BB VS Old Seagullians

B.B. headed to Torry Hill on an overcast and gusty August morning with much anticipation as to what this new fixture against a Scottish educated side would hold in store. In typical style, at 11.20am the opposition numbered 11 and B.B. had made it up to three. Whilst this was soon tripled to nine, the swell in numbers came too late for the toss and B.B. therefore elected to bat in seamer friendly conditions.

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Page and Pollington started things off against a lively opening pair. Both were thankful that the more youthful and athletic bowler had bowed to seniority meaning some of his venom was removed by the strong headwind he had been asked to bowl into. Bowling of consistent high quality continued and the scoring pace remained far from modern as regular wickets fell. B.B. were thus left on a rather precarious 118-7 at lunch with Pollington having fallen shortly before the break after a top edge whilst poised on 49.

The only thing that stopped complete B.B. doom and gloom at lunch was the Côte du Pape (a good value Rhône just outside the famous official appellation), which Hilly kindly produced and the fact that a determined Regan and Richardson were now at the crease and had not been seen to touch a drop of the wine. Cornwallis and Whyte were also left to follow them, with the latter looking to be timing his arrival from Lewes perfectly for the no. 11 berth...if not the lasagne and profiteroles.

BB's hope, and the need to consider a declaration, increased after the break with Regan and Richardson looking comfortable and scoring more freely. By 40 overs they had admirably rescued the situation to a more respectable 200 and soon after completed a match turning and emphatic 100 partnership. However, whilst the hope returned, the need for a declaration did not. Richardson was bowled soon after for 46 before Cornwallis got himself out caught and stumped in the same ball and Whyte thought safest to leave a ball that cut back and took his middle stump. This left the indomitable Regan stranded on 62 and B.B. all out for 233 with no real idea of par.

The wind had by now died a little and conditions had become rather more humid. This produced some treacherous late swing for Richardson and Cornwallis who had taken the dark, new Readers ball. Both bowled superbly against the Seagull’s top order batsmen who had shown early indications of some class with a spattering of meaty cover drives and deft glances. Perhaps as a result of being a bit too expansive for such swinging conditions, the Seagulls were reduced to 43-4 at tea with the final wicket from Cornwallis a particularly aggressive in-swinger which skittled the off stump accompanied by a loud and unexpected roar from his Hon.

B.B. had the Seagulls firmly on the ropes as the game entered the final session and the Brethren returned from their tea well fed and ready to go for the jugular. Brother's Regan, Baird and Hill played a rotating and supporting role in achieving this as Cornwallis continued his energetic disruption of their batting line-up from the far end. As Cornwallis claimed his fifth wicket in ten overs, the Seagulls appeared to have entered an irreversible nose dive at 57-6, which was only confirmed further by a somewhat dubiously granted LBW appeal by brother Hill to dismiss their captain.

Having reached 100 with 7 wickets down, the Seagulls score looked to mirror that of the B.B. earlier in the day. Whilst the tail couldn't possibly boast the talent of B.B's and the game looked safe, overs were in shortening supply as the countdown from 5.30pm was now well under way with victory tantalisingly close. Brother T Page's languid leg spin was therefore called upon to try and break a partnership developing between Hadcock H, their last remaining top order batsman now on 42 and his brother, Hadcock L who had joined him at the crease. It took one ball...a half tracker which was hit high into the now brighter Torry Hill sky with a pumped up Cornwallis waiting underneath. Despite a running commentary as to the difficulty of the catch from the fielder in question as the ball towered above him, the ball was held. Two balls later and ball was back in Cornwallis's hands after an even more impressive catch diving forwards to remove the other brother. With this the drama all but ended with Regan claiming the last man LBW and B.B. claiming an emphatic 102 run victory in this inaugural and most enjoyable fixture.

Ale was taken after the game at the Chequers in Doddington in what had turned into a balmy and bright Summer's evening.

friendly Band of Brothers v Old Seagullians
Sunday, August 19 2018 (11:21) at Torry Hill
(In Play) Band of Brothers lead by 102 runs Old Seagullians 131 all out (32.0 overs)
Band of Brothers won toss and decided to bat
Band of Brothers
Pollington TAc Walters Hb Walters F49
Page TEc Loughton Hb Boyd F4
Henderson JMc Loughton Hb Hadcock L8
Baird AJI*c Loughton Hb Boyd F17
Page EMb Hadcock L1
Loxton-Barnard H (+)b Walters H29
Norwood Hill AGb Walters F4
Regan BMHnot out62
Richardson PBb Codrington L46
Cornwallis FAWM The Honst Loughton Hb Walters H6
Whyte PJ+b Walters H1
Extrasb2 lb2 w0 nb2 pen06
Total (46.0 overs)233
 
1-122-273-474-525-1106-1167-1188-2209-22710-233
 
BowlerOMRWWdNb
Boyd F8.004620 (0)0 (0)
Hadcock L8.023520 (0)2 (2)
Walters H9.032430 (0)0 (0)
Walters F11.014920 (0)0 (0)
Codrington L7.005010 (0)0 (0)
Don D3.002500 (0)0 (0)
 
Old Seagullians
Loughton H+b Cornwallis FAWM The Hon13
Smith Tc Whyte PJb Richardson PB4
Codrington Lc Page TEb Cornwallis FAWM The Hon7
Hadcock Hc Cornwallis FAWM The Honb Page TE42
Don Db Cornwallis FAWM The Hon2
Hadcock Nc Whyte PJb Cornwallis FAWM The Hon7
Baird Jb Cornwallis FAWM The Hon1
Walters H*lbwb Norwood Hill AG11
Hadcock Lc Cornwallis FAWM The Honb Page TE14
Boyd Fnot out16
Walters Flbwb Regan BMH1
Extrasb11 lb0 w2 nb0 pen013
Total (32.0 overs)131
 
1-172-173-394-435-556-577-798-1069-10610-131
 
BowlerOMRWWdNb
Richardson PB6.002111 (1)0 (0)
Cornwallis FAWM The Hon10.033150 (0)0 (0)
Regan BMH5.021410 (0)0 (0)
Baird AJI2.001100 (0)0 (0)
Norwood Hill AG4.002111 (1)0 (0)
Pollington TA3.01500 (0)0 (0)
Page TE2.001720 (0)0 (0)
 
Weather: Sunny Pitch: Hard
Umpires: B Hulks & I Fraser
Scorers: DJ Gittings & none provided
 
  

BB V I Zingari

After the summer heatwave, the Brethren arrived at Torry Hill to find an autumnal scene with overcast skies and strong winds, and were relieved to see the fruits of Howard’s efforts in the form of yet another excellent pitch, despite the ground having been under water earlier in the week.

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It came as a surprise therefore when the IZ captain, on winning the toss, elected to bat, ignoring both local conditions and past form (BB having chased down a number of good totals in recent years).

 

With the forecast showers remaining at bay, it was with palpable relish and a spring in their step that the assembled battery of BB bowlers took to the field; such enthusiasm proved to be well-founded as Toby Pettman and Alex Cornwallis found good swing and seam movement in the early overs to go with some accurate bowling which was rewarded with one wicket apiece.  Hector Raw maintained the high standard of bowling with a very tidy spell of 1 for 25 off his 7 overs.  After a first hour in which the run rate remained low, IZ then consolidated well in the next hour before lunch, putting away the bad balls and riding their luck with a few dropped catches (Hugo Pettman with his spitting leg breaks the unluckiest of the bowlers).  Piers Richardson and Ben Regan also bowled well for little reward during the session.

 

Fortified by an excellent lunch, the B.B. then enjoyed an inspired session in the field including a spell in which 5 wickets fell for only 10 runs.  Golden Arm Marriott picked up a brace of wickets with some wily swing bowling into the wind and Toby Pettman returned at the pavilion end with a superb spell of fast bowling bringing about three further wickets including a very slick catch by Regan in the slips, snaffling  a drive that was travelling at high speed with nonchalant ease, marred only by a slightly bemused expression on registering what had just happened.  Thereafter the IZ demise was swift as the BB bowlers maintained the pressure, with Piers Richardson and Hugo Pettman rewarded for their pre-lunch toils.

 

The B.B. openers Jamie Henderson and Alistair Mavor then set about chasing the target of 191 in contrasting styles:  Mavor, in good nick, was all wristy punches through the off side as he raced along quickly to 23, whilst Henderson initially struggled to get bat on ball.  All of a sudden though, Hendo laced a ball through the covers with a resounding thwack that echoed around the otherwise serene Kentish countryside and never looked back, unfurling a succession of stylish boundaries to all corners in his compilation of a very  well-made 60no.  With Mavor’s innings brought to an end with a smart, low catch in the gulley, Regan then joined the fray, maintaining the run rate with his usual brand of swashbuckling batting so that at tea BB were well placed with only 91 needed and 9 wickets in hand.  Tea clearly did not agree with Regan as he lobbed an innocuous ball down mid on’s throat immediately on resumption, bringing Ed Solly to the crease.  Ed was obviously a man in a hurry as he proceeded in very calm fashion to a 23 ball fifty, timing the ball beautifully; this was a fitting way to seal victory, the highlight being an enormous straight six clattered into the tree at the pavilion end.

