bagged a pair of wickets; this let in Colin Clarke, who hammered 101 (14 fours and 1 six) in a controlled display of hitting, with 53 coming for the sixth stand and 66 for the seventh amid a blaze of boundaries. Everton Blackwood and Ganesh Ramdath assisted, while Daniels (4-51) courageously came back to remove two of the lower order and thus limit the mayhem. Three sixes from Dane Banton rubbed in the Rasra dominance, however, and Wells were left to make 286 for the win; the bowlers and ten fielders deserved praise for sticking to their task throughout a very tough session.

   Unsurprisingly, the batsmen were rolled over after a token start of 26, one having had to depart early for personal reasons. Resistance was undermined by Haydi Bent (3-24) and Banton (2-15), while Mr Extras was the top-scorer with 21, and the innings was all over in 22.1 overs for 67. The margin of defeat was 218 runs, and the side now languishes at the bottom of the Table, with some serious work ahead to rectify this temporary eclipse; a full XI will hopefully begin the recovery process.

 

Date  Venue

TWCC Score

Opponents
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(KRCL game)
Result
28 May 2016 
The Hartley Country Club 
129 all out 
 130 for 8 wkts
 Hartley Country Club CC III XI
TWCC lost by 2 wkts 

   Wells visited Culvey Close for an earlier start than usual, but found themselves batting first on a damp day with an uncertain forecast. The game was played out fully, however, with a tense finale at length going with the home side; the bowling of Mark McLean (4-25) undid the Wells line-up just as they looked to prosper, whereas the chase was based on the skipper’s knock of 47 which was enough to push Hartley over the line.

   Mark Alexander (28) and Kelvin Hill put on 55 for the first wicket, amply assisted by Mr Extras, but the Hartley attack then won the battle of the middle order, as the score dipped to 88-7, thanks largely to McLean. Ben Watts steadied the innings, and, with Tom Chaloner, took the score on to 127, although his effort was scotched by Paul Westerman, who tidied up the tail, leaving the home XI to score 130 for the win.

   Charlie Flint (26) played a lone hand as Peter Ford (4-16) and Watts (4-26) reduced the chase to 48-4, and it was ‘game on’ for either side; Liam Pooley, with the highest score of the match, now took charge with McLean, and these two added 53 for the fifth partnership before the visitors struck back. Ford and Watts again combined to knock over four more from the lower order, but it was just insufficient to hold back the Hartley push; the ninth pair managed the last two runs required and a tense match was won and lost. Wells continue to occupy a dropzone position but they will soon pull away from the doldrums as the side fights for survival.

 

Date  Venue

Opponents Score

TWCC
Score

Opponents
(KRCL game)
Result
04 June 2016
 Upper Nevill 
163 for 9 wkts 
164 for 4 wkts 
 SIMBA CC I XI
TWCC won by  6 wkts

   Wells’ opponents turned up later than expected, and the delay meant that the game was reduced to a 44-Over contest as a result of the time lost. Very fortunately, Graeme Hall, a former panel umpire of great distinction, was in charge of the game, and the proceedings were conducted with dignity and aplomb. Kelvin Hill won the toss and asked SIMBA to bat first, on a track only recently dried out under covers after the week’s rainfall.

   Anandkumar Ganesan (2-29) showed why he is so useful a strike bowler, with two top-order victims, meanwhile the visiting batsmen, who outlasted this initial burst, showed admirable intent as fours and the occasional six came from the slightest lapse in line or length. Jardine Bailey (26) and Bryan Smith (30) were chiefly responsible for a 24-over tally of 80-2, although thereafter the off-spin of Peter Ford (3-24) combined with the leg-spin of Graham Barber (2-24) to reduce the score to 113-8 with just skipper Phillip Wright and the tail to go. Wright hit out for a masterly 40 (4 fours and one 6), which led to a final target of 164 for the home batsmen to attack; the ninth wicket partnership produced the best stand of the innings with 45 runs being put together.

