A special Saturday Wrap – 7 games this weekend at Hayes and we will bring you Sundays action later!
The 2nd half of the season saw the first 3 sides all play Bexley, with the 1’s at home and the 2’s and 3’s travelling – the 4’s hosted Beckenham on The Meadow.
Bexley – 2021 Premier League Champions – had had an indifferent first half of the season, including an opening day defeat to Hayes. However, they had 3 of their Kent players available on Saturday and were looking to avenge the early defeat.
The toss went in Hayes’s direction and as has been skipper Beau Couldrey’s want, Hayes opted to bowl first.
With the outfield showing signs of the beautiful weather, a run-fest was predicted with the ball running fast.
The Dukes ball made its first appearance of the season and no-one has been better in using it than opening bowler Will MacVicar.
Once again Will bowled a tight opening spell of 6 overs for only 10 runs as the Bexley batsmen remined wary.
The opening breakthrough came when Stuart Eddicott had Kent star Ollie Robinson caught behind for 19, in the 4th over. Expertly taken by Gareth Severin, keeping for the first time (although he is a batsman/keeper at home in New Zealand). Ollie had looked dangerous – taking 19 runs in 3 overs.
Bexley moved to 57 before Andrew Eddicott joined the attack and quickly made a break-through, Gareth taking another catch. Andrew was to bowl his 10 overs for only 36 runs, with the one wicket.
Connor Byrne joined in the wicket taking as Bexley lost their 3rd wicket for 99, James Bamber taking the catch. Like Andrew, Connor would bowl an excellent spell, conceding 36 runs.
The slow bowling of Scott Gallagher and Alex Blake then looked to restrict the runs but Bexley continued batting steadily – Will returned and although a little more expensive than his opening spell he took a key couple of wickets and finished with 2-38.
Rory Low added a run-out and with Alex taking 2 wickets in the final over, Bexley finished on 219-8 in their 50 overs.
Ordinarily a daunting target but with a fast outfield, one Hayes would have fancied chasing.
Gareth Severin and James Bamber opened the innings and Gareth took great delight in despatching the opening over for 3 boundaries to set the scene.
James Bamber fell for 5 with the score at 45 and then a rare failure from Will MacVcar as he fell for a duck on 49, saw Hayes in slight trouble.
Gareth was looking in fine form though and with Alex Blake scoring in his inimitable style, the score pushed on to 115 before Alex was snaffled for 42 off only 32 balls.
Tomas Gallagher strode to the crease – one of the highlights of last weeks defeat at Sandwich had been Tomas’s innings and he soon carried on from there.
A partnership of 85 ended on 200 as Gareth unluckily fell for 95 with victory in sight.
Rory Low, fresh from his century for the 2’s last week, ensured no more wickets fell as he crashed 17 off the 20 that were needed to win as Hayes raced home in the 39th over. Tomas finishing on a splendid 53 not out.
Undefeated at Home and still one point clear at the top of the league – an amazing season continues to keep giving!
The 2nd XI made the journey to Bexley and with skipper Sam Davis losing the toss, were invited to field.
The Bexley opening partnership made the most of the fast outfield and the Hayes bowling toiled as the runs mounted – none of the bowlers gave up in the heat stuck at their task, however a 177-run opening partnership made the Hayes attack work hard.
With so many wickets in hand, it could have been a total in excess of 300 that faced the Hayes batsmen, but credit to the 7 bowlers used, they kept the score well below 300 and at Tea, Bexley finished on 260-2. Alfie Peck and Fin Baker being the successful bowlers.
Looking for a fast start, Hayes lost in-form openers Grant Sheen (8) and last week’s centurion, Liam Vallois (21), with the score on 49.
This brought together Fin Baker and Liam Buttery and they set about repairing the damage and attacking the home bowling.
Both played some fine shots on a good wicket and the partnership was fast approaching 100 when Fin was unlucky to be given out LBW with the score on 143. Fin making an excellent 63.
Wickets started to fall, but Hayes never gave up the chase and with Liam now batting excellently, the total looked within reach.
At 224-6 all results where possible but sadly Liam was then run-out as Hayes looked to push-on.
Hayes ended up on 248-9 – a great effort to chase a huge total and to lose by only 13 runs showed the character of the side.
The 3’s took on Bexley at Loring Hall, skipper Marc Wheatley electing to bowl first.
A decision vindicated as opening bowlers Leo Webster (3-25) and Luxan Sureshan (1-26) tore apart the opening bats to reduce the home side to 29-5.
A slight comeback saw Bexley climb to 138 but Will Hadley, with 3-30, ensured Hayes would be chasing a modest total.
Opener and keeper, Sam Millard, fell for a duck in the first over. Matthew Warne (13) and Connor Daniel (18) took the score to 37 before a great knock from George Perry – an undefeated 65 – together with Marc Wheatley (22*), took Hayes to a comfortable 6 wicket win.
The 3’s are 3rd in the table and having a great season.
The Meadow hosted the 4’s in a fixture against Beckenham.
Beckenham lost the toss and Oli Clarke elected to bat first.
The Browne’s put on 30 for the opening wicket before Marcus was out for 20, however his father, Jeremy, continued his fine form in a 108-run partnership with Jesse Rowson.
Jesse falling for a fine 52 – also having an excellent season.
A few wickets fell but skipper Oli Clarke joined Jeremy and a quick 40 run partnership took the socre past 200 before Jeremy fell for a splendid 67.
Oli finished unbeaten on 40 as the Hayes innings closed on 224-8.
Despite losing an early wicket to the bowling of Ollie Molsher (2-32) the Beckenham bats took to the fast outfield but Ronnie Buddin (2-26) and Oli Clarke (2-19) nibbled away before Joe Kallas put in a Man of the Match display with 3-22 to ensure the 4’s had another great win – winning by 101 runs.
With half their season played, the 4’s are fourth and all to play for in the second half.
Another Superb Saturday for the club!
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