 

So a convincing win for B.B. in what was, as always, a very enjoyable day at Torry Hill.  Gracious in defeat, IZ vowed to come back stronger next year and so we look forward to the next instalment of this great fixture.

Marcus Pyke

friendly Band of Brothers v I Zingari
Sunday, August 12 2018 (11:26) at Torry Hill
Band of Brothers Won By 8 wickets
I Zingari won toss and decided to bat
I Zingari
Hardy J*+b Pettman THS2
Clarke Tc Pyke MJAb Marriott TH63
Troughton Albwb Cornwallis FAWM The Hon2
Jackson Jc Pettman HPN (B)b Raw HRF6
Bristow Gb Pettman THS52
Hovey Rb Pettman THS0
Bidie Ac Regan BMHb Pettman THS0
Portal Rc and bMarriott TH0
Hall Rc and bPettman HPN (B)22
North Gnot out7
Bristowe Ob Richardson PB7
Extrasb10 lb7 w7 nb4 pen028
Total (44.3 overs)189
 
1-82-213-584-1365-1446-1447-1458-1469-18010-189
 
BowlerOMRWWdNb
Pettman THS13.032041 (1)4 (4)
Cornwallis FAWM The Hon6.001812 (2)0 (0)
Richardson PB6.321010 (0)0 (0)
Raw HRF7.022510 (0)0 (0)
Pettman HPN (B)7.006410 (0)0 (0)
Regan BMH2.001600 (0)0 (0)
Marriott TH3.001923 (4)0 (0)
 
Band of Brothers
Mavor AJRc Hall Rb Bidie A23
Henderson JMnot out60
Regan BMHc Bidie Ab Hall R30
Solly ESC+not out66
Pyke MJA*
Marriott TH
Pettman THS
Pettman HPN (B)
Raw HRF
Cornwallis FAWM The Hon
Richardson PB
Extrasb8 lb0 w2 nb1 pen011
Total (25.1 overs)190-2
 
1-432-1053-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-
 
BowlerOMRWWdNb
Bristowe O5.012601 (1)0 (0)
Bidie A6.004510 (0)1 (1)
North G7.014500 (0)0 (0)
Hovey R2.001400 (0)0 (0)
Hall R4.004011 (1)0 (0)
Portal R1.101200 (0)0 (0)
 
Weather: Cloudy Pitch: not reported
Umpires: B Hulks & I Humphrey
Scorers: DJ Gittings
 
  

BB vs Junior BB

Chief’s XI 208-6 dec 

Junior B.B. 169-9

Match drawn

The annual match between the Chief’s XI and the Juniors could not have been played in more different weather to 2017, when the pitch was almost waterlogged. This year, it was so hot that the umpires asked for drinks every 45 minutes in the heat of the day. 

Mike Churchill, Captain of the Chief’s XI, won the toss and sensibly opted to bat. 

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The Juniors opened the bowling with the all Tonbridge pairing of Ellis Winsper (2-45) and Rufus Pullen (1-28). They bowled an excellent spell, making Churchill and Shales play more than not. Ellis produced 2 cracking deliveries early on to clean bowl the Captain and Tom Pollington, returning to play against the Juniors that he captained last year. This left the Chief’s XI on 4-2. 

Cooper (31) and Shales consolidated well with a partnership of 66 before Sam Huggett (1-39) was rewarded for his accuracy and flight by picking up the left handed Cooper LBW. Things looked well set with Shales and McConnel (15) as lunch approached, when the Junior Captain Hugo Pettman (2-26) came on with his leg spin.

He mixed his variations well and snared McConnel and Davey in the over before lunch thanks to smart catches by Nicholls and Huggett. This left the game interestingly poised at 110-5. 

After a splendid lunch, generously provided by the Chief, the experience of Seb Pollington (12) showed as he and Shales took the score to 155, before the Colonel was bowled by Pullen. This brought Fred Hulbert (21*) to bat, and he guided Matt Shales to a tired and deserved century (105*) in a 7th wicket stand of 53*. This was a terrific innings in tough conditions, with barely a chance given. It set up the opportunity for the adults to declare on 208-8 off 50 overs. 

The Junior captain switched his bowlers deftly to avoid long spells in the sapping heat. All performed creditably, including miserly spells from Oli Healy (0-12) and Alex Moen (0-17).

In reply, the Junior BB lost George Skinner and Nico Bryan cheaply to a sharp opening spell by Josh Weller. Alex Moen (56) and Tom Nicholls (72) rebuilt sensibly, taking no risks especially against Fred Hulbert who bowled a continuous 12 over spell in the heat without reward. Their excellent partnership of 87 was a mix of positive drives and sharp singles. 

The asking rate was not high, but it was rising all the time. With 20 overs to go, they needed five per over. However after young Ed Springett removed Moen, caught behind down the leg side, the momentum stalled. 

Ed bowled a 9 over spell earning 5-24 and looks a good find for the Club. He removed the middle order as Tom Nicholls stood firm at the other end. 

Captain Churchill turned to last year’s unlikely bowling success to remove Tom, who had been in excellent form for the Juniors this year. There followed an epic battle of cat and mouse between the bowler’s ‘spin variations’ and the attacking instincts of the batsman. 

Twice Tom escaped a chance to deep mid wicket, before holing out at long on for 72 where Seb Pollington took the catch for his old school mate with aplomb. The combined age of catcher and bowler was 101, which might be some sort of record. This effectively ended the run chase. 

Despite a tense last few overs, the Juniors just held out for a draw and ended up only 38 runs short. It was a good game played in a strong spirit which leaves the club in an excellent position for the future. I hope that many of the Juniors will graduate to become full playing members. 

Many thanks to the Chief for his support and hospitality on the day, and also to all who played and came to watch.

Man of the match - Matt Shales for his 105*. 

Mark Pettman

Junior B.B. Organiser

BB V Belmont House Trustees XI

BB 214 for 4 dec 

Belmont House Trustees 179 for 9

Match drawn

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On the day of the World Cup final, the Band of Brothers and Belmont House Trustees served up a match every bit as entertaining as France’s 4-2 win over Croatia. It ended in a winning draw for BB, who were unable to claim the final Trustees wicket in the last couple of overs.

BB had set the hosts 215, with Alastair Mavor scoring a classy 72 in extremely hot conditions. He had a reprieve when put down at mid-off early in his innings but after that he looked in complete control, adding 58 for the first wicket with Oscar Ratcliffe (15). Matthew Schilder struck the only six of the day in an entertaining knock before lunch, while skipper Alex Rice and Charlie Hamilton put on 50 to set up the declaration. Brother Rice was 46 not out at the time, so his declaration was either a commendable act of selflessness or blatant jug avoidance.

The Trustees’ reply, as often happens in this fixture, got off to a strong start, adding 85 for the opening wicket. But a run out provided the vital breakthrough and five wickets fell in the next ten overs. The pace of Charlie Hamilton and debutant Robin Pollok, assisted by the smart glovework of Fred Gregory, did much of the damage, while Brother Carl Reading chipped in with two valuable wickets. A special mention must also be given to James Schilder, 10-year-old son of Matthew, who bowled some seriously good leg spinners and was treated with great respect by the batsmen.

Guest spinner Justin Pressland bowled a good long spell without luck but that was nothing compared to Brother Ratcliffe, who saw three catches put down in three consecutive balls. BB didn’t let their heads drop and two late wickets gave them a scent of victory, but the last wicket pair held out comfortably against a tiring attack to finish on 179 for 9.

Special thanks to the Trustees for being such generous hosts and providing a wonderful lunch and tea, which was greatly appreciated by the teams and supporters.

 

BB V Sutton Valence

The day was set perfectly with clear skies, belting sunshine and, as always, an immaculate wicket. The toss was had and won by B.B., the perfect start. We elected to bat, not least because of the conditions and line up but a group match of Harrykaneland vs Panama was due to be on during the first innings as well.

A strong opening partnership between Pollington and Guest G Biggs gave B.B. a great platform to work with. Strong scores from the openers Tom and George, 70 and 43 respectively, with candidate James Bevan-Thomas contributing 40 at nunver 3, we were in a strong position. However a tight spell of bowling by S.V. left the B.B. 193-5 after being 175-1, so the pressure was on over lunch. With a couple of beers to calm the nerves B.B. declared 223-8 off of 46 overs thanks to some clinical batting by Reuben collingwood at number 10.

Getting through our overs quickly and keeping the run rate down was all too easy however the S.V. defence was resolute and saw them reach 170-4 with their opener scoring 78. All this said and to take no gloss away from an impressive defensive batting display; there were some chances that went begging in the field. With 3 drops and a missed run out our guest and wicket keeper for the day had a somewhat memorable day in the field, along with his duck with the bat. Despite all this, he carried on in true B.B. spirit with a grin on his face.

Fun was had by all and the young talent within the S.V. batting and bowling units will be a strong base from which to recruit from in the coming years. Thank you to all those that were involved in what I would chalk down as a winning draw. 

Very much looking forward to next years encounter.

