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Brigands v Saints, 9 July 2023

There were two matches taking place at the same time; Brigands playing Saints at Broadhalfpenny Down and England chasing down 250 against Australia at Headingley.

Both had early tension as Jay and Morris, and Stokes and Bairstow, were out early. But runs from Henderson (30) and Ladenburg (32), and Brook and Woakes, steadied the respective ships.

The bell was rung loudly to signify England had won, signaling that Brigands could concentrate on setting a challenging target; Beardall (16) drove, Northwood (19) swept and Bailey (3) cut to get the total up to 172 all-out from 40.1 overs.

Saints were founded around 1950 and Brigands in 1952, and few would have had more delicious Brownies and Walnut Cake in the 70 years or so since.

Saints started well getting to 24 without loss from just 4 overs but the wiley Ladenburg (2 wickets) and Gray (1 wicket) bowled patiently-straight on a pitch that offered more to bowlers than batters and were rewarded with three quick dismissals including a fine one-handed caught and bowled to Ladenburg.

Wood (2 wickets) and Bath (3 wickets) came on and enticed the Saint's middle order into playing shots on a wicket that helped seam and spin; four more batters were clean bowled as the "bloodbath" continued.

The introduction of right-arm very-slow Turner surprised a few, including the Saints big hitters; one missed a straight ball and the other hit it straight to Morris at mid-on.

In just 20 overs, Saints had got themselves all out for 77, and Brigands, like England, could celebrate with a pint.

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