HAMISH GRANT hit an undefeated century as KIDMORE END ran out seven wicket winners at home to
HAMISH GRANT hit an undefeated century as KIDMORE END ran out seven wicket winners at home to THE FIDDLERS on Sunday.
Visiting skipper Mike Salmon won the toss and elected to bat first. Tom Mellor was the first batsman to be dismissed with Zac Leonard taking the catch at point off the bowling of the James Frost.
With Frost bowling Farhan Qureshi and then having Matt Baglow caught behind, the Fiddlers innings was looking shaky at 32-3. However, the experience of John Hewitt was to prove invaluable for the visitors in this situation as in partnership with Govinder Bhachau, they put on 83 for the fourth wicket before Bhachau was run out courtesy of good fielding by youngster Nathan Ruegg.
Hewitt was joined by Hamza Din and with Hewitt playing the more aggressive role, Din was happy to rotate the strike to his more senior partner. Hewitt was the next to be dismissed following on from the fine keeping from Grant in another unaccustomed role behind the stumps. Hewitt hit 10 boundaries in his 65 and with his dismissal the Fiddlers then lost their next three wickets for 11 runs as they moved towards a declaration.
With the experienced partnership of Nigel Couzens and Rahul Mohindru batting at eight and nine, they realised the importance of quick runs in the remaining overs. With Couzens being the more aggressive of the two, he attacked at every opportunity in the last seven overs of the innings and deposited Leonard on to the roof of the pavilion in the final over of the Fiddlers innings. Their partnership had realised 51 when the declaration was made after 47 overs with the score on 216-7.
Following on from the early dismissal of Joe Holloran, Grant and Leonard took the opportunities presented to them as they punished the bad balls when they came along.
With Grant happy to mix boundaries with a rock-solid defence, Leonard reached his 50 first with Grant following shortly after courtesy of a six into the neighbouring houses. Their partnership had put on 189 before Leonard was bowled by Mellor for 76 with his innings containing six fours and a six.
With Grant bringing up his maiden century for the club in the next over, he then saw the side home to victory and ended up on 118 not out, with his innings containing 14 fours and four sixes.