Champions slip up in opener

CHRIST CHURCH UNIVER­SITY MIS-FIRE IN FIRST GAME AGAINST CAN­TER­BURY, In­door cricket

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Sport -

Of the re­sults of six Pharon In­door Cricket League fix­tures fea­tur­ing univer­sity teams on Sun­day, there was one that could be of spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance come the new year.

Champions for the past two years, Christ Church 1 lost – to Can­ter­bury 1. The stu­dents’ first ap­pear­ance in de­fence of their ti­tle was strangely in­ept.

They were their usual nim­ble selves in the field but, with one or two ex­cep­tions, fell short in other ar­eas.

The make-up of both sides looked a bit dif­fer­ent to last sea­son and it was an opening stand be­tween Sam Burt (32) and Justin Macvicar (26) that was mainly re­spon­si­ble for Can­ter­bury’s to­tal of 105.

CCCU’S hopes then rested on two of the 2016-17 squad but, after Jack Wheeler was stumped for 34 and Phil Sem­mens caught for 22, CCCU were dis­mised for 89.

As if to atone for ear­lier in­dis­cre­tions, CCCU stayed on the pitch to out­play new­lypro­moted Sturry 1 who found out what life in Di­vi­sion 1 is all about.

With ev­ery bats­men col­lect­ing runs at will, CCCU made 146-2, Sturry replied with 68-4.

CCCU2 then marked their First Di­vi­sion de­but with a sin­glewicket win over Gravesend, run­ners-up last sea­son.

In a low-scor­ing match, CCCU, chas­ing a mere 68, were res­cued by last man James Roche (22 not).

Us­ing a slow bowler ‘at the death’ can be a gam­ble but it paid div­i­dends for UKC1 when they pre­vented Street End 1 adding an­other 12 runs for a last-over vic­tory.

James Duck­ett, who had taken a wicket with the first ball of his two-over spell, con­ceded eight runs be­fore Street End’s Kevin Hopper was asked to hit the fi­nal de­liv­ery for four.

He could not get the ball away and UKC won by one run.

Ear­lier, Duck­ett, Danny Ver­non and Adil had all got 20s in a to­tal re­garded as un­lucky, 111-3.

For Street End, Joe Gold­bacher was 34 not out and An­drew Smith caught and bowled for 25.

In UKC’S next game, Brew­ster Sur­ridge (38 not) and Ver­non Duck­ett, both 26 not out, took them to 130-3 against Can­ter­bury 2.

The in-form Ben Rutherford (27) top scored for Can­te­brury but they lost by 47 runs.

In the Third Di­vi­sion, Ch­est­field and Sturry 2 kept their 100% records, beat­ing Faver­sham and Gravesend 6ers 2 re­spec­tively.

On Saturday morn­ing, there will be all to play for at the Kent Academy when Broad­stairs and Ch­est­field, both un­de­feated, meet in the un­der-15s’ league. The win­ners will be champions.

After mak­ing 145-3, Ch­est­field shot out Whit­stable for 35.

Can­ter­bury broke their duck, beat­ing St Lawrence and High­land Court by 13 runs. Re­sults Ju­niors Ch­est­field 145-3 (B. Car­pen­ter-friend 31not, E. Chan­dler 30not, F. Mcgrath 31, B. Wall 27not); Whit­stable 35 (W. Vant 10; E. Burgess 2-9). Ch­est­field won by 110 runs. Can­ter­bury 83-4 (J. Mcwit­tie 29not, G. Good­er­ham 18not); St Lawrence & High­land Court 70 (E. Glover 14, J. Baker 12). Can­ter­bury won by 13 runs. Se­niors Di­vi­sion 1 UKC 111-3 (J. Duck­ett 28not, D. Ver­non 27not, Adil 23); Street End 110-4 (J. Gold­bacher 34not, A. Smith 25; Adil 2-25). UKC won by one run. UKC 1 130-3 (B. Sur­ridge 38not, J. Duck­ett 26not, D. Ver­non 26ret, Afzal 18); Can­ter­bury 2 83 (B. Rutherford 27, S. Had­low 19, D. Gold­sack 17; Adil 2-10, Afzal 2-33). UKC won by 47runs. Can­ter­bury 1 105 (S. Burt 32, J. Macvicar 26); CCCU 1 89 (J. Wheeler 34, P. Sem­mens 22; J. Macvicar 2-23, B. Cooper 2-34). Can­ter­bury won by 16 runs. CCCU 1 146-2 (T. Evans 30not, A., Griggs 28, J. Wheeler 25ret), P. Sem­mens 25not); Sturry 68-4 (D. Gen­try 26not, M. Radley 21not). CCCU won by 78 runs. Gravesend 68-4 (S. Rana 19; J. Roche 2-14). CCCU2 69-5 (J. Roche 22not) CCCU2 won by one wicket. Di­vi­sion 2 UKC 2 106-3 (L. Hills 34not, S. Ni­chol­son 19not); CCCU 3 107-4 (S. Joyce 49not, J. Har­ris 23, D. Har­ri­son 23not). CCCU won by two wick­ets. Di­vi­sion 3 Faver­sham 91 (T. Bird 29, M. Par­nell 16, C. Howe 16); Ch­est­field 96-2 (B. Car­pen­ter-friend 25ret, J. Whitington 25ret, D. James 17not). Ch­est­field won by four wick­ets. Gravesend 6ers 2 48; Sturry 2 49-0 (S. Lamy­man 26ret, F. Wrench 14not). Sturry won by six wick­ets. Fix­tures: Saturday: Ju­niors 11.15am Ch­est­field v Broad­stairs; 12.30pm Can­ter­bury v Whit­stable Sun­day: Se­niors Di­vi­sion 2 10.45am Gravesend 6ers 1 v Mar­gate 2; noon Mar­gate 1 v UKC 2; 1.15pm CCCU 3 v UKC 2 Di­vi­sion 1 2.30pm Gravesend v CCCU1; 3.45pm Street End 1 v CCCU1; 5pm CCCU2 v Can­ter­bruy 2; 6.15pm Sturry 1 v CCCU2; 7.30pm Can­ter­bury 1 v UKC 1.

Pic­tures: Tony Flash­man FM4952099, FM4952103

Above, Can­ter­bury 2s. Be­low, Univer­sity of Kent

Pic­tures: Tony Flash­man FM4952025, left; FM4952058, above; FM4952097

Left, Univer­sity of Kent’s Michael Tyrer. Above, team­mate Brew­ster Sur­ridge hits out. Be­low, Can­ter­bury 2s’ Phil Walker

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