Newenden Cricket Club Sunday 1st XI v Goudhurst Gentlemen on Fri 12 Aug 2016 at 6.00pm
Newenden Cricket Club Won by 3 wickets

Match report
Date : 12/08/2016
Venue : NCG
Result : Newenden won by 3 wickets - Goudhurst Gentlemen 196, Newenden 199-7
Man of the Match : Harry Bradney
What a cracking evening was enjoyed by those who turned out for Newenden last night. Those lucky enough to come along and watch were treated to a festival of cricket, the type of which is rarely seen at the NCG, or in some cases, anywhere.
This was an opportunity to blood a lot of new players, many of whom had not played cricket for many years, in a relaxed and enjoyable fixture.
Goudhurst won the toss and decided to bat. The format was set,that each outfield player would bowl two overs of the allotted 20 overs, which proved to be a great leveller. The Goudhurst top order set about our attack with gusto, maintaining a punishing run rate from the off. The Newenden bowling and fielding was not at it's best, with very few of us really distinguishing ourselves. A few mentions must go to Alex Wym, playing his first game for the club, who bowled well, taking a wicket and keeping the runs down in his spell. Ben Dover had an unusual action, but the enthusiasm of a labrador puppy which kept him going against some harsh wide calls. Goudhurst ended up on 196 off their 20 overs, with Sam Piper taking a wicket with the last ball of their innings to keep their total below the psychological barrier of 200.
The tone was set, and it was obviously going to be a day for the bat. Newenden started well with Simmonds and Bradney putting on 40 for the first wicket before Simmonds was bowled by a vicious delivery from the local vicar. Bradney continued on, with the calm assurance of someone who has opened the batting for years, rather than someone who had hardly had to bat this summer for the 1st XI. He picked his shots well, and really gave the innings some impetus. Once he had reached 30, he had to retire, but was available to come back in at the end if required. After a brief and attractive cameo from George Jones, Piper and Jones Snr had a great partnership which took Newenden a long way towards to the total, but with both having to retire, suddenly our fragile tail was exposed. Harker and Morris departed after causing the scorer too much trouble, which left Alex Durtnell to shepherd the team home. Showing a willingness to hit and run, often irrelevant of where the ball had gone, the scoreboard continued to tick over. We needed 20 off the last 2 overs, then suddenly two wickets fell leaving us precariously placed at 184-7 with 10 balls left. This brought Harry Bradney back to the crease, who picked up straight where he left off, smashing the Goudhurst captain for two consecutive boundaries to take Newenden home.
This was a great game of cricket, enjoyed by all. After the game we all had a few beers as the sun went down and enjoyed a wonderful BBQ laid on by Ian Jones and Gary Simmonds, cheers guys.
After the success of this match, I hope that we can get a few more similar fixtures in the diary for next season.

Newenden Cricket Club Sunday 1st XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 7 wickets

(20.0 overs)
Ian Jones  
Alex Wim  
Philip Morris  
Harry Bradney  
Gary Simmonds  
George Jones  
Doug Harker  
Alex Durtnell  
Ben Dover  
Charlie Harker  
Samuel Piper  

Goudhurst Gentlemen Bowling

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Goudhurst Gentlemen Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 6 wickets
196 (20.0 overs)

Newenden Cricket Club Sunday 1st XI Bowling

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