South Brent 78-10, 30.4 overs
South Brent Still Looking for First League Win.
South Brent hosted Kenn 1st XI in the latest round of the Devon Cricket League D division west on a day that defied all weather forecast. However the typical Brent weather gave the club a chance to thoroughly test the new covers and BowDry, purchased with funding from the Devon Cricket League and Devon Cricket Board #getthegameon. Chairman John Cranch had to be torn away from his new toy, the BowDry!
Brent skipper Lewis won his first toss of the season and elected to make use of the overcast skies by bowling first. Openers Glen and Bevan started well, making good use of the bounce and pace in the Brent wicket. Glen (2-29) struck first by removing Bragg with a well directed short ball which popped up to Daniel at gulley, who took a great diving catch. Bevan(1-34) was also creating problems at the other end, narrowly missing the batsmanship edge on several occasions. He only got his reward for a tight spell off his last ball trapping Hughes LBW. The tight bowling led to the batsman taking a few more risks, the pressure telling when Swannel (29)set off for a single to Seamus Prosser, only to be left stranded in the middle of the wicket to watch keeper Lewis calmly remove the bails. Glenn got his second wicket in two ways either LBW or caught behind, the ball hitting Muir's toe in front of Middle stump going on to hit the bat and be caught by the keeper. Of course the batsman didn't think he was out either way but had to go anyway.
With Kenn at 64 for 4 after 18 overs, they needed a big partnership and that's exactly what they got. Gosling and Boot put on a 50 wicket partnership with some big hitting. Unfortunately a lot of these went to the hands of the Brent fielders only to dribble out again. It wasn't easy watching for the Brent skipper as chances created by tempting balls from Cook and Saunter (1-46) were put down.
Cook (1-67) struck next, removing Boot(19) LBW. Another partnership followed between Gosling and Mason, taking the away team to 173 before Saunter returned from the pavilion end to tempt Mason to sky the ball to Glen out on the mid wicket boundary. Kenn didn't let up with some massive shots from Gosling (125*) punishing the Brent bowlers. Daniel's (1-43) figures didn't reflect the tight lines he was bowling, going past the bat frequently. Despite the rising score Brent stayed positive in the field and the spirit was still positive. Wilson making his league debut was energetic in the field, stopping lots of potential quick singles.
Kenn declared when Cranch (1-19) was motivated by the offer of a free pint to get Hutchings (28) caught by Saunter at mid wicket. The total was a healthy 261. Cook's put in a strong challenge for the coveted tea of the year trophy, burning the midnight oil by staying up baking cakes the night before. Cook also was the first tea entry to be strongly considered because the drinks break jelly babies were remembered!
Brent's opener Cranch was too busy enjoying the tea to worry about padding up, only starting with 2 minutes until we were due to start. Daniel and Cranch went out to face some very good opening bowling, Bragg (4-20) was causing problems by making use of the bounce and pace of the wicket. Brent's upper order was blown over cheaply with three ducks in the top 5. Cranch (18) was staying solid while others came and went cheaply. With the score at 24 for 4 Brent struggled to limp towards some much needed batting points. 4 more wickets fell with the score not moving past 36, Mason (4-16) doing the damage at the other end. Lannin and Cook were together at the crease and frustrated the bowling with some disciplined defence, Lannin facing over fifty balls for his 6 runs.Cook at the other end was in the zone and was dispatching the bowling with a grim determination, earning the praise of "you dirty slogger" from the skipper! Neither Cook (31) or Lannin were looking like getting out until Cook skied a top edge off Boot (1-7) to first slip. Lannin (6) was then caught by a sharp catch at short leg to bring Brent's innings to an end, falling just short of another batting point on 78.
It was a fantastic batting performance by Kenn, helped out by some generous Brent fielding, to put the game out of Brent's reach. Brent still retained great spirit in the field and the bowlers kept making chances. It was an enjoyable game still and the guys from Kenn came back to the Packhorse for a well deserved drink.
Thanks to Peter Brown and Chris Kelcey for umpiring and to Richard Haines for scoring. Also big thanks to the Devon Cricket League and Devon Cricket Board for helping the club to get the covers and drying equipment which allowed us to play on such a fantastic wicket.