Good "old fashioned" mid-week cricket!
Brighton Brunswick Cricket Club v Haywards Heath Cricket Club
(Thursday 11 August 2016)
Brunswick 237-7 Haywards Heath 195-10
The Brunswick travelled to play Haywards Heath Cricket Club in a 40-over match.
Safi Wahedullah, captaining the Brunswick for the first time, won the toss and elected to bat on a fast wicket with uneven bounce.
The batting was opened by Kamran Mirza, returning to play for the Brunswick after a 5-year gap, and Arron Brown.
In the 10th over Brown on 14 was deceived by a ball from opening bowler Bhajani which bounced and he spooned a return catch to the bowler. 44-1.
Mark Solway had only scored 9 when an away swinging ball from Matt O'Keefe took an outside edge and he was well caught by the wicket-keeper. 80-2.
Mirza, who was in splendid form, was joined by Safi Wahedullah, who was batting still with stitches in the split webbing of his right hand from his match at Banstead the previous week. Despite this injury, these two batsmen plundered the Haywards Heath bowling attack. Mirza reached a fine 50 with a big six over long-on. Safi similarly reached his 50 with a 6 off Callum Smith. But in attempting to repeat the shot next ball he was well caught by Prickett running around the boundary to take a skier. 202-3 off 33 overs.
Mirza went on to reach his century with a fine cover drive off Jonny Phelps which scorched to the boundary. On 122, and with the score on 210, Mirza finally succumbed when he mistimed a shot off Callum Smith's bowling and was well caught by Phelps at deep mid-off. 210-4 off 35 overs.
The rest of the Brunswick batsmen only managed to score another 27 runs off the last 5 overs and the innings came to a close with the score on 237-7.
Callum Smith was the best of the Haywards Heath bowlers with 4 for 32 off 8 overs.
The Haywards Heath opening batsmen were never comfortable with the opening bowling attack of Carl Simon and Ollie Brown.
Ollie, having sorted out his run-up, was now yards faster and even straighter. He accounted for the first three Haywards Heath batsmen, bowling Rutter for 3, Callum Smith for 1 and Long with fine delivery which bounced and took an outside edge to be well caught behind by the wicket-keeper Aran Brown. When Simon bowled the other opening batsman Phelps, who was batting well for his 37, the guts of the Haywards Heath batting was back in the pavilion for only 68 runs. Despite spirited innings from Mark Prickett, which ended when he "slogged" across a ball from Green and was left stranded half-way down the wicket for 22, Faizan Bhajani who had scored a quick-fire 45 and went in a similar fashion to Prickett, stumped off the spin of Spiegal (there is always one batsman who succumbs to his high flighted missiles!) and Trevor Shams 33 N.O. and the introduction of the spin of Stan Speigal 1-39 and Chris Fullerton 2-32 accounted for the rest of the Haywards Heath batting.
When Jones was caught and bowled by Mark Solway the Haywards Heath innings came to a close on 195-10.
Safi, in his first match as a Brunswick captain, should be congratulated for managing a most enjoyable game of cricket, played in good spirit, in the Haywards Heath CC cricket week.
The hospitality of the club, excellent teas, good company in the bar afterwards and fine weather, all combined together to make this a game which highlights what social mid-week cricket is all about.
Man of the match was Kamran Mirza for his fine innings of 122.