The 2nd XI fell agonisingly short of completing their highest run chase of the season when they travelled to Bromley CC this week. Losing the toss and being invited to field first, the home side posted a total of 299 with Sharma dominating the latter part of the innings with an unbeaten 110. Standout bowlers for Broadstairs were Joe McCaffrey (2-38 off 10) including a sharp caught and bowled to dismiss Hickford, and Harry Carter (2-58 off 10) whose pace brought about the downfall of McQueen and Logan. Credit also goes to George Kidd for some tight bowling in the mid-overs that helped to slow down the Bromley scoring rate.
The visitors’ reply began well with James Bond and Lewis Hewitt in particular hitting hard from the start. When Hewitt departed for 21, he was replaced by Nathan Fox who together with Bond, advanced the score to 103-2 with Bond scoring the lion’s share of runs. Bond eventually departed for 59 and Fox and Kidd continued to score at around 5 runs per over for the next 16 overs with Fox (47) just missing out on a half-century when he sliced a drive to point. Kidd continued to hold the innings together as Carter (13), Josh Izzard and then Andy Marshall joined him at the crease. With 10 an over needed for the last 6 overs it was a tall order but still possible. However, when Kidd was eventually dismissed for 72, even a last ditch 45 and 10 from Marshall and McCaffrey respectively was not quite enough and Broadstairs finished 7 runs short of victory. Despite the disappointment of defeat, the team can take a great deal of encouragement from such a close match with the division leaders. It was also notable for an incident that all who were there will remember for some time to come – James Bond entering into the spirit of persistent appealing amongst some of the opposition by appealing for his own dismissal after missing the ball.
Next week, the 2nd XI host Dartford CC and will be hoping to repeat their excellent performance earlier in the season that led to an away victory.