BB V The Stragglers of Asia

BB vs Stragglers of Asia - Sunday 17th June 2018

After an immense struggle to gather a side on this Father’s Day, the Band of Brothers managed to find 9 willing members to take the field. It hadn’t rained in weeks, however Brother Regan led the rain cries early that morning after a single drop of rain had fallen on this beautiful Torry Hill pitch. The wicket was flat and the outfield quick. So on this gloomy looking day, the B.B won the toss and elected to bat first.

Brother Pollington and Guest J Bevan - Thomas took to the field to kick start our innings. Some solid and fine strokes were played by both, seeing off a tricky period where the ball appeared to moving considerably. Bevan - Thomas was unfortunately denied his maiden BB half century as he was caught on 49. Pollington also made a fluid 34 before being caught out. Guest Burnap looked in fantastic shape for his 4 until, like many great players before him, fell victim to the feared ‘long-hop’ and edged behind.

In strode the in-form Brother Boucher. His presence on the pitch was felt immediately, taking control of the situation and never letting the bowlers get on top of him or the run rate. The lunch at Torry Hill was once again fantastic. A delicious chilli con carne with all the trimmings went down very well with both sides, especially the batsmen.
As play resumed, Boucher was very ably supported by Brother Radcliffe, who made a steady 28 before being trapped in front. It was a real family affair at the crease with the score at 115 - 4, as Brother Regan entered the arena. Regan lived up to his name as a stroke maker, never been one for running quick singles or between the wickets at all. The boundaries were now flowing as Boucher neared that illusive maiden BB 100. As video evidence will show, Regan celebrated the single down the long on far more than Boucher, with ‘Yes, Yes, Yes Tom!’, as he reached that century. It was a fine knock, one that was very easy on the eye.
We waited for Regan to get to his 50, which came only two overs later, to declare. We finished on 295 - 4 declared, Boucher and Regan finishing on 119* and 51* respectively.

The BB then had a tough task to fit plenty of over in before tea, which we did well. Brother Cornwallis and Brother Meredith started well, keeping it tight. However The Stragglers of Asia made it through to tea unscathed. Again, another fantastic tea.
Burnap and Regan were brought on together to help up the overrate. However we never substituted quality for speed, and they both bowled brilliantly with Regan taking a vital wicket just after tea. Brother Richardson came into the attack and immediately got the treatment with some high class hockey strokes. Burnap and Regan continued to chip away in the middle overs, and once we had caught up the overrate it was time for the return of the Meredith. This was a scintillating and eye catching spell of bowling. He removed their man well set on 78 with a peach of a delivery, and was constantly asking questions of their batsmen. At the other end Burnap got the very valuable scalp of Brother Shales, another almost unplayable delivery. Richardson finally got the wicket he definitely didn’t deserve, and bowled alongside Pollington in attempt to remove the tail. But the Stragglers held strong, with Pollington managing one wicket from his spell, and Regan competing fiercely to try and take the last few wickets. The final pair batted very sensible to be able to see the game out.

All in all the draw was a fair reflection of the game. Fun was had by all and the game was played in wonderful spirit. Thank you to the opposition and moreover all the Brothers that played.
I very much look forward to next year’s fixture.

friendly Band of Brothers v Stragglers of Asia
Sunday, June 17 2018 (11:33) at Torry Hill
Drawn
Band of Brothers won toss and decided to bat
Band of Brothers
Pollington TAc Baxter Tb McDuell J34
Bevan-Thomas J (g)+c Trapani Nb McDuell P49
Burnap T (g)c Trapani Nb McDuell J4
Boucher TRCnot out119
Ratcliffe OJKlbwb Asher A28
Regan BMHnot out51
Richardson PB*
Cornwallis FAWM The Hon
Meredith WCO
Extrasb1 lb3 w3 nb3 pen010
Total (49.0 overs)295-4d
 
1-582-733-1154-2125-6-7-8-9-10-
 
BowlerOMRWWdNb
McDuell J13.007821 (1)1 (1)
Asher A12.009310 (0)1 (1)
Franks A8.005202 (2)0 (0)
McDuell P12.013910 (0)1 (1)
Shales Matt4.002900 (0)0 (0)
 
Stragglers of Asia
Russell Wb Meredith WCO78
Cavanagh Mlbwb Regan BMH16
Baxter Tb Burnap T (g)22
Pilcher Hb Burnap T (g)4
Shales Matt*b Meredith WCO16
Franks Ab Richardson PB9
McDuell Jnot out36
Asher Albwb Pollington TA3
McDuell Pnot out22
Trapani N+
Extrasb2 lb4 w8 nb0 pen014
Total (48.0 overs)220-7
 
1-592-1023-1064-1345-1506-1727-1778-9-10-
 
BowlerOMRWWdNb
Cornwallis FAWM The Hon8.003506 (6)0 (0)
Meredith WCO8.012421 (1)0 (0)
Burnap T (g)7.013621 (1)0 (0)
Regan BMH12.005610 (0)0 (0)
Richardson PB9.005410 (0)0 (0)
Pollington TA4.01910 (0)0 (0)
 
Weather: Sunny Pitch: Hard
Umpires: B Hulks
Scorers: DJ Gittings & D Meredith
 
  

BB V The Hurlingham CC

friendly Hurlingham Club v Band of Brothers
Saturday, June 16 2018 (10:55) at Hurlingham Club
Hurlingham Club Won By 4 wickets
Hurlingham Club won toss and decided to field
Band of Brothers
Streatfeild RBlbwb Kennedy S1
Page TEb Kennedy S18
Munton CFc Dabby Gb Salt E33
Regan BMH+c Stirling Hb Kennedy S8
Lowe EJA (g)c Salt Eb Kennedy J36
Norwood Hill AGc Kennedy Sb Kennedy J0
Wilkes-Green JNLnot out73
Wilkes-Green JJc and bKennedy S68
Calvocoressi CJ*run out (Kennedy S)0
Harman P (g)c Maxwell Ab Stanton J8
Paget HAWlbwb Kennedy S0
Extrasb7 lb6 w6 nb1 pen020
Total (49.4 overs)265
 
1-172-223-394-1015-1016-1017-2288-2289-26310-265
 
BowlerOMRWWdNb
Stanton J10.035012 (2)1 (1)
Kennedy S10.426754 (4)0 (0)
Kennedy J10.015420 (0)0 (0)
Salt E12.015810 (0)0 (0)
Maxwell A7.012300 (0)0 (0)
 
Hurlingham Club
Hatteea Sb Calvocoressi CJ102
Bowie Jb Munton CF83
Razvi Sc Harman P (g)b Calvocoressi CJ15
Stirling H+c and bWilkes-Green JNL4
Dabby Gc Munton CFb Harman P (g)5
Salt Enot out28
Maxwell Ac Wilkes-Green JJb Calvocoressi CJ4
Atkinson J*not out4
Stanton J
Kennedy J
Kennedy S
Extrasb7 lb5 w3 nb6 pen021
Total (41.1 overs)266-6
 
1-1302-2083-2134-2275-2436-2567-8-9-10-
 
BowlerOMRWWdNb
Harman P (g)7.013911 (1)0 (0)
Lowe EJA (g)4.004700 (0)5 (5)
Munton CF7.014210 (0)0 (0)
Wilkes-Green JJ1.001300 (0)0 (0)
Wilkes-Green JNL13.006310 (0)0 (0)
Paget HAW2.001800 (0)0 (0)
Calvocoressi CJ7.113232 (2)1 (1)
 
Weather: Cloudy Pitch: not reported
Umpires: H McDonagh & S Glass
Scorers: DJ Gittings & P Readman
 
  

BB V The Royal Engineers

Royal Engineers Won By 7 wickets

Brother Marriott lost the toss and The Royal Engineers asked The Band of Brothers to bat first on a murky day in the medway. Rather ominously, the opposition then proceeded to complete an extensive warm-up. 

 

However, as Pollington Snr and Pollington Jnr strode to the crease we felt confident of posting a competitive total. Tricky conditions and excellent opening spells from The Royal Engineers dampened our spirits somewhat, as the BB immediately fell to 0-2. Tom Pollington (37) and Phillip McCormack (Guest, 40) fought back valiantly, patiently guiding us to 84-3 at lunch. Brother Boucher's excellent unbeaten 50 - ably supported by a swashbuckling 18 from Brother Hill - then lifted the BB to a respectful 198-8 declared. 

 

Superb spells from Pollington Jnr and McCormack put the Engineers under pressure, before Reuben Collingwood bowled a beautiful delivery to break the opening stand. Unfortunately for the BB, the sunshine arrived after tea, making it perfect batting conditions for the Royal Engineers. We were determined the make the run chase as difficult as possible, and I was proud of our fielding and bowling performance - highlighted by a wonderful catch from Brother Boucher as the game was nearing its end. Unfortunately for the BB, The Royal Engineers chased down the total with 10 overs to spare. 

