Canterbury & District Bat & Trap League

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League News

21-05-2016  –  Extra Division 3 Fixtures

Due to Red Lion A pulling out of the league, there are now only 6 teams in Division 3. A handful of extra game have been added to their fixture list giving each side 12 matches as previously worked. These are:

Week 4 - 8th JuneTwo Brewers AvKestrels
Week 6 - 6th JulyArtichoke BvDove Inn A
Week 8 - 3rd AugTwo Brewers BvTwo Brewers A
Week 10 - 24th AugDove Inn AvAlma A
Week 12 - 7th SepAlma AvArtichoke B
To be RearrangedKestrelsvTwo Brewers B

04-06-2016  –  Revised Division 4 Fixtures

Due to the White Lion and Red Lion D pulling out of the league, there are now only 5 teams in Division 4. A revised fixture list has been devised with teams now playing each other 3 times. The fixture list is:

Week 4 - 8th JuneHerne Bay FCvAlma B
White HorsevKings Head
Week 5 - 22nd JuneHuntsman & HornvWhite Horse
Alma BvKings Head
Extra game - 29th JuneAlma BvHerne Bay FC
Week 6 - 6th JulyHerne Bay FCvHuntsman & Horn
White HorsevAlma B
Week 7 - 13th JulyKings HeadvHerne Bay FC
Huntsman & HornvWhite Horse
Week 8 - 3rd AugHerne Bay FCvWhite Horse
Huntsman & HornvKings Head
Week 9 - 10th AugHuntsman & HornvHerne Bay FC
Kings HeadvAlma B
Week 10 - 24th AugWhite HorsevKings Head
Alma BvHuntsman & Horn
Week 11 - 31st AugAlma BvHerne Bay FC
Kings HeadvWhite Horse
Week 12 - 7th SepHerne Bay FCvWhite Horse
Huntsman & HornvAlma B
Week 13 - 14th SepAlma BvWhite Horse
Kings HeadvHuntsman & Horn
Week 14 - 21st SepHerne Bay FCvKings Head
White HorsevAlma B
To be RearrangedHerne Bay FCvHuntsman & Horn
White HorsevHuntsman & Horn

09-07-2016  –  Division 4

Herne Bay FC have now pulled out of the league. Any side due to play in the fixture list will be awarded a 2-0 win.

13-07-2016  –  Festival Cup Final

The first silverware of the season was won by 2nd division Evenhill Crusaders, who beat 2 time Festival Cup winners and reigning Premier Division champions Artichoke A 2-0 at the Red Lion, Dunkirk. Sean Loomer amassed 46 runs on the night with team mate Dave Leavesley taking 4 traps.

20-07-2016  –  Invicta Cup Final

By Winning the Festival Cup, Evenhill Crusaders represented the Canterbury and District League in the newly formed Invicta Cup against the winners of a similar competition from the Medway League. The competition is a 2 legged game, with the 1st leg at the Evenhill against the Dancing Dog from Bobbing. The Evenhill won 3-0 on the day, top scorers for the Evenhill were Clive Green with 24 runs and Neil Whitcombe with 26 runs, the top trapper was Debbie Manwering from the Dancing Dog who took 5 traps. The 2nd leg is on the 31st July at the Dancing Dog, with the Crusaders just needing 1 leg to secure victory.

24-07-2016  –  World Cup of Bat and Trap.

The 3rd World Cup will take place this year on Sunday 21st August at Capel Village Hall, Falmouth Place, Five Oak Green nr Tonbridge. The league will be running a coach again this year, with the picking up point at 8.45am at the Victoria Hotel, Canterbury. Anyone wishing to come along and support the league, please contact Jakey Janes or Steve Bassett. There are 35 seats available on a first come, first serve basis at a cost of £10.00 for a return trip.

