Match Reports 2016

Newenden 1st XI Season Review 2016

Played: 17 Won: 13 Drawn: 1 Lost: 3

As the dust settles on what has been a truly memorable season, it has given us time to reflect on what we have achieved as a team. Newenden is one of the smallest villages in Kent yet our team continues to punch well above its weight. It is not only the amount of victories we recorded but the manner in which they were won. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and that is very true about our team. Though we have a plethora of talented individuals, when combined together we have a truly formidable team.

Everyone now senses that this season is only the platform from which we can firmly establish Newenden CC as one of the most respected and successful sides on our circuit. The best way to demonstrate how our perception as a team has changed, is by the number of teams that we have beaten this year, who have turned to us after the game and said this won't happen again next year, we will be bringing a stronger team to take you on. Let's hope they all do as we will only rise to the challenge.

It has been a memorable season for so many reasons, both on and off the field. Who will forget the truly satisfying wins over Northiam, Tenterden, Sissinghurst, Crowhurst Park and Sandhurst? There have been so many outstanding individual performances that it is hard to list them all, the ones that stick in my mind are Karl Rummery's supreme all round performance at Tenterden, where he scored a ton and took five wickets, Finn Piper's exceptional performance at Sandhurst, taking 7-15, Will Simpson smashing his maiden club ton against Beaulieu, Charlie Sloan carrying his bat against Biddenden, George Jones holding four outfield catches against Northiam or JB being caught LBW by a 12 year old girl against Winchelsea. These will in all stay in the memory for years to come.

Every member of the team has made key contributions at certain times, and often our strength in depth has been called into play and someone has always stepped up. We have scored heavily this season with four players, Rummery, Morris, Simpson and Bourne scoring over 350 runs, and eight players recording over 100 runs or more. This has enabled us to dictate games, and has given our bowlers the freedom to bowl attacking lines and our captains to put pressure on in the field. Our bowlers have thrived this year, with six of them taking over 10 wickets in a season, F Piper(21), K Rummery(20), H Bradney (17), G Smith (17), S Piper (14) and O'Brien(13).Our fielding has been exceptional. We have held our catches (bar one particular individual who shall remain nameless), made stops that should'nt have been made, and chased down balls as if the match depended upon it. Special mention in the field must go to George Jones, the coolest of customers under a high ball, Charlie Sloan who continues to confound medical science, and be the best wicket keeper on the circuit by a country mile and finally our skipper Ian Jones, who always leads from the front in the field.

On behalf of the players, I would like to thank Peter Bourne and his team for providing us with a wonderful ground to play on, week in week out. This season the NCC has seen a lot of cricket, and she always looks immaculate, and that would not be the case without the amount of hours that Peter and his team put in. I would also like to thank all of those who provided the teas this year, once again they were all of the highest standard.

I feel I should reference the inaugural Newenden Family Funday, which was a roaring success and raised over £3000.00, thank you to everyone who helped on the day, before the day and in any way, special thanks must go to our esteemed treasurer Nicola Holland who was integral to the success of the day. And how can I not mention the success of our Juniors in the Kwik Cricket Tournament, well done lads.

It has been a wonderful season, and great to be part of it all. Not only are we a winning team but we have a camaraderie and spirit that makes every weekend such a pleasure. The team will go from strength to strength next season, especially once we link up with our Afghan connection. These are exciting times for the club, long may they continue.

Newenden 1st XI v Stone-in-Oxney, 25 September 2016

Venue: Home - NCG

Result: Newenden won by 36 runs - Newenden 256-8 (Bradney 47, Holder 44, Cuthbert 38) Stone-in-Oxney 220 all out (Rummery 4-41, I Jones 3-17, Bradney 3-45)

Man of the Match: Harry Bradney

Played: 17 Won: 13 Drawn: 1 Lost: 3

If there is a lesson to be learnt from yesterday's game, it is " Never give Newenden a second chance", for as we have shown throughout the season, we have a habit of raising our game when it really matters.

As we all arrived for the final time this season, the NCG looked magnificent. Bathed in sunshine, not a cloud in the sky with a perfectly manicured outfield and a dry and lively looking track. We could not have asked for more for the last game of the 2016 season. Special thanks must go to the tireless work that Peter Bourne and his team put into the ground on an annual basis, a time consuming and often under-appreciated role, that is absolutely essential to the running of the club.

We had a strong looking side, perhaps a little light on some of our recognised bowlers, but on paper you would have backed us to beat most outfits. After Jonesy had won the toss, we opted to bat, as we always do given the choice. We expect to score heavily and this is backed up by the fact that we have only failed to score over 200 once when batting first, and that was at Sandhurst, and we all know what happened there.

So it was not only surprising, but very disappointing,that today would be the day that the top order decided not to turn up. Wickets began to tumble from the 2nd over and we found ourselves floundering at 56-8. I did not realise at the time, but this was obviously a preconceived idea to lull Stone into a false sense of security. Jonesy was umpiring at square leg, when their captain approached him with an unusual offer. He suggested that we turn the game into a T20 test match, with both sides having two innings. We thought this sounded like a great and novel idea, so accepted. This really brought the game alive, and our lower order began to plunder runs at a rapid pace, with Cuthbert and Bradney, putting on 60 odd in the final 6 overs before the break. We ended up on 115 from our first 20.

