TRMECL vs Kent Cricket League Divisions 3-5 (May 23rd 2018) Round 1
In a well contested match match the T Rippon Mid Essex Cricket League defeated the Kent Cricket League Divisions 3-5 in the first round of the Sovereign Trophy played at Bentley CC on Wednesday 23 May by 5 wickets.
Skipper Lee Brooks (Springfield) was not to unhappy to loose the toss and be asked to bowl first. The opening bowling partnership of Matt Coleman (Bentley) and Tom Evans-Green (Great Baddow) caused early problems with a number of chances not going to hand. It was Coleman that made the breakthrough though and in his third over clean bowled S. Bar.
Coleman ended up with figures figures of 6 overs 1 for 25 whilst Tom Evans-Green, as is customary, bowled tidily to end up with figures of 7 overs 0 for 25.
Making there débuts for the league were Ahasan Yousaf (Brookweald) and Shane Barwick (Goresbrook) who both bowled well without to much luck
The backbone of the Kent innings was a big partnership between Burnip (64) and Cain 53.
The introduction of Matt Chalk (Springfield) into the attack in the 29 over with the score on 2 for 114 immediately had an impact as wickets began to fall regularly. The Springfield al rounder, with a combination of flight and guile, ended up with the excellent figures of 8.1 overs 5 for 29, including the important scalps of Burnip and Cain.
Skipper Brooks joined Chalk at the death and finished with 2 for 41 as eventually the Kent League were all out for 191.
After tea the league supporters and players must have thought a close game was on the cards as wickets were falling regularly. Chris Frost (Springfield) was first out for 0 quickly followed by Jordan Calverley (Goresbrook) also without troubling the scorers. Manni Singh (Springfield) who had done an excellent job behind the stumps soon followed having scored 2.
Opener Ahasan Yousaf made a useful 20 whilst another player on début Albie Nuttall (Great Baddow) only contributed 5 to the total.
Whilst wickets were falling around him Shane Barwick , who has won the Premier Division young player of the year award for the past two years, held his nerve and batted superbly. When joined by Matt Chalk with the score on 87 things did not look to good for the 2016 champions.
The winning total of 192 seemed out of reach.
However Barwick and Chalk had other ideas. With some of the best cricket shots seen at this standard of cricket the classy Shane Barwick set about the Kent bowlers dispatching them to all parts of the ground. At the other end Matt Chalk did all that was expected of him. Over after over this pairing held there nerve and with Barwick scoring at a rate of more than one a ball the winning total fast came in sight.
In the end young Barwick made a magnificent 111 not out and Matt Chalk 29 not out as a comprehensive victory was achieved.
The next match is at Bentley CC against the Elliott Davis London Cricket on Wednesday 13 June.