Steve BassettKestrelsColin Burden Kestrels
Rick EamesGolden Lion AAdam EdwardsRed Lion C
Andy MinterGolden Lion AKevin FleetDove Inn B
Andy MitchellEvenhill Crus.Ben FosterGentil Knyght C
Mick O'ConnorTwo BrothersTom HopkinsArtichoke A
Joe PasseyTwo BrothersTony JennerGolden Lion B
Ian RauchArtichoke BMatty WatsonGentil Knyght C
Pete RobinsonArtichoke BTom WrattenDove Inn B
Lee CoombesGKBJames HowdenRed Lion C
Dave JohnGentil Knyght CMelvyn AustinGentil Knyght C
Sam MiltonRed Lion CKyle SmallTwo Brewers A
Paul NicholsonTwo Brothers
Kiron O'ConnorTwo Brothers
David O'Sullivan Gentil Knyght C
Martin SmallTwo Brewers A
Harry StowRed Lion C

24-07-2016  –  Fours Trophy

Golden Lion A won the Fours Trophy on their home pitch with victory at the Finals day on Sunday afternoon. The late withdrawal of Alma A2 left the 3 sides to play a round robin event before the Final. Dan Boden’s 5 traps and 33 runs and Andy Minter’s 4 traps helped the Lion to a 2-1 victory over GKB 1 in the 1st match despite the efforts of 32 runs from Lee Coombes and 4 traps from Ben Smith. In the 2nd game Callum Easton 5 traps and Steve Bassett’s 3 traps were the stars as the Kestrels beat GKB 1 2-1, Steve Smith being the top performer for GKB with 4 traps. The 2 defeats eliminated GKB, leaving the final between Golden Lion and Kestrels. Good bowling from the Lion kept the Kestrels in check and they were bowled out for 19 in 1st leg and 7 in the 2nd leg, leaving the Lion comfortably to chase those scores and secure a 2-0 victory.

24-07-2016  –  Player of the Year

The Player of the Year stats have now been updated and it promises to be a very close affair with 7 players leading the way at the moment with 4 votes each up to the 20th July.

31-07-2016  –  Invicta Cup Final

The Evenhill Crusaders became the first winners of the Invicta Cup by securing an extra leg victory against the Dancing Dog Saloon from Bobbing. The Medway team secured at 3-0 victory aginst the Crusaders, tying the aggregate score at 3-3, meaning an extra leg to decide the winner. The Dog batted first and scored 53 which as if it would be enough, but good solid batting from Andy Mitchell and Julian Vaughan kept the crusaders in it, leaving Dave Leavesley to score the last couple of runs to secure victory. Top performers for the Crusaders were Vic Knight with 5 traps with Dave and Dee Leavesley and Martyn Dunk on 4 traps.

07-08-2016  –  Singles Competition

An excellent 31 people turned up for this years singles competition, which was held at the Red Lion, Dunkirk on a lovely day again and a different winner emerged. First time entrant Tony Jenner from Golden Lion B beat Ben Riddle, Red Lion C in a low scoring final.

14-08-2016  –  Finalised Division 4 Fixtures

Due to the further withdrawals of Herne Bay FC and Alma B, the final fixtures of the season are as follows.

Week 10 - 25th Aug
Kings HeadvHuntsman & Horn
Week 11 - 31st Aug
White HorsevKings Head
Week 12 - 8th Sep
Kings HeadvWhite Horse
Week 13 - 14th Sep
White HorsevHuntsman & Horn
Week 14 - 21st Sep
Huntsman & HornvKings Head
Make up - 28th Sep
White HorsevKings Head

19-08-2016  –  Kent Herald Cup

In the annual challenge match at the Kings Head, Canterbury the men’s team consisting of  Andy Mitchell (capt), Mick O’Connor, Joe Passey, Paul Nicholson, Ian Rauch, Andy Minter, Rick Eames, Spencer Snow and Martin Small regained the trophy with a 2 – 0 victory over Canterbury Ladies.

