The Brunswick finally gets its 2018 season underway!

Thursday 31 may 2018

Brigthon Brunswick 240-4, Horsham 203-7

With a weather forecast warning of heavy isolated showers and thunderstorms across southern England and Brighton being underwater early morning, the Brunswick's match against Horsham Cricket Club hung in the balance until lunchtime. Despite light showers the Horsham ground remained unscathed and at 12-noon the message went out to players "IT'S ALL GO".

Under a heavy overcast sky, the teams met for a prompt 2pm start. Jonny Phelps, the Brunswick Captain, won the toss and elected to bat in a 40-overs match.

Dan Phillips, who has not been in the runs early season, and John Connelly (welcome back John after last season's injuries and work commitments) opened the batting. Phillips was in a belligerent mood and took an especial liking to the opening fast attack of Small from the top end. With the fast outfield Phillips took Small's bowling apart hitting him for 37 runs off his first three overs. The Horsham Captain took the dispirited opening bowler out of the attack and that was the last we saw of Small in the match! While from the tennis court end Connelly put his head down and provided solid support, Phillips continued to pepper the boundary with 6's and 4's and soon raced to his 50 off only 21 balls. The hundred came up for the Brunswick in the 10th over without a loss of wicket.

Score 116 for 1 off 11 overs.

With the score on 116, of which Phillips had scored a fine 78, Phillips went for another big hit and miscued the ball from the medium paced Cross into the safe hands of Macateer at mid-off.

Haywards Heath's overseas player Alistair Templeton joined Connelly at the crease. Runs continued to flow, albeit at a much subdued rate. A heavy shower of rain brought out the covers and the players retired to the pavilion. 30-minutes later, with the sun breaking through the clouds, the players were back on the field. Templeton was soon into his stride but when on 38, in attempting to accelerate the score rate, he lofted a ball off the medium paced DaSilva into the safe hands of Ekstrom at long-on.

Score 175 for 2 off 22 overs.

Jonny Phelps joined Connelly and was soon into his stride scoring runs quickly to all parts of the ground and bringing up the 200 in the 24th over. But Connelly's innings ended when in the 24th over he attempted to pull a short ball to square leg from the medium pace of Huddleston which stayed low and bowled him for 32.

Score 205 for 3 off 24 overs.

Masson Robinson, playing in his first game for the Brunswick joined Phelps, but another heavy rain shower brought the teams in for an early tea. When play resumed the match was reduced to 28 overs. Phelps soon reached his 50 but after hitting two successive 4's he was bowled by Donaldson for a fine 53.

Score 237 for 4 off 22 overs.

With Robinson snicking a ball from DaSilva to Ekstrom in the slips and David Winn and Fergus Guppy on 2 and 1 "not out" the Brunswick innings came to a close with the score on 240 off 28 overs.

Brunswick close of innings 240 for 5 off 28 overs.

With the skies lightening Horsham's opening bats Storey and Goacher set about the formidable task of scoring 240 runs off only 28 overs.

The medium fast bowlers, Ollie Blandford and Fergus Guppy, opened the Brunswick attack. Horsham were soon in trouble when in the 3rd over Goacher on 12 attempted to pull a faster ball from Blandford through mid-wicket and skied the ball to mid-off where Mason Robinson took a brilliant catch tumbling forwards only inches from the ground.

Score 24 for 1 off 3 overs.

Huddlestone joined Storey at the wicket and was soon in trouble. In Blandford's 4th over he snicked a catch to Phelps behind the stumps and was back in the pavilion for only 4 runs.

Score 39 for 2 off 7 overs.

Cross joined Storey and despite Phelps ringing the bowling changes the Brunswick were unable to dislodge either batsman over the next 21 overs!

Both reached chanceless 50's and even with Phelps endeavouring to open up the game by enticing the batsmen into a more aggressive run-chase, disappointingly neither took up the challenge.

Even the introduction of Stan Spiegel's enticing, high lofted spin was totally ignored! Neither batsman had obviously experienced the looping, high balls which Stan consistently delivered on a length on the day! Both played Stan with enormous circumspect and at a critical period of the game. In the 5 overs he bowled only 38 runs were scored!!! Despite wickets in hand and the field being drawn in, disappointingly neither batsman took any chance to accelerate the run rate. Cross brought up his 100 and with him on 103 n.o. and Storey 61 n.o. the Horsham innings came to a close on 203 for 2, 37 runs short of their target. The shortfall should have been much smaller had the two batsmen been more adventurous in their batting, especially with 8-wickets in hand.

Both clubs fielded strong batting sides and against a background of threatening heavy rain it was a tribute to the teams to play this match and especially Horsham Cricket Club in presenting a fine batting wicket on which over 400 runs were scored on the day.

A first good win of the 2018 season for the Brunswick which now moves on to play Linden Park on Wednesday 13 June.

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