Saturday Fourth XI Results 2018

 

Date  Venue

Opponents Score

TWCC
Score

   Opponents      (SCL Game) Result
05 May 2018 
The Victoria Ground  
168 for 7 wkts 
164 all out 
Uckfield Anderida CC II XI 
TWCC Lost by 4 runs

     Wells won the toss and asked Uckfield to take first knock on a deck which had seen much rain in the past few weeks; the visiting attack quickly made inroads into the home line-up, with the score tumbling to 5-2 before Ryan Moore took control. The Uckfield Number Four scored predominantly through the leg side and set about the Wells attack so firmly that the third wicket added 95 of which Moore made 83*; it could not last though, and four wickets now fell for two runs before Moore went to his hundred, being bowled by Steven Alexander for 117 at 149-7. Uckfield were indebted to some sturdy blows from Andy Shelley before the allocation ended on 168-7, with Matt Dawkins, on debut, picking up 2-21 in a mixed team showing.

   The reply also suffered two early setbacks, offset happily by some gifted extras, and the Wells effort was more solid as it approached the target total. Ashley Dodd-Noble (29) partnered Dawkins, who top scored with 31, in a fifth stand of 86, which left the visitors needing only 35 from the last ten overs, yet they fell just short as the home bowlers narrowly saved the day. Neal Boniface and Manthan Vyas returned to wrap up the tail in a tense finale, bringing their side an unexpected success; Wells were able to reflect on a close game which featured some good early form and a pair of strong performances from newcomer Dawkins and Alexander (Steven).

 

 

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TWCC Score

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Opponents (SCL Game) Result
19 May 2018 
The Pavilion 
256 for 6 declared 
78 all out 
Burwash Weald CC I XI 
TWCC won by 178 runs 
   The Wells Fourth XI journeyed over to Burwash Common Playing Field where they won the toss and chose to take first knock on a pleasantly warm afternoon; a wicket soon fell however before Parry Jenkins and Sean Alexander (34) added a spirited if watchful 75 for the second partnership. Henry Hadow (4-73) began a remarkable all-round effort for the home side with all four of the wickets while the score rose to 117-4, Jenkins hitting a fluent and dominant 64 with 8 fours, before Matt Dawkins and Amos Kemp became associated in a grand fifth stand of 74 which ensured safety for their team and brought them to the brink of the 200. Dawkins slammed a brisk 62 (12 fours) while Amos too enjoyed himself en route to a vibrant 48 (8 fours) before he narrowly missed out on a personal fifty as the score surged beyond 230. Ashley Dodd-Noble added some quick runs before the skipper closed the innings after 45 overs, setting Burwash Weald to make 257 for a daunting win; Guy Beagley returned to snap up 2-40 in his second spell.

   The chase was rocked as three wickets tumbled whilst the score reached a mere 26, Gavin Laidlaw again making needful early breakthroughs into the line-up with Ben Powell; soon afterwards, Steven Alexander (4-21) was brought on to remove the bulk of the order as the tally sank to a depressing 63-7, with Hadow (H) retired hurt after heroically keeping out all-comers on his way to 33*. Fortunately, at around this time, Hadow was fit enough to resume his valiant innings, and he went on to carry his bat for 39* (3 fours) as Jim Harwood and Dawkins polished off the tail. A win by a margin of 178 runs was a fair reflection of the cricket played, and Wells moved up to fourth place in the Table, but with the second best points haul, there being three tied on the top spot. Alexander (Steven) now needs just two wickets to reach one hundred in his brief TWCC career, a tremendous achievement, with every prospect of collecting many more victims as time passes.

 

Date  Venue

TWCC Score

Opponents
Score

Opponents (SCL  Game) Result
26 May 2018
The Upper Ground
131 for 8 wkts
85 all out
Sidley CC I XI
TWCC Won by 46 runs

   The Wells Fourth String welcomed Sidley (Sussex) to the Upper Ground, where the visitors won a handy toss and asked the home batsmen to bat first; this move did not reap reward until the 21st over, when, with the score on 35-0, a freak accident caused captain and opener Simon Marcus to retire hurt. By now Sean Alexander (26) was playing extremely well, and he battled on to see his side to 74-3 after 29.1 overs, and his example was followed with varied success by Matt Dawkins, Peter Ford and Amos Kemp. The Ramsden family picked up five wickets, Craig snapping up 3-27, while Stephen had 2-40, the latter putting in a mammoth spell of nineteen overs, yet the young home batsmen kept working the gaps in the field and the score rose to 131-9 when the 48 overs were completed. Cavan O’Connor (2-12) and Mark Gransden kept Sidley in the hunt, but the target total of 132 looked to be within range of the 45 overs allowed, even taking into account a run-rate faster than that obtained in the first innings. 

