National Village Knockout Round 2,
Bramley v Hursley Park @ Clift Meadow,
Bramley, 9th May 20010.
A grey, cold day saw both teams of XI assembled, eventually, ready to contest this David (Bramley) versus Goliath (Hursley Park) fixture.
Bramley won the toss and chose to bowl on a damp, green but firm pitch (thanks for the roller time Nigel).
Stead Jr. & Hutton started downhill & uphill respectively both bowling tidy lines and with good pace.
Hutton opened the Bramley wicket taking when the Hursley opener slapped him to backward point where he was well caught by Andy Davies. Wickets then fell with pleasing regularity as a result of some excellent bowling and fielding. Bramley Skipper, Andy Stead, took two wickets, including a good diving, yes that does say diving, caught & bowled. Chris Taylor veered between hitting the stumps, well bowled Chris, and not being able to hit the cut strip, don’t worry its early season!
Some sharp work behind the stumps saw a stumping and a run-out affected by Shaun Monger off Gibbins and Stead Jr. So everyone contributed either as a bowler or in the field with only one real dropped chance.
The Bramley efforts resulted in Hursley Park being bowled out for 141 inside their 40 over allocation. Bowling analysis was as follows:
M Stead 8-16-1, Hutton 8-16-2, Taylor 5-21-1, A Stead 8-18-2, Gibbins 6-36-2, Alex Davies 1-11-0
Tea was taken and both teams prepared to swap roles. So this is where the second of the two halves starts to develop. Of the Bramley top five, only one batsmen scored (S Monger 1 run). Bramley No 6, Stead Jr scored a swashbuckling 27 including the only 6 of the match. The remaining Bramley batsmen scored 0,0,3,2,1 between them. Extras contributed 34 (Thank you, Hursley Park) and Bramley were dismissed for 68 runs. Bramley XI: Andy Stead, Matthew Stead, Nigel Alderman, Shaun Monger, Alex Davies, Robert Foot, Simon Hutton, Chris Taylor, Andrew Davies, Mike Burt and David Gibbins.
So you may think that all of the above amounts up to real pasting but lets try to put it into some kind of context. Hursley Park play their cricket in the Southern Electric Division 2 (same as Hook 1st team) and their second team cricket in Hampshire County League 2 (2 leagues higher than AWE Tadley 1st team), Bramley do not play league cricket at any level. The visitors were all young and agile (with one token older gentlemen), Bramley has one player under 20 (Alex).
So remember this, a village attack on a village pitch is a great leveller, a quality attack on a village pitch is very hard work!
I believe that Bramley is the epitome of village cricket in the context of this competition and we provide a real “banana skin” opportunity for the bigger clubs who have real aspirations of winning the event (as Hursley Park did in 1992).
Ignore the result, look at the positives; we contested the fixture, we gave them a real fright with our bowling and fielding and can hold our heads high with what we achieved.
I thank all those who made themselves available, whether you played or not, and look forward to our next fixture which is MAY 23rd away to Mortimer NOT June 6th as was suggested yesterday.
I wish Hursley Park all the best for the remainder of the competition and hope we can continue to build on yesterday’s foundation.
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