South Brent 193 for 8
Playing away in Plymouth against old friends Plymouth civil service and Roborough (PCSR), Brent were treated to a pre-match BBQ by their generous hosts.
On an overcast chilly day,Brent bowled first on a pitch that had some inconsistent bounce in this 40 over a side friendly.
Brent skipper Glen(2-24) bowled tight lines and struck early by removing E.Sanders(2) and Winsor(0) both clean bowled.
Cook(1-48) was bowling his devious inswingers well at the other end and got his deserved reward by removing the dangerous Read(10) caught behind.
However, PCSR first teamer C.Sanders was showing his class as he picked off anything loose and kept the runs flowing, on a quick outfield.
Grimes(17) was run out next, and PCSR were 90 for 4.
he top order were removed, but again Brent had problems capitalising on a good start as the PCSR middle order rallied. Led by the imperious C.Sanders who was hitting the ball round (and over!) the park, he was well backed up by Gaylard.
Chances were created though,as an unusually poor catching display by Brent let both batsman off the hook. Catches win matches ,…but also loose them!
After completing his century C.Sanders considerately retired. It was a fine innings,that took things away from Brent.
Gaylard(37) was eventually caught behind off Daniels(1-44), who bowled a superb line and length and was unlucky not to get more.
Club Chairman,Cranch(0-27) used his wily experience,bowling a decent spell of leggies regularly beating the bat, and slowing the scoring down.
At the other end, the sprightly Lannin(1-16) took his first wicket of the season, with a good caught and bowled.
Saunter(0-12) and Kelcey(0-5) bowled a nice little finishing spell to keep things tight at the end.
PCSR had posted a challenging looking 210 for 6 from 40 overs.Smith(6)and Vickery(8)were not out.
As a cold wind blew in, Brent got off to a bad start as Cranch(0) swung across one that kept low, from veteran Whitting.
Lewis(5)went shortly after bowled by the skiddy Bartrop, playing back to one that came through a bit low.
Ogilvie was looking determined and focused as he read the pitch well, but could only watch on as wickets continued to tumble at the other end.
Stevens(11) played a couple of nice shots and looked in good touch but was bowled, again playing back to Bartrop(2-29). Joyce(1) was also bowled soon after as he also played back to a low one from Whitting(2-27).The pitch certainly had its mannerisms, and playing back was not the way forward!
Thankfully,Ogilvie(23) looked in good nick and anchored the innings in a determined and diligent vain, before falling,caught off E.Sanders(1-19).
At 53 for 5 Brent were on the ropes.
But a stirring fightback followed as Lannin and Daniels put on a determined stand of 85 for the 6th wicket, lasting 20 overs.
Lannin played with disciplined defiance as he notched up the dots, whilst Daniels displayed the class and technique that all knew he had,as he kept the score ticking along. Daniels produced a magical display on a difficult wicket as he spanked some majestic lofted drives to keep Brent in touch and have PCSR looking worried.
Laninn's (12)discipline was eventually undone by Gaylard and
Daniels(62) splendid innings came to an end,also caught off Gaylard(2-11), as both tried to up the scoring rate.
They had taken the score to158 but with only 5 overs remaining.
Cook, had been stewing in his pads and wasted no time showing aggressive strokeplay as he went for the target, hitting several boundaries. Saunter also showed aggressive intent, clobbering a swift 14 before falling to Grimes(1-24).
But Brent were left too much to do as the overs ran out and they fell only 18 short of victory on 193 for 8. Cook(26) and Glen(8) were not out.
A great effort by Brent on a cold day and difficult pitch.Nearly chasing down a high total, the team spirit was good as they were left with a few ifs,buts and maybes to discuss…as ever! Bring on the summer warmth!
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