   The reply was led by David Coveney, who struck a belligerent 35 (5 fours) out of 51-3 from 12 overs, which was way beyond the asking rate; tight bowing from Jim Harwood (2-17 from 9 overs) offset this assault, but Wells had the wiles of Peter Ford and the aggression of Matt Dawkins yet to show, and it was the visiting line-up which came to grief once Ramsden (S) and Gransden were separated at 71-4. Ford was virtually unplayable, his flighted off-spin accounting for four men for just eight runs, while Dawkins shut down the other end with figures of 2-6 from his five overs. Sidley had lost their last six wickets for a mere 14 runs, O’Connor at eleven having six of them, and quite suddenly, the innings was over for 85 runs, to hand Wells a win by 46. This gave them third place in the Table, comfortably heading the chasing pack, but still in touch with second spot, and this form augurs well for the side at this early stage of the campaign.

 

Date  Venue

TWCC Score

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Score

Opponents (SCL Game) Result
02 June 2018
George Meadow
219 all out
154 all out
Battle CC II XI
TWCC Won by 65 runs

  The Fourth String travelled down to George Meadow Battle, where they took on the local second XI, and, having won the toss, elected to bat first; Leigh Tullett (2-5) and Jonty Lavocah (2-7) soon dispelled any high hopes as the top four were wiped out for 12 runs in the opening six overs before Ash Gupta and Amos Kemp (47) showed that the batting went deep as fifty came for the fifth stand. Honours were even at 95-6 after 21 overs before Matt Dawkins played a decisive knock of 81 which proved to be the difference between the two sides; last out, the youthful Dawkins posted 94 for the seventh partnership with the belligerent veteran Peter Ford (49), and the legside took a peppering as the runs flowed easily. Battle came back hard at the close, snapping up the remaining four wickets for 34 which left the home batsmen 224 to make if victory was to follow.

   Another indifferent start did not augur well but Battle pulled away from 17-2 to notch 122-4 after 32 overs with the middle order looking dominant; Owen Griffiths (36) and David Brown (48) drove powerfully while adding 57 for the fifth wicket, but thereafter Wells controlled events. The tempo needed to rise, and perhaps this undid the batsmen, for the remaining six wickets went down in a heap for the addition of a paltry 32 more runs as the visiting attack mopped up the game and took the points. Steven Alexander (3-34) led the way, incidentally reaching one hundred wickets for TWCC with his first strike, and support came from that man Dawkins plus Gavin Laidlaw in a strong team effort; the closing fifteen overs saw Ford and Kemp join the older Alexander in docking the tail, and a decent win came by as many as 65 runs. This was enough to give Wells the top spot in the Table, by a single point ahead of St Peters (Brighton) as Division 12 East hots up, which promises to spotlight more strong contests as the campaign develops.

 

Date  Venue

Opponents Score

TWCC
Score

Opponents (SCL Game) Result
09 June 2018
Upper Nevill
168 for 7 wkts
90 all out
Wadhurst CC I XI
TWCC Lost by 78 runs

  Neighbours Wadhurst visited the Upper Ground to find that the home team was composed of nine players, one of whom was to go lame early into a bowling spell, although, very generously, he stayed on the field and Umpired for the remainder of the contest. Wells won the toss and put the visitors in to bat, and, amid a flurry of boundaries, the first three in the order took the score to 51-3 from 17 overs.

   Steven Alexander had come on at first change, and he took a wicket with his third delivery and then ripped out the middle order in a spell that brought him a further 3-9 in 14 balls to send the total spiralling down to 82-6 with 21 overs left in the allocation. The lower order were faced with two U13 Colts bowling at them, and, to their credit, Jacob Webb and James Pepler gave their best shot at it, and Webb cleaned up the number seven, much to his delight; Brad Barrett and Iain Bell then added a punishing 62 before the end came and Wells were set to make 168 for the win.