Stone then came into bat for their first innings. Rummery bowled his customary aggressive yet disciplined spell from the top end, which saw the Stone openers just relieved to get to the other end. Young George Jones opened up from the Pavillion End and picked up two key wickets from his four overs, aided by some particularly sharp work from Sloan behind the stumps. Stone's innings centred round a great knock by the Tenterden 1st XI captain, Tevis Knight, who bludgeoned our attack for a quickfire 60. Cuthbert finally picked up his wicket towards the end of their 1st innings, but they had reached 162 off their 20, which meant a lead of 47.

After a wonderful tea, which was laid on by the White Hart, Newenden went out for their second innings. We had to score fast just to get rid of the deficit, so the bat was thrown from ball one. We lost a few early wickets, but were scoring at a decent pace. It was Holder that took control of the innings and stabilised the situation, with a calm and measured knock, he finished up on 43 not out, after being ably assisted first by Bradney(21) then by JB(22) who was stumped on the last ball of the innings. We had scored a healthy 141, which meant that Stone would have to score 95 to win.

With such a low target, we knew that our only option was to bowl them out, so we needed to get amongst them early on, and that is exactly what we did. Rummery steamed in from the top end, and soon had Stone on the back foot. He picked up an early wicket, which started to sow the seed of doubt in the suddenly not so confident Stone. Jonesy snr opened up from the Pavillion End, and for someone who has under-bowled himself this season, it was like he had never been away. Hitting a fantastic line and length, he picked up a wicket in his first over, with young George 'Buckets' Jones, pouching a steepling catch as if he was shelling peas. The wickets continued to tumble, Jones picked up two in two balls, the first with one of the most casual of catches I have ever seen, taken by Holder a short square leg. The momentum was swinging firmly in our favour.

Rummery continued to crank up the pace, and also took two wickets in two balls, with the second one being one of the balls of the season, a rasping, unplayable delivery, that would have been far too good for far better batsmen. This brought their danger man to the crease, probably a little earlier than he had hoped for. A couple of hefty blows, and concerns began to show, but Bradney had other ideas. Maintaining a superb line, just back of a length, he started to test the batsmen, and then came the key moment in the match. Tevis Knight attempted to put Bradney back over his head and into Lossenham Lane, but did not get enough on it. The ball was flying down towards mid-off, where I was standing, having dropped a similar catch in the first innings, the game rested on this being taken. The team looked on expectantly, the crowd looked on nervously, I looked on increduously, as suddenly I heard the cry that everyone wanted to hear, 'Karl's!!!' - I have never been so relieved to see anyone arrive in my life. Karl of course took the catch, and we could all breathe again. Bradney then took another wicket, which brought their last man to the crease, leaving Stone needing 36 off the last 6 overs. Harker had picked up the mantle from the Pavillion End, and as he was about to end his final over, he clean bowled their last man, leaving Newenden to enjoy one of the unlikeliest of victories in our history.

It was a great day, which both teams enjoyed, and the game was played in a spirit that was a pleasure to be a part of. A fitting end to a great season.

I will send out an end of season report next week, once I have worked out what I going to do with myself for the next 7 months.

Newenden 1st XI v Pett, 18 September 2016

Newenden T20 International, 16 September 2016

Unfortunately I have no match to report on today, as Pett called the game off at the eleventh hour yesterday, something about their pitch being wet. Very disappointing, as we had a very strong team lined up and were looking forward to adding another scalp to our growing list.Perhaps our reputation is beginning to preceed us.

What I can tell you, is that our International T20 was a great success. The weather tried hard to intervene, but at 5pm on Friday, fifteen hardy souls took to the field for a special game of cricket. We had four young Afghans and eleven Newenden players, these were not the teams, but I still fear we would have lost even if they were. We mixed the teams up and went for it. All the young lads that had joined us for the day acquitted themselves magnificently, particularly with the ball, which is no mean feat, when you try and bowl fast, without spikes, on a waterlogged pitch, just ask Harry Bradney. In the end Jonesy's team ran out pretty easy winners over my side, but for once this what not about the result, but more about hosting a fun and enjoyable event. These lads were all charming and have a natural flare for the game that you dont often see. I really hope we can arrange for many of them to represent our men's side next season.

We now switch our focus to the final game of the season, where we play Stone this Sunday. We hope to finish the season with one final triumph, and it would be great to see as many of you down at the ground to say farewell to what has been a great season. The game starts at 12.30pm, then the White Hart are laying on food afterwards, so should be good fun all round.

Newenden 1st XI v Crowhurst, 11 September 2016

Venue: Home - NCG

Result: Newenden won by 85 runs - Newenden 228-5 (Rummery 90*, Harker 33,) Crowhurst 146 All Out (F Piper 4-26, Rummery 2-12, S Piper 2-26)

Played: 16 Won: 12 Drawn: 1 Lost: 3

Different day, same result. Newenden continued to enhance their reputation as one of the leading Sunday sides in the area with a convincing win over a shell-shocked Crowhurst side.

