1st XI

Holmesdale 1st XI – 211-8

Old Wilsonians 1st XI – 210-8


As the weather begins to show signs of summer, cricket is back on the agenda with harder, quicker and truer pitches being enjoyed both home and away Holmesdale 1st XI were excited about their away fixture at Old Wilsonians. The first time that Holmesdale have ever played at Old Wilsonians, captain Epps lost the toss and Holmesdale were asked to field first. Openers Mzaidume and East took the fight to the Old Wilsonians batsman. Unfortunately, Mzaidume who took 7 wickets the week before could not find a way through in the early overs, offering young gun Josh Salter the opportunity to get into the game. Salter (2-23) bowled with pace and accuracy bowling Mitchell (32) and then getting Steel caught sharply by Topliss behind the wicket. McDowell (3-59) applied pressure from the other end bowling tight lines and picking up important wickets. The most important wicket of Old Wilsonians overseas Azmat, was however grabbed by young spitfire Everett (1-24), showing great signs of becoming a superb bowler and one to watch for the future. The last ten overs saw Old Wilsonians accelerate putting on 80 runs to get them up to 210-8 off 50 overs.


In response Holmesdale started with confidence with Topliss (37) showing sticking power at the top of the order and setting sound foundations for the team. The middle order of Epps (9), Harbig (10) & Bryant (17) all made starts but failed to capitalise on their start. However at the score on 74-3 McDowell came out to join Topliss and begin the counter attack as the left and right combination proved too much for the home side. A well made 52 saw Holmesdale in with a shout needing 60 off the last 10 overs of the game. With McDowell falling it was up to Roffey (41) and the bowling support of Everett (15) to see Holmesdale over the line to win in the 49th over. An impressive win for the 1st XI, which demonstrates their capability with the bat and confidence to win batting second.



Holmesdale 1st XI – 166ao

Old Colfeians – 178-9


Wiping the result from the week before and determined to bounce back Holmesdale welcomed Old Colfeians to Montreal Park. Old Colfeians arriving late due to a spillage on the A20 lost the toss and were asked to bat on a sticky wicket.


Holmesdale’s bowlers delivered a great first 25 overs with Old Colfeians on 65-5, with Mzaidume (2-57) and Grove (3-42) opening with pace and control. Holmesdale primed and in a good position let the opposition to quietly rebuild as Tarrant,P (44) put on a minor partnership with Quilter (24). McDowell (2-25) and East (2-52) kept the hatches down during the middle period but the scoreboard continued to creep upwards. In the final 10 overs several boundaries began to appear and the score moved to 178-9 after 50 overs, a par score on a tricky pitch.


With only a 10 minute tea break Holmesdale were rushed out to bat. Openers Topliss (41) and Epps (55) couldn’t have made a better start as they showed determination and class batting in tough conditions. At the score on 90-0 at drinks (25 overs) Holmesdale were on track for the total. The short drinks break didn’t favour the batting side as Topliss was caught chipping one to mid-on. Number 3 and 4 found batting difficult and maybe a combination of newness to the crease and a challenging wicket both fell for no runs. Epps and McDowell (21) set themselves for the end of the game before a lapse in concentration saw Epps get caught and bowled increasing the pressure on the batsman to come. The tail of collapse continued as only Whitehead (21) managed to hit double figures as Holmesdale pushed for the win. Whitehead was then run out in the 48th over and Holmesdale finished 13 runs short on 166 all out.




Holmesdale 1st XI – 42ao  

Downham & Bellingham – 43-4 

A bad day at the office for Holmesdale 1st XI on Saturday saw them collapse to 42 all out at Downham and Bellingham. A combination of good bowling and poor decision making saw a weakened Holmesdale side this week have a abysmal performance with the bat, only lasting 26 overs. In response Holmesdale’s bowlers were fired up for the contest and Grove (1-9) Mzaidume (2-16) and East (1-8) bowled their hearts out in an attempt to rescue the game. Unfortunately Holmesdale could not defend their low total only managing to take 4 wickets in 12 overs.  Holmesdale 1st XI are back at home next week against Old Colfeians looking to bounce straight back from this weeks performance.  



