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Brigands v Whitchurch, 26 July 2023

Updated: Jul 30, 2023

The day when a good idea, cricket, and Nina’s tea were all winners

Brigands welcomed old friends Whitchurch to the Down on a day when it looked like the weather would be the winner but it was not to be. With rain due early evening both skippers decided that to get a game in a 25 over game would be the best bet with each side getting 90 minutes to bat and bowl their allocation of overs. Chairman Northwood detailed the rules to both sets of players and the game got underway.

Brigands batting first got off to a quick start with Waktare and Turner putting on 37 for the first wicket in 5 overs. Brigands doubled that total in the next 7 overs until the 13th over proved unlucky for Brigands as the Whitchurch bowler took the wickets of Dougie Henderson, Alderman and Mann to claim a hat-trick and reduce Brigands to 76-4 with Turner having retired on 25.

Some slow overs followed before Northwood departed for 24 followed by Blackburn the very next ball leaving the same bowler on a hat-trick for the second time in the game. However this time it wasn't to be as a quick-fire 16 from Sargant led Brigands to 125 off 25 overs.

With tea delayed until the end of both innings, Brigands took to the field to try and keep the visitors at bay chasing 126 to win. Wood and Sargant were given the new ball and kept the visitors to 25-2 after 10 overs with both wickets going to Wood. With the rain starting but soon disappearing it was Beardall and Waktare who continued for Brigands and with both being let down by dropped catches the visitors started to see the runs flow.

With 5 overs left, the visitors needed 40 runs to win. It was left to Dougie Henderson and Turner to bowl at the death and with 7 needed off the last over Henderson restricted the visitors to 5 singles and a dot off the last ball to help Brigands to claim the win by 1 run.

All that was left was for both sides and a large number of guests to enjoy the magnificent tea that was provided by Nina with help from Jenny and her scones.

A great afternoon had by all on a day when we didn't let the weather win

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