First Team reports – 30th & 31st July

KCC 1st XI v Lutterworth – Saturday 30th July
The league win at Lutterworth last Saturday was typical of many games there. A relatively low scoring game with a tense finish. We bowled consistently and well with all bowlers doing a good job but a special mention goes to Tom Bailey making his premier league debut for the season and bagging 3 – 33 in his 10 overs. We were chasing 175 and despite losing skipper Craven cheaply we made a very positive start with PJ punishing all the bowlers. However when he departed for 55 and the slow bowlers gained the ascendancy it became a very close and tense affair. We lost wickets cheaply through the middle but Daz Shaw kept his head and his wicket and a red ink 29 off many, many balls was just what was needed. Josh Peel batted lower in the order because of a dislocated thumb but that did not stop him scoring a valuable 20 with one straight, if somewhat painful 6. The final runs came from Bash who scored a fluent 17 and we won in the penultimate over wondering why we had felt so tense for so long. All in all a match that showed our all round ability and desire – lets hope that is a premiership winning combo – there are some big games coming up.

KCC 1st XI v Cropston – Sunday 31st July
On Sunday the firsts travelled to Div One side Cropston for a county cup quarter final. We had four changes from Saturday but still had a strong team on the field. Cropston were also missing a few first teamers but the difference in the strength of the clubs was noticeable as a handful of the Cropston side play their league cricket against our fourth team. That in itself proves nothing as the game against Asian Sports had shown the week before but after a shaky start things went smoothly for us on this occasion. We batted and Craven, still dreaming of his honeymoon, went early, Sunny stayed a little longer but it was Josh Peel (69) and CPM (53) that won the game for us with steady positive batting and good running between the wickets. We posted 219 and despite feeling we should have scored more on Cropstons lovely little ground it was always more than enough. Cropston were all out for 129 with Bhav getting a threefer and Tej developing a new bowling strategy of wide, wide, full and straight = wicket. He took 2 – 9. Everyones fun was spoiled a the end when our eighth bowler to be used a certain Mr Matt Craven, husband to the lovely Naomi, burgled out their last batter. At least it will give him something to talk about in the bars and beaches of Antigua.

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