Brunswick batsmen in total control

Wednesday 27 June 2018
Brigthon Brunswick 347 for 8, Brighton Nomads 274 for 4

On a baking hot day with barely a cloud in the sky the Brunswick travelled to Fulking on Wednesday 27 June to play Brighton Nomads C.C. on the Preston Nomads ground. On this occasion the match was played on the main ground facing both south and the dog kennels.

The captains Brunswick's Dan Phillips and Brighton Nomads Paul Meader agreed to play a 45 overs match starting at 2.00 pm which seemed somewhat ambitious for the usual 7.00 – 7.30 pm finish.

Winning the toss Phillips elected to bat. The openers Rob Raymond and Ben Matthews soon had the scoreboard rattling along and it was not until the 13th over, with the score on 83, that Brighton Nomads took their first wicket. They dismissed Rob Raymond for a pleasant 27.

Ben Matthews was joined by Ollie Gatting, a previous junior member of the Brunswick. It was good to see him back playing for us again and we hope to see more of him in coming months. However, his innings did not last long when he was out for 16 in the 20th over with the score on 130.

Ben Matthews, a cousin of Jonny Phelps, was joined by David Winn batting at number 4. These two continued to rattle the score along with Matthews reaching a fine 50. However, Winn was by far the more aggressive bat and on reaching his 50 was soon out shortly after on 55 in the 31st over with the score standing on 215-3. Meanwhile, Matthews reached his 100 with a fine off-drive through the covers which left the Brighton Nomad fielders standing. Matthews was finally dismissed for a brilliant 132 in the 36th over. This brought Jonny Phelps, who has been in great form this season, to the crease. In the next 9 overs he ravaged the Brighton Nomads bowling for a fine, quick-fire 57 and with Mike Rose 12* and Nav Patel 21* they took the final score to 347 for 8, a formidable total off only 45 overs.

For the Brighton Nomads their most successful bowler was Tom Haynes, their 7th bowler, who took 3 wickets for 30 off 5 overs.

Both teams were now able to relax in the late afternoon sun and to enjoy the excellent tea Jan Smith is renowned throughout the County for providing.

The Brighton Nomads innings commenced at 5.33 pm. While it was immediately apparent the match would not finish until well after 7.30 pm, fading light was never going to pose a problem against the wonderful warm late-setting mid-summer sun. The Brighton Nomads openers made a brisk start, but when Morrissey was out for 16 in the 12th over with the score on only 62, it was apparent someone was needed to make a "big" innings if they were ever going to threaten Brunswick's huge total of 347.

Tom Haynes, from Billingshurst cricket club, has been in the runs this season, and showed all the potential of making the big score that was needed but when he was dismissed for a fine 60 in the 15th over and with the total on 85 the momentum was strangely lost. In an effort to open up the game Philips varied his bowling attack but Small batting at No. 3 seemed to ignore the opportunity to accelerate the run-rate. When the Brighton Nomads innings came to a close off their 45-overs Small was still there on 80 not out! Despite Cross at the other end scoring a self-less quick 60 off 20 overs, the Brighton Nomads ran out of overs with their innings grinding to a close on 274 for the loss of only 4 wickets off their 45-overs at 8.07 pm. thereby losing to the Brunswick by 73 runs.

This is the fourth win of the season for the Brunswick. We now move on to play Roffey C.C. top of the Sussex Premier League, at Roffey on Sunday 8 July for a 2pm start. We hope as many Brunswick members as possible will be at the ground to support the team.


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