Kings Hill 1st XI won by 197 runs
Kings Hill 315 for 3 in 50 overs
Shaun McMurray 103*(105), Neil Taylor 63(70)
Chislehurst 118 all out in 32 overs
Josh Louw 4/33, Dave Tibbles 2/15
After a frustrating start to the season, Kings Hill 1st XI picked up their first win of the season on the back of a dominant batting display.
Batting first, KHCC openers and Alex Richards and Shawon Cowdhury started positively. Chislehurst’s bowling was disciplined upfront but the batsmen took advantage of anything loose. Shawon Chowdhury really took the attack to the opposition, peppering the boundary for an entertaining 54 (34). Neil Taylor was in at 3 and combined well with Alex, hitting boundaries and taking any runs on offer. The Kings Hill Oval is looking great and the outfield offered good value all round the wicket. Alex holed out for a well-played 38, and Shaun McMurray joined Neil, who was looking very comfortable (albeit a bit ‘tired’). Both batted fluently and there were not many chances on offer for the visitors. Neil reached his half-century and was followed soon after by Shaun, who promptly changed bats.
Into the final ten overs, KHCC really stepped up the pace. Neil was eventually out for 63. Neil Scott joined Shaun and the two opened up to make the most of the flagging Chislehurst attack. After a few balls to get his eye in, Neil made29 not out off just 16 balls including the only 6 of the innings. Shaun put together a fantastic innings, mixing aggression with sensible running to keep the strike rotating. In the final over he got the runs he needed to collect a very well-played century, ending with 103 not out off 106 balls.
Chislehurst were up against it from the start, having already lost a batsman to injury while in the field, and their chase never really got going. Dave Tibbles gave nothing away up front, to make sure that any ideas of chasing down the total were soon abandoned. He ended up with 2/15 off his 10 overs. Hasham Kahn and Neil Scott also bowled tidily, getting some swing in the muggy conditions. Neil found his voice and also found himself on a hat-trick, picking up 2/22 in his spell.
Josh ‘Boom Boom’ Louw soon got in on the act. The visitors looked to go down swinging and despite a few lusty boundaries Josh picked up another 4-for, varying his length and pace well. Dave Wardle collected the final wicket to give Kings Hill the win by a massive 197 runs.
It was an impressive performance across the board. The top order all delivered and it was a pleasure watching them bat. The bowlers maintained their discipline and the fielders supported them well, keeping the pressure on and holding their catches. Hopefully, it was the performance that was needed to put the start of the season behind them and begin moving up the table.