South Brent 154 all out after 30.2 overs
On a sunny pleasant day,Brent travelled to Ashburton to find a hard flat pitch waiting.
Winning the toss, Brent elected to bowl first.
Opener M.Churchill looked good from the start as he saw off the tight opening spells of Daniels(0-26) and Willoughby.
With no movement in the air or off the pitch it was obvious that it would be hard work for the bowlers and once in a batsman could expect runs.
Willoughby picked up Mole (2)LBW and coming on 1st change ,Cooper(1-27) got Daman(4).
Glen then got Bell(0) to a sharp catch by Willoughby at Gully.
Brent had kept it tight and kept picking up wickets.
At the other end though, M.Churchill was making merry as he smashed plenty to the leg side boundary and hit some lovely drives. Jarman, hit a nice 27 before Glen (2-33)yorked him. M.Churchill racked up a massive 125 before retiring.
Lewis(1-46) bowled J.Churchill for 14,and Willoughby(2-30) got Wilson bowled as Ashburton finished on 197 for 7.Cranch(0-33) bowled good a long spell of containing off spin, to help keep the score down
Given the good batting conditions the score looked about par.
Chasing, Brent got off to a poor start. They were soon 14–3 as Cranch was unluckily pinned LBW to one that kept low from Higgs, and Lannin was run out by some sharp fielding.Then Malpass toe-ended a wide ball to cover from Wilson(1-22).
The fightback was carried by Lewis and Carnell though as the pair put on an 85 run stand for the 4th wicket.
Lewis scored 71 with a sensational return to form. Cracking some trademark powerful extra cover drives,and punishing anything remotely loose,it was a dominating innings by the Lion King Lewis!
Carnell played a superb supporting role as he played diligently, with a sound defence combined with some punchy drives, and swashbuckling square cuts to help keep the score ticking over.
Brent were well up with the run rate before Lewis fell bowled by Churchill,with the score on 101.
Eventually Carnell(15) went bowled to the accurate pace of Bell.
At 116-5 in only the 21st over though, Brent were in a good position.
Hodgson(6) came in and looked good before Bell(2-37)bowled him and Saunter had a confident swagger as he smashed a quick 10 before the pacey Ashburton skipper Jarman got him caught.
Cooper went for a duck to Jarman, and on 138-8 Ashburton had upped the intensity and were suddenly favourites again.
Daniels looked like he fancied seeing the job through though as he hit a classy looking 13 before Jarman(3-15) bowled him.
Ashburton soon finished the job off when Glen fell to Higgs(2-16),Willougby was left 2 not out and Brent were bowled out for 154 in the 30th over.
Once again a promising winning position was let down by Brents brittle batting line up.