Rain and cold, strong winds call a halt to the Brunswick v Preston Nomads match.
(17 June 2018)
Brigthon Brunswick 247-9, Preston Nomads 41-3
If last Wednesday's fine weather was a day from the Gods, Sunday was the reverse! Grey lowering clouds from the start reduced the outstanding view of the south down and Devil's Dyke.
For the second match in succession, two late dropouts, this time because of injuries on the Saturday, the Brunswick was reduced to 9 players. Once again, our opponents offered a player to make the contest 10 a side.
Brunswick won the toss and elected to bat in a 40/40 over match. Runs were hard to get despite being given 14 wides in the opening 9 overs and losing Isaac Leckie and Captain Callum Smith for only 6 and 13 respectively. Conor Golding and David Winn set about recovering the situation and they with Tashaffi, who scored a fine 37, took the score to 166 for 6 with wickets falling at regular intervals. More runs were required, and these came from Mike Rose who, getting his head down, led a magnificent recovery. He scored his maiden 50 for the Brunswick and together with the tail-order batsmen including the ever-popular Brunswick Treasurer Ted Elsey making 23 not out, the Brunswick were bowled out with only 2 balls remaining of the 40 overs for a very respectable sore of 247.
Jan Smith and her team provided the usual outstanding tea, which left both teams and officials reluctant to leave the pavilion in the deteriorating weather conditions. Preston Nomads innings commenced under a brooding sky which suggested that rain was not far away. Indeed, the drizzle soon started and at first was just a slight interference. But with 12 overs gone the drizzle turned to rain and the umpires reluctantly took the players off with Preston Nomads standing at 41-3. Sadly, after another 45 minutes and the umpires and groundsman examining the outfield and square, the decision was taken to abandon the match. The Brunswick bowlers Chappell 1-17 from 6 overs, Golding 1-16 off 4 overs and Brown 1-7 off 2 overs were the successful bowlers.