May 26

Back to winning ways

Sadly the saturday team had their game rained off against Woodcutters after just 23 overs.
The sunday team however had a great game against Goodnestone (scorecard) and were back to winning ways after their defeat last week to St Margarets (scorecard)

Eastry won the toss and captain Harry elected to bowl hoping the pitch would dry out after the down pour the previous day. Goodnestone got off to a cautious start with some tight bowling from Hill and Smit which continued when Eastry’s latest spin acquisition of Thomson was unleashed. Patfield soon picked up the pace despatching the vulnerable spin option of G Friend to various parts of the ground. Eastry were able to stump Goodnestones’ progress with the combination of pace from A Friend (yes I said pace) attacking the crease and spin of P Eastman picking up key wickets backed by some uncharacteristically skilful fielding.

After a delicious caked filled tea, Eastry’s reply got off to a good start with some confident shots from the opening partnership of A Friend and W Kenton. Eastry progressed well to 100 off 23 overs with only 2 wickets down but nothing is that easy with Eastry and they soon found themselves six down causing tremors in the pavilion for the awaiting batsman. Eastry clawed their way to within one but Goodnestone dug deep to keep the pressure on, bowling 3 maidens in a row but in the end Eastry were able to scamper through to claim victory.

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May 04

Great start to the season

It has been a successful opening weekend for both ECC teams. Scorecards are up and the reports will follow.

Saturdays victory over Northdown

Sunday victory over Deal VBCCC

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Apr 23

New Season 2014

The 2014 season starts on 26th April, the fixtures are now on the website and so is the tea rota.

If you are wanting to access our PLAY CRICKET site to check your stats through the season, you can do so through the “Play Cricket” tab on the top menu.

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Feb 20

Nets 2014

Not long now until 2014 season starts but before that we need to get in shape…sort of.  Dates and times for indoor net sessions (St Lawrence ground, Canterbury):

April 8th – 7pm-8:30pm

April 15th – 7pm-8:30pm

April 22nd – 7pm-8:30pm

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Jan 03

Happy New Year

Well, another season is in the books, and the square is all put to bed ready for the winter, but what a successful year Eastry CC has had! The season started with freezing playing conditions in cricketing standards, where players, spectators and scorers alike were dressed more appropriately to undertake a trek to the North Pole, rather than play cricket. However, Eastry braved the cold and the rain and came away with some key victories against strong league opposition such as Canterbury CC and Deal Victorians. As the weather warmed up so did the team’s form, as the ECC Saturday XI found a hot streak and by third quarter of the season they found themselves still undefeated on the back of some spectacular team play combined with one or two tense draws. This unbeaten run ended however in a very soggy game against London side STAR, who snatched a limited overs victory with help from a luminous orange cricket ball that they provided. This lead the Saturday skipper Graham Phebey claiming that his side were undefeated with the red ball all season!

Statistically many players stood out this year; notably this summer saw Harry Kenton reach 1000 runs for the first time in his career as he reached the sum of 1085 runs from 24 innings, with a whopping 34 sixes to boot, whilst Matt Deveson took 36 Wickets at an average of 17 over the course of the season. Veteran Eastry players such as Andy Betts (22 wickets), Roger Hill (21 Wickets) and Dave Waring (16 wickets) provided reliability with economic bowling, and also provided experienced lower order batting throughout the year. The rest of the stats were hogged by the family Friend, as two brothers Aaron and Gareth Friend carried the teams on their back to victory numerous times. Gareth put in an all round effort this season scoring 801 runs at an average of 57 whilst also contributing 37 wickets in the bowling attack. Aaron Friend, eclipsed the whole team however with an astonishing 1428 runs at an average of 59.5, scoring six 50s and six centuries along the way, while also contributing 19 catches and 11 stumpings as wicket keeper. Many other players contributed this year, as the club used 55 different players over the course of the season, many of whom consisted of the clubs younger players such as the Eastman brothers and Rahul Patel , who we hope will go on to match the milestones of those that have gone before them over the years to come.