Holmesdale 1st XI – 170-10

Old Elthamians – 157-9

In the knowledge that Holmesdale’s next four games are against teams lower than them in the table the boys are hungry to pick up a string of wins before the second half of the season. Travelling away to Old Elthamians Holmesdale won the toss and elected to bat first on a poorly prepared wicket.

Openers Saville and Topliss (31) set about building a platform for the innings seeing off the new ball, however scoring at a slow run rate. Saville managed again to play a juicy full toss straight back to the bowler, bringing Roffey to the crease. Roffey and Topliss batted for a considerable length of time on a slow, low and crumbling wicket. Getting to drinks at 25 overs with the score 67-1, Holmesdale were set to push on the scoring on at a greater pace. In doing this Topliss was run out for a patient 31. Roffey, Epps and Browne brought fresh legs and an injection of pace to the innings, running quick singles and two’s to most parts of the ground. This frustrated the Old Elthamians team as the score crept past 100. Epps (21) was then stumped looking to accelerate the scoring even quicker, and Browne (28) ran past a straight one leaving McDowell, Urquhart & Bryant to add vital runs at the end of the innings. A valuable 22 from Urquhart saw Holmesdale’s total reach 170 off their 50 overs, a target which Holmesdale felt was a little short.


With confidence in their bowling attached a knowledge of the wicket, Holmesdale’s plan was simple, constrain the scoring in the in the first 25 overs and then as the pressure built move in to take 20pts. McDowell (3-22 off 15 overs) and Mzaidume (1-26 off 12 overs) executed the plan to perfection with the score at 40-3 off the first 25 overs. As the pressure built Holmesdale looked to push on and take wickets but a excellent 4th wicket partnership from De Beer (39) & Thorogood (33) saw Old Elthamians remain in the fight for the win. Balancing attack with defence Holmesdale turned to Saville’s (3-37) spin to create a new chance on the spinners wicket. Removing the useful De Beer & then Thorogood Holmesdale smelt an opportunity to close in on the win. Taking two more quick wickets left OE’s on 115-6 with 12 overs left. The game was in the balance as OE captain Matthews (28) and Khan (17) enjoyed some late order hitting as Holmesdale attacked. Holmesdale continued to take wickets as the returning Mzaidume and a run out from Grove reduced OE’s down to 9. Unfortunately the final wicket could not be found in the final over leaving Holmesdale with a winning draw and 12 pts. The Holmesdale man of the match & players' player blazer recipient for Round 6 was Matt Topliss for two stumpings and 31 runs.



Holmesdale 1st XI – 212-8

Old Wilsonians 1st XI - 262 ao 


Holmesdale welcomed 2nd place Old Wilsonians to Montreal park on Saturday, as the 1st XI looked to continue their winning form. Holmesdale lost the toss and were asked to field on an overcast day in Sevenoaks.



The opening spell from Grove (1-32) and Mzaidume (4-85) caused the Wilsonians openers difficultly but still allowed them to get off to a flying start as they were 55-2 off the first ten overs. A middle over spell from McDowell (1-38) and Browne (3-47) saw Holmesdale regain some control taking the score to 120-5 off 25 overs. Holmesdale continued to build pressure but dropped 4 catches allowing Azmat to progress his hitting ability and notch up 128 runs with the score at 220-7 off 40 overs. Tight death bowling restricted Old Wilsonians to only making 40 off the last ten as the score closed on 262-10.


