End Of Season Report 2018

The summer of 2018 will probably be best remembered for its incredible weather, the best summer since 1976 (although there will be plenty of groundsmen who would not agree with that, as outfields were burnt dry).

I am pleased to tell you that KGCC senior teams enjoyed another good and successful season. We have played in the Chiltern League for the past 3 seasons and in that time our 1st team have gained 2 promotions. In 2018 they finished runners up in Div 1, just 5 points behind Denham, the winners, after a very strong finish which saw them take maximum points from their last 3  matches. Captained by Tommy Patel, the team seemed to gain in strength throughout the season, with Johnny Patel achieving the best batting aggregate in the division with 697 runs, with Tommy second on 553 runs and Dharak Pandya 5th on 382 runs.

Mike Widdowson, once again, was our leading wicket taker with 29,(2nd in the division) followed by Priam Desai (18) and Himanshu Patel (15).

The 2nd team, having been promoted last season, were looking to consolidate, which they did, finishing 4th out of 8 in Division 2. Once again a Knotty batsman, Nick Scott, was the division’s leading run scorer with 565 runs. Armpit Shah also scored 415 runs to finish 4th in the division.

Armpit Shah was also the 2nd’s leading wicket taker (24) followed by Jack Patel (17) and Ina Rundle (11).

There has been, and continues to be, a fair amount of change with the Chiltern league. Having lost 8 teams to the Thames Valley League last season, it has been necessary to form some alliances with the Berkshire League and the Mid Bucks League. There will be further discussions between the leagues over the Winter 2018/19 and we will have to wait and see what form of cricket we will be playing next season.

Julian R Coppock

Chairman KGCC

KGGC 2 v Ruislip Victoria 2

Captai Jack won the toss and elected to bat on what looked like a really good pitch for batting. Nick Scott and Armpit Shah started steadily, around 4 an over, before Nick was found sleeping at the non strikers end, and run out. This however was the cue for Arpit to go on the attack, finally falling for 64, containing 1 six and 10 fours.

The introduction of RV’s Akktar’s fast leg spin caused a few problems (Nick) and slowed down the run rate until Logy Patel got going with a swashbuckling 50.

After that, a few final lusty blows from Ian Rundle got KGCc 2 to 211 off their 47 overs with Akktar the pick of the RV bowlers with 3-34 from 15 overs.

In reply RV never really looked like mounting a serious challenge to the run total and it seemed just a question of whether KG could bowl them all out or not. There was some economical off spin from Jack Patel, 0-36 from 13 overs, and Luke Patton (2), Armpit Shah (2), Ian Rundle (1) and Parth Adhyary (1) shared the 8 wickets KG managed to take, culminating in a fine slip catch by the Chairman off the last ball of the match, to secure an extra bonus point.

RV ended on 159 for 8 and the match was drawn

KGCC 1s v Coleshill : 26/5/18

After some last minute changing of personnel, KGGC 1’s arrived at Coleshill with Nick Patel deputising for regular skipper Tommy Patel as he was stuck in Greece on holiday as a result of a delayed flight.

KGGC batted first and Charlie Goodwin and Ashish Patel put on a steady 38 for the first wicket before Charlie tried to repeat a big 6 and was caught for 17.  Ashish (31), Patrick Searing (13) and Himanshu Jansari (15) all made useful contributions,  but the key partnership of the innings was between Johnny Patel and Dharak Pandya, who put on 122 together in just 13 overs!!! Dharak having hit 3 huge 6’s finally was caught for 50, while Jonny went on on score a chanceless 137, ensuring that KGCC amassed an impressive 308 for 9 of their allotted overs.

In reply Coleshill never looked like challenging that score and some accurate seam bowling from Mike Widdowson (4-40) and Priyam Desai (3-52) regularly keep chipping away at the Coleshill batting order. Johnny Patel chipped in at the end with 2-6 to finish the Coleshill innings off and leave KGCC with an impressive and comprehensive first win of the season.