A lot must be said for Eastry’s triumvirate of 1000 run scorer;,Aaron Friend, Gareth Friend and Harry Kenton, even though the chances are they may well have already let you know before you read this article. It is the first time that the club has seen so many batsmen reach the significant milestone in recent memory, and all three batsmen’s contributions allowed Eastry to maintain its rich vein of form throughout the season. It is a milestone few in the club will forget, nor will the untold number of girls in Canterbury who have been asked “Did you know I scored 1000 runs?”.

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Aug 12

Eastry vs Nelson 11/08/13

Eastry lost the toss, which seemed to be a good one to lose, and were put into bat on a wicket that was sodden from a short but torrential rain shower half an hour before the game. Due to the heavy rain forecast for later in the day the two teams decided to play a limited overs game of 35 overs per team, with 7 overs per bowler. Toby Marriott and new comer Charlie Michaels opened the batting, and attempted to see off the new ball, which seemed to have a mind of its own, as it seamed, swung and the bounce varied erratically.
Toby Marriott was bowled for 4 after looking solid, however he received a peach of a delivery that hit the seam and swung in quickly. Ned Gleave joined Michaels at the crease put on a decent partnership, with runs flowing quickly, if not slightly unconventionally. On 30 Michaels was caught off of the bowling of Eden, Nelson’s Lillee/Jack Sparrow look a like, bringing the partnership of 64 to an end. Gleave was playing positively, looking to put the bowlers out of rhythm, however on 37 he chased the ball too much, and looped up a simple catch to the man at point. Eastry had declined from a respectable 77-1 to 83-3 with only 13 overs left, so the stand in captain Deveson tried to push on the run rate with big shots, hitting a quick fire 17 with the support of Dartnell at the other end, before Deveson drilled a straight drive over the bowlers head, which was well caught by deep mid off running round to his right. Dartnell was dismissed soon after for 14, and Tim Marriott and Pete Eastman picked up the run rate with boundary hitting, with Marriott picking up a quick 15 and Eastman accumulating a swift 19 with some nice looking shots. After a brief cameo of 10 from Jack woods in the final over Eastry eventually finished on 165-7 off of their 35 overs, which seemed to be a low, but defendable total on a wicket that had dried out rapidly in the sun and wind. Credit must be given to Duncan Cotton, who off his six overs had only 12 runs scored, and picked up 4 wickets, and had two opportunities for a hat trick.
Deveson struck early on, having Langridge caught for 2 runs by Gleave on a ball that was hit low to his right. The new batsmen Tom Christian decided offense was the best defence and surprised everyone as his second ball faced was a huge slog sweep that raced to the boundary, and then played the same shot a few balls later and sent the ball sailing over the pavilion, much to the annoyance of Deveson who went chuntering back to his marker. His reply was good however, as he trapped the batsmen in front of the stumps with a yorker, and Christian was dismissed LBW for a rapid 25.
Hill was able to get big in swing in the humid conditions and caused trouble for the batsmen, and as a result had Nelson’s dangerous opener Martin Christian caught at square leg for just 9 runs, before trapping Marc Eden in front of the stumps. Nelson were reeling at 51-6, but the game was by no means opener. Masoud Rangin and Duncan Cotton rallied the team, taking quick singles while dispatching the ball to the boundary frequently, which had the Eastry side desperate for a wicket. Ned Gleave was up to the challenge and was able to take the wicket of Rangin with an off cutter that jagged back into the batsman a long way, clattering into middle stump. The capacity Eastry crowd applauded the innings of Rangin, who had played superbly for his 37 and had put Nelson in a winning position of 103-7 with just under 10 overs remaining.
Eastry felt much more comfortable as Gleave took two more wickets in two balls, to leave him on hat trick ball against the number 11, the game’s third hat trick opportunity with Nelson’s Duncan Cotton having the opportunity twice earlier in the game. The ball was good however Shoobridge was up the the challenge and just managed to keep the ball out, much to the anguish of the Eastry players. Shoobridge and Cotton continued to score runs, and with 4 overs to go Nelson were at 146-9, needing a very getable five an over to win the match. However, in an attempt to get a run off of every ball, they chanced their luck on a ball that was hit straight to Gleave at cover, who zeroed in on the stumps and got a direct hit, running Shoobridge out by a yard. The pick of the bowlers was Gleave who after a turbulent season with the ball, picked up 4-23 off of his 7 overs, and also provided the game winning run out.

Matt Deveson – 12/08/2013

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