Away v Colts – Fri 11th May 2018
We were put into bat and Rog & Jack made a good start and despite Jack giving some catching practise (as he’d done the previous Saturday lol!) they put on a healthy 92 for the first wicket, Jack eventually being bowled for 44. With about 4 overs remaining Rog followed for 59. Will and Henry closed the innings together, Henry especially showing some excellent shots to push Down up to a more than respectable 136 for 2 off of our allotted 16 overs.
Colts started ok but never really got into the game as Richard Fagence and Kieran Heath kept their openers under the run rate that was required, Kieran taking the first wicket and ending for 3 overs, 1 for 17. Cameron Robinson and Lewis Harrington came into the attack and, again, put pressure onto the Colts batsmen, Lewis collecting his wicket with a fine variation and Cameron bowling their other opener, ending with a fine 3 overs 1 for 10. Star of the show was a cameo appearance in the bowling attack by Amjad Gill, who collected 3 wickets in his 2 overs, including top scorer Ellis for 22, the only Colts bat to really threaten. Amjad finished with figures of 3 for 19.
Another pleasing aspect was the enthusiasm, attitude and focus in the field which deserved our victory on it’s own, capped with an efficient run out from Jack Eveliegh hurling one in from the deep. Colts finished with 98-7 so a superb evening all round. With a tough season ahead this was indeed a really encouraging start – well done boys!
Charlton Down WON by 38 runs!
Home v Casuals – Fri 18th May 2018
We won the toss and chose to bat. 13 from the first over seemed a healthy start but runs weren’t easy to come by and 19 off of two overs then began to slow… Will Proctor was eventually caught out at mid-off from a full toss for just 3 bringing Amjad to the crease who hit a quick 13 before being caught and bowled. Matt Lovell came to the crease and made his intentions known by hitting a 6 first ball followed by a 4. Looking good! Rog was out soon after, to an off spin Yorker, for 36. Sadly Matt followed, caught for 14. Angus Brown and Steve Marsh battled bravely before Angus was run out for 3, whilst Swampy remained 10 not out at the close, which just gave Rich Fagence the opportunity to build his own innings… by facing one ball… and he scored a single. 92-5 off of 16 overs never looked like being enough. It wasn’t…
We needed incredibly tight bowling to keep Casuals down to less than 6 an over but that wasn’t to be. There were some good balls but a tad too many that weren’t and these were despatched with ease for boundaries. We battled hard and fielded well but Casuals were simply too strong and none of our bowlers were able to make any breakthrough, Ollie probably the pick with his 2 overs going for just 10 runs. Richard’s 2 overs went for 14, Keiran’s for 19, Lewis’ for 25, Matt had 15 knocked off of his before young Angus took our only wicket, 1 for 13. James Dunham LBW for 39… although by all accounts there was a slight edge first lol! Casuals knocked off the runs required within 10 overs. It was a learning curve for us for sure but no complaints. The attitude of the guys was great. What was encouraging was that none of the youngsters gave up so that will bear fruit in due course I’m sure.
Charlton Down LOST by 9 wickets
Home v Frampton – Fri 25th May
Rog won the toss and decided to bowl first, thus giving the youngsters an opportunity to have a good bowl… at a Frampton side that numbered just nine. We also didn’t look massively strong as a batting line up. Frampton started well and were soon accelerating at a healthy rate until Ollie Davies struck, but wickets were hard to come by. Whilst there was some good deliveries there seemed to be a couple poorer balls per over and these were being despatched for boundaries. Ben Lucas came on to bowl and having dropped one off of Richard showed the lengths he was prepared to go to catch one off of his own bowling! Throwing himself full stretch for an excellent C & B. Ben finished with 4 overs, 2 for 33. Richard 0-40 and Ollie D 1-23, both of of their 3 overs. Chas being their killer bat, soring to 67 not out at the close. Cameron was the pick of the Down bowlers, and without trying to bowl too fast or be too clever managed to gain a good line and length, finishing with 0-17 off of his 3 overs. Mark Purnell was encouraged to ‘give it a bash’ with an interesting run up on one leg… he was so heroic… his 2 overs went for 22. Rog rounded off the innings with his first over of the year and managed to bowl out Frampton’s bat on the last ball of the innings. Frampton finished 155-4 off of their 16 overs, leaving Down needing 10 an over.
With an inexperienced line up the decision was made that we’d endeavour to have one senior player out in the middle with one lesser experienced. A great theory… but we still needed runs. Rog opened with Henry, and was scoring quickly but soon began to run out of partners. Henry bowled for 3. Josh Lucas bowled for 1. Sue run out for 0. Rog reached his half century after 8 overs when the score was on 65 so we weren’t out of touch at the half way stage but, when he was bowled on 55, that started a pretty quick decline… Cameron was bowled for 0, Bridget was bowled by (Judas!) JP for 0, Ollie Davies was bowled for 7 and Mark was run out… walked out… hobbled out for 5. All that remained were Comeback King ‘Doylie’ on 10 not out and, Richard Fagence, batting for the third time this year already (!) making 3 not out. We finished on just over 100… well short of 9-man Frampton… an evening best remembered as a learning experience!
Charlton Down LOST… heavily!