Three Bridges C.C. Bows to Two "Ton" Brunswick

Thursday 12 July 2018
Brigthon Brunswick 379-5, Three Bridges 321-10

The final match before the Brunswick sets off on its Lancashire Tour saw the club travel to the far north of the County to play against Three Bridges C.C.

Connections between the two clubs, in opposition today, saw non-players including our Brunswick Director of Cricket Rob Stewart, a Bridges member for well over forty years, TBCC President Robbie Barker a BB member for over 50 years, Andy Meads a Sussex Club Cricket legend and TBCC member for close to 50 years and our regular scorer Colin Tennant who also been a member for 50 years all on parade. Many of the Three Bridges members playing today have also regularly represented the Brunswick in recent years. Today's rivalry posed an interesting contest of cricketing ability!

In a 40-limited over match the Brunswick batted first and soon lost long term favourites, John Connelly and Danny Hall, for 18. A Mini crisis in the offing? Not likely as Captain Dan Phillips hastened to the crease and soon began to hit the ball to all parts of the ground. Ably supported by Tom Haynes, in 17 overs this partnership added 183 before Tom was dismissed superb innings of 78 with Dan on 97. Enter the young Haywards Heath starlet Ben Matthews, who regular readers will remember scored 132 against Brighton Nomads including 25, 4s a fortnight ago. Once again, he batted very well. Dan reached another fine 100 and on completion of the 24th over with the total on 247 he retired on 128. His innings included 24, 4s and 3, 6s. Tashaffi Shams and Jonny Phelps came and went for a combined total of only ten. It was left to Fergus Guppy 30 not out to partner Ben to another chanceless hundred. This time he made 101 not out with 18, 4s. The Brunswick innings closed on 379 for 5.

Following a mouth-watering tea Three Bridges set out on an unlikely quest to score 380 runs.

The Bridges got off to a terrible start with two Brunswick regulars Michael Rose and Conor Golding opening the batting for the Bridges and both back in the pavilion dismissed for ducks! With Aman Bhanot out for 4 the total after 3 overs was 12 for 3 wickets.

Bridges other opener Joe Walker steadied the innings but having scored a superb 72 with 10, 4s and 2, 6s in advancing down the track to Spiegal he was brilliantly stumped by Matthews. With the total on only 134 for 5 wickets, it appeared Bridges were about to succumb to a huge loss especially as they were soon reduced to 149 for 7. However, "cometh the hour, cometh the man", Bridges teenagers, Jamie Ward and Arran Brown, put on 50 for 8th wicket before Jamie was caught by John Connelly off the bowling of Dan Phillips. When the 9th wicket fell at 207 in the 31st. over Bridges remained undaunted while David Winn, their overseas player batting at 11 was at the crease. He inspired Arran Brown to support him and together these two put on 114 for the last wicket. When David was out in the 40th and last over for 84, which included 8, 4s and 5, 6s Arran Brown was left undefeated on 44 not out and the Bridges score on 321 giving the Brunswick a victory margin of only 58 runs.

Fergus Guppy was the leading wicket taker for the Brunswick with 4 wickets for 37 runs.

Everyone agreed the match had provided superb entertainment on a splendid wicket and a lighting fast outfield.

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