The Brunswick wins in a high scoring match against Sidmouth Cricket Club

Thursday 6 July 2017

Brigthon Brunswick 305-7, Sidmouth 283-8

The Brunswick travelled to play Sidmouth C.C. on a very hot sunny day and against a blue cloudless sky.

Captain Chris Grammer won the toss in a 40 overs match and elected to bat on a slow dry wicket with very little bounce. Sidmouth is a very fast scoring ground.

Jonny Phelps and Dan Phillips opened the Brunswick batting against a varied bowling attack which needed a lot more net practice! Nick Mansfield's first over contained 4 wides and 3 no-balls! After 3 overs the Brunswick score stood at 48.

A change of bowling saw David Dibble introduced into the bowling attack and his medium swing bowling slowed the scoring rate.  He surprised Dan Phillips with a ball which swung away late and removed his middle stump for 16.

Brunswick 48 for 1 off 3 overs.

Shawn Johnson joined Phelps at the crease. With Phelps in full flow with the bat, the Brunswick score raced to 100 off only the first 10 overs. Just when it appeared these two batsmen were accelerating the run rate Johnston mistimed a drive and lobbed a simple catch to mid-wicket and was back in the pavilion for 18 runs. Out strode Brad Gayler batting at 4.

Brunswick 110 for 2 off 13 overs.

Phelps was now batting beautifully and reached his 50 with a fine cover-drive for four. However, another bowling change saw Australian Craig Junk, who once palyed for Haywards Heath, introduced into the bowling attack. His right-arm off-spin and very good length slowed the scoring rate considerably. Phelps continued to move the score along but on 90 and looking at a certain ton he mistimed a big hit over the off side and was well caught on the boundary by Pattidar off the bowling of Mansfield.

Brunswick 157 for 3 off 20 overs.

Chris Grammer joined Gayler and these two took the score past the 200 mark in the twenty-eighth over. Gayler on 26 and frustrated by being tied down mistimed a shot over the off-side ring of fielders and spooned the ball to Harvey at deep mid-on who took the catch comfortably.

Brunswick 200 for 4 off 28 overs.

Connor Golding came and went, out for 5, attempting to hit Mansfield over mid-off and skying a simple catch to Pattidar.

Brunswick 208 for 5 off 29 overs.

Grammer, who had not batted for three weeks and scratched around in his early overs, started to hit the ball with the middle of his bat. He was joined by Beeslee and these two gradually took control of the Sidmouth bowling attack. Grammer, who had batted very sensibly and at a crucial time in the Brunswick innings, brought up his 50 with a quick run into the covers. But in attempting to loft the very next ball over the wicket-keepers head with a reverse sweep he lost his balance. In frustration he wandered around outside of his crease and was stumped by the wicket-keeper standing back who threw down the stumps.

Brunswick 280 for 6 off 37 overs.

With only three overs to go, Josh Beeslee who had batted well with Grammer, was joined by Ollie Blandford and Mike Rose. These later batsmen hardly bothered the score board and were both back in the pavilion for only two runs. 

Brunswick 284 for 8 off 38 overs.

Daryl Gayler joined Beeslee and these two took the final Brunswick score to 305 off the allotted 40 overs.

Beeslee scored an important 40 N.O. 40 and Daryl Gayler 7 N.O.

After the tea interval Sargeant and Watkins opened the batting against the medium pace bowling of Brown and Blandford. These two batsmen were quickly into their stride as Sergeant hit Brown for two scorching fours through the covers in his first over. 

The score moved along rapidly to 40 when Brown brought a good ball back to trap Watkins in front LBW for 15.

Sidmouth 40 for 1 off 7 overs.

Craig Junk joined Sargeant at the crease and these two were hardly troubled by the Brunswick bowling attack. Junk was particularly savage agains the Brunswick bowlers and reached his 50 with an enormous 6 off Beeslee which ended up in the sea! With the ball being rescued by an attractive young lady in a bikini the match was resumed only for Sargeant to bring up his 50 with a similar 6 which this time ended up on the beach!

The introduction of Shawn Johnston's seam bowling slowed the scoring rate. Junk having been dropped on the boundary twice chanced his arm once too often and skied a catch off Johnston to deep mid-on where Dan Phillips took a good catch.

Sidmouth 154 for 2 off 25 overs.

Cavin lasted two balls before being bowled for a duck by a fine ball from Johnston which removed his off stump.

Sidmouth 154 for 3 off 25 overs.

Sidmouth were now falling behind the required run rate.

Aidey joined Sargeant who had been hardly troubled by the Brunswick's bowling. But on 76 he played all around a full-toss arm ball from Mike Rose which drifted in and caught him on the boot, out LBW in front of all three!

Sidmouth 172 for 4 off 28 overs.

The introduction of Daryl Gayler's medium pace bowling saw both Aidey and Pattidar back in the pavilion. Aidey swept at a leg-side ball and unluckily top edged the ball to Phelps in the slips and Pattidar played forward and lobbed the next ball back to the bowler Gayler who took a superb diving catch to his left and only inches from the ground.

Sidmouth 173 for 6 off 28 overs.

With Sidmouth requiring 133 off the last 12 overs Grammer skilfully rotated the Brunswick bowling attack to keep them in the match. 

Mansfield, the Sidmouth opening bowler batting at seven and Dibble at eight, took up the challenge and in the next seven overs and chancing their arms they put on 87 runs to take the score to 260. With three overs to go and 45 runs required Dibble swept once too often against Jonny Phelps and was bowled for a fine 39 runs.

Sidmouth 260 for 7 off 27 overs.

Mansfield brought up his 50 with a six and four while at the other end Bess struck Dan Phillips for a 4 and an enormous 6 into the hotel grounds behind the bowlers back. Incredibly, the first and only lost ball of the day!

Sidmouth were down to 10 men as a result of one player injuring his hand badly during the match. When Bess went caught in the deep off the bowling of Dan Phillips for a well struck 11 off only 5 balls, it was left to the last batsmen Stevens and Mansfield to score 25 runs off the remaining 8 balls. Possible, but most unlikely.

Sidmouth 280 for 8 off 39 overs. 

With Mansfield unable to score off Phillips last two balls it was left to Stevens to face the last over from Phelps. With only 3 runs scored the Sidmouth innings came to a close on 283 for 8 and 25 short of their target.

Brunswick's second win of the tour.

The Brunswick would like to thank Sidmouth cricket club for its excellent hospitality, a superb tea and for playing another great game of cricket in the true spirit of the game.

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