Brighton Brunswick v St James' (23 July 2015)
The Brunswick enjoys another win.
A strong Brunswick XI, carefully selected by Match Manager Becca Silk, travelled to play the St. James's Montefiore C.C. President's XI at its delightful ground set in the rolling hills of the Ditching countryside.
St. James's won the toss and despite the heat of a very hot, sunny day put the Brunswick in to bat in a 40-over match on a fast, true wicket. The St. James's opening fast bowling attack of Mali Richards, son of the great Antiguan West Indian cricketer Sir Viv Richards and James D'Orsaneo, soon had the Brunswick in trouble. Both opening bats Lucas Barker and Jony Phelps were dismissed cheaply by D'Orsaneo. Phelps was first to go for a duck to a good catch by Murray at third slip. Barker, throwing his bat at a wide, full delivery got a thick edge and was brilliantly dismissed for 10 by wicket keeper Gilligan diving full-length to his right to take a tumbling catch. At 26-2 the Brunswick were in trouble. Things could have been even worse if Callum Smith had been caught from a top edge before he had reached 20. He skied a short ball off the top edge of his bat to gulley who promptly dropped a very simple catch. However, Smith and Carly Simon put their heads down and runs started to come quickly over the very fast outfield.
The opening bowlers were soon seen off and replaced by the leg-spin of Tom Jenkins and off-spin of Tayab Mahmood. This only increased the scoring rate to over 6 runs an over. Simon was the first to reach his 50, followed shortly after by Smith. With both batsmen on 76 runs and the score on 170 it appeared only a question of who would be the first to reach his 100. But as always happens in cricket, one never ceases to be amazed by an unexpected turn of events. On this occasion Simon hit a short ball hard in the air to the bowlers end only to see it bounce off his colleague Smith's bat onto his batting glove and for the rebound to be caught by Richards the bowler! Simon's superb innings came to a close with him on 80. Smith departed soon after when on 85 he guided a full toss on the leg-side from D'Oraneo down the throat of the fine-leg fielder Gibbs who took a good catch to send him back to the pavilion. The Brunswick score was 182-4 off 30 overs.
Run Spree Continues
Ollie Blandford and Mike Rose continued the run spree until Blandford was given out on 11 LBW off Jamie Howick's spin. James Silk was next to go also LBW to a ball which kept low for 0. Rose hit two big 6's over long-on and his quick 30 runs saw the score to 200 when he went down the wicket to Murrey, missed and was stumped by Gilligan. Ryan Brown 23 N.O. and Andy Smith 16 N.O. took the score to 264 -7 off the 40 overs.
The best of the St James's bowlers: James D'Orsaneo 3 -33 off 8 overs and Jamie Howick 2-48 off 7 overs,
After a wonderful St. James's Chairman's wife's, Jane Voller, tea the St James's batsmen set about the task of seeing off the opening Brunswick attack of Three Bridges South African fast bowler Andy Smith and the spin of the never aging Stan Speigel. St James's were soon in trouble against Andy Smith whose speed and bounce caught them all by surprise. In the course of 5 overs he tore the St. James's batting apart disposing of both opening batsmen Gibbs-25 and Jenkins-8, saw number 3 batsman Owen Howick run out for 3 and Jamie Howick out first ball for 0. All three of Smith's victims edged fast balls, only just short of a length, to wicket-keeper Barker. St. James's were 50-4 off only 9 overs.
Number 4 bat Tayab Mahmood and 6 bat Joseph Gilligan stemmed the fall of wickets. After 7 overs Smith was rested having taken 3 wickets for 46 runs off 7 overs and broken the back of the St. James's batting. The change of bowling saw the introduction of the spin of James Silk and Becca Silk into the attack. Mahmood was starting to see the ball very well and having been especially severe on Smith last 3 overs he was deceived by James Silk spin. Going to cut the ball through mid-wicket he snicked an edge to wicket keeper Barker and was out for a fine 36. Becca Silk bowled an impeccable length and the batsmen found it hard to score runs freely off her bowling. While at the other end her brother James took two further wickets bowling Joseph Gilligan for 21 and deceiving number 7 batsman Josh Crowther who went down the wicket to one that turned and he was neatly stumped by wicket keeper Barker for 0. St James's 110-7.
This brought Mali Richards to the crease batting surprisingly, as a quality batsman, at number 8. He and the remaining batsmen took the score to 205 off only 35 overs, when the number 11 bat James D'Orsaneo, who had scored 29 superb runs, was bowled by Ollie Blandford. Mali Richards was left on 46 N.O.
The best of the Brunswick bowlers: Andy Smith 3-46 off 8 overs and James Silk 3-17 off 5 overs.
A great game of cricket played in good spirit by all involved on the day.