2nd XI Match Report 13th August 2016

STEEPLE LANGFORD II – v – BRAMSHAW II

Bramshaw’s ground in the heart of the New Forest is a wonderful place to play cricket and in front of a healthy crowd of family and tourists it played host to a close and exciting game of cricket.  Captain Rob Emm again called correctly and opted to bowl first.

The Bramshaw openers looked dangerous from the off and, with a lightning fast outfield, soon got the score rattling along.  However Chris Miles nipped things in the bud by taking two wickets in one over with Raj Kumar picking up another shortly after.  With this things quietened down as the fourth wicket partnership initially dug in and, with a bit of luck along the way, eventually started to score more freely again.  Chris Miles (2 for 36) was replaced by Darren ‘the blotter’ Harvey who despite a dodgy knee walked in to bowl 10 overs of off-spin (?) taking 2 for 52.  Rich Lidster bowled very economically taking 1 for 22 off 10 overs on his second team debut.  Some big late hitting by the Bramshaw captain, who was eventually out for 60 in the last over, took the Bramshaw total to 209 for 7 at the close.  Praise goes to Joe McNeilly for stepping up and bowling the last over against a batsman who was clearly well set.

After a good tea, Raj Kumar set about the Bramshaw bowling with relish hitting three fours in quick succession but unfortunately it was to be short and sweet as he holed out to mid off.  Adie Hughes and Nick Mundy kept things moving at and above the required run rate but the loss of Hughes (22) and then Lidster (12) meant the Langford innings was the mirror image of the Bramshaw innings at the half way stage leaving the result in the balance.  Unfortunately for Langford the introduction of accurate spin at both ends took the pace off the ball and put the brake on the run scoring.  It also led to the loss of a few quick wickets bringing Chris Miles to the crease at No 8.  Miles and Mundy started to get things moving again before the latter misjudged one and skied a catch having amassed an excellent 64.  Rob Emm joined Miles and the pair put on 47 in 6 overs through a combination of scampered singles and the occasional big hit to the boundary.  This kept Langford in the game but with 16 needed off the last over it was a big ask.  Chris Miles took the death or glory approach to the first ball and was bowled for a fine 28 which left young Jamie Crosier to see out the last over with Rob Emm who ended 20 not out and the score 196 for 9.

A fine game played in a great spirit went pretty much to the wire but once again Langford couldn’t quite do enough.