Meopham 1st XI v Four Elms 1st XI
Meopham batted first and were given a solid start from skipper Andy Powney (56) and Mark Lewis-Ranwell (26), but once this partnership was broken the innings struggled to gather momentum. Adam Orridge hit 31 and Brad Millbank (12 not out) were the only other players to reach double figures. Four Elms were always ahead of the run rate, and despite the best efforts of left arm 'spin twins' Orridge and Steve Innes both of whom returned excellent figures of 1-29 and 2-23 respectively, the visitors coasted to victory with 4 overs to spare.
Limpsfield Chart 2nd XI v Meopham 2nd XI
Limpsfield Chart batted first and took advantage of a very mixed bowling and fielding performance, with 6 chances spilled, as the hosts were bowled out for 219. The Meopham attack was made up entirely of teenagers, Thishan Bala returned figures of 3-25, and u15 player Tom Fox took 3-25, both league bests. Although the pick of the bowlers was probably Ed Heylen, drafted in at 11.30 am on the day of the game, who bowled at good pace and took 2-25 from 6 overs. Meopham were given a solid start from Andy Bryant (21) and Clive Beard (34) but struggled to keep up with the run rate despite 42 from Hugh Bryant and 29 not out from Ben Pearce. The visitors finished 53 runs short on 166-5.
Hadlow Sunday XI v Meopham Sunday XI
Hadlow batted first and opener Batchelor survived a big shout for caught behind off of the first ball of the match, before going on to hit a rapid 77 off 64 balls. Matt Innes bowled an economical spell of 1-17 from 8 overs, and was supported by skipper Alex Bryant (3-19) and spinner George Williams (3-30). Hadlow were bowled out for 177. In reply, Meopham lost opener Brad Millbank early before Gene Clout (16) and Hugh Bryant (50) built a recovery. However, an inexperienced middle order was unable to keep up with the rate once Hugh Bryant and skipper Alex Bryant departed. Meopham fell 56 runs short on 121 all out.
We hope for better fortunes next weekend!!
Updated 18:41 - 29 May 2018 by Tony PEARCE