Kings Hill 2nd XI lost by 6 wickets
Kings Hill 171 for 7 in 40 overs
Rich Clarke 49*, Adam Lowing 23
Dartford 172 for 4 in 37.5 overs
Ryan Ambanpola 3/44
As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. The 2nd team’s 21-match unbeaten run ended to a Dartford team who have been just the wrong side of a number of results this season.
Although the home team played well, KHCC will feel that they didn’t bring their best game on the day.
Batting first, the stand out performance was Richard Clarke’s unbeaten 49. He was well supported by a returning Nick McGeorge with 22 not out, and Adam Lowing’s 23 at the top of the order (including a few lovely leg side flicks).
Rich and Nick combined to rescue the innings and give the bowlers something to defend after KHCC had lost 7/60 and were looking at a score of 120 at a push. There may not have been many quick singles, but they made sure that the team batted through the overs and took advantage of the bad balls when they came along – Rich playing some powerful pull shots along the way. He was unlucky not to get the half century, but his innings was worth even more in the context of the game. Dartford’s attack was tidy and scoring was not easy, so patience became the name of the game and the score eventually passed 170. A great effort.
171 was definitely a defendable total and a few early wickets would have set the game up nicely. Unfortunately, the combination of a lot of good fortune for the opening batsmen and a few very uncharacteristic dropped catches meant that Dartford got away to a fast start and Kings Hill were always chasing the game from there.
At 100/2 and with Dartford needing less than three runs an over it could have ended quickly but KHCC managed to lift their heads up and take the game into the final few overs. That was largely thanks to some canny captaincy from McChair and miserly bowling from Mick Saul – 8 overs for 7 runs. Ryan Ambanpola also continued his good form with another 3 wickets.
But in the end, it was not enough and Dartford won fairly comfortably.
We are halfway through the season, with the return fixtures starting next week. Kings Hill will want to get back to winning ways and hold onto their spot at the top of the league and will take a few lessons from this loss to come back stronger.
From the club and players’ perspective, it was great to have Nick back out on the field and we all look forward to his contributions over the second half of the season.
And thanks to Gaz and the McGeorges for the support!