It was a beautiful day by the seaside and the wicket looked like a shirt-front when captain Dave Henderson won the toss and unhesitatingly chose to bat. The batsmen rewarded his confidence to post the Brigands highest score of the season so far. Northwood (61*) and Whittle (43*) saw off the new ball on their way to recording a century-opening partnership before both retired leaving the middle order to make hay as the Portsmouth bowlers and fielders wilted in the heat. In particular, Henderson Senior (31) and Junior (28*), Turner (31) and Waktare (20) scored quick runs to enable the declaration to come on 240-3 after 45 overs.
When Portsmouth batted, both Wood and Hands bowled tight opening spells, with Wood picking up an early wicket and counting himself unlucky not to gain an LBW decision with his next ball. However, the game was brought to an untimely end as a result of an injured Brigand in the field which resulted in a hospital visit (luckily just a few stitches) and the two sides drawing stumps and agreeing to a rematch at Broadhalfpenny Down on 5th September.
Gallery courtesy of Nick Harris and Report from Clive Barnett.