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Chairman's Report 23 June

Chairman's Report 23 June

Bernard Hughes23 Jun - 20:24
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A busy week across the club

To start with something I missed from last week’s message. On Saturday 15 June a large group of former Polytechnic members descended on the club for a reunion. Mike Graham reported: ‘We were made so welcome. Several of us went into the first team dressing room to look at the old honour's boards. The players made us feel at home and chatted with all of us. The attitude said so much about the club.’ This is such a lovely thing to hear from old members who are still very much part of the club’s story. Thanks to the current players who made them feel welcome – it’s lovely to hear.

On Saturday the 1s rescued a winning draw from a pretty iffy position. Chasing 250 we were in the mire at 62-5, at which point Declain Oldrieve (78) and James Harris (47) put on 95 for the 6th wicket, and we finished on 213-8, with a higher run rate. The 1s stay 3rd in the league.

The 2s scored a convincing win over Kenton. We made 228-8, Ryan Davies just missing out on a ton, with a brilliant 94. We bowled them out for 109 with a handful of overs left, to secure the 12 point win, Saqlain Sheikh’s 5-34 including the winning wicket. We are now 4th in the table.

The 3s lost to Twickenham. We made 171(Swaps Anaokar 60*) and they got them for 6 with 3 overs to spare. The 3s are 5th in their league. The 4s also lost. SKLPC made 182 (Barny Whitehead 6-51) but we fell short with the bat, bowled out for 117. The 4s stay 4th and still in the hunt.

The 5s picked up a good win against Ealing 6s to go second in the table. We bowled them out for 72 (Charlie Harris 6 wickets) and chased them for 4 and were the first team back at the clubhouse. The 6s put up a decent showing against league-leaders Wycombe House 4s, posting 133-9 (Bernard Hughes 60) and taking 5 of their wickets on the way.

On Sunday the women’s team took part in a softball tournament. We played 4 matches against Stanmore, North London, Shepherd’s Bush A and B teams. We won three of them and drew one. There was an exciting final against North London that resulted in joint first place. Thanks to everyone who took part in a great fun afternoon.

The MDL team got their first win, with a convincing defeat of Hampstead. They made 195-9 and we chased down for 3, Curran Bains (58*) and Seb Eyre (50 off 20 balls) seeing us home in just 24 overs. The Sunday friendly side lost, but Matt Harrison made a decent 50 to keep up his good form.

On Thursday the T20 side got their campaign off to a winning start against Wycombe House. They made 163 and we chased down for 3 with 3.5 overs to spare, Seb Eyre making 47 off 19 balls and Alex Kirkpatrick 56* off 32.

In the week there were junior losses for the U10s, U13s and U13 Girls, but well done everyone who played.

Have a good week everyone and let’s continue to press in every game we play.


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