The Weekend Wrap – Week 11

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The Wrap - Week 11

A first visit to Sevenoaks Vine in a Premier League campaign saw the 1st XI battle the heat on a sun-drenched Vine.

Beau Couldrey lost the toss and Hayes were invited to bat first – the opposition clearly believing we can only win when we chase!

Another fast-start from openers Gareth Severin and James Bamber – Gareth dispatching the opening over for 12.  With a fast outfield – even more burnt than the Hayes outfield – runs came quickly and a century partnership put Hayes in a strong position. 

The partnership was ended in a bizarre fashion – James hitting a full toss from off his nose, only to be caught on the boundary.  Everyone – the fielding side too – waited for the call of no-ball.  However, the Umpires decided not to make the call and a long trudge back to the boundary for James, having scored 39.  An apology from the Umpires after the match was made – and to James’s credit he took the decision without dissent.

Will MacVicar then fell to the next ball and with Gareth (a fine 72) also missing a straight one, the Hayes score seemed to stall on 123-3. 

Tomas Gallagher and Alex Blake then set about repairing the damage, scoring at over a run-a-ball.

A 129-run partnership was also brought to an end in controversial fashion – the Umpires deemed a return catch from TG had carried with the Vine players only making a muted appeal.  TG had made a spirited 56 and we will miss his batting next week, as his reaction to his dismissal earned a week’s leave – with Miguel Barbosa approaching fitness, it is rumoured TG will make his debut in the score box!

Alex Blake and Rory Low ensured the momentum remained with Hayes as the middle-order showed no signs of hanging around and an imposing score looked in reach.

Rory (20) and Stuart Eddicott (21) kept Alex company as he continued to dominate – Alex finishing on 120* in only 82 balls.

The Hayes innings came to an end on 349 – credit to the Vine’s bowling sticking to the task and taking a few quick wickets at the end.

With a rapid outfield and The Vine having Kent star Ben Compton in the side – Michael Cowdrey also playing, ensuring cricket dynasties well represented – the total was not entirely guaranteed to be match winning.

Despite an early wicket, a 123-run partnership for the 2nd wicket had the Hayes bowlers on the rack.  However, a run-out came to the rescue as Ben Compton fell to a brilliant throw from Will MacVicar.

Quick hands from keeper Gareth Severin saw a stumping and at 148-4 it looked like Hayes had secured the breakthrough.

The Vine skipper, Luke Schlemmer, is obviously fond of the Hayes attack and having scored a century at Hayes, he repeated the feat as along with Michael Cowdrey, they took the score to 218-4.

A splendid return catch from Scott Gallagher (pictured) took care of Schlemmer and when Cowdrey was given out “obstructing the field” Hayes began to feel victory was there’s.

Will MacVicar’s return to the attack ensured no late charge was possible as Will hit the stumps regularly, finishing with 4-40 in his 10 overs, as The Vine fell to 283 all out.

Connor Byrne with 2 -49, Scott Gallagher 3-54 and Alex Blake, 1-60, were also in the wickets as the bowlers bowled with great heart on a scorching afternoon.

Nine wins from 11 games and Hayes still lead the Premier League by a point from next week’s visitors, Minster.

The 2’s hosted The Vine and were looking to build on recent good form.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat and a tight opening spell from Alfie Peck and Tom Davis set the scene for a strong Hayes bowling performance – Tom picking up a wicket on 7.

Grant Sheen then bowled an impressive spell – taking 2-27 in his 10 overs – clearly life in the old dog yet!

Joel Couldrey also found the wicket to his liking, and he removed the troublesome Vine opener, along with 2 other wickets and another great spell of bowling – 3-30 in his 10.

Ashley Quayle also rolled back the years, with his spell also only costing a miserly 40 runs on an extremely fast outfield.

Alfie then returned and mopped up the tail (3-30) as The Vine were dismissed for 181 in the 49th over.

Despite losing Grant Sheen to the third ball of the innings, Alfie Peck (45) and Liam Buttery (71) put the bowling to the sword and despite also losing Joel Couldrey for a duck, our new overseas, Matt Baker hit a solid 36* as Hayes cruised home in the 41st over for a much-needed win.

The Meadow saw the 3rd XI host local rivals Old Wilsonians.