 

As usual, the game was played in a wonderful spirit. We must thank The Royal Engineers for their hospitality, which included post-match beers and pizza to help heal our wounds. 

friendly Royal Engineers v Band of Brothers
Sunday, June 10 2018 (11:02) at The Nore Brompton
Royal Engineers Won By 7 wickets
Royal Engineers won toss and decided to field
Band of Brothers
Pollington TAc Parton Mb Beal L37
Pollington Col STb McLennon N0
Collingwood RC (+)b McLennon N0
McCormack P(g)c Seton-Rogers Cb McLennon N40
Bryant A (g)c Seton-Rogers Cb Apps P1
Boucher TRCnot out50
Regan BMH+lbwb Beal L12
Mavor AJRrun out (Green A)1
Norwood Hill AGc Reed Cb Apps P18
Marriott TH*not out24
Marriott Tim
Extrasb5 lb4 w3 nb3 pen015
Total (57.0 overs)198-8d
 
1-02-03-844-855-896-1137-1208-1529-10-
 
BowlerOMRWWdNb
Johnson J14.043401 (1)0 (0)
McLennon N10.012631 (1)0 (0)
Parton M10.024901 (1)1 (1)
Seton-Rogers C4.001200 (0)0 (0)
Beal L11.032320 (0)0 (0)
Apps P8.014520 (0)2 (2)
 
Royal Engineers
Phillips Ab Collingwood RC (+)21
Claytor Albwb Pollington TA11
McLennon Nretd, not out50
Parton Mc Boucher TRCb Marriott TH55
Apps Pnot out37
Seton-Rogers Cnot out2
Reed C*+
Beal L
Johnson J
Green A
Extrasb8 lb0 w9 nb5 pen527
Total (36.1 overs)203-3
 
1-392-553-1894-5-6-7-8-9-10-
 
BowlerOMRWWdNb
McCormack P(g)9.014103 (3)0 (0)
Pollington TA12.014713 (3)0 (0)
Collingwood RC (+)6.003210 (0)0 (0)
Norwood Hill AG6.004902 (2)1 (1)
Bryant A (g)2.001401 (1)4 (4)
Marriott TH1.10710 (0)0 (0)
 
Weather: Sunny Pitch: Hard
Umpires: C Stokes & G Horne
Scorers: DJ Gittings
 
  

BB v SAC

BB v SAC Sunday 27th May 2018

 

The Band of Brothers hosted Standard Athletic Club of Paris on a warm, pollen-filled Saturday at the end of May in what was a run-fuelled, but ultimately slightly one-sided encounter.

BB v SAC 2018.jpg

 

SAC’s captain won the toss, and having given his decision considerable thought, elected to bat first.  Following an impromptu and bizarre health & safety briefing from the umpire, the two sides took the field.  Nick Wright (guest) – probably the pick of the bowlers – bowled superbly, regularly beating the Parisians’ edges.  Ably supported by Brother Henderson at the other end, Wright made the early breakthrough, removing Kumar for just 1 with the score on 13.

 

Half an hour into the SAC innings, Alex Bryant (guest) arrived and took to the field, and was warmly welcomed by all – most of all the captain, who until that point hadn’t realised he was one fielder short.

 

The Brethren had to wait until the score was on 138 until the second wicket fell, this time to Brother Tom Pollington, who bowled an impressive and miserly twelve over spell.  With the score on 253-3, and the captain having been run out for a gritty 109, SAC declared, having batted for 44 overs.

 

Brother Tom Page and Harry McInley (guest) opened the batting and the pair rapidly reached a 50 partnership.  Page was arguably unfortunate to have been given out LBW playing a leg-glance.  His opening partner, McInley looked in fine touch, carrying his bat and ending up on 124*, having been ably supported along the way by Brother Regan (32) and Brother Smallwood (31), amongst others.  The Brethren passed the SAC’s score of 253 in just 33.1 overs – a comprehensive victory.

 

As ever, thanks must go to Lady Kingsdown and her team at Torry Hill for hosting the fixture, the caterers for a fantastic spread, and Diane for keeping score with typical precision.

 

Finally, our warmest thanks go to Standard Athletic Club for the match, and we congratulate their captain Alastair Thomas for his fine century against the Brethren.

Brother Charlie Munton

friendly Band of Brothers v Standard Athletic Club, Paris Standard Athletic Club Paris

Saturday, May 26 2018 (11:33) at Torry Hill

Band of Brothers Won By 5 wickets

Standard Athletic Club, Paris Standard Athletic Club Paris won toss and decided to bat

Standard Athletic Club, Paris Standard Athletic Club Paris

Thomas A*

run out


109


Kumar S+

c Smallwood JJC

b Wright NM (g)

1


Ayyavooraju A

lbw

b Pollington TA

52


Kidwell A

not out


50


Riches J

not out


15


Sadad S-A





Earl E


 



Groom R





Shetty S





Balane P





Grant J





Extras

b1 lb2 w22 nb1 pen0

26


Total

(44.0 overs)

253

-3d

 

1-13

2-138

3-223

4-

5-

6-

7-

8-

9-

10-

 

Bowler

O

M

R

W

Wd

Nb

Henderson JM

7.0

0

56

0

4 (4)

0 (0)

Wright NM (g)

11.0

1

49

1

3 (7)

0 (0)

Pollington TA

12.0

3

49

1

5 (5)

1 (1)

Page TE

3.0

0

28

0

0 (0)

0 (0)

McInley HPS (g)

6.0

0

28

0

1 (1)

0 (0)

Regan BMH

2.0

0

20

0

0 (0)

0 (0)

Pollington JS (B)

3.0

0

20

0

4 (5)

0 (0)


 

Band of Brothers

Page TE

lbw

b Sadad S-A

23


McInley HPS (g)

not out


124


Bryant A (g)

c Balane P

b Sadad S-A

8


Regan BMH


b Shetty S

32


Pollington TA

c Kumar S

b Ayyavooraju A

13


Smallwood JJC+

c Ayyavooraju A

b Sadad S-A

31


Pollington Col ST

not out


0


Munton CF*





Henderson JM





Pollington JS (B)





Wright NM (g)





Extras

b4 lb1 w16 nb2 pen0

23


Total

(33.1 overs)

254

-5

 

1-60

2-80

3-141

4-166

5-239

6-

7-

8-

9-

10-

 

Bowler

O

M

R

W

Wd

Nb

Sadad S-A

9.0

0

76

3

5 (13)

0 (0)

Earl E

8.0

0

59

0

1 (2)

2 (2)

Ayyavooraju A

8.0

1

54

1

0 (0)

0 (0)

Shetty S

7.0

0

38

1

0 (0)

0 (0)

Kidwell A

1.0

0

16

0

1 (1)

0 (0)

Balane P

0.1

0

6

0

0 (0)

0 (0)


 

Weather: Sunny Pitch: Hard

Umpires: D Collard

Scorers: DJ Gittings

 

 


 

BB V The Chief's XI

Once again we were blessed with sunny skies and good jazz for the annual inter club fixture. Cornwallis, captaining that BB-side, won the toss and elected to bowl first. A tactical choice oft deployed by the Brethren.

The Chief’s XI got off to a shaky start, an early clatter of wickets leaving the scoreboard at 26-3. However, young Tom Pollington and the veteran Matt Schilder steadied the ship, the former placing a high price on his wicket, the latter rolling back the years to flay the ball around a picture perfect Tory Hill oval. When Schilder (57) was out, tactically surrendering his wicket the last over before lunch, balance had been restored with the feast taken at 140-4. The afternoon session proved a fast paced affair; with regular wickets and a good run rate as Piers Richardson wagged the tail. Pollington fell on 90, just shy of a well deserved century but having ensured the Chief’s men had posted a par 250, with all batters back in the hutch. Captain Cornwallis was pick of the bowlers with the 5-26.

BB’s started watchfully, keen to navigate the tricky pre-tea session, Which they did for two down. Buoyed by cake and cucumber sandwiches the Chief’s men came out hard after the break picking up three quick wickets to leave the brethren on 100-5. Enter the classicist Shales (111*) to steady the ship with a mixture of doughty defence, swashbuckling counter attack and the occasional amo, amos, amat. Ably supported by Reynolds (77) , the B.B. side dragged themselves back into the hunt and with 3 overs to go faced the straight forward prospect of needing 8 runs with 3 wickets remaining. Time for some heroics from new ball pair Richardson and the baby faced assassin Pollington, who dealt a mixture of Yorkers and two wicket taking balls to leave the BB side needing 2 runs to win from the final over with one wicket standing. Cornwallis at the crease. The field set tight, Pollington roaring in, ice coursing through his veins. Ball by ball:

Ball 1- Shales on 110, squirts a single, bringing the scores level.
Ball 2 - Corny facing - dot
Ball 3 - Corny- dot; but still in control! 
Ball 4 - Corny - dot;  pressure building
Ball 5 - Corny - dot; crikey. The tie is on! Is Corny going to bottle it??!
Ball 6 - Polly delivers a sharp yorker. Corny nudges to mid on. Boucher swoops, collects and like a Phoenix hurls himself horizontal at the stumps, beating Corny by 12 inches, leaving BB 250-9 and securing a famous and unlikely scores level draw in the club match. 

