Saturday saw the 1’s & 2’s play Blackheath, the 1st XI making the journey and looking at make it 7 in a row whilst the 2’s were looking to build on last week’s win at Bromley.
Beau Couldrey has the knack of getting the better of the tosses and again we invited the opposition to bat.
With Kent having played the previous night in a T20 and also playing on the Sunday, Alex Blake was asked to rest by the county – however Blackheath were given permission to play their Kent star, Daniel Bell Drummond. It transpired that DBD wasn’t going to play in the following days game, hence his permission to play.
Alex was with the Hayes side and when it was discovered David Giles, making his seasonal debut, was going to be late, a call was made to the Kent hierarchy to see if Alex could play in his place – sadly there was no response until 5 minutes before the scheduled start – which meant that teamsheets had already been submitted. Blackheath were asked to give permission for Hayes to allow Alex to play in Dave’s place but unsurprisingly, they declined – however Alex was allowed to sub field until Dave arrived!
With Will MacVicar in Florence for a wedding, James Bamber and Joel Couldrey joined the side.
Blackheath got off to a fast start before Connor Byrne removed one of the openers with the score on 32.
Stuart Eddicott got in on the act by removing the other opener in a very tidy spell of 1-21 in his 10 overs. Stuart has had a great start to our life in the Premier League and has made important contributions in all the matches.
DBD entered the fray and was batting with consummate ease until our secret weapon, Andrew Eddicott, entered the fray.
Andrew’s left arm has taken the Premier League by storm and DBD was soon missing a relatively straight delivery and the Umpire had no hesitation in raising his finger! The Beast finishing with 2-34 in another excellent spell.
However, the Blackheath batsmen were proving obdurate and with Beau alternating his bowlers trying to find a breakthrough – he used 8 in total – a score near 250 looked likely.
Beau and Finn Baker applied late pressure and with Beau claiming 2 wickets with the last 2 balls fo the innings, Hayes were left with a total of 234 to chase.
For once the Hayes batting failed – the first 3 wickets falling for 20.
A spirited 4th wicket partnership between Tomas Gallagher (40) and Liam Buttery (16) threatened to get Hayes back in the game, but with the partnership on 53, Liam fell, with Tomas falling shortly after.
Brothers Joel Couldrey and Beau offered resistance – Beau making a fine 32 – and Joel lasting 33 balls, but wickets fell steadily.
Connor Byrne made a terrific effort to try and get Hayes a batting point, but it wasn’t to be, and Hayes fell 88 runs short – Maximum bowling points for the side so well done the bowlers!
A terrific start to the season and the side remains top of the Premier League and will look to get back to winning ways next week at home to Beckenham.
Our thanks to Keith Gillard for allowing us to use the excellent photographs he took on Saturday – DBD is still suffering the aftermath of The Beast!
Opening bowlers Alfie Peck and Tom Davis bowled well and with Tom claiming 2-39 and Alfie 1-36, the Blackheath batting was pegged back.
Grant Sheen and Ashley Quayle then providing some quality slow bowling – Ashley taking 3-48 – but the middle order batting proved to be the difference as the visitors pushed on and finished on 211 all out. Colin Couldrey also taking 3 wickets in a strange 4 over spell as the Heath’s batting took a shine to his bowling but also managed to get out to him too!
With last week’s centurion commandeered by the 1st XI, the batting line-up looked to experience of Grant Sheen coupled with young Alfie Peck to make a good start.
Sadly, the first 4 wickets went down for 40 runs – Grant Sheen providing the anchor role but nobody digging in to stay with him.
Colin Couldrey with 13 and Jayson Thompson with a quick-fire 20, did their best but the Hayes innings came to a crashing end at 138. Grant scoring a fine 68.
A 73-run defeat with Blackheath doing the double – Bromley Common away next week offers the boys the chance to bounce back.
The 3’s and 4’s had Old Colfeians, with the 3’s travelling.
