Dragons Win by 155 Runs.
On a day that was seemingly the hottest for several years, the Sittingbourne ground looked especially well prepared. The Dragons faced an unusually young Gore Court side including several juniors, and tempted by the prospect of glory, having won the toss Chris Arnold not only decided to bat first, but took a rare opportunity of being an opener. This plan had limited success when he was LBW for 10, but at least it opened the way for the youth of the side to shine, led by Josh Mihill who proceeded to ransack the bowling in a superb innings of 139 not out off 98 balls, with 18 fours and a six. He was well supported by the Davies brothers, initially by Ross (57 off 50 balls), and later by Gareth (76 off 46 balls). Their unbroken stand of 153 was two runs better than the previous Dragons record for the 5th wicket set by Jeremy Page and Peter Bawden at Ightham in 1984. Dragons were thus able to declare on a mighty 299 for 4 from their 40 overs.
Gore Court started well with a stand of 66, but after the openers had gone only one other batsman got into double figures. After his relative failure with the bat, Captain Chris decided to redeem himself with the ball by knocking over four of the juniors for 40 runs (nobody noticed that 22 of those came off his second over and any other captain would have taken him off). There were two wickets for the other veteran bowler John Mihill, and two each for Tom Farrant and Ross Davies, and the Dragons had an easy path to a win by 155 runs.
P.S. Advice for drivers. When leaving Gore Court don’t turn up the cul de sac – you may never reach the main road!
Report by Mike Arnold
Bowling: C.Arnold (6-1-40-4)
Batting: J.Mihill (139) G.Davies (76) R.Davies (57)