Conditions were perfect at the NCG. The sun was shining brightly and there was hardly a cloud in the sky, so when Jonesy won the toss, it was a simple choice to bat first. Our innings started badly, losing Sloan to his recurring hamstring injury in the 3rd over and Morris following shortly afterwards. This brought Harker and the in-form Holder to the crease, they started to take on the Crowhurst attack, adding 45 for the second wicket before Harker fell for 33. Crowhurst were pretty pleased to have broken the partnership but unfortunately for them this only brought Rummery to the party. Feeling fresh after finishing his Saturday campaign last week, Rummery's sole focus is now Newenden, and this was patently clear from the start. Holder and Rummery put on 50 for the third wicket, before Holder went for 28. This did not slow momentum, as Rummery continued to bat with a disciplined aggression that was clearly taking the game away from Crowhurst. A cheeky little cameo from Jonesy in the final few overs, which saw a few lost balls, as well as few wet ones, took our total through to 228-5 from our allocated 40 overs.

Newenden took the field and you could sense that we wanted an early finish. Unfortunately the opening bat for Crowhurst had other ideas, smashing 55 from just 35 balls, putting us very much on the back foot. Smith showed real courage to finally get his man, with a fantastic catch taken by Bradney looking straight into the sun at deep square leg. The game then turned firmly back towards us. The introduction of Finn Piper, who is on one of the hottest of hot streaks, changed the game irreversibly in our favour. Bowling 8 overs on the bounce he ripped the heart out of the Crowhurst line-up finishing with figures of 4-26, which means he has aggregate figures of 11-41 for the last two games. Mention must go to Jonesy for taking a very sharp catch at silly-mid on to remove their dangerous number three.

Sam Piper came on to replace Smith from the Pavillion End, and bowled his usual aggressive and economic spell, picking up 2-26, which included a great catch by Rummery in the slips. Rummery came on at the top end to finish things off, picking up 2-12 from his 4 overs, and the final Crowhurst wicket fell when Harker clean bolwed their number eleven, leaving them 146 All Out.

This was another clinical performance, where our strength in depth once again came to the fore. With only two games remaining it would take a brave man to bet against us winning them both. We hope to see a few of you at our final home game on September 25th.

Newenden 1st XI v Sandhurst, 4 September 2016

Venue: Sandhurst

Result: Newenden 171-7, Sandhurst 76 All out - Newenden won by 95 runs (Holder 31, Bourne 24, F Piper 7-15 (yes you did read that right))

Played: 15 Won: 11 Drawn: 1 Lost: 3

Newenden returned to winning ways in emphatic style yesterday with a crushing victory over local rivals Sandhurst. The team showed a ruthless professionalism, that had been missing last weekend, which left Sandhurst reeling in our wake.

Upon arrival at the ground and a quick pitch inspection, it what obvious that the track was going to play a big part in the days proceedings. A lively looking green top indicated that it was going to be a tricky day for the batsmen.

After losing the toss and being put into bat, Newenden made steady if uneventful progress. The first significant moment came when Sloan was struck down by a recurrence of his hamstring injury, attempting a rather chancy single. Unfortunately he was to play no further part in the game. We hope Charlie recovers in time to feature in our run-in.Batsmen came and went, all chipping in. There was a particularly eye-catching cameo from the returning Gutteridge Snr, who deposited one six straight onto the newly retiled clubhouse roof, smashing several of the aforementioned tiles in the process, at least the scaffolding was still up to make the repair job a little easier on Monday morning. The only partnership of note was between Holder and Bourne, who put on nearly 50 for the 4th wicket. There was some late excitement in the final overs, particularly when Cuthbert and Finn Piper scored 30 off the final 4 overs, which included an all-run four, which left poor Winston with a migrane. By tea Newenden had reached a respectable yet gettable 171.

Unfortunately what appeared gettable, soon became nigh on impossible for the Sandhurst side. The Newenden bowlers were fired up and looking forward to getting to grips with this juicy wicket. Opening bowlers Bradney and Finn Piper tore the heart out of the Sandhurst batting line-up. Bradney bowled his customary disciplined, aggressive spell, picking up a key wicket in the process, but plaudits must go to his opening bowling partner. Young Finn Piper has been threatening a performance like this for some time, but this was a truly sensational spell of seam bowling. He bowled 5 overs in his first spell and picked up 5-13, all of them bowled. This left Sandhurst floundering at 18-6. JB then brought on the next line of attack, Piper Snr and Smith, who again bowled beautifully, both getting some real response from the track. Piper must be one of the unluckiest bowlers on the circuit, and is definitely one of the angriest, if only that poor batsmen could hit it. Smith chipped in with a very tidy, economic spell, and picked up a wicket after a great catch from young Harry Gutteridge, who had stepped in for the injured Sloan. The ball was smashed high and hard to long on, and not only did he stay incredibly calm he also managed to not be put off by Garry charging at him shouting mine. Well done Harry. The side fielded magnificently, every ball was chased down and every stop made, and Bourne and Harker nearly combined to create one of the moments of the summer, with JB flicking the ball up in the slips with his foot and Harker nearly taking the ricochet at full stretch behind him.

