We find out what our local teams have been up to this month…
We made our first excursion over the county border into Surrey to play Nutley Hall this month. They opted to bat and found Capel’s precision bowling and tight fielding gave few opportunities to make runs, so that at the end of 10 overs there were only 22 runs on the board. After two and a half hours, Nutley Hall were all out for 173 in 38.1 overs. Capel’s past performance gave cause for optimism that the home team’s total could be bettered but their innings started even more slowly, making a win look less than certain. After a string of outs and with more than 50 runs needed, it looked as if hopes of a Capel win were evaporating, but they kept their nerve, struck balls to the distant boundary, and took the visitors’ score to 177 for 6 wickets in 38.1 overs. In the end, we won by four wickets.
This month kicked off in style with a much anticipated game against some of our old allies of the club the Campbell family. The family have been heavily involved in the club for 30 years and they bring a mob of friends and relatives from all ends of the country to do battle, and consume BBQ treats all weekend. The weather turned sour on the morning of the game so we opted for a 20:20 smash-about and ended up on the losing end of a thoroughly enjoyable occasion.
We also played a competitive game against the lads at Castle Hill. Due to the postage stamp size of our ground, near on anything is a gettable target and our opening pair put on 150 for the first wicket in 12 overs that involved four roof tile breaks and the ball clearing a row of houses for only the second time in NCC history!
The Sunday XI’s league campaign continued with three games this month – the first against title chasers Littlebourne, who made 256 for 9 off their 40 overs largely thanks to 113 from opening batsman and skipper Byron Gould, while Stone could only make 175 all out in reply.
The next game was against fellow strugglers Selsted, who made a fine score of 260-4 off their 40 overs. Stone then replied positively with openers Earle (50) and Mangold (43) making 93 off 20 overs. However, a collapse followed and the home side finished 168-8 off their 40.
Luckily, we then got back to our winning ways away at Exiles of Bridge cc. Stone won the toss and batted first and made 236-7 off the allotted 40 overs, with Scott Freeman making a solid 59 and Alex Clarke smashing an excellent 71. Stone then bowled Bridge out for 197 with 15-year-old Henry Pelling-Smith the pick of the attack on 3-37.
Our good friends at Locksbottom were the beneficiaries of the worst fielding display ever seen on a cricket ground, with a dozen catches hurled to the turf and 40 runs conceded on the boundary, when the ball went through flailing hands! Even after that, with the Locksbottom score on 205-6, and a 6 required off the last ball to win, it was still odds on in favour of Kemsing! But sport is a cruel mistress, and the ball was despatched merrily over the boundary. Jubilation for one side and heartache for the other!
The other game, against Betsham, was a worse defeat, as Kemsing struggled to 195-5 in their 40 overs, with Martin Green scoring an excellent 57, with assistance from James Walkling, 42. Betsham knocked them off in 30 overs, for the loss of three wickets!
However, thanks to some bizarre and unexpected results between the other teams, Kemsing are still top of the division, 31 points ahead of second place, with four to play…
The last month has seen mixed fortunes for our teams. The Saturday 1st X1 have struggled and lie bottom of Kent County Village League Division 1, whilst the second X1 have done better and have progressed towards the top end of Division 7. Sundays have provided some fun, friendly cricket and the relaunched kids’ cricket on Monday nights has been a growing success with many youngsters getting top coaching from Invicta Cricket.