   The chase was sedately and securely driven by Hill and Mark Alexander (38), who mixed sensible defence with necessary boundaries, and a steady opening stand of 65 from sixteen overs was the outcome; frequently the ball still kicked or stayed low, and care was the watchword now as Richard Cutts joined Alexander to guide the effort forwards. A shooter found Alexander in front at 94, but a refreshing fifty for the fourth wicket now evolved between Cutts (43 with 3 sixes and 3 fours) and Hugo Williams (34), which saw the total to within 20 of the win when the former was caught at short cover. David Pinkstone now joined Williams and these two saw the scores level when the latter missed a straight one, bringing in Sunny Mohammed for a one-ball celebration as he slugged the decisive single. The win was enough to drag the side out of the dropzone, although more hard work remains to be done to challenge for promotional honours, an ambition held in abeyance now for some eight summers.

 

Date  Venue

Opponents Score

TWCC
Score

Opponents
(KRCL game)
Result
18 June 2016
Waller Park 
 201 for 8 wkts
175 for 6 wkts 
Dartford CC III XI 
TWCC lost by 26 runs

   Wells took a ten-player team over to Waller Park, where they won the toss and opted to field first; by an unknown irony, an eleventh man might have been available from the Upper Nevill when, some while later, that game was called off due to a waterlogged outfield.

   Michael Wood (47) led the way towards an early batting domination which was developed while the visiting bowlers generally lacked penetration, a status that lasted until the introduction of Peter Ford into the attack; the top middle order of Ron Turner and Lee Crane materially assisted as the innings reached a high point of 176-3 from 42 overs. Suddenly the bowlers took advantage of a late surge for runs, snapping up five wickets for just 25 runs, and leaving a victory target of 202; Ford returned figures of 2-32 from twelve overs, and the main support was provided by Mark Thompson (3-34) and Anna O’Donnell (2-16) as Wells came back into the game. Regrettably, Mr.Extras totalled 39, of which the wides alone gifted Dartford 24, a number almost exactly equal to the defeat deficit at the close.

   The reply was well founded upon a first wicket stand of 90 in 25 overs from skipper Mark Alexander (36) and Nigel Keess (45), which promised a strong chase; the home attack had other ideas, however, and, once the opening partnership was breached, three further wickets were taken for the addition of just 32 runs. Wells needed to regroup smartly as Will Clark showed permanence, with Ford and Thompson additionally showing sound technique; the Dartford bowlers had kept the runrate down for the vital middle overs, and suddenly the 202 target became too distant for the lower order. A final tally of 175-6 showed what might have been, but the main points went to the home XI as they moved to fourth place in the table, leaving Wells languishing in the relegation places, albeit tightly contested among a group of six. The next game is at home against Bexley Park on the Upper Ground.

 

Date  Venue

TWCC Score

Opponents
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(KRCL game)

Result
02 July 2016 
Wickham Park Sports Ground 
61 all out 
62 for 5 wkts 
Wickham Park I XI 
TWCC lost by 5 wkts 

   A persistent lack of availability continued to afflict the TWCC XIs, and a new captain added to the difficulties in motivating a side which had lurched from solid displays to unfortunate rain-affected games in recent weeks; the Third Team appeared to have benefitted from the early abandonment of the Fourth XI game, and travelled to Wickham Park with a full side, their numbers made up by two of the redundant fourth string.

   James Fern had gallantly volunteered to lead the side, in his debut season for TWCC, but he lost the toss at The Wickham Park Sports Club Ground, and found his XI asked to bat first against the wiles of a home attack boasting a thesaurus of unpronounceable names. The early loss of the prolific Mark Alexander did not bode well, and the middle order was swept aside without any great resistance, resulting in a score line of 32-6 after some twenty overs. Most batsmen lingered awhile, several stayed for many overs, but the damp surface reduced their work to strokelessness, and so the advantages all suited the home bowlers. Finally, Peter Boyages and Oliver Daniels (21) briefly made headway, but too little too late served to lift the final tally to just 61 all out from 34.1 overs, and the target set was not sufficient to allow for a major fightback. Chinnuswamy, Muthumanikam, James Reid and Durairaj all encountered favourable conditions, and revelled in their good fortune.

   The chase was no more straightforward than had been the Wells innings, and five wickets were captured, with youngsters Isaac Bepey and Joe Wheeler striking back even though the target had nearly been reached; 25 from Kaushik Samanta effectively decided the contest, and thus a defeat without dishonour fell to the visitors after an ill-starred endeavour. Seven points gathered sadly did no more than hold Wells to the bottom place in the Table, shared equally with Hartley III, but the halfway stage in the campaign has been reached and the back nine surely will mean that improvement is on the way.