 

KGCC 2 v Holyport 2 : 26/5/18

Last years divison four winners- Hollyport 2’s vs the runners up- Knotty Green 2’s. On a damp wicket and humid day, Knotty lost the toss and were asked to bat first. After a slow start,both the openers started to find the middle of the bat; with an opening partnership of 68 runs. Nick Scott was out in the first over after drinks, for 26. This was followed by Parth Adhyaru in the next over for just one run. The innings needed to be rebuilt which was done by Arpit Shah and Logi Patel putting on a partnership of 109 runs, when Logi Patel was out for 45. Skipper Jack Patel joined Arpit at the crease adding a quick 33 partnership. When the skipper was out for fifteen runs, vice captain Colin Blunden joined in the run fest with a 20 not out. Arpit Shah finally was caught behind after scoring 133 runs, which was his second consecutive hundred, as the previous week he had scored 100 against Denham. The last man out was Michael Butcher playing his first game of the season with Kevin Butcher, his fourteen year old son, who clearly is the better cricketer! The Knotty innings was brought to a close by the captain declaring at 258 for six after 45 overs.
The Knotty opening pair of Scott Jackson and Dylan Mcleish (both under 15) bowled a very tight and steady line to the opening batsmen. The pressure on the opening pair finally told when A.Gadere was bowled by Jackson for 8. The opposition captain, who is the backbone of Hollyport batting, was next to go with Mcleish coming to the party having him caught at point by Jackson. Then it was the turn of the spin twins of Luke Patton and Jack Patel to try and get amongst the wickets. Jack finally got his first wickets of the  league season,  to continue the good work of the opening pair.  Then it was the turn of the new boys on the block Parth Adhyaru and Armpit Shah,  who bowled 12 overs between them, and picked up 6 wickets. Arpit Shah was man of the match performance scoring 133 runs and bowling 6 overs for 21 runs and 4 wickets. Overall a victory for Knotty Green by 98 runs.

KGCC 1 v Harpsden 2 19/5/18

Knotty Green 1 vs Harpsden 2

It looked like it would be a long day in the field for Knotty Green when Harpsden won the toss and chose to bat in what were particularly friendly batting conditions.

It appeared however that Knotty’s bowling line up were up for the challenge, with Mike Widdowson (5-45) bowling 4 maidens with his first 4 overs of the day; one of which contained a wicket. With the rest of the Knotty bowling attack bowling tightly, the away team were 37-2 when the friendly batting conditions paired with short boundaries took effect. S Burgess (67) and A Burkett (114) both cashed in, the latter especially after being dropped on 37. Some tight bowling in the middle overs from the spin brothers of Jonny and Tommy Patel however kept the Harpsden team down to a modest 248-7.

In reply Knotty didn’t get off to the greatest of starts, with A Patel (1) departing very early in the chase, and Jonny Patel (15) falling soon after. A rebuild was required and in T Patel (90) and P Searing (66) this was achieved with some very patient batting and solid stroke selection in a pressure situation. Whilst the total was still achievable, the scoreboard pressure remained and T Patel was eventually out attempting a quick single against the keeper’s arm. Searing departed shortly afterwards holing out mid-off. With new batsmen in and very few overs remaining, Knotty managed to reach the end of their allotted innings, finishing on 208-3 for a respectable draw

 

KGGC 2 v Denham 2 : 19/5/18

On a warm and sunny afternoon, KGCC Captain Jack Patel won the toss and elected to bat first on what looked like a good wicket.

Despite some accurate bowling from Gahanna and Mahmoud, Knotty openers Nick Scott and Armpit Shafi put on an impressive 8- for the first wicket before Scott fell LBW.

After that Siddiq and Tang quickly ran through the middle order, and it was left to Shafi, who moved on to an excellent 100, to hold the innings together.

A late flurry from Desai and Jack Patel rescued the innings from 154-7, to finish on 223 for, which seemed like at least a par score for the 47 overs.

For Denham, Saddiq, with 3-52 and Tang, 2-26, were the main wicket takers.

In reply Denham made a steady start, but Luke Patton made an early breakthrough, trapping Butt LBW. It proved to be a false dawn for Knotty however, as Simpson and Rai set about the KG bowling, scoring 66 and 53 respectively. Along with a forceful 49 from Tang, they saw Denham reach their target of 224 for the loss of just 3 wickets and with 7 overs to spare.

End of Season Report : 2nd Team

Captained by Jack Patel, promotion from Div 4 was a definite goal for the season for the 2nd team, and this was achieved, finishing a clear second to Holyport, 60 points ahead of the third placed team. There were many fine individual performances, but really what stood out was the team’s consistency week to week.

We played 14 matches, 8 wins, 4 draws, 1 loss (1 abandoned).  We scored the 4th highest team score with 268-6 v Hurley 2, and only the 19th lowest total with 147 all out against Littlewick Green.

