Paddy Rowe - 16-year old Australian batsman put the Brunswick bowlers to the sword.

Tuesday 4 July 2017

Brigthon Brunswick 190 ALL OUT, Torquay CC 192-5

Paddy Rowe, a 16-year old batting prodigy from Australia, playing League cricket in Devon this season and for Torquay Cricket Club today, tore the Brunswick bowling attack to shreds. This young man has already been selected to play for the Australian under-19 XI. Without any doubt, Paddy Rowe will be a name to watch for his future in Test cricket.

Winning the toss Dan Phillips the Brunswick captain elected to bat in a 40 over match. The Torquay pitch was slow but with even in bounce.

With opening batsmen Hoadley and Rose back in the pavilion for 47, Ollie Blandford out for a duck and Shawn Johnson bowled for 27, only Dan Phillip batting at 5 showed any form against the Torquay bowling attack. Reaching his 50 with a straight 6 over long-on, followed by another huge 6 and a 4 lofted over the covers he mistimed his next shot and skied a catch to deep mid-off where a good catch saw him back in the pavilion for a fine 60.

Brunswick 121 for 5 off 24 overs.

With Gayler tempted down the track by the well-flighted spin of Allen and left stranded and stumped for 14 only Connor Golding showed any resistance. But when he was out for 30 to another fine outfield catch off the opening medium pace bowling of Richard Small-Boyce it was necessary for the Brunswick tail to wag!

Brunswick 170 for 7 off 34 overs.

Despite a fine single by Alan Brown, the Brunswick website designer playing his first game for club, which brought the crowd to its feet, the remaining batsmen failed to add substantially to the score. The Brunswick innings closed on 190 with two of the allotted overs remaining.

Brunswick 190 ALL OUT off 38 overs.

Captain Dan Phillips knowing the Brunswick score was 30/40 runs below a defendable target opened the bowling with the spin of Jonny Phelps and pace of Ollie Brown.

But the opening Torquay batsmen John Fulner and Paddy Rowe were hardly troubled. They reached 46 off 11 overs before a change of bowling and introduction of the medium pace of Ollie Blandford saw the first Brunswick success. Swinging the ball away Blandford in his second over found the outside edge of Fulner’s bat who was well caught by Phillips at second slip.

Torquay 46 for 1 off 11 overs.

Another bowling change saw the “spin twins” Josh Beeslee and Mike Rose turning their arms in tandem. The momentum swung in favour of the Brunswick with a fall of three quick wickets in the space of two overs. Gertze was out for 0, LBW playing back to the arm ball from Beeslee which wrapped him in front of all three, Andrew batting at 4 only surviving four balls before trying to force a ball off the back foot from Beesley through the covers only to snick a fine edge into the safe hands of wicket-keeper Brad Gayler and Yau caught by Shawn Johnson in the covers off Mike Rose for only 6.

Torquay 74-4 off 19 overs.

At the other end Paddy Rowe was joined by Greg Allen and moved smoothly through his 50 with a beautifully driven ball through the covers. These two took the score to 110 when Allen having struck Dan Phillips for three successive 4s attempted to hit a short ball from Connor Golding out of the ground and was well caught by Ollie Blandford at deep mid-on for a belligerent 17.

Torquay 110 for 5 off 25 overs.

Richard Small-Boyce joined Paddy Rowe at the wicket and with Torquay requiring 80 to win off 15 overs there was a feint chance of the Brunswick securing its second victory on tour. But any likelihood of a win soon evaporated as Rowe accelerated the scoring rate with a series of boundaries to all parts of the ground. A glance to the leg side saw him reach a fine chance-less century.

With Small-Bone providing staunch support in an innings of 16 N.O. Rowe went on to hit the winning runs with a 6 and 4 off the medium quick bowling of Ollie Brown.

Torquay won the match scoring 192 for 5 off only 35.4 overs with Rowe 116 N.O. and Small-Bone 16 N.O.

The Brunswick was treated to the sight of one of the finest centuries scored by Rowe and seen on tour for many years. This young Australian man's future fortunes with the bat should be closely followed.

The Brunswick has been playing Torquay for many, many years. We always enjoy and thans the club for its excellent hospitality. However, most surprisingly, their Match Manager hinted the club may need to reconsider the format of the match going forwards in 2018. Similarly with the demise that Sunday cricket is experiencing, Torquay is now struggling to field a mid-week side!

We keep our fingers crossed that our relationship with Torquay C.C. can be continued.

The Brunswick moves on to play Sidmouth tomorrow.

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