Broadstairs 2XI travelled to Beckenham with the team morale high following the great start to the season. Broadstairs knew that a win against Beckenham would be difficult with the hosts being one of the stronger teams in the league. Beckenham won the toss and opted to bat in what was an absolutely beautiful day for cricket, if not a little too hot to be fielding first.
The new ball was given to McCormick and Fox. McCormick getting the breakthrough with the 4th ball of the innings, a caught and bowled. Beckenham consolidated and with value for shots on a fairly small ground, the score progressed quickly. Fox was unlucky not to pick up a wicket when the batsman hit one to mid-off and was put down. McCormick picked up a second in the 11th bowling the other opener and the score was 51 for 2. Fox was rested after 6 and McCormick finished his spell with figures of 39 for 2 off 10 overs. George Kidd replaced Fox, taking a wicket in his 6th over (LBW). Beckenham were still scoring freely and picking the gaps in the field. Joe McCaffrey took over from McCormick, bowling with control and was unlucky not to pick up any wickets in his 10 over spell. Joe finishing with figures of 55 off 10 overs. Ellison replaced Kidd and with the help of Fox at point, picked up the 4th wicket caught. With the score on 200 for 4 off 34 overs, Broadstairs were staring down the barrel of a 300 plus score. Ellison and McCaffrey kept plugging away with Ellison picking up his 2nd caught by Hardy and finishing his spell with figures of 66 for 2 off 10 overs. Fox came back to finish his 10 overs and got a wicket caught in the deep by McCormick, finishing with figures of 55 for 1 off 10. Kidd also bowled in the last 5, picking up a 2nd wicket caught Hardy and finishing with figures of 2 for 64 off 10. A good effort in the field by Broadstairs and restricting Beckenham to less than 300 off their 50 was a great achievement.
A mention of a decent tea and a welcome break in the shade before we started our chase.
Tom Marshall and Lewis Hewitt opening for us, with Tom getting caught off the leading edge. Lewis hit a couple of lusty blows, before being bowled and we were 22 for 2 off 4. Kidd and Fox taking the reins and both looking solid in defence and punishing the bad ball. Kidd was next to fall in the 12th with the score at 57. Matt Hardy joined Nathan Fox and the pair of them advanced the score to 180. A solid partnership, unfortunately Fox falling for 93 when the ball got big on him and he spliced it to mid-wicket. James Bond joining Hardy at the crease, unfortunately out LBW leaving us 182 for 5. With the equation at 105 needed to win off 12 overs, we were still in the game. Andy Marshall and Josh Marshall falling cheaply and we were 206 for 7. Hardy was next to fall for 73 and the chase was all but lost. McCaffrey and McCormick taking over and with a few boundaries, the score progressed, McCormick being bowled and Ellison taking over. In the end Broadstairs fell short being all out in the last over for 256. A fantastic effort by the team.
All in all, a great day of cricket played by both teams under beautiful blue sky. Even though Broadstairs lost, we still have lots of positives to take away from the game. A difficult choice for Broadstairs man of the match this week with some good individual performances, with Nathan Fox taking it. A mention for Matt Hardy as he comes a close second for his solid 73.