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27/05/23 - 2nd XI v Bromley Town 1st XI

The lads arrived at a sunny Bromley Town in high spirits, looking to replicate the win against Tunbridge Wells the week before. Soon after Gus lost the toss and we were sent in on a slow, green deck. Our innings got off to a great start, with JB flicking the first ball high over mid wicket for 4, however this strong start was short lived. After a few boundaries from both Duncan and John, Duncan (5) was caught well at backward point, bringing Krish to the crease. John (15) followed shortly after, getting bowled by a ball that didn’t get up. Charlie (4) was in next, and he came and went, hitting a ball straight to mid off. Krish looked to steady the ship, but captain Gus in at 5 could not help, nicking off to second slip first ball, leaving us 36-4 after 10. Harv joined Krish and they started to build a partnership on a deck favoring the bowling side. With a new bowler coming on, Krish top edged one in the 16th over, falling for a well made 23 (43). Vinny in at 7 continued where Krish left off, continuing to build with Harv, until the latter was caught at mid on for 21 (47). Matt Marriot came in at 8, and, together with Vinny, pushed the score on well. Vinny was eventually caught for a very good 35 (55), while Marriot continued on. A helpful contribution of 15 (34) by Freddie Young, along with Marriot’s strong and well timed knock of 39 (73) got us up to 177, all out in the 47th over.

Going into the field we were confident we could take a few early wickets, despite our subpar score. Robinson and Marriot opened the bowling with a few tight overs up top, before Robinson took our first, Goodyear nicking off to Gus for 15. 2 balls later we had our second, with a wafty drive finding another edge through to Gus, and we were fired up. In at 4 was the Bromley Town overseas, and he, along with opener Armenakis, steadied their innings, putting together a partnership of 91. With a few chances going begging, Armenakis finally fell on 44 to a good catch by Freddie, their score 123-3 after 35. From here onwards the new bat Dicker (23*) struck a few boundaries, along with overseas Ross (87*), to take Bromley Town over the line in the 45th over. A disappointing effort at defending from us, despite some good bowling performances, Robinson finishing with 2-15 off 9 overs (including 3 maidens), and JB with a tight spell of 0-21 off 10 (2 maidens). We push on to next week against Bromley on the vine.

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