   Skipper Simon Marcus (32) came within a few deliveries of carrying his bat through a none too distinguished display, as four wickets tumbled at the other end for 42; Steven Alexander then slammed 24 out of 31 for the fifth wicket, outscoring his captain by better than three to one, and plainly making a case for all-rounder status, with four fours among his strokes. There were only two more wickets to fall, and the innings closed on 90, handing the 30 points to Wadhurst in an uneven encounter. Wells move down to third place in the Table, still in touch with the leaders, and a brief holiday approaches as the TW County Week takes centre stage.

 

Date  Venue

TWCC Score

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Score

Opponents (SCL Game) Result
16 June 2018
Nutley CC
245 for 6 wkts
Buxted Park CC III XI
59 all out
TWCC Won by 186 runs.

   The Fourth String motored down to Nutley where Buxted Park awaited them, and Simon Marcus won the toss, duly electing to bat first; Wells found the home attack to their liking, with Sean Alexander (88, including 12 fours), posting his maiden League half-century before going on towards three figures. Fifth out at 180, the younger Alexander had ensured safety for his side, and handed over the free scoring to Matt Dawkins, who notched yet another fifty during a rollicking sixth stand of 61 from seven overs with Amos Kemp. The declaration asked Buxted Park to make 246 for the win.

   The reply from the home ten men was never likely to overtake the required target, indeed Steven Alexander (3-3) and Gavin Laidlaw (2-8) soon had the score reeling at 46-6; Dawkins (4-9) cleaned up the tail, with only Ron Craggs (20) and Oli Jones (16) reaching double figures. The all out total of 59 meant a win by 186 runs, which was enough to send Wells rocketing back to the top of the Table, leading Crowhurst Park by a single point after all the results were in. The XI will visit the second-placed team on 23 June to decide who will continue to head the Division, and a grand game is anticipated.

 

Date Venue

Opponents Score

TWCC
Score

Opponents (SCL Game) Result
23 June 2018
Claremont School
105 all out
107 for 6 wkts
Crowhurst Pk III XI
TWCC Won by 4 wkts

   Wells IV travelled over to the Claremont School where they would play Crowhurst Park III in a contest which would decide who would retain top place in Division 12 (East) of the Sussex Cricket League; this head-to-head encounter had arisen because two leading Clubs had both peaked at a similar time while the chasing pack was still tussling over position. The toss was won by Simon Marcus for Wells, and he chose to chase whatever target the home side could leave, despite the hot, sunny afternoon in prospect.

   Gavin Laidlaw led off for the visitors, and soon he had removed the first three men to fall as the tally limped along to 28-3 before the fourth partnership showed grit and resolve. Jon Message (34, with 8 fours) chose to hit his way out of trouble, and he found a staunch ally in ‘keeper Mick Flanagan as the stand added a vital 43 and caused several bowling changes. The ubiquitous Amos Kemp was the rock upon which the lower order floundered as he picked up 5-36 from 7.4 overs, and was a major factor in bringing the innings to a close for 109 from 33.4 overs. True, he gave away runs, but deepfield catches are just as good as bowled or lbw victims, and Kemp had a fairly full set of these. Sean Menary (2-13, including Message) did the necessary at the other end; Laidlaw’s analysis is worthy of note for an opening bowler, being 12-5-19-3.

   The reply was anything but solid, yet the target total set was ‘only’ 106, and the Wells lads had some steady players in the line-up; nevertheless, the chase was soon struggling at 15-2. Ashutosh Gupta and Miheer Singh now battled through the next ten overs as the home side did all they could to break through; Gupta played a stylish if labour-saving knock of 36, 34 of which came from boundaries, while the colt Singh applied good sense to the matter as the pair posted 45 for the third stand in their respective ways. Crowhurst Park came back hard, however, and snapped up four more wickets while 35 runs were gathered in, until finally Laidlaw struck two fours to get his side over the line with Ben Powell assisting as the game was won. And so it was that Wells established a clear lead at the top of the Table, with Sidley and Wadhurst now filling the gaps below them, as the campaign nears the halfway mark.