Once we had got Sandhurst down to 60-8, the game started to drift as they began to try and bat out for the draw. An inspired bowling change by improving skipper JB brought Finn Piper back on, and that was that. He took a wicket with his first ball back, then another one the next over, finishing with figures of 7-15, which puts him at the top of the ladder for the burgundy bowling cap. Well played Finn.

It was a great team performance, that centred around a phenomenal individual one. It felt good to get back to winning ways and it is always nice to get one over your local rivals. Good luck Crowhurst next week.

Newenden 1st XI v Langton Green, 28 August 2016

Venue: Home - NCG

Result: Langton Green won by 86 runs (A Balfour 1-20, G Jones 1-16, Simpson 61)

Man of the Match: Will Simpson

Played: 14 Won: 10 Drawn: 1 Lost: 3

A combination of hangovers must be held responsible for this disappointing result. After the jubilation at the success of the inaugural Newenden Family Funday on Saturday, there appeared to be a general apathy to the game on Sunday.

On paper we looked very strong, but you never win a game on paper. After losing the toss, Newenden were put in the field, something that we are not keen on or used to. We are a team that bats first and bats teams out of the game, two of our three losses this season have come when we have been chasing.

Unfortunately the tone for our innings was set when, the ever reliable Rummery having fired his first two deliveries wide, things did not improve. The Langton Green openers were both competent and played their shots, but were helped by some very generous bowling from the Newenden attack. The first wicket fell at 140, which was the perfect platform for their other batsmen to come in and attack at will. Young Angus Balfour showed some resolve, only going for 20 runs off his 6 overs, and picking up a wicket to boot. Georgey Jones bowled a couple of decent overs at the death, but Langton Green had piled on 272 from their 40 overs.

Our batting performance started very much like the bowling, Morris holing out in the first over following an awfully misjudged shot, without troubling the scorers. O'Brien was soon to follow, after a somewhat dubious LBW decision. Other batsmen came and went, with no one really looking like we were going to get up with the run rate and challenge this hefty total. That was until Will Simpson came to the crease and started to bash the Langton Green attack around the park, like he has done to so many other teams this season. We flirted with the idea that he may carry us through, but he finally fell for 61 trying one shot too many. Young Jones played a very attractive cameo at the end of the innings, which bodes well for the future.

This is a loss that is hard to take, but one which we cannot argue with. We just did not perfom like we can. We will wipe our mouths and move onto next week, where we have Sandhurst firmly in our sights. I predict a wholly different result.

Newenden 1st XI v Catsfield, 14 August 2016

Venue: Home - NCG

Result: Newenden won by 33 runs (Bourne 61*, Waterhouse 49, Rummery 42, Bradney 4-40, Harker 2-26)

Man of the Match: Harry Bradney

Played: 13 Won: 10 Drawn: 1 Lost: 2

The sun continues to shine on the hallowed turf of the NCG. Another weekend, another victory, taking our tally of wins into double digits for the season with six games still to play.

This week saw the arrival of Catsfield, a game that many thought would not provide too much of a challenge. This proved not to be the case. Winning the toss and opting to bat, Newenden flew out of the traps, with Morris dispatching their opening bowler for three boundaries in the first over, but this dominance was to be short lived. First we were to lose one of our form men, Charlie Sloan, to a hamstring injury whilst attempting one of his trademark quick singles. Harker soon followed him back to the pavillion without troubling the scorers, then Morris missed a straight one, leaving Newenden wobbling on 20-2 after 6 overs. This brought JB and Rummery to the crease, who began to rebuild, mainly down to some power hitting from Rummery, which included hitting the river and a parked car. Rummery fell after a quickfire 42, with the scoreboard looking a lot healthier at 84-3.

The returning Nick Waterhouse then marched to the crease to join JB, and the two began to slowly turn the screw on Catsfield. The pair shared a 100 partnership, and it was very much one for the purists. JB's knock was like watching a young Chris Tavare in his pomp, whilst Waterhouse could have taught Boycott a thing or two. A brief cameo from Sammy Piper in the last two overs, where he smashed 26 runs to all parts, saw us up to a very respectable 222 from our allotted 40 overs.

The momentum was firmly with Newenden as Catsfield came out to bat. Harry Bradney set the tone as we were treated to one of the spells of the season. Bowling a highly disciplined line combined with aggressive pace, Bradney ripped out their top order, ably assisted by some tidy work in the slip cordon from Rummery and Jones Snr. Bradney ended up with figures of 4-40 from his 9 over spell, pulling him right back into contention for the maroon cap. Catsfield were struggling, and were it not for some highly dubious catching, the game may well have been all over far sooner. Their fifth wicket partnership began a counter attack that put a few jitters amongst the Newenden ranks, as suddenly they were on the run rate and looked in little trouble. Skipper, Ian Jones, threw the ball to his strike bowler Karl Rummery to try and prize the partnership apart, whilst drying up the runs the wicket was not forthcoming. The break through came from an unlikely source, with Charlie Harker getting out their top scorer with his unusual brand of slow bowling. With the loss of this wicket went the hopes of Catsfield, we picked up the last two wickets cheaply, with Harker ending up with figures of 2-26.

