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Newsletter #4

The clubhouse was buzzing on Saturday night following some great Saturday fixtures, and the visit of Yash Jaiswal, off the back of his incredible IPL and call up to the Indian squad for the upcoming World Test Championship Final at the Oval this week.


Match Reports:

1st XI v Bickley Park

After another comprehensive defeat against Bromley OD’s lined up against the top of the pile and recently relegated Premier Division club Bickley Park. The squad worked hard in the week to try and turn our luck.

Skipper Ainger won the toss and elected to bat (4 from 4 this year) sending Murrell (0 from 6) and Koot. Murrell was quickly removed by the erratic opening bowler following a flurry of wides. Koot (44 from 46) continued to dig deep and played within himself, trying to maximise time in the middle and balance his natural aggressive style. He was eventually removed trying to take the attack to their spinner. Dan Webster (32 from 75) continued with his usual anchor role in the innings. Running well with Koot and his brother Chris (16 from 16), Dan began to set a solid platform for the team to bounce from. Dan was eventually dismissed with an attempted sweep shop, which lead to Nick announcing “the sweep shot is banned”. Response from the skipper was “more sweeps”… a nice summary do the two mindsets. The middle order stuttered but Jamie Batten (32 from 41) did well to continue the upward trajectory of the innings. After he got caught on the rope, Pip France (49* from 34) lead the charge with the lower order Ollie Jasper (15 from 24) and Andrew Ainger (10* from 11) by running aggressively and putting the bowlers on the back foot with some lusty blows. ODs ended on 247-8 with a massive six over long on to finish the innings.

With a solid score set, the boys strode out with quiet confidence in the second innings. Despite the skipper forgetting the scorers teas (my bad) and causing much distress Jamie and Chris took the new ball for the first time as a pair this year. J eased himself in pushing through a side strain and Chris