It was T20 time on Wednesday evening for the 1st XI, hosting The Mote in the first round of the competition. KHCC batted first and Shawon Cowdhury was quickly into his stride, smashing the ball around to top score with a quickfire 63, supported by 33 from Ross Allen and 21 from Jack Raffles. The Mote ended on 120/8, with Ross Allen taking 3/11 and Rhys Morgan 4/28. KHCC took the win by 46 runs to progress to the next round.
U13 Vampires had a tough outing against Holmesdale. Their bowlers had the better of our batters, restricting our scoring and dismissing the Vampires for 35, which the Holmesdale openers chased down.
U11 Hurricanes lost by 8 wickets to a very good Tunbridge Wells team.
U11 Defiants won well against Addington. The bowlers were the difference on the day, with KHCC picking up 8 wickets to Addington’s 3. Our attack bowled really tidily too, with very few wides. Defiants won by 23 runs.
On Saturday, the 1st XI travelled to Bapchild where the hosts batted first. KHCC started excellently with the ball, picking up the first 5 wickets with just 60 on the board, but Bapchild recovered well to post 189/8. Dave Tibbles and Jack Raffles got 3 wickets each. KHCC’s innings stuttered and, despite 45 from Ian Playfoot, were dismissed for 139.
The 2nd XI started their season with a convincing 116 run win at home over Gravesend RFC. KHCC batted first and openers Neil Taylor (34) and Ayden Hurst (56) laid a great foundation which the rest of the order built on to post 249, including 45 from Chris Bryant and an entertaining 27 from Hasham Khan. In response, once the Gravesend RFC openers fell, the scoring rate dropped off and the home side were left frustrated to end with 9 wickets. Ayden completed a player-of-the-match Kings Hill debut, picking up 5/20.
The Sunday XI were away to Frindsbury. The hosts put on 198/5 in their 40 overs and then their bowlers showed their experience of the conditions to dismiss Kings Hill for 104. Well done to young Charlie Hodgson on a good knock of 20 in our chase and to the other juniors who performed well in the match. There are a number stepping up to senior cricket this year and it’s a good sign of things to come for the club.