It was a close fought game, which we were always just ahead in, but once again our strength in depth came to the fore. Next weekend we go to Benenden for the return fixture, though we beat them easily earlier in the season, I feel they may be a different proposition this time round.

Newenden Experimental XI v Goudhurst Gentlemen, 12 August 2016

Venue: Home - 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 1st XI v Crowhurst Park CC, 7 August 2016

Venue: Home - NCG

Result: Newenden won by 18 runs (Morris 57, Scowers 51, Piper S 33*, O'Brien 5-45, Piper S 2-17, Bradney 2-24)

Man of the Match: Sam Piper

Played: 12 Won: 9 Drawn: 1 Lost: 2

The Newenden bandwagon rolls on. Yesterday the NCG witnessed a great game cricket with a great result for Newenden. The Crowhurst Park fixture is always one of the highlights of the calendar and the game lived up to expectation.

Due to the late arrival of the opposition, the game was reduced to 35 overs per side. Winning the toss, JB opted to bat, which has proven to be the sensible choice all season. Newenden had a strong looking batting line-up and it was important that we posted a decent total.

After the early loss of Simmonds, chopping a wide one on to his stumps, Morris and Scowers set about the erratic Crowhurst Park attack. The pair put on 103 for the second wicket, before Scowers was well caught at Long On for 51. Morris followed shortly afterwards, caught LBW by Tong for 57. This triggered a mini-collapse, which took us back to yesteryear. With Newenden's innings tittering at 144-5 at the 25 over point, it was imperative that someone stood up and dragged us up over the 200 mark, that person was Sam Piper. Batting sensibly with the tail, Piper combined some lusty blows with aggressive running, and finally got Newenden through to a competitive 203 from our 35 overs.

Crowhurst Park came out strongly, sensing that this was a gettable target they attacked from ball one. Harry Bradney had other ideas, bowling a great spell from the Pavillion End, picking up both openers and ending up with 2-24 from his five overs. Crowhurst Park continued to attack, and were looking good until Jed O'Brien and Sam Piper came on to bowl. Piper struck first, clean bowling their captain, who was starting to look dangerous, then O'Brien began to turn the screw from the other end. Bowling his full repertoire of deliveries, O'Brien completely bamboozled the Crowhurst Park middle order, taking 4-40 from his first 6 over spell. It was proving hard to keep Sam Piper out of the game too, while the wickets were tumbling he produced a superb piece of fielding which lead to a brilliant run out. At the 20 over point Crowhurst Park were staring down the barrel at 124-9. This is where the game took an unexpected turn, Crowhurst Park had obviously kept a little in reserve as the number 10 and 11 were by far their best batsmen. The pair started to really take on the bowling and were cruising towards victory. JB mixed up his attack to try and keep the batsmen guessing, but the batsmen were more than a match for all that Newenden threw at them. With the final throw of the dice, JB gave the ball to O'Brien to bowl his final over, everyone could sense this is where the game would be won or lost. The first five balls were uneventful, then with his very last delivery he drew a shot from their number 11, who mistimed his stroke, and was caught at deep mid wicket by the well positioned JB. It was a fitting end to a great game.

This was a great team performance and one which showed a lot of character. This is turning into a special season for the club, long may it continue.

Newenden 1st XI v Sissinghurst, 31 July 2016

Venue: Home - NCG

Result: Newenden won by 77 runs (O'Brien 47,Morris 40, Jones I 33*, O'Brien 3-5, Jones G 2-16)

Man of the Match: Jed O'Brien

Played: 11 Won: 8 Drawn: 1 Lost: 2

Apologies for a lack of a match report for last week's game, I was away and had handed duties over to my esteemed colleague JB. I should imagine that his reluctance to write the report may have something to do with him being bowled by Winchelsea's star player, who was a 12 year old girl.

By all accounts it sounded like a cracking game of cricket, with Winchelsea nicking it in the last over, after chasing down Newenden's 228.

Normal service was resumed yesterday as Newenden put Sissinghurst to the sword. There had been quite a build up to the game as several of our 1st XI play for Sissinghurst on a Saturday, so there was always going to be an edge to the match.

After winning the toss,Newenden stuck with the formula that has suited them all season, and batted first. Harker carried on his recent good form, smashing a quickfire 25, which set the tone for the innings.There were decent contributions from all the top order, but with no one going onto to make a significant score. A healthy run rate was maitained, as the batsmen helped themselves to the buffet bowling of Sissinghurst. Father and Son, Ian and George Jones, batting for the first time together, saw us through to a daunting 290 off our 40 overs.

Sissinghurst came out of the traps fast, as they had to maintain an oppressive run rate to stay in the game, and all credit to them as they were up with it for the first 15 overs. Harry Bradney bowled a tidy spell from the top end, where he picked up the well deserved wicket of the opening bat. With Karl Rummery taking the gloves for this game, Bradney's opening partner was Garry Smith, who Sissinghurst's overseas player took a particular liking to, but as Garry always does, he picked up a wicket, which takes his tally up to 13 for the season. As things were starting to look a little concerning, O'Brien came on at the Pavillion end, and swung the game firmly back in our favour. Bowling 5 overs of top quality spin, he picked up 3-5, including the Sissingurst dangerman Wundenberg, who was caught by a fantastic catch in the slips by debutant Harry Scowers.