Old Colfs were invited to bat, and MD Belal was soon amongst the wickets – a fine spell of 4-30 in his 9 overs had the home side reeling but with 2 middle order bats holding the innings together, the Hayes bowling suffered as Old Colfs finished on 194-7 in their 40 overs.
Sam Millard and Matt Warne began the run-chase, and a fine partnership was ended when Matt fell for 21.
Sam was in fine form and continued to bat well – looking for some support, it was only Russell Frampton (15), Joe Lambourne (11) and Graeme Morrison (10*) who managed to get into double-figures.
With Sam out for 69, Hayes were all out for 152 and a 42-run loss.
With Old Colfs losing the toss on The Meadow, skipper Oli Clarke had no hesitation on batting first.
Guy Munton with 25 proved the highlight of the top order as the Old Colfs bowling began to shine and take regular wickets.
Oli (16) provided some middle order resistance but at 75-8 it was doubtful whether Hayes would get 3 figures.
Harry Clarke – brother of the skipper – showed he should be batting higher with a fine 38. Diapsh Joshi (13) and Zoe Hainsworth (9*) also batted well as Hayes finished on 130 all out.
Despite a couple of early wickets for Zoe Hainsworth – a fine spell of 3-31 – the batting got on top.
Ronnie Buddin and Jesse Rowson got Hayes back in the game with 5 wickets between them – Ronnie with 3-22 and Jesse, 2-11.
With 16 still needed and 8 wickets down, all 3 results were on the cards however some dogged batting by the 9 & 10 saw the visitors home and a 2-wicket loss for the side in an exciting finish.
The Women’s 1st XI travelled to Bells Yew Green and were asked to bat after losing the toss.
A strong start from Jesse Jackson (52) and Maisie Wright (25) was followed by the loss of 3 quick wickets as Hayes found themselves on 45-3. However, a 60-run partnership between Sydney Gorham (32) and Jesse got Hayes back on track – Zoe Hainsworth (33) then helped Jesse take the score to 175 before both were dismissed in the final over as Hayes made 176.
Despite taking 3 quick wickets, the home opener, Sam Wright, proved to be the difference between the 2 sides as she made a fine 74 not out.
Darcey Carter starred with the ball taking 3-24, Rosie Murray also taking a wicket, as Bells Yew Green got safely home in the 32 over.
The first defeat for the Women this season.
A Happy Birthday today to the Women’s Manager and former Hayes 1st XI star, Mike Askew!
Sunday saw the footballers of West Wickham visit Hayes in our annual fixture – actually difficult to know who the footballers were as we continue the fine Hayes tradition of players playing for both clubs.
The cricketers batted first and were soon in trouble
Skipper Joe Kallas, donning the gloves for the first time, took 3 fine catches – the one-handed catch to announce his arrival being the pick of the 3 – or so he tells me!
A fine century from Finn Baker salvaged some pride for the home side as some generous bowling changes ensured the cricketers wouldn’t be totally outclassed.
With the footballers missing the help of their regular Umpire, Alan Cotton, the taking of wickets was left to Stef, on loan to West Wickham from Bromley Town, taking 3 wickets as Dan Cudmore, Matt King and Kempy taking a brace apiece.
The West Wickham batting was led by Hayes 2nd XI star, Alfie Peck, opening with Harry – brother of Oli – Clarke.
Harry’s downfall bought Matt Waite to the crease, and he offered fine support as Alfie feasted on the Hayes attack.
Skipper Joe made the generous offer to withdraw Alfie with his score over 70 – West Wickham safely on track for a famous win by then though – the victory was complete when the skipper (9*) and Gerrard (a magnificent unbeaten single) notched the winning runs.
Hayes skipper Rob Taylor now joins an elite cohort of Hayes skippers stuffed by West Wickham Football Club.
Another good weekend for the club – the results may not have been ideal, but the spirit is great and bring on next weekend!
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