A match of ebb and flow, played in the finest spirit of B.B. 

friendly Band of Brothers v Band of Brothers BB Chief's XI
Sunday, May 20 2018 (11:54) at Torry Hill
Drawn
Band of Brothers BB Chief's XI won toss and decided to bat
Band of Brothers BB Chief's XI
Pollington TAc Regan BMHb Berger EB90
Pyke MJAb Cornwallis FAWM The Hon11
Boucher TRCb Cornwallis FAWM The Hon0
Mavor AJRc Regan BMHb Cornwallis FAWM The Hon0
Ratcliffe OJKlbwb Norwood Hill AG6
Schilder MDc Reynolds ORb Baird AJI57
Henderson JMc and bCornwallis FAWM The Hon16
Bax WR*lbwb Cornwallis FAWM The Hon8
Richardson PBc Reynolds ORb Regan BMH28
Calvocoressi CJc Regan BMHb Norwood Hill AG0
Holden Craufurd M+not out0
Extrasb21 lb2 w9 nb2 pen034
Total (42.2 overs)250
 
1-182-263-264-585-1626-1847-2008-2499-25010-250
 
BowlerOMRWWdNb
Reynolds OR6.022300 (0)0 (0)
Cornwallis FAWM The Hon8.032950 (0)0 (0)
Norwood Hill AG5.313521 (1)2 (2)
Regan BMH11.024110 (0)0 (0)
Baird AJI4.504311 (2)0 (0)
Deveson MJ5.003201 (1)0 (0)
Berger EB2.002411 (5)0 (0)
 
Band of Brothers
Deveson MJlbwb Richardson PB5
Baird AJIb Richardson PB0
Regan BMHc Richardson PBb Pollington TA43
Shales MJWnot out111
Berger EBb Bax WR0
Gore Tb Pollington TA6
Norwood Hill AGb Pollington TA0
Reynolds ORc Boucher TRCb Richardson PB77
Brown NTb Richardson PB0
Cornwallis FAWM The Hon*run out0
Whyte PJ+
Extrasb1 lb1 w5 nb1 pen08
Total (38.0 overs)250-9
 
1-52-203-844-855-1006-1007-2498-2499-25010-
 
BowlerOMRWWdNb
Calvocoressi CJ5.013701 (1)0 (0)
Richardson PB9.004240 (0)0 (0)
Bax WR6.022810 (0)0 (0)
Pollington TA8.013832 (2)1 (1)
Mavor AJR4.004000 (0)0 (0)
Henderson JM6.006302 (2)0 (0)
 
Weather: Sunny Pitch: Hard
Umpires: B Hulks & J Widgery
Scorers: DJ Gittings & DJ Gittings
 
  

BB V Old Amplefordians

BB V Old Amplefordians – Sunday 6th May at Torry Hill

 

A hopeful BB returned to Torry Hill for the first (playable) match of Season full of vim and vigour, the happy memories of an epic 2017 Season still fresh in the mind. Frustratingly, the swagger and bonhomie soon evaporated, as skipper Brother Norwood Hill, erring on the side of caution repeated the folly of the previous year by inserting the opposition on a wicket looking more than the M20 than a cricket pitch. Once again, it was not the lack of effort that did for this merry band as they toiled away in the field, but the catching - the ever present albatross around our necks in recent years.  7 catches were dropped in the first innings as Old Amplefordians applied themselves studiously with the bat, amassing another impressive total, declaring on 318-5.

BB v OA's 2018.JPG

 

Despite the horrendous drops, there were some commendable displays of bowling, most notably from young Sam Holden-Craufurd persisting with an efficient line and length, Brother Alex Rice who snaffled one precious wicket as did candidate Rupert Connell who impressed on debut.  It was Brother Alex Cornwallis however who shone brightest, demonstrating that even on a road, appetite and hunger for wickets does eventually pay dividends. A masterful display that decimated the OA’s top order, including a superb caught and bowled, Cornwallis left everything on the field, finishing with figures of 3-90 off 16 overs.

 

Alas, a poor show in the field was followed by an even poorer show with the bat as Brethren searched for some early Season form.   The excellent conditions for batting sadly did not transfer to BB’s innings, slumping to a meagre 103 all out – losing by a considerable margin. Notable innings from again, the imperious all-rounder Brother Alex Cornwallis (27) and Brother Marcus Holden-Craufurd (23) were the only highlights in what was surely not our finest hour. A forgettable result, yes, but as with all BB matches, an unforgettable day at our beloved and magical Torry Hill, with cloudless azure skies and a perfect wicket, catching up with great friends -  unbeatable. As for beating our foe…….bring on 2019!

 

Alex Norwood Hill – Hon Match Secretary  

friendly Band of Brothers v Old Amplefordians
Sunday, May 06 2018 (11:50) at Torry Hill
Old Amplefordians Won By 215 runs
Band of Brothers won toss and decided to field
Old Amplefordians
O Greaves+c Boucher TRCb Cornwallis FAWM The Hon108
Douglas Cb Connell R144
Dalrymple Hc Boucher TRCb Rice AEH39
Barnard Hc and bCornwallis FAWM The Hon1
Marjason Lb Cornwallis FAWM The Hon7
H Ainscoughnot out10
Ainscough J
Pollock R
D Walker
Coysh O
P Faulkner*
Extrasb2 lb1 w3 nb3 pen09
Total (45.4 overs)318-5d
 
1-2502-2683-2714-3025-3186-7-8-9-10-
 
BowlerOMRWWdNb
Cornwallis FAWM The Hon16.019033 (3)0 (0)
Rice AEH10.425010 (0)0 (0)
Norwood Hill AG7.016700 (0)1 (2)
Marriott TH2.002600 (0)0 (0)
Holden-Craufurd S (g)5.005000 (0)0 (0)
Connell R5.003210 (0)1 (1)
 
Band of Brothers
Marriott THc O Greavesb Coysh O1
Boucher TRCb Marjason L2
Ratcliffe OJKlbwb Marjason L5
Connell Rb Ainscough J27
Cornwallis FAWM The Honb Dalrymple H0
Norwood Hill AG*b Dalrymple H11
Gore Tc Unknownb Ainscough J8
Brown NTb Dalrymple H4
Holden-Craufurd S (g)b P Faulkner1
Holden-Craufurd M+not out23
Rice AEHb Barnard H4
Extrasb4 lb1 w11 nb1 pen017
Total (30.4 overs)103
 
1-42-43-294-315-396-597-618-629-6410-103
 
BowlerOMRWWdNb
Marjason L6.012222 (2)0 (0)
Coysh O6.02912 (2)0 (0)
Dalrymple H6.02830 (0)0 (0)
Ainscough J4.002420 (0)0 (0)
P Faulkner2.01110 (0)1 (1)
Pollock R3.01502 (2)0 (0)
D Walker3.002904 (5)0 (0)
Barnard H0.40010 (0)0 (0)
 
Weather: Sunny Pitch: Hard
Umpires: B Hulks & J Widgery
Scorers: DJ Gittings
 
  

BB V Sussex Martlets

Sussex Martlets  - 237 - 6d of 48 overs

BB - 107 all out 

In the final match of an enthralling season, the BB came within a whisker of securing a creditable draw in what can only be described as a peculiar game of cricket against the Sussex Martlets at Belmont.

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IMG_2417.JPG

 

Continuing the season’s go to formula of opting to chase, on winning the toss the Brethren took to the field despite the heat of what was a scorching late August day. The temperature, combined with the lightning nature of the brown outfield was always going to present difficulties for the fielding side, however the pitch was offering plenty of encouragement for the bowlers. With some enforced changes to the XI in the hours before play, there was the unusual sight of Brother Regan sharing the new ball with his acclaimed off spin alongside the pace of Brother Finn Hulbert. The Martlets progressed steadily, well checked by consistent lines and lengths from the opening pair but somewhat aided along the way by lapses of concentration in the field. Regan made the first breakthrough and then proceeded to bowl no fewer than 23 consecutive dot balls to their number three, showing that maybe his future BB career will be as an opening bowler… Only one wicket was taken by lunch but the run rate was under control at around 80/1. 

 

Following the break, Junior Brother Tom Pollington removed the other opener, who had dominated the scoring, for his first senior BB wicket – a reward for a very tidy spell either side of the interval. By this stage, the end of season wicket was beginning to present a few challenges and the Martlets started swinging from the hip, perhaps aware that there would be a ball with their name on it sooner than later. The luxury of hindsight would later show that this was perhaps a tactic that the BB should have employed in their reply. Nevertheless, Brother Hill was thrown the ball and proving that there is no substitute for experience, snaffled a couple of quick wickets to stem the runs and see the Martlets declare at 237/6.

 

Perhaps perturbed by what they had seen in the first innings, the BB approached the new ball with caution and negotiated an excellent Martlets opening burst to see it through to tea for the loss of no wicket. After tea Brother Boucher playing notably fluently for an elegant 42, but wickets fell at the other end. By this stage, batting was no longer allowed without a helmet, and with the run rate escalating, the BB altered course and targeted an honourable draw. Unfortunately for the BB, Lady Luck’s attention was elsewhere which, coupled with some excellent bowling from the returning Martlets’ opening seamer, saw the BB’s resistance end just a few balls from the close. The dream was dead. Long live the dream. 

