Rain ruins a certain Brunsick win against
Rottingdean Cricket Club
(2 September 2015)
The rain over the last two weeks presented a damp wicket and an even greener outfield than one would have expected at this stage of early autumn. With the weather forecast indicating a cloudy sky interspersed with sunshine and only the odd shower the Brunswick Captain on winning the toss elected to bat in a 40 over match with bowlers limited to 8 overs.
Josh Bourne and Ollie Smith opened the batting for the Brunswick against the medium paced attack of Connor Turner and Nat Zamir. The ball seamed all over the place in the openings overs and both batsmen were fortunate to survive.
However, as the shine was taken off the ball by the damp outfield runs were easier to come by. Ollie Smith brought up his 50 with a huge 6 over the top of the pavilion and went on to score a fine 81 before being caught on the long-on boundary off the spin bowling of Islam. Josh Osborne retired on 73 and Callum Henderson, in his last match for the Brunswick before returning to South Africa, scored a quick 52 and also retired. Will Riley hit a quick 24 and the Brunswick innings came to a close on 257 for 3 off their 40 overs.
The Rottingdean opening batsmen Swinscoe and Ahmed found the new ball equally difficult to play. Richard Swinscoe was bowled for 9 by a fine ball from Andy Smith which pitched middle and leg and took the off stump. This brought Islam to the crease and these two took the score to 73 off only 11 overs. However, Islam was well caught low down by Any Smith off his own bowling for 32. With the score on 73 this brought about a batting collapse. Mike Rose, who is the leading left-arm spin bowler for Three Bridges and has been having a fine season with the ball, enticed Ahmed down the track to a ball which turned sharply and he has well stumped by wicket-keeper Henderson for 29. Yates came to the crease only to get a thick edge to the next ball from Rose and he was back in the pavilion out first ball for 0 well caught by Riley in the slips. Lauday came to the crease with Rose on the hat-trick. A snick to the wicket keeper Henderson and a difficult low catch put down saw Rose robbed of his hat-trick! Meanwhile, Stan Speigal was introduced into the bowling attack the other end. His looping spin caused total havoc. He bowled McClarne for 0 and Chakrabatty for 19. Rottingdean had moved from 73 for 2 to 95 for 7 of only 16 overs.
With victory well in sight for the Brunswick the heavens opened and all further play for the day was cancelled by the Umpires.