202/5 (dec) - 109/9
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Match Report

The square at Bendenden had taken a fair downpour in the previous week, providing a challenging batting track, not made easier by a couple of showers and some intermittent drizzle, although the double rainbow produced a picture postcard aspect. In spite of a rare sighting of Chris Villiers spinning out 2 victims, the Straggler attack kept Benenden tight but didn’t turn pressure into enough wickets, as catches went down, and a reasonable score was ground out, and then turned into a challenging target with a final flourish, to reach 202 for 5.
The Straggler batting, bristling with young talent, could not quite manage the conditions to best advantage, and were undone by a couple of exceptional catches by Hamish Cloke in the deep, to remove both Jasper and Al Smallwood. Angus and Hugo Ward looked elegant, but not for long enough; Matt Smallwood accepting the inevitability of the draw was nearly undone by Al, who had not given up hope of an unlikely chase from 47 for 5; and in the end it was left to Benny Smallwood, scoring his first Straggler runs, and the Chairman to hold out for the draw at 109 for 9.


Benenden, Cranbrook TN17 4EF, UK