Cricket: Karvelas is at his fiery best in heat
3rd July 2019
VISITORS Bickley Park were made to feel the heat on a scorching day at the Nevill as they were bundled out and the home side reached the target after only 62 balls of their reply.
After the disappointing defeat to bottom-of-the-table HSBC, this represented a spirited revival by Chris Williams’ side, who are now fourth in the Kent League Premier Division.
With temperatures in the high 30s, it seemed appropriate that a Bollywood film crew should have taken up residence in the marquees that were left over from Kent’s Festival week.
Bickley Park won the toss and elected to bat on a track that looked made for runs, with the outfield fast and flat.
But they were soon in trouble as Ari Karvelas put in a typically fiery spell, grabbing two early wickets and ending up with 3 for 12 in his ten overs.
Opener Will Holcombe tried to steady the ship but the cause was not helped when he was run out by Williams.
The first change of Ian McLean (2 for 17) gave no respite, and this was followed by the incisive spin of Marcus O’Riordan (2 for 18), who also pulled off a fine slip-catch.
After lusty hitting from the tail, the innings folded for just 71 off 33.1 overs.
The Wells reply began just as badly as James Madgwick was dismissed first ball. But skipper Williams saw his side home without further alarm.
He remained unbeaten on 35 with six fours, while Sam Stickler was also undefeated on 26 as they overtook the victory target from just 10.1 overs.
Tunbridge Wells now pay a visit to Canterbury on Saturday (July 6).