South Brent 60 all out
South Brent travelled to Stoke Fleming on a windy cold day, feeling confident after recent success.
Arriving at a farmers field, the pitch was a “shaggy dog”, looking like it had some variable bounce.
Stoke Fleming won the toss and elected to bat first as the cold wind whistled briskly across the sloped field, with beautiful views to the sea.
Skipper Glen got Brent off to a good start as he bowled down the slope with the wind behind him.Bowling tight lines on a good length, he got the ball to seam and bounce up.In his 2nd over He clean bowled Edmonds(0) with one that nipped back.
Cook drew the short straw by having to bowl up the hill into the strong headwind, but was keeping thing tight making runs hard to come by.Glen struck again with the score on 10 after 6,clean bowling Clive(13) with an off cutter.Cook (35-1)got his just reward by getting Darren (0) caught.
Stoke were on 15-3 in the 9th.
That’s where a familiar pattern carried on for Brent. Getting rid of the top order but then failing to capitalise.
Daniels came into the attack continuing his good line and length form with the ball.
Stoke number 4 Church was in the mood though and together with Simon,the pair put on a 92 run partnership for the 4th wicket.
Church in particular played watchfully, picking up singles and rotating the strike and powerfully dispatching some hard drives through cover and mid off. Simon played to his strength and smashed anything loose to the leg side boundary. Lewis and Willoughby toiled manfully up the slope and into the wind, but the 2 were well set as Brent shivered in the field,only warming up by depressingly often chasing the ball to the boundary.
Eventually Lewis got Church(67) caught at deep square leg to a very fine high swirling catch by S.Prosser.Next over Lewis (65-2)got further deserved reward by bowling the leg side swatter Simon(37).Graham(3) was then clinically run out,by wicketkeeper Howells slick glove work.
Daniels(31-1) hit the top of Matts(4) off stump,and deserved more for his disciplined 8 overs.
Stokes’ Perkins (30) was still to have some fun though as he slogged a few before Glen(14-3) yorked him.
The score had raced to 182 -7. Stokes’ Collins(23) inflicted further shivering misery on Brent by smashing it to cow corner before Willoughby bowled him. Benns (8) and Webber (4)were not out.
Stoke had piled up 227, with extras adding 37 of those and some sloppy out fielding adding further still.
Pleased to be in out of the harsh wind, Brent ate their average tea, optimistically remembering they had nearly chased 200 just a couple weeks back.
The talk did not match the effort though as Stokes’ Webber bowled superbly down the hill with the wind.
Taking advantage of the deteriorating pitch he got good in swing on a good length, and let the pitchs’ up and down bounce do the work as he ripped through Brent's brittle batting.
Ogilvie(3) perished first, bowled through the gate by Edmonds(11-1).Next went Malpass(3) bowled by Webber.
Prosser(0) was Webbers next victim,as he flicked one to square leg.Howells(0) went soon after bowled by Webber playing back. Daniels(2) was Webbers next victim also bowled. Lewis (18) displayed some resistance as he showed glimpses of returning form before he played inside the off spinner Hunt who clipped his off stump.
At 32 for 6 the game was up.
Saunter showed good discipline and made batting look easy as he clubbed anything loose, and blocked anything good by watching the ball onto his bat. He had no support though,as Cook(5) fell bowled by Webber(18-5). Willoughby fell bowled by Hunt and Glen(6) holed out to Hunt(15-3).
Saunter was left 9 not out and rightly bemoaned his team mates lack of batting discipline.
Brent had been bowled out for 60 after only 19 overs
Stoke Fleming won by a massive 167 runs.
It was a sobering day for Brent, that dented their optimism after recent wins, Brent are still searching for some decent batting form. A familiar story.