Last Friday two BATFAST events team travelled across the country to continue the busy summer season. One team headed south for the annual Medway Mile in Kent while another went north to Durham for their Vitality Blast fixture against the Worcestershire Rapids.
Medway Mile at Rochester Castle
The Medway Mile is a free mass participation event, with loads of activities to get involved with. This included rock climbing, tennis, and for the first time the BATFAST cricket simulator. This was the eleventh Medway Mile and the event appears to be going from strength to strength every year, with thousands of participants. Rochester Castle was the perfect venue for the event. The Great Keep was particularly eye catching, standing at over 100ft high. The Castle has been very well preserved. Especially when considering construction began nearly a thousand years ago. Overall the event was a great success and we hope that we have inspired some of the participants to participate in sports like cricket more regularly.
Durham Jets Vs Worcestershire Rapids
This fixture was made even more exciting by the ECB’s announcement that England stars Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali were available for selection. Durham won the toss and sent Worcestershire into bat. The visitors would have been seeking a high total, particularly with Moeen Ali, Martin Guptill and Travis Head in the line up. However they were bowled out for a below par 121. This was thanks to some excellent bowling from man of the match Stokes with figures of 4-16. South African international Imran Tahir, also contributed 2-20.
Durham chased the target down comfortably. Clark and Stokes opened the batting and both looked in excellent touch. Clark was the only batsmen to pass fifty in the match and Stokes blasted a quick fire 43. Durham reached the target in under 15 overs. This result leaves them second in the North Group, in a very strong position to reach the quarter finals.
Our next event in Durham is Saturday 28th July. This is for a Vitality Blast match against a strong looking Notts Outlaws side. We hope to see you there.