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Sandwich Town captain Tom Chapman predicts interesting few weeks in store as Kent Cricket League Premier Division pink-ball experiment and coloured kit come into play

Skipper Tom Chapman is predicting an interesting few weeks in store as Sandwich Town - along with the rest of the Kent Cricket League Premier Division - adapt to some key changes.

A pink ball is set to be used while teams will wear coloured clothing, rather than the traditional white, for the rest of the season.

Sandwich Town skipper Tom Chapman - helped lead them to a three-wicket weekend win against Bexley with his 50. Picture: Gary Restall
Sandwich Town skipper Tom Chapman - helped lead them to a three-wicket weekend win against Bexley with his 50. Picture: Gary Restall

“It’s still 50 overs - but it’s different-coloured kit and a different coloured-ball,” said Chapman.

“We love the pink-ball stuff but we have never done it over 50 overs. So, it should be an interesting few weeks coming up.

“Maybe the pink ball won’t swing for as long but we will just have to wait and see.”

Relegation-threatened Sandwich are due to begin the new divisional experiment against champions Lordswood on Saturday.

The teams met in Medway on the first day of the league campaign as Town were edged out.

Chapman said: “That’s probably a game, looking back now, we were in a good position to win. We threw it away a little.

“So, we will look for a bit of revenge against them but they’re a good side and it won’t be easy.”

Sandwich came through a rain-affected game to secure a three-wicket win over Bexley at the weekend.

“It was a bit of a funny one,” Chapman said. “We managed to start on time but we had a bit of rain just at the start and ended up coming off for two breaks, so it became a 48-over game.

“It was a very good performance from start to finish.”

Bexley reached 201-9 from 48 overs as Zack Fagg (3-47) shone in the field.

Set a revised target of 203 after the elements intervened, Chapman anchored the response with 50 before Alex Smith (31 not out) and Sri Lankan overseas player Roshan Jayatissa (25 not out) got them to victory.

“It’s always a bit funny with the weather at Sandwich - sometimes, we get it and, sometimes, we just miss it,” explained Chapman. “We caught a little bit of it.

“After that, it was fine. But it’s always in the back of your mind, worrying about what the weather is going to do!”

On his own half-century, Chapman said: “It wasn’t too bad!

“It’s always nice to contribute to a win. It was beautifully set-up by all the players that contributed, especially Ben (Chapman) and Sidney (Thomson) up top.

“We were never trying to play catch-up at any point - even though we were 60-5 at one point. We were just never behind the rate.

“That meant myself and Kit (Keey) could set ourselves up for a bit longer and then Roshan and Alex finished it off for us, which was superb.”

Sandwich Town 2nds saw their scheduled weekend Division 4 fixture with Bromley Common 2nds abandoned without a ball being bowled.

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