A few comments received .....................
Well what an end to the season! A terrific day at the T20 finals on the County Ground and well done to all our team, it really was a one hundred percent performance from all of you.
It was a clinical performance and win over Bromley Common in the semi-final, I do not think that they knew what had hit them. We batted, bowled and fielded very well indeed. I think it was a little unfortunate that we had to play the final so soon after that game. Frindsbury had 3 hours to recover from their game and we had about 20 minutes.
None the less we again performed very well but the last two overs of the Frindsbury innings was the telling part of the game when they reached 181. For much of our innings we were up with the scoring rate but it was not to be. The 160 was still a great effort.
Many thanks as well to all our supporters for coming I hope you enjoyed the day as much as I did.
Incidentally I have looked back in the score books when Tonbridge used to play St Lawrence & Highland Court on the County Ground when in 1970 they got 263 for a few and Tonbridge were all out 153!! My contribution 2. No wonder I couldn't remember it.
Peter French (El Presidente)
An absolutely awesome day, Nads you and the guys should feel super proud at your phenomenal achievements. The fact that Alfie thinks that you are all his heroes speaks volumes. Congratulations to all.
A fantastic effort from you all! Every member of the club who has played in the T20 competition this year should be immensely proud of their efforts in helping get us to the finals day.
Congratulations to the 1st XI an the 2nd XI for their fantastic league wins too.
The standard of cricket played yesterday by Tonbridge was possibly the highest I have seen at the club in 40 years playing - I think the President would agree with that. It was a superb days cricket played at high intensity with the semi-final win being an amazing onslaught of power hitting fielding & bowling. Chirag scored 100 runs in the day with some awesome timing aided by the ever classy Jayden with plenty of cameo's from all the team. We were only beaten by an exceptional innings and should all be very proud of the achievement - congratulations to everyone who played on the day & got the team there in the first place. A magnificent season & a joy to be part of such a great club !
Don't rest on our laurels. Keep working hard at our games and developing this wonderful club.
Yes, sentiments totally agreed with Peter, what a great day for the club & a terrific team performance in both games, congratulations all round. I thought the standard of cricket was exceptional, especially in the final, in fact it wasn't the slogging match I anticipated, there was some seriously classy cricket being played by both sides, and great to see both teams appreciating the others efforts during and at the end of the games. In the final, 341 runs in 40 overs sounds very much like "the heave ho" but not much of it. Even that back paddle shot for 4 by Ben was class! And I'm an old fashioned traditionalist of the game usually!!! Batting, bowling and fielding was of a very high standard, in fact I overheard a lady in the clubhouse saying that she had seen the best day's cricket at the St. Lawrence Ground all season, obviously an ardent Kent supporter, that can't be bad! Well done.
Hi Hugh, Thanks for the photos, it really bring the day alive to us older members who no longer live in the area.
You now have a great story to tell to young kids in the Tonbridge area about being coached by the club so they can reach high playing standards and also become long term members of the club.
John Hansell, Narborough CC
Heard a lot from those who attended the game but didn't play, so I thought I would give a player perspective. It was absolutely fantastic to see so many come to watch, and have the President rearrange his trip (abroad) to Scotland just so he could watch. The unity at the club is fantastic at the moment, and it is so nice to get on with absolutely everyone at the club. One thing we have to remember is to keep that unity and friendship regardless of team results. It was a joy to play on that pitch, and I thought we really looked the part in those kits.
A bit of loose bowling by me at the beginning, as well as some exceptional hitting at the end made it a tough ask, but Chirag batted exceptionally again in the final to take us close.
Hopefully we can go one better next year.
Thanks to all who came to support us and to those who had sent their best wishes too.
The cricket was excellent but even better was the spirit in which it was played. Martin rightly pointed out that the results should not effect our unity and friendships at the club. As a team we win together and lose together...
The stats from the game for those who could not attend the day show that it was a much closer game than the final result suggests.
Thanks again to all on and off the field who have made this a memorable season 2014!
I have to say I love those stats...amazing!