Junior BB - 130 - 9 - 20 overs
BB - 131 - 7 - 16 overs
BB WIN with 3.4 overs to spare
The day kicked off with an astonishing squad of 12 players strong despite the utter panic that set in with the match manager requiring 3 players with just 24 hours to go before the toss. Given our position, Mark Pettman, who sourced 3 of the final XI, stepped down from the starting XI to prevent himself from being torn between his true BB colours and his managerial post for the Junior BB.
Thankfully all XI arrived promptly accompanied by the stand in scorer David Meredith. Then with the toss being lost to the Junior BB’s skipper electing to bat first, the first innings was off. And off to a flyer it was, with balls finding their way to the boundary more frequently than seemed reasonable, additionally salt was rubbed in the wounds when a ball, off a tidy Will Meredith over, was dropped giving the Junior’s a let off to continue their destructive ways, certainly no respect for your elders evident here!
With the opening pair on 80-0 off 9.5 overs the game was beginning to slip from the BB’s grasp, however a timely wicket from Monty allowed for some control back to the BB. With 4 more wickets following swiftly, by way of a brace from a revived Cornwallis and a further two for Monty, the favour of the game quickly swung into BB's favour, as it so often can during these T20 instalments.
The Junior BB’s tail exposed, pace was injected back into the innings through the Meredith brothers and Finn Hulbert, with the elder of the brothers picking up two wickets and Finn getting one through a regulation catch behind from the guest wicket-keeper Mr Biggs, whom managed to get a crafty run out on the last delivery of the innings.
The interval saw the Junior BB post 130-9 from their 20 overs which was a competitive total, especially with the knowledge of the depth in their bowling coupled with weather systems that can only be described as bipolar at best.
With both teams revitalised through their preferred brand of refreshments the second innings was ready to start. Jono and Oscar Ratcliffe opened the batting, smashing ten from the first over, a promising start. However this was short lived and from there we saw Jono clothing one to point which was met with the biggest send-off of the day due to the abundance of current Tonbridge students present in the opposition. This wicket was then followed by 6 more falling at regular intervals over 7 overs, leaving the BB in somewhat of a predicament although our run rate was still healthy. Messers Biggs (38*) and Monty (32*) seemingly nonplussed, proceeded to carve balls through cover and back over the bowlers heads to produce an unbeaten partnership worth 67. This got us comfortably over the line with 3 wickets and 3.4 overs to spare, finally putting an end the Junior BB's rampant form over this season.
Handshakes, biscuits, cake and photos followed the BB victory until a trip to the Red Lion was undertaken in aid for some post-match analysis and a well deserved beer.
Thank you to all of those who took part in this game, especially to Ollie Balcombe (Junior BB), Jono Arscott and Ted Ratcliffe who all stepped forward with very little notice to help us produce a match winning performance (scorecard and photos attached).
The future of BB cricket is bright indeed
|T20 normal Band of Brothers v Junior BB|
|Thursday, August 04 2016 (15:00) at Belmont House|
|Band of Brothers Won By 4 wickets|
|Junior BB won toss and decided to bat|
|Band of Brothers|
|Weather: not recorded Pitch: not reported|
|Umpires: No Information Provided & No Information Provided|
|Scorers: D Meredith & M Pettman|