Brentham 1st XI vs North London
Brentham: 237-10 off 45overs
North London: 192-8 off 45overs
After two wins from two games Brentham welcomed North London CC on a cloudy overcast day to Meadvale Road. TB managed to lose his third toss in a row as North London decided to put us in and make use of the conditions. Our openening bats Ashwin Kapoor and Tom Brandreth had other ideas and got us to a solid start; and soon we were 50 odd for no loss after 10 overs. However, we weren’t able to capitalise on this start and kept loosing wickets at regular intervals. First Ash managed to york himself after playing some nice crunching drives straight down the wicket, TB again got out fishing and Jaz misjudged their off spinner to get bowled.
Enter Luke Budden aka the “best batsman’s in this league” according to our coach. True to his title Luke played some exquisite shots all around the ground highlighted by his inside out six over extra cover. Unfortunately, we kept on loosing wickets again at regular intervals at the other end and could not accelerate our scoring in the second power play. We finished on 227 all out..
Unlike the previous two games our seamers finally got the conditions they wished for and provided the early break throughs. First Yogi snicking their overseas to Ash and then Matt trapping the other opener in front. Chris Hitchcock making his first team debut then got a run out with a direct hit leaving the oppo 25/3. The seamers however weren’t able to provide further inroads so spin was introduced. As in the previous game Jai and Mehul bowled with great control especially giving the conditions. From the 10th to the 31st over the North London middle order batsmen didn’t score a single boundary and this included five overs of the second power play. Their figures ended up being 18-0-52-4.
With North London needing more than 9 an over with 4 wickets in hand on came the other spin twins Pravin Jadhav and Sam Cato. With constant drizzle the conditions for spin bowling were getting more difficult. However, both Prav and Sam also bowled well but weren’t able to finish of the tail. Credit must be given to how their no’s 8, 9 and 10 batted.
All in all, a third convincing win for the team who are sitting nicely on the top of the tree with Winchmore Hill on 30 points. We must ensure not to get carried away and carry on the hard work..