Stoke Gabriel 100 all out in 32 overs
South Brent 101-9 in 39 overs
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Brent played their first home game of the season on an overcast Sunday at Palstone park against the strong opposition of Stoke Gabriel.
Brent skipper Glen, won the toss and put the opposition in, on a typical early season sticky wicket, for the 40 over a side friendly match.
Opening bowlers Glen and on his home debut Bancroft, were at first made to feel the heat from Stoke Gabriel's openers as Stokes South African professional Lewis, showed his class before Glen trapped him LBW for 22.
Stokes skipper Ansley,whom last year piled on 170 runs against Brent came to the crease looking in ominous touch.
Glen(2-29) then bagged Smith(0) with Lewis taking yet another great catch at short extra cover.
Then a stroke of fortune for Brent , as the dangerous Ansley(18), ran himself out when Saunter sent in a fine accurate throw from the boundary for Bancroft to remove the bails.
Brent had got rid of Stokes 2 danger men cheaply, and wickets then fell regularly.
Bancroft(1-33) got the wicket his great spell of hostile inswing bowling deserved, clean bowling Bowden(0).
Stoke at 4-48 were on the ropes before before Withington and Bullock put on a determined 31 run stand to revive things. Runs were hard to score on the slow sticky wicket.
Daniels continued his fine start to his first Brent season, bowling tight medium pace seamers, clean bowling Bullock (17).
Havard(2-8) then came on to bowl his accurate pacey skidders, bowling Withington(17).Shortly after he bowled James (3)with a superb slower ball.
Daniels(3-29) took Stokes final wicket as Brent wicketkeeper Joyce took a stunning one handed reflex catch, to remove Reed(0).Prosser was left stranded 6 not out. Stoke Gabriel posted 100 all out in 32 overs.
D.Lewis put on a stunning tea, that really set the standard for the season. Not forgetting the Jelly Babies during the drinks break too! Inspired.
A disciplined batting performance was called for and that’s what Brent produced.
Cranch and debutant Bellamy made a steady start ,Bellamy(3) was first to go caught off Bullock(1-9).
Brents best bat Lewis(3) was next, unfortunately caught by Brent player Bancroft who was helping a short Stoke Gabriel out in the field.Stuff of nightmares!
Stokes bowlers kept it very tight with the young Withington(0-7) bowling superb leggies especially.
Cranch played a superb anchor innings. Playing diligently and using all his experience on this type of wicket.. His disciplined innings came to an end as he started hitting out, caught off Smith for 15
Lannin(0) was bowled round his legs by Smith((3-25) as Brent had crawled to 20 for 3 off 15!
Joyce then played an accomplished and disciplined innings of 15, well supported by a dilligent Saunter(3). Both went trying to up the scoring rate, bowled by Reed and Ansley(2-11) respectively.
At 55-6 after 25 overs things were starting to get tight.
Cooper(4) was unluckily caught by a great one hander by Bowden off Reed.
Cometh the hour cometh the Havard !
Havard showed superb temperament as he steadied the ship and played the situation perfectly, staying in and steadily picking off the runs, especially as Stoke skipper Ansley(2-11) was bowling a superb tight line.
Daniels(5),stroked an exquisite cover drive boundary before getting bowled by one that shot through. Unlucky.
At 76 for 8 with only 9 overs left, it was squeaky bum time!
Bancroft came in and helped Havard edge the score closer and closer, and was badly dropped at 3rd man! Havard and Bancroft ran superbly between the wickets. With 5 overs and 20 to get, Bancroft decided to take action and smashed James(0-16) for two consecutive boundaries which took the pressure right off.The roar from the sidelines was heard up on Brent Hill!
Bancroft and Havard played with nerves of steel, before picking off the last run in the final over with one wicket and five balls to spare. Brent had their first win of the season and a big morale boost. Stoke helped Brent by conceding 20 more extras than Brent.
A “one beer too many”night followed in the pub after! Mark Bancroft was awarded man of the match.The match was proudly sponsored by The Friary Fish and Chip Shop!