Broadstairs travelled to HSBC who are now renamed New Beckenham this week; on an overcast and blustery day skipper Alex Hogben won the toss and elected to bat. Broadstairs got off to a flyer with the captain and Nathan Fox punishing a lot of poor deliveries both managing to hit maximums even though the boundary was huge. Hogben was adjudged LBW for 26 bringing Noah McLennan to the crease at 51-1.
McLennan and Fox settled in, worked the ball around and capitalising on the bad balls. Fox brought up his 50 never looking in any trouble it so was a surprise when he fell for 56 to a mistimed drive. Jayojit Basu was next in with Broadstairs on 132-2 from 29 overs.
The New Beckenham bowlers found it easier with the field spread and boundaries were hard to come by but the experienced overseas player knocked the ball into the gaps and kept the score ticking. Noah then brought up his half century but fell shortly after caught and bowled for a decent 57.
162-3 from 38 overs and wickets in hand meant Broadstairs could put their foot down and look at setting 250. George Kidd joined Jay and they pushed the score on. Jay eventually fell for 47 and Matt Hardy joined George and the 2 tallest players in the team put pressure on the fielders, taking advantage of the big boundary by pushing 2s and 3s, Hardy fell for 8 and Tom Marshall faced 4 deliveries ending 5 not out with George ending on 41 from 34 balls and Broadstairs had posted 256 from their 50 overs.
Matt Hardy shared the new ball with the experienced Bradley Ellison and although they bowled well, they didn’t create many chances. It wasn’t until the opening batsmen attempted a quick single to mid-off that the first wicket fell with Alex Hogben’s direct hit. Brad in search of his 400th league wicket moved to 398 when Jay took a good low catch and the opening bowlers spell ended with 1-24 from his 10 overs.
Overseas opener Nicholas Taylor batted with assurance and offered few chances; it was obvious to the Seasiders that he was the vital wicket. Chris Kidd got the number 4 played on and Noah then got the big wicket of Taylor for 52. It was then only a matter of time with New Beckenham at 90-4. Kidd, Noah and Jay spun their way through the middle order with Sadaqat Khan picking up the ninth wicket. Matt Hardy returned in search of the final wicket and after a dropped catch, he ramped up the pace as much as he could. Eventually, a shortish deliver found a top edge and skipper Hogben claimed the catch.
It was vital that Broadstairs bounced back after last week’s disappointment. Next week we welcome Nonington to Park Avenue; with both team mid-table on the same amount of points, it’s another big game and one Broadstairs really need to win.