Weekly results roundup

The U11 Vampires beat Addington by 14 runs with a tidy all-round performance.

The U11 Mustangs put in an improved performance but were beaten by a strong Offham team.

U11 Defiants won again, defeating Pembury by 20 runs.

U15 Hurricanes had a great win against Platt, who batted first and were restricted to 83 for 9 in their 20 overs. A fine all-round KHCC bowling performance, backed up by much improved fielding. The Hurricanes reached their total for the loss of 3.

U11 Hurricanes were away to Castle Hill and batted first, scoring 88 for 7 in their 16 overs. Unfortunately the home team proved too strong and chased down the total for the loss of 4 wickets.

The 1st XI were away to Rainham and found themselves in some early trouble with 5 wickets down and around 60 on the board. James Green (63) and Werner Laubscher (39) came together and batted excellently to build an innings-saving partnership, showing a balance between patience and aggression. KHCC got up to 198 to give themselves something to defend. Rainham started very strongly, with their opener scoring 57, but KHCC started picking up wickets, with the slower bowlers being successful. Jack Raffles (2/10) and Rhys Morgan (2/38) bowled well. Rainham’s number 9 was taking his team close but a fantastic, controlled spell from skipper Shaun McMurray (5/24) saw off the chase to give Kings Hill the win by 28 runs.

At home on Saturday, the 2nd XI batted first against Lenham and improved on their score from the previous week, posting 251 for 4. It was a fine batting display from the top three, against a disciplined attack, with Ayden Hurst (61) and Dave Sutton (57) both scoring entertaining fifties. But the innings was built around opener Neil Taylor’s unbeaten 102, a great knock with shots all around the ground and strong running between the wickets. In reply, Lenham’s opener went out aggressively to race to 41. But once he was dismissed, the run rate slowed and KHCC picked up wickets regularly, Richard Clarke charging in to end with 3/21. The visitors finishes on 152/7 to give Kings Hill the win by 92 runs.

U13 Vampires had a tough outing on Sunday morning against Plaxtol, who scored 152/4 in their innings. KHCC finished our innings 8 wickets down but well short of the target.

Sunday also saw the first match for our Junior Development XI, a team comprising primarily U14 to U16 players along with a few seniors. It unfolded as a tight match against Ash Village who batted first and were dismissed for 90. The wickets were shared amongst the bowlers who all impressed. Ryan Ambanpola made 26 in the chase but Kings Hill were not able to put partnerships together chasing a low total. In the end they had enough batting depth to get over the line with 8 wickets down. Great to start with a win. Look out for upcoming fixtures for this team, may of whom will be regulars in the senior league sides in the next few seasons.

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