The Brunswick returns to play Roffey C.C. at its home of cricket at the Sussex County Cricket Ground

Sunday 6 August 2017

Brigthon Brunswick 300-6, Roffey 174-10

The Brunswick President David Laings XI returned to its home of cricket at The Sussex County Cricket Ground on Sunday 6 August to play Roffey Cricket Club, winners of the Sussex Premier League in 2015 and 2016, in an all-day 50 overs match.

After the heavy rain of recent weeks, the clubs were met at the County Ground in Hove by brilliant sunshine and a blue cloudless sky. Wonderful conditions for cricket.

The TeamWinning the toss, the Brunswick Captain Callum Smith had no hesitation in electing to bat on a true fast wicket which was pitched in the middle of the square.

Jonny Phelps and Shawn Johnson opened the batting.

With first ball of the match Roffey’s fast bowler Jamie Atkins delivered a peach of a ball to send Phelps off-stump cartwheeling out of the ground.

Dan Phillips, who has not been in the runs in recent weeks, joined Johnson at the crease. These two took the score to 49 when Johnson in the 7th over, having played an array of superb off-drives which scorched to the boundary for 4’s, played back to a short ball from George Flemming which cut back viciously and rapped him in front to be adjudged LBW for 20.

Brunswick 49 for 2 off 7 overs.

Callum Smith, who similarly has been out of form with the bat, joined Phillips at the crease. After pulling two short balls for 4 and running a quick single Smith mistimed another shot off Flemming through mid-wicket and skied the ball into the safe hands of Theo Rivers at mid-on.

Brunswick 63 for 3 off 10 overs.

Australian Sage Cook, suffering from a back strain, strode to the wicket in very good form with the bat. In obvious pain, it took him 13 balls to get off the mark with a single to mid-off. At the other end Dan Phillips continued in an uncharacteristically reserved manner to build a big score. He reached a fine 50 with a single to long-on off 72 balls which included five 4s. These two batsmen pushed the score along and in the ball before lunch Phillips attempted a reverse sweep off Moneydeep Singh. Despite a very thin edge he was adjudged LBW for a fine 75. This superbly controlled knock set the base of the Brunswick innings.

Brunswick at lunch were 166- for 4 off 30 overs.

After lunch Aaron Phillips joined Cook at the crease. Sage moved on to his 50 with a 2 scored through extra cover off 84 balls. With the score on185 Aaron Phillips pulled a short ball from Singh through mid-wicket into the safe hands of Ollie Rivers on the deep mid-on boundary.

Brunswick 185 for 5 off 36 overs.

Anish Param, Three Bridges overseas, player came in to bat at number seven. He and Cook accelerated the scoring rate. With Cook hitting a series of 4’s and a huge 6 over long-on the score raced to 277 off the next 7 overs. But in attempting a repeat shot the very next ball, Cook mistimed his shot to be well caught by Ollie Rivers on the boundary for a solid innings of 73.

Brunswick 233 for 6 off 43 overs.

This brought wicket-keeper James McKemey to the wicket. Param raced to his 50 with a well-struck 4 through the covers. These two took the Brunswick score to a formidable 300 off the 50 allotted overs. Param 58 not out and McKemey 14 not out.

Brunswick 300 for 6 off 50 overs.

Best of the Roffey bowlers were:

Jamie Atkins 9 overs, no maidens 2 for 57

George Flemming 7 overs, 2 maidens 2 for 20.

Moneydeep Singh 9 overs, no maidens 2 for 65

Josh Flemming and Amish Padalker opened the batting for Roffey.

It was a great pleasure to see Carl Simon opening the bowling for the Brunswick from the top end of the County Ground. He had flown in specially from Antigua to play in V.P. of the Brunswick Nick Potter and President of Banstead C.C., in their 175-year anniversary match and also for David Laing’s Presidents XI at the County Ground

Conor Golding took the new ball at the other end. With these two bowling a tight length and Simon’s first two overs being maidens, Roffey found runs hard to come by. Although no wickets fell in the first 12 overs the score stood only at 44 runs compared to the Brunswick’s 67.

A change of bowling and the introduction of the spin of Josh Beeslee and Anish Param saw hardly any increase in the scoring rate. However, Padalkar on 16 played back to a quicker ball from Param and was comprehensively bowled.

Roffey 55-1 off 16 overs.

Theo Rivers joined Flemming at the crease. The spinners continued to bowl a tight length and there was little increase in the scoring rate. Having taken the score past the 100 Flemming on 45 went down the track to hit Param over the top but only managed to stub the ball back to him for a well caught and bowled.

Roffey 106 for 2 off 28 overs.

Ollie Rivers joined his brother Theo at the wicket. Theo having scored 45 went for a quick run to mid-wicket where Shawn Johnson swooped to pick up the ball and in one action threw down the stumps with a direct hit at the bowlers end to run him out.

Roffey 130 for 3 off 34 overs.

With 167 runs required off 16 overs Roffey still had 7 wickets in hand to achieve their target. However, when Aaron Phillips bowled Rivers for 20 and Kennedy for 5, and Alex Southon was run-out for only 1 by a smart piece of fielding by Aaron Phillips, the game was up for Roffey.

Callum Smith brought Carl Simon and Connor Golding back into the attack and with Simon removing Singh for 0 with a fine ball which swung and took an outside edge to be well caught by wicket-keeper McKemey; Golding dispatching George Flemming with a similar ball for only 5, bowling Jamie Atkins for 4 and Alex Cummings run out by another brilliant piece of fielding from Shawn Johnson who hit the wicket direct, the Roffey innings ended on 174 all out in the 45th. over.

Best of the Brunswick bowlers were:

Carl Simon 9 overs two maidens 1 wicket for 24 runs.

Conor Golding 8.5 overs, no maidens 3 for 32.

Anish Param 10 overs, no maidens 2 for 36

Aaron Phillips 4 overs, no maidens 2 for 16.

This was a game of cricket enjoyed by all who played and those who came on the day to support their teams. The weather and the County Ground environment could not have been better. The Brunswick would like to thank Andy Mackie and his ground-staff for presenting the ground at its best.

It was a great shame however, that the game was spoiled by Roffey being forced to put out a much-weakened side by the Sussex League failing to enforce their own rules and making them play a 20/20 over semi-final match against Horsham on the same day of this match.

The Sussex County has spent a great amount of time, energy and money in trying to promote friendly cricket only to have their efforts thwarted by decisions such as those which left Roffey fielding a much-weakened side and in such a special match as this at the County Ground.

Having said that, we must take our hats off to Roffey for putting out a reasonably competitive team to play the Brunswick this Sunday.

Man-of-the match goes to Dan Phillips for his fine and controlled innings of 75 runs.

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