 

Date  Venue

Opponents Score

TWCC
Score

Opponents (SCL Game) Result
30 June 2018
Upper Nevill
286 for 4 wkts
212 for 1 wet
St Peters Brighton CC IV XI
Drawn

   The Fourth XI from St Peters (Brighton) came to the Upper Nevill on a sweltering June day, where they won the toss and batted first, and largely placed themselves in safety from their 48 overs. Some weak fielding gave lives to the two main scorers early on, and full advantage was exacted for these slips, with Andrew Parle (67) and Apurve Chauhan (101) running up 169 for the opening stand from thirty overs. Amos Kemp and Gavin Laidlaw finally broke through, but Anthony Chiu (50) simply continued the batting domination, posting a further 65 for the third wicket with Charles Townley, and a tall total was clearly in the offing despite belated defensive tactics from the home side. A target of 287 was always going to be very challenging, the more so as Wells could once again only field a ten person team, following the now customary late drop-outs higher up.

   Nevertheless, the makeshift openers, hastily recalled Parry Jenkins and ‘keeper Sean Alexander, were undaunted by the long climb ahead and played sensibly as they built a solid partnership; now it was the turn of the Brighton bowlers to wilt in the heat as the run-scoring continued on the road-like deck. First the fifty stand was reached, then the hundred, followed by both players notching their half-centuries, and, just when the Fourth XI record of 141 had been equalled, Alexander nicked off and the bold riposte was halted. Wells were only some thirty runs behind at the same stage but had less overs available to them, and the afternoon heat had taken its toll, as Jenkins soon retired unwell through dehydration; the task ahead was therefore to go at around ten per over or bat through, and, it was no surprise that the latter course eventuated. Wells ended rather tamely on 212-1 as the allocation expired, and a drawn game resulted, which gained the home XI just enough points to maintain their lead at the head of the Table, one point clear of Wadhurst First XI; the home side are due to meet Uckfield Anderida at the same venue on 7 July.

NB Both Uckfield and then Maresfield, the following week, conceded as they had no team.

 

Date  Venue

TWCC Score

Opponents
Score

Opponents (SCL Game) Result
21 July 2018
Upper Nevill
196 for 8 wkts
149 all out
Burwash Weald CC I XI
TWCC Won by 47 runs

   Burwash Weald visited the rock-hard Upper Nevill Ground as the 2018 heatwave persisted, but Wells won the toss and immediately chose to bat first; this was not scripted well, since the score slid to 43-4 after the opening twelve overs, but Ashley Dodd-Noble (68) stepped up to impose himself upon the game, batting sensibly while keeping a steady tempo, and he found a solid partner in young Barney Fitch. These two posted a much-needed 97 for the fifth wicket, absorbing twenty overs as they did so, but setting the home late order up for a profitable finish, which asked the Burwash side to make 197 for the win when the allocation ended. Fitch hit eight fours in his crucial 48 while Dodd-Noble stroked nine fours and a six in a match-shaping knock that held the visiting attack at bay when it was urgently required. Freddie Freeman took the score on to almost 200, and praise was due to Guy Beagley, whose nine overs brought him 4-42 in a fine, incisive spell for Burwash.

   The chase began with much promise, as Henry and Monty Hadow added to an opening stand of 36, so that the fifty arrived with just one wicket down; the home attack now started to break through, with three more wickets going down for just 17 runs. Hadow (M) now found an ally in Sam Williams (30), which resulted in a valiant fifth wicket stand of 54, and ultimately brought out the best in the youthful Wells attack; Freeman emphasised his all-round skills as he snapped up a critical 4-22, but it was Charlie Lockhart who broke the long partnership and came away with 2-15 just when it mattered. Suddenly the tally went from 121-4 to 149 all out, and a fine win for Wells was produced to keep them at the head of the Table, with a gap now showing between first place and the chasing pack. The XI will travel down to close rivals Sidley CC on 28 July to sort out their respective league positions once and for all; finally, Amos Kemp introduced his customary talismanic performance in mid-innings with a tidy haul of 3-27.

