Brunswick batsmen in run feast against Eastbourne CC

Wednesday 7 June 2017
Brigthon Brunswick 289-10, Eastbourne 225-10

The Saffrons at Eastbourne has always been noted as a fast scoring ground. Despite the recent heavy rain the groundsman didn’t disappoint and produced yet another excellent batting track. The Eastbourne Captain obviously felt that his batsmen were capable of a run chase and winning the toss put the Brunswick into bat in a 40-over match.

Jonny Phelps and Jarad Doney opened the batting for the Brunswick on a sunny but very windy day. Phelps was particularly aggressive against the medium pace opening attack of Francis and Hacker and his first three scoring shots all raced to the boundary. However, having scored 14 and faced 8 balls without scoring, Phelps impatiently, mistimed driving a wide half-volley outside the off stump from Hacker and spooned a simple catch to Backhouse in the covers. For such a good bat more patience is necessary.

Brunswick 31-1 off 5 overs.

Doney was joined by Craig Alexander, Preston Nomads new, overseas player and replacement for Carl Simon. As an all-rounder, expectations were high for a good performance in his first match for the Brunswick and he did not disappoint. These two batsmen took control of the Eastbourne bowling and Alexander, pulling a short ball from Backhouse over long-on, raced to his first 50 for the Brunswick. With the score on 141 off only 17 overs Alexander was bowled for an excellent 72 attempting to hit Martyn out of the ground, His innings contained five 6’s and eight 4’s. A great start for this new man.

Brunswick 141-2 off 17 overs.

Simon Hoadley coming in to bat in his first innings of the season at number 4 took time to play himself in. Meanwhile, at the other end Doney, who had batted untroubled by the Eastbourne bowlers and looking well set to reach his first 50 for the Brunswick, mistimed a drive and was well caught and bowled by Hacker for 45.

Brunswick 152-3 off 20 overs.

This brought Gareth McKaskel to the crease batting at number 5. With Martyn bowling a fast, tidy length the score rate slowed dramatically. Hoadly on 6, still trying to find form, fished outside off stump and snicked a ball which left him to keeper Tibble who took a simple catch.

Brunswick 163-4 off 23 overs.

James Russell came and went caught and bowled by the spin of Turner for only 1

Brunswick 168-5 off 24 overs.

Sage Cook joined McKaskel and with the score on only 168 these two needed to stem the fall of wickets. And this they did.  Against the tight bowling of Eastbourne’s fast overseas bowler Martyn and the spin of Turner, while the run rate slowed these two batsmen moved the score on patiently to pass the 200 mark off 27 overs.

On 217 Cook, who was batting well, edged a catch off the opening bowler Francis, who had been brought back into the attack, down the leg side and was very well caught by the wicket keeper Tibble for a fine 37.

Brunswick 217-6 off 30 overs.

McKasker was joined by Chris Foulerton who lasted only 5 balls being bowled playing back by a faster ball from the off-spinner Jacob Smith.

Brunswick 218-7 off 31 overs. 

Ollie Brown, batting at 9, came to the crease with only 9 overs remaining. With the score on this fast scoring outfield well below the target necessary in a 40 overs match runs were needed but with little batting left in the Brunswick tail. While Brown concentrated on survival McKasker took control of the bowling racing to a chanceless 50 with a huge 6 over the square leg boundary and a scorching off-drive for 4 through the covers. These two took the score to a respectable 288 whereupon McKasker mistimed another big hit over long-on and was well caught on the boundary off a skier from the bowling of Turner for hard earned innings of 66.

Brunswick 286 -8 off 39 overs. 

With Jo Malins, playing his first game for the Brunswick, spooning a catch to mid-on for only 1 and Ollie Brown being bowled by Hacker for an important 20 runs, Stan Spiegal was left stranded at the crease for a hard earned 1 N.O.!

The Brunswick innings closed on 289 ALL OUT off the full 40 overs.

The best of the Eastbourne bowlers was

B. Hacker 8 overs, 1 maiden 3 for 4

T Martin 6 overs 2 for 12

J Turner 6 overs 2 for 58

With tea taken between innings the Eastbourne opening batsmen Martyn and James Tibble set about the formidable task of chasing down the Brunswick not unsubstantial target against the opening attack of Ollie Brown and Craig Alexander. With the sky clouding over, the threat of rain in the air and now very windy, cold conditions, the two opening batsman were hardly troubled by the Brunswick bowlers. With 50 up on the board off the first 10 overs and with Martyn looking good and starting to accelerate the run rate, the target of 289 runs looked quite achievable.

A change of bowling saw the medium-slow Chris Foulerton and fast-medium Garth McKaskee introduced into the attack. Tibble having been tied down by Foulertons clever use of the wind and variation of line and pace, he went for the big hit and was well caught by Doney on the long-on boundary.

Eastbourne 65-1 off 13 overs.

Backhouse batting at three joined McKaskee at the crease and these two struggled to score against the medium slow bowling of Foulerton. Martyn having batted faultlessly and going for his 50 went to hit McKaskee back over his head and misjudged the line and length and was comprehensibly bowled for a fine 48.

Eastbourne 76-2 off 16 overs.

Smith joined Backhouse at the crease and was frustratingly bowled around his legs for only 3 by a ball from Foulerton that cut back.

Eastbourne 95-3 off 18 overs. 

By this stage Eastbourne were well behind the scoring rate. Simon Tibble batting at five and Backhouse took the score to 139 when Backhouse trying to accelerate the run rate attempted to force a ball from Foulerton through the off side. He didn’t quite get to the length and hit the ball firmly back into Foulertons safe hands, caught and bowled for 35.

Eastbourne 135 -4 off 23 overs.

With Captain Stan Spiegel ringing the bowling changes well the Eastbourne batsmen never came to terms with the Brunswick varied attack. Wickets fell regularly over the next 10 overs with Mallins enticing Simon Tibble into a big hit and being well caught by Alexander at deep mid-off for 33. But the catch of the day went to Ollie Brown who was standing on the square-leg boundary. Francis batting at seven swept a short ball from Jonny Phelps low and fast and no more than 2 ft. above the ground straight to Ollie Brown on the boundary. The ball appearing to be to Ollie’s left swerved viciously across him in the wind and to his right where unbelievably he stuck his right hand out to catch the ball superbly only inches above the ground.

Eastbourne 166-6 off 27 overs.

The remaining Eastbourne wickets fell to the bowling of Mallins, Russell and Speigal for only 59 runs and their innings came to a close with the score on 225 off 36.3 overs.

A very good win for the Brunswick in cold almost autumnal conditions.

Best of the Brunswick bowling was:

Chris Foulerton 8 overs, 1 maiden 3-43

Jo Mallins 4 overs 2-17

Stan Spiegal 3 overs 2-22.

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