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Bury St Edmunds CC - 2nd XI
Brockley CC - 1st XI
Sat 21 Jul 13:00 - Two Counties Cricket Championship - Division Three Start time 13:00

Brockley vs Bury St Edmunds

An uplifting afternoon in the sun

Brockley, sponsored by the generous and extremely competitive A14 tyres, travelled out of the village and down the road to their big town neighbours. Surprisingly they found the ground and even more surprisingly found themselves fielding. The Bury innings was somewhat schizophrenic with increasingly fast scoring contrasting with increasingly slow over rates. Sandwiched in the middle were increasingly frequent drinks breaks.

Bury never looked in any real trouble as Stanton posted 112 without giving a chance and indeed I had to check the scorebook to see if he was ever dismissed. Not that the scorebook - or absence of it - was necessarily the font of all statistical knowledge. Whilst Stanton progressed effortlessly to his hundred at the other end Blumfield took an altogether different route to somewhere in the region of 80: he worked out that the heat of the day combined with the Victory Ground being 28 metres above sea level meant that the ball would fly in much the same manner as it would in Johannesburg: as far as Coe’s and perhaps even beyond.

He also checked out early on that if he mistimed it there was a fair chance it wouldn’t be caught. Huffer set exactly the right field to him and Walters-Smith bowled exactly the right ball but the boundary rope had been brought in so that it did not encompass Bradfield Combust and so the best laid plans ended in tatters. Bury closed on circa 278 for the loss of 4 wickets.

Despite this monumental total the Brockley bowlers and fielders kept at their task admirably although it was a tad disappointing to see Whiley (who recently disowned fellow members of his band) resorting to bowling bouncers over the heads of the batsman whilst Jefferys sought to suggest that Stanton had hit the ball twice (by my records he had hit the ball 231 times and many of them went to the boundary). Not the kind of behaviour the club would expect and certainly a poor example to the young Meekings boys with their father watching on.

In reply Brockley had a bit of a go - sparkling 20’s from Huffer and McCaffrey; a prolonged innings from Jefferys (34) who had more medical timeouts than drinks breaks before Whiley (26) proved as adept with the bat as the ball. However, when he misinterpreted Sykes staggering towards him as a medical emergency rather than an attempt for an insane single he was, like many before him, sadly done for. There then followed an immensely dull 6 overs as Brockley scraped their way past 150 to keep the margin of defeat to a manageable 128.
It is said that you learn a lost more in defeat than victory and Brockley certainly showed plenty of spirit although they were left thinking that there’s something to be said for the thickness of victory.

At least it didn’t rain.

For their part, Bury must be wondering why they are only a couple of points ahead of this shower in the league and setting their sights on Division Two cricket next season.

Scorecard

Brockley CC - 1st XI won the toss and elected to field

Bury St Edmunds CC - 2nd XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Hugh Stanton
ct. T Huffer, b. J Walter-Smith
112
 
Ned Stanton
ct. E Beeton, b. H Whiley
6
 
Sam Bishop
lb. D Sykes
4
 
Alex Blumfield
ct. A McCaffrey, b. R Meakings
78
 
Ian Plumb
Not Out
61
 
Danny Harrison
Not Out
9
 
Oliver Selfe
 
 
Ellis Edwards
 
 
Adam Kizis
 
 
Mike Skelton
 
 
Billy Riddick
 
 
Extras
2w, 3b, 1lb, 2nb
8
Total
for 4 wickets 45 overs
278

Brockley CC - 1st XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Dean Sykes
11
2
30
1
2.7
Henry Whiley
15
2
80
1
5.3
Joel Walter-Smith
10
0
81
1
8.1
Ricky Meakings
8
0
73
1
9.1
Tim Huffer
1
0
10
0
10.0

Brockley CC - 1st XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Edward Beeton
b. O Selfe
4
 
Alex McCaffrey
b. A Kizis
22
 
Paul Webb
ct. O Selfe, b. N Stanton
25
 
Tim Huffer
ct. E Edwards, b. A Kizis
20
 
David Meekings
lb. A Kizis
1
 
Andrew English
b. A Kizis
4
 
Ben Jeffrey
lb. S Bishop
35
 
Henry Whiley
ro. B Riddick
22
 
Dean Sykes
Not Out
5
 
Joel Walter-Smith
Not Out
2
 
Ricky Meakings
 
 
Extras
7w, 4b, 1lb, 1nb
13
Total
for 8 wickets 45 overs
153

Bury St Edmunds CC - 2nd XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Oliver Selfe
7
0
49
1
7.0
Adam Kizis
15
2
49
4
3.3
Ned Stanton
11
2
24
1
2.2
Sam Bishop
7
2
14
1
2.0
Billy Riddick
3
1
7
0
2.3
Ellis Edwards
2
0
5
0
2.5

Team selection

Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.

League round up

Other Division Three results

Abberton & District CC - Saturday TCL 1st XI
175/9
171
Easton CC, Suffolk - 1st XI
153
156/7
Mistley CC - 2nd XI
Kesgrave CC - 1st XI
237/7
161
Dunmow CC - 1st XI
Tuddenham CC - 1st XI
181/7
183/2
Haverhill CC - 2nd XI
Woolpit CC - Saturday 2nd XI
192/3
191
Long Melford CC - 1st XI

League table

# Team Played Points
1. Kesgrave 16 262
2. Abberton 16 235
3. Dunmow 16 228
4. Brockley 16 218
5. Bury St. Edmunds II 16 198
6. Mistley II 16 190
7. Walsham-le-Willows 16 182

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