A quick-fire ton by Brunswick's Victor Davies wins the day
Brighton Brunswick Cricket Club v Felbridge Cricket Club
(Wednesday 24 August 2016)
Brunswick 257-6 beat Felbridge C.C. 135 all out
On the hottest day of the year, with the temperature in the mid-30s, the Brunswick travelled to the picturesque ground of Felbridge Cricket Club. Winning the toss Captain Victor Davies elected to bat in a timed game starting at 1pm and on a fast wicket, with some unpredictable bounce at one end.
The opening batsmen Russell and Safi Waheedulah appeared little troubled by the Felbridge new-ball bowlers until Russell played all across a straight ball from Sullivan and was comprehensively bowled for 3 with the score on 9. This brought Victor Davies to the crease. Under a scorching sun Felbridge had to wait until the score reached 133 for their next wicket when Safi on 32 flashed at a short ball from Lewis outside off stump and was smartly caught at the wicket by Gee.
This brought Kamran Mirza to the crease flush from his ton against Haywards Heath in his previous match. Groping forwards to his second ball from Lewis he lost his balance and was well stumped for 0 by wicket keeper Gee.
Mark Solway joined Davies at the crease. Davies was in destructive form with the bat and raced quickly to his 50 with a big 6 over square leg. He continued on to his 100 with a scorching off drive through the covers. On 110 his fine innings came to a close when he fell to the spin of Lewis and snicked a catch to wicket keeper Gee for his third victim behind the stumps. In the mean time the batsmen at the other end, with Solway scoring 36, Jonny Phelps 34, Walker 12 n.o. and O’Keefe 26 N.O. all took the score to 257 for 6 off only 34 overs when the innings was closed
Lewis was the best of the Felbridge bowlers taking 5-59 off 9 overs.
After tea, the tired looking Felbridge opening batsmen Gee and Sullivan set about their task of reaching the Brunswick formidable score. But the opening medium pace of Aran Brown and spin of Becca Silk posed many problems. Only Sullivan appeared capable of coming to terms with the varied bowling attack. In Aran Brown’s fourth over, Gee attempting to hit the ball over the covers mistimed his shot and was well caught by Mark Solway. Becca Silk took the next two wickets deceiving Taylor with her arm ball which he mishit to Davies at mid-off for 3. Dickenson went next, attempting to hit her well-flighted ball over mid-on, only to mistime the shot to be caught at mid-off for 4. Sullivan appeared to be the only batsman capable of dealing with the Brunswick varied bowling attack and when he was caught on the boundary off the bowling of Ollie Brown for a well struck 36, the rest of the Felbridge innings collapsed. Only three other batsmen managed to reach double figures and the innings closed on 135 off 38.3 overs.
Honours were shared by the Brunswick bowlers but man of the match goes to Victor Davies for his superb 115.