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Sat Sep 11th The Grannies win by 40 runs

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Match report

In the words of our nation's greatest playwright "better three hours too soon, than a minute too late."
Unfortunately, there were no copies of The Merry Wives of Windsor on the Central Line in the wee small hours of matchday, so that timeless wisdom was lost. In spite of dropouts, flakey organisation and the prospect of an afternoon in the company of a certain Lieutenant Colonel, the cricket that eventually ensued was a great success.

The decision was taken to bat first, both down to conditions and in order to maximize the batting talent avaliable. The openers, messers Amato and Scott started well, effectively piercing gaps and targeting fielders. Dave was eventually dismissed for a breezy 16 and was followed shortly afterward by Bradders for 8. Harvey Park joined Scottie in the middle and responded to the opposition chatter perfectly by hitting 4 boundaries off 6 deliveries before being dismissed by a good piece of bowling from the chinwagger in chief (the aforementioned Colonel Dare OBE).

Tottering somewhat at 63 for 3 Scottie was joined by Ben Lovill, a man unburdened by the disappointments and anxieties of regular cricket, striding out to the crease in kit he hadn't donned since school. In a style befitting more Raducanu than Richards, Lovill set upon the bowling smashing a quickfire 38. Scottie meanwhile was quietly going about his business, making his way past 50. After Lovill was dismissed a few late order cameos alongside Scottie, helped the Grannies reach an impressive 200 for 6 after their 30 overs, with the left-handed opener being denied a ton by the man with the biggest hands in Kent at deep midwicket, gone for 95.

Scottie followed up his batting exploits with a decent opening spell in tandem with Bradders. After a solid opening stand (Big Jim Streeter hitting an excellent 63 before the previous evening's exploits caught up with him), the game was meandering away from the visitors but the combination of Dave's tidy off-spin and Rupert Henson's metronomic medium pace grabbed the game back in the Grannies' favor. Matt Siebert's deceptive lack of pace proved difficult to handle too and in the end, the FAS were restricted to 160 for 5, with the Grannies the deserved winners by 40 runs.

Match info

Also played: Ben Lovill, Sven Frosten,Rob Harvey.

Newenden Cricket Club,
The Wharf,
Rye Road,
TN18 5QG

How to get there
On A28.
If coming from London on the M25 take the A21 Exit off the M25 at Jct 5 (the slip road is actually after a very short bit of the M26)towards Sevenoaks/Hastings. At Flimwell, take a left turn on the A268 towards and through Hawkhurst and Sandhurst and then continue on to A28. Cricket ground is on the left just before humpback bridge and traffic lights.