 

Date  Venue

TWCC Score

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Opponents (SCL  Game) Result
28 July 2018
Sandhurst Recreation Grd
157 all out
159 for 4 wkts
Sidley CC I XI
TWCC Lost by 6 wkts

   The Fourth XI travelled down to the Sandhurst Ground to settle a top-of-the-Table clash with Sidley, who have had their successes against far better TWCC sides from the past; the toss was won by the home skipper, who asked Wells to bat first, and it was quickly obvious that this was a good move. The visitors’ batting, Sean Alexander apart, was woefully adrift, and the local attack carried all before them as the score tumbled to 77-6 after 21 overs. Opener Alexander had held firm throughout for a pedigree 48 (nine fours), but he was seventh out at the aforementioned total, which, as luck would have it, saw another couple of youngsters save the reputation of the team. The late rearguard was fashioned by Sean Menary (38, with 6 fours) and Charlie Lockhart (22, with 4 fours), who put together a spirited and defiant eighth wicket stand worth 58, which at least had the benefit of asking the home batsmen to reach 158 for the win. Sidley could thank Cavan O’Connor (3-32) and Neil Priddy 3-17 for their domination of the visiting line-up.

   The reply was not much more assured, sinking to 77-3 after twenty overs, with Steven Alexander (2-12 from his opening 2 overs) seemingly poised for better things; ominously, Dane Capon was not out on 39* forthright runs, with plentiful boundaries already. The Wells attack was unfortunately destined to take but one further wicket as the bowling was despatched for the remaining runs in just twelve more overs; Capon continued to use the long handle, striking ten fours and two sixes in a swashbuckling effort that was rewarded with the winning runs. Josh Bull (39, with 7 fours) was equally belligerent, as the fourth wicket produced 73 from 75 balls to bring the chase to within eight of the win; two balls later, the deed was done, and Sidley took over top spot in the Table, kept warm for them for a goodly while by the team they had just beaten; Wells dropped to third place behind Wadhurst but can make amends for that on 11 August following their game next weekend against Battle CC.

 

Date  Venue

TWCC Score

Opponents
Score

Opponents (SCL Game) Result
04 August 2018
Upper Nevill
184 for 7 wkts
185 for 4 wkts
Battle CC II XI
TWCC Lost by 6 wkts

   Wells IV XI was under new leadership for their match with Battle II, and Amos Kemp won the toss and batted first on his debut as skipper; the heatwave continued for a further weekend, and the visitors stood to face a gruelling time in the field. Fortunately for Battle, two wickets fell relatively soon as the opening ten overs produced a scoreline of 41-2; this brought together Parry Jenkins and U13 Jacob Webb, who were destined to embark upon a match-shaping third partnership which added 140 runs from 141 deliveries and took the side to the safety of 161-2 with some seven overs still to be sent down. Jenkins was first to a personal half-century, followed soon after by Webb, who was making his maiden fifty in Adult League cricket, with each player playing handsome and sensible cricket as the stand developed. Webb was first to go, having made 51 with seven fours, and shortly afterwards, Jenkins departed for 65 (11 fours), and the relieved Battle bowlers relished their breakthrough as four wickets tumbled for just seven runs added; some brisk blows from Ben Powell took the tally on to 184-7, setting a fair target for the batsmen to overhaul if they could.

   The attack was led by Gavin Laidlaw and Sean Menary, who bowled well with little being given away, but also with little luck, as the batsmen began to consolidate on such a good surface for batting. 30-2 after nine overs represented a high point, as the third pair added 56, followed by 32 for the fourth wicket; key to both partnerships was Thomas Watson, who eventually carried out his bat for 93* (15 fours and one 6), and the unbroken fifth stand of 70* with Owen Griffifths (33*) posted the winning runs for only four down. Steven Alexander and Powell (jnr) would generally have had more victims but the chances did not stick or the field were frequently beaten, and so it became a frustrating game for the Wells lads. Watson was unlucky to miss a hundred but he struck the ball fiercely over a long period, giving the home bowlers little joy. Wells remain third in the Table, comfortably clear of the chasing pack, but, with a vital game against Wadhurst to play on 11 August, they could re-take second place just behind Sidley were they to win.

