Hammond and Warner usher Cowdrey to victory

Hammond and Warner usher Cowdrey to victory

Old Colfeians 234-8 lost to Cowdrey 235-4 by 6 wkts

COWDREY welcomed a strong Old Colfeians side to Swanmead in Kent League Division Four, the visitors boosted by the presence of the Lorimer brothers, formerly of Premier Division side Bickley Park.

Old Colfeians won the toss and chose to bat first, and they got off to a flyer, but new recruit Thom Brown (2 for 39) put the brakes on, dismissing the dangerous Alex Lorimer lbw.

Wickets then fell at regular intervals and the run-rate fell but Peter Tarrant steadying the ship for Old Colfeians with an unbeaten 62 with four fours and a six.

Old Colfeians finished on 234 for 8 and would have wanted a few more on a good track with a fast outfield, Retin Patel contributing 44 and Ryan Addison picking up 2 for 51.

Cowdrey’s innings started off with fireworks with Australian recruit Ash Borella finding the boundary on a regular basis in his knock of 76 with 12 fours and two sixes.

Alex Lorimer worked up a decent pace and crashed one delivery into the rib cage of fellow opener Jack Southwart, but Old Colfeians would suffer for not taking their chances.

With the positive start Cowdrey reached 114 for 3 in the 20th over. But then Borella was deceived by Harry Kelleher and was cleaned bowled.

When Addison departed shortly afterwards the match was hanging in the balance but the experience of Andy Hammond and veteran Glen Warner shone through.

Both were dropped early on – the visitors were made to pay for putting down six catches in total.

The pair went on to compile an unbroken partnership of 109, both reaching half-centuries in the match-winning stand.

Hammond remained unbeaten on 52 with six fours and two sixes, and Warner scored 57 not out with 10 boundaries as Cowdrey reached their target on 235 for 4 with 10 overs left.

Now Cowdrey travel to Addington Village on Saturday [May 26], looking to continue their unbeaten start to the season.

? Also in Division Four, Tonbridge notched up a tense three-wicket win over Catford Wanderers. The latter posted 215 in their 50 overs with Shavawn Cunningham making 88. But M Topaam (57) and Ben Salt (59) saw Tonbridge to victory on 217 for 7 with 10 balls remaining.

PICTURE: WINNING PARTNERSHIP: Andy Hammond (left) and Glen Warner

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