 

Date  Venue

TWCC Score

Opponents
Score

Opponents
(KRCL game)
Result
09 July 2016 
 Upper Nevill
222 all out 
210 all out 
Horton Kirby CC I XI 
TWCC won by 12 runs

   The first game to be played for some four weeks on the Upper Ground provided thrills and spills as an energetic and hard-hitting chase by the visitors was only held up by the narrowest of margins; the home side were grateful indeed to their skipper, Kelvin Hill, whose pedigree 128 was the backbone of the target total set of 223; a finer or more important innings would be hard to find in the annals of the third XI.

   Horton Kirby soon had the Wells early order in trouble, with three top order men back in the hutch and just 68 on the board after seventeen overs; it had been absorbing stuff even then, but suddenly Hill broke away, racing to a fifty out of 92, finally receiving some support from Sam Watts (23). Still the bowlers worked through, and four more wickets fell while 64 came, mostly to the opener. The century came out of 163 with twelve overs remaining, and the tempo rising as it had to do; however, Chris Scott (4-49) saw to the innings folding a couple of overs short of the allocation at 222 and a close game was clearly anticipated. Hill was wearily run out at the closing score, missing carrying his bat right through by a handful of deliveries in a remarkable innings which was more than half of the total.

   The reply began positively, led by Bill Samuels (38), and he found a solid, buccaneering hitter in Ben Crouch, who proceeded by boundary hits for the most part as a fiercely-struck third partnership posted 93 in thirteen overs, leaving a chase for exactly one hundred in the balance of 21 overs, two extra ones being added to the allocation after Wells had not batted out fully. Crouch carried on adding fours and sixes at will, having sailed past a personal fifty at 123-2, but now the home bowlers came to the party and interrupted the victory run. Anandkumar Ganesan and Rhys Joseph (4-25) ripped out five men for just ten runs and Crouch, still there on 59*, was alone capable of turning the game; somehow he extracted sufficient help from the tail to get the tally past two hundred as the last over loomed, but a run out mix-up brought the game to an end just twelve runs shy of a sporting win. Crouch had the double misfortune to end up undefeated on 99 where a hundred was well merited, with 14 fours and 3 sixes ample testimony to his work.

   Wells took the win but remain stuck in the relegation zone and have a decent job to do to escape.

 

Date  Venue

Opponents Score

TWCC
Score

Opponents
(KRCL game)

Result
16 July 2016 
 John Roan School
199 for 8 wkts 
 139 all out
Roan &  Lambethans CC I XI
TWCC lost by 60 runs 

   Wells travelled up to the playing fields of the John Roan School (the Grey Coats) where they lost the toss and were asked to field as the home batsmen went about their business. Indeed, for much of the innings, the Wells attack was in the ascendancy, as Roan & Lambethans slowly drifted to 96-7 after the best part of thirty overs. Anandkumar Ganesan had picked up three key wickets, while Hugo Williams and Ben Watts had two apiece, one run out making up the haul of the last-named.

   Suddenly, some indifferent boundary fielding allowed a flurry of fours through, and the ninth partnership burst into life as the skipper and Adnan Ejaz posted 95 runs in a rescue that almost raised the two hundred from the remaining overs. Ganesan (4-40) broke the stand, sending back Ben Pearce for a splendid 59 (9 fours) at 191-8, meanwhile Ejaz reached an undefeated 65 (9 fours and a six), and Wells were left to make a daunting 200 for the win, after looking to have had a far easier task.

   The chase went steadily enough for thirty overs, reaching 88-3 with Ed Harwod (36) leading the reply; the tempo needed to improve, however, and hereabouts the line-up faltered as the home attack kept their nerve. Four good wickets tumbled for 25 runs as Shakil Ahmed and Atif Khan snapped up three wickets apiece, and the lower order had to rally. Despite Watts (19), the tally only improved marginally, and the side slid to a 60-run reverse which kept them firmly in the dropzone. The next few games will determine their fate as the campaign nears completion.

