Match Reports April – July 2017
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Cowdrey CC – Sunday 1st XI v Dartfordians CC – Sunday 2nd XI – 16/07
Meanwhile Yeats-Brown continued to drive, flick and cut well, making his 50 in good time. He found partners in Nick Farr (17) and Dan Steyn (16), before holing out off the bowling of the dangerous James Wykes (8/1/37/3) for a classy 73. After a cameo 28 from Xav Y-B Cowdrey ended on 202, a decent score on a difficult wicket.
Digby Russell kicked the second innings off with a plumb LBW, followed by a beautiful outswinger from debutante Mima Yeats-Brown which clipped the off bail, leaving Dartfordians two down for not many. Opener Daniel Wykes was joined by Daniel Allen and the two began to score comfortably until Gautam Juneja struck twice in one over, bowling Allen (20) and then captain Rowlatt.
Wkyes was joined by CCC ringer Karl McArthur, who had spied himself the opportunity to get some batting practice. The pair lifted the run rate, Wkyes passing 50 and McArthur paying the textbook no heed as he swatted boundaries over midwicket and third man.
Dartfordians were up with the rate at this stage, eyeing victory until Birendra Singh did the double to remove Wkyes for a well-made 77, then Neale for 0. Singh was followed by Nick Farr, whose dobblers picked up two wickets for just two runs in two overs.
Captain for the day Xavier Y-B then reintroduced openers Mima Y-B, who picked up the wicket of McArthur for 33, caught by Dan Steyn, and Digby Russell, who nipped one through the gate to hit middle stump. The innings ended on 177, leaving Dartfordians 25 short.
Post-match, Sunday skipper Oscar Holmes belatedly awarded Digby Russell with his Captain’s Player of the Year 2016. Well deserved!
Author: Barney Scott
Cowdrey CC – 1st XI v Rainham (Kent) CC – 1st XI – 15/07
Skipper Anthony Mills kept up his good form at the toss, winning again and wasting no time in having a bat. Cowdrey did not get off to the greatest start losing the skipper second ball of the game, bowled. This was too early for Dario Boyce, who was not ready, and Matt Barnes instead rushed in to steady the ship. He and Barney Scott then provided a great platform, reaching 97, and Scott bringing up his 50, before Barnes was caught for 39. Boyce came to the crease and was immediately into his stride before Scott was bowled for 53 with Nelson on the board. Here the Cowdrey order struggled with only Ralph Yeats-Brown reaching double figures to support Boyce, who eventually fell for 73 as Cowdrey posted 210 in 48 overs.
After tea, Rainham had a target of 211 to win from 52 overs. They were immediately put on the back foot by impressive opening spells from Chris Fenwick and Nick Farr – leaving Rainham 16/3. The Yeats-Brown brothers entered the attack together and carried on the good work, taking 3 more wickets between them, with the score at 39/6 off of 18 overs. At this point Rainham left any ambition to win the game and decided the draw was the best result. Despite good tempting and probing bowling, Cowdrey were only able to gain 1 more wicket through Ralph Yeats-Brown before the 52 overs ended with Rainham 108/7.
Once again this was a strong performance from Cowdrey, with a lot of positives they are able to take into next week’s visit to Downham & Bellingham. This performance earned Cowdrey 13 points to Rainham’s 4, closing the gap between them to just 4 points and maintaining their 4th place in the process.
Author: Oscar Holmes
Tonbridge CC – 1st XI v Cowdrey CC – 1st XI – 08/07
Anthony Mills and Jack Southwart opened the batting and set a solid platform, reaching 41 before Mills fell edging to slip for 16 in the 8th over. Tonbridge then felt they had the big scalp of Dario Boyce 2nd ball caught behind, but their umpire deemed otherwise. Eventually, he did fall for 13, LBW to Tonbridge’s overseas Stuart Bridgen. Matt Barnes fell quickly LBW for 1 and Cowdrey at 74-3 were rocking slightly. Here first Glen Warner and then Barney Scott helped consolidate and attack the bowling whilst Jack Southwart was still batting beautifully.
After Warner was caught for 36 and Scott was bowled for 28 the score had pushed onto 217-5. Throughout all of this Jack Southwart had brought up his 100 with a flicked 4 down to fine leg. With late tail end impetus from Ralph Yeats-Brown (16*) and Ross Pilkington (8), and with Southwart eventually falling for a brilliant 114, Cowdrey were able to set an imposing target of 261-8 off their 50 overs.
After tea, Cowdrey opened up with their regular partnership of Chris Fenwick and Nick Farr. After reaching 16 in the fourth over, Farr got opener Stephen Hall to chip an easy catch to mid wicket. Another 3 overs went by before Farr again struck, getting Bridgen to check a drive straight to short cover for his second. He completed the over trapping Patel LBW with a ball sharply cutting in before bowling Moorhouse, leaving a ball on middle and off, completing a triple wicket maiden.
