BB V Sutton Valence School

Another wonderful scene at Sutton Valence for the annual fixture against the school with the pitch looking flat and more importantly 3 of the match day XI running late the toss was won and the decision was made to bat; despite the overcast conditions.

Brothers Maurice and Humphrey took to the crease to find some rather nippy openers waiting for them. They both did well and took the shine off the ball until Brother Humphrey fell to the younger and quicker of the two brothers. Our No. 3, Brother Regan, was still nowhere in sight so an unceremonious promotion up the order for Meredith Senior was made. The partnership of Maurice and Meredith was short lived as the former middled a late cut, rather unluckily, straight to point; enter the tardy Regan on 13-2.

With this new partnership, the runs began to come a little more freely and the innings began to take shap. Regan moved swiftly onto 20 and Meredith hit the first six of the innings after a slow start leaving the fielding side beginning to look a little dejected. Their mood was further hampered by an incident whereby Brother Regan returned a blistering drive to the bowler (accidentally it must be said) resulting in play being suspended for some time whilst the bowler was tended to. Fortunately the bowler took most of the pace off the ball with his hand however this left a nasty graze on his chin and a rather dented thumb meaning the blows were too much to stay on - we do hope it is nothing serious! Despite this loss of their 1st change bowler and runs coming freely, the home team were rewarded some compensation in form of a dodgy call for a quick single from Meredith. This left Regan treading water and with a direct hit he was removed from the crease at 59-3. With the partnership broken the wickets began to tumble from there on in. Guest Morse earned himself a 4 ball duck against the leg spinner, followed by Meredith Senior, Richardson and Meredith Junior falling to the same bowler in the space of 3 overs reducing The BB to a teetering 86-7.

Enter Brethren Hulbert and Collingwood. From the side-lines they looked to be batting on and a against a completely different pitch and opposition. Finn struck a huge six over midwicket and in no time had brought up his 50. Reuben at the other end was looking just as comfortable, reaching his 50 with comparable ease. At 86-7 BB were in big trouble, however with some reverse sweeps, crisp hooks and a couple drops we were soon back in a commanding position on 215-7. Rueben fell on 62 leaving Finn at the other end in the nervous-nineties and ending a desperately needed partnership of 129. Another quick wicket of Luke Cross and our No. 11 Calvo was in the thick of it.

With those in the pavilion assuming Calvo would play it safe so Finn can get his hundred, we couldn’t have been more wrong. He struck 3 fours (one of which was a reverse pull) off his first 4 balls, however Finn eventually got the strike back and completed a much needed ton just in time, as Calvo was out shortly after. This gave the talented leg spinner his well-deserved 5-wicket-haul (perhaps a member for the future?) and ending the BB innings on a competitive score of 264 all out.

The 2nd innings was kicked off by Brethren Richardson and Meredith Junior taking the new ball as SV began their chase. First ball to the No. 2 bat and Piers had him caught behind, comfortably taken by Oli Humphrey; the scoreboard read 1-1. With the openers tails up and both bowlers beating the bat regularly we were sure to have another wicket soon; sadly this was not the case. The next wicket came at 52 runs, shortly after tea with a bit of leg spin of our own in the form of Luke Cross. Another 3 quick wickets fell soon after from the tidy bowling of Reuben (claiming 2) to remove the remaining opener and with Luke taking the other wicket with an excellent stumping from Brother Humphrey leaving the scoreboard at 70-4.

Our guest, Mr Morse was thrown the ball and in his first over took a wicket in what was another inspirational bowling change. The catch was taken superbly by Brother Calvocoressi at gully, one handed at that!

The next three wickets were taken in quick succession by Regan, Collingwood and Hulbert leaving the opposition on 117-8 with the BB only requiring one more wicket (as the bowler who was retired from the first innings was unable to return to the field), the end was surely nigh. Think again. A regulation dolly, dropped by the Skipper (who shall remain nameless) fielding at short mid-off. Could that be the game?

A further 8 overs passed and we were into the final 6 balls of this time game. Regan was thrown the ball and given orders that under no circumstances could this game end in a draw. He duly obliged and with his first ball their final wicket was sent packing being caught leg-before.

Despite this last minute plot twist, the game was won and we inflicted our revenge on SV from last year’s loss and the BB dream is very much still alive.

I’d like to thank all that were able to play and Sutton Valence School for their generosity and hospitality as always. Hopefully the exhibition of talent and sheer determination to win will bring with it a new band of brother once they complete their education at Sutton Valence.

The School Sutton Valence v Band of Brothers
Sunday, June 25 2017 (11:32) at Sutton Valence
Band of Brothers Won By 93 runs
Band of Brothers won toss and decided to bat
Band of Brothers
Maurice AMc Edwards Wb Aiken E6
Humphrey OHW+b Aiken T0
Meredith HJR*b Roy-Mukherjee R39
Regan BMHrun out (Aiken E)20
Morse D (g)lbwb Roy-Mukherjee R0
Hulbert FWnot out103
Richardson PBb Roy-Mukherjee R1
Meredith WCOb Roy-Mukherjee R0
Collingwood RC (+)c Drewe Jb Aiken E62
Cross LR (+)b Aiken E0
Calvocoressi CJc Aiken Eb Roy-Mukherjee R20
Extrasb2 lb3 w8 nb0 pen013
Total (49.2 overs)264
Aiken E12.025132 (7)0 (0)
Aiken T9.023911 (1)0 (0)
Webb M2.00900 (0)0 (0)
Roy-Mukherjee R14.219650 (0)0 (0)
Edwards W11.005400 (0)0 (0)
Bevan-Thomas J1.001000 (0)0 (0)
The School Sutton Valence
Roy-Mukherjee Rc Maurice AMb Collingwood RC (+)31
Aucamp Jc Humphrey OHWb Richardson PB0
Bevan-Thomas J*c Hulbert FWb Cross LR (+)23
Drewe J+st Humphrey OHWb Cross LR (+)14
Law Mc Regan BMHb Collingwood RC (+)9
Loxton-Barnard Hc Calvocoressi CJb Morse D (g)2
Edwards Wb Regan BMH1
Lazarides Tnot out40
Aiken Tc Collingwood RC (+)b Hulbert FW16
Aiken Elbwb Regan BMH21
Webb M
Extrasb4 lb4 w5 nb1 pen014
Total (39.1 overs)171-9
Richardson PB6.011510 (0)0 (0)
Meredith WCO5.012400 (0)0 (0)
Cross LR (+)6.003521 (1)0 (0)
Collingwood RC (+)6.011820 (0)0 (0)
Regan BMH5.102720 (0)1 (1)
Morse D (g)3.001110 (0)0 (0)
Calvocoressi CJ2.001403 (3)0 (0)
Hulbert FW5.001911 (1)0 (0)
Meredith HJR1.01000 (0)0 (0)
Weather: Sunny Pitch: Hard
Umpires: B Hulks & P Higgins
Scorers: DJ Gittings & D Hammond