Sunday XI versus Braywood - 11th August 2013

Sunday XI versus Braywood - 11th August 2013

Sunday XI versus Braywood - 11th August 2013
11 Aug
Sunday XI versus Braywood - 11th August 2013
Posted by: Mat Armstrong
Year: 2013

M & B made hard work of posting a good total of 243, which in the end proved too much for a weakened Braywood team. Without an official toss, with the skippers agreeing M & B should bat, with Braywood only having 9 players, including a number of young colts. Skipper Armstrong gave Umesh Moudgil the opportunity to open with his son Sachin, alas the partnership was separated at birth, well 5 runs and 13 balls, as Umesh was yorked. Sunday run machine, Raoul Cheema, was quickly into his stride with a few text book drives and cuts to get off the mark, without requiring the need to run. The second wicket partnership was significantly aided by a plethora of extras, mainly via the four byes mode. When Sachin was eventually dismissed in the twelfth over, courtesy of playing across a straight ball, the partnership had added 77 of which 32 were extras ! It came as a surprise when Cheema was stumped for 45 in the 20th over for only 45, but it did give the rest of the batsmen the opportunity to prove their worth. Young Ben Ward stepped up to the plate though to post a workmanlike 32, mainly via pushes, sweeps to leg and pushes and drives through the offside. The M & B middle order though got into a tangle against the slow medium of Williams and legspin of McDermott, just blocking instead of rotating the strike bearing in mind Braywood only had seven fielders and two were always at deep mid-on and mid-off.

Rather embarrassingly for M&B they subsided to 162 for 7 in the 31st over of which 40+ were gifted as extras! With skipper Armstrong contemplating a score of well below 200 and being bowled out with overs to spare, the lower order came to his rescue in the unlikely guise of Messrs Arul Appavoo & Thomas Allen(GT). That said Appavoo had scored a maiden 50 in the 3's earlier in the season and GT has scored a number of 20's and 30's for both the 2's & 3's this year. As mentioned previously although there was plenty of space for the 1's the wrecking crew were only interested in the 2's, 3's and boundaries. Appavoo was strong through the off side, mainly on the deck and on the legside, sweeping and pulling as well as lofting through cow corner. GT was strong on the cut and pull and drive off both front and back foot through the offside. Special mention to Appavoo for one lofted drive for 6 to the roadside boundary and for one over in which GT struck four 4's!

In the end Appavoo perished on the second ball of the final over, for a worthy 27, meaning the 8th wicket had added 72 in only 8 overs. Skipper Armstrong pushed a single first ball giving GT three balls for the opportunity of his maiden 50, which he duly achieved courtesy of three 2's to leave him on a marvellous 52no, which included six 4's. Top scorer though was the ever consistent Mr Extras with a commanding 56, made up mainly of byes(30). So although in the end 243 was a good score if you budget for an average extras score and factor in Braywood only having 9 players it wasn't very impressive in the end.

M&B were delighted to have Jamie Odell back for the day and even off only a few paces his pace, bounce and movement proved a handful as he castled both the openers in his opening burst of 5/2/7/2. At the other end Appavoo completed a fine all round match bowling a tidy spell of 8/0/30/0 with the left arm round angle into the batsmen causing problems. Braywood batsman Nikel Jathavedan continued his great run of form to bat solidly throughout the rest of their innings to score a chanceless century. Originally he was supported by McDermott but just as the partnership was looking dangerous McDermott was snared by the flight and guile of GT, although McDermott can consider himself unlucky as Sachin Moudgil actually held onto a catch. From then on it was really just a question of seeing whether Nikel could score a deserved century as skipper Armstrong set deep fields for the opposition skipper. Harrow colt, Harry Newall, bowled a tidy spell of off spin with his unorthodox action(read Geoffrey Cope / Muttiah Muralitharan) at the death, as Nikel ended up at 107 no to leave M&B the victors by 35 runs, probably the difference in the extras, albeit M&B conceded 33! The day ended on a sour note though as GT declared on only one jug and left before the opposition had gone on the pretext of going to a friend of a friend's sister in law's barbeque for some burnt offerings!

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