 

Date  Venue

Opponents Score

TWCC
Score

Opponents
(KRCL game)

Result
23 July 2016 
 Crofton Albion
189 all out 
174 all out 
RASRA Eagles CC I XI 
TWCC lost by 15 runs

   Wells travelled up to Crofton Albion to tackle RASRA Eagles on their home turf, the home leg having gone to the ebullient South Londoners by a heavy margin in excess of 200 runs; skipper Colin Clarke marked that game with a fearsome century featuring 14 fours and a six. On this occasion he was caught by Oliver Daniels off Graham Barber’s teasing legspin for a mere 79 (9 fours and a six), and the resultant target total was held to 190 some four overs short of the allocation, as the visiting attack made steady inroads into the line-up.

   Barber headed the list with 3-31, while Ben Watts, Tom Chaloner and Anna O’Donnell each bagged a brace of wickets, and a completely different contest evolved. The Wells batsmen now had it all to do, although Haydi Bent (5-19) clearly made life extremely difficult for the lower order; initially, however, the chase was in excellent shape as Sam Watts, Michael Chaloner (43) and skipper Mark Alexander (36) carefully took the score on to 127-2 before secret weapon Bent was called upon to intervene. The game was won and lost in the following phase, with seven wickets crashing for the addition of just 29 runs; Daniels (19) watched this desperate collapse from the other end, gathering runs whenever the chance arose, before O’Donnell joined him in a gallant fight-back for the last wicket; eighteen of the 34 runs required were added before a run-out ended matters at 174, and the hope of an heroic riposte went with this dismissal.
   There was no disgrace in the narrow defeat, but the middle order will have wished for a second chance to make amends, as their overthrow enabled the home attack to prevail. Wells remain bolted into the relegation places, and the remedy is victory or bust.

 

Date  Venue

TWCC Score

Opponents
Score

Opponents
(KRCL game)
Result
 30 July 2016
 Upper Nevill
205 all out 
208 for 9 wkts 
Hartley Country Club CC III XI 
 TWCC lost by one wkt

   Hartley’s third string met the Wells third string at the Upper Ground, where the visitors won the toss and asked their opponents to bat first, and a challenging total seemed to be in prospect when the score reached 142-2 after thirty overs. Kelvin Hill (65) again provided the runs and the steadying influence to guide his side forward, but a key spell from Andy Cripps, when he grabbed three wickets in five balls, turned the direction of the innings.

   Sam Watts (27) joined Hill to post 64 for the second wicket partnership, and a winning total looked to be on the cards when Mark Alexander paired up with his captain. This was not to be as Cripps intervened crucially before Jorge Ehren counter-attacked with a brisk, boundary-laden 22, but the lower order was then routed by Graeme Rossiter, who snapped up 4-17 in five destructive overs, and the Hartley lads were left to make 206 for the win. Hill notched his twelfth League fifty in just five summers, and the tally would have been anodyne without his input.

   The reply was less emphatic as four of the top order were gone for 74 in 21 overs, but there was some long-handled play to come which levelled the issue. At 104-5, skipper Stuart Semple (23) joined Cripps, who crashed four sixes and two fours in a whirlwind cameo, with 57 coming in 49 balls for the sixth partnership, and suddenly the match veered towards Hartley. Wells fought back strongly to snare three more wickets while the score crept up to 192, and the equation left 15 to get from the final four overs. The nerveless last pair kept their heads, although the winning boundary did not arrive until the penultimate delivery was sent down, and the game, which was always a close one, was decided by a single wicket. This merely rearranged the bottom two in the table, but it nonetheless leaves Wells still looking for elusive victory as they seek to avert the drop.

 

Date  Venue

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Result
 06 August 2017
Oakfield Lane 
131 all out 
101 all out 
SIMBA CC I XI 
TWCC won by 30 runs

   Wells made the journey to Oakfield Lane, and skipper James Fern won the toss and chose to take first knock on an interesting track; there seemed to be plenty in it for the bowlers although batting skills were at a premium. The visitors were indebted to Jorge Ehren and Matt Barker for setting up the innings after an early setback had seen one opener back in the pavilion before the score reached ten.

   Ehren (37) defended stoutly for fifty balls, but, with two fours and a six, showed what could be done, certainly he warmed up nicely for his legendary feat the following day. Barker was circumspect and stylish, and this pair posted 49 for the second wicket from a little under twelve overs before the home bowlers got into their rhythm. Ravi Gabbidon and Livingstone Ricketts each grabbed three wickets as the innings drifted to 114-7 before the innings ended rapidly with Phillip Wright netting 3-5 in just eleven deliveries. Oliver Daniels (25) had entered the fray at 92-5, and without his vital runs, the score might well have been considerably less; SIMBA were set to make 132 for the win.