21-08-2016  –  World Cup

The 3rd World Cup was held at the Capel Village Hall, Five Oak Green nr Paddock Wood on Sunday and what a wonderful day it was for Canterbury sides.  Canterbury 2 and Canterbury 3 were both disappointed to finish 3rd in their respective groups entering both teams into the Shield competition. In the quarter-finals both sides were victorious against the 2 Canterbury Ladies teams and although Canterbury 3 were knocked in the semi against Warren Wood from Medway, Canterbury 2 beat the Football Club from Dartford putting them into the Final against Warren Wood. In the Shield Final the Canterbury 2 side consisting of Colin Burden (Kestrels), Kevin Fleet, Tom Wratten (Dove Inn B), Matty Watson, Ben Foster (Gentil Knyght C), Tony Jenner (Golden Lion B) and Tom Hopkins (Artichoke A) beat Warren Wood 2-1 with Ben Foster getting the winning trap. Pride of place must go though to the Canterbury 1 team of Steve Bassett (Kestrels), Andy Minter, Rick Eames (Golden Lion A), Mick O’Connor, Joe Passey (Two Brothers) Ian Rauch, Pete Robinson (Artichoke B) and Andy Mitchell (Evenhill Crusaders) who not only won all 3 of their group games, beat Prince of Wales (Medway), Tonbridge Bells in the quarter and semi finals leaving a final against Tonbridge Errors. After winning the 1st leg, the Canterbury side were up against it in the 2nd leg, but an unbeaten 12 from last man Mick O’Connor secured a well earned victory and started the celebrations and having a raucous coach journey home.
One final note, our press officer / organiser extraordinaire, Jakey Janes was loaned to one of the Canterbury Ladies teams that were short, and was promptly dropped!!! (says a lot about his Bat and Trap prowess).

07-09-2016  –  Player of the Year

With just under a month of the season remaining, 3 players lead the way on 6 votes, Charles Maxted (Dove Inn A), David Davies (Shipwrights Arms) and Tom Hibbert (Smugglers B). A further 4 players Tom Hopkins (Artichoke A), Kevin Fleet (Dove Inn B), Andy Minter (Golden Lion A) and Scott Elvidge (Littlebourne Rec) are on 5 votes.

14-09-2016  –  Congratulations

Congratulations to Dover Castle who won promotion to the Premier Division and Huntsman & Horn who were crowned division 4 Champions.

18-09-2016  –  Doubles Competition

The doubles competition on Sunday at the Red Lion was won by the lady pairing of Sarah Stevenson and Amanda Parsons of the Two Brothers who beat the 2014 champions, Ben Smith and Dave O’Sullivan from the Gentil Knyght B/C. The ladies won the best of 5 leg final 3-0 with Sarah taking 5 of her 15 traps on the day in the final alone. In the semi-finals Ben and Dave beat the Kestrels pairing of Colin Burden and Callum Easton 2-1, whilst Sarah and Amanda beat the father and son combination of Mick and Kiron O’Connor also from the Two Brothers.

19-09-2016 – Charles Skam Plate

The Littlebourne Rec won the Charles Skam Plate final with a close 2-1 victory over Castle B. Runs in the deciding leg by John Edwards and Fred Boden set a decisive total of 39 which proved to be enough. 6 traps by the Rec’s Colin Firth helped the cause, but this bettered by the Castle’s Lewis Gore who took 7 traps on the night.

21-09-2016 – Congratulations

Congratulations to Dover Castle who won the First Division title with Golden Lion B taking the Runners-up spot, the Two Brothers who clinched promotion from Division 2 and Kestrels who took the Third Division title.

26-09-2016 – Charles Skam Cup / Henry Court Plate

Congratulations to Golden Lion A who beat Smugglers B  2 – 0 in the Charles Skam Cup Final and the Two Brothers who beat newly crowned Division 1 champions Dover Castle 2 – 0 in the Henry Court Plate Final.

28-09-2016 – Congratulations

The Golden Lion A capped a great week by clinching the Premier Division title by the small margin of just 2 legs over the Artichoke A. Alma A took the Division 3 Runners-up spot in a winner takes clash with Artichoke B 2 – 0.

26-09-2016 – Henry Court Cup

The Smugglers B beat Premier Division and recently crowned Charles Skam Plate winners Littlebourne Rec 2 – 0 in the Henry Court Cup Final.

05-10-2016 – Congratulations

Smugglers B capped a great season by clinching the Division 2 title with a 2 – 0 victory over Smugglers A.

12-03-2017 – Sponsorship

Many Thanks to Alan Hopkins who has sponsored the Premier Division. If you require any help from Alan’s Tree Surgery, please contact him on 07961 985538.

14-04-2017 – New Season

We have 32 teams in the league for this season (a warm welcome to the Evenhill Crusaders B, Golden Lion C and the Freewheel). The league fixtures, plus the 1st round draw for both the Charles Skam and Henry Court Cups have been made and are quoted elsewhere on the website.