Our two league elevens enjoyed a mixed day on the opening weekend of the KCVL, following a challenging week of selection, followed by a number of players crying off at the last moment.
The first XI travelled to Linton Park with two late call ups for youngsters Harvey Luckett and Ed Heylen. Winning the toss and batting, the Linton Park top order was blown away by Meopham skipper Andy Powney including a wicket with the first ball of the match. At 23-4 there was no way back for Linton Park although a defiant 82 from Mark Christmas helped the hosts to 137 all out. Powney returned figures of 5-14, and was well supported by Adam Roxburgh (2-21), Dan Plumb (3-19) and a tight spell from Miles Tucker, also called up late into the team. Despite the early loss of Powney, the Meopham innings was steadied by Mark Lewis-Ranwell and Kevin Smith who went on to score a superb 68 runs. Dave Pollard scored 19 runs before retiring hurt, as the visitors won the game for the loss of 5 wickets with 8 balls remaining.
The newly promoted 2nd XI took on last years' Division 4 3rd team Luddesdowne, who won the toss and chose to bowl on a slow wicket. Meopham never got any momentum in the innings against a miserly bowling attack. Andy Bryant battled manfully for 30 overs for his 26, but only three other players managed to score double figures as the innings closed at 95-7. The Luddesdowne batsmen made the wicket look a lot easier, and put on a first wicket partnership of over 60 at a healthy run rate. As the visitors closed in on victory Meopham took 3 late wickets to salvage a bit of pride. Youngsters Ted Bartlett claimed 3-20, and u15 player Tom Fox bowled 6 overs for 7 runs, and equipped themselves very well against a strong opponent. Luddesdowne won by 6 wickets with 18 overs remaining.
Updated 20:02 - 7 May 2018 by Tony PEARCE