Spence ton powers 3rd’s to second place

KCC 3rd XI welcomed S&L Corby to Fleckney rd for the 3rd game of the 2012
NCL season. With last week’s clash against big rivals Grendon called off without
a ball being bowled skipper Hill was keen to get a game played wherever possible
and huge thanks must go out to Paul Abbot and his team for getting a wicket
prepared in such difficult weather related conditions.
Obviously Chris lost the toss and despite the new points system encouraging teams to bat first KCC were put in. Regular 3rd team stalwart Luke Spence was paired with debutant
Lawrence Joel and this new pairing set about the S&L bowling with
intelligence and good shot selection. LJ took on the attacking role scoring a
bright 27 before being caught at mid off with Luke anchoring the innings only
occasionally depositing the ball into the swamp that surrounded the bottom pitch
boundary. An opening stand of 73 was an excellent platform and allowed others to
come, club and go home. Dave Greenhalgh replaced LJ and set about some tidy
bowling with some decidedly untidy shots. An agricultural 19 from him before
being caught and bowled by an impressive Chris Dunn from the pylon end saw
Skipper Hill come to the crease looking to set off where he left it two weeks
ago. Chris decided that the drive and the sweep were his scoring shots this week
and made a well constructed 23 before unluckily picking out the only boundary
fielder on the leg side. Veteran Dave Pounds then joined the party and realised
that Luke had not been running many quick singles and that was going to change.
Dave added youth and vigour to the partnership and frustrated the opposition
stealing quick singles wherever possible. Luke enjoyed the new style of play and
crept to his 50 from 92 balls before deciding that DP wasn’t going to stop
running and he bet start clubbing before an asthma attack got the better of him.
With the run rate increasing fast DP fell into the Hill trap and picked out the
only boundary fielder on the leg side for 27. Jay Boucher went in with license
to thrill and did not disappoint as he began to hit the ball hard and straight
finding the boundary with regularity. Luke Spence was well set by now and his
second 52 came from just 26 balls as he eventually fell for a patient but
thoroughly enjoyable 103. Jay and Monik took the KCC home finishing 24 and 3 not
out respectively as KCC declared on 243 from 47 overs. Chris Dunn was the pick
of the S&L bowlers returning figures of 14.3.49.3
A quick turnaround at
tea gave S&L 45 overs in which to get the runs and it first appeared as if
they were going to have a go at the total as opener Sandeep Kumar tried to tuck
into some length bowling by Chris and Monik. With 23 on the board inside the
first 3 overs the game was on and KCC were please that a team had come to
Fleckney rd with positive intentions. This did not last long as Hill proved the
class act he is as pace and accuracy saw him claim the top three batsmen’s
wickets for a combined score of 30. Dave Pounds yet again showed the spring was
in his step as he snaffled an early contender for catch of the season at slip.
Monik Patel struggled with his lines at the clubhouse end and Kev Messenger came
into the attack. Yet again he bowled with patience and intelligence claiming the
next three wickets to fall and S&L looked all at sea going from 68 for 4 to
79 for 7. Trench warfare then began as Pounds, Windy Miller, Kev and Luke all
had a go at trying to dislodge the limpit like lower order batsmen. A moment of
brilliance from Jay Chauhan behind the stumps saw a smart stumping remove
Mallander who faced 5 overs without scoring but Chris Dunn and Umar Abbassi
batting 8 and 10 respectively held on for S&L who finished 118 for 8 in the
42nd over. Chris Hill’s 4 for 31 in 12 and Kev Messenger’s 3 for 11 in 8
highlighted that the old guard still have the edge on the younger generation but
with Monik and Miller increasing in confidence and ability week by week it will
not be long before they are taking the plaudits and returning with bundles of
wickets to their name.
18 points claimed and KCC now sit 2nd in the table
after round 3.

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