Saturday 3rd June gave us our first opportunity of the season to meet a side we have played many times over the years. Having shared the Invicta League with Eynsford over many, many Summers, it was our first ever meeting in the Kent County Village League.
Arriving at the beautiful Eynsford ground again was a pleasure and some of the longer serving players took some time to catch up with old friends that were still in the opposition line-up, sharing some memories of previous clashes in the Invicta League.
It was our Skipper, Richard Raye’s birthday on Saturday (he is adamant he turned 31 but we think that might be a lie *cough 41 cough*) but there were no gifts for him at the toss. He reverted to type and lost, Eynsford deciding to have a bat.
Robbie Palmer and Sam Kingsman-Ali opened the bowling and kept the home side tied up and struggling to score freely, with Sam breaking the opening partnership when Peter Smith edged behind. Robbie then bowled the other opener, George Taylor, with just 4 to his name.
The home side struggled with Dan Pritchard’s leg spin who ended up with 5 for 18 with Callum Hammill the only batsmen to offer any real resistance with a high score of 44 before he was undone by a Dave Shutt stumping from one of Dan’s googly deliveries.
Robbie and Sam both finished up with two wickets each and Tom Hughes chipped in with one of his own as Eynsford were bowled out for 147.
After a magnificent Eynsford tea, it was time for the lads to try and chase down a total of 148 to win.
Two of our Invicta League veterans opened the batting and ended up being the only two required as Andy Griffiths finished on 91 not out and Dave Latter was unbeaten on 50.
Not only did our opening pair see us home, Andy even did it in style reaching the required score with 2 sixes in two balls.
So, a maximum 20 points mean we are now second in the league. Take a look at the full scorecard below: