Broadstairs Cricket Club


Ashford CC v Broadstairs 1st XI 17th June 2023


This week Broadstairs travelled to Ashford hoping to make it 3 wins in a row. The sun wasn’t shining but the humidity was verging on levels only experienced in Sri Lanka, Thailand or India.

Ashford won the toss and elected to bat. The start slightly delayed due to a quick shower, this enable Matt Frewin to get rid of his hangover from the end of season football function the previous night and Jay to have his breakfast! When we got underway Brad Ellison & Chris Flint shared the new ball. It took only 3 overs to get the first wicket, the batsmen driving an Ellison half volley and Nathan Fox at shot cover taking a superb low catch, two balls later exactly the same happened and then with the final ball of his next over unbelievably it happened again!

After 5 overs Ashford were 4/3, Flint was also bowling well at the other end, Khanwaziri was playing some shots and giving some chances and Sutton was being very watchful trying to see the opening bowlers off. Flint then struck in his eighth over, Sutton caught behind by Matt Hardy with the gloves and after Crannis had hit his first delivery through midwicket for 4, he then offered a catch to 1st XI debutant Ben Allinson who accepted the catch.

36/5 after 15 overs and Broadstairs were looking to wrap this up quickly. Harry Carter and Matt Frewin replaced Flint & Ellison and Carter struck in his second over, Matt Frewin taking the catch and 4 overs later he got the main wicket of Khanwaziri, Nathan Fox taking his fourth catch of the innings and in the process the most catches in division 1 so far this season.

At the halfway stage Ashford were 74/7, Ellison replaced Matt Frewin and struck straight away to claim his fourth wicket, this time Harry Carter taking the catch at mid off. Oli Frewin replaced Carter and with his second deliver turned one sharply passed the forward defence of Walker-Pritchard and into the stumps and after Ellison finished with a maiden, Chris flint took 2 deliveries to get last man Buckham out caught and bowled, Ashford were all out for 86.

Ashford had laid on a tea but it wasn’t quite ready so after a 10 minute break Jay Basu and Nathan Fox walked out to start our reply. The first ball of the innings crossing the boundary for 4 and Jay was away, the next over Nathan Fox edged to first slip to give Ashford some early hope, however Matt Frewin quickly dismissed that hope with two boundaries in his first two deliveries.

The 2 batsmen set about knocking off the runs quickly and efficiently, Frewin being very watchful, especially after Basu was dropped at slip. The overseas star then decided enough was enough and started to punish the Ashford attack, Craig Buckham, a Kent League stalwart, came on and was greeted with 4,6,4 from Jay, the final boundary bringing up another half century and taking us to 79. Fourteen deliveries later Jay got the single to take us to the required total and we’d completed a 9 wicket victory.

Jay wins MoM for the second week running.

The win puts us joint third with Bromley Common who we host next week. Old Wilsonians & Kings Hill not far behind either. The next few games are huge if we’re wanting to gain promotion to the Championship