Kent League Division 1
ROUND 9 HOLMESDALE 1ST XI v Bromley 1ST XI
The Holmesdale 1st XI entered the match vs Bromley full of confidence after thrashing St Lawrence the previous week. Knowing they would need to win to keep in touch of top spot, they lost the toss and were sent in on a very good batting wicket. The bowling attack of Bromley showed all their tricks from the beginning of the match, however, the Holmesdale top order were able to stave off the attack for a while.
The innings was configured of contributions from most batsmen, however, none of which were able to get going and post the big score that was required by the home side. The total score ended on 172 all out with Luke Blackaby ending with the high score of 46.
Holmesdale knew they were well short of the mark with the bat but with Bromley's history of low scores for the season, they were quietly confident. Holmesdale got off to a dream start with overseas Nick Miller taking 3 wickets in the first over to kick off the Bromley innings. From there they were able to squeeze the batting side to 16-5. A poor 10 over period let the away side get back into the game to consolidate to 78-5. A strong talking to by the skipper saw the Holmesdale side become more like their clinical selves in the field after drinks, with the spinners bowling tightly in tandem. The home side making a statement, bowling Bromley out for 120 in the 35th over. All bowlers contributed positively towards the performance with the wickets being shared around accordingly.
All in all, another win for the Stallions to see them go equal top of the table at the turn of the draw.
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ROUND 8: HOLMESDALE 1ST XI v ST LAWRENCE & HIGHLAND COURT
On a sunny, but breezy Saturday in Canterbury, Holmesdale firsts enjoyed a comfortable win against St. Lawrence & Highland Court. Holmesdale, hitting 308 for the loss of 5 wickets in their 50 overs, dismissed St. Lawrence for 182. The win taking Holmesdale to second position in Division One of the Shepherd Neame Kent Cricket League, equal with Canterbury and only one point behind league leaders Folkestone.
Winning the toss Holmesdale captain Luke Blackaby elected to bat. The Holmesdale innings started poorly with opener Dom May dismissed for just 4 in James Widerstrom’s first over. However, centuries for Mark Epps (114) and Luke Blackaby (113) ably supported by Anthony Bissett (22) and Rupert Harbig (18) enabled Holmesdale to post a very competitive score of 308 on a pitch that favoured the slower bowlers and an outfield that was at times difficult for the fielders. With figures of 2 wickets for 47 off of his 7 overs, Charlie Nash was the pick of the St. Lawrence bowlers.
St. Lawrence openers made promising starts, scoring freely before being dismissed for 24 and 17 by seamers Ben East and Nick Miller. They were the only wickets to fall to the quickies, with spinners David Roffey, Dom May and Anthony Bissett taking control over a batting side falling increasingly behind the required run rate. Batting at 4, William Hilton top scored for St. Lawrence with 37 before being run out. Holmesdale’s fielding added to the pressure on the St. Lawrence batsman throughout their innings. Anthony Bissett finishing the game with the best figures of 4 wickets for 41 from his 9.2 overs and Dom May taking 2 wickets for 33 runs in his 10.
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ROUND 7: HOLMESDALE 1ST XI v HSBC 1ST XI
Holmesdale 1st XI lost by 5 wickets to HSBC on Saturday. Holmesdale won the toss and decided to bat first however, after 20 overs found themselves 60-4. Luke Blackaby and Rupert Harbig began to rebuild putting on 49 before Rupert Harbig was dismissed and Dan Brabham followed in quick succession to leave Holmesdale reeling at 110-6. Nick Miller joined Blackaby making a timely 22 however with wickets running out Luke Blackaby took the attack to HSBC with a combination of delicate and powerful shots before being the last man out for 89 leaving Holmesdale all out for 180. Ishmail September was the pick of the bowlers for HSBC with 3-33.
