Summer Junior Cricket Clinics

Kings Hill Cricket Club is proud to be hosting junior midweek cricket coaching clinics during August 2019. The clinics will be run by KHCC’s 2019 overseas players, Jack and Ayden. Sessions will combine individual skill development, game-based training and basic cricket fitness.

The clinics will be available for a limited number of children aged 10 to 15 and will be on a first-come-first-served basis. Please email khccsummerclinics@gmail.com for more information and to reserve your sessions.

U13 Hurricanes beat Sevenoaks Vine for the first time

Kings Hill U13 Hurricanes had a fantastic result, beating a very strong Sevenoaks Vine team for the first time. It’s another step forward for this team and the junior efforts at the club. Well done to all involved.

Proud coach Neil Taylor provided this report:

Sevenoaks Vine won toss and batted, their strong line up expecting to bat us out of the game. But a brilliant opening spell of bowling by Toby 1/12 from 3 and Justin 0/5 from 3 really set the standard. Really tight bowling and regular wickets put pressure on the new batsmen at regular intervals.

The bowlers were backed up by excellent fielding from everyone (creative in-out fields set by the skipper, that was key! Note to skipper 😉)

Enter the spinners – Will with 4/11 from 3 and Abhay 2/12 from 3 . Both of them bowled brilliantly, backed up by Ben behind the stumps.

This was, for me, the game winning period… excellent field placing, solid catching by everyone and a classic legspinner’s wicket (stumping) from Will and Ben to get rid of their best player.

102 to get in 20 overs.

We talked about this being our best chance to beat them, we just needed to keep out the two county quick bowlers. We could block out a few maidens if necessary. There were a few concerned faces in the changing room – Smith is quite lively pace-wise!

We lost an early wicket but got off to a good start with a few boundaries. We were well up with the run rate but after 10 overs were 45/4. Ryan Ward, (19) batted very calmly, keeping out the straight balls and putting the bad ball away. He was the bedrock of our innings.

Toby came in and played a little cameo with a few boundaries, but at that point it was starting to get away from us. Enter Justin and Ollie. Beautiful straight drives from Justin for boundaries as well as brilliant running from these two. They stayed calm and kept out the straight deliveries which was absolutely key.

Ollie and I have talked about belief and we have done many attacking drills. His first few balls were a little nervous (we needed about 18 from last three overs). And then a well-timed 4 through square leg and a brilliantly timed 6 over mid wicket! His expression will stay with me for a while. You could see the amazement and also the confidence come in.

We needed two from the last over and they brought on their quick bowler, but it was too late. Justin (who I’m now going to call the Iceman) and Ollie pushed the 2 runs required with ease.

Game won!

I’d like to just say that not everyone can contribute in every game, batting and bowling wise, but we talk about this all the time. Everyone fields for 50% of every game and I can tell you they were brilliant in the field. It’s why we practise so hard at it. It showed and the boys were the better fielding team on the day.

Alex was one that didn’t manage to get on to bowl or bat. I know he would be disappointed, but his energy in the field and after the game when we were all shouting and dancing in the changing room told me he, like the rest of the lads is a huge team player.

Special mention to Will. The captaining and manoeuvring the field about was brilliant. Really starting to get the game craft together now.

I hope all the boys read this and take some real confidence from that performance into the match against Tunbridge Wells on Wednesday. Bring it on, I say!

Kent selection for KHCC juniors

BTCongratulations to Ben Taylor on his selection to the Kent U11 boys squad for 2019.

Ben has been part of KHCC’s junior coaching programme since he was seven years old. He has also been playing regional cricket for the past couple of years.

Ben’s the first Kings Hill Cricket Club boy selected for the county, adding to the fantastic success enjoyed by KHCC girls. They have had four Kent representatives over the past few seasons. Hannah Kruger (U13) and Millie Ellis (U11) are both currently in Kent squads.

We’re extremely proud of our juniors and look forward to tracking their progress over the coming seasons.

Weekly results roundup

Junior results

The U15 Hurricanes hosted Town Malling on Sunday. Kings Hill batted first and scored an impressive 216 for 4 in their 25 overs, with strong innings from a number of players. The bowlers then keep things very tidy, restricting the visitors to 115. Kings Hill won by 101 runs.

Senior results

1st XI won by 186 runs

The 1st XI put in a very strong performance against Walmer. Batting first, Kings Hill’s top order took full advantage of good batting conditions. Ross Allen scored an excellent 134 and he was well supported by Neil Scott (53) and Shaun McMurray (35). A few solid partnerships set KHCC on their way to an imposing 292/6. Keiran Marsh picked up 4 wickets for the visitors.

KHCC bowling and fielding were tight from the start, making it difficult for the batsmen to score. The wickets were shared amongst the bowlers, Rhys Morgan ending with 3/16 and Ross and Shaun with two each.

2nd XI lost by 9 wickets

The 2nd XI batted first, away to a strong Sevenoaks Vine team. The top order all got starts but no one was able to kick on. Jack Cook top scored with 26 in a total of 139. KHCC had no answers to a belligerent knock by the hosts’ young number three (although he was dropped very early in his innings). He took full advantage to smash a hundred and give his team the win.

Sunday XI won by 95 runs

On Sunday KHCC hosted Herne in another high scoring game. Graham Hutchins (111*) and Shawon Chowdhury (147*) batted most of the innings to post 291/1. Fantastic knocks on another excellent pitch – thanks Pete! There were good contributions from Herne’s top order including 51 for Lewis Russell. But the score proved too much as they ended on 196/6. Jack Cook collected 3/26.

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.

Girls Kwik Cricket Festival

On Sunday 19th May, Kings Hill hosted an Under 11 Girls Kwik Cricket Festival, organised by legendary Kent U11 coach, David Sear MBE, and the Kent Women & Girls committee. The festival is one of four which are played over the summer each year and it caters for girls in years 3 to 6.

The ethos and spirit of the event is to get girls to enjoy playing cricket in a competitive environment and generally to just have fun. Families are encouraged to come along with their picnic hampers and parents are involved in umpiring and scoring the matches. Kings Hill has produced three Kent girls players over the last three years and all started their playing careers in these Kwik Cricket Festivals. As David says, on any given Festival Sunday, there is a future Kent captain and England player on the field.

Sunday was no different as we had more than 100 girls playing cricket at any given time. Twelve teams participated representing ten clubs from all over the County. Teams were split into three groups of four teams, which all played each other. The teams then moved on to a semi-final and final match for three trophies on offer.

It was very good to see 17 of our own girls representing two Kings Hill Tiger Moths teams. The older Tiger Moths team played some very closely contested matches and were narrowly defeated in the group stages by Bells Yew Green and then St Lawrence and Highland Court Kestrels Blue before gaining a successful win over Sevenoaks Vine. Moving onto the next stage, the senior Tiger Moths Team managed a victory over Dulwich to reach the final which they unfortunately lost to St Lawrence and Highland Court Kestrels Blue. St Lawrence and Highland Court Kestrels Blue are a very good side and they won the match with three spectacular wickets.

The younger Tiger Moths has fun too and narrowly lost to our friends Town Malling in the last match of the day by one run.

Well done to Bexley who enthralled the crowd and were worthy Champions of the day.

There were many highlights including Emily Hodgson’s caught and bowled, Ava Moger’s six runs which had to be run to be scored and Ava Miller’s spectacular keeping in the younger Tiger Moths Team. Overall, our girls are no slouches when it comes to batting and judging from the performance on Sunday, we have some future big hitters in our midst. We have some brilliant bowlers and fielders too and perhaps even a future England keeper in our ranks.

Overall, the day was a huge success and such success can only be attained thanks to those club members and volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes. Special mention and thanks to groundsman, Peter Robinson, for his wizardry, to Betty McGeorge for scoring all day and keeping the younger girls enthused, to Leoni and Toby Ellis for managing and umpiring matches and to Dave, Sonja and the bar staff for ensuring everyone was well hydrated. A big thank you to Millie Ellis for skippering the Tiger Moths and for leading her team with dignity and humility.

There are three more festivals to go. We hope to see you all at the next one at Marden Cricket Club on the 9th of June.

Carl Kruger

Weekly results roundup

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.

Weekly results roundup

The weather made things last week a little tricky, but we managed to get a number of matches completed.

Match of the week had to be the U11 Hurricanes’ nailbiting one-run win over Plaxtol. It was a seesaw game and Kings Hill’s players all contributed to getting the victory. Well done to the team and thanks to the supporters who came along to enjoy it.

The 1st XI were at home to Old Colfeians and managed to get their match completed late in the day after the rain kept the players off through the afternoon. KHCC posted 169/4 in a shortened innings, Ross Allen top scoring with 40. After the rain, the captains agreed the revised playing conditions and Kings Hill managed to pick up the wickets we needed to get the victory within the agreed time. Ross again starred with 4/11, supported by skipper Shaun McMurray’s burst of 3 wickets in 9 balls to finish things off.

The Sunday XI had the best of the weather but were not quite able to chase down an imposing 248/5 by visitors Exiles at Bishopsbourne, including 135 by their very classy number 3. Graham Hutchins (91) and Neil Taylor (42) stood out for KHCC, putting on 119 for the second wicket. But the score proved too much in the end, with Kings ending on a respectable 191/9 in our 40 overs.

The U15 Hurricanes had a very good win against Town Malling. Great bowling by Ben Rayner (4/11) and Joe Clapham (2/7) restricted Town Malling to 58. Kings Hill knocked off the runs without losing a wicket, with Josh Fawell unbeaten on 27 and Adam Jackson on 17.

The U13 Hurricanes lost a close game against Tonbridge by 11 runs. For KHCC, Harrison Scott with 3/7 and Hannah Kruger with 2/2 stood out amongst the bowlers. Ben Taylor batted well to top score with 22 in our chase.

The U11 Mustangs took on the Defiants in an all Kings Hill affair, with the Defiants coming out on top. For a number of the players, it was their first taste of hard-ball cricket and it was great to see their enthusiasm at commitment. Both teams bowled and fielded well, and some fine batting from Jenson Clarke and Lucas Sutton was the difference. A good start and lots to build on for the rest of the season. 

U11 Hurricanes start with a win

Congratulations to the Under 11 Hurricanes for starting their season with a win against with a fantastic all-round performance against Holmesdale.

After reaching 105 for 4 in their innings, Kings Hill restricted Holmesdale to 84 for 6 to pick up the win.

Congratulations to the team.

Take a look at our upcoming fixtures to see when the next junior matches are taking place at the club. All support is always welcome!

Juniors update

From Neil Miller – KHCC head of Junior Cricket

We are now well into the cricket season and Thursday and Friday training is in full swing. I thought I would share some of the areas that you might not see behind the scenes as well as a general update on what’s happening at your club.

ECB Clubmark

You may have noticed last Friday, a gentleman (Andy Griffiths) with a clipboard walking around the field and in the clubhouse talking to myself, Gary Jackson and Mark Knox. Andy is the Director of Community Cricket at Kent County Cricket Club and he was visiting us on behalf of Kent Cricket and the England Cricket Board to audit how the junior section of the cricket club is managed, administered and operated.

This audit was part of our Clubmark accreditation process, which is an accreditation scheme for cricket clubs and is licensed from Sport England as part of their wider Clubmark scheme. ECB Clubmark shows that a club is sustainable, well run and provides the right environment for its members. Clubmark accreditation also means your club is recognised as a safe, rewarding and fulfilling place for participants of all ages, as well as assuring parents and carers that they are choosing the right option for their young people. To obtain accreditation, clubs are asked to provide evidence that they meet a series of criteria. This is done by providing evidence and by demonstrating good practice via a site visit conducted by an allocated Club Support Officer.

The initial feedback was that he was very impressed with the management and organisation of Friday night coaching. This is a credit to everyone who gets involved, especially the coaches, parent helpers, young leaders – as well as the juniors themselves. Most of you will have been at the club on a Friday night and will have seen how well everything runs.

Registration

As you will have noticed, this year as part of our welfare obligations we have introduced a signing in and out registration process. Please can I ask all parents to come and collect their children from the registration points. We will not be sending children to you.

Club Day – Sunday 1st July

The annual Club Day is being held at on Sunday July 1st. The Junior Section will be running some activities, games and matches across the age groups between 10am and 1pm. We will be sending a further message soon about the timings for the day. But, please save the date in your diaries!

Fixtures

These are coming thick and fast across u11s, u13s and u15s. We have had some excellent individual and team performances; as well as some fixtures that have been a challenge. Thanks again for all the team managers and parents for their help and support.

Kit

We have made an additional order for junior shirts/training tops/caps for those late comers and previous waiting list members – and are waiting for the supplier to deliver these to us. There are also several hoodies that were ordered that we have in stock. The collection of monies for the additional kit, such as hoodies and caps, must be paid in advance of collection, or at registration on a Thursday/Friday night.

Girls’ Cricket

On June 22, we have a girls’ school cricket tournament at the club with approximately 6 local juniors schools attending. You are more than welcome to come and watch the action.

Please come and talk to the coaches to see how your children are progressing.

Thank you for your continued support.

Neil