2nd XI match reports – June 2022

Farningham 2nd XI

4th June 2022

“Could you skipper the 2s this weekend?” the Team Secretary asked.
“Sure, where is it?”
“Er… Farningham.”
“Oh.”

So off we trudged at midday. Prayers for rain had not been answered. We took the field with 9, the jet-lagged Deanes having overslept, and by the time they entered the fray Farningham were 80 for 2 off 8. To be fair, the Deanes were later instrumental in our establishing any control: Siraj 1-27 (8) and Amir a fantastic 3-41 (8). Adam Nash, reverting to his reincarnation as a medium-pacer, also bowled well (2-38) and Sean Carroll bowled promisingly: one to watch. We fielded pretty well, Nick Fowler taking two good catches, but the host still made it to 243: a daunting target. Nevertheless, the afternoon session was adorned by a spitfire doing rolls at regular intervals, just in case the cricket got boring or the A20 got too noisy.

Batting-wise, Speldhurst were never up with the rate and we finished 100 short, but nearly everyone had a nice bat, and Will Plunkett (21*) biffed the ball impressively at the end. Amir Deane learned how to score and Tristan Price learned (from Nick Fowler) some of the finer nuances of umpiring. There were SCC returns for Mike Nash and Mark Thorpe, and a debut for Ollie Plunkett. So, the afternoon was not wasted.

Ed Wesson, Stand-in Skip

Scorecard here.

Outwood 2nd XI

11th June 2022

A hot sunny day beckoned, as Speldhurst turned out one of the stronger sides 2nd XIs in its history. Unfortuantely, and perhaps typically, we ended up playing an Outwood side full of confidence, youth, and serious bowling depth.

The day started poorly as the skipper lost and was asked to bowl, much to his team’s chagrin. Opening bowlers G Fitz and W Plunkz bowled with zip, both recovering from some loose balls in their first few overs to take wickets: George (3-45) with both openers and Will (1-44) with their dangerous number four, who scored many, many, many runs against us two years ago. M Flem (1-37) continued his excellent bowling form this season, and could have had a 5fer if we hung onto our (admittedly, tricky) catches. Adam Nash’s newly remodeled medium pace continued to impress (2-33) and J Flem finished the innings off well with a tidy 1-15.

With 177 to chase/defend, both teams looked confident at tea. Skipper’s decision to open the batting fell flat as he offered a tame leading-edge early on, after M Flem departed just a few balls previous. Luckily this brought the younger Flemington and recovering 1s skipper Brandt to the crease. A near-50 run partnership followed, scoring more freely off the 1st change bowlers after seeing off the tidy openers. Unfortunately, the 2nd change was a different story, who bowled with pace and skill to dismiss Flemington (20), Calypso (10) and Brandt (43) shortly after drinks, as Outwood revealed the scale of their bowling depth. In the end, SCC succumbed 39 runs short, with G Fitz biffing an entertaining 21 towards the end. A bowling attack that would hold its own in Division 1 was the difference between the sides.

Scorecard here.