Modbury 73 All Out Click to View Scorecard
Willoughby stars in thrilling Brent win
On a damp murky day at Palstone park,South Brent won the toss and elected to bat.
On a damp green top pitch, Brent openers Lannin and Cooper were in difficulty straight away as Romney struck for Modbury in the 2nd over as Cooper was clean bowled with the pitch offering plenty of assistance to the bowlers.
Lewis entered and after hitting 150 not out in last seasons fixture against Modbury, déjà vu was apparent as he hit Watkins for 2 boundaries immediately.
However, Modburys opening bowlers Romney and Watkins used the conditions well, with both swing and seam. Llannin was trapped LBW to Watkins swinging ball for nought.
In the next over, Modbury got the danger man Lewis (17) when Duncan bowled him. Modburys relief was evident.
Malpass(5)came to the crease looking in good touch until he too was bowled by the seaming ball of Romney(25-3).
Wickets continued to tumble in challenging batting conditions as Carnell(2) was clean bowled by Romney.
Saunter(6) entered the fray with runs hard to come by, and he also perished,bowled by a good ball from Watkins.
Young S.Prosser(8) came to the crease. He played the challenging conditions well, dispatching anything on leg.But he also fell to the clatter timber bowled by Duncan(22-2).
On 49 -7 in only the 13th over things were looking dire for Brent.
In form batsmen Cook(14) and Daniels(14) stopped the rot though as they put on a 28 run stand. Both kept the runs flowing, playing watchfully and dispatching the bad ball. Daniels eventually fell bowled by Thorn(6-2), and soon after Cooks defiant display ended as he unluckily smacked a ball hard but straight to cover point.
Willoughby(0) went bowled by Watkins(28-3) soon after and Glen was left not out on 1.
Brent had scraped to 81 all out in just 21 overs.
The score however, was not as bad as seemed given the conditions.
Brent took to the field in their newly arrived team shirts and felt confident that they could conjure up a victory with tight bowling and focused fielding.
The stage was set for a remarkable spell of bowling.
In his first home game of the season, the evergreen Willoughby opened with Cook. Willoughby was confident after demolishing Buckfastleigh in the mid week game. In his first over he struck immediately,trapping Smith(3) LBW with his medium pace seam.The very next ball Willoughby struck again clean bowling Vaughan(0). Willougby was on a hat-trick, as the field crowded round…..
Willoughby strode in with menace and speared a full ball in to Hodgant(0), who played around it,…he was struck on the pads in front and the entire field erupted in appeal…..up went the finger of doom! Hat-Trick! Willoughby was mobbed by his team mates! Such Drama!
Modbury were poleaxed on 3-3!
Belief filled Brent hearts. Cook and Willoughby carried on bowling in tandem to the conditions, creating chances regularly. It was like watching Lillee and Thomson! Cook(27-2) bowled Duncan(3) then trapped Romney(3) LBW with his inswing. Willougby(23-4) was greedy for more as his bowling partner Cook snaffled a good diving catch at point to dismiss Lowry(0).
At 33-6 Modbury were reeling. The intensity and pressure of the Brent fielders was palpable. Chasing everything down and allowing no easy runs. S.Prosser in particular was especially athletic and committed in stopping boundaries.
However, Modburys Watkins was up for the fight and he gleefully belted anything short, square of the wicket to turn the tide.With the determined Garry the pair put on a 37 run partnership, to take Modbury to 70, and within 12 runs of an unlikely victory.
Bad luck and perhaps a touch of complacency had crept into Brents play.
Brent skipper Glen, was determined to win though,bringing himself on with still 4 wickets to get. Glens livelier pace did the trick,as he blasted through the plucky Watkins(27) stumps. In the next over Glen(6-3) got Garry(12) caught at slip,then splattered Billys stumps as he ripped through the tail.
The force was back with Brent and the kill was there for Daniels bowling at the other end. Modbury still needed 9 with 1 wicket.
Daniels(4-1) produced the magic, getting Harvey to swing wildly as the ball skied high….The call of “mine”came from wicketkeeper Carnell, as he cooly bagged the catch, and Brent mobbed him!
It was a rollercoaster of a game. Once again Brent showed wonderfull team spirit and self belief. Rob Willoughby was man of the match
Brent were proud to be sponsored by Gildersleve Antiques for this game. Thanks to Peter Brown and Chris Kelsey for umpiring and Richard Haines for scoring.