Batting

Top run scorer for Knotty and in Div 4 was Nick Scott (proving you’re never too old for a comeback!). 394 runs, average of 39.40, top score 93.

Second, and batted very well apart from when he chose to open, was Jack Patel. 296 runs at 37.00 with a top score of 74

Third was another (even older) oldie, Julian Coppock, with 208 runs at 34.67 with a top score of 56.

Bowling

Top wicket taker was Jack Patel with 22 wickets, averaging 18.18 and a best boring of 5-47

Second was Luke Patton, who in only 6 matches took 14 wickets at 11.14 with a best of 5-31

Third was Colin Blunden, who took 13 wickets at 17.62 with a best of 4-62

Fielding

Julian Coppock made 5 dismissals behind the stumps while Colin Blunden took 7 catches, Matt Sutcliffe 5 and Jack Patel 4 (but clearly won the most dropped or pulled out of prize!)

 

End Of Season 2017 1st Team Report

2017 was KGCC’s second season in the Morrants Chiltern league. The 1st team, having been promoted from Div 3 to Div 2 the previous season, were looking to consolidate and achieved this by finishing 5th in a division of 10 teams. Captained by Nick Patel, they managed 7 wins, 3 draws, 6 losses, with 2 abandoned due to weather. Overall a satisfactory season.

There were some notable performances, and some less notable. We managed the 2nd highest team score of 355 for 6 against Coleshill, but also the lowest, al out for 48 against Ley Hill.

Bowling

Once again Mike Widdowson was the highest wicket taker with 35 at 14.71 runs per wicket and a best of 5-59. Second was Ross Kemp, who took 23 wickets at 26.74, with a best of 5-65

and third was Tommy Patel, who took 14 wickets at 31.71, with a best of 4-21

Batting

Highest run scorer was Tommy Patel with 440 runs, averaging 31.43 and a top score of 114. Scoring slightly less but with a higher average was his brother Johnny Patel, who scored 433 at an average of 43.30 and a top score of 140. Third in batting was Mike Widdowson, who scored 274 runs at 27.40 with a top score of 68

Fielding

Wicketkeeper Dharak Pandya took 6 dismissals. while Tommy Patel took 7 catches

End Of Season 2016. 1st Team Report.

2016 was KGCC’s first season in the Chiltern League and it was successful one. our 1st Team, captained by Nick Patel, won Division 3 and will be promoted to Division 2 next season. Of their 16 matches, 11 were won, 2 lost and 3 abandoned due to weather. They finished 41 points ahead of the second placed team.

The team also posted the Highest Innings Score, with 375-4 against Penn and Tylers Green 2.

Individually there were some notable achievements.

Bowling.

Mike Widdowson was the Division’s Highest Wicket Taker, with 49 wickets, and also claimed the ‘Most Wickets in an Innings’ award with a 10-34 performance against Denham 2. Next highest club wicket takers were Tommy Patel, 20, and Ross Kemp (in his first KGCC season) with 20 also. Jonny Patel took a hat trick against The Lee.

Batting.

Johnny Patel was the team’s top run scorer with 499 from 11 innings.  Nick Patel scored 353 from 10 innings and Paul Millington 327 from 9 innings.

Nick Patel had the top batting average with 70.6, followed by Jonny Patel with 62.38 and Paul Millington with 54.50.

Catches

Julian Coppock took 7 (in 8 matches) followed by Mike Widdowson with 6 (in 16 matches)

Team spirit was very good, as one would expect from a winning team, and hopefully KGCC made a good and friendly impression in our first CL season

 

End Of Season 2016 : 2nd Team Report

The 2nd team, Captained by Jack Patel, finished a creditable 4th in Division 4 in their first season in the Chiltern league. After a shaky start where they lost their first 4 games, they battled hard and won 5 of the other 9 games they actually played, and drew 3 others, therefore only losing 1 of their last 9! Very promising.

What was also pleasing was the number of new players who joined the club this season to play for the 2nd team, enjoyed their cricket, and look set to be longterm KGCC players.

KGCC 2s won the prize for the highest team score in the Division with a score of 286.

Leading wicket takers were Luke Patton (20, including a 6-27) followed by Jack Patel (19) and Sandeep Patel (15 from only 8 matches).

Leading run scorers were Vishal Patel (380, including a 125 n.o.), Ashish Patel (286 including an 89) and Dharak Pandya (203, including a 98). Both Vishal and Pandya were in their first season for the club.

Hopefully next year, with a settled team, the 2’s will push for promotion to Div 3