Cricket: Clubbie Cup Round-Up
Leeds and Broomfield were deservedly crowned champions of the inaugural Clubbie Cup 1st XI competition on Saturday after a 116-run demolition of third-placed Gravesend.
The Clubbie Cup has seen five prominent Kent-based amateur cricket clubs (the others being Dartford, Tenterden and The Mote) battle it out over a 10-week period in the absence of any Kent League cricket, which was suspended for the 2020 season as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Matches have been 40 overs per side, played in a league format with home and away fixtures between the clubs’ 1st and 2nd XIs.
Leeds and Broomfield would perhaps not have been favourites to win the league on paper being from Division 3 of the Kent League (three of their rivals play in Division 2), but they have been dominant throughout, losing just one of their eight matches, a narrow one-wicket defeat at the hands of The Mote back in July. They finish their campaign with an unassailable 123 points from their eight matches.
Central to Leeds and Broomfield’s success has been the consistency of batsmen George Davis (349 runs from 7 innings) and skipper Max Aitken, pictured above in action (348 runs from 7 innings), both of whom were in fine touch on Saturday, scoring 87 and 88 respectively and contributing to a daunting total of 241 despite an excellent return of 5-31 from Gravesend’s Christopher Hinks. Gravesend were never really in the hunt after slumping to 71-5 and it was left to Edward Scrivens (2-1) to mop up the tail and cement his position at the top of the 1st XI league’s wicket-taking charts (12 wickets at 11.25).
The Mote 1st XI are 36 points back in second place, a position they secured with one match left to play on Saturday following a commanding 6-wicket victory over Dartford. Chasing just 136 to win, The Mote sauntered home with fine contributions from Chris Back (44), Philip Apps (39) and Matthew White (33).
The second XI competition still very much hangs in the balance. Leeds and Broomfield sit top on 109 points having cruised to a 7-wicket victory chasing 158 against Gravesend on Saturday (Dom O’Connell 53* and Tim Dibble 40*) but they know that, barring penalty points, they are booked for second place as The Mote and Gravesend will face off this Saturday in a winner-takes-all encounter. Gravesend will need to bounce back from Saturday’s disappointment if they are to claim the title, whilst The Mote will go into the game full of confidence having enjoyed a last-over 6-wicket defeat of Dartford thanks to a majestic 113* from veteran batsman James Hodgson. Gravesend will, however, take confidence from the fact they have home advantage and won the corresponding fixture in a low-scoring affair last month.
As well as sponsoring the competition, Clubbie are offering awards for the leading run-scorer, top wicket-taker, most catches, highest batting score and best bowling analysis across the two leagues. Heading into the last round of fixtures this Saturday, the position on these awards is as follows:
- Leading run-scorer: George Davis (Leeds and Broomfield) – 387 runs
- Leading wicket-taker: Edward Scrivens (Leeds and Broomfield) – 12 wickets
- Most catches: Chris Davis (Leeds and Broomfield) – 7 catches
- Highest batting score: David Walker (Dartford) – 118 (Vs Tenterden 2nd XI)
- Best bowling analysis: Max Luckett (Dartford) – 5/24 (Vs Gravesend 1st XI)
An exciting Saturday awaits with plenty to play for, espcially in that league decider at Gravesend. Best of luck to all!