2’s win but 1’s washed out! w/end 26/6/16

A mixed weekend for KGCC. The 1’s had their game at Braywood cancelled after a heavy mid morning downpour. Bray wood is a notoriously wet ground. However, good to see many of the team at the Club to support the 2’s, who had a fine victory against Hurley 2’s. Having started the day second in the league, this is a disappointing outcome for the 1’s, and may affect our league position if other matches were played.

In the played match, Hurley batted first and were contained by some decent bowling from Sandeep Patel, Matt Sutcliffe,  Jack Patel and Luke Patton, with wickets being shared as we bowled Hurley out for 95. KGCC never really looked in trouble getting the runs for the loss of 3 wickets with Ian Rundle seeing us home with some strong hitting.

The Sunday game had to be cancelled due to lack of players, which an area of the club we need to address.

Mikey sets new Club record!!!! w/end 19th June 2016

Another great weekend’s cricket for KGCC!! Once again, both teams recorded Saturday league wins and the first team match produced an absolutely outstanding individual performance. The first team were away to Denham 2 and on a difficult wicket, struggled to 124 all out, which was only obtained due to an excellent 44 from Andy Irving (finding some consistent form lately) and a quick 30 from Johnny Patel. However, despite this KGCC were 89 for 9 when Aaron Allison and Rohan Monsy joined together for the last wicket and managed to raise the score to 124.

This at least gave the bowlers something to defend and they certainly did it. Bowling unchanged, Mike Widdowson proceeded to take all 10 Denham wickets to end up with CLUB RECORD FIGURES of 12-1-34-10, a superb effort. it eclipsed the nine wicket haul his own father got many years ago, when Mike caught the last man out off the other bowler to deny his Dad 10 wickets!!!

This could put the 1st team top of the Division3, a great start to the season.

The 2nds also won against Great Kingshill 2. Although we took 9 wickets in 47 overs and restricted them to 192, our bowling was not as good as it should be and we conceded 50 extras in their total. However some strong batting, particularly from Vishal Patel, Michael Butcher and Jack Patel got us home, and should see the seconds climb also from their current 5th place in the league

3 Wins in a Great Weekend for KGCC!!

A great weekend for KGCC, with both 1st and 2nd teams winning on Saturday and the Sunday team winning too!

The 1st team played at home v Coleshill 2. Skipper Nick Patel ‘luckily’ lost the toss, which saved him having to make a decision, and KGCC were put into bat. Tommy Patel (60) and Andy Capstick (61) got us off to a fast start, before Johnny Patel gave the innings an added impetus, going on top score with 123. To inflict further pain, Nick Patel (63no) and Andy Irving (50no), kept up the scoring rate and KGCC amassed a record breaking 375 for 3 off 45 overs. Truly remarkable, with every batsman scoring more than 50.

To their credit, Coleshill started promisingly against an attacking field, with their openers striking out and riding their luck, before Tommy Patel came on and took 7 for 60, which proved to be a match winning performance, as we bowled Coleshill out for 249 in 48 overs.

The 2nd team recorded their first win if the season, against Amersham Hill 2, who beat them easily only a few weeks previously. Amersham batted first and were all out for 138, with N. Collison scoring 72no! Sandeep (3 for 27) and Samir (3 for 27) were the main wicket takers.

In reply, KGCC got to 139 for 8 with Dharaj and Michael Butcher (36) getting the highest scores.

The Sunday team, skippered by James (Growler) Crowther, also won. Batting first KGCC scored 219 all out, with Tommy Patel (85), Johnny Patel (44) and Ian Rundle (41) getting the bulk of the runs. We then bowled the oppo out for 194, with Jack Patel taking 4 wickets and James Crowther and (nice toe see) a Colt, Joe Harman, taking 2 each.

 

Well done to all 3 teams, and lets keep it going for the rest of the season.

Matches w/ending 16th May 2016

League Matches. 1st Team have a great win, 2nd Team a narrow defeat. Sunday game cancelled.

1st team arrived at Penn and Tylers Green sports club and we were all in shock at how beautiful this place was. By far the best facilities any of us have been privileged to use in a while.
Skipper Nick won the toss for the first time this season, after some strong advice from Paul Millington he was convinced to bowl first.

