The flattest pitch, the warmest day, the worst Brigands start this season; The Match Manager was self-isolating, the first 4 Brigands were out before the score reached 20, and our official opening bat was on a train having misread the team sheet.
Luckily the ship was steadied by Jay's nudges (19), Beardall's drives (21), Whittle's cuts and pulls (23) and Henderson's sweeps (65) including a consecutive 4-6-4 at the end which meant the Brigands were all out for 162.
Waktare took the opening wicket but runs flowed from both ends until Wood pulled off a stunning run out off his own bowling.
Old Seagullians reached 142-4 when Hands came back on from the top end taking 2 wickets at the end of his first over, and then getting a plumb LBW on the first ball of his next to take his first Brigands hat trick and leave the Seagullians with a nervous last few runs to chase.
Dougie Henderson got a wicket caught by Beardall at slip, who in turn was bowling well and created chances with two drops at the death. With 4 needed on the last wicket, Wood came back on to bowl but the Seagullians won with their last wicket intact, enjoying their day on the Down and their pints at the Bat and Ball.