The Brunswick in run feast against The Armadillos

(Sunday 24 July 2016)

Brunswick 285-7 The Armadillos 194-10

The Brunswick XI gathered together early Sunday morning the 24 July to play the Armadillos CC in the beautiful surroundings of Sheffield Park in an all-day match starting at 11-30am.

On a very humid morning under a cloudy sky interspersed with breaks to expose the heat of the sun and temperatures in the high 70's Captain Callum Smith won the toss and elected to bat in a timed match with lunch at 1.30, tea at 4pm the last 20 overs being called at 6pm.

Issac Leckie and Dan Phillips opened the batting on a slow wicket which provided little help to the Armadillos bowlers. The opening attack of Bruce Ryder-Smith and Neal Hely-Hutchinson struggled to find a length. Leckie was especially aggressive on anything pitched either short or well up to him, with 15 runs coming off the first over from Ryder-Smith which included two no-balls for overstepping the front line. At the other end Dan Phillips, in contrast to his normal array of flamboyant shots in the opening overs, in appreciating the opportunity offered by an all-day game, put his head down to build a big innings.

Runs flowed freely and the Armadillos had to wait until the 6th over for their first success. Phillips, having reached a patient 19 runs which included three well struck 4's, played back to a short ball from Hely-Hutchinson which shot low along the ground to bowl him. 45-1 off 6 overs.

Jonny Phelps, who has been a good form recently for Haywards Heath this season, joined Leckie at the crease. Despite the Armadillos captain ringing the bowling changes runs continued to flow quickly from the bats. It was not until the 16th over and with 112 runs on the score-board that the second wicket fell. Phelps attempting to hit a short ball out of the ground from a ball from Hugh Neal, which pitched outside his leg stump, unluckily dragged the ball from his thigh onto his stumps to be bowled for a fine 36 runs. 112-2 off 12 overs.

This brought Captain Callum Smith to the crease. At the other end Leckie, who was seeing the ball well, reached a fine 50 hitting Hely-Hutchinson for four successive 4's in one over. With the score on 145 Howard Skrypec, bowling a very medium pace, succeeded to find the same spot on the wicket to produce another grubber to bowl Leckie unluckily for 55. Lunch was taken with the score on 145-3 off 22 overs.

After lunch Smith and George Martin, who was renewing his relationship with the Brunswick after a gap of 8 nearly years, accelerated the scoring rate. Smith was especially harsh on anything short, but having raced to a quick 47 he attempted an uncharacteristic slog across the line from the spin bowling of Neal and was comprehensively bowled. 183-4 off 30 overs.

George Martin, was joined by Hugo Cowan. With run rate slowing these two took the score to 226 when Cowan playing all around a straight ball, was bowled for 13 by Ryder-Smith, who had been recalled to the attack and was bowling a much tighter length. 226-5 off 37 overs.

Martin, who had accrued a patient innings went down the wicket and was deceived by Neal's arm ball and was left stranded, stumped for 47.

With Victor Davies hitting a quick-fire 17 before being adjudged LBW for 18 off the bowling of Ryder-Smith, Matt O'Keefe 17 N.O. and Mike Rose 4 N.O. the Brunswick declared at 285-7 off 47 overs at 3.15pm.

This left the Armadillos with 35 minutes to bat before tea, 120 minutes after tea and 20 overs being called at 6pm. A possible 53 overs.

The Armadillos opening batsmen Ed Turner and Mark Simmons opened the batting extremely cautiously for the Armadillos against the medium fast attack of Matt O'Keefe and looping spin of Stan Spiegal. With Spiegal bowling an enticing length the batsmen refused to attempt to hit him over the top of a field which had all been brought into the circle and runs came slowly. It was not until the 7th over that Turner, having been tied own for six successive balls from Spiegal, that he relaxed and trying to hit O'Keefe through mid-on he mistimed his shot to be well caught by Victor Davies. 26-1 off 7 overs.

This brought Will Pritchard to the crease. It is fair to say that only Mark Simmons, the other opening bat, appeared capable of handling the Brunswick's varied bowling attack. He raced to a fine 50 while wickets fell regularly at the other end. With the score on 115-3 off only 29 overs and potentially another 24 overs left to play, Mike Rose bowling his left-arm spin deceived Simmons with his arm-ball and he stubbed a return catch back to Rose to be caught and bowled for a splendid 60 runs. While Simmons was at the crease a win was always on the cards for the Armadillos on this magnificent fast scoring ground. But after his departure, and with Smith ringing his bowling changes well at the other end, the batsmen succumbed to the spin of Rose who took 4-53 off 11 overs and the other bowlers. The Armadillos were all out for a disappointing total of 194 off only 43 overs.

A most enjoyable match played in good spirit in the wonderful environment of Sheffield Park.

Man of the match was Mike Rose for his fine 4-53 off 10 overs which included the wicket of Armadillos top scorer Mark Simmons.

The Brunswick moves on, in great form, to play the Sussex Martlets at the Sussex County Cricket Club ground Hove this coming Friday 29th July for a 2pm start. The aim is to reverse the loss against them last year.


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