 

Brother Boris Streatfeild

Band of Brothers v Sussex Martlets
Tuesday, August 29 2017 (11:36) at Belmont House
Sussex Martlets Won By 130 runs
Band of Brothers won toss and decided to field
Sussex Martlets
Jones Cb Regan BMH16
Rollings Hc Bryant A (g)b Pollington TA (B)83
Loveday Mc Davey TWb Hulbert FW21
Cruickshank Jnot out28
Gilligan J+b Davey TW28
Rollings Jb Norwood Hill AG22
Ritchie Sc Hulbert FWb Norwood Hill AG5
Shaw Jnot out8
Shepperson T
Jones L
Burrows J*
Extrasb14 lb11 w1 nb0 pen026
Total (48.0 overs)237-6d
 
1-432-1283-1364-1805-2206-2287-8-9-10-
 
BowlerOMRWWdNb
Hulbert FW17.036510 (0)0 (0)
Regan BMH15.056710 (0)0 (0)
Davey TW9.004711 (1)0 (0)
Pollington TA (B)5.002710 (0)0 (0)
Norwood Hill AG2.00620 (0)0 (0)
 
Band of Brothers
Boucher TRCb Shepperson T42
Bruce WUb Shaw J13
Streatfeild RB*b Shaw J0
Bryant A (g)st Gilligan Jb Shepperson T19
Wilkes-Green JNL+c Rollings Jb Shepperson T2
Davey TWc Gilligan Jb Ritchie S4
Hulbert FWc and bShaw J11
Pollington TA (B)c Shaw Jb Cruickshank J5
Regan BMHnot out2
Brown NTb Shaw J0
Norwood Hill AGb Shaw J0
Extrasb1 lb6 w2 nb0 pen09
Total (40.4 overs)107
 
1-312-353-774-785-816-887-998-1079-10710-107
 
BowlerOMRWWdNb
Shaw J12.461050 (0)0 (0)
Jones L7.012400 (0)0 (0)
Shepperson T9.004530 (0)0 (0)
Burrows J4.001200 (0)0 (0)
Ritchie S4.01912 (2)0 (0)
Cruickshank J2.02010 (0)0 (0)
Rollings J2.02000 (0)0 (0)
 
Weather: sun and very hot Pitch: Green
Umpires: S Chilmaid & B Peay
Scorers: DJ Gittings & none provided
 
  

BB V Linton Park

Linton Park v Band of Brothers
Thursday, August 17 2017 (13:00) at Linton Park
Drawn
Band of Brothers won toss and decided to bat
Band of Brothers
Churchill MJc Harris Mb Thew W114
Williams C (g)c Welsman Lb Castle T11
Newport Anot out109
Davey TWc Castle Tb Harris M41
Jay MG
Regan BMH
Deveson MJ (+)
Holden-Craufurd M (+)+
Holden-Craufurd S (g)
Norwood Hill AG
Cornwallis FAWM The Hon*
Extrasb6 lb4 w7 nb0 pen017
Total (40.5 overs)292-3d
 
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-
 
BowlerOMRWWdNb
Austin J7.003800 (0)0 (0)
Castle T8.004910 (0)0 (0)
Beeney T7.005200 (0)0 (0)
Harris M9.507410 (0)0 (0)
Thew W3.002210 (0)0 (0)
Fermor H5.003200 (0)0 (0)
Harris J1.001500 (0)0 (0)
 
Linton Park
Piper Rc Regan BMHb Churchill MJ43
Thew Wb Cornwallis FAWM The Hon23
Austin B+lbwb Williams C (g)16
Welsman Lb Williams C (g)0
Castle Tc Davey TWb Williams C (g)16
Austin Jnot out58
Beeney Tc Norwood Hill AGb Churchill MJ2
Fermor Hb Churchill MJ0
Harris Mb Cornwallis FAWM The Hon6
Harris J*not out0
Extrasb1 lb0 w22 nb1 pen024
Total (58.0 overs)188-8
 
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-
 
BowlerOMRWWdNb
Regan BMH9.023400 (0)0 (0)
Norwood Hill AG10.023600 (0)0 (0)
Cornwallis FAWM The Hon6.012520 (0)0 (0)
Williams C (g)13.053230 (0)0 (0)
Churchill MJ10.022530 (0)0 (0)
Holden-Craufurd S (g)5.011900 (0)0 (0)
Jay MG2.02000 (0)0 (0)
Davey TW3.001600 (0)0 (0)
 
Weather: not recorded Pitch: not reported
Umpires: Not recorded & Not recorded
Scorers: Not recorded & Not recorded
 
  

BB V I Zingari

I Zingari - 275 off 52 overs

BB - 276 off 37 overs

With BB's unbeaten run for the season at stake against one of our strongest opposition teams, the pressure was on as a fine collection of Brethren gathered at Torry Hill on a glorious August morning to take on I Zingari.



On winning the toss, the skipper had no hesitation in inserting IZ, confident that, despite the excellent batting wicket and quick outfield, his battery of bowlers would be able make inroads and a strong batting line up would be able to chase down any IZ total. The innings got off to a good start for BB with a wicket for Finn Hulbert in his first over, Pedro Whyte snaffling a thin edge down the legside. Thereafter the IZ batsmen proceeded slowly but surely through to the lunch interval, showing due respect to some excellent, probing bowling from Finn, Alex Cornwallis (under the watchful eye of his father at first slip), Ben Regan and Alex Hill. Honours were even at lunch with IZ on 140-2.

Energised by some excellent crumble during the break, BB then launched into an irresistible wave of attacking cricket leading to the fall of 6 wickets for the addition of only 80 odd runs, leaving IZ precariously positioned at 226-8 with only ten men. Destroyer in chief was Finn Hulbert with some unplayable, fast yorkers and clever changes of pace which proved too much for the IZ middle order and resulted in a very well deserved five wicket haul. He then added to this with an outrageous grab at close mid-wicket, holding on to a full-blooded pull shot off the bowling of Alex Cornwallis after the ball had gone past him! The last two IZ batsmen then battled well to add a good partnership of 50 runs to set a challenging target of 275, scored from 52 overs.


In spite of the limited time left, BB set about the chase in confident fashion with 50 on the board at tea for the loss of only one wicket, Tim Kimber falling early to some extra bounce causing him to sky an attempted pull shot. The skipper and guest Matt Simpson were able to repel the challenging open attack with a mixture of luck and well-timed attacking shots.

The BB innings then creaked worryingly after tea as the skipper was bowled to the first ball of the final session and Will Bruce and Finn Hulbert fell to well-taken catches in the ring. With the top order back in the hutch for 118-4 and BB well into their allotted final 20 overs, prospects did not look good and there was talk on the boundary of shutting up shop to preserve the unbeaten run. Such tactics did not make it as far as the middle though as Alex Hill turned the game with a merciless attack, carving the IZ bowling to all corners of Torry Hill, ably supported by Matt Simpson, so that BB then found itself in the midst of another nail-biting run chase. Matt and Alex were both superb in keeping cool heads as they put on a hugely entertaining 150 partnership so that the chase was completed with an over to spare, Matt deservedly reaching his century and Alex falling just short of seeing BB home, top edging an attempted sweep for 66.

It had been a fantastic day's cricket, enjoyed by both sides with all three results possible at one stage. And so the BB juggernaut rolls on...!

BB V Free Foresters

Free Foresters - 201 off 48.4

BB - 205 for 7 off 38.1

"Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe”  Gail Devers, 100 Meters double Olympic champion

What a difference a week makes. A new surface at Torry Hill, no overnight rain and the cover firmly in place and as the coin landed, Free Foresters skipper Askew had no hesitation in reaching for the long wave radio and sending his noble side into bat.

BB took to the field with Hulbert & Meredith bowling the kind of lines only Cornish fisherman can be proud of. The catching practice that commenced for those in the slip cordon went from the sublime from Regan in the gully to the ridiculous as five chances went down in the first half hour. Hulbert forced to take total ownership, knocking out Kings off-stump for 50 after four catches had been put down.

Enter The Hon Cornwallis & Brother Regan stage left. The BB were clinical in the afternoon session, reducing the Free Foresters to 201 all out, having been sitting pretty at 116-4 at the break. Excellent bowling, fielding and catching capped off by a diving Wilkes-Green in the deep. It was an awesome display.

Boucher, fresh from a resignation and a long awaited return to the Kentish Countryside, was a delight to watch as he pieced together surely what was to be a match winning knock against a strong new ball duo from the Foresters. But a middle order collapse left the BB 135 for 6 with 12 overs left to play in the evening session. 

Words, let alone text, cannot begin to describe what happened next. Peter Hale, only 24 hours from his call up, strode out to face a spin attack that had put paid to the middle order. 22 balls later and the match was over. Clinical, one day striking that made Torry Hill look like the village green, Hale left the scene of the crime with 54 to his name and the BB winning by 3 wickets. 

As Devers said, all things are possible for those who believe. 

Hale believed. 

