7th May 2016
Yelverton 260 -4 declared
South Brent 85 all out
On a warm spring Saturday, South Brent played their first ever league game!
Playing at Palstone park ,Yelverton were the visitors in the Devon cricket league first XI west D division clash .
Yelverton, who last season were relegated from C division, are one of the strongest teams in the division. So it was to be a tough opening game for the plucky Brentonians.
Winning the toss, Brent captain Lewis chose to field first.
Yelverton got off to a good start with Julian and West dispatching the short balls. Saunter(0-26) struggled to find his rhythm in his first bowl of the season and gave plenty for Yelvertons openers to put away. Daniels(0-19) continued his excellent early season form with the ball by bowling a tight line and length and going past the edge several times with his medium pace seam. The easy paced pitch had some slow tennis ball bounce, which meant anything remotely short was latched onto and dispatched by Yelvertons openers.
Yelvertons openers put on a stand of 80 before Glen(1-49) cunningly bowled a rank long hop which West(44) pulled hard but straight to Daniels at square leg who took a good sharp catch.
The breakthrough didn’t provide much relief though as Yelvertons number 3 Townsend played himself in before following attacking anything loose.
Brents bowlers were struggling to find their length and were punished.
Bevan(0-54) bowled well but with no luck.
Lewis came on bowling his off spin and caused the batsman a few more problems but like Brents other bowlers gave the bat too many loose balls.
Yelverton opener Julian had now reached his 50 after flirting with his outside edge off Glens bowling several times.He showed great temperament to reach 57 before Cook got him caught by Lewis running round to square leg.
Cook(1-52) was bowling well and creating chances but the quality of Yelvertons batsmen showed Brents bowlers that the margin for error was much smaller at this level.
Townsend started to dominate the bowling, continuing to pull to the boundary anything remotely short or off line on the slow paced pitch.
Lewis continued to cause problems finding turn off the pitch and varying his flight.He eventually bowled Townsend (76)much to the relief of Brent.
Zubar came to the crease and looked classy,swiftly adjusting his footwork and playing shots including two successive sixes all round the wicket.He raced to 36 off only 18 balls before Lewis((2-62)cleverly trapped him LBW.
Parker(13) and Lojszczyk(6) played a few more shots to take Yelverton to 260-4 when they declared after 39 overs.
Only Daniels bowled with any consistent control as Brents usually good bowling and fielding suffered.
In reply Brent opened with club chairman Cranch and Glen.
Yelverton opened with their overseas professional, tall Australian Lojszzczyk. He had pace and height but this was negated by the slow paced pitch.
Glen and Cranch blocked and left the ball, determined to see off the opening bowlers and waiting for the bad ball. Crompton also bowled at pace but using good variation in his deliveries. The two opening bowlers kept things tight bowling very few bad balls and so confident was Yelverton skipper West in his bowlers disciplined line and length, that he had an 8 – 1 offside field at one point. The bowlers gave the batsmen nothing, but the batsmen were frustrating the bowlers too.
Glen and Cranch were nothing if not obdurate though and had raced the score to 18 after 10 overs. No doubt feeling that his team were on the ropes, Yelvertons skipper bought himself on to bowl some off spin. Cranch and Glen had seen off the tall fast Australian bowler, who no doubt was pining for the faster bouncy Australian pitches.This is Devon in early May though, tough luck Skippy!
The resistance was broken in the 11th over though when Hobbs clean bowled Cranch(5) in his first over from the railway end. The following over Wests off spin did for Glen(4) who prodded one up to short straight mid on, in a lapse of concentration. Frustrating, as both opening batsmen had done the hard work of seeing off the opening bowlers and had played themselves in.
In came Malpass(8) to feast off the 1st change bowlers and hit two lovely boundaries rocking onto the back foot in signature style before Hobbs(2-26) got him caught going for another boundary.
Daniels was looking for his first score of the season and was looking sharp and diligent.
Skipper Lewis came in and also played watchfully but looked to be attacking and together with Daniels looked like putting the pressure back onto Yelverton. Yelverton kept things tight though and were obviously a well tuned unit in both bowling and fielding.
Lewis(3) went playing a forcing back foot drive through the offside but only found the edge of his bat and was caught behind for 3 of Lojszczyk(1-13). The tight line of Yelvertons bowling eventually paying dividends.
Saunter(10) came and showed some patient blocking, then counter punched with some trademark baseball boundaries, before Keylock clean bowled him. Besides from Daniels that was as far Brents resistance really went, as wickets fell quickly. Carnell(5) hit a lovely pulled boundary before playing on trying the same thing next ball, bowled by Colmer. Howells(0) was bowled shortly after. Cook(2) also went bowled by Colmer(3-19) Bevan showed some determined resistance at the end. Daniels classy looking stay ended as he was unjustly bowled by a ball that kept very low to Keylock((2-26). Daniels(10) had played a watchful innings, showing due diligence but also looking to attack with some stylish strokeplay.
Harvey Doderidge(4) was caught behind off Goldsby-West.
Bevan was left not out for a determined 4 at the end.
Brent had reached 85 all out after 31 overs. Extras top scored with 30!
Yelverton had won by 175 runs.
The difference in class between the two teams was evident in the discipline of Yelvertons top 3 bowlers and their batsmen attacking anything slightly loose. Brent put up a good fight though and should be proud that they lasted 31 overs against a strong Yelverton. Brent made Yelverton work for their win.
The margin for error is much smaller at this level and Brent truly had a baptism of fire, which hopefully will focus their game more.
Perhaps there was a certain amount of nerves from Brent, playing in their first ever league game……
Thanks to Chris Kelcey for umpiring and Richard Haines for scoring.