Phillips bros in runs spree at Arundel Castle
(Wednesday 23 May 2017)
Brighton Brunswick 321-6. Sussex Martlets 202-10
With the Brunswick first match of the season against Horsham being cancelled due to heavy overnight rain the club moved on to play The Sussex Martlets at Arundel Castle.
In overcast humid conditions and with the ground looking spectacular in the bloom of early Spring, the Arundel groundsman presented us with a fine, dry, fast wicket and fast outfield. On winning the toss Callum Smith, the Brunswick Captain, didn't hesitate to elect to bat in what had been agreed would be a 45 over match.
The innings was opened by Dan Phillips and Chris Grammer and these two had few problems dealing with the Martlets medium-fast opening attack of Martyn and Patel. Phillips was in an especial bludgeoning mood and his first four scoring shots all raced to the boundary for 4s. In contrast, at the other end, Grammer quietly accumulated runs and was content to watch his partner dominate the batting.
With the score on 91, Grammer being called for quick run, was never able to make the other end and was run out for 31.
This brought Callum Smith to the crease. After a quick single and a scorching boundary, he played all around a short ball from the medium pace of Johnny Heaven and was adjudged LBW for 5.
Score 111 for 2
Aaron Philipps joined his brother Dan at the crease and these two proceeded to dominate the Martlets bowling. Dan raced to his 50 with a lofted drive over mid-on and then went on to score a spectacular 100 before lunch with a huge 6 over long on. At lunch the Brunswick score was a comfortable 166-2.
After lunch, these two brothers continued to thrash the ball to all areas of the ground and it was not long before Aaron brought up a chanceless 50 with a fine off-drive for 2.
With the score on 273 off only 38 overs Dan went for another big hit and skied the ball to deep mid-on where Hobden took the catch comfortably. He was out for a fine 138 and hopefully the first of many tons this season.
Safi Waheedullah lasted on 3 balls before being bowled by Hobden for 4.
Shawn Johnson joined Aaron at the wicket and these two took the score to 298. With Aaron on 97 and seeing an easy 'ton' against his name he went down the wicket to hit Heaven over the top for a 'big' 6. He failed to make contact and was bowled for 97. A disappointing end to a chanceless innings which deserved three figures against his name.
Johnson scored a quick-fire 20 before being well caught by Rippingdale off Heavan's bowling. Leckie and Golding took the score to a formidable 321 for our 45 overs.
The best of the Martlets bowlers was Heaven who took 3-47 off 8 overs.
Peter Lamb and David Rippingdale opened the batting for the Martlets against the fast-medium attack of Connor Golding and Shawn Johnson. These two bowlers, swinging the new ball prodigiously in the humid conditions, had the batsmen playing and missing and in all sorts of problems. Golding tasted the first blood when Rippingdale, having scored a scratchy 7, lashed at a short ball outside the off-stump and almost got away with a thick edge over the slips. However, he didn't account for Callum's Smith athletic leap which saw him pull off a sensational catch falling backwards and holding on to a ball which had four written all over it.
Lamb lasted only 8 balls and was well beaten by a full-length ball from Johnson which swung in late to bowl him through the gap for a duck.
Ratcliffe batting at three edged a ball for 4 only to find another excellent ball from Johnson swing in late to comprehensively bowl him for 4.
Charlie Hobden batting at four David Twine at five managed to fend off the fine Brunswick opening attack and took the score to 29. But another late, swinging delivery from Johnson took the outside edge of Hobden's bat and Callum Smith took another excellent catch at slip.
Johnson and Golding had taken the heart out of the Martlets batting line-up.
A change of bowling say the introduction of the right arm-spin of Josh Beeslee and medium pace of Fergus Guppy. Abhisher Patel batting at six joined Twine only to see him dance down the pitch to a well-flighted ball from Beeslee which left him stranded well out of his crease and stumped by Leckie for only 2.
Patel was joined by Johnny Headen and for the first time in the Martlets innings two batsmen appeared to be capable of putting together a reasonable score. But with Beeslee bowling a tight length, Patel was seduced into hitting what appeared to be a full-length ball and was just not quite there to do so. He mistimed his drive and skied a ball to mid-wicket and was well caught by Johnson for 18.
Ian Rippingdale batting at eight joined Headen and these two took the score to 92. Beeslee struck again taking his third wicket when he deceived Headen with another well-flighted ball which he struck straight into the safe hands of Guppy at deep mi-wicket.
Like many tail-ends, the late batsmens' tails wagged! With Ian Rippingdale being left on 34 N.O. McCarthy batting at eight being LBW to Guppy for 23 and Mike Rose accounting for the last two batsmen Martyn and Trubshaw for 30 and 4 a piece, the Martlets innings closed on a disappointing 202 off only 32 overs.
Best of the Brunswick bowling was:
Shawn Johnson 3-26 off 5 overs.
Josh Beeslee 3-65 off 9 overs.
The Arundel wicket was excellent to bat on. Runs were there for the taking and backed by a very fast outfield chasing our formidable score of 321 was not impossible. But with it being early season it required the batsmen to get their heads down and to persevere. As did the opening batsmen Chris Grammer and Dan Phillips who showed the way for the Brunswick.
The Brunswick moves on to play Heathfield Park C.C. on Wednesday 31 May. We look forward to seeing our members there to support the team.