Sunday XI v Braywood 21st May 2017

GT generates revival with bat and ball

Sunday XI v Braywood 21st May 2017
01 Jun
Sunday XI v Braywood 21st May 2017
Posted by: Mat Armstrong
Year: 2017

For the second week running M & B managed to overcome a poor top order batting performance to force a 28 run win over Braywood on Sunday. Upon winning the toss Armstrong had no hesitation in batting, even though the wicket was still damp at both ends, in the league it would have been a different story. M & B got off to a fast start as Blair King and Yusuf Qureshi hit 21 off the first three overs. Alas former Bray player, Mahboob Hussain, took the opportunity to remind his former team mates of his old ability as he had both openers caught in his second over. What hasn't changed though is his lack of stamina, as his body failed after only three overs. Ben Ward and Gunbarul steadied the ship by adding 24 in 5 overs, before last year's destroyer Mohindru, snared Gunbarul with a pie, which he obligingly flicked to square leg, to depart the scene cursing "that was the worst ball I have ever got out to." Mohindru struck again in his third over as he bowled Ward for pace, to leave M & B in a pickle at 57 for 4 after 14 overs. One of last week's batting heroes, Ashley Becker, wasn't able to replicate his deeds as he tried to flick a Mohindru pie and merely got a leading edge to be caught at point. Although Mike Parkinson jnr was looking good in compiling 22 he found an in swinging delivery from colt Max Goubert too good for him and he was castled, leaving M & B on 95 for 7 after 24 overs and hoping for assistance from the lower order. At this stage Sunday stalwart Atif Amin had already occupied 8 overs in compiling 8 runs. He was joined at the wicket by Thomas Allen and together they formed a crucial 7th wicket stand over 15 overs. Allen fresh off a winning last wicket stand the previous day exuded confidence from the start. Adopting a new stance, courtesy of Ascot player, James Wensley, his bat was further forward in his stance, thereby keeping his head stiller, allegedly. Whatever, it appeared to work, as he was extremely fluent down the ground and quick to pull anything short or dispatch any full tosses. In the meantime Tifler managed to work through the gears from reverse to 2nd and started to find gaps for 2's and hitting two boundaries through the off side. GT had reached 36 in the 37th over when he had a rush of blood and charged Mohindru and was stumped by three yards. Nevertheless a great knock by GT, which had taken M & B's score to 160 and a 7th wicket stand of 65 posted in 15 overs. Mohindru claimed Tifler in the 39th over as he swung across the line and missed and was plumb lbw for a valuable 31 chiselled out over 23 overs, nonetheless extremely valuable in making sure the overs were used up and supporting his more aggressive partners. For the second year running Mohindru ended with 5 wickets bowling utter filth ! With Braywood giving a number of bowlers a chance skipper Armstrong and tailender Moorthy were able to add 22 at the end, to leave M & B on 191 for 8 off their 40 over allocation, which took almost three hours to bowl!

M & B commenced their bowling stint at 5.40, which must be close to a record for a 40 over game. The Braywood opener Nasser made his intentions known by aiming a drive through the covers only to see it fly over the slips for 4. In the second over he smashed two straight 6's into the netting, as the second over disappeared for 17. M & B were lucky to have the bowling skills of Ashley Becker though as he out thought Nasser and had him bowled leg stump, aiming to hit through the offside, with the first delivery of his third over. He bowled an impeccable line to the left handed opener, who couldn't lay a bat on him. Amber Moorthy recovered from his first over mauling to deliver his next 7 overs for 29 and picked up the wicket of Craig for 7(in 12 overs) to finish with 1 for 46 off his 8 overs. Becker was unlucky to only claim one wicket finishing with 1 for 22 off 7 overs, with the majority of the runs coming from edges. Becker's spell claimed the key wicket of Nasser and gained M & B the upper hand. Thereafter M & B's spin twins Chris Butler & Tom Allen weaved their magic. Butler had the dangerous Yasser caught by Ben Ward as he got a leading edge attempting to flick through the leg side whilst his partner Allen got a wicket in his third over. The spinners were able to get through their overs and claim wickets as well. Allen trapping Roome with the classic loopy 23 yard delivery, which sucked the batsmen down the wicket leaving King to do the stumping. As wickets tumbled it became evident that last year's centurion Prigith was the only batsmen standing between an M & B victory. Butler finished with 2 for 32 from his 8 and Allen with 2 for 25 from his allocation. It fell to skipper Armstrong and Gunbarul to bowl the remaining overs and try and keep Prigith quiet or away from the strike. Although Prigith scored freely there was no support at the other end as Prigith was eventually bowled by Gunbarul in the 38th over, aiming to hit over the top into the River net for a valiant 49. His demise left M & B the victors by 28 runs as the time ticked beyond 8.05, just as well the game didn't go the distance. Anyway another good game where all the M & B players had the opportunity to bat or bowl.

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