After a winter of planning the season ahead the real thing has finally started.
EVCC has entered teams at U11 U13 and U15 level in league and cup competitions in both Saxon Shore and Canterbury. It may not seem like it from the outside but given the challenges small village clubs face that is an achievement in itself, it is made all the more impressive by the fact that we are one of only 2 clubs locally to enter teams at all levels. It is appropriate therefore for us to thank all the volunteer coaches and junior club committee members for the hard work over the winter to make this happen, I am most grateful to all of you.
The league programme is yet to start but late April / early May has nonetheless been a busy period. Both the U13 and U15's won through to the Saxon Shore Cup final in their respective age groups, albeit by very different routes.
11's outdoor season started with a cup match at Walmer. For many of our young squad, this was their first taste of a hard ball match in which all of them acquitted themselves fantastically. Everyone gave 110% and never gave up. Unfortunately, they weren't able to pull off the victory but they should be proud of their performance.
The U13's received a bye in the semi final and therefore met Deal Victoria away in the area Final. Batting first they amassed a highly impressive total of 153/4 in their 20 overs. The runs were principally made by Luke Carpenter (30 retired) and Rowan Goldspring (29), but all contributed to the highly impressive score
That was always likely to prove a challenging target for the home team and so it proved. Elham restricting them to 104/5 in reply. Everyone bowled a tight disciplined line but special mention to Sam Castle who frankly could not be played and Henry Warren who took vital wickets just when they looked to push the run rate up. Elham secured a 49 run win and EVCC's first trophy of the season, well done all involved. The win means EVCC progress to the Kent last 16 where we will play Nonington at home
The U15's drew Littlebourne away in their semi final , on paper a tricky fixture for the first game of the season. Batting first EVCC set a hugely impressive 136/3 in 20 overs. As the score suggests everyone contributed but the stand out innings was Luke Carpenters 50 retired , his first half century and playing up 2 years. It was a classy knock, not one chance given and full of positive cricket.
In reply a good Littlebourne side found the bowling just too tight and finally reached 75 all out off 16.4 overs. Again an impressive all round bowling display but the highlight was 3 stumpings by Thomas Brookes. Thus EVCC progressed to a home final against Folkestone.
Batting first EVCC really struggled to score against very tight bowling and only a swashbuckling 32 by Thomas Brookes pushed us to a competitive total of 93/4 off our 20 overs. That was always likely to be 20 runs short against a good Folkestone batting line up, so it is to our credit that good bowling put them under considerable pressure, although they did reach their target it took them until the end of the 17th over. Alas not a cup win for EVCC but the consolation is that 2 teams from Shepway progress to the Kent Last16 and we have a game against Canterbury to look forward to.
I think it would be remiss of me not to mention one statistic early in the season. Luke Carpenter who is only 13 has already amassed 102 runs in 3 innings but more impressive his current batting average is 102 , Keep it going Luke!!!
Finally a reminder that training for all is every Saturday at the club between 10am and 12 noon and squad training for those U13 and U15's who wish to play competitive matches every Monday between 18:30 and 20:00.