The dream is alive. 

friendly Band of Brothers v Free Foresters
Sunday, August 06 2017 (11:40) at Torry Hill
Band of Brothers Won By 3 wickets
Free Foresters won toss and decided to bat
Free Foresters
Kings Jb Hulbert FW50
Eadon T+c Regan BMHb Hulbert FW5
Atkinson Tb Hulbert FW0
Northgate-Green Sc and bCornwallis FAWM The Hon33
Oduwole Bst Hale P (g)b Regan BMH49
Barker Lc Wilkes-Green JJb Regan BMH19
Turk Pb Regan BMH2
Peters Tc Unknownb Regan BMH0
Ireland Jc Meredith WCOb Hulbert FW31
Smith Dc Hale P (g)b Cornwallis FAWM The Hon9
Askew T*not out0
Extrasb0 lb1 w2 nb0 pen03
Total (48.4 overs)201
 
1-132-193-704-1115-1566-1607-1608-1629-19610-201
 
BowlerOMRWWdNb
Hulbert FW13.423940 (0)0 (0)
Meredith WCO8.004700 (0)0 (0)
Cornwallis FAWM The Hon16.036522 (2)0 (0)
Regan BMH11.014940 (0)0 (0)
 
Band of Brothers
Schilder SJb Peters T13
Boucher TRClbwb Kings J64
Ratcliffe T (g)b Peters T4
Wilkes-Green JNLc Eadon Tb Turk P8
Wilkes-Green JJc Kings Jb Turk P22
Bruce WU*c and bTurk P10
Hulbert FWnot out24
Hale P (g)+st Eadon Tb Turk P54
Regan BMHnot out0
Meredith WCO
Cornwallis FAWM The Hon
Extrasb4 lb0 w1 nb1 pen06
Total (38.1 overs)205-7
 
1-172-333-704-1065-1216-1357-2018-9-10-
 
BowlerOMRWWdNb
Smith D8.112801 (1)0 (0)
Peters T6.012520 (0)0 (0)
Turk P13.007340 (0)0 (0)
Ireland J7.013600 (0)0 (0)
Kings J4.013910 (0)1 (1)
 
Weather: Sunny Pitch: Hard
Umpires: B Hulks & G Jackson
Scorers: DJ Gittings & none provided
 
  

BB V Bluemantle's

Bluemantle's v Band of Brothers
Monday, July 31 2017 (11:01) at The Nevill
Band of Brothers Won By 208 runs
Bluemantle's won toss and decided to field
Band of Brothers
Baldwin J (g)c Hobden Cb Ogden T10
Cornwallis FAWM The Honc James Ab Ogden T6
Hulbert FWc James Ab Hobden C19
Smallwood JJCb Hobden C62
Davey TW+not out101
Regan BMHb Elliott E26
Richardson PBc Elliott Nb Ogden T15
Hulbert FTnot out33
Collingwood RC (+)
Maclean C (+)
Churchill MJ*
Extrasb6 lb1 w19 nb4 pen030
Total (45.3 overs)302-6d
 
1-112-313-764-1305-1996-2217-8-9-10-
 
BowlerOMRWWdNb
Elliott E9.004712 (2)0 (0)
Ogden T10.007534 (10)2 (2)
Soucek Q6.002902 (2)0 (0)
Hobden C10.307221 (1)0 (0)
Ferguson T4.003401 (1)0 (0)
MacDonald A2.00700 (0)0 (0)
Braxton N2.001101 (3)2 (2)
Elliott N2.002000 (0)0 (0)
 
Bluemantle's
James A+run out (Cornwallis FAWM The Hon)30
Elliott Nb Richardson PB4
Soucek Qc Davey TWb Hulbert FT0
MacDonald Ac Smallwood JJCb Richardson PB11
Braxton Cb Richardson PB0
Hobden Cb Collingwood RC (+)17
Ferguson Tb Hulbert FW19
Ledson Jb Baldwin J (g)0
Ogden T*b Maclean C (+)0
Elliott Enot out4
Braxton Nc Regan BMHb Maclean C (+)3
Extrasb0 lb3 w3 nb0 pen06
Total (34.3 overs)94
 
1-162-223-334-335-586-827-868-879-8710-94
 
BowlerOMRWWdNb
Richardson PB7.031931 (3)0 (0)
Hulbert FT6.011110 (0)0 (0)
Smallwood JJC1.00100 (0)0 (0)
Collingwood RC (+)8.032210 (0)0 (0)
Maclean C (+)8.332720 (0)0 (0)
Hulbert FW3.02410 (0)0 (0)
Baldwin J (g)1.00710 (0)0 (0)
 
Weather: Showers Pitch: Green
Umpires: S Chilmaid & I Fraser
Scorers: DJ Gittings & DJ Gittings
 
  

BB V Shepway Stragglers

Shepway Stragglers - 279 for 7 d off 48 overs

BB - 221 for 7 off 42 overs

Match Drawn

A Shepway Stragglers side arrived suited, booted and clearly excitable about the prospect of being included in the Band of Brothers fixture list for the first time in decades but for many it was a return to the inter BB game from earlier in the Summer with over 80% of players taking the field found in the 2017 Mystery. A glorious sight reminding the Club of the strength and depth of cricketing ability we have.

 

BB won the toss on a breezy Sunday morning after a weekend spent cowering from deluges of rain. No bad thing, especially when the hover cover at Torry Hill had been blown off overnight. BB took to the field with plenty of wind in their sails. Excitement was to be short lived….with the exception of Hulbert, the BB attack lacked penetration on an uncovered wicket that a certain Geoffrey Boycott (OBE) would have still ‘bahtted' first on. 48 long overs later after a delayed start the declaration came at 3.45pm setting BB 280 to win. Hulbert the pick of the bowlers with 16 overs 1 for 68.

 

With Kimber LBW in the first over, fresh from a Saturday night to be forgotten, the BB where staring down the barrel of a rapidly drying, uneven surface that was beginning to turn. Pask cemented the innings with a strong 70, supported by Bruce before the second studio album title by British rock band Coldplay forced the skipper to run past one and head for the pavilion. With Pask falling and Regan & Burge departing courtesy of two run-outs it was left to Brother of the Match Hulbert to steady the ship. BB closing on 221 for 7, with not out Norwood Hill left wondering what a sporting declaration, an eleventh Brother and luck being on BB side might have done for the W column of the 2017 campaign.

friendly Band of Brothers v Shepway Stragglers
Sunday, July 30 2017 (11:36) at Torry Hill
Drawn
Band of Brothers won toss and decided to field
Shepway Stragglers
Smallwood AJC+lbwb Burge KDS (g)39
Boyd Moss JLc (sub)b McClean C (g)79
Smallwood JJCc Kimber TR (+)b Patel CS (g)53
Simpson BTMPlbwb Patel CS (g)19
Baker White WGJc Kimber TR (+)b Hulbert FW17
Allport TBb Regan BMH18
MacLeod RWDst Kimber TR (+)b Regan BMH23
Snape HDMnot out8
Mitchell PMB*not out16
Snape TGW
Tapp WRN
Extrasb1 lb3 w2 nb1 pen07
Total (48.0 overs)279-7d
 
1-992-1523-1894-2125-2146-2497-2628-9-10-
 
BowlerOMRWWdNb
Hulbert FW16.036810 (0)0 (0)
Patel CS (g)16.018321 (1)0 (0)
Pask AT (+)5.003501 (1)0 (0)
Norwood Hill AG4.003700 (0)0 (0)
Burge KDS (g)3.012010 (0)1 (1)
McClean C (g)2.001410 (0)0 (0)
Regan BMH2.001820 (0)0 (0)
 
Band of Brothers
Kimber TR (+)+lbwb Snape HDM0
Bruce WU*st Smallwood AJCb Mitchell PMB37
Pask AT (+)c Smallwood AJCb Tapp WRN70
Burge KDS (g)run out (Allport TB)0
Patel CS (g)c and bAllport TB19
Regan BMHrun out22
McClean C (g)c and bMacLeod RWD10
Hulbert FWnot out44
Norwood Hill AGnot out0
Brown EWH
Extrasb8 lb1 w6 nb4 pen019
Total (42.0 overs)221-7
 
1-12-663-744-1395-1556-1657-2108-9-10-
 
BowlerOMRWWdNb
Snape HDM11.004211 (1)4 (4)
Snape TGW4.002404 (4)0 (0)
Mitchell PMB11.024611 (1)0 (0)
Allport TB8.005110 (0)0 (0)
Tapp WRN5.003410 (0)0 (0)
MacLeod RWD3.011510 (0)0 (0)
 
Weather: Sunny Pitch: Hard
Umpires: J Widgery & n provided (EVER!)
Scorers: DJ Gittings & N Tapp
 
  

BB V Belmont House Trustees XI

BB - 205-9 (39.5 overs)

Belmont House Trustees XI - 110  (24 overs) 

BB arrived at Belmont House well aware that the Brethren were undefeated this year. I am pleased to report that the run continued, thanks to a 95-run victory.

 

As always with this fixture, the match ebbed and flowed. Having been put in, BB began strongly in warm conditions; Simon Schilder, who had flown in from Jersey especially, opened the innings with a fine 46, ably supported by Brothers Cornwallis (17), Jay (32 – off the mark with a straight six) and candidate Oscar Ratcliffe (38).

