The Brunswick squeezes a victory against Rottingdean Cricket Club

Sunday 23 July 2017

Brigthon Brunswick 135-1, Rottingdean 133-7

With nearly every match in Sussex being cancelled by torrential rain on the Saturday the Brunswick travelled to play Rottingdean on the Sunday.

The Rottingdean ground, being constructed on chalk, had stood up well to the drenching of the previous days rain. In windy conditions and against a heavy overcast sky with yet further rain forecast later in the afternoon the two captains decided to play a reduced 35-over game with tea being taken at the end of the game. On winning the toss the Brunswick captain Jason Robinson had no hesitation in inserting the opposition.

Rottingdeans opening batsmen James Wren and George Ledden were hardly troubled by the Brunswicks opening medium pace attack of Matt O’Keefe and Tim Upchurch. Runs came quickly with both batsmen scoring prolifically to all areas of the ground. It was not until the 11th over and the score on 49 that a change of bowling and the introduction of the spin of Mike Rose and Becca Silk that the run rate was halted.

With Rose bowling a tight length and Silk flighting the ball cleverly in the wind the Brunswick claimed its first wicket. Wren on 27 was tempted down the track by a well flighted ball from Silk and mistimed his shot to long-on where he was well caught by Russell. Ledden on 41 went in the same over to a similar shot off Silk but this time was caught by Cook.

Rottingdean 70-2 off 18 overs.

With the score on 81 Silk claimed her third wicket when James on 19 spooned a catch back to O’Keefe at mid-off

Rottingdean 81-3 off 22 overs.

With Rose and Silk having each bowled their allotted 8 overs Tashaffi was introduced into the attack. In attempting to accelerate the scoring rate and with only 13 overs remaining the Rottingdean batsman failed to come to terms with Brunswicks tight bowling. Tashaffis off-breaks caused all sorts of confusion and in moving the score on to 121 three wickets fell to his bowling over the next 12 overs. Two being bowled and one to a superb catch by Cook on the long-on boundary.

With a further run-out the Rottingdean innings closed on 133-7 off their allotted 35 overs.

Best bowling was Becca Silk with 3 for 48 off 8 overs.

With clouds gathering over the hills surrounding Rottingdean Sage Cook and James Russell opened the batting for the Brunswick with the first spots of drizzle in the air. These two were particularly harsh on the opening attack of Tim Yates and Geoff Deverall. In the space of 12 overs the score raced to 67. Russell having scored 37 hooked a short ball from Jadova to square leg where he was superbly caught by Geoff Yates on the boundary.

Brunswick 67-1 off 12 overs.

That was the last success for Rottingdean. Cook was joined by Tashaffi and these two hammered the Rottingdean attack to all areas of the ground. In more persistent drizzle Cook raced to his 50 with a fine on-drive which sped to the boundary for 4 and hardly a fielder moving a hair. With Tashaffi setting down anchor at the other end these two took the Brunswick to their target reaching 135-1 off only 24 overs.

Cook ended on 83 not out. A fine innings played in atrocious conditions. Tashaffi 11 not out.

A good win for the Brunswick but full credit must go to Rottingdean for continuing to field when most teams would have sort cover in the pavilion.

But most importantly, a game of cricket was played when probably the rest of Sussex sheltered under umbrellas!

The Brunswick moves on to play Three Bridges on Thursday 27 July for a 2pm start. Note there is an error in the Fixture Card. It is not the Wednesday.

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