Sissinghurst rallied, but were burdened by the scoreboard pressure, and were finally all out for 213 without seeing out their overs.Special mention must go to Newenden youngsters, Alex Bartleet and George Jones, who bowled two great spells. Bartleet finishing up with 0-27 off his 7 overs, and Jones with 2-16 off his 4 over spell. The future looks bright for Newenden.

We have another big game next week, as we travel down to Crowhurst Park, but we are high on confidence and expect to be a match for any side.

Newenden 1st XI v Biddenden, 17 July 2016

Venue: Home - NCG

Result: Newenden won by 148 runs

Man of the Match: Karl Rummery

Played: 9 Won: 7 Drawn: 1 Lost: 1

Well what can I say? There are times in life when you just have to swallow your pride and admit that you just weren't good enough. I brought my Biddenden side to the NCG with high hopes, but left with them in tatters, as we felt the full force of the Newenden bandwagon.

After JB had won the toss and elected to bat, Biddenden came out of the traps quickly, picking up two wickets in the first 3 overs. The omens were good,as both were the result of the rarest of things, a Morris slip catch. With Newenden tittering at 10-2, things were looking precarious. Unfortunately for Biddenden this was to prove the pinnacle of their achievement for the day, as the indomitable pair of Charlie Sloan and Karl Rummery once again combined, to take the game away from the opposition. With a perfectly paced innings, they both accumulated runs consistently, showing great discipline, punishing the bad balls and keeping out the good ones. They batted for 30 overs together, putting on 187 for the third wicket, which must be a record at Newenden. Rummery was finally out LBW for 104, his second ton of the season, and Charlie Sloan carried his bat and finished up with 89 not out. Special mention must go to JB for his cameo at the back end of the innings, after top edging one straight into his face and blood dripping down his chin, he then put their opening bowler back over his head into the houses behind, my hero!

At the interval, Newenden had amassed 257 runs off their 40 overs.

The task was all too much for Biddenden, who without a fantastic knock from the returning James Meddings would have been skittled for under 100. Rummery, who must be fed on a diet of raw steak, bowled his customary fiery spell from the top end, picking up a couple of wickets in the process. Smith bowled a very tidy spell from the Pavillion end, also picking up two wickets, one of which was the opposing captain who departed without troubling the scorers, much to the amusement of both teams.Reuben Collingwood bowled a useful spell from the top end picking up 4-33, and the Biddenden innings finally came to an end after young Harry Gutteridge, bowling his maiden spell for the mens team, drew the batsmen into a suicidal run which meant that they limped through to 109 all out.

Another great win for Newenden, and another great day. We now lie in wait for Winchelsea to arrive next weekend. Good luck Winchelsea.

Newenden 1st Xl v Castle Hill, 10 July 2016

Venue: Castle Hill, Brenchley

Result: Match Drawn (Rummery 3-18, Piper S 3-39, Rummery 43)

Man of the Match: Karl Rummery

A day of mixed emotions, but probably a fair result. The day had begun badly, a last minute drop out by Winston Cuthbert,with a Wimbledon related injury, meant that we arrived at a wet and grey Castle Hill with only ten men.

After a galvanising talk from JB, we were ready for battle. Winning the toss, we decided to play to our strength and bowl first. With the rain continuing to fall batting conditions were less than ideal. Opening up the bowling were the irrepressible pair of Rummery and Bradney. The Casle Hill top order looked in great discomfort as Rummery hurtled in, unleashing some unplayable deliveries,and if not for some disappointing work in the slips, would have picked up a wicket in his first over. Bradney bowled tidily from the other end, but was hampered by a lack of spikes, which he has assured us all will be rectified by next weekend.

Rummery had picked up two of the opposition top order within the first ten overs, as Castle Hill limped through to 30-2. This brought the Piper brothers into the attack, who as usual, both bowled attacking yet disciplined spells. Sam picking up a wicket which reduced Castle Hill to 50-3 off 18 overs. They began to rebuild, and along with some wayward catching, the fourth wicket pair put on over 100. It was a frustrating period,but Newenden stuck to it, and eventually got their top scorer out with a steepling catch taken by Sam Piper at Long Off.

Garry Smith, who had been missed for the last couple of weeks, returned to bowl his usual solid spell of metronomic line and length, picking up a couple of wickets in his spell, including their top scorer.

At tea Castle Hill had reached a respectable 191-8.

Being a time game, Newenden were up against it from the start, as we were set to face ten overs less than we had bowled at the opposition. This did not deter us. Morris and Harker opened up and began to build a platform, picking up regular boundaries along with a few singles each over. Harker was dismissed attempting an ill-judged Dilshan scoop off their opening bowler, which cleaned him up.This brought the man of the moment to the crease, Karl Rummery. A few heavy blows from him saw the total rise to 65 before Morris was out. Rummery continued to attack, depositing their strike bowler back over his head into the gardens behind with a crunching straight drive. JB looked comfortable at the other end, and we were looking good for the win. Then unfortunately Rummery fell with the total on 98.

