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Howzat By cricket correspondent David C Brown

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

The first was against our friends from Lambert & Foster. On a sunny evening in early June Gullands batted first and scored (for us) a very high total of 160 off 20 overs.  Commercial Property expert Barrie Jones scored 25, and John Roberts and David Brown chipped in. However, credit must be given to Gullands’ guest players, particularly Paul Reynolds, Alex Hubble and Saffir, who contributed substantially to the score.  On his debut
for Gullands, new paralegal Ben Gallafant unfortunately scored a duck.  However when it came to bowl Gallafant came into his own and took 3 wickets!  All bowled. Great work Ben.  Although Tim Duncan, Ben Brandreth and guest Fred Kember all made big scores, Lambert & Foster fell short of the target and Gullands had taken revenge after last year’s defeat.

The next game was with Hidden Hearing and Gullands amassed a total of 123.  Retired Probate lawyer Gordon Rye scored a masterful 25, and there were strong contributions from guest Wilson and Stuart Chipperfield.  In their reply Paul Reynolds, Robert Bartlett and Jon Holland made substantial contributions but unfortunately play had to stop due to poor weather so an honourable draw was agreed upon.

The next match was against a strong BTF team on a sunny day at the end of July. Gullands’ captain Tim Simmons was unfortunately absent. This disadvantage was heroically overcome and batting first Gullands scored a strong 154 runs.  Criminal and Regulatory Law expert John Roberts scored 22 not out in one of his best innings ever (the recent purchase of spectacles has clearly assisted).  Credit once again must be given to Gullands’ guests Rod Martenstyn, Stuart Chipperfield, Alex Hubble and Wilson who made big scores.

When BTF batted, big scores were made by Richard Sabin, Richard Thomas and Alex Cornwallis.  However, good bowling by Gullands restricted the visitors.  Blair Gulland playing in his first game of the season was tidy and Barrie Jones also starred despite playing with an ankle injury.  If anything this appeared to improve his game.  In the end BTF fell a dozen or so short of Gullands’ total and, as usual, everyone adjourned to the pavilion for beer and sandwiches.