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Sat 07
Linton Park CC - 2nd XI
2nd XI
2nds promoted AND Div. 6 Champions

2nds promoted AND Div. 6 Champions

By John Hall
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Comfortable win secures title

Having secured promotion to Division 5 last week, a strong 2nd XI line-up ticked the last remaining box beside the season's objectives by comfortably beating Linton Park in the last game of the league season to become Division 6 Champions.

Skipper Hall (junior) played to the team's strength by winning the toss and bowling first, a decision soon vindicated by his opening bowlers. Dru found good movement to take two early wickets, aided by some brilliant catching from Jason in the slips. At the other end, Matt Talbot bowled an immaculate line and length to concede just 4 runs in 6 overs! Neither was there any respite as first Max (4 for 30 from 9 overs) and then Lucas (2 for 14 from 7) joined the attack. As usual, the fielding and catching were excellent with Nat grabbing 3 behind the stumps. The Pauls (Howard and Tunstall) took one apiece to finish off the innings on 98 in the 40th over.

Linton Park are at a similar stage of team building to the Outwood of 2 years ago. They have some very promising young bowlers who, if they can keep them, will provide a stern test in years to come. However, at a required rate of only 2.5 runs/over Outwood were in no particular hurry and after a steady start were able to up the rate to overtake the required total in the 24th over for the solitary loss of James for 22. In completing an unbeaten 50, Paul Howard became the leading run scorer for the season (257 at an average of 36.7), overtaking Keith by just 8 runs (249 @ 35.6).

A highly successful season in which all of the 31 players who represented the 2nds in at least one game should give themselves a well-deserved pat on the back. A great team effort. Same again next year?

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Match details

Match date

Sat 07, Sep 2019



Meet time



1. M25/M26/M20 to J7 (A249 Bearsted exit). Follow A249, then A229 south through Maidstone (best to avoid on a busy day). Follow A229 through Loose and turn L onto B2163 Heath Rd. Pass Cornwallis Academy on left. Opposite Hubbards Lane, turn R down narrow track beside house and through woods (signposted to Linton Park C.C.).
2. Shorter country route: M25/M26 to J2a. Right onto A20 to Wrotham Heath. At roundabout turn R into Seven Mile Lane (B2016/A228 to Paddock Wood). After 4 miles, turn L onto A26 through Mereworth and Wateringbury to Teston. Turn R onto B2163 to West Farleigh, over Teston Bridge. Turn R into Lower Road (B2010) towards Yalding and W. Farleigh. In village, fork L onto B2163 to Coxheath and Linton. Stay on B2163 all the way, turning left onto Heath Road, through Coxheath and across A229. Pass Cornwallis Academy on left. Opposite Hubbards Lane, turn R down narrow track beside house and through woods (signposted to Linton Park C.C.).


Division 6