Brunswick's Batsmen Fail to Master
Difficult Batting Conditions

(22 June 2016)

It was not until 11.45am on the morning of the match against Brighton Nomads that the game was given the go-ahead. The torrential rain 24 hours before, a heavy overcast sky interspersed with misty rain in the morning and in very humid conditions produced ideal conditions for bowlers! It was against this background that the two captains decided on a 40-overs match and Brunswick Captain Callum Smith winning the toss, elected to bowl. His team looked to reverse the defeat it suffered the previous year at the hands of the Nomads and the Brunswick fielded a very strong side.

The opening bowling attack of Carl Simon and Victor Davies posed a host of problems for the opening batsmen and in Davies first over he had Haynes caught at mid-wicket trying to force a short ball which popped. Simon bowling an immaculate length dispersed Kapoor, the other opening bat, with a ball which swung and cut back viciously, bowling him for 11. Score 14 – 2.

Cummins, coming in at number three survived only one ball before Simon tempted him to play a short ball outside the off stump and snicked a thick edge into the safe hands of the keeper Chris Grammer. Out for a duck, the score 17-3.

George Gibbons fared little better, out for only 1, as a faster ball from Simon sent his middle stump cartwheeling out of the ground, Score 18-4.

This brought Jordan Silk and Akeen Jordan to the crease. Silk, Cuckfield' s overseas player, had been drafted into the Australian Test Squad as a substitute fielder against Sri Lanka. He had played for Tasmania in the Sheffield Shield and in just his second match for them he scored a century of the highest order. His batting against the Brunswick not only stemmed the fall of wickets but he took an especial liking to Matt O'Keefe's fast, medium bowling hitting him for 16 off his first over. He and Akeen Jordon, batting at number 6, took control of the Brunswick's fine opening attack. In the next 9 overs from O'Keefe and Ollie Brooks, these two savaged the bowling with an array of aggressive shots, with Silk in particular racing to his 50 with a 6 over deep mid-wicket. The return of Carl Simon stemmed the flow of runs. Another quick delivery from him accounted for Akeen Jordon as he played all around a straight delivery and saw his stumps spread-eagled on the ground. His 43 runs in a fine partnership with Silk took the score to 116 -5.

As the misty rain and clouds surrounding the ground lifted, Callum Smith cleverly introduced the spin of Akeen Ifill and Becca Silk. With the score still on 116, Jordon Silk in attempting to hit Ifill out of the ground, mistimed his shot and skied a high ball to deep mid-off where Vic Davies took a juggling catch to send him back to the pavilion for a fine 63 runs. Lewis Tomkins came and went bowled third ball by Ifill for 0. And Becca Silk, bowling a fine length, tempted Josh Bourne to hit a slower full toss straight back to O'Keefe in the covers, who took a fine catch. 138 -8.

The rest of the batsmen were accounted for by Callum Smith who took the final two wickets with his right arm spin and Brighton Nomads were all out for 150 off only 27 overs.

The best bowling performance was Carly Simon with his 4-20 off 6 overs.

Admittedly, the batting conditions were not easy and the Brunswick bowlers were content with a job well done in bowling a strong Brighton Nomads XI out for only 150.

After another fine Jan Smith tea, the Brunswick opening batsmen Chris Grammer and Victor Davies set about their task of hitting off the runs. Coming out to bat in what one would have anticipated were much improved batting conditions and the first sun of the day drying the wicket, Brighton Nomads opening bowling attack posed many problems. Davies hitting fast bowler Steve Chimmhamkima for a classic 4 through the covers misjudged the speed of his next ball and was comprehensively bowled, off stump out of the ground. 5-1.

Chris Grammer looked in fine form but having scored a good 11 he was similarly deceived by Chimmhamkima's pace, as his stumps were flattened. 24-2.

At 66-5 the Brunswick batsmen suffered a worse fate than Brighton Nomads as Mark Solway, Safi Waheedulagh and Sam Dobson were all sent back to the pavilion having scored only 21 between them. 66-5

It was not until Callum Smith and Akeeh Ifill came together that some resemblance of sanity returned to the batting. But having taken the score to 78 and with runs starting to come a little more easily Smith played a rash shot and was well caught at deep long-on by Chimmhamkima of the spin bowling pf Akeen Jordon. This brought Matt O'Keefe to the crease, fresh from his 85 n.o. the previous week. But having survived only 4 balls he was deceived by Jordan's arm ball and was bowled for only 1. 80-7.

This brought Carl Simon to the crease. With Ifill farming the bowling and endeavouring to hit any full length ball out of the ground these two took the score 92 whereupon Ifill, going for another big hit, skied a ball off the spin of Jacob Smith to long-off where he was well caught by Tomkins. 92-8.

Ollie Brooks batting at number 10 joined Simon and for the first time in Brunswick's innings the bat started to dominate the ball! With Brooks determined to stay at the crease Carl Simon produced an array of superb shots which quickly took the score to 121 and Brighton Nomads score of 150 looked within reach. However, when Brooks played back to a faster ball from Smith which struck him full in front of all three, the umpire had no other alternative than to adjudge him LBW for 4.

Becca Silk, who is no slouch with the bat, joined Simon at the crease. Untroubled, she carefully played Smith's last ball of the over into the covers and handed the batting over to Simon at the other end. He then hit his next four deliveries, off the spin bowling of Meader, each for 4 taking the score to 133. Just when it appeared there was an outside chance of the Brunswick scraping victory from the ashes of defeat, Simon on 40, in attempting to take a quick single off the last ball of the over, forced a shot off the back foot to deep point where Haynes took a superb tumbling catch inches from the ground to dismiss him. The Brunswick was all out for 133, only 17 short of victory off only 25 overs.

Brighton Nomads best bowlers were Steve Chimmhamkima 3-30 off 5 overs and Jacob Smith 3-31 off 7 overs.

This was a low scoring but highly entertaining match played in very difficult batting conditions where the ball dominated the bat. Brighton Nomads' Jordan Silk's superb, hard hit 65, in very difficult batting conditions, was clearly a match winning performance and he was adjudged man of the match.

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