His loss took the momentum away from the Newenden innings, a flurry of wickets, including the disastrous run out of JB, put us in the perilous position of losing the game. Thankfully the experienced head of Gary Simmonds was there to hold things together, who struck some heavy blows to keep our slim hopes of victory alive. Ably assisted by Finn Piper and Garry Smith who batted sensibly to see us through to the draw.

With our current form, we see a draw as poor result, but against a well organised and skilled Castle Hill team, our ten men acquitted themselves well. Now we move onto the more daunting prospect of next weekend, as Biddenden rolls into town.

Newenden 1st Xl v Benenden, 26 June 2016

Venue: Home - NCG

Result: Newenden won by 7 wickets (F Piper 3-10, S Piper 3-29, Simpson 2-12, Harker 51*)

Man of the Match: Finn Piper

We are back on track. After last week's disappointment, Newenden hit their straps and got the season back to winning ways with a convincing win over Benenden.

We had a good, young side out,who had little intention of losing back to back games, and Benenden were unaware of the task they were facing. After losing the toss, Benenden optimistically decided to bat. That proved to be a poor decision. As has been the case all season, Newenden set about the opposition with their usual vigour. Harry Bradney, recently returned from a weeks training camp in Kavos, bowled a beautiful spell from the top end, asking numerous questions, with very few answers offered. His opening bowling partner was the ever-consistent Sam Piper, who continues to dumbfound opening batsmen across the county. After a ridiculous mix-up, one of the Benenden opening batsmen was run out, after mistaking one of our players for an umpire, due to his very fetching blue tracksuit trousers.Things did not improve for Benenden.

After a restrictive first ten, where Benenden struggled through to 33-2, we saw the introduction of Finn Piper to the attack. Finn bowled beautifully, tying up the batsmen for a wonderful six-over spell,picking up two wickets for his efforts. Alex Hastings, a debutant for the club, bowled a tidy spell from the other end, and the game started to drift away from a Beneden side,who offered little in terms of attacking shots.

We then saw young George Jones come on at the top end for a crucial spell, after suffering some punishment last weekend, he bowled with a bravery and maturity that belies his years. A fantastic little spell that maintained the momentum in the field. Bowling in tandem with Will Simpson from the River End, who finished up with 2-12 from his six overs.

The Piper boys returned for the death overs, with both of them picking up wickets, and Sam ending up with 3-29 and Finn with an impressive 3-10, from their 8 overs. The forty overs were a masterclass in efficiency and professionalism, and Benenden ended up with a sub-par 123.

Never easy chasing a tricky little total, we lost the returning Nick Waterhouse for just a single, Morris and Harker took the total through to 34, before Morris was out to a great catch at deep cover. This brought the form man to the crease. Will Simpson and Harker decided the best way to knock of the total was to attack, and played with an abandon that turned things firmly into Newenden's favour. Simpson fell when we had 74 on the board, then Holder joined Harker at the crease. Harker carried on with the same approach, bringing up his maiden half century for the club with some impressive attacking stroke play.

Newenden cruised past the target with 17 overs to spare and another emphatic win on the board.

Well done, roll on next week.

Newenden 1st XI v Little Common, 19 June 2016

Venue: Home - NCG

Result: Newenden lost by 51 runs (Bradney 3-29, Smith 2-39, Morris 43, Holder 35)

I write this report with a heavy heart, as I must inform you that the Sunday 1st XI have lost their first game of the season. The game could only be described as ripping defeat from the jaws of victory, and we are still a little dazed by the result. After missing last week, due to the weather, we were raring to go. We had a strong team on paper and were confident that we had more than enough to deal with Little Common.

After losing the toss we were put into the field by the opposition, this was the first time this season that we have not batted first, but this seemed to have little effect on the way we set about dismantling their top order. Karl Rummery picked up where he left off at Tenterden with a fiery spell from the top end which really exposed the technique of the Little Common openers. Rummery's opening bowling partner, was the returning Sam Piper, who bowled a very tidy spell, combining a nagging line and length with the odd quicker one, which lead to him picking up one of their openers. After the first ten overs the batting side had limped through to 23-3. Hugo Bradney, another returning player from yesteryear, then took over at the top end, and bowled a brilliant,metronomic eight-over spell on the bounce, getting some decent movement and variation, Bradney picked up 3-29 off his eight, ably assisted by some sharp work behind the stumps from Charlie Sloan. As always, the ever dependable Garry Smith chipped in with a splendid spell from the river end, finishing with 2-39. At this point Newenden were in full control with Little Common floundering at 76-7, with only 15 overs remaining of their allocated 40.

Unfortunately, this is where the game was turned on its head. Little Common put on 150 for the 8th wicket, with their number 9 bludgeoning a quickfire ton which left us scratching our heads as to what to do. A couple of tricky chances went down, and the batsmen made Newenden pay, finishing on an imposing 243-9.

Our chase began well, Morris and Sloan put on 66 off the first eleven overs, before Morris was caught for 43. This brought Wayne Holder to the crease who struck a steady 35 whilst anchoring the innings. The rate proved a little too hard to maintain, as we started to lose further wickets as the overs ticked by. Adam Piper put up some solid resistance with the bat, and Sam Piper chipped in with a rapid 21, but it was all too little too late with Newenden finishing on a respectable 192 all out.