   The reply was quickly disturbed when Anna O’Donnell took out the openers for a personal cost of just 13, and this excellent start was built upon by all-rounders Barker (5-12), and Daniels, who between them saw to the downfall of most of the remaining batsmen. The total had tumbled to 47-8 when Bobby Lloyd (34) hit out, accompanied by Ricketts (L), and suddenly the game swung away briefly from the visitors as the ninth partnership produced a rapid 34; the tenth wicket fell moments after the hundred had been reached, bringing a welcome narrow win by just 30 runs. Barker and Daniels were both needed to uproot this tail-end challenge, but they had done what was required, and the counter-attack fell short. O’Donnell ended with 3-28, with Daniels taking 2-28, and, although the XI remain in the dropzone, they are poised to save themselves so long as more victories can be fashioned; it was a fine team performance, and this has to be encouraging.

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Date  Venue

TWCC Score

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Result
13 August 2016
Upper Ground 
225 for 9 wkts 
157 all out
Pembury CC I XI 
TWCC won by 68 runs 

   Wells entertained the Pembury flagship XI at the Upper Ground, on a cloudy afternoon that later became summery and warm; the toss went with the home side, who, unsurprisingly, took first knock. It has long been imperative that a victory or two occur in order to lift the side out of the dropzone, and, although an efficient and keen display brought victory, they have still to jump clear of the final two places in the Table.

   Mark Alelxander (41) and Kelvin Hill (35) opened up with a sedate first wicket stand of 76, which took care of the initial twenty overs of the innings, yet, a little while later, at the halfway stage, the scoreboard was showing 84-2; Gary Knight had castled both in two consecutive deliveries separated by an over at the other end, and Wells needed to rebuild. Matt Barker, fresh from his pyrotechnics in the U17 Festival Final, added a quick-fire 84 for the third wicket partnership with Sam Watts (37), which set up the innings, while requiring only twelve overs to put together. The upbeat tempo was maintained by Barker as he romped to a scintillating 65 (6 fours and 2 sixes) from just 47 balls, departing at 186 to become the first of Richard Bidder’s six victims in a devastating spell to close down the run makers; Bidder needed just eight overs to wreak his havoc, but the last wicket eluded Pembury, and the tally ended on 225-9, thus setting a fair target for the visitors to chase. James Fern added to his now prolific collection of red-inkers.

   The reply was at once in trouble as Anna O’Donnell and Barker removed both openers for just 14 runs, and, with Joe Wheeler grabbing two further wickets to damage the middle order, the total slipped to 66-4 after twenty overs. There remained much to do, but the fifth partnership between the hard-hitting Richard Dawes (43 with seven fours) and Chris Wells showed excellent intent, and the pursuit became, of necessity, enlivened. Wells pegged away, and Graham Barber’s leg-spin now took centre stage; his flight undid several lower order men, and steadily the wickets fell as the required 226 became more distant. Oliver Daniels (2-26) assisted Barber towards the end, and the leggie came away with a significant 4-42 as the innings finished on 157 with a couple of overs to spare. The victory pushed Wells up to ninth, and they are at last poised to leave the relegation places behind, so long as the winning ways persist.

 

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20 August 2016
Upper Ground 
213 for 4 wkts 
214 for 6 wkts 
Dartford CC III XI 
TWCC lost by 4 wkts 

   Wells entertained Dartford at the Upper Ground, where, on the day, 427 runs were scored with relative ease, yet only ten wickets fell in the 89 overs, or one wicket every nine overs for 43 runs apiece all afternoon. The toss was won by Mark Alexander who immediately asked his batsmen to perform, and a fine opening stand of 83 from 25 overs set the scene. Jorge Ehren (94) finally ran into some League form after legendary T20 activity, and batted through to 128, having started in company with Michael Chaloner, as the innings developed. A miserly twelve overs straight off from Guy Wilson, who conceded only 19 runs, kept the openers vigilant and careful, although runs came well enough from the other end, until Ehren decided upon some spectacular strikes to raise the tempo; within sight of three figures, he took 22 off one over with three sixes, all told moving from 38 to 94 in just 34 balls in a sharp crescendo. Another maximum would have brought his century but this was not to be, and it was the later batsmen who made merry, with the skipper and Tom Baxter buccaneering seventy from ten overs to raise the score to 210 as the allocation drew to a close.

