Dragons Win by 4 Wickets.
Monday of Tour got off to a slightly inauspicious start for the Dragons Captain who made the somewhat optimistic breakfast order of eggs benedict from the Weald of Kent kitchens. When the residue of the previous night’s chicken casserole appeared on top of an egg, he realised his faux pas but gallantly finished the plate and came through the incident suitably chastened, but otherwise unharmed.
Monday of course means the traditional fixture at Macknade. Following the disaster of “oeuf-gate” the Skipper did manage to win the toss and had no hesitation in putting them in. This looked a dubious decision when Macknade’s captain L Ridgeon savagely laid into the Dragons’ opening attack, hammering 63 at better than a run a ball. Ross Davies (6-1-20-1) and Tim Mihill (8-0-56-3) picked up some quick wickets to peg back the home side and at the halfway stage the Dragons were well placed. Unfortunately, the introduction of S Wade into the “attack” proved to be erroneous and the Macknade middle order tucked in to the assorted buffet, at one stage threatening to run away with things. However, a late blast from T Farrant (8-1-34-3) reined them in and Macknade closed on a respectable but eminently chaseable 220-7 from their allotted 40 overs.
In response, the Dragons got off to a flyer, C Churchman (88) and S Arnold (68) putting on more than 150 for the first wicket, effectively putting Macknade well and truly out of things. There was a brief wobble with the loss of 3 quick wickets, but R Tavare (19*) and J Mihill (7*) saw the Dragons home in the 33rd over for the loss of just 4 wickets.
Overall, another convincing win for the Dragons leaving everyone in buoyant mood, only dampened by A Keens’ flatulence on the journey back to Headcorn.
Report by Simon Wade
Bowling: T.Farrant (8-1-34-3) T.Mihill (8-0-56-3)
Batting: C.Churchman (88) C.Arnold (68)