Due to the poor weather this fixture had been cancelled several times and a dry evening was finally found! Chestfield won the toss and elected to bat first and with a 20 over per side match and a 6:15pm start it was commented on that whoever batted second would have a difficult job due to the light.
and Jack Sargant
opened the bowling for Whitstable and Jack made a break through in his first over with a caught and bowled, Bill gave away a few extras but otherwise it was a tidy opening spell. Louie Green
and Henry Forster
were the next to bowl in tandem and it proved to be a good move with Louie picking up a wicket in his first over, a fine catch by Luke Sullivan
at deep mid-wicket. Putting Chestfield at 22-2.
came on and picked up a wicket, caught behind by keeper Harvey Laws
. After 10 overs Chestfield were cruising on 65-3 and after Taylor retired on 31, it brought the Nordin brothers to the crease, after Sam Delo came on and was expensive and with 2 overs to go Chestfield were on 113-5, Jack Tucker
and Isaac both bowled superbly at the death and due to this Chestfield finished their innings on 113-8, both boys bowling maidens, with 1 wicket for Isaac and 2 for Jack including a well judged overhead catch by Isaac.
The chase started badly when pinch hitter Louie Green
was bowled for 3 but James Meakin
and Bill Cain
built a solid partnership and when Bill retired after a well constructed 30, this brought Harvey Laws
to the crease, the score on 70 and Whitstable needing 44 from 7 with the light severely deteriorating, when James was bowled for 12, Max Brunetti-Leach
came in and getting off the mark with a 4 made it look easy, Harvey was hit with a short ball he didn't see and the spectators were concerned about the safety of the light, Harvey departed for 13 and Isaac Dilkes
came to the crease. Isaac and Max ticked the scoring along but only with singles and 2's in almost pitch black for the final over needing 8 runs to win and with Isaac on strike, he drove the first ball through extra cover for 4 and the second ball pulled behind square for 4, giving Whitstable a well deserved victory!