Holmesdale got off to the perfect start with Luke Blackaby (2-20) removing Hassan for 1, however the bowlers bowled without much luck with HSBC weathering the early pressure. It took a run out from Blackaby to break a 56 run stand for the 2nd wicket. Dom May (0-35), Rupert Harbig (1-45) and Ben East (0-31) bowled tightly with the latter very unlucky not to have 2 wickets. Holmesdale created their own downfall by uncharacteristically dropping 3 catches however, the bowlers continued to try everything to push for the win and thought until the end, restricting the visitors without managing to make enough breakthroughs. HSBC eventually reached the target in the 49th over, 5 wickets down with Hutton (49*) and Perks (31*) guiding their team to victory. Holmesdale travel to St Lawerence this weekend looking to bounce back.
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ROUND 6: HOLMESDALE 1ST XI v The Mote 1ST XI
Holmesdale 1st XI won convincingly at the weekend beating the Mote by 89 runs, with an impressive 101 from Mark Epps and destructive 4 wickets from Luke Blackaby.
Holmesdale won the toss and elected to bat first on a beautifully warm afternoon at Montreal Park. The opening pair of Dom May (44) and Mark Epps (101), got off to a great start with Dom May making great use off the first 10 overs scoring his 44 in just 17 balls!
As Ant Bisset joined the fight Holmesdale were already in a commanding position. Bissett made hay hitting 32 in quick fire style, as the score sat poised on 145-2 with 21 overs to go. Luke Blackaby and Mark Epps continued to set their eyes on 300. As the pair out on another 50 run partnership Blackaby was caught and bowled by Sadler.
Harry Galpin join Mark Epps as the score raced pasted 240. Harry Galpin secured a solid 31 not out as Holmesdale finished 272-7 off their 50 overs.
In reply The Mote made an impressive and impactful start with Matt White (39) off the first 6 overs before being caught behind off Luke Blackaby.
Luke Blackaby piled on the pressure with dynamic swing bowling picking up four wickets and four out of five of the top five batsman. The Mote were in trouble, it was only thanks to a dogged 52 from Laurence Waters and a 9th wicket partnership from Matt Sadler (35) and Alex Fordham (20), that the Mote managed to take their score to 187 all out in the 46th over.
Holmesdale lie in 3rd in the league and welcome HSBC to Montreal Park on Saturday. Come down and watch, follow us on twitter (@HolmesdaleCC) or go to holmesdalecricketclub.co.uk.
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ROUND 5 - HOLMESDALE 1ST XI v Canterbury 1ST XI
Holmesdale 1st XI travelled to Canterbury on Saturday, looking to extend their unbeaten start to the KCL DivIsion 1 season.
Canterbury won the toss and elected to bat. After a slightly looser start than anticipated, Dale quickly seized control with Rupert Harbig (2-44) and Luke Blackaby (1-44), leaving the score at 70-3 after 17 overs. Spinners, Dom May (3-14) and Mike Bryant (0-25) then put the squeeze on the Canterbury middle order, who had faltered to 109-7 by the 37th over. Dom May was particularly impressive: his miserly ten over spell included seven maidens. However, Canterbury fought back hard with Sam Burt (65*) and Davis (31) doggedly steering them to 176-8 off their 50 overs.
The Dale’s innings got off to an excellent start and motored along to 40-0, with Mark Epps (29) looking in particularly fine touch, mixing stoic defence with powerful hitting. However, when he was removed via LBW, the wheels fell off the Holmesdale middle order, which had been running so smoothly since the start of the season. Holmesdale proceeded to lose 7 wickets for just 37 runs; Justin McVicar (3-25) in fine form with the ball for the hosts. Luke Blackaby (30) and Rupert Harbig (60) rebuilt the Holmesdale innings at this point, taking the score past 150 and the side within touching distance of victory. Harbig looked in exceptional touch throughout his innings, which included six maximums and a single four. However, both fell in quick succession with the score in the 150s and Holmesdale were bowled out for 167, losing the game by 8 runs. Man of the Match was Rupert Harbig for an excellent all-round performance.
Next week, Holmesdale welcome The Mote to Montreal Park, hoping to build on what has still been an excellent start to the season, and they remain just one point off the top spot in Division 1.
