Centurion Mike helps break Bramley’s 2010 Duck!
A bright and sunny June day saw the Stratfield Turgis and Bramley XI’s assembled on the beautifully re-laid square at Stratfield Turgis.
The Bramley team contained the usual mix of old hands, newish members but more optimistically a new face in the shape of Darren Condick.
The toss was won by the home side who elected to bowl on the aforementioned refurbished pitch.
After the early loss of opener Allan Douglas, Bramley skipper, Andy Stead and ever more regular “Bramleyite” Mike Burt, set about rebuilding the innings. A little matter of 117 runs later Stead was well caught on the long on boundary for 63. Burt continued in style despite a succession of Bramley wickets falling at the other end before he too succumbed for a magnificent 103, joining a very select band of Bramley centurions.
The Bramley innings ended after their 35 overs on 199 for 8 wickets, a splendid effort.
After tea Bramley took the field to defend their total and press for victory.
An early breakthrough for Simon Hutton as one of the Turgis openers well caught by Chris Taylor for 0 provoked a swashbuckling display by the other opener until he was dismissed by (surprisingly some would say) a good running catch in the deep by Andy Stead again off the bowling of Hutton.
Wickets then fell with pleasing regularity as a result of some excellent bowling and fielding. A particularly good catch being taken by Andy Davies off the bowling of Shaun Monger to remove the Turgis skipper for a well made 23.
The Bramley efforts in the field resulted in Stratfield Turgis being bowled out for 126 in the last of their 35 over allocation. Bramley’s first victory of 2010!
Bowling analysis was as follows:
Hutton 6-25-2, Pearson 5.1-39-3, Alex Douglas 4-12-0, Gibbins 7-19-3, Stead 4-5-0, Monger 4-19-1, Taylor 3-5-0
Bramley XI: Andy Stead, Nigel Alderman, Shaun Monger, Andy Davies, Allan Douglas, Alex Douglas, Simon Hutton, Chris Taylor, Darren Condick, Mike Burt, Ian Pearson and David Gibbins
Special mention must go to Mike Burt for his century but also Dave Gibbins and Ian Pearson for their 3 wicket hauls. Also worthy of a mention was the tight 4 over spell by Bramley’s youngest player, Alex Douglas.
Overall it was a very pleasant game of cricket played in entirely the right spirit on a very good pitch.
I thank all those who made themselves available, whether you played or not, and look forward to our next fixture which is June 20th at home to Farleigh Wallop.