Brighton Make hay while the sun shines...
Marshfield entertained Brighton College Haymakers touring team in a T30 game at Broadleys on Wednesaday. A mixed but solid team lined up for Marshfield with representatives of all of three senior Saturday sides and two players from the under 15's squad.
The away side arrived on time and hopes of a home team victory were raised when Phil the away skipper let slip that over half of his team had not arrived back at the team hotel until 5am that morning after spending the previous evening and night endulging in the nightlife of central Bath !
Marshfield were inserted and the Jeremy Bond, Matt Watson opening partnership got the innings off to a flying start. A very brisk rate of 7 runs an over for the first 12 overs with no loses (Jeremy dropped by Phil the skipper on 8 proved very costly) looked to have set the home side up for a very big total BUT the collapse duly arrived ! Once Matt was out caught at cover Marshfield lost 4 more quick wickets for 15 runs, leaving Chris Ruddell and Gary Hodder a repair job to do which they did but the run rate slowed considerably and the final total of 159 for 6 looked at least 25 runs short. Jeremys entertaining and typically swashbuckling innings of 52 was the highlight.
The away side set off on their pursuit of the total in steady if unspectacular form. Andy Elliot got one to “nip back” and crash into the number twos stumps in his second over to hamper the progress. Threaders provided a decent spell from the other end to help keep the run rate down to a reasonable level. Suffan Hussan joined the attack with his vicious spin causing the away batters problems all day, finishing with 4 wickets. The two youngsters Louis Fryer and Adam Mapstone bowled extremely well and claimed one wicket each. Chris Ruddell claimed a very sharp caught and bowled and finsihed with 2 wickets from his best bowling spell of the season. Alas as predicted Marshfields total proved to be a few runs short and despite a couple of last minute close calls Brighton were able to reach the target with 2 wickets and 10 balls to spare.
A fantastic game played in a good spirit that went right to the wire with all the players involved in the action. A success all round.
Comrade Gary Hodder
|Type :||Friendly||Date :||Wednesday 31st May 2017|
|Toss:||Brighton College Haymakers won the toss and elected to field||Start Time:||13:30|
Marshfield: J. Bond 52 Haymakers: P. Davies 4-0-10-5
Result: Brighton College Haymakers - Won by 2 wickets
|Marshfield CC - Friendly XI||Brighton College Haymakers|
|Score||160 for 6 (30 overs) 'b'||162 for 8 (26.5 overs) 't'|
Marshfield CC - Friendly XI Batting
|1||Matt Watson||ct Unsure||b M Smethurst||38||0||0||0|
|2||Jeremy Bond†||st K John||b P Davies||52||0||0||0|
|3||Suffan Hassan||ct & b P Davies||4||0||0||0|
|4||Callum Duckett||b P Davies||0||0||0||0|
|5||Andy Elliott||ct Unsure||b P Davies||6||0||0||0|
|6||Adam Mopstone||b P Davies||0||0||0||0|
|7||Chris Ruddell||not out||8||0||0||0|
|8||Gary Hodder*||not out||34||0||0||0|
|9||Chris Middup||did not bat|
|10||Louis Fryer||did not bat|
|11||Mike Threadgill||did not bat|
|Extras b (4), w (12), nb (2)||18|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||4||0|
Brighton College Haymakers Batting
|1||G Naish||st Jeremy Bond||b Suffan Hassan||47||0||0||0|
|2||J Cooper||b Andy Elliott||1||0||0||0|
|3||K John*†||ct Matt Watson||b Suffan Hassan||18||0||0||0|
|4||J Connor||ct & b Chris Ruddell||24||0||0||0|
|5||S Lilley||ct Matt Watson||b Louis Fryer||4||0||0||0|
|6||L Renwick||ct Chris Ruddell||b Suffan Hassan||21||0||0||0|
|7||R Cooper||ct Jeremy Bond||b Adam Mopstone||6||0||0||0|
|8||J Emmerson||not out||21||0||0||0|
|9||P Davies||lbw||b Suffan Hassan||0||0||0||0|
|10||D Williams||not out||9||0||0||0|
|11||M Smethurst||did not bat|
|Extras b (1), w (9), nb (1)||11|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||1||0|