Kcc 3rd XI welcomed Thorpe Arnold to Fleckney Rd in a 3rd v 4th place clash in Divison 4 east. With a top of the table match between Bitteswell and Caribbeans going on a few miles away it was the men of The Richard’s job to keep teams above them on their toes. With Maverick captain Boosh in Germany youth policy was the aim of the game for stand in skipper Greeno’s team so he welcomed back 3rd team legends Rob “The Rocket” Ellwood and Dave “Internet age 39” Pounds. Kieran “Special K” Wordsworth was also handed a 3rd team debut and White Rose Robinson added some more Northern grit to a well balanced side.
Winning the toss on another great looking deck KCC opted to bat first and The Hooligan was paired with Special K to try and see off the quality big fish Myles Hickman. Sadly Hickman showed his class at this level and nicked K off early with a well taken catch at slip. Benny Lodge strode out to the crease confident after his brother’s kind words about his abilities. Benny began to show his skill and he and Jack gathered the pace of the innings with some well timed shots and one the best sixes seen hit on the bottom deck for some weeks. Ben’s exuberance continued but one shot too many saw him go for 43 and Jack soon followed for a patient 16. Rajeev used his promotion up the order to deflect the ball around but with him succumbing to a loose delivery slapped to cover KCC had a little wobble. Rocket and Poundsy were now at the crease together at a crucial stage in the game and both showed level heads through the late middle overs. Rocket played unconventional shots guiding the ball to the boundary as needed and Poundsy demonstrated he was up for the fight as he got behind the good ball and dispatched the bad. When both men went the score teetered slightly at 145 for 7 but some power hitting was left in the shed with FK and Greeno as yet unused. Hickman came back into the attack and bowled with menace but the impetus was taken into the break by the KCC boys as the cross line swingers added 30 in the last 5 overs taking us to an under par but defendable 178.
Knowing that early wickets were key Ollie and Kev were paired together and both bowled with the class known to all. Ollie was too hot to handle and with a mixture of well aimed bouncers and fuller balls claimed two early wickets including the Thorpe captain. Kev was swinging the ball around corners from the pavilion end and not to be out done he snaffled an early LBW. Thorpe at 30 for 3 and the next wicket is key. Hickman then showed his power as he began to take the attack to KCC clearing the boundary with regularity and getting Thorpe into a winning position. Sadly for him shot power didn’t quite match brain power as only needing 3 an over with the field spread he launched a skier into the distant blue above Greeno’s head. Having been taught to catch by Dan Pincers Pedley Greeno’s hands were never in doubt and suddenly Thorpe fell apart. Kev bowled two beautiful inswinging Yorkers to see off the next two batsmen and Rajiv continued to show what a great prospect he is as he tied up one end. Knowing the fight was not won and a big hearted bowler was needed DP was brought into replace Kev from the pavilion end. He kept his end tighter than a submarine door and was rewarded as Special K took a great hang time catch at cover. Ollie added another W to his tally from the pylon end but Thorpe began to fight back with a 9th wicket partnership adding 30 runs. As things began to edge towards a closer game Greeno decided enough was enough and took the last wicket with the third ball he bowled.
There is a great feeling in cricket when a TEAM beats a one man band. Everyone contributed on Saturday and it was a great display from boys aged 14 to men aged “39”. With four wins out of four the club house was jubilant and on and off the field it showed what a special place to play KCC really is.