Brentham 1st XI v Harrow Town CC
Brentham: 281-8, 45 overs
Harrow Town: 209 all out
The first away game for the season was against Harrow Town CC. Brentham were put into bat by Harrow Town on a wicket which looked like a good batting track, we made the most of it, as we got off to a steady start with skipper Tom Brandreth scoring freely and James McDonald playing the anchor role. We were 60 for no loss at the end of the power play. Tom was looking good for a big score before he went fishing and edged to the keeper for 47. Tom’s wicket led to a little collapse as we lost Jaz Rehal, James and Sam Cato in quick succession. This brought Luke Budden and Mehul Gokhani (making his debut for Brentham as an oversea) to the crease. They accumulated runs at will and made the bowling look ordinary, building a 100 run plus partnership. Luke specially stamped his authority on the bowlers and looked in command scoring a half century and his wagon wheel did