I hope you enjoyed the lovely weather over the long weekend. Our season got off to a winning start against Old Westcliffians at a sunny Chalkwell Park on Sunday. Batting first, we posted a solid 198/6 from our 30 overs. All those to bat making a contribution, with Lockhart’s 72 and a pugnacious 40 or so from Frankel the highlights. Some late “hare’em - scare’em” batting saw a flurry of quick singles and run-outs to close out our innings just shy of 200.
Chasing 199 to win, Old Westcliffians were always in the game – scoring at or around the required rate from the off. However, a steady loss of wickets just about kept them in check. Lockhart featured again with the ball getting amongst the wickets alongside Duffin & Montellier. Just as OW seemed to be getting on top of a tight contest, a miserly, and decisive spell of bowling from either end by Wilcox and Hatton first slowed the run rate, and then, cleaned up the tail as the pressure built with Old Westcliffians closing on 166 all out. Full details and stats on the website soon.
Well done to everyone for their efforts on Sunday – a great way to start the season. The new “justice” system was trialled with numerous penalties meted out and a team song is starting to take shape! – Lots of work needed!
We can work on our vocal skills on Sunday when we host Canewdon for our first home fixture of the season – using an experimental 2 innings T20 format – it should be great fun and probably a little chaotic. Apologies to the scorer in advance!
The following have been selected:
- Bill Foley
- Dave Summers
- Toby Duffin
- Justin Montellier
- Paul Offord
- Simon Jackson
- David Cox
- Paul Cox
- Ged Williams
- Richard Green
- Noel Smith
12th man/standby: Martin Hare
This is a 1pm start - all players to meet at the ACG at noon for ground duties/set up.
As always, supporters are most welcome for what promises to be an exciting afternoon’s cricket. Refreshments will be available – a reminder to please let players and match officials get their tea first though. Tea will be provided by Mrs Foley - many thanks in advance to her.
If anyone requires any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me, vice-skipper Dave Summers or one of our Players’ Reps (Monty & Paul Offord).
I look forward to seeing you there and thank you again for your support.
Let’s keep the winning start to the season going!