Broadstairs leave Canterbury with bonus points despite heavy loss
BROADSTAIRS captain Chris Kidd was happy to come away from Canterbury with six bonus points despite seeing his side suffer a heavy defeat.
The captain said, however, that the margin of defeat did not reflect the difference between the sides. St Lawrence were restricted to 238-9 in their innings with their overseas Australian run-machine Charlie Wakim departing for just eight as Broadstairs made early inroads reducing them to 34-3.
Ex-Kent seamer Alamgir Sheriyar made his first appearance of the season after signing on the dotted line last week and marked his return to the club with 3-68 for 14 overs.
A partnership in the middle overs for St Lawrence propelled them to 169-6 and then batted out the remaining overs to reach 238-9. Broadstairs' reply got off to a horrific start as they lost both openers, Alex Hogben and Liam Narraway, for ducks both LBW to St Lawrence seamer James Rand.
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Jake Benfield, David Cooper and Sheriyar also went cheaply as Broadstairs slumped to 28-5 and were staring down the barrel of a massive defeat.
But a hard-earned 50 from Andrew Bailey steadied the innings for Broadstairs.
Bailey is in good form after also smashing a half century against Sandwich in the Twenty20 cup earlier in the week and his runs will be crucial in the coming games. But when he departed for exactly 50 it left Broadstairs on 105-7 and the tail failed to wag as the Thanet side were dismissed for 127 but picked up six bonus points in the process.
Skipper Kidd said: "To come away from an away game with six points is a bonus for us.
"We need to make sure that we win all our homes games and get the maximum 16 points out of them and just pick up whatever we can on the road.
"There are lots of runs being scored around the league this year, teams are posting big totals which can be hard to chase down later in the day. Our bowling was a lot better on Saturday, Alamgir slotted right back in and even though he wasn't 100 per cent fit still grabbed three wickets.
"Our ground fielding could have been a bit better and we could have restricted them down to around 210, but they are a strong side, as is the league in general.
"I am happy to come away with the six points and focus on our home games. We are strong at home and need to put in our best performances there."
Broadstairs host Hythe next Saturday.