 

But a BB batting slump after lunch - collapsing from 124 for 2 to 204 all out – suggested they had enjoyed the coronation chicken, chocolate gateaux and wine a little too much. That said, there were signs of quality from guests Ted Ratcliffe and Zac Hassan, who we hope to see more of in the future.

 

Various BB members were receiving updates at Lord’s, while watching England demolish South Africa, and nervously waited for news of the Trustees’ reply. Early wickets were needed and Alex Cornwallis duly delivered, striking twice before tea. 

 

Guest Charlie Hamilton provided good support at the other end, bowling up the slope, but skipper Alex Rice made the next breakthrough, having Neaves caught at slip by Schilder, who reacted well to a parry from keeper Matt Jay.

 

Sensing that luck was on his side, Rice bowled with increasing confidence and proceeded to record his best-ever BB figures of 6 for 25. Carl Reading chipped in with a valuable lbw, Hamilton took a fine catch in the deep to get rid of the Trustees’ top-scorer N. George, and victory was completed by a sharp run out from Hassan. Having been 67 for 3, the Trustees were dismissed for just 110.

 

So #thedreamisstillalive but just as importantly it was a tremendous day’s cricket and lived up to its billing as one of the friendliest fixtures of the season. Special thanks to the Trustees’ match manager, Henry Birch, not only for the wonderful hospitality but also for stepping in to represent BB at the last minute. We hope his winning debut didn’t disappoint him too much.

 

friendly Belmont House Trustees XI v Band of Brothers
Sunday, July 09 2017 (11:30) at Belmont House
Band of Brothers Won By 95 runs
Belmont House Trustees XI won toss and decided to field
Band of Brothers
Schilder SJlbwb Ahmed S46
Cornwallis FAWM The Honb Morris L17
Jay MG+c O'Connor Pb Ahmed S32
Ratcliffe OJK (+)b Morris L38
Reading CHlbwb Boshier G2
Ratcliffe T (g)b Hill T10
Hassan Z (g)c George Nb Hill T10
Rice AEH*c George Nb Morris L7
Hamilton C (g)not out1
Birch H (g)b Morris L0
Extrasb24 lb2 w16 nb0 pen042
Total (39.5 overs)205-9
 
1-322-1033-1244-1375-1526-1727-2048-2059-20510-
 
BowlerOMRWWdNb
Morris L6.505041 (1)0 (0)
Hills C11.023402 (2)0 (0)
Ahmed S7.003625 (9)0 (0)
Hill T10.023621 (2)0 (0)
Boshier G5.002311 (2)0 (0)
 
Belmont House Trustees XI
Ahmed Sc Ratcliffe T (g)b Cornwallis FAWM The Hon4
George N+c Hamilton C (g)b Rice AEH43
Boshier Rlbwb Cornwallis FAWM The Hon0
Neaves Jc Schilder SJb Rice AEH0
Morris Lb Rice AEH20
Harrison Slbwb Reading CH0
O'Connor Pc Cornwallis FAWM The Honb Rice AEH0
Wright Ac Schilder SJb Rice AEH0
Hill Trun out23
Hills Cb Rice AEH4
Boshier G*not out0
Extrasb4 lb0 w10 nb2 pen016
Total (24.3 overs)110
 
1-152-163-224-675-726-777-778-899-9910-110
 
BowlerOMRWWdNb
Cornwallis FAWM The Hon4.001125 (5)0 (0)
Hamilton C (g)4.302102 (2)0 (0)
Rice AEH9.012560 (0)0 (0)
Hassan Z (g)3.003102 (3)1 (1)
Reading CH4.001810 (0)1 (1)
 
Weather: Sunny Pitch: Hard
 
  

BB V The King's School Canterbury

The School - 97 - All out

BB - 98 for 2 off 15 overs 

The BB completed a resounding victory over a weak King’s Canterbury to #keepthedreamalive winning by 8 wickets half way through the afternoon session.

 

Will Montgomery did a sterling job as proxy skipper by winning the toss and inserting the school. Ollie Mann and Piers Richardson shared the new ball and caused immediate damage with Mann picking up a wicket in the first over. Richardson then went to work on the top order reducing King’s to 24-5 with a probing line forcing a callow batting line up into a series of intermediate shots. Richardson was cruelly hauled out of the attack with figures of 5-3-5-4 to be replaced by Hector Raw who deserves special mention for the 12 hour drive from Scotland in order to make the fixture. He duly picked up an early scalp and was unlucky not to take a second due to an (un)characteristic drop from Ben Regan. This one aberration aside, the fielding with particularly sharp with nine catches being held close to the bat. Olly Reynolds chimed in with a well-deserved wicket before a stubborn 7th wicket partnership was broken by Finn Hulbert’s off breaks. Regan then finished off the tail with two wickets in three balls as King’s were dismissed on the stroke of lunch for 97.

 

The BB went about chasing the total with the experienced Marcus Pyke and Tim Kimber both of whom wasted little time in seeing themselves in. They were dismissed for 33 and 27 respectively to two sharp catches before Oli Tikare and Hulbert completed the job in dismissive fashion as BB reached the target in just 15 overs. All in all this was a vintage BB performance celebrated over a couple of afternoon ales at Ye Olde Beverlie.

BB V Provender CC

Glorious sunshine and a stunning ground greeting the BB as they sought to continue the club’s good 2017 form against Provender CC. The late arrival of the skipper meant that there was no time to discuss tactics with his team before going to the middle for the coin toss. A bit of moisture in the wicket meant the correct cricketing decision was to bowl first, which was duly elected. This proved an unpopular choice amongst his team mates who were looking forwards to tucking into the open bar early, with Brother Richardson leading the calls for a mutiny. As if to prove a point the BB’s premier opening bowler floated down two full tosses in his opening over to give Provender a strong start, both being struck to the boundary. Brother Meredith started from the other end and his bad luck for 2017 continued as he bowled an excellent line and length but the slow nature of the wicket preventing him for being as penetrative as one would expect. Richardson responded well from his first over by striking the first blow in his second, removing an inform looking right hander with an excellent in-ducking Yorker.

Meredith continued his miserly form, giving little away and Richardson continued to beat the outside edge of the number three but the incredibly slow nature of the pitch prompted a change of tactic as pace was taken off the ball. Candidate Collingwood bowled a tight spell but it was Brother Churchill who bowled the standout spell of spin bowling for the Brethren this season. Varying his pace and bounce to claim an unprecedented 5 victims at regular intervals; bowling two, claiming two caught behind the wicket and deceiving another in the flight for a catch in the ring. He was well supported by Brother Mclean, in his first game as a full member, who overcame a difficult start at the hands of Brother Will Hilton, playing for the opposition, who scored an excellent 53. Mclean, using the slope well, claimed 3 victims, notably Hilton to an excellent catch from Brother Churchill, diving full length at mid-off and bowling a Muralitharan-esque off break to bowl a right hander middle stump whilst attempting a cut shot. At lunch the BB had Provender reeling at 146-9 through some excellent bowling and supported by the best BB fielding display of the season. This was led by Candidate Ratcliffe, who saved around a dozen runs with some excellent ground fielding and sharp catching in the slips from Brother Traill. A usual excellent spread followed with Richardson’s earlier strop punished by being given the bowl immediately after lunch. In typical style he shrugged this off to claim the last wicket, fittingly another excellent diving catch from Churchill, to dismiss Provender for 158.

 

The BB chase began excellently with Junior BB Moen and Candidate Kimber scoring regular boundaries against the Provender pace attack, passing 50 in the 9th over. A change of tactic from the opposition, bringing on a pair of off-spinners, one who exploited the pitch superbly, extracting sharp turn and bounce. He accounted for Kimber, out caught on the mid-wicket boundary for 34 and Brother Traill in quick succession to put the brakes on BB chase. However Moen showed he has a bright future by striking a classy 50, full of flicks off his legs and a couple of towering 6s. Brother Boucher, playing his first game of the season, soaked up a lot of pressure, using his stride to nullify the off spinner and took the BB to 97-2 before he was undone by a good slower ball to be caught and bowled. This sparked a fast collapse as Ratcliffe was undone by the flight of the off-spinner, Moen fell to a splendid boundary catch for 54 and Brother Mclean to a bat-pad catch at silly point to leave the BB 105-6 at Tea and the remaining 54 runs required seeming a distant target. At tea the skipper attempted to limit the tails alcohol consumption, a request that was promptly ignored but thankfully Collingwood and Churchill played an excellent partnership after tea to take the wind from Provender’s sails, Collingwood surviving an excellent 35 deliveries on a slow and difficult deck before falling to a boundary catch to leave the BB requiring only 30 to win. The skipper, Brother Regan, joined Churchill but was only required to play a supporting role. Churchill, as if 5 wickets and two stunning catches were not enough for him, scored 32 not out off 72 balls to see the Brethren home with 3 wickets to spare.

All in all a thoroughly successful day, our thanks go to Provender CC and most particularly Graeme Smith, our host, whose generosity in welcoming us to his spectacular ground is much appreciated. Keep the dream alive.