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Round 4- HOLMESDALE 1ST XI v Linden Park CC 1ST XI
Holmesdale 1st XI continue their unbeaten run of form in 2018 with a convincing win over Linden Park on Saturday. Holmesdale lost the toss and were asked to bat first on a humid afternoon at Montreal Park. The Holmesdale openers failed to make an impact which saw Holmesdale quickly slump and lose three wickets in the first 10 overs. The dynamic duo of Blackaby and Galpin once again steadied the ship putting on a 70 run partnership. Harry Galpin feel in the 28th over, opening the way for the bomb squad of May, Miller and Brabham to take control. Bombs were dropped and the score accelerated as May raced to 26, Miller hit 23 and Brabham squeezed out 15. The innings finished slightly prematurely in the 48th over as Monkhouse was caught and bowled trying to go over the top.
Holmesdale finishing on 214, felt they were about 30 runs short given the improving conditions and wicket, which was gracefully prepared by Jason and Justin Carr. With fire power and strength in attack Holmesdale set to disrupt the slot (run) machines that are the Linden Park top five, who collectively take home more from one game of cricket than we pay in annual membership. They weren’t up to the challenge, as Miller struck twice in one over unsettling Hoare and Seldon easily.
With a middle order stand from Leale-Green and Brandt, the game was in the balance with Holmesdale losing the middle third of the game. Keeping our nerve Holmesdale came out on top, removing the dangerous xx for xx and building pressure through top notch bowling and fielding. Linden Park were all out in the xx over, as Holmesdale moved top of Division One 1st XI, having not lost a game all season. This Saturday they take on Canterbury away, whist at home they welcome Simon Jones MBE, Ashes Legend to demo a launch of innovative coaching products from Zwingo.
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Round 3 (19-05-18) HOLMESDALE 1ST XI v HARTLEY 1ST XI
Holmesdale arrived at Hartley on a glorious May morning, and both sides had plenty to prove having been relegated together from the premier division at the end of last season. It has not been easy for visiting teams at the country club in recent years, but Holmesdale did have fond memories of the ground, recording the highest ever premier league run chase in their win there in 2017. So there would certainly be an edge to the game as the teams look to start well and bounce straight back the prem.
Having won the toss Hartley decided they would again bat first, on what looked like a perfect day for batting - a rock hard surface and enticing short straight boundaries. This game was not however to be the run fest that the history and conditions promised.
Hartley started cautiously, the batsmen immediately noticing that the ball wasn't quite coming on as they had hoped. The dale opening bowlers Blackaby and Miller (3-37) offered nothing loose which would alleviate the pressure, and it was Miller who made the breakthrough. He had Hickford trapped in front for 5 to get the ball rolling, a habit the young Aussie will hope to continue throughout the season. This brought the Hartley overseas to the crease, and Holmesdale were convinced they had their man first ball - only the standing umpire seemed not to hear the thick edge through to the keeper as Mogotsi wafted outside his off-stump. The visitors were not though to feel too aggrieved, as Miller knocked back his off stump two balls later for zero.
More tight bowling followed this as Harbig (2-19) and May (2-19) were introduced to the attack. The lack of easy scoring options finally told as Hutson managed to pick out the man at deep backward square when trying to release the pressure. This brought Thompson (56) to the crease and he joined Shelvey-Clinton to form a partnership that has taken many a Kent league game away from teams in the past. It was not be this time however as Shelvey-Clinton was on his way back to the pavillion just two balls later. Thompson pushed in to the covers and called for a single, Galpin though quickly covered the ground to his left, swooped down to collect the ball and fire a rocket throw in to the keeper Brabham's gloves. He whipped the bails off with the batsman well short even with a dive, and Holmesdale's tails were well and truly up. This epitomised the fielding performance which was faultless to a man and enjoyed greatly by the travelling support.