In response, Epps who has yet to find form and Saville were out cheaply to the early swinging ball. Roffey (68) and Browne (35) demonstrated their class at 3 & 4 building a 80 run partnership to put Holmesdale back in charge. As Browne fell it was up to Roffey and in form McDowell (12) to progress the scoring at eight an over. Set and on target Holmesdale just had to creep up to within reaching distance without loss of another wicket. Unfortunately McDowell was caught at mid on and Roffey followed shortly after feeling the scoreboard pressure. Leaving Harbig (50*) and Topliss to get Holmesdale up above 200 and take a respectable 8pts from the game and restricting Old Wilsonians to 13pts. The Holmesdale man of the match was David Roffey for a well struck 68.



Holmesdale 1st XI – 317-5 declared off 47 overs 

Harvel 1st XI 153 ao 

With a winning fire in their belly’s, the Holmesdale 1st XI were away at Harvel on Saturday hungry for another 20pt win. Holmesdale won the toss and elected to bat on a baking hot Saturday afternoon. A masterful innings from Damien Saville (136 no) was the order of the day, leading from the number 1 spot he carried his bat anchoring what was an outstanding Holmesdale batting performance. With Epps (20) and Roffey (22) making good starts Holmesdale were looking shaky at 105-4, having lost Bryant and Browne cheaply after being caught LBW to Ashdown. Saville was joined by inform and confident McDowell, Holmesdale rebuilt the innings and then turned up the heat. McDowell reached his fifty in 64 balls and then unleashed his full arsenal of shots cruising to 106 in 27 balls. With Saville and McDowell putting on an outstanding 200 run partnership Holmesdale felt confident that 300+ was beyond Harvel, but overshadowed by the game in 2011 Epps was reluctant to declare. As the score raced to nearly 320 Holmesdale did declare with 3 overs remaining.  


 In response the young Harvel team came out of the blocks firing with Saunders (10) and McCormick (73) hitting the balls cleanly from the start. Holmesdale’s fielding was crisp, with the team holding some outstanding catches. The first break through came from Mzaidume (4-51) caught at 2nd slip by Epps. The wickets continued to tumble throughout the game with Browne (3-28) holding onto a swift caught and bowled, with Mzaidume coming off his long run began to tare through the Harvel attach with three quick wickets, beating them all for pace and swing. Supported by McDowell (2-11) Harvel were in trouble on 130-9. A final wicket stand by Brownridge (28) delayed the inevitable, but even he was finally undone by the flight of Bryant (1-0). Two consecutive wins on the bounce gives Holmesdale every confidence looking to next weekend’s game against Old Wilsonians. The Holmesdale man of the match was Damien Saville 



Holmesdale 1st XI – 143 ao 

Catford Wanderers 1st XI – 133 ao 


With a spell of dry weather the wickets and ground at Holmesdale had a chance to dry and harden. Holmesdale eager to find their first win of the season lost the toss and were put into bat. On a good track the opening pair of Saville (6) & Epps (18) look to set a strong foundation for the team. In the first ten overs Saville was run out and Epps bowled, leaving Holmesdale fearful of falling short of runs three weeks in a row. Over the next 15 overs, Roffey (9), Browne (8) & McDowell (7) all lost their wickets before reaching double figures, with the total on 62-5. A further 81 runs were then added to the Holmesdale total from a determined and dogged bottom order stand. Anchored by Mzaidume (20) and Cook (1) for 12 overs and then topped up by lower order hitting from East (13) & Grove (9), Holmesdale’s total raised above 100 and to a season’s best of 143. With only ten batsman to bat Holmesdale finished all out for 143 off 43 overs.


