New Ash Green v Leybourne - New Ash Green won the toss, Leybourne were inserted and as so often for oppositions this summer struggled to score off our opening bowlers. Skipper J Nash changing it up a bit to bring on J Elisak to replace himself after 5 overs, this week a mere 37 runs were on the board after 20 overs, I Mellor 2-15. Pressure brought wickets but not a better run rate and Leybourne finished out the innings on 90-8. The other wicket takers: G Wale 3-23, J Elisak 3-27 and five added another catch to their fantasy points total.
After tea, in contrast, with solid performances by P Webb (30) & P Sumner (31), with the other batsmen all contributing, New Ash Green were 81-5 at the 20 over point, and D Freeman coming in shortly after had only to find a boundary to take New Ash Green to the win with 5 wickets and 18 overs to spare. So at the cost of missing watching the England match live, New Ash Green continued their own campaign in good spirits.
Sidcup v New Ash Green - Having 3 higher XIs to populate and England in the quarter final, Sidcup conceeded on Friday. As it turns out every other fixture in this league was also cancelled, with one of the sides conceeding the fixture. The ability of our club to get 22 people to commit to playing on Saturday could perhaps be attributed to positivity which both XIs current run of success in their respective leagues generates.
Ash Village v New Ash Green - Friendly match, timed game contesting the Matthew Quantrill Memorial Shield. On a very warm afternoon New Ash Green were invited to field and consequently a generous selection of bowlers were to watch their figures suffer at the bat of in-form S Mason (78) & S Benn (58) as the fielders cooked in the sunshine. Credit to K Poole (2-14 off 6 overs), M Bushe (0-16 off 8 overs) & F Quantrill (0-20 off 7 overs) for a determined attempt to contain the batsmen. Ash declared on 215-5 at tea. A wicket apiece to E Quantrill, S Freeman & P Webb; and a catch for A Noakes.
In reply New Ash Green equally found the boundary on only one less occasion, but despite a spirited reply from L Shaw (27), noone else managed to stay long enough for double figures until D Freeman came in at 8 and enjoyed adding another half century to his tally, finally bowled for 52. The Quantrills added 10 apiece and Felix stayed on as runner to assist M Ives and hopefully confuse the fielders. However New Ash Green were all out for 146 and Ash retain the trophy. A good match in good spirit, and we look forward to rebalancing the tally in the last match of the season.