TWCC First XI make KL History …
The Wells Flagship XI completed their SIXTEENTH consecutive outright Kent League victory today when they beat The Mote CC at The Nevill, once again avoiding weather interference. This run further extends a newly attained KL record, and rounds off a campaign that saw the XI reach 305 points from all KL matches played. At the same time, the side won ALL NINE of their back nine Win-Lose contests, which is now known to be without parallel. Promotion was guaranteed after Week 14, and the Championship was clinched after Week 16, and thus a wonderful season was completed, and a serious ambition was fulfilled. Fittingly, celebrations ensued as a result of these marvellous accomplishments, while talisman in so many successes, Nick Selman, returns to Queensland on 10 September after a memorable maiden summer in the UK; his runs, catches and even wickets were of inestimable value to the welfare of his team and a more popular player would be hard to imagine.
Very well done to all concerned, in particular new skipper Alex Williams. Plans will be afoot now to deal with life back in the Premier Division.
Congratulations are also due, belatedly, to opening bowler Chris Lawrence, who has passed 200 wickets in First Team league cricket since 2002, his 200th victim being Ben Leale Green of Linden Park. He completed a rare double against The Mote when he reached 100 wickets in Division One cricket, to go with his 108 wickets attained in Premier Cricket.
David Smith, with 38 wickets, topped the 2014 Division One wicket hauls for his new Club, and also scored 324 runs, taking as well a dozen catches, many quite brilliant. Nick Selman hit 882 runs at 75, with 2 centuries and 5 fifties, coming second in the year’s aggregate lists for the Division, followed by Alex Williams third with 706 runs at 39.
A further plaudit goes to Will Stickler, whose fielding stats have brought him to equal top with Richard Cutts, now recuperating after shoulder surgery, on 102 victims (catches and run-outs combined).