BB vs Belmont Trustees, Belmont House

BB - 172 - 8 d

Belmont 147 - 8 (all out)


Having come within a wicket of victory against the Trustees last year, the Band of Brothers pulled off a 25 run win in a match that ebbed and flowed throughout the day. It was a spirited showing from BB, given that opening bowler Piers Richardson had pulled out the day before with a dislocated shoulder. In his place stepped eight-year-old James Schilder, who had turned up in his replica England kit to watch his Dad, Matthew. More of that later, but we believe James must be the youngest-ever player to grace a BB side.


Alex Rice won the toss for BB and elected to bat on a very warm July day. Tom Boucher and Ted Ratcliffe (brother of candidate Oscar) began assuredly against a very good opening attack - until Brother Boucher was out to a stunning, unorthodox catch at mid off; Belmont's Berry dived to his left and somehow caught the ball with his right hand, inches above the ground. When the Ratcliffe brothers went in quick succession soon after, BB suddenly found themselves 18 for 3.


Matt Jay and Matthew Schilder steadied the BB ship with some disciplined batting and when Brother Jay was given out caught behind (unluckily, it seems) Paddy Patrick continued the revival. Brothers Schilder and Patrick put on 88 together either side of lunch in a match-winning partnership, with Matthew mixing solid defence with some big hitting on his way to 66.


It was Matthew's young son, James, who really provided the innings highlight though - coming into bat at number 10. Belmont House Trustees, to their great credit, were very happy to give eight-year James the opportunity and opening bowler Annand Cul bowled him five slow but straight deliveries. James played them perfectly and took a single off the last ball, to great cheers from those watching. BB then declared, giving the Trustees around 36 overs to chase 173 for victory.


Olly Robinson, bowling a very fast opening spell before tea, claimed an early breakthrough when he found an edge which flew to Alex Rice at 4th/5th slip. But Brother Robinson tweaked a muscle in his back a few overs later, and the Trustees - Cusworth in particular - played some classy shots to move to 69 for 1. Carl Reading, bowling just as menacing a spell as he had last season, grabbed a much-needed second wicket at this point but when the Trustees were 133 for 3, they were the Bookies' favourites.


The key wicket then arrived courtesy of Tom Boucher, who bowled Cusworth for 77. BB didn't look back. Paddy Patrick, who bowled an admirable 10 over spell uphill and into the wind, had the dangerous Thorneycroft caught at mid-off and the wickets continued to tumble. James Schilder showed that he is just as exciting a prospect with the ball by bowling a very tight over, and it was the captain, Brother Rice, who clinched victory by clean bowling Vinson and Boshier.


The Trustees were left to rue the absence of one of their players who, it emerged, had enjoyed himself a little too much at the Whitstable Oyster Festival the night before and failed to recover in time. But a win is a win, and we thank the Trustees for a most enjoyable match as well as a wonderful lunch and tea.

Friendly Belmont House Trustees v Band of Brothers
Sunday, July 24 2016 (11:51) at Belmont House
Band of Brothers Won By 25 runs
Band of Brothers won toss and decided to bat
Band of Brothers
Boucher TRCc Berry Tb Thorneycroft J6
Ratcliffe T (g)lbwb Annand Cul6
Radcliffe O (+)c Berry Tb Thorneycroft J0
Schilder MDc Vinson Hb Boschier G66
Jay MG+c Cusworth Rb Thorneycroft J16
Patrick Pc Cusworth Rb Annand Cul31
Reading CHst Cusworth Rb Berry T13
Rice AEH*not out10
Robinson OHBb Annand Cul6
Schilder JM (g)not out1
Extrasb9 lb2 w2 nb4 pen017
Total (38.0 overs)172-8d
Thorneycroft J11.013131 (1)1 (1)
Annand Cul13.052930 (0)0 (0)
Berry T8.023310 (0)1 (1)
Boschier G6.006811 (1)2 (2)
Belmont House Trustees
Berry Tc Rice AEHb Robinson OHB5
Cusworth R+b Boucher TRC77
Annand Culc Jay MGb Reading CH14
Boschier G*lbwb Boucher TRC6
Thorneycroft Jc Boucher TRCb Patrick P8
Smith Jb Schilder MD0
Vinson Hb Rice AEH4
Boshier Sb Rice AEH4
Birch Hnot out1
Extrasb10 lb2 w12 nb4 pen028
Total (32.0 overs)147-8
Robinson OHB6.022310 (0)1 (1)
Rice AEH6.011420 (0)0 (0)
Patrick P10.005917 (7)1 (1)
Reading CH4.011211 (1)0 (0)
Boucher TRC3.002024 (4)2 (2)
Schilder MD2.01310 (0)0 (0)
Schilder JM (g)1.00400 (0)0 (0)
Weather: Hot Pitch: Hard
Umpires: J Widgery & NoneProvided
Scorers: DJ Gittings & NoneProvided