Patching limits Holmesdale before Hazara seals victory
THIS wasn't the greatest advertisement for Kent League cricket, but considering the difficult conditions Chestfield will be happy to have started their campaign with victory.
They won the toss and opted to have a crack at the home side. It proved the right decision as they were rattled out for 95, 47 of those runs coming in bullish fashion from Will McDowell.
Pick of the Chestfield bowlers were Duncan Brown (3-15) and Daniel Patching (4-36).
But things were obviously tricky out in the middle, as Chestfield almost discovered to their cost.
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After 32.3 overs they struggled over the line, having reached 96-8. However, without the efforts of opener Neil Gowers (30) and overseas player Swapneel Hazara (30*) it could all have been very different. They were the only Chestfield batsmen to make it into double figures.
"We bowled and fielded quite well," said skipper Duncan Brown. "I suppose Daniel Patching was the star of the show, but Swapneel started quite well and overall we were pleased to get a result in the conditions."
This Saturday, weather permitting, Chestfield are scheduled to host Old Elthamians at Grasmere Road.
"They've got a good overseas player in Dylan De Beer who can score runs for fun, but then so have we," Brown added.