Newenden Cricket Club Sunday 1st XI v Langton Green CC on Sun 20 May 2018 at 2:00pm
Newenden Cricket Club Won

Match report Date : 20/05/2018

Venue : NCG

Result : Newenden won by 1 wicket, Langton Green 184 All Out (Smith 3-55, Piper F 2-31, Gutteridge R 3-34) Newenden 188-9 ( Browning 67)

Man of the Match : Finn Piper

Played : 3 Won : 3

What a day, what a match, what a result. The NCG saw her first action of the season yesterday, and a record crowd were treated to an absolute cracker of a match.

After the wettest April on record, Peter Bourne had worked tirelessly to get the NCG fit for purpose, and what a great job he had done,as she looked magnificent in the Sunday sunshine. We were also able to use our newly refurbished pavilion for the first time, which looked fabulous following some shrewd negotiating with insurance adjusters by our esteemed treasurer Nicola Holland.

We were playing Langton Green,one of our bogey teams of the past couple of seasons, who had turned up with a strong looking side. JB lost the toss and it proved to be a good toss to lose, as Langton Green opted to bat first. Bradney started brightly from the top end, bowling his usual consistent line and length, beating the bat several times in the first few overs. His opening partner Smith was struggling for his usual metronomic rhythm, but then he did what he does best, take wickets. He drew a shot from their opening bat which looped up to Cuthbert at mid-off, who snaffled it at the second attempt.

Langton Green then began to build a partnership, with their number three playing some expansive shots whilst riding his luck a little, but had taken them through to 85 in 15 overs before Gutteridge Snr finally had the opener caught behind following some very tidy work by Sloane behind the stumps. This then exposed some less competent batsmen, but who were still willing to throw the bat at things, and Langton Green started to build towards an ominous total, reaching 120-2 at the halfway point.

We needed the drinks break to regroup, and this is where the game changed. Finn Piper was in the middle of a very impressive spell of fast bowling from the Top End, and in the first over after the break he had their number four caught behind, then clean bowled their next man, leaving them reeling at 124-4. This opened up an end, and the ruthless streak that NCC now have took over, as we clawed our way back into the game. Browning came on picked up his customary wicket, and Smith returned to finish his spell from the top end, and picked up another couple of wickets, including the set batsmen for 66. Gutteridge Snr returned and pocketed another couple, including a sharp stumping from Sloan and a very athletic caught and bowled. Langton Green's last men fell when Bradney knocked over his leg stump leaving the visitors All Out for 184.

Here is where I must digress, as for a surprise for Winston's birthday, his lovely Italian fiancee, Manuela, had offered to lay on the most exquisite Italian feast you have ever seen, all home cooked and beautifully presented, to call it tea would be to do it a disservice. Manuela, also provided over 30 bottles of champagne and wine, which also corroborated JB's toss loss, as it meant we were free to enjoy the fayre for the rest of the afternoon.

The Newenden innings started solidly, with Morris and Sloan taking the sting out of the openers, who were both useful cricketers. Having seen them off with the score at 37-0 after the first ten, the Langton Green skipper mixed up his attack and brought on possibly one of the slowest bowlers to ever grace the NCG, that is barring Harker, but that is a different kind of slow altogether. He soon accounted for Morris who changed his mind so many times that the ball just ending up trundling into the stumps. Sloane followed in similar fashion a few overs later, leaving us teetering at 63-2. Welcome Ben Browning to the crease, who decided that he had quite enough of the this type of bowling and started to dispatch him to all parts, batting nicely with Bourne, the pair put on 60 for the third wicket, before Bourne fell to the returning opening bowler. Gutteridge Snr then followed without troubling the scorer, which left us looking a little shakey at 124-4.

After bringing up his half century, Browning then fell, dancing down the track to the slow bowler, who worked on the basis of ' You miss, I hit'. This left Finn Piper to try and steer us home from 139-5. Each of our lower order batsmen chipped in, young Gutteridge Jnr, played very well for his 9 before being run out to some sharp fielding. Finn was batting very sensibly and keeping us on the run rate, but wickets were falling at regular intervals at the other end.Cuthbert and Smith came and went, after hitting a boundary, leaving Newenden on 170-8, still needing 15 for victory. Holland joined Piper and looked solid, the late night sessions with JB have definitely paid off, demonstrating a forward defence that our very own Tavare would have been proud of. Piper then smashed a couple of boundaries to bring the scores level, then disaster struck, he was clean bowled trying to win the game with big drive.

This brought our incumbent duck trophy winner, Bradney, to the crease. Having played and missed at the first ball he faced, the crowd were on tenterhooks, knowing one wicket or one run would swing it either way. Then, BANG, Bradney stepped down the wicket and smashed the ball over the long on boundary, for the most memorable of victories.

We partied long into the evening,celebrating a great win and a great day, finishing off Manuela's bottles and singing Happy Birthday to Winston and Charlie, who shared the most wonderful cake.

This gives us great momentum going into our big match next Sunday, the Sussex semi-final of the National Village Cup, I hope the report is as happy next week.

Newenden Cricket Club Sunday 1st XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 9 wickets

(38.4 overs)
Philip Morris Bowled  24
Charlie Sloan Bowled  22 2 1
Ben Browning Bowled  67
Jonathan Bourne Bowled  12 1
Richard Gutteridge Caught  0 1
Finn Piper Bowled  22
Harry Gutteridge Run out  9
Winston Cuthbert Bowled  6 1
Garry Smith Bowled  4
Toby Holland Not Out  0
Harry Bradney Not Out  4

Langton Green CC Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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Langton Green CC Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 10 wickets
184 (34.3 overs)

Newenden Cricket Club Sunday 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Harry Bradney5.3119119.003.45
Garry Smith8.0155318.336.87
Richard Gutteridge7.0034311.334.86
Finn Piper8.0331215.503.87
Ben Browning6.0129129.004.83

  • Umpire :
    Piers Young
  • Scorer :