Spiegal's bowling nearly saves the game for the Brunswick

Thursday 17 August 2017

Brigthon Brunswick 123-9, Haywards Heath 124-8

After a night of torrential rain followed by drizzle into late mid-morning the Match Managers decided they would rely on the forecast of improving weather and sunshine by lunch-time and the match between the Brunswick and Haywards Heath CC would go ahead.

For once the weather forecasters were right and by 2pm the ground at Haywards Heath was swathed in hot sunshine.

Both sides were weakened by the late withdrawal of players and were reduced to 10 men and despite a very wet wicket the Captains agreed to play a 40-over match. The Haywards Heath captain on winning the toss put the Brunswick into bat.

In the hot steamy conditions and on a drying wicket with the ball seaming everywhere batting was never going to be easy. Joe Walker, who opened the batting, was the only Brunswick batsman who managed to cope with the difficult playing conditions and while he was at the crease a reasonable score seemed possible. With the other opening bat Griffiths bowled by Wright for 9 by a ball which pitched on leg and took off; Robinson batting at 3 receiving another unplayable ball from Upchurch which comprehensively bowled him for “0” and Nash adjudged LBW sweeping at a ball from Jones which appeared to pitch outside the leg stump, the Brunswick were struggling on 63-3 off 14 overs. And when Walker having scored a dogged 34 was also bowled by a fine delivery from Jones with the score on 74 the writing was on the wall for the Brunswick.

With the introduction of the leg-spin of Brian Matthews and off-spin of Becca Silk there was little relief for the Brunswick batsmen. Guppy misread the “wrong-un” from Matthews and was comprehensively bowled for 5. Then Silk bowling a tight line dispensed of Mike Rose and Tim Shepperson in the next 4 overs. Rose was well caught for 7 by Thilakarantuna in the covers by a ball that stopped and Tim Shepperson having scored a patient 24 miscued a drive back to her for a well caught and bowled.

The Brunswick were 96-7 off only 26 overs.

Rob Stewart managed to score another 15 runs taking the score to 123 when he was bowled by Blunt.

Of the 9 wickets to fall 5 were clean bowled.

Best of the bowling:

Becca Silk 6 overs 2 for 16

Martin Jones 5 overs 2 for 20.

After tea, the Haywards Heath opening batsmen Thilakarantuna and Blunt got off to a disastrous start. Thilakarantuna was dismissed with the first ball of the innings by a ball from Mike Rose which turned viciously and took the outside edge and was well caught by Guppy in the slips. This brought Tugwell to the crease. He and Blunt were tied down by the bowling of Rose and Buck and runs were hard to come by. Over the next 7 overs and with the score on only 9, Rose took his second wicket disposing of Blunt caught Guppy for only 3. In the meantime, Buck was almost unplayable bowling 5 overs for only 4 runs with three maidens on the trot.

The introduction of the spin of Stan Spiegal caused even greater havoc amongst the Haywards Heath batsmen. With the 4th and 5th balls of his first over he dismissed Tugwell for 8 stumped half-way down the wicket by Robinson and had Wright well caught by Rose at deep mid-off. Upchurch avoided the hat-trick but two overs later in attempting to swing Spiegal to the leg-side boundary he got an top-side edge and skied the ball to Shepperson at square leg.

Haywards Heath were 36 for 5 off 16 Overs of which Spiegal had taken 3-14 off 3 overs.

Mike Rose ended his spell of 8 overs for only 15 runs.

Matt O’Keefe batting at six came and went LBW to Shepperson for 12.

This brought Brian Matthew and Mike Hillier together and these two put their heads down. Despite a lot of playing and missing these two took the score to 100 when Hillier took a wild sweep at Spiegal and skied a catch to Buch on the deep mid-wicket boundary.

Haywards Heath 100-7 off 26 overs.

Becca Silk joined Matthew, who was now on 40, at the crease. Having scored 7 runs she drove at a ball from Guppy and was brilliantly caught by Walker at square cover diving to his right to take a catch one-handed inches from the ground.

Haywards Heath 117-8 off 30 overs.

This brought the last batsman Jones to the wicket with only 7 runs required for Haywards Heath to win.

Shepperson bowled a magnificent maiden over beating the bat and missing the stumps on three occasions. The batsmen were indeed lucky to survive. However, with Jones hitting Guppy for a 4 and a 2 off successive balls the winning runs brought Haywards Heath a well-deserved victory.

Best of the bowling:

Stan Spiegal 8 overs 4 for 55

Mike Rose 8 overs 2 maidens 2 for 15.

 

Despite the heavy overnight rain and difficult batting conditions Haywards Heath CC must be congratulated for producing a wicket which enabled these two sides to play a most enjoyable game of cricket.


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