Becca Silk's 5-45 leads the Brunswick to an exciting end of season win

Thursday 14 September 2017

Brigthon Brunswick 193-6, Horsham 169 all out

The Brunswick played Horsham CC in what in recent years has become the traditional end of season match.

Under a cloudy sky interspersed with warm autumn sunshine Brunswick Captain Jonny Phelps won the toss and elected to bat in a timed match with the last 20 overs being called at 5.50pm

Brunswick's opening bats Roy Stiles and John Hunt were hardly troubled by the medium pace of DeSilva and Carne and shared in an opening stand of 54 runs. A change of bowling saw the first Horsham success. Haynes bowling from the railway end and swinging the ball prolifically caught the outside edge of Hunt's bat and was well caught by wicket keeper Simon diving to his right.

The story of Horsham's fielding was a series of at least 5 dropped catches, none of which were particularly difficult. If only two of these had been held early-on the Brunswick batsmen could well have struggled to reach a respectable score. As it was, Ronney batting at three joined Styles and these two took the score to 102 before Horsham had another success in the 24th over. Purekh bowling almost fast right arm off-breaks pitched a slower ball well up to Styles who swung aggressively and top edged the ball to mid-wicket where the ball was well held by Burgh.

This brought Tashaffi to the crease. He and Ronney dominated the Horsham bowling with some fine aggressive shots which raced to the boundary. Ronney reached a fine 50 with a square cut through the covers. A change of bowling and the return of opening bowler DeSilva saw Ronney attempt to hit a well-pitched delivery for six. He missed and was comprehensively bowled for a fine 54. The score on 166-3 off 32 overs. Being a timed game Tashaffi and Cook under instructions from Phelps accelerated the scoring rate. Tashaffi having scored a quick 38 was well caught at deep mid-on with the score on 180. Cook and batsmen Bellers and Phelps took the score to 193-6 where upon Phelps declared on 193-6 off the 32 overs.

This left Horsham a very generous 90-minutes and 20 overs to reach their target of 193.

Best of the bowling:

D. DeSilva 7 overs, one maiden 3 for 27.

Goacher and Overton opened the batting for Horsham against the medium pace bowling of Jonny Phelps and Tom Blandford. Brunswick were soon amongst the wickets when a ball from Phelps, bowling from the tennis court end, leapt surprisingly from a length and Goacher on 2 gloved a simple catch to wicket keeper Cooke. At the other end Blandford in his second over bowled Overton for 4 off a ball which pitched leg stump and hit the top of off stump.

Horsham 10-2 off 4 overs.

This brought Haynes and Simon to the crease. A lot depended on these two batsmen surviving the Brunswick opening attack and they did not disappoint. After 11 overs of Phelps and Blandford and the score on 36 for no further loss of wicket, a change of bowling saw the introduction of the spin of Becca Silk and Liam Bellers. At the same time, the clouds which had been gathering from the north-west decided to open and deposit a fine and uncomfortable drizzle over the ground. With the ball like a piece of soap Haynes and Simon took advantage of the spin bowlers finding it difficult to bowl a tight length. Both played superb innings with Haynes reaching his 50 off 60 balls Simon his 50 off 100 balls.

These two batsmen took the score to 93 whereupon Haynes having reached his 50 went to hit Bellers over the top and was bowled for 51.

Silk and Bellers, waiting for this breakthrough, had both bowled 8 overs each in succession, in very wet and difficult conditions. During which, one Umpire had threatened twice to take the players off the field but in opposition from the other Umpire who was determined to keep the players on for this last match of the season. It wasn't that unpleasant anyway, in the warm autumn conditions!!!!

The drizzle passed over and with the evening sun breaking through, DeSilva joined Simon at the crease. With the score on 100 and the last 20 overs called at 5.50pm. Horsham only required 94 runs to win. A change of bowling saw the introduction of the spin of Stan Spiegal and Ted Elsey. Despite the ever-appealing flight of Stan's bowling the Horsham batsman were not seduced into making any false shots or throwing their wickets away in the run chase. Off the next 10 overs they took the score to 148 without further loss of wicket. With 10 over remaining only 46 runs were needed to win with 6 wickets standing.

With the outfield drying fast Jonny Phelps introduced Becca Silk back into the bowling attack from the railway end and he himself bowling his medium pace from the tennis court end. Becca having seen her first three balls hit for 5 runs pitched a ball beautifully on a length and tempted DeSilva, who was on 25, to hit her over the top. He skied the ball to deep mid-on where Tom Blandford, running in, took a superb catch chest high.

Horsham 148-4 and with 9 overs remaining only required 37 runs to win.

With Simon on 59 still batting well there was no need for him to take any risks. However, another well-flighted ball from Silk seemed to hypnotise him into trying to hit her out of the ground for 6. He skied the ball, in a similar fashion as DeSilva, to deep mid-on where Tom Blandford took an even more awe-inspiring catch. This was the critical wicket of the Horsham innings

Horsham 154-5 with 8 overs remaining.

Cheesman came and went for 2 in an identical manner, caught by Blandford off the bowling of Becca Silk in the deep.

Horsham 158-6 with 8 overs remaining.

Alexander, entered the fray and went in the same way bowled for only 2 by Silk with a superb arm-ball.

Horsham 160-7 with 6 overs remaining.

The next 3 overs produced only 3 runs with Carne and Purekh surviving two dropped catches. It looked very much as though Horsham would hold on for a draw.

However, Phelps had other minds and produced probably his best ball of his second 4 overs spell with one that shot low and took out Carne's middle stump.

Horsham 163-8 with 3 overs remaining.

Purekh and Burgh survived two overs taking the score to 169. However, with the first ball of last 20-overs Becca Silk enticed Purekh into attempting to sweep a ball to leg where he skied a catch into the safe hands of Tom Blandford.

Horsham all out for 169 runs. Horsham had been reduced to 10 players.

A great game of cricket played at the tail-end of the season and superbly managed by the captains of both sides in the wonderful spirit which Brunswick and Horsham have been accustomed to over the many years playing one another. Long may it continue.

So ends another season. There have been many highs and a few lows but the main disappointment has been from the number of cancelled matches due to rain and clubs being unable to field a side. Where the latter is concerned, hopefully clubs will be more proactive next season in putting out an XI. If not, there is a danger mid-week cricket will go the same way as Sunday cricket!

Best of the bowling:

Becca Silk 13 overs, 1 maiden, 5 wickets for 45 runs.

Jonny Phelps 11 overs, 2 maidens, 2 wickets for 37 runs.

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