Rottingdean CC Struggle Against a
Strong Brunswick IX
Brighton Brunswick Cricket Club v Rottingdean Cricket Club
(Wednesday 31 August 2016)
Brunswick C.C. 282-5 beat Rottingdean C.C. 132-10
On another hot sunny August day, in the beautiful country surroundings and sea air of Rottingdean, Captain Stan Speigal lost the toss and the Brunswick were put in to bat on a dusty medium paced wicket in a 40 over match.
Vic Davies and Jonny Phelps opened the batting for the Brunswick. With only 14 runs on the board Phelps, who had hit three consecutive 4s and looked in fine form, played back to a short ball from Blanchard which kept low and wrapped him on the pads, fully in front of all three. With almost all the Rottingdean players appealing in unison, Tom Hogsflesh, the Brunswick Umpire agreed and adjudged him LBW. 14-1 off 2 overs.
Kamran Mirza, batting at number 3, lasted only seven balls before being comprehensively bowled by Golding by a ball which swung away and cut back off the track. Meanwhile at the other end Victor Davies, who was joined by Max Ettinger, was in superb form hitting Blanchard for two 4s and a six off consecutive balls. With the change of bowling, Davies took an even greater liking to the introduction of the spin of Elliott, hitting him for three consecutive 4s and a 6 off the first ball of his next over. His 50 came up in only 24 balls.
Ettinger, having struggled early on against the medium paced attack, was deceived by Elliottâ€™s faster ball and was bowled for 20. 134-3 off 16 overs.
This brought Safi Waheed to the crease and he and Davies tore the Rottingdean bowling attack to pieces. Safi raced to another fine 50 and having run a quick single retired hurt on 60 with a pulled ham-string. Meanwhile Davies on 95, and attempting to bring up his century with another big hit, mistimed his shot to be well caught by Ahmed on the boundary.163-4 off 24 overs.
The rest of the Brunswick batsmen maintained the scoring rate with James Russell hitting a good 27 before being caught off the bowling of Andrews and Mark Solway 26 N.O. and Matt O'Keefe 20 taking the score to 282 off the 40 overs.
Rottingdean is renowned for its â€œenormous and fillingâ€ teas and after a plentiful supply of quality sandwiches and cakes the Brunswick took to the field in hot, muggy conditions. Carl Simon and Becca Silk opened the bowling and, the combination of their medium pace and spin attack, Rottingdean opening batsmen Scoinscome and McLacuan were soon in trouble. With only 4 runs on the board Simon comprehensively bowled McLacuan with fine a ball which cut back viciously between bat and pad to snick the off stump.
This brought Mushtaq Ahmed to the crease. He and Scoinsome were tied down by the spin of Silk who was bowling a fine and well-flighted line of attack. While at the other end Ahmed took an especial liking to Simon and anything pitched on leg was comprehensively dispatched to the boundary. But with the score on 81 Scoinscome was deceived by a well-flighted ball from Silk. In attempting to hit the last ball of her over, above the ring of close in-fielders, he mistimed the pitch of the ball and placed it safely in the hands of Victor Davies at mid-on. 81-2 off 18 overs.
This brought Nick Wright to the crease. He survived only 5 balls from Silk and was well deceived by her arm-ball which was floated beautifully away from his forward defensive prod to comprehensively bowl him for a duck! 93-3 off 20 overs.
Meanwhile, Ahmed was batting beautifully at the other end and he brought up his 50 with a well struck off-drive which went for 2 runs. Unfortunately, the Rottingdean batsmen at the other end offered very little support. With Simon 1-51 and Silk 2-31 both bowling their allotted 10 overs, the introduction of the medium pace of Chris Foulerton and looping spin of Stan Speigal saw a collapse in Rottingdean batting.
Foulerton's clever variation in pace was the main cause of Rottingdean's demise. In his next 5 overs he dispensed with Josh Andrews bowled for 2, Dan Andrews caught in the slips for 5 and his main victim Ahmed on 70, who snicked a catch to part-time wicket-keeper Mat O'Keefe. Foulerton's 6 overs with 3 wickets for only 10 runs, broke the back of the Rottingdean batting.
The rest of Rottingdean's batsmen put up very little of a fight. The innings was eventually brought to a close when Safi's right arm spin took the outside edge of Blanchard's bat to be well caught by wicket-keeper OKeefe, with the final score on 132-10 off 37 overs.
NOTE LAST MATCH OF THE SEASON
On Thursday 8 September the Brunswick plays its last match of the season against Horsham Cricket Club commencing at 1pm. With the weather for next week forecast to be a scorcher, it would be good to see as many Brunswick members as possible at Horsham ground to support the side.