Thompson batted well for his 56 but was never truly allowed to get in to his stride as the bowling continued to be tight and he ran out of partners. Cramp feathered one through to the keeper as Harbig managed to extract some rare lift from the surface, and then May bowled Johnson with a very full ball at the other end. Redwood (22) played well to offer support but the scoring was very slow. Fawcitt (2-30) took the crucial wicket of Thompson with an in-swinging yorker, the young seamer impressing with his control and skill in bowling his 10 over spell straight through. East also bowled a miserly spell of 5 overs for 11 to support Fawcitt in building the dots which ultimately led to wickets. Miller came back in to the attack and helped to clean up the tail to leave Holmesdale only 131 to chase.
Holmesdale got off to a steady start, with Epps stroking a couple of nerve settling boundaries. This didn't last long however as Roffey was trapped LBW by Redwood (2-25) and Thompson (1-14) uprooted Epps' leg stump. Bissett quickly followed as he didn't get forward to to a straight delivery from Redwood and lost his middle stump - suddenly 131 looked a long way away at 17-3.
Thankfully for the visitors these would be the last wickets to fall as Blackaby (56*) and Galpin (52*) showed everyone that there were no demons in the pitch. They were very watchful early on as the bowlers managed to keep their lines straight, and were supported by some high quality fielding. However as they settled the scoring rate increased, Galpin looking particularly assured against the spin as the field had to stay up and he took advantage over the top. Blackaby never looking troubled at the other end as he played low-risk cricket to see his side over the line with 16 overs to spare.
Holmesdale will take great confidence from this performance, if they can bowl and field like that for the rest of the season teams will find it very difficult to get away from them. Linden Park come to Montreal Park next week in what is always a well contested local derby, with Holmesdale looking to keep their spot at the top of the league.
Round 2 (12-05-18) HOLMESDALE 1ST XI V DARTFORD 1ST XI
Match cancelled due to rain
Round 1 (05-05-18) HOLMESDALE 1ST XI v FOLKESTONE CC 1ST XI
Holmesdale 1st XI made an impressive start to their 2018 KCL Division 1 campaign, winning away at Folkestone in a low scoring contest. Holmesdale lost the toss and were put in to bat first. With limited pre-season due to the weather both sides would be looking to make cautious starts, and set a foundation for the rest of the innings. Holmesdale did just this, with a brilliant first wicket partnership of 80 by Roffey (29) and Epps (40), broken only by a miscommunication between the wickets which saw Epps run out as the pair went for the second run. Bissett and Roffey begun to rebuild, but the first wicket saw the Folkestone bowlers Bray and Ireland get an extra lift. They begun to make it difficult for the Holmesdale new batsman, and when Roffey feel with the score on 98, they pressed harder on the two new batsman. Holmesdale collapsed, losing 4 wickets for 15 runs as Folkestone got back on top of the game. Two debutants Miller (8) and Brabham (32*) steadied the ship, as Holmesdale watched every run get added to the total. Creeping up slowly Holmesdale managed to stay around thanks to Braham until the 48th over, with a useful contribution and show of determination from Lewis-Davies at the end too. With the score finishing on 174-10, Holmesdale really felt they’d thrown away a bigger score after such a great start.
Determined to put it right with the ball, the Holmesdale stallions came out firing. With two super quick opening bowlers in Miller and Blackaby, the momentum begun to turn towards Holmesdale. Blackaby (4-23), bowling Jay for 2, and Miller picking up Hogben for 0, gave Holmesdale an early grasp. Stickles (32) and Morgan (55) battled against the moving ball and pace for the next 15 overs, until Stickles was caught to a wily East (1-24). Morgan although constantly looking uneasy, stayed around and begun to accumulate runs. The game was poised with the score 110 – 4 at drinks. Holmesdale’s captain Blackaby fired up the team with a little team talk, combined with the introduction of spinners May (2 – 35) and Roffey (0 – 22), brought about the break-through as Epps diving to his right took an impressive catch at mid-off. Holmesdale went for the throat, bringing back Blackaby who clean bowled numbers 7 and 9, opening the door for the win. He then caught out Morgan for 55, leaving just two wickets to find. The tailed was cleaned up by Harbig and Miller, as Holmesdale returned victorious as Folkestone were all out for 159 in after 45 overs. Holmesdale’s man of the match goes to debutant Dan Brabham for a critical 32 not out.
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