The young Knotty squad did all that was asked, the usual opening pair of Mikey and “WINDY Blunden” kept nice tight lines. Colin took his first league wicket of the season getting the experienced Mr Judd caught by Tommy Patel, this soon followed by a great run out by the skipper himself hitting the stumps with a direct throw. After this it was pretty much the Mikey Widdowson show, as he tore through the middle order and was on a hat rick with superb figures of 6-19 and Colin Blunden backed this up with figures of 2-25.

After a straight turn around Andy Franklin and Paul Millington went out to bat they began watchfully before Paul opened up with two superb boundaries , Andy  was then given out LBW, which brought out Jonny Patel, who hit a very brisk 14 ball 44 to seal victory. After a wonderful tea, best so far according to all the lads,  we had a victory jug and made our way back to Knotty to watch the 2s,
A testing few weeks with selection will show what we are made of and how our depth is but the season has begun well lots of fun being had great team spirit and fantastic new grounds to play on.

 

The 2nd team were at home to Little Marlow 2.
Skipper Jack Patel won the toss and decided to bat first.  Paddy Searing (17) and Ashish Patel (27) got us off to a good start but then wickets started to tumble,  as we slipped to 106 for 6, despite a useful 26 from Simon Emmerson. The tail wagged quite well and ended up with a reputable 196 all out. We need to adjust to the longer over format of these games and realise we have more time to bat through. Jack Patel (25) Samir Patel (20) and Rohan (15) all made useful contributions.

The Little Marlow innings was steady but we kept getting enough wickets to keep it close. Luke Patton (3-39) and Jack Patel (3-45) were the main wicket takers but Samir (1-10) and Ross Kemp also bowled well without much luck. As has been a recent pattern, dropped catches lost us a match we could have won. Eventually Little Marlow got the required runs with one ball to spare. It does not get much closer than that, but the 2nd are still seeking their first win in the new league.

Everyone enjoyed their day, and it is good to see some really good team spirit building in the club.

 

Weekend 8/5/16

This was our second weekend in the Morrants Chiltern League, and although enjoyable, it was not as good as our first. The 1st team visited a lovely ground at Winchmore Hill, (the one near Coleshill, not N. London MW!). We had heard that Winchmore Hill were likely to be the strongest team in our division, and so it may have proved to be. The opposition batted first and although they had a strong batting line up, we were pleased with our bowling and fielding in bowling them all out for 224, with Mike Widdowson taking 5 wickets. They had a very quick and good opening bowler who, with his partner, soon reduced us to 27 for 5, before a spirited reply from Andy Irving, Colin Blunden and James Crowther git us to 99, but in the end we fell well short of a good team.

The second team also lot their home match against Amersham Hill 2. Batting first we could only muster a disappointing 93, with a top score of 25 from Jack Patel, which Amersham passed for the loss of 4 wickets.

The Sunday team fared better against Golden Age, picking up a good win. Batting first, we scored 223, with a top score of ????? from ??????. before restricting Golden Age to ???? for ???? from their 40 overs, with some good bowling particularly from Matt Sutcliffe and Alex Macleish.

KGCC 2 V Pinner 2

The 2nd team kicked off their season with a loss, but there was an encouraging team spirit and some really promising performances. KGCC batted first, having won the toss, and Ashish Patel and Julian Coppock put on a steady 69 for the first wicket (mostly scored by Ashish who top scored with 40). A mid order collapse had us at 105 for 6 before a particularly good partnership by Samir Patel  and Sandeep Patel got us to 182 for 9 from 47 overs, which seemed like a par score on a slow, low wicket.

Pinner made a steady start in reply, always around 3 runs per over, but we soon started chipping away at them with Sandeep and  …….. bowling accurately. Our high point was reducing Pinner to ????????for 6 before their skipper and young opening bowler came together and started putting bat to ball. With 7 overs to go they required just more than 6 per over, but a mixture of less accurate bowling and a couple of dropped catches meant they got there with an over to spare.

Still, an encouraging start to the new Chiltern league for us, and good to see Pinner staying on for some drinks at the bar afterwards.