As we reach the end of the cricket season, here’s the final word from the local teams that we have followed through this summer…
Our final game was against Harbledown at home, where we needed a point to secure safety and stay in Kent Village League 1. Harbledown won the toss and batted. They amassed 212 off 40 overs with Stone’s best bowler of the season Patrick Watsham again picking up the most wickets with 4-44 off his 9 overs. Stone needed a minimum 160 to achieve the batting point and secure safety without worrying what the three teams below them did. Unfortunately they could only make 94 all out! Luckily results of the three teams below Stone meant they achieved safety and will continue to play in the top flight of the Kent Village League for the 2016 season.
The season draws to a close all too soon, and 2015 has been enjoyable as ever, but lacked the success of previous campaigns. We have seen membership increase, kids’ cricket started and investment into our pavilion and grounds. Our first 11 have been relegated to Division 2 and our seconds had a steady season finishing mid table. Sunday’s saw an increase in fixtures – we even managed two teams turning up on one day to play our one team – a mini tournament soon sorted that (we didn’t win!) autumn and winter will see work continue with plans to further enhance the pavilion
and outfield surrounds. We are always looking for new members – for anyone interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org
After a four match losing streak, a cheeky win at Linton Park with good performances by James Walkling and skipper Roger Shaddock got us back to winning ways. This was followed up by a good win at Speldhurst, with Grahame Wood biffing 114.
As a result of those two wins, we needed four points from the last game to ensure we retained our title, which would be a unique achievement below the top division.
Marden were the opposition in the final game and Kemsing turned in a good performance with a depleted side.
So Kemsing had won the KCVL Division 6 title for the second consecutive year, but with no restructuring imminent, are guaranteed to get promoted to Division 5!
There have been no real stars this season, with everyone chipping in at various points with important performances. The youngsters have all improved and it has been a proper team performance throughout the season.
One of our final matches was a triumphant win against Gelre Zutphen Cricket Club, from the Netherlands, who were visiting for the third consecutive year.
After the match, in which each team’s fortunes swung first one way and then the other, it was time to produce some hospitality for our guests – not that they hadn’t been enjoying the Tonbridge Brewery beer throughout the afternoon! Tamsin Stevenson and Martin Pooley and their team produced a wonderful paella which looked big enough to feed the 5000 and was greatly appreciated by members of both teams and their supporters. With light fading, speeches were made and souvenir gifts exchanged, Capel’s Chairman Fiona Pengelley presenting Gelre’s Captain Dolf Nijbroek with copies of Capel Explored and receiving a beautiful engraved glass in return. This international match is a highlight of the club’s year, and we look forward to entertaining our Dutch friends again next season.
The British summer (or lack of) put pay to half of our recent fixtures, and without the ability to cover up the playing surface, or relocate to the Caribbean, we will always be at the mercy of mother nature, and the summer of 2015 has been far from a vintage. Of the two fixtures that went ahead recently we managed to draw even with a loss and a win – losing against Sissinghurst who are a new fixture for 2015. Two wet weekends later we met Catsfield, a fixture which dates back to the middle ages. A sticky wicket offered nothing to the batsmen and we were able to chase down a relatively low target with time to spare. Hopefully our remaining matches will be drier and we can squeeze in as much game time before the