After looking good in the first pre-match fielding practice of the season, the Brigands failed to tackle the twin challenges of a low bounce wicket and running 22 yards slumping to 90-6 including two run-outs.
An elegant 34 from Ed Hands and a maiden career 50 for Dougie Henderson led a Brigands recovery meant captain Mike Beardall could declare on 209.
After the Hursley Park opener asked, politely, if we wouldn't bowl fast as it was his first game ever, the Brigands let loose new Grandad Neil Wood and Graham Inglis.
At 60-1, the visitors were going well but a 6 ball spell from Ed Hands ripped out the top order which will give him something to think off whilst he enjoys his haircut next week. Hursley Park then sent out a man with one knee and a 1980s V100 bat to play for the draw but even this was no match for Jake Peach whose triple-wicket last over saw the Brigands home.
Adam Jay contributed with outfield beers as Graham Inglis retained the Matt cartoon award and we interviewed the most interesting man of the day, Mike the Hursley park Captain; the man in the supply chain between the tree and the bat makers.