Sevenoaks School 1st XI v Old Sennockians - Sunday 24 June
Following torrential overnight rain and an early morning pitch inspection by Chris Tavare, the match against the Old Sennockians was declared on.
The Old Sennockians had probably the strongest batting line they had ever brought to Solefields with “big hitting” Charlie Farrant only securing a place at number 9 in the batting order. As a result it was a surprise to see them being bowled out for only 116.
The mainstay of their innings was Dave Franklin who continues to chip the ball over mid-on with some success and scored a valuable 43. Next top scorer was Kassim Ramji, who appeared in no trouble until the first ball from left arm spinner Ed Thomas, which he tried to dispatch to Underriver and was subsequently brilliantly caught by Finlay Wood at wide mid-on (cow corner!) for 14.
The rest of the Old Sennockian batsmen came and went pretty quickly including the normally reliable (slow) Josh Parker, who had no shirt and batted in only a sweater!
The school started their innings inauspiciously with Eashan Patel getting out caught by Ben Richardson off the now wily veteran seamer Nick Tunnell. After Charlie Farrant had hit Jack Hulston a nasty blow in the box and also Rex Boulter in the ribs the Old Sennockians appeared on top, especially with the rejuvenated Will Ritchie racing in down the hill and taking three wickets.
However, a combination of an excellent 46 not out from Rex Boulter and the generosity of the Old Boys in sending down 22 wides, resulted in the School chasing down the total with only 5 wickets down.
Once again it was great to welcome the Old Boys back to Solefields and special mention must go to Mark Spelman for driving down from Birmingham for the fixture. There was a rumour going around the ground that captain Nick Tunnell was contemplating stepping down from the role of captain, due to the fact he could not understand anything Dan Haley and some of the younger members of the team were saying! Hopefully this was unfounded and we look forward to welcoming him back next year.
Old Sennockians 116 AO
Sevenoaks School 119-5
Dan Hayley, Tom Nickols, Ben Richardson, Nick Tunnell capt, Charlie Farrant, Mark Spelman, Kassim Ramji, Tom Farrant ,Will Ritchie, Dave Franklin, Oli Jones, Josh Parker