Just to note this report was written for the Brunswick. (Cobo)
Our annual pilgrimage to the SCMG to face Preston Nomads Chairman’s X1 turned into a glorious run fest (7th July 2019) which was thoroughly enjoyed by both teams and spectators alike. Not only were we treated to the usual high-quality Jan hospitality at tea over 600 runs were scored. Even the weather turned out nice for the occasion.
After winning the toss hosts skipper Nav decided to have a bat and sent out Nomads first teamers Usman Khan and Harrison Ward to open. While Usman scored 17 it was Sussex CCC hopeful Ward who took the eye. After recently returning from a lengthy ankle injury it seemed he was determined to make a statement. He went on to bludgeon 126 runs in double quick time. His half century came up in just 18 balls and the ton came in 41. Teammates and those watching on were in stunned silence as a dozen 6s were smashed to all parts of a very long boundary.
Once Ward departed with the score 156 for two off 12 overs a more traditional type of inns ensured. Ted Elsey (8 overs 1 for 36) and T Choudary bowled really well during the middle section and the rate slowed up considerably. Liam O’Brien built a nice innings of 41 and was supported by Danny Ibrahim (39). At 235 for 4 with ten overs left the Nomads looked in danger of going very large indeed. However, Brunswick bowlers and fielders were in no mood to give up. Helped by four wonderful catches in the deep Callum Smith (7 overs 2 for 34) and Shafi Shams (5 overs 3 for 35) managed to restrict Nomads to a competitive but gettable 306 for 7 off the allotted 40 overs.
Batting at two and three J Russell and B Van Rensburgh gave to perfect response and a brilliant example of opening batsmanship. Despite some very quick bowling from Nomad’s overseas Navin Patel and R Gull both batsmen kept their nerve and skill levels very high on routes to half centuries. The score neatly moved on to 173 for 4 with 15 overs to go. With Brunswick player of the day, Callum Smith, getting settled there was an air of growing confidence amongst the visitor’s balcony.
With wickets in hand Smith had the confidence to play through the line and hit some wonderful straight drives. One of which had our director of cricket, Robbie, on his feet and cheering loudly. His inns of 92 not out brought the scores perilously close. Even with 20 needed from the last over Callum was swinging away but we ended an agonising 9 runs short.
Skipper Jonny said ‘to get as close as we did was a brilliant effort and Callum was excellent today. 600 runs on the day isn’t the worst outcome’ As to the upcoming tour he said ‘ yes, really looking forward to all of that coming up it should be good’ Nomads skipper Nav said ‘while it was nice to get a win the game was played in the right spirit with everyone contributing, it was an enjoyable game’ As to Ward he said ‘ that the probably the cleanest hitting I have ever seen and it was an incredible inns’
The Brunswick machine moves on to the wonderful setting of Three Bridges in West Sussex on Thursday 11th July 2pm start. Then we embark on our Tour to Lancashire on Sunday 21st July where we play five exciting matches. We then travel to Banstead on 8th August.
There is lots to look forward to.
Colin Bowman - 08/07/2019