KCC 3rd XI welcomed Northampton Saints 3rd XI to Fleckney rd for the 5th game of
the 2012 Div 4 season. With last week’s game at Wellingborough OGs cancelled
on Thursday afternoon KCC were keen and fired up ready to play. Sadly due to
some cover/rain issues and umpires erring on the extreme side of caution the
game did not get underway until 3pm with both teams allotted 33 overs.
Chris Hill had won his first toss of the year and decided to put The Saints in on a
damp wicket. Monik Patel took the new cherry from the pavilion end and Kev
“Melinda” Messenger from the pylon end. Both hit good areas early on and beat
the bats of both openers Hammersley and Baden but sadly when Monik did find the
edge of Hammersley he found Jay Chauhan wanting and a sharp chance went down
behind the sticks. Jai Singh replaced Monik and it was Kev and Jai who would do
the bulk of the damage bowling 20 overs between them and picking up 5 wickets.
Kev let the ball do the talking as he removed Hammersley, Baden, and both
Hussain brothers. Kev finished with
10.5.18.4 and Jai Singh bowled with great control to finish 10.3.18.1. Kev Riley
and Ben Lodge then came to the party with Riley claiming flattering figures of
220.127.116.11 as he ripped through The Saints lower order. Jake Sanders provided
bludgeoning resistance finishing with 20 not out and all rounder Elliot
Patterson looked a class act with his 22 runs finally falling victim to the wily
Riley as Patterson smashed one to Jay Boucher at cover who took a comfortable
catch. Saints finished 121 for 9 in their allotted overs.
Greenhalgh and Seb Taylor were united to open the KCC batting account. With high
hopes from the last time these two were paired together Chris Hill was hoping
for a solid start but looked less than impressed when Greenhalgh was dismissed
for 6 in the third over. Monik Patel was in and out in a flash and KCC were
suddenly behind the eight ball at 15 for 2 after 5. Seb and Bob Beevers then
took the attack to Saints and put on 44 for the next wicket before Seb gave one
too many chances and was caught behind for 23. Jay Boucher and Kev Riley were in
and out without using up much of the lead in the scorers pencil and again KCC
needed a strong partnership as they teetered on 82 for 5. Chris Hill came to the
wicket and with very little fuss he and the now imperious Bob Beevers finished
the day off reaching 125 without losing another wicket. KCC finished 125 for 5
with batting plaudits going to Bob whose 59 not out was the backbone of the KCC
innings. Jack Vincent was the pick of the Saints attack finishing with 18.104.22.168
and WK Robert Edge deserves praise for 3 well taken catches.
energy with which KCC fielded must be highly praised and despite tensions
running high between both teams 21 players deserve praise for playing within the
spirit of the game. 22 points claimed by the KCC who sit second in the table.