 

Date  Venue

Opponents Score

TWCC
Score

Opponents (SCL Game) Result
11 August 2018
Washwell Lane
204 for 9 wkts
205 for 1 wet
Wadhurst CC I XI
TWCC Won by 9 wkts

   The Fourth XI made the short journey over to Wadhurst, very much a local derby, where they won the toss and put the home batsmen in for the first innings; runs were easily made on the Washwell Lane deck, although it was difficult to assess what was a good score there. Wells managed to take three wickets as the score rose to 87 after 24 overs, however there then followed a fourth wicket partnership worth 102 between skipper Michael Metcalf (67) and the free-scoring Sam Evans (48 with 4 sixes and 4 fours), which guaranteed a two hundred target, or so it seemed. Suddenly, the batting collapsed, as Steven Alexander (4-41 overall) grabbed 3-6 in a fine second spell, backed up by Freddie Freeman, who removed both big scorers for a personal trifle; the tally went from 189-3 to 204-9 when the 40 overs expired, and the visitors were set 205 for the win on a day when five per over looked to be a par rate.

   The reply was a revelation as Tom Roxburgh and Sean Alexander scored with assurance and skill to post 195 for the opening partnership, by some distance a new TW IV Record First Wicket Stand, wiping off the 141 which had been equalled just a few weeks before; each man started carefully but punished any wayward offerings, of which there were enough to keep the tempo at the required level. By the time 20 overs had been bowled, each player had reached his personal half-century, and the old record was soon by-passed thereafter; boundaries flowed as the tally rose, but, with a stand of 200 hovering into sight, Alexander was adjudged lbw, and the long association ended. Roxburgh was on 99* at this point, and, moments later reached his hundred; victory came by nine wickets a short time afterwards, with seven overs to spare. 

   Alexander had made his 77 with 11 fours, while Roxburgh reached 107* with 12 fours; it could be some time before this record is again approached. The result confirmed TW IV at third place in the Division, a few points behind their opponents of the day, and one win behind Sidley CC, the current leaders; the run-in, concessions aside, could be most interesting. Wells entertain Buxted Park at the Upper Nevill next weekend on 18 August.

 

Date  Venue

TWCC Score

Opponents
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Opponents (SCL Game) Result
18 August 2018
Upper Nevill
212 for 7 wkts
122 all out
Buxted Park CC III XI
TWCC Won by 90 runs

   Buxted Park came to the Upper Nevill where they lost the toss and fielded out to a large Wells total which achieved 212-7 from the 40-over allocation; Rory Chalmers, the visiting skipper, excelled with 4-37, while Paul Shepperd snapped up 3-37, but the rest of the attack was put to the sword as the home order indulged itself. A guest-like appearance from the returning BJ Allatt (40), assisted by U13 James Pepler (27), ensured a strong start, and the opening 21 overs saw the century arrive for the loss of four wickets. Sean Menary (44 with 10 fours) took to the attack with gusto, supported by Jim Harwood, and finally some late strikes from the recuperated Mark Alexander (35* with 6 fours and a six) took the tally past 200, leaving the visitors to reach 213 for the win.

    The reply was given impetus by Mark Sheffield (39), as the first wicket held for 27 runs, but then Wells chipped away at the order with four men taking two wickets each and only Nick Marsh (27*) truly adding to the effort. 27-0 soon became 32-5, then a recovery took place as the sixth wicket stand posted 48, but then back came the bowlers, and the ten-man team was knocked over for 122 after 32.2 overs. This was a fine team effort with captain Amos Kemp beginning to show authority in his new role, and a second win running was ample testimony to the work put in. Two games remain from which Wells can improve their placing in the League, at present firmly hanging on to third spot; they may not overhaul the leaders but it would be useful to gain second place and promotion. Next game is home to Crowhurst Park, likely to be a tough encounter.

Date  Venue

TWCC Score

 Opponents
Score

Opponents (SCL Game) Result
25 August 2018
Upper Nevill
253 for 5 wkts
164 for 6 wkts
Crowhurst Park CC III XI
TWCC Won by 89 runs

   Crowhurst Park IIIs journeyed over to the Upper Nevill, where they won the toss and invited the home side to bat first; Wells were looking to move up one place in the Table in order to benefit from promotion at the close of the campaign, and were thus ready to try to set a strong target total with which to test the visitors. The home team was something of a family affair, with three Alexanders as usual, and three Townsends, and there were also two Powells, making up three father-son combinations.

