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Gullands Cricket Report - By our cricket correspondent David Brown

At the time of writing, Gullands have played three matches this season at The Mote in Maidstone, with another three scheduled during the rest of the summer. Read on to find out how the team have fared.

The first match was on 4th June against our friends from Lambert and Foster. Gullands got off to a flying start in their batting, with guest Alex Hubble scoring 37 retired (the rule is that you retire in the over you reach 25 which indicates that Alex scored a lot in his last over!). There were fine contributions from young Louis Murdoch, and the slightly older Dave Wilson. On his debut, our Commercial department’s new acquisition Barrie Jones scored a fluent and calm 20 not out.
A very respectable 131 runs scored in total.

This is by some way higher than Gullands normal score but would it be enough?

It looked like it probably would with Lambert & Foster batsmen quickly falling with only minimal contributions from Mummery, Mathias, Baines and Hodges. However, Ogden struck 23, Ditton chipped in, as did Brandreth junior and Day, with Little both scoring in the 30s to ensure a Lambert & Foster victory that at one stage looked unlikely. Brown of Gullands did take three wickets in one bowling, but unfortunately was clobbered out of sight in his last over.

The next game was with Hidden Hearing who batted first. There was a strong batting performance by Steve Butler, who hit 23 runs, and also by their guest Stuart Chipperfield and a total of 104 runs was amassed. Blair Gulland bowled several tidy overs and there was success for Dave Wilson and Darren.

Gullands batted and criminal expert John Roberts hit his first ball expertly to the leg side boundary for four. Unfortunately, those were the only runs he was to score. However, Rod and Wilson piled on the runs and Gulland hit a fluent 17. Gullands claimed victory with a few overs to spare.

On 27th June we took on our friends from Natwest Bank. Organiser Brown had managed to temporarily prise out of retirement former Private Client expert Gordon Rye, who did not disappoint with an innings of 25 not out. The head of Gullands’ Accounts Department, Wilkins, hit some useful runs as did early order batters Alex and Wilson.

Notwithstanding several good innings from Natwest, including Richard Gower, they could not reach Gullands’ target and the latter triumphed for a second successive match. The excellent captaincy of Commercial Property Expert Simmons has contributed towards the team’s success to date.

The remaining fixtures are against Barclays Bank, BTF Partnership and Crowe Clark Whitehill. The team’s supporters, (often numbering as many as three) have high expectations that the successful run will continue.