Holmesdale knew that the wicket, bowling and conditions meant a total of 180+ would have been par on most days, but in the knowledge that Catford had been bowled out for 91 the week before and had only played one game this year, the Holmesdale bowlers were confident of tearing through. The Holmesdale openers Mzaidume and East built early pressure on an inexperienced Catford opening partnership, with Mzaidume and East both picking up one wicket each. As Browne (4-15) replaced East up the hill, the ball started to boomerang. Browne clean bowled four batsman leg stump as the ball hooped through the gate. Holmesdale had Catford 67-7 and could smell victory. An eighth wicket stand however put the pressure back on to the Dale before the shear pace of Grove (1-28) ripped through Catfords captain knocking middle stump right out of the ground. The game crept down to the wire with late order hitting from Saleem (24) getting Catford within a stone’s throw of victory. Holmesdale found themselves in an all too familiar situation, but held their nerves right down to the last wicket where McDowell (2-17) took a bold risk to give one a bit of air, teasing the Catford number 11 into hitting over the top setting up Epps to pluck a screamer in mid air and the 10th wicket to win the game, breaking a eight game losing streak and take home 20pts.  A win credited to a superb team effort and determination. The captain’s jacket and man of the match goes to Will Browne for a superb four wickets 



2nd XI

Folkestone 2nd XI - 182-9

Holmesdale 2nd XI - 183-2


Holmesdale 2nd XI secured their second win of 2012 with an impressive 8 wicket win over Folkstone 2nd XI. Holmesdale losing the toss were asked to field. The bowlers maintain tight lines and lengths, with Hughes (1-35), Brushett (0-12), Aston (2-33) containing batsman. Dominic May then cleaned up the other end with devastating spin bowling taking four wickets for 34 runs off 10 oversFolkstone were contained to 182-9 off their 50 overs. In response and stand in captain Crawforth taking charge opening with himself and the experienced Ellis, saw an outstanding opening partnership of 130 runs, with Crawforth falling for an superb 69 in the 32nd over. Ellis carried his bat for 73*supported by Dom May (18) and Shea to close down the game in the 43rd over. 



Canterbury  2nd XI – 346-3 declared  

Holmesdale 2nd XI – 152-4


Holmesdale 2nd XI travelled to Canterbury for their second game of 2012, with the team getting stronger each week and new players settling in, the only get stronger at the season progresses. Holmesdale lost the toss and were asked to field on a wicket which resembled the M25. Canterbury boosted (a little unfairly) but their 1st XI Captain who is only able to play home games set the tone early and came out attacking the Holmesdale bowlers. After 12 overs Holmesdale had made an impressive start with the score 15-2. However a partnership from Steer (115) & Sinclair (172) swung the game back to Canterbury as the pair added a further 279 for the 3rd wicket. Canterbury then declared at 46 overs on 346-3. With a mountain to climb the Holmesdale batsman were determined to bat time and make the most of a good wicket and an opportunity to not throw their wickets away. With the openers East & Domini falling cheaply it was left to Crawforth (34) & May (71*) to hold the ship together. Dominic May batted for the best part of 40 overs, for a personal League best of 71*, supported at the end by overseas Jayasinghe (16*). A determined result for the 2nd XI who look to their Harvel game this weekend with new confidence in their batting line up and hungry for a win. 



Holmesdale 2nd XI – 238-5 


Harvel  2nd XI – 128-10 


After winning the toss and electing to bat Holmesdale made a solid start with East (47) hitting the ball the ball to all parts of the ground and Domini (13) supporting and rotating the strike well however after the drinks break Holmesdale lost 2 quick wickets and Harvel suddenly had 2 new batsman to bowl at. However enter Dom May (69) who demonstrated strong hitting with excellent shot placement ensured that Holmesdale re built the innings to allow the lower order to flourish in the last 15 over's with Neil Taylor (40 Not out) and Rupert Harris (31 not out) showing some real 20/20 style shots to finish the innings well put a solid 238 / 5 on the board.


Holmesdale took to  the field after be revitalized by their new tea lady's Nina Adams excellent spread and immediately got rewards with some excellent opening bowling from Dave Aston 3/31 who was also rewarded from an amazing one handed diving catch from Rupert Harris. Richard Hughes 0/11 also bowled exceptionally without reward but created the pressure for Aston to keep striking. The slow bowlers then took centre stage and all contributed well with Rob Anderson 1/11 , Rupert Harris 2/19 and Dan Domini 2/0. The win was an excellent team performance and capped a fine display with bat and ball. 




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