Opening bats Phelps and Ludlow set up a good win for the Brunswick

Wednesday 18 July 2018
Brigthon Brunswick 190-5, Ormskirk CC 188-10

Day 3 of the Brunswick tour saw the club move on to play Ormskirk C.C. last year’s winners of the Liverpool  Premier league. 

Winning the toss Nicky Chaunce, the Ormskirk captain, elected to bat in a 40-over match on a superb fast and dry wicket. Baldwin and Hepke opened the batting for Ormskirk under a heavy cloudy sky with the odd shower forecast for the day.

Brothers Matt and Ollie Blandford opened the bowling for the Brunswivk and with only 13 on the board Matt struck the first blow drawing Baldwin into flashing at a swinging short ball outside the off stump and getting a thin edge. The ball flew fast and safely into the safe hands of wicket-keeper Brad Gayler. 

Hartley joined Hepke at the wicket. Hepke played an array of fine shots hitting Ollie Blandford for three successive 4s in one over. At the other end Hartley was soon into his stride with his first shots all racing to the boundary for 4s. With the score on 51 Hartley drove a half volley from Ollie Blandford aggressively through mid-wicket for what appeared to be a certain 4. However, with the ball only inches from the ground, he did not account for Callum Smith, standing at short mid-off, to snap the ball cleanly from the air to give Brunswick its second wicket.

Ormskirk 51-2 off 7 overs.

Faber joined Hepke and with a change of bowling and the  introduction of Mike Roses’s spin he skied a ball high to deep mid-on only to see Matt Blandford run 20 metres to pull off an amazing catch.

Ormskirk 66-3 off 10 overs.

Hine joined Hepke who was now in full throw and reached a fine 50 with a searing drive through the covers for 4. However, with another change of bowling Callum Smith’s first ball kept low and comprehensively bowled Hepke for 52. 

Ormskirk 113-4 off 18 overs.

With Rose and Smith bowling a tight line of spin Ormskirk were in all sorts of trouble with Rose taking a further two wickets to dismiss Hine for 29 and bowling McNally comprehensively with his arm ball for only 1. At the other end Smith pulled off another good caught and bowled to dismiss Mason for 15.

With the heart of Ormskirk’s batting back in the pavilion, what looked at the beginning to be a score of 250, the home team was reduced to 145-7. Dan Phillips snapped up three quick wickets for only 16 runs and Ormskirk were dismissed for only 188 runs with still 9 overs to spare.

Best of the Brunswick bolwers were:

Mike Rose 8 overs 3 for 31

Dan Phillips 3 overs 3-16

Callum Smith 4 overs 2-29

After tea Jonny Phelps and Joe Ludlow opened the batting for the Brunswick. With the clouds dispersing and the first hot rays of sun lighting the ground the close sultry atmosphere lifted and provided a more conducive environment for batting.

Captain Chaunce, having played for Lancashire, opened the bowling for Ormskirk. Phelps and Ludlow patiently saw off Ormskirk’s opening attack scoring 32 off the first 8 overs. Phelps was now well into his stride and with an array of superb shots raced to a faultless 50 with a massive 6 over mid-wicket. At the other end Ludlow patiently established himself and these two took the score past 100 in the 16th over. Despite numerous bowling changes Ormskirk were unable to stem the flow of runs with Phelps being especially aggressive on anything short of a length. With the score on 130 Hartley, whose spin bowling had not caused either batmen any problems, delivered a faster ball to ball to york Phelps for a fine innings of 80.

This brought the 6ft. 9 inch towering figure of Tim Mosses to the crease. In the space of 18 balls he hit two towering 6s and a 4 to take the Brunswick score past 150. Meantime Ludlow reached a patient but fine 50. He immediately relaxed and going for a big hit gave Hartley his second wicket being bowled for 50 with the score on 155-2.

Brad Gayler joined Tim Moses and despite several several batsmen giving up their wickets to reach the target, he and Joe Walker saw the Brunswick safely home to 190-5 off only 28 overs.

A fine win which takes the Brunswick to Liverpool today to play what by all accounts will be a very strong under-25 Liverpool XI.

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