OW’s lost the toss and Hayes elected to bat.  Despite losing Matt Warne early, Sam Millard with 31 and Dave Cross (30) got the innings back on track and at 60-1, Hayes looked on top.

However, a typical collapse, saw wickets tumble at a steady rate and at 81-6 things were looking slightly dodgy!

Stand-in skipper Connor Daniels (51) then batted really well – Joe Kallas (14) keeping the skipper company in a solid partnership of 56 before Joe’s demise.

The innings closed on 157 in the final over – probably 30 runs short on a parched outfield but at least a target for the bowlers.

The bowlers responded with great energy on a baking day – Oli Molsher (1-27) leading the way – Luxan Sureshan struggled in his opening spell but came back strong, finishing with 2-21.

Sam Carter bowled impressively, taking key wickets and with Johnny White keeping one end tied down, the pressure mounted on the OW’s bats.

Jesse Rowson and Russell Frampton joined the attack with Russell proving the key with a Man-of-The-Match performance, taking 3 wickets and ensuring the visitors finishing an agonising 7 runs short in their 40 overs.

The skipper paid tribute to the excellent energy and fielding in the side which ensured Hayes were able to defend a small total.

The 4th XI made the journey to Lee to play table topping Old Colfeians.

Skipper Oli Clarke called wrong, and the punishment was a sweltering few hours in the field.

Despite Tom McKinnon picking up a wicket in the 2nd over, Old Colfs soon started to pile on the runs and it wasn’t until the score was 152, that Hayes took their 2nd wicket.  Trent Simmonds picking that up – quickly followed by a run-out.

Another century partnership followed, which was ended by Oli snaffling a caught & bowled with the last ball of the innings.

Hayes were left to chase 280.

The Browne’s put on 37 for the first wicket before Marcus fell for 14.  Wickets fell steadily however there was resistance from Jeremy (32), Harry Clarke (34) Simon Flinn (43) and Kiran Bridges (24) – Ronnie Buddin finishing with 22* as Hayes took the score to 204 before succumbing in the final over

A respectable run-chase and the 4’s remain in mid-table.

Sunday saw the Women host Brighton.

Skipper Lottie Hayward made the wise decision to bat first upon winning the toss – it obviously didn’t help her as she fell for a duck, but the rest of the batting found form with Jesse Jackson (21), Chelsey Rowson (14) Lucia Philpot (20) Rosie Murray (23) all scoring runs.

However, it was Zeena Bilal who proved to be the star – hitting a splendid 97.

Brighton made a strong start in reply with both openers batting freely, but Zeena again proved to be the star as she claimed both wickets.  Lottie then took 2 further wickets as Hayes kept the run chase in check and Brighton could only muster 182-6 in reply.

A 25-run victory for the women and they are top of the championship!

Bexley brought their Development Side to Hayes.

With the Bexley Umpire struck down with covid, Hayes elected to bat first.

The loss of 2 early wickets was mitigated by some excellent stroke play from Liam Buttery (78) and Rory Low (70) .

Ben Philpott played some excellent shots in a brief cameo, but the other bats struggled as the Bexley attack kept taking wickets.

The innings closed on 208-8.

Bexley started brightly and it was 47 before the first wicket fell – Alfie Peck bowling one of 3 slip catches Liam Buttery was to take in the innings.

Wickets were falling at regular intervals and with the score on 127-5, all results were possible.

A 56-run partnership for the 6th wicket proved to be crucial and took the game away from Hayes – Bexley finally getting home in the 38th over.

Luxan Sureshan with 3-36 and Alfie Peck with 3-31 were the pick of the bowlers – Johnny White being the only other wicket taker.

A game played in good spirits and congratulations to Bexley.

The Sunday Legends travelled to Norwood – it was at that ground some 50 years ago that Stuart Whitehead and Mike Askew were to set the Hayes record for an opening partnership – 250!

Sadly, neither Stuart nor Mike were available this weekend – good to see Stuart at Sevenoaks Vine on Saturday!

The pitch didn’t look like it had been worked on since those heady days and batting first, the Legends crashing to 71 all out.

The hosts lost 5 wickets in reply – a match best forgotten.

The Sun shone and another exciting weekend in a record-breaking season at Hayes!


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