Brunswick CC & Linden Park CC show the way how "Cricket" should really be played!!
(14 June 2017)
Brigthon Brunswick 223-8, Linden Park 257-6
The long standing playing relationship between the Brunswick and Linden Park CC was under threat this year! Rob Stewart, our Director of Cricket, was close to cancelling the match as a result of the Brunswick playing members failing to make themselves available to play or by withdrawing at the last minute. With only 8 of our players from a playing membership of 74 making themselves available to play Rob was forced to call Linden Park to warn them of our having to cancel. After a discussion with John Harvey, Rob’s counterpart at Linden Park, and also a member of the Brunswick, John agreed to find us two players. But even more importantly as the Brunswick batting line-up was extremely brittle John agreed that Scott Newman, the ex-Middlesex and Surrey left-handed batsman, would be one of the two to help strengthen our batting.
Winning the toss, the Linden Park captain elected to bat on a true fast wicket with bounce. With the lightning fast outfield and first really hot sunny day of the season the Brunswick faced the potential of having to reach a large score to win a match which was “timed” with the last 20 overs being called at 6.45pm.
Ollie Brown, a medium fast bowler, opened the bowling for the Brunswick from the downhill end. Ollie has struggled with his run-up recently and would be considerably quicker and more accurate if he could smooth his run-up approach to the wicket. Having said that, with the last ball of his first over he produced a fine cherry that swung away and which the opening bat Holbrook played back to and was beaten by the pace and comprehensively bowled for 0. Number 3 bat Brewer lasted 10 balls, two of which he smashed through the covers for 4’s. But off the second ball of Brown’s over and going for another drive he mistimed his shot and lobbed the ball into the safe hands of the substitute fielder at mid-on.
Linden Park 30-2 off 5 overs.
The other opening bat Seldon was joined at the wicket by Roberts and these two took control of the Brunswick bowling. Seldon moved on to a chanceless 50 while Roberts at the other end was untroubled and scoring freely. A change of bowling and the introduction of Becca Silk’s off-spin saw Seldon tantalised down the track to hit a well-flighted ball over the covers. Misreading the length, he skied the ball into the safe substitute's hands for a fine 71.
Linden Park 144-3 off 29 overs.
Clarke joined Roberts at the crease but lasted only 4 balls before being deceived by Silk’s arm ball and comprehensively bowled for 2
Linden Park 151-4 off 31 overs.
Not only was the Brunswick short of batting but resources in the bowling department were even scarcer! Mike Rose opening with spin from the other end to Ollie Brown was tasked to maintain a tight line and length. This he did for 21 overs bowling unchanged. He was very unlucky on numerous occasions to beat the bat and to see catches drop short of fielders. His only success came when he bowled Cobb, batting at 6, for 21.
Linden Park 192-5 off 38 overs.
Roberts was joined by Hulbert at the crease and went on to bring up his 50 with a fine off-drive through the covers for 4. With Hulbert being caught in the deep for a quick 25 off Ollie Brown who had replaced Silk the race was now on for Roberts to score his hundred before tea. This he did with 9-4’s and 2’s bringing up his 100.
Captain John Harvey declared for tee with Roberts on 107 n.o. and Hoard on 4 n.o. and the score on 257-6 off 45 overs.
Scott Newman & Jed Doney opened the batting at 5.21pm giving the Brunswick 81 minutes and 20 overs to reach the Linden Park’s formidable target.
Scott Newman treated the spectators to possibly one of the most thrilling and aggressive displays of batting ever seen at Linden Park. He raced to his 50 with 11-4’s, 1-2 and 4 singles. He went on to bring up his 100 while Doney at the other end had scored only 16 runs. With the score on 107 Doney played at a ball from Herbert outside his off-stump and snicked a catch to Cobb in the slips for 16.
Brunswick 107-1 off 16 overs.
Newman, who was joined by Taylor at the wicket, continued to flay the ball to all areas of the ground and soon brought up his 150.
With the score on 175 the Umpires called the last 20 overs.
Taylor was batting at ease and while Newman was still in and in full flow, scoring only 81 runs to win the match in 20 overs appeared well in sight. But cricket can be a very strange game at times! Herbert varying his pace and length, deceived Newman with his slower ball and an outside edge saw him snapped up in the slips by John Harvey for a wonderful innings of 158 scored in 2 hours 4 minutes. His innings contained 30- 4’s and 3-6’s.
Brunswick 196-2 with 15 overs remaining
With the score on 196 the Brunswick only wanted 62 runs to win off 15 overs. But would the remaining frail Brunswick batting line-up be capable of reaching the target?
The question was soon answered as two more wickets fell with the score unchanged on 196. Cobb bowled Taylor for 20 and Herbert bowled Russell for a duck.
Brunswick 194-4 with 13 overs remaining.
Mike Rose hit a spirited 9 before being caught at long-on off Cobb and Ollie Brown, after scoring two magnificent 4’s was back in the pavilion being adjudged LBW half-way down the track and hit on the top of his pads by Herbert.
Becca Silk became Herbert’s 5th victim when he comprehensively bowled her for 1.
This brought Mark Russell and Ron Stewart to the crease.
Brunswick 215-7 with 4 overs to go.
Stewart lasted 6 balls and after scoring a 3, 2 and 1 waived his bat at a full-length ball from Herbert and was bowled hook, line and sinker.
Brunswick 223 -8.
With the Brunswick being short of a player the last two batsmen, Jo Mallins and Mark Russell had to survive 2 overs to achieve the draw.
Ten nervous minutes later these two batsmen returned to the pavilion Russell on 2 NOT OUT and Mallins on 1 NOT OUT. A drawn match.
Thanks to the wonderful innings of Scott Newman and despite receiving only 36 overs, 9 less than Linden Park, the Brunswick reached an unlikely score of 223, and an even more incredible draw.
But what must not be lost sight of, is this match was played thanks to the outstanding sportsman-like approach to the game of the Linden Park's Captain John Harvey. By assisting us to put out a team and providing us with a batsman Scott Newman of notorious repute, we achieved on the day the most important aim – TO PLAY THIS WONDERFUL GAME OF CRICKET.