   Set 214 for the win on a fine batting deck, the visitors began steadily, and built upon the platform each successive partnership put down; Tom Chaloner (2-28) and Anna O’Donnell (3-51) tried their best to break through, but the surface gave no real help, and the score just kept rising. O’Donnell’s effort in taking three wickets was the best bowling feat of the match, and the Dartford line-up paid due respect. The hundred came up in 22 overs, and Wells were close to dominating at 130-5, however, at this point, Lee Crane joined Shaun Parker, who took up the game in a partnership for the sixth wicket which produced 62 runs from eleven overs, swinging the contest back to the visitors. The formalities were duly completed with three overs in hand, and the spoils went to Dartford, meanwhile the home side continue their long occupation of one of the dropzone positions with just two games left to be played. Four batsmen, in all, made thirties for the winners, neatly breaking down the target into manageable portions; now Wells must see what can be achieved in these following matches, for escape from relegation is still a viable possibility.

 

Date  Venue

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Result
27 August 2016
Calvert Close 
84 all out 
 86 for 3 wkts
Bexley Park CC I XI 
TWCC won by 7 wkts

   The Wells Third XI travelled up to Calvert Close (Dartford) where they won an important toss and took the option of fielding first; this quickly proved to be an extremely wise move, as the scoreboard read 0-3 after 2.4 overs. Anna O’Donnell and Matt Barker (2-0) were taking no prisoners, and a total victory was clearly being sought. Both bowlers went on to take three wickets apiece, emulated later by Dave Joseph, and the home batsmen only truly made any kind of recovery when numbers eight, nine and ten hit out. After sixteen overs, the tally stood at 49-8, of which Shaun Hellmuth had managed a gallant 16, before Maesh Gosine top-scored with 18 when the ninth stand raised 34 and a little respectability.

   The reply required a tad more than twenty overs to complete its task, as skipper Mark Alexander (27) posted 36 with the steady Rhys Joseph, who earlier had put on 33 with T20 hero Jorge Ehren for the previous wicket; the home attack was not without success, however, except that the will to win loomed large in the Wells hearts; too many poor results had hardened their ambition, and this game was not getting away. The win duly arrived by seven wickets, the whole match requiring just 48.3 overs to complete. Survival is now very much nearer, and a good final game will clinch that aim.

 

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Result
03 September 2016
Upper Ground 
146 all out 
148 for 7 wkts 
Wickham Park CC I XI 
TWCC lost by 3 wkts

   Wells welcomed Wickham Park to the Upper Ground, where the visitors won the toss and elected to chase the total set; the decision was immediately vindicated with a wicket to the opening delivery of the game. Kelvin Hill (28), Sam Watts (18) and Mark Alexander (38) withstood the varied attack of the Division leaders, although at times it was hard-going; the innings lasted almost to the end of the allocation, and, at the fall of the final wicket, Wickham were set 147 for a victory that would give them the 2015 Championship. The three bowlers with the most difficult names were the most successful, with (abbreviated) Veera Muthumanikam and Tamil Muthu both dismissing three batsmen, plus Peri Mangudi achieving a late double strike.

   The reply was also in trouble for much of the chase, as the home attack strove to defend their score; Anna O’Donnell (3-28) was the most decisive, bowling a full and miserly twelve over stint, while Mark Thompson snapped up 2-7 from five tight overs. At one stage, Wells seemed likely to triumph, with the score showing 94-7 and more than a dozen overs remaining, yet the gutsy lower order defied the home bowlers so well that the target was passed without further loss. Sathiskumar Chinnusamy (29*) hit out fearlessly in the company of number nine Muthumanikam (19*), and the required runs were struck from just nine overs to win the game; the nerveless eighth pair put on an unbroken stand of 54 as the team celebrated their unofficial title after the winning runs had been gathered. Wells managed ten points, which was narrowly enough to ensure their survival in the Championship West for another Summer, after a campaign fought from the last two places for almost the entire year. The outcome for them was thus rather more of massive relief than outright revelry.

 

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