This week Broadstairs welcomed Ashford Town, which turned out to be a one-sided affair all finished by 15:00.
Captain Matt Frewin lost the toss and Ashford decided to bat. On the hot & humid afternoon, Brad Ellison & Chris Flint took the new ball and immediately got to work. Brad bowling Crannis in his second over, Flint then also claimed his first when Foad edged to gully where Callum McCormick took a great diving catch.
Broadstairs then had to wait until the end of the ninth over when Brad bowled Clark and as with earlier, Flint followed suit the very next over, Matt Frewin taking the catch.
26-4 after 10 overs, Flint then grabbed his third when Mirajkar tried to hit out but could only find the hands of Frewin. Ellison then had a second chance of a hat-trick this season. Firstly Shields was bowled and the next delivery jagged back trapping Swanton in front. The hat-trick delivery was at least straight, the experienced Darren Cooper who is second in the all time Kent league wicket takers behind Chris Kidd, planted his front foot and with a thick outside edge kept the delivery out.
Both bowlers finished their spells, with Chris finishing with 3-28 and Brad 4-13.
Matt Frewin struck with his second delivery, Sutton LBW. Thomas Izzard also got into the action, a slow delivery that the batsman nearly ducked into, only to hit half way up off stump.
Drinks were refused after the 25th over as only one wicket was required. Izzard completed the innings by having Harrison caught behind by Marshall, finishing with 2-2 from 2.2 overs and Frewin ended with 1-0 from his 3.
A total of 45 was required and Jay was in the mood for some early beers, 11 runs coming from the first over, 14 from the second. The third over produced 2 wickets for Ashford. Firstly Nathan (5) found the hands of Foad after hitting a boundary and 2 deliveries later, Ben Pope (0) attempted to leave but the ball struck the toe of the bat and he was caught behind.
29-2 from 3 overs, Jay decided enough was enough, the fourth over went as follows: 4, 4, dot, 2, 4, 3 taking us to 46 and winning the game at 14:45.
It’s never nice to see a club go through what Ashford currently are; hopefully they will be able to regroup and grown again in the next few years.
With Bromley Common also brushing aside Kings Hill, our away trip down to Bromley this week is vital for both sides in the search for promotion with 1 point separating us along with Leeds and Broomfield who only need 5 points to secure promotion.