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Four Elms Cricket Club Newsletter       

                Week 4 - 11th May 2016

Dear Members,

Sorry about missing last week. Had a busy one. On the plus side 5 matches to report on this week plus the annual quiz is only a week and a half away! Please look out for the posters and advertising for full details.

Great weekend for the first team this week as they defeated a strong Shipboune side. This was the first time I have played at Shipbourne where the wicket has been dry and, winning my first toss of the season, decided we should bat. A good decision, as Ben Crowhurst (111) and Paul Gammage (78) both batted excellently with an opening stand of over 180 in around 29 overs. Ben especially took on the Shipbourne bowlers and reaped the rewards with the first FECC hundred of the season. The innings lost its way abit as the middle order tried to maintain the great run rate and wickets fell regularly before the final total of 262-9 was reached. The Shipbourne reply started well as both openers took advantage of having been dropped, and moved the score to 60 without loss after 12 overs. Bringing myself on to bowl, I had a mixed spell as, in the middle of some loose balls, I managed to get both the openers to edge behind to Rob Hall. This gave us the break we needed and wickets then fell regularly as Tim ‘The Fridge’ Seegar (2-25) bogged up one end excellently. Tim strangled the run scoring and pickied up George Wells, the Shipbourne danger man, in the process. Tim’s great work meant the batsmen tried to score against the other bowlers which brought about some wickets, Alex Williamson (4-55) the main recipient. We took our foot off the pedal a little as the innings went on and a rally by the lower order meant the scores were closer than they should have been, but we finally finished the win off as Shipbourne’s overs ran out with their score at 238-9. A great first match although some things to work on if we are to be truly competitive this year.    

The Second XI also played Shipbourne last weekend but unfortunately were not able to replicate the result of the 1’s at home. Four Elms batted first but struggled to score quickly against a very accurate bowling attack. Kevin Allman (57) was the key man scoring a good half century but a score of 160-9 was always going to be hard to defend. The bowlers made Shipbourne work for the win, John Pike (2-30) being the pick, but Shipbourne managed to secure the win for the loss of only 2 wickets inside 33 overs.

Sunday 8th May saw the visit of a young (and very chatty) Horton Kirby side. The opposition batted first but could only muster 150 as all the Four Elms bowlers contributed. Wickets were shared around with all 6 bowlers getting at least 1. Dom Conlin in his first turn out of the year picked up 3 catches and Kevin Allman had his first bowl for at least 21 years and was incredibly given the time since his last ‘spell.’ The only down side was a dislocated finger for Phil Crowhurst that we hope will not impact his truncheon work too much. The reply was a little slow moving but the win was never in doubt thanks to a second fifty in 2 weeks for Dom Ramjag (68) and some late scampering from Greg Langridge (17*.)

On Saturday 30th April Having been let down by 2 opposition teams Bob got did a sterling job and rustled up a fixture against Minster CC from Sheppey. They brought a young strong side to Four Elms and gave us a tough contest. Minster won the toss and batted and racked up 259-7. We took an early wicket but a second wicket partnership of over 150 by Cruikshank (87) and Tucker (100 retired) laid a very solid foundation. Both played some big shots however we did however drop both the batsmen at least twice (Always hard catching balls that come straight at you early season Clive Croft!) We did eventually make some inroads with Miles and Alex picking up a wicket a piece and the Chairman picking up 4 despite the wicket ‘not turning.’ Our reply was a bit sedate against accurate bowling but Jim Cole (56) gave a man of the match batting display and the skipper managed to biff 47 at the end as we ended up 178 all out.

The match on Sunday 1st May saw Letsom CC visit the Elms. Unfortunately Fred was taken ill before the game so we only had 10 and Letsom, winning the toss, batted first to a very impressive up 298-6. The bowlers stuck at it, the pick of them being young Stan Bey. The 13 year old took an excellent 4-35 and showed some of the more senior players how to do it. Great to see our younger players making such a big contribution. Unfortunately the total was a bit too big for us to chase but Alan Crowhurst (58*) and Dom Ramjag (88*) had a great 4th wicket partnership as the innings finished with a respectable if not victorious 169-3.

Few notes;

  • All players please note that subs will be going up if not paid by this weekend. Any issues with getting these paid please get in contact.

  • We will be netting this Friday alongside the junior training. People will be at the ground from about 6pm onwards. Hoping we can do some fielding and work on some bowling as well as getting the machine out to hit some balls against.

  • Still need a few more volunteers for Teas (contact Kadine) and Bar (contact Matt H) duties. Please do put your name forward. If each player can do one or two shifts it does make everything easier. So much work goes on behind the scenes running a cricket club that it really does help to spread the work load where possible.

     

Let’s hope the weather clears up and we have a great weekend of cricket. Good luck everyone

 

BJ

bjallatt@hotmail.com

07905 947 056

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