Brighton Brunswick Cricket Club Celebrates
80 Years On Tour
With the exception of the war years, last week marked the 80th. Brighton Brunswick Cricket Club Devonshire tour to the West County. With the kind generosity of the Spen Cama Foundation and its own members, the Brunswick provides a bursary to six talented Sussex young cricketers, over 18-years of age, to meet their touring expenses. And most importantly it offers these youngsters the opportunity to experience, probably for the first time, the camaraderie of playing together in a touring team with the more senior club members against very competitive Devonshire cricket clubs.
The tour has always been based in Torquay and this year with the wonderful weather, the superb Grand Hotel accommodation and the great team spirit the Club recorded 6 uninterrupted wins.
On Sunday 5th July the tour started in spectacular fashion at Bovey Tracey. Opening batsmen Brad Gaylor (Three Bridges) and Alex Ellis (St Andrews C.C.) featured in an opening stand of 101 when Gaylor was adjudged LBW for a fine 44. Ellis went on to score 77 before being stumped. Ardingly legend David Woods, with a controlled 39, saw the Brunswick to 232-9 off their allotted 40 overs. In reply Bovey batted very well and looked to be on course for victory at 221 for 6. With only 6 overs left they only required 11 runs to win. However, their Australian overseas player Roberts, who had scored a tremendous 90 runs, in attempting to hit spin bowler Mike Rose forcefully through mid-wicket was well caught by Andy Smith, who took a stunning, chest-high catch at mid-off to send him back to the pavilion. A clatter of wickets with Alex Ellis taking 2-1 in the next over altered the direction of the game. With the score on 207-9 and the last two batsmen only requiring 3 runs to win, in attempting a second quick run, Callum Henderson (Banstead's overseas player) threw down the stumps with an athletic direct hit from deep mid-on, to win the game. Alex Ellis was man of the match with his 77 runs and 5 wickets for 38 runs.
On Monday the group headed across Torbay to Brixham C.C. and their vast new ground. Dan Phillips (Preston Nomads) 64 runs, Shawn Johnson (Bexhill) 41 runs Luke Appleton (Preston Nomads) 34 runs and Carl Simon 39 runs were the main contributors to the Brunswick's innings of 258-8 off the 40 allotted overs Despite a very entertaining 64 from Brixham overseas batsman Stuart Edgar who was well caught in the slips by Callum Smith off Mike Rose and the opening bat Richard Van Mierk who was caught in the deep by Ted Ellis off Mark Gill for 42, Brunswick ran out comfortable winners dismissing Brixham for 188. Michael Rose (Three Bridges) starring with 5-7 off 5.5 overs was the best of the bowlers.
On Tuesday the group stepped straight from the hotel over the road to Torquay C.C. Youngsters Shaun Johnson (Bexhill) and Bradley Gaylor (Three Bridges) opened up with a stand of 179, with Johnson making a 102 and retiring and Brad making a fine 85. Cam Bergen n.o. 66, and Josh Beeslee n.o. 38 took the Brunswick score to 325-4 off the 40 overs. The hosts chased with conviction with their opening bat James Fulner 66 and number 3 batsman Steve Galhenage 74 looking to knock the runs off quickly. However, when these two were sent back to the pavilion by Shawn Johnson the rest of Torquay's batsmen were dismissed cheaply and they ended up 100 short of their target on 262-9 off their 40 overs.
Wednesday the team travelled east to play Exmouth. Chris Grammer and Ryan Brown (both from Brighton & Hove C.C) joined the tour party and Chris captained the side. Luke Appleton and Chris Grammer opened the batting and took the score to 64 when Appleton snicked a catch off medium quick bowler to Dillon in the slips. Grammer was joined by Brad Gaylor and these two took the score to 91 when Grammer 34 snicked a similar ball off Butt to wicket-keeper Clarke. Despite a mini-innings collapse with Mark Gill LBW first ball for 0 and Peter Dunk (Haywards Heath C.C) run out first ball for 0 and the Brunswick struggling on 92-5, Brad Gaylor batted superbly for an unbeaten 92 and Shawn Johnson 57 to take the score to 252 -6 off the allotted 40 overs. Exmouth were never in the game with Ryan Brown dismissing both opening batsmen for 32 runs. Rose's spin bowling (3-11 off 6 overs), Shawn Johnson and Mark Gill's medium pace, accounted for the rest of the batsmen who were all out for 122 off only 29 overs.
On Thursday in the exceptional surrounds of Sidmouth CC the Brunswick saw another great opening batting display from Dan Phillips (105 n.o.) and Brad Gaylor (103 n.o). With the score on 226 both retired with a ton to their names. The rest of the Brunswick batsmen took to the score to a massive 326-6 off the 40 overs. The hosts were then bowled out for 199 without really threatening to challenge the score. Shawn Johnson was the best of the bowlers with 4-88 off his 10 overs.
On Friday, the last day of the tour, the Brunswick took on Clyst Hydon on route home. Winning the toss Clyst Hydon elected to bat. Useful innings from opening bat Batagodage 28 and middle order batsmen Devine 36, Lewis 31, Haturusingha 62 n.o. and Conway 42 saw their innings close of 248 – 8 off their 40 overs. Bowling honours were shared between Shawn Johnston 2-35, Alex Ellis 2-60 and Callum Smith 2-30.
With the opening batsmen Callum Smith and Shawn Johnston both back in the pavilion for only 25 runs the Brunswick appeared to be threatened with defeat. However, number three batsman Alex Ellis and Cam Bergen put their heads down and saw off the opening attack of Ramcharrab and Haturusingha. Bergan scored a fine 56 before being well caught by Cooper at long-on off Devine with the score of 175 -3. This brought the well in-form Dan Phillips to the crease. Alex Ellis was particularly severe to the Clyst Hydon bowlers and went on to score 103, which included 8 sixes, whereupon he retired. Phillips and Appleton knocked off the run to win the match off only 21 overs!!!!
Chairman Steven Moore said 'Our traditional annual tour has again been very successful with 6 wins, the hospitality of Devon County Cricket and all of the clubs visited have offered hospitality which has been second to none.'
Brighton Brunswick Cricket Club has a rich and proud tradition of playing high class mid-week friendly matches in some stunning locations around the County including, The County Ground and Arundel Castle. The annual tour being the centre piece to the season.
If you would like to get involved in playing for the Brunswick please contact Secretary Bob Sansom on 01444 412190. Not only is the club looking for young, upcoming cricketers who will assist to secure its future but it also welcomes good club cricketers who might feel their competitive league days are over but who wish to continue to play cricket in the company of a very convivial group of players from a wide spread of clubs principally in Sussex.