Kenn Win Over An Improving Brent side
South Brent 201 for 10 (35 overs)
Brent skipper Lewis lost his thirteenth toss of the league season and Kenn elected to bat. Brent opened with Daniel down the hill who hit his line and length from the first ball. Bevan shared the new ball and immediately caused problems for Kenn openers. Bevan found a beautiful length and got a bit of movement in the air, just enough to take the off stump bail early on. Both T Gosling (1) and J Gosling (10) were bowled by Bevan (2-51).
Boot (50) was batting well at the other end blocking and leaving confidently. He was joined by Koeller and they started building a partnership, picking off any loose balls to the short boundary down the hill. Cook (1-50) was brought in to the attack but despite going past the bat a few times couldn’t get a wicket in his first spell. Lewis took over from Bevan at the other end and used the bounce in the pitch to good effect. After a few appeals for caught behind, Lewis got Boot with a great catch by keeper Joyce.
New batsman Swannel started to get hold of the bowling and put the ball in to the ditch at the bottom of the ground. Saunter and McArdle were having great fun going up and down the ladder to fetch it. The two of them racing to get the ball on the field and when it went off it. When Swannel and Koeller started to push the scoring rate up, Daniel (1-38) came back in to the attack. He struck with his second ball, getting Koeller (44) caught at short extra cover by Lewis. A double change around the drinks break saw Malpas come in the attack, getting the ball turning and bouncing straight away. Malpas got Muir (3) caught going for a big drive and finding the safe hands of Prosser at mid off.
Lewis(2-50) changed ends but Swannel (83) was settled and new batsman Mason was hitting the ball very well. Lewis got Swannel trapped LBW with the last ball of his spell. Mason was putting in some big shots and finding the boundary with ease but Howells and Dardis were chasing hard and saving runs where they could. Cook came back on and struck second ball getting Thomas (2) caught by Prosser at cover. Malpas (2-71) struck again, trapping Chislett(4) LBW going for a sweep.
Mason (73*) and Gannon (16*) finished strongly with 21 off the last over to reach an impressive total of 310 for 8. After a delicious tea sat looking out on the lovely ground, Brent went out to bat. Brent were determined to ignore the scoreboard pressure and try to reach their own targets, building on last weeks batting performance.
Malpas and Howells went out to face some accurate and aggressive bowling, that used the bounce of the pitch well. Thomas (2-44) struck first, bowling Malpas (4) off his pads. Mason (4-26) bowled Howells with a full length ball after some short balls. Mason caused a few problems for the Brent top order getting Daniel and Prosser caught behind, although Prosser spanked his first ball from Mason straight over his head for four. Prosser was looking to play his shots and scored a quick 17 to keep the score moving. Joyce (1) got another full ball from Mason which got through him. Lewis was looking settled at the other end, picking off any loose balls and taking the easy singles. Despite the regular fall of wickets the score was moving on. With McArdle and Dardis (4) out cheaply Brent were in desperate need for a partnership.
Lewis had picked up the scoring rate when the first change bowlers came on, with Parsons (0-24), Chislett (1-36) and Gosling (3-29) bearing the brunt. Saunter had come to crease and was playing well, blocking the good balls and smashing the bad ones. Gosling got the breakthrough Kenn needed when a long hop didn’t bounce and went under Lewis’s (84) swing. Saunter and Cook carried on to gain the next batting point at 160 runs. Gosling then got Saunter with a horrible low full toss that was just parried back to him by Saunter (22).
Kenn were unlucky to loose a bowler and fielder as Gannon turned his ankle on his first ball. With 10 men in the field gaps opened up for Cook and Bevan(17*), who were batting well. Cook (30) was playing some lovely shots and the two got Brent to their highest ever league score of 201. Gosling came back in to the attack to bowl Cook, ending Brent’s innings. With 10 overs remaining Brent would have fancied getting close to Kenn’s score.
Brent put in a good all round performance but Kenn’s batsman made sure they had enough to defend. Another good game, played in the right spirit at a lovely venue.