KCC 3rd XI secured a winning draw in their first league game of the 2012 season. On a rain affected day new skipper Chris Hill lost his first of many tosses and KCC were put into bat. Luke Spence and Dips Patel put on 73 in the first 18 overs before Dips lost patience and chipped an outside edge to backward square.
Ben Matthew joined Luke and together they looked solid, with Luke passing 50
before a rain delay knocked them off their stride and Luke was caught without
adding to his pre rain 55. Chris Hill added immediate fire to the batting line up and found the boundary early and often. Ben Matthew was unlucky to be stumped having reached a classy looking 18 and Greg Gibson joined Chris Hill at the crease with the sole aim of working the ball around a soggy outfield. Chris and Greg put on 67 for the next wicket before slow bowling got the better of Greg and he wandered down the wicket to be stumped by a smart piece of keeping for 23. David Greenhalgh joined Chris for the last 5 overs of the innings and looked to give Chris the bulk of the strike. With a declaration in sight Chris found the boundary with a large six down to long on bringing up his maiden third team hundred. David put the last ball of the innings into the pavilion flower beds
with a horrible cross batted hoik giving KCC the chance to declare on 233 for 4.
With rain in the air getting 25 overs in to make a full game was the KCC priority and Chris had asked for tight bowling early on. Sadly his words fell on deaf ears with the early bowlers struggling to find tidy lines. Jon Butler pulled up in his first over with an undisclosed leg injury and Monik Patel came into the attack. Kev messenger found his aim at the other end and a high quality delivery removed the opening batsmen’s leg stump. Kev Struck again in the 12th over and Old Norts were 43 for 2 with extras totalling 20! The introduction of Greg Gibson from the pavilion end and Monik Patel finding his lines from the pylon end saw a tightening of the ship and Old Norts fell well behind the run
rate. Monik claimed a well deserved wicket in his last over and Greg teased a
lofted drive out of a well set Steven Ball which Dips duly snaffled a short mid
off. Harry Miller added fire to the attack but was unlucky to return wicket less
with a large number of LBW decisions turned down. With Old Norts settling for a
losing draw it became trench warfare with KCC looking to pick up any wickets
they could. Luke Spence came into the attack and found the outside edge of Tom
Heathfield for 14 and Monik Patel removed the Old Norts stalwart David
Heathfield who top scored with 44, with a lovely in swinging Yorker. Old Norts
secured one batting point in the last over of the game as Kev Messenger was
unlucky not to have another wicket as an outside edge flew threw the slips much
to Kev’s annoyance. Old Norts finished 129 for 7 with debutant Kev Messenger
being the pick of the KCC bowlers 10.3.33.3.
17 Points on a rain affected week sees KCC topping the league with a big away game at Grendon next week. Chris Hill will be asking for his bowlers to tighten their lines against a
strong Grendon batting line up and and hopefully some warmer weather will bring
warmer hands and more catches held in the weeks to come. All in all a good solid
performance and an excellent 100 form Chris Hill who who may forget the score
book but will certainly lead from the front when on the field.