KCC welcomed Bitteswell to Fleckney Rd in a 2nd v 3rd place clash in Division 4e. After some movements of players due to form and feasibility Maverick Captain Boosh made it back into his own team that was also strengthened by the inclusion of Harrison and Broughts. With Rajiv in America buying specialist boating shoes the ever youthful DP was retained as the front line spinner and a balanced looking Richard’s team looked set to compete. Due to issues with leaking covers the deck looked softer and greener than we are used to but with 30pts required Boosh had no option but to bat first and again relied on youth at the top of the order. Special K and The Hooligan were partnered up and set a good platform against some tidy Bitteswell bowling. Jack was caught at mid wicket and Ben Lodge joined Kieran but a sharp bit of work by the Bitteswell keeper saw him go early and Greeno into the mix. As Boosh mentioned to Greeno that the bowling was starting to deteriorate Greeno misjudged the wicket and skied a top edge pull to depart for a measly 6 runs. At 35 for 3 we looked wobbly but Harrison came to the crease determined to put a score together. He began to rebuild the innings as Kieran decided the best form of defence was attack and set about taking the bowling apart. As the score reached 60 Kieran had 50 and as him and Harrison grafted away getting the score past 120 Kieran raised his bat for a magnificent century. Bitteswell had no reply for K’s power hitting as he dispatched the bowlers far and wide before falling to a great catch in the deep for a destructive 146. With KCC at 180 for 5 with 10 overs to go the stage looked set for the power hitting of FK and Broughts but sadly Pete “tricky” Smith had already got into FK’s head and some tidy bowling in the last 10 saw Bitteswell nip out 5 wickets for 40 runs as KCC failed to reach the magic 225 by 4 runs.
The ‘Wagon Wheel’ from Kieran’s innings is shown at top of section and Kieran can be seen celebrating below:-
After another amazing tea cliché bingo was played in the changing rooms and the now permanent pairing of Ollie and Kev took the new ball. Both bowled with the class we now expect and this week it was Kev who took the plaudits as he bowled unchanged from the pavilion end for 12 overs taking 5 wickets for just 18 runs. Swinging the ball around corners he saw early reward taking the fire out of a strong Bitteswell side. Reducing the visitors to 60 for 6 the usual dig in began and Boosh rang the changes. Broughts bowled with pace to claim his wicket, DP was unrewarded but tighter than Brought’s Mr Motivator costume and Ollie was his usual metronomic stampy self. As the blocks began to build it took a moment of brilliance from Ollie to take the next wicket as an easy two was turned into a run out as a boundary pick up and direct hit at the bowlers end saw the next wicket fall. In came the stalwart Chris Grimes for Bitteswell and questions were asked as to his position in the batting line up. He adopted the “you shall not pass” approach but soon was finding himself running out of partners as a quick burst from Greeno and then golden boy Kieran saw them both pick up a wicket each from the pylon end. At 103 for 9 the hatches were well and truly battened down and frustration began to show. Maverick Boosh threw all he could at Grimes but he remained quiet and resolute until one of those golden moments in cricket. As Boosh brought Ollie on from the pavilion end he took his time setting the field much to the annoyance of Chris. Boosh apologised and suggested he was setting the field for the array of shots that were being played. The words “class is permanent” had just come out of Chris’ mouth when Ollie trapped him bang in front for a 40 ball duck and sealed 30 pts for the KCC. Jubilant scenes on the bottom pitch were matched 30 minutes later as the first team romped home and with Chaos’ men bringing home the silver ware in Div 1 it was another fantastic Saturday at the mighty KCC.