We have maintained fortress Hollingbourne with two more convincing home league wins in the last couple of weeks.
First up was Bearsted who were playing us again for the first time since our many years together in the Invicta League.
Saturday 24th June started as most Saturdays do, with Richard Raye losing the toss. Bearsted decided to bowl first and got off to a great start by removing this season’s leading run-getter, Andy Griffiths before he had troubled the scorer.
We steadied the boat and reached 10 overs with no more wickets lost.
— Hollingbourne CC (@HollingbourneCC) June 24, 2017
From then on, the runs really began to flow, with Richard Raye (80), Dave Charlton (60) and Dave Shutt (77) all registering half-centuries. Leo Charlton (24) and Sam Kingsman-Ali (34*) also chipped in for an imposing total of 315 from our 40 overs.
Bearsted made a good start in reply, making it to 50 with all 10 wickets still in hand.
The first of two Lewis Bedwell run-outs proved to be the beginning of the end for our local rivals, as they went from 53-0 to 109 all out.
Lewis added a wicket to his run-out haul, while Dan Pritchard bagged 3 and Tom Hughes 2.
Sam Kingsman-Ali then managed to bowl a mere 3 deliveries in the game as he finished off the visitor’s innings with, dot, wicket, wicket!
Hollingbourne won by 206 runs and pocketed another maximum 20 points.
July started with the visit of Withyham CC to the HCG and of course a lost toss!
We were put into bat again, however, this time a combination of good bowling and poor shot selection saw Leo Charlton (29), Dave Charlton (34) and Ian Gutteridge (34*) become the only three players that managed to score above 20. Luckily 34 extras (including 28 wides) helped push us up to a respectable 186 all out.
Withyham started quite well with some courageous and powerful stroke play, but Dave Charlton managed to stem the flow by removing both openers.
At this point, the bowlers took control as our guests were dismissed for 76. Adam Doggett and Lewis Bedwell joined Dave Charlton on 2 wickets each. A Tom Hughes run-out and 3 wickets for Dan Pritchard completed another convincing 110 run win which maintained our slender 2 point lead at the top of the division.
Full scorecards for both games can be seen below: