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.

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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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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.

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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. 

1st XI vs Staplehurst

Kings Hill 1st XI lost by 6 wickets

Kings Hill 197 for 6 in 50 overs
Neil Scott 71*, Majid Sialvi 31

Staplehurst 198 for 4 in 46.1 overs
Shaun McMurray 2/9


Kings Hill welcomed top-of-the-table Staplehurst on another hot and humid day in Kent. The match was the first of the return fixtures after the halfway mark for the season, and the home team were looking to avenge a frustrating loss in May.

Kings Hill won the toss and chose to bat, as Dave and the Hangar team started setting up the clubhouse ahead of England’s World Cup quarter-final. Rob Whitfield and Neil Miller opened the innings against a disciplined Staplehurst attack. Although the parched outfield was lightning quick, the pitch showed a few demons right from the start, making scoring difficult.

Rob managed a few lusty boundaries, but after 20 overs KHCC were 36/4 with a few in-form batters back in the shed and there was a lot of work to be done. Mohammed Cowdhury went on the attack and struck five fours before he was out for 28. KHCC were 60/5 with half the overs gone. Neil Scott joined Majid Sialvi and the pair worked hard to get the innings back on track.

They batted excellently for a 50-plus partnership in 14 overs, taking advantage of the rare loose deliveries while running hard to pick up every run available. Majid fell for 31 and Chris Bryant joined Neil with 11 overs to go as the temperatures continued to rise. Chris managed to pick up a few singles to give Scotty as much of the strike as possible and the pair kept up the quick running between the wickets. Into the last five overs Scotty started opening up, hitting a big six to go along with boundaries and twos, raising a well-deserved, gutsy half-century in the process.

KHCC collected 76 in the last 10 overs to end on 197/6, below par but something to bowl at after a tough start. It was a fantastic effort from Scotty, who took some much needed recovery time between innings to deal with the heat.

The pitch was tricky when the bowlers hit the right length, and Kings Hill would need to do the same.

After his long, sapping knock Scotty bowled 10 very good overs on the trot upfront and Shaun McMurray gave nothing away bowling first change, completing 10 overs for just 9 runs and picking up two wickets (including a fantastic one-handed caught and bowled). But overall the KHCC attack had an off day, and were not consistent enough in line and length, conceding 28 extras along the way. Although the home team’s fielding was not bad, it was not up to the high standards set by Staplehurst and there were a few too many soft runs allowed.

Having said that, KHCC fought hard. It was soon apparent that the visitors were relying almost entirely on their skipper Tom Davey’s knock, with a lot of dot balls from the other end. The home team picked up a few wickets and tight bowling from Scotty and Shaun built pressure, with the required rate climbing to almost 6 an over at one stage.

But Davey played a very good innings and Kings weren’t able to draw many mistakes out of him (aside from a tough caught and bowled opportunity off Josh). He paced his chase well and found some run-scoring support in the number 6 as the two soaked up any pressure. Davey accelerated as he neared his century and took in some well deserved-applause when he reached it, ending unbeaten on 107 as the visitors picked up a 6 wicket win.

It was a frustrating day for KHCC against a good side that deserved the win. The visitors were more disciplined with the ball and patient with the bat. Their fielding efforts in tough, hot conditions not only saved 25 to 30 runs but also kept the team focused.

Kings Hill did well to take the game into the last five overs and a top all-round effort from Neil was a highlight. It was always going to be tough to recover after the first 25 overs. But with the recent form of a number of batsmen, increasing experience for some promising juniors and a few regulars to come back into the side they will be optimistic about the second half of the season.