Farr finished off his opening spell bowling a bouncer at their captain who nicked through to the keeper down the leg side, claiming his fifth wicket and leaving Tonbridge 27-5. Here Pilkington entered the attack, bowling Morgan, and Ralph Yeats-Brown was brought on to entice shots with flighted deliveries. Yeats-Brown ended with 3 wickets – all caught, with 2 caught and bowled – and Nick Farr re-entered the fray, getting a sixth wicket with a good catch by Mills to a steepler. Tonbridge finished 103 all out off of 30.5 overs.
Brilliant performances from Jack Southwart setting a good total and Nick Farr dismantling the top order set the tone for an excellent win. This 20 point win leapfrogged Cowdrey over Tonbridge into fourth and was their 3rd consecutive win. Special mention must also be made for the support shown by the rest of the club with the second team not having a game, but turning out to cheer on the squad in full force.
Next week Cowdrey welcome 3rd placed Rainham to Swanmead and hope to reverse another early season result.
Author: Oscar Holmes
OD CUACO – 1st XI v Cowdrey CC – 1st XI – 01/07
Having won the toss skipper Mills wasted no time in electing to bat on what looked a cracking wicket. Mills and Jack Southwart opened up and had a solid opening stand reaching the 60’s again before Mills was done by an inswinging yorker for 27. This welcomed Dario Boyce to the crease who wasted no time getting going, flicking a six off his legs second ball. Some good running and good striking increased the run rate and at drinks Cowdrey were 132-1 with Boyce having brought up his 50 in 31 balls. After drinks Jack brought up his 50 with some fortunate running before being caught at cover for 51. Matt Barnes joined Boyce as he pushed for his hundred. With Dario on 90 he top edged a sweep into the waiting hands of the wicketkeeper. From here Cowdrey struggled to try and force the pace with only Barnes and Ralph Yeats-Brown making double figures and eventually being all out for 245 in the 49th over. Whilst being a good score it was felt to be 15 to 20 runs light from the position they were in.
After some spicy chicken at tea, Cowdrey opened up with Nick Farr and Chris Fenwick. Farr was getting some good bounce and pace coming through, whilst Fenwick consistently probing away for no reward. On came Ralph Yeats-Brown for Farr and proceeded to bowl the next 15 overs straight from that end tying down and the batsmen and causing frustration. With drinks taken OD Cuaco had reached 106-0 after 25 overs. Immediately after drinks Yeats-Brown struck with 2 wickets in 2 overs to remove both openers. This started another partnership for OD Cuaco who started putting pressure on the field before Ralph struck again getting a nick behind. Farr after changing ends then was able to york the dangerous Chris Webster and Cowdrey felt like they were on top.
Wickets began to tumble, with Chris Fenwick taking 2, Nick Farr taking another and Glen Warner getting the elusive Aaron White for 32. Entering the 51st and final over Cowdrey required 1 wicket and OD Cuaco needed 24 runs to win. Nick Farr then proceeded to be hit for 8 off the first 3 balls with a huge 6 put back over his head by the no. 11 Simon Hunter. After 2 plays and misses it all came down to the last ball with 1 wicket needed. He then proceeded to sky a chance straight to Matt Barnes at cover right underneath it but he also had to deal with an incoming Oscar Holmes who collided with him. Barnes held on to take the final wicket and complete a 20 point win for Cowdrey.
This was another good performance but once again dropped chances and a collapse may have cost in what became a tight win. Next week Cowdrey travel the short distance across town to Tonbridge CC, 1 point behind their local rivals in what promises to be an exciting game.
Author: Glen Warner
Cowdrey CC – 2nd XI v OD CUACO – 2nd XI – 01/07
Due to lack of an umpire, Cowdrey CC were asked to bat by OD CUACO, on a warm day at Swanmead. The innings began shakily, with McArthur departing for 2. Barney Scott joined Ross Pilkington, and together they saw out a dangerous first 10 overs before Pilkington was bowled by a fine yorker. Cowdrey were teetering at 39/2, but this brought Jake McGroarty to the crease.
After being dropped early in his innings at long on, McGroarty never looked back. Assisted by Scott, who rotated the strike and scored consistently, Jake plundered the OC attack for boundary after boundary. His innings was fluent and aggressive, and he outscored Scott 2-to-1, before Scott was caught behind off a faint edge for 44. The partnership (116) placed Cowdrey back in a commanding position at 155/3, with 13 overs remaining of the innings.
Jake continued hitting well, supported by cameos from Birendra Singh and Darren Apps, and was aptly rewarded, bringing up a fine second league ton for the club. Eventually out for 117, McGroarty provided the backbone of Cowdrey’s score of 228 – a roughly par total on a green but flat track.
