Brunswick batsmen set Eastbourne a tough run-rate target

Wednesday 20 June 2018
Brigthon Brunswick 326, Eastbourne 266

The Saffrons cricket ground in Eastbourne looked magnificent under a sunny sky interspersed with light clouds. And the wicket looked full of runs for the Brunswick's match against Eastbourne C.C.

Winning the toss, Brunswick's Captain Josh Beeslee had no hesitation in deciding to bat in a 40 overs match.

John Billings and Ian Taylor opened the batting for the Brunswick and with only 62 runs on the board, Taylor on 5 runs, Walker on 7 runs and Guppy-0, were all back in the pavilion having played poor shots against a very mediocre bowling attack.

At the other end Billings, who was joined by Jamie Francis, had played himself in and was starting to dictate proceedings to the bowlers. Billings brought up his 50 hitting Hacker, the medium paced opening bowler for three successive 4's. Francis was equally as dominating and raced to his 50 with a massive 6 into the football ground. These two continued to flay the ball to all parts of the ground and Billings raced to a fine 100 with another 6 over mid-wicket. On 125 N.O., and the score on 184 runs off only 21 overs, Billings retired to allow other batsmen to occupy the crease. In the 26th over and with the score on 236 Francis, going for another big hit off Hacker, was well caught on the boundary for 63 runs.

With the new batsmen at the crease the scoring momentum slowed only slightly. Varun Khillar-23 runs, Tashiffi Sharals-17 runs, Alistair Maasch-25 runs and Josh Beeslee-21 runs took the Brunswick final score to 326 runs off the allotted 40 overs.

Eastbourne's opening batsmen Hebron and Smith struggled to score runs off the Brunswick's medium paced opening attack of Khulla and Francis and in the first 7 overs only 23 runs were scored. A change of bowling and the introduction of Sharals off-spin saw the Eastbourne's batsmen in a downward tail-spin. In the space of 5 overs Sharals took the first 4 wickets reducing Eastbourne to 48-4 off 12 overs. John Smith batting at five was the only Eastbourne batsman to take command of Sharals bowling. Hitting him for 30 runs off two overs with two huge 6's into the football ground he brought up a fine 50. But with the score on 149 off 24 overs Smith was brilliantly caught by Maasch at deep long-on off Beeslee for 77 runs.

Beeslee rotated the bowling attack to entice the Eastbourne batsmen into accelerating their run rate. This worked to perfection. Holder, Chell and Myell all lived dangerously in attacking the bowling but losing their wickets before reaching 30 runs. With the score on 195-8 it was left to Pedroza and Hacker to try and chase down 131 runs in the 9 remaining overs. Both batted valiantly scoring 29 N.O. and 38 N.O. and taking the final score to 266 before running out of overs.

Best of the Brunswick bowlers:

Tashiffi Sharals with 4 overs 1 maiden and 4 wickets for 49 runs.

Isaac Tayler with 4 overs and 2 wickets for 41 runs.

A very enjoyable match with both teams playing the match in the true spirit of the game.

A special thanks to John Lawson who, with Eastbourne short of an Umpire, was called upon to Umpire from both ends. And many thanks to Colin Tennant our Scorer.

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