   Sean Alexander and Piers Townsend opened up for Wells, posting a steady run-a-ball 96 from 16 overs, when a double strike from first change Ben Riley (2-41) intervened; Alexander had just reached a cultured fifty, with 9 fours, while Townsend had moved to 34, but both men were back in the hutch at 107-2, with the skipper and Townsend (snr) having to continue the progress. The game was evenly poised when Crowhurst Park broke through twice more, and it was left to Henry Townsend and Sean Menary to take their side to safety from 139-4. Only fifteen overs remained, but, so well did these two young batsmen play, that 102 runs were hit up from the next 84 balls, and the last over went for a dozen more, so that the target set was a challenging 254. Townsend (H) batted through and came in after making a maiden half-century, 52* in all, with 5 fours, while Menary added to his laurels with top score of 56 (8 fours), and their domination of the second phase of the innings was outstanding. Sam Coe (2-38) and Bradley Ayres joined Riley as wicket-takers, and now it was the turn of the batsmen to perform.

   The chase was rocked early on by a revelatory spell of 3-5 from Ben Powell, and the required recovery meant that progress became necessarily somewhat pedestrian. The tally teetered to 22-3 after ten overs, and further breakthroughs came at 47, 67 and 87. By this time, just 12 overs remained, and the equation showed that some 14 per over were still needed. Thus far, only Colin Ayres (41) had made progress, but now the seventh pair batted out the game in adding an unbroken 77*; Mick Flanagan and that man Coe each scored a bristling not out 39, collectively notching 14 fours, as the partnership played out time. Although defeated, Crowhurst Park batted honourably, and Wells had the pleasure of jumping into the second promotion spot when news came in that Wadhurst had lost to Uckfield. Amos Kemp needs just one more win to lead his side to advancement after a mixed summer of events, and if that outcome is to occur, it will be at St Peters Brighton in the final match on September 1

 

Date  Venue

TWCC Score

Opponents
Score

Opponents (SCL Game) Result
01 Sep 2018
Preston Park
217 for 8 wkts
134 for 8 wkts
St Peters Brighton CC IV XI
TWCC Won by 83 runs

   The Wells Fourth string drove down to St. Peter’s Brighton needing a victory so that they would ensure promotion for 2019; the home encounter against this side had produced a high-scoring game where the home attack was somewhat bruised as a tall total was produced. The re-jigged XI that emerged from yet another confused availability had therefore a mission to complete, and fortune favoured the brave. Amos Kemp again won the toss and batted first; Ashutosh Gupta (66) struck 8 fours and a six in a splendid innings which confirmed the bat-first option, and, while batting with Sean Alexander (27), a strong target seemed to be in prospect; the home bowlers intervened, however, and the top order was largely removed while the score went to 90-4 after 22 overs. Gupta was now joined by Hamish Cloke (47) in a crucial fifth wicket partnership which brought a swift 56 from 63 deliveries and the remaining batsmen, with Jim Harwood (28*) to the fore, all had some success and the 200 was passed with two overs left. An eventual 218 was the required total if St Peters were to succeed.

   The reply was attacked at once to fine effect as Steven Alexander, the skipper and Sean Menary reduced the tally to 34-5 from the opening 22 overs; less than half of the allocation remained to make the balance of runs outstanding, but in fact from here on in, the home batsmen were rallied by the singular effort from Ahmad Ghouri, who made a pulsating and punishing undefeated 79 with 6 fours and 4 sixes to go with his 2-45 from the first dig. The chase was rarely on target rate-wise but the all-out total which had looked so certain was defied, as fifty runs came for the sixth stand; Wells remained fully in control, nevertheless, and they achieved their win although St Peters held on eight down. The margin of 83 runs was probably about right on the day, and the visitors can reflect now on the prospect of a move to a higher Division. For skipper Kemp it had been a short but sweet baptism into the arts of captaincy; his 3-11, plus the 3-38 from youthful all-rounder Jacob Webb, were key performances in a hearty team effort.