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Brigands v Butterflies

Legend has it that Isaac Newton formulated gravitational theory in 1666 after watching an apple fall and asking why the apple fell straight down, rather than sideways or even upward.

Legend also has it that every time Mark Flewitt picks a morning pear from his beloved tree for breakfast, he scores runs. And so it was, in the penultimate Brigands match of the season against the colourful Butterflies.

The foundation of the innings was laid by Northwood and Southcott, so that Flewitt could come in and score a run a ball fifty with cover drives, late cuts and leg glances in the style of Bradman or Hobbs.

Brigands were able to declare on 202 for 3 and set some attacking fields. Ladenburg opened to maintain a good over rate and he and Hands bowled accurately to remove three Butterflies with 50 runs on the board.

The flighty spin of Beardall encouraged shots and gained a couple of wickets so that the game was well poised with 100 to win off the last 20 overs with 5 wickets in hand.

All that was to change in the two overs after drinks as Beardall enticed a catch in the deep, then picked up a wicket with a devilish quicker ball, and the ever-toiling Sargant bowled the Butterflies captain off an inside edge.

It was left to a diving catch from Turner off the mesmerizing spin of Henderson to finish another fun day at Broadhalfpenny Down, with Boradhalfpenny Down Preservation Trust Chairman Beardall leading the team off to celebrate his first five-wicket haul of the season.

Brigands 202-3 beat Butterflies 135 all out by 67 runs

Isaac Newton's apple tree; and Mark Flewitt's pear tree

Mark Flewitt, in flow

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