Withyham (177-9) lost to Meopham 1st XI (197-7) by 20 runs
Meopham batted first and were given an excellent foundation by Andy Bryant (23) and Andy Powney (67), Hugh Bryant then scored a rapid 37 from 26 balls and Adam Orridge, batting with a broken finger, hit a quick 21 as the visitors posted 197-7. During their innings, both Andy Bryant and Andy Powney passed 500 league runs for the season. Great work chaps! Already relegated Withyham made a valiant attempt at going for the runs thanks to Josh Brunsden (59 not out) but tight bowling from Powney (2-22), Steve Innes (3-38) and Ross Tucker (2-23) gave Meopham a 20 win run victory.
Meopham 2nd XI (190-7) beat Halstead (162 all out) by 28 runs
Meopham won the toss and batted first and after an initial good start, collapsed to 69-4. The innings was stabilised by skipper Tony Pearce (30) and Brad Millbank who hit 2 huge sixes on his way to an unbeaten 54. Harvey Luckett hit a breezy 20 as the innings closed on 190-7. Halstead made a good fist of the chase but no batsman got beyond 22 runs, and wickets started to fall after the drinks interval. Thish Bala backed up his excellent spell at Otford the week previous, with a tidy 2-22, Brad Millbank made a strong shout for the Man of the Match award with 3-25, Ted 'Boom Boom' Bartlett cleaned up the tail (3-34) and Matt Innes took 2-34.
The 1st XI finished in 8th place in KCVL division 1. The 2nd XI finished in 6th place in division 4.
Meopham Sunday XI (152 all out) beat Hadlow Sunday XI (134 all out) by 18 runs.
Winning the toss and leading what looked a strong batting line up, skipper Brad Millbank won the toss and batted. At 46-7 that decision looked to have backfired, but the tail had other ideas. Matthew 'Batty' Innes hit a career best 21 and Harvey Luckett narrowly missed out on his first half century, falling for an excellent 49. Max Luckett then hit a quick 27 and Meopham were bowled out for 152. Hadlow were always ahead of the run rate but wickets were also falling. Max Luckett took a superb caught and bowled, Thish Bala took 2 early wickets, Brad Millbank completed a fine personal weekend with 3-13, and Ted Bartlett sent the stumps cartwheeling out of the ground with the visitors 18 runs short of their target.
Updated 20:01 - 3 Sep 2018 by Tony PEARCE