1XI vs Bransgore
A hot and humid day was install for us which unfortunately wasn’t our main concern as we prepared for our next away day at Bransgore.
News had come through that the m27 was due to be closed this weekend, which was our main road down to the New Forest.
The skipper was equipped with his maps as the side gathered at the Mill house at 10am for the meet, due to another road closure in Odiham.
Rob Frome and Adam 'Achie' Scher were the last to arrive as Rob had forgotten the road was closed, even though he benefits from actually living on the high street!
Eventually we set off and it wasn’t long before we hit our first encounter of traffic.... at Basingstoke! This would set the tone for the day as it then took us another 3 hours to arrive at the ground!
Once we arrived on deck at 1pm, the skipper shot out the car and run over to do the toss with the opposition skipper who was sympathetic to our journey and offered to the delay the start which was a nice touch, although upon winning the toss, made us field in the 32 degree heat! Not a great start!
Bransgore started strong and put on 62 in the first ten overs and a score of 240 looked on the cards.
The skipper introduced the overseas who managed to settle things down with Pete making the breakthrough, achie followed in suit and at the first drinks break the opposition were 70-2. Pete ended his spell with 1-25 and achie picked up two further wickets, putting us back in the game at 109-4.
Becky Hartnett was put into the attack, fresh from her newly appointed Auntie duties in the week and started well, pinning the score back. We unfortunately dropped two vital catches in the middle stages, costing us runs, but those individuals soon made amends as we broke through yet again, Becky was tearing the Bransgore batting line up apart! She was on a hat trick at one stage as the hosts were 183-8! Becky completed a fine spell of bowling with 5-37 as a good run out completed the innings with the opposition setting 213.
As both sides made their way off the pitch in fine spirits, laughing and joking about the day so far, we were greeted by a great tea and a well earned cup of squash!
After the interval, the openers set about the target, which for us was a good total after what was a torrid start.
Unfortunately we lost the tourist in the first over for 0 which set us back, but a blistering quick fire 39 from Kyran Munt looked to get us in a good position as we went above the required rate.
One shot too many dismissed kyran and Liam Schooling followed in the next over for 5 as we slipped to 55-3.
Young gun Zach LeRoux and the old wise head of Charlie Russell looked to rebuild the innings for us. Both played a conservative innings and got us passed the 100 mark before Zach got a leading edge for 20!
Charlie continued in fine fashion, dispatching the opening bowler for a giant 6 before he was dubiously given out lbw for 38.
This was now the time for the tail to wag, unfortunately the skipper departed for 0 and Scott 5 but this then paved the way for Tom Wiltshire to take the fight to Bransgore as he got on top with some fantastic hitting!
198-8 and the pressure was building around the ground, before Tom unfortunately was caught on the boundary for a valiant 47.
Pete stuck around for a crucial 17 but it wasn’t to be for the Hampshire side as we slipped to 201 all out and we had encountered our first defeat away from home.
The skipper from Bransgore was very complimentary about the team and earmarked us for big things this season, let’s hope we can fulfil that accolade in our forthcoming matches.
The only piece of good news for the day was that the M27 was reopened early and it made the journey home only a mere 45 minutes!
Onwards and upwards for the team as we regroup again for two upcoming home games with some big names coming back into the fold for the crunch matches in the likely absence of the skipper.
By Phil Thomas