Having won the toss (a truly rare event!) the Bramley skipper negotiated with his opposite number that Bramley would bat on what looked like “a belter of a pitch”.
The Rotherwick attack had early success by removing Bramley opener, Dan Hutton, for nought with the score on just 2. The recovery from that early loss was lead by Bramley skipper Andy Stead and Mike Burt. The skipper was the next wicket to fall with the score on 47 followed shortly after by Mike with the score on 69-3. What followed will no doubt pass into Bramley CC folklore.
A record partnership of 123 between Bramley veteran, Nigel Alderman and Matthew Stead took the Bramley score to the dizzy heights of 192-4 with more to come. Andrew Davies joined Alderman at the wicket and the pair added a further 73 to the Bramley score without further loss, a club record of 265-4.
In the midst of this “run fest” was one of Bramley CC’s founder members, Nigel Alderman, a man who, by his own admission, has never scored more than 63 in any form of cricket. Nigel rectified this situation in this game by completing a score, off the last ball of the innings, of exactly 100 not out. Well played Nigel, huge congratulations from all your Bramley colleagues.
|N Alderman||100 n.o.|
|A Davies||21 n.o.|
After a very good tea, hostilities resumed with Rotherwick starting their innings at a huge rate of knots, nearly 10 an over.
Chris Taylor took the first wicket with the assistance of a good slip catch from Mike Burt to remove the Rotherwick captain, 73-1. Simon Hutton followed Chris’s lead in the very next over to remove the other opener, again caught by Burt but in the outfield this time, 82-2. Mike Burt joined the attack at the end Hutton’s opening spell and had immediate success in his first over as did Andy Stead who took over from Chris Taylor, 99-4. A decent partnership then held up Bramley progress until Burt struck again with a good Caught & Bowled, 132-5. The Rotherwick innings stalled on 132 with Chris Sheers and Andy Stead taking more wickets, 132-7. A cameo innings from the Rotherwick number 9 took the innings forward until the final wicket fell with the score on 172.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who played, our hosts Rotherwick CC for their hospitality and the manner in which the game was played and remind everyone that our next fixture is September 5th.
Congratulations to Nigel again lets hope more people can join the Bramley Centurions Club.