Win :: Played on Sunday 7th August 2016
Knockers put together a new club record total in an impressive performance against an Ide Hill side who had been enjoying an unbeaten season. Ed Springett got his maiden Knockers century, Finn got his maiden Knockers wicket as did his brother, Anton on debut, Snellers returned to form and Tom Cobb returned with a half-century in this 35 over match.
Captain Ollie Marsh lost the toss and ten man Knockers were put into bat. Ide Hill has not been a happy hunting ground for our travellers in recent seasons and the infamous track was very ready to remind those batting that those short boundaries couldn't be hit at will. Not that Snellers seemed to mind, his 84 included 8 sixes as he and Ed put on 141 for the first wicket. Both had to see off shooters but with Springett building and Paul attacking the scoreboard was ticking along at around nine an over.
Snellers went from 24 to bringing up his half-century with three sixes in a row (two lost balls), then another six followed by a four. It was already looking like a long afternoon in store for the bowlers as the thirteenth over saw 125 on the board. Paul was removed after a smart caught and bowled by Pope, who had to run to claim the looping miss-hit. Cobb joined Ed and continued the aggresive run rate while Springett built another century partnership with a cool head.
One of Cobb's sixes was more Babe Ruth than Chris Gayle, a baseballesque slap into an Ide Hill garden far away. Ed mixed singles up the slope with well timed drives in the V as the pair put on 144 for the second wicket. One of those shooters eventually accounted for Cobb but not before his 83 took in 6 sixes.
Lynden then joined Ed as the latter brought up his maiden Knockers ton with a boundary having played a wonderful innings of patience and control. Lando holed out to a decent forward diving catch and then LSA and Kuts got us to the club's record total of 334 with some free hitting on Kuts' part and no-nonsense average protection from the in-form Lynden.
A good tea was possibly enjoyed more by the visitors as the home side watched a few of the more enthusiastic Knockers warm up on an adjacent track. Yes, this is Knockers we are talking about here. Gammidge was present for Ide Hill and we knew what he was capable of with the bat. Les Seldon and Pete Smith had made their ways down to take in the fine performance.
By hook or by crook Kuts removed the openers; Pope had to retire following a beamer and the danger man, Gammidge nicked him to Cobb. In between, Anton had sent down a wicket-maiden from the other end as Lynden held on with the gloves. Anton was the picture of line and length and another wicket-maiden in his fifth over was just reward when he shattered the stumps. Kuts' big night out finally grabbed him following a decent start as his final over had a little difficulty matching up to the merciless first three.
Our second debutant, Louis, then took over and was unfortunate that a quick chance wasn't quite got to at midwicket to give his work more appropriate figures. Lando, entered into the scorebook by the oppo as 'Trolley', presumably first name 'Tea' was brought on and one of the Ide Hill pair sent him all over the field while the other was always in danger of getting out by having too much time to select what shot he might play. Marsh brought himself on, bowled very fast, an edge was taken in the slips off a resilent Clarkson, and then he tried spin with a moon ball almost bagging him a second wicket.
Finn sent down four overs of miserly bowling (he later contested a bye going against his figures = proper Knocker), two maidens, one with a man nicking onto his stumps earned him the first of many wickets to come for the club. We especially enjoyed his quicker ball. He gave way to Cobb who kept it tight and then Anton returning for the final over after Ed squeezed in a quick six balls. Anton bowled a fighting Winrow, who had worn a few, with the last ball of the match with the target having long been out of reach.
The Cock Inn laid on some food as the win was analysed over a pint. The top order fired, an abundance of Tonbridge seam bowling, Ed's ton, Snellers' sixes, about twelve lost balls, Lando's return to TFC form and one of those days that come along once in a while when it all comes together. What next, Guido bringing a woman to the match?
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Anton Kinsler O'Sullivan
Finn Kinsler O'Sullivan