We must dust ourselves down, and learn from this game, and get things back on track against Benenden on Sunday.

Newenden 1st Xl v Tenterden, 5 June 2016

Venue: Morghew Park, Tenterden

Result: Newenden won by 84 runs (Rummery 101*, Sloan 50, Rummery 5-31, F Piper 2-26)

Man of the Match: Karl Rummery

The success of the Sunday 1st team continued with an emphatic victory of local rivals Tenterden, making it five out of five for the season so far.

After winning the toss and opting to bat, Newenden made heavy weather of the first twenty overs, creeping to 59-3. The Tenterden attack bowled tightly and made the most of what was proving to be an unpredictable wicket.The loss of the fourth wicket brought Charlie Sloan to the crease and with him came some much need impetus.

Batting in partnership with Karl Rummery, they began to take on the Tenterden field, pushing runs and continually rotating the strike, and in doing so wrestled back the momentum for Newenden. The pair had taken us through to 128-4 at the thirty over point, at which stage Rummery came to the fore. Showing a respectful disdain for the attack, he started to deposit the ball to all corners of the ground, in fact one of his five 6's, nearly wiped out the away spectators, with Garry Smith's father having to take evasive action to avoid being knocked clean out.

Tenterden were struggling for ideas, so turned to their Saturday 1st team opening bowler, but Sloan and Rummery continued to attack and push for every run. Sloan finally fell for a valiant 50 in the final over, and Rummery went on to smash the final ball of the innings for four, which brought up his maiden ton for the club. The pair had put on 155 in a little over 20 overs, and had taken Newenden through to 228-5 at tea.

Facing an intimidating run chase, Tenterden showed little intention of taking on the challenge, and it seemed that the draw was the best that they could hope for. Opening bowlers, Harry Bradney and Finn Piper bowled beautifully in tandem, restricting runs and building the pressure. Piper picked up both openers with his new brand of sharp off-spin. Just as the Tenterden batting line-up were hoping for a little respite, Rummery came on first change from the top end, and this is where the Tenterden innings truly collapsed. Rummery bowling a fiery yet disciplined spell, ripped out their middle order, picking up 4-23 from his six overs. Throughout the Tenterden innings, Newenden fielded superbly, chasing down every ball, looking to save every run, special mention must go to Adam Piper who seemed to be continually in the action, and young Harry Gutteridge who had stepped in a sub-fielder after his father, Richard, sustained an injury whilst batting.

With any chance of a win now long gone,Tenterden set about frustrating the Newenden attack, with very few shots being played, mainly down to the tightness of the bowling. Garry Smith bowled 10 overs that only went for 20 runs, and was very unlucky not to take at least a couple of wickets, mainly due to some sloppy slip catching. Ollie Swift also chipped in with a very economic little spell.

Harry Bradney returned to the attack and finally got the breakthrough we needed, bring a halt to the stubborn resistance of the eighth wicket partnership. The final two wickets fell soon after, one to the returning Charlie Harker, and fittingly the final one to Rummery, leaving him with figures of 5-31. Karl's all-round performance will long live in the memory.

A tremendous win, and the side once again showed it's strength in depth. Things are looking good for the side at the moment, long may it continue. Roll on next week.

Newenden 1st Xl v Beaulieu, 29 May 2016

Venue: Home - NCG

Result: Newenden won by 176 runs

Man of the Match: Will Simpson

Newenden continued their impressive start to the season with a fourth straight victory.

Put into to bat, they amassed a daunting total of 267-3 from their 40 overs. After a shaky start with Morris going in the first over without troubling the scorers, debutant, Jed O'Brien and Charlie Sloan built a solid platform for the innings with a partnership of 86 for the second wicket. The loss of O'Brien for 44, brought Will Simpson to the crease.

Very much the man in form, and this showed no signs of stopping, as he began to dismantle the Beaulieu bowling attack.After the loss of Sloan for an important 53, Simpson was joined by another debutant, Richard Gutteridge. The pair settled into a destructive rhythm, putting on 157 off the last 16 overs. This brought up Simpson's maiden century for the club, which was a happy moment, particularly as he had come so close on the first game of the season. Gutteridge scored an elegant 59 not out, and looked very much at home on the hallowed turf of the NCG.

With runs on the board, Newenden were able to attack from ball one in the field. Opening bowlers Bradney and Smith, set the tone, with Bradney stifling the opposition for runs, the batsmen decided to take on Smith. This lead to him picking up both openers in his six-over spell.

Newenden then turned to their spin bowling combination of O'Brien and Miller. Bowling beautifully in tandem, they exerted a vice-like grip on the Beaulieu middle order, with wickets tumbling at regular intervals and runs being increasingly hard to find. O'Brien finished with figures of 4-10 and Miller 3-19.

The Beaulieu innings finished after Gary Simmonds had taken his maiden wicket for the club, clean bowling their last man.

Another great victory and the team continues to go from strength to strength. We face a stiffer test next week with a visit to local rivals Tenterden, but we go there full of confidence and intend to get the victory to maintain our winning streak.