David Kitt hits maiden century

A fantastic team performance, personified by David Kitt’s maiden century, led WBCC 3rd XI to victory over Dorking, lifting the 3s off the bottom of the table to be replaced by the team they triumphed over and putting them right on the tail of Holmbury St Mary in 5th.

The 3rd XI were put in the field as the Dorking skipper called correctly at the toss and elected to bat, obviously looking to gain maximum points against a team they had beaten by over 100 runs just a few weeks previously. The 3s got on top early however with Arnold striking in the first over to remove the Dorking skipper for just 4, with a beautiful delivery that just clipped the top of off stump. Captain Hopper got in on the act soon after trapping the Dorking number 3 lbw, having only just been reprieved by a ball that struck leg stump but the bails refusing to be dislodged.

Dorking then went through a period of consolidation, though Arnold had a couple of claims for caught behind, with a recovery taking place from 15-2 to 97-2 before Rogers was brought on and two quick wickets put WBCC back in command, his off-spin clearly causing problems for the Dorking batsmen. Hine was then brought into the attack and despite skipper Hopper being told that he was a batsman, produced two snorting bouncers that put the Dorking batsmen right back on their crease and then followed this up with some full length deliveries, with checked drives being pounced first by Ian Kitt at short cover then by Hine himself with a caught and bowled.

Hopper continued to change his bowling attack which brought rewards as Manoharan got a wicket that exposed the Dorking’s youthful tail before Hine got his third late on to leave WBCC 191 runs to chase in 40 overs.

So Golding and David Kitt got the WBCC innings off to a solid start, rotating the strike well and punishing anything short which meant that the new ball was seen off without any clear-cut chances being created. Golding was looking particularly strong square of the wicket, bringing out his favourite cut shot on numerous occasions while Kitt was driving well, turning good deliveries into 4s through mid-on so that at the half-way stage, WBCC were ahead of the run rate and still with all 10 wickets remaining.

As Dorking rotated their bowlers in search of a breakthrough, the WBCC opening pair were finding gaps in the field with regularity, continuing their good work with quick singles, setting themselves up nicely for a burst at the end which started after the 30th over as Kitt in particular upped the run-rate, accelerating towards his maiden century while Golding turned the strike over nicely. Two quick wickets with less than 10 runs to go slowed proceedings but it was only fitting that Kitt hit the winning runs, ending on a magnificent 115 not out as the 3s won by 8 wickets.

With a week’s break until their next match, if the 3s can repeat this performance at home to Capel on 6th June, they will be no doubt climbing up the table very soon.

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