Liverpool bowlers too good for the Brunswick

Thursday 19 July 2018
Brigthon Brunswick 179-8, Liverpool League Team 183-3

The last day saw the Tour party move on to the Liverpool Cricket Club to play a Liverpool Under-25 XI. This club has entertained the Lancashire County Cricket XI’s on their ground and is one of the finest in the county.

The Brunswick XI had been weakened by several of its more important members attending graduation ceremonies which was a great pity when this match provided the stiffest opposition of the week. 

The Brunswick Tour Captain Dan Phillips won the toss and, bearing in mind the lack of bowlers, elected to bat on a very warm, humid day on a pitch which had a greenish tinge to it. 

Tom Haynes and Dan Phillips opened the batting. The wicket was two paced and with the ball not coming on to the bat as expected runs were hard to come by. The medium paced Liverpool bowlers Schadendorf and Law swung and cut the ball in the humid conditions and posed real problems for the Haynes and Phillips. In the third over and with the score on 7, Phillips, in unaccustomed style, hung his bat out to dry to a ball from Schadendorf which stopped and found a thick edge which was snapped up in the slips by Kershaw. This brought Brad Gayler to the crease. Brad has been in good form with the bat in the Sussex Premier League and he and Haynes put their heads down in an attempt to see off the opening bowlers. 

It took Gayler 36 balls to get off the mark the other end while Haynes had been similarly tied down scoring only 20 in the first hour from 56 balls. When Schadendorf was rested he had bowled 6 overs, three of which were maidens and taking 1-9. 

A change of bowling and introduction of the medium pace of Hulbert and Sutton brought no relief to the scoring rate. Haynes in attempting to increase the scoring rate received a brute of a ball from Sutton which swung away and cut back to take an inside edge which was well caught by wicket keeper Faber. And when John Connelly lasted on 13 balls and was another victim of Sutton caught in the slips for 5, the score stood at 46-3 off 19 overs. 

Ryan Maskell came to the crease and with the introduction of the faster pace of Laker, Gayler now started to take command of the bowling hitting Sutton for two 4’s off consecutive balls through the covers. With only 10-minutes to lunch Maskell, who had never been at ease, snicked a ball from Clein to Kershaw for a simple catch in the slips. 

Brunswick 65-4 off 27 overs. 

This brought Joe Walker to the crease the day after his 18th birthday. He faced two balls scoring a fast-run 3 and then to lunch with the score on 70-4. 

After lunch and under a hot sun the wicket eased and runs started to flow. The introduction of the spin of Atkinson saw Gayler reach a fine 50 hitting him for two 6’s in an over. Gayler and Walker took the score past 100 in the 35 over and just when it appeared these two were getting on top of the bowlers Gayler made his first mistake mishitting Hulbert to mid-wicket where he was well caught by Law for a fine and chanceless innings of 78. 

Brunswick 139-5 off 43 overs. 

Walker had moved on to 25 and hit the spin of Atkinson for an effortless 6 over long on. But having hit him for another 4 he was tempted down the track to a ball from the spinner which lifted and turned to leave him stranded outside his crease, stumped for a fine 35 runs. 

Brunswick 139-5 off 43 overs. 

Jonny Phelps and Conor Golding were both caught on the deep mid-wicket boundary carelessly attempting to hit Atkinson for six’s. And with the score on 179-8 off 55 overs Phillips declared the Brunswick innings. 

Best of the Liverpool bowlers was:

Atkinson, 9 overs 3 for 40.

Sutton 12 overs 2 for 51. 

This was more than a generous declaration as it left the Liverpool XI with 100 minutes plus 20 overs called at 5.30pm to reach their target. 

Faber and Smithies opened the batting for Liverpool on a wicket which now offered little assistance to the Brunswick opening medium paced bowlers Ollie Blandford and Matt Blandford. 

Both opening batsmen reached their 50’s with ease and took the score to 137 in the 27th over before the Brunswick took its first wicket. During this period Brunswick put down three important catches. A change of bowlers saw the introduction of the spin of Haynes, Brunswick’s 7th. bowler! In his second over Faber, like Brunswick’s batsman Walker, was tempted down the track to a ball from Haynes which lifted and turned to leave him stranded outside his crease, stumped by Gayler for a fine 78 runs.

 Liverpool 137-1 off to 27 overs. 

This brought Laker to the crease. He had scored 113 n.o. in The Northern Club’s win over the Brunswick earlier in the week. 

Two overs later the other opening bat Smithers was deceived by a ball from Joe Walker, in his first over for the Brunswick, which spun viciously to bowl him for 67 runs. 

Liverpool 139-2 off to 29 overs. 

This was not to be Laker’s day as the 4th faster ball from Haynes spun viciously to bowl him for a duck. 

With the score on 173 for 3 the damage was done and Kershaw on 24 N.O. and Foster 2 N.O. saw Liverpool XI safely to their target in the 35th over. This was only in the 7th over of the last 20 leaving Liverpool with another 13 overs to reach their target. 

With the ball seaming and swinging in the early morning the Brunswick certainly batted in the worst of the conditions on the day. Our depleted bowling attack did not help either. But Liverpool took advantage of the conditions to confine the Brunswick to such a low score and on the day were the much better side. 

This ended the Brunswick tour with the side losing 2 matches, winning one and being on the better side of the match rained off on the first day. 

The welcome and hospitality we received from all the clubs and the special hospitality provided by the Liverpool League for our last match against the Under-25 Liverpool League XI, was outstanding. The Liverpool ground was a wonderful setting for cricket and we were privileged to play there. We send our sincere thanks to everyone involved who made the tour such a success.

Liverpool League Ground

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