OD CUACO’s innings began with the wicket of Cook, bowled by Phil Sullivan for 1, before Gul (33) and White (22) steadied the ship. A flurry of wickets from Pilkington and Sullivan put Cowdrey on top, before Webster (36) began to score steadily. Juneja had Webster caught behind, and Berry (36*) took over his scoring role.
With 15 overs left, the game could have gone either way. Luckily for Cowdrey, Pilkington’s hostile bowling claimed two more victims, leaving him with figures of 4/44 from 12. OD CUACO were now 8 wickets down, still requiring 70 from the final 10 overs.
Vineet Kakroo was brought into the attack, a decision which was immediately vindicated as two pinpoint yorkers destroyed the stumps of the last two batsmen. Cowdrey had bowled OD CUACO out for 172, Pilkington taking four, Sullivan and Kakroo two each and one apiece for Juneja and captain Gary Marshall.
Cowdrey will feel very positive about a thrilling display from young McGroarty, as well as consistently good bowling and fielding. Without McGroarty’s innings, the game could have gone very differently, and Cowdrey will be eager to consolidate upon this week’s success in the batting department. The game was enjoyable and competitive, played in the right spirit throughout.
With news from the 1st XI of a thrilling final-ball win, Cowdrey enjoyed club-wide success this Saturday and look forward to building upon these latest results. Man of the Match Jake McGroarty departed for Asia 24 hours after the match ended, and will no doubt enjoy spending the summer reflecting on what is possibly his best knock yet.
Author: Barney Scott
Cowdrey CC – 1st XI v Old Williamsonians CC – 1st XI – 24/06
After an “exotic” tea from the skipper, Cowdrey welcomed back Nick Farr to open the bowling alongside Chris Fenwick. Nick struck in his first spell, getting the opener to lift one straight to Mills at mid off. Chris bowled a superb opening spell, unfortunate to only get 1 wicket in the process. Then the wickets started to tumble with Ben Mutch taking 2, Nick Farr taking another and Oscar Holmes claiming 2. Chris reentered the attack to bowl another leaving Old Williamsonians 8 wickets down. David Child of Old Wills then counter attacked, taking the game to Cowdrey whilst Cowdrey set ever more aggressive fields trying to take the final 2 wickets. With 3 overs left, and after a brilliant 89, Child was stumped off of Glen Warner who proceeded to bowl the no.11 completing a 20 point win for Cowdrey.
This was a good performance from Cowdrey in a game played in the best of spirits. This week the 1st XI travel to play OD CUACO CC who are currently 2nd in the table. The 2nd XI host their respective 2nd team.
Author: Oscar Holmes
Cowdrey CC – Twenty20 v Ajax CC, Leiden – 1st XI – 22/05
Ajax won the toss and chose to bat on an up-and-down wicket. The tourists were under the cosh straightaway with Rooney picking up the early wickets of Waltman and Verhaar, both bowled by peachy outswingers.
The innings was steadied as opener Kuijers was joined by Molenaar and the two held off the Cowdrey attack, picking up valuable runs in the process. Kuijers was caught well for 28 by Samiul Hoq Pabel off the bowling of King Pulok for 28, bringing Bal to the crease with the score on 47.
The pair put on a further 15 before Pulok picked up Bal for 12, this time caught by Marsh. At 62/4, Snieder arrived at the crease and began to score straightaway, Molenaar continuing to rotate the strike ably and pick up boundaries of his own.
The two lifted Ajax to over 100 before Molenaar was caught and bowled by Oscar Holmes for 22. Kerdijk joined Snieder, striking a few boundaries in the final overs as the score closed on 118/5.
Cowdrey’s reply began aggressively, Vineet Kakroo and Glen Warner showing no fear as they raided the Dutch attack for early boundaries. Onlookers were entertained by clean hitting, including sixes from both batsmen, before each reached 30 and retired.
Pabel, Scott and Skidmore were removed quickly, providing two wickets for Driessen and one for Molenaar, and Oscar Holmes came out to the middle. Holmes struck the ball cleanly and lifted the Cowdrey rate, which was falling behind with 5 overs remaining.
The game went down to the final over, Cowdrey requiring 9 to win. Holmes cracked a four off the front foot over midwicket, which called time on his innings as he retired with 32. Incoming batsman Darren Apps was left with the task of carrying Cowdrey over the line in the relative gloom.
Ajax were in the game right up to the final ball of this exciting match, but DA kept his head, smoking a four over cover to bring Cowdrey home.
After the game, the bar and barbecue were opened up to players & supporters and the teams enjoyed a sociable, fun evening. A presentation was held later on, whereby Ajax named Holmes their man of the match, and Cowdrey chose to name Molenaar as theirs. Captain Barney Scott was presented with an Ajax CC tour cap and bottle of surprisingly strong Dutch orange liqueur, and wished the tourists good luck for their remaining matches. Should Ajax tour again in 2018, Cowdrey will be very pleased to invite them to replay this excellent fixture and strengthen bonds between the two clubs.
Author: Barney Scott