Elmstead II v Eight Ash Green Cricket Club Two Counties 1st XI on Sat 30 Jun 2018 at 13:00
Eight Ash Green Cricket Club Won by 7 wickets

Match report Another imperious batting display from Stuart Hammond saw the Green end their away-day blues with a 7 wicket and 19 point win at Elmstead.
Stuart ended unbeaten on 110 and led the side home as he so simply but effectively managed the home bowling attack, caressing the ball into gaps in the field, while playing shots that many of us could only dream of playing; well, that certainly applies to me but maybe not Matt Parker. Anyway, back to Stuart; he shared an opening stand of 116 with Porky, who shows his own batting class and mixes it with a large portion of oomph (and no James, that's not something you can eat); he fell for 64 which then enabled Jamie Murray to have a quick bat before having to dash off for work. At least, that was the theory; what we actually saw was a wonderfully entertaining cameo that provided the mid-innings impetus to power us to victory. Jamie's timing was a delight as he smashed his 22 balls to all parts, only to fall one run short of a deserved half century - he may not have upstaged Stuart, but Jamie made a damned fine attempt to do so. I suppose that it's only right that I should mention that Ollie came in soon after, following a rare failure for skipper Keith, and managed the small matter of 35 runs fewer than Jamie from the same number of balls!
As for the Elmstead innings, Oli toiled manfully through 15 overs in considerable heat and produced one of his best spells of bowling this season, although only being rewarded with a couple of wickets. Stephen provided excellent support from the other end, after being brought on early as Matt continued with his record of never having taken a wicket at Vicarage Meadow; at least on this occasion no batter came close to planting one of Matt's balls into the Parker front garden. The 4th wicket partnership produced 119 but was perhaps a little pedestrian and meant that Elmstead didn't set a more challenging target. A late flurry of wickets helped with the bonus points for the Green as Joe picked up a brace of his own and Keith went one better with three in two overs; don't forget that you are on a hat trick next time you bowl, skipper.
A couple of cold ones afterwards ended another enjoyable day.

Elmstead II Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
2nb 5w 1b 2lb 
for 8 wickets
252 (45.0 overs)
F Eadie ct  J Parker b Firmin 43 92 62 9 69.35
J Elliott b  Firmin 30 55 41 6 73.17
A Worsley ct  & b Nunn 22 22 16 4 137.50
R Khaira ct  S Hammond b Young 75 100 64 11 1 117.19
A Prestney b  K Hammond 55 98 72 6 76.39
Z Pushman ct  Woodhouse b K Hammond 1 3 3 33.33
J Grimes st  J Parker b Young 2 3 5 40.0
K Cooper Not Out  9 9 5 1 180.0
G Cook b  K Hammond 0 1 1 0
J Tearle Not Out  5 4 3 1 166.67
B Clarke  

Eight Ash Green Cricket Club Two Counties 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Matt Parker4.002900.007.25
Oli Firmin15.0366233.004.40
Stephen Nunn13.0153153.004.08
Andrew Woodhouse5.004100.008.20
Joe Young6.0046223.007.67
Keith-Henry Hammond2.001434.677.00

Eight Ash Green Cricket Club Two Counties 1st XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
1nb 6w 1lb 
for 3 wickets

(41.2 overs)
James Parker b  Elliott 64 71 62 8 1 103.23 1 1
Stuart Hammond Not Out  110 143 128 12 85.94 1
Jamie Murray ct  & b Khaira 49 26 22 7 1 222.73
Keith-Henry Hammond ct  & b Khaira 8 16 15 1 53.33
Ollie Stovell Not Out  14 27 22 1 63.64
Stephen Nunn   1
Joe Young  
Andrew Woodhouse   1
Jack Smith  
Oli Firmin  
Matt Parker  

Elmstead II Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
A Worsley4.002700.006.75
Z Pushman8.015300.006.63
R Khaira15.0082241.005.47
J Elliott11.0070170.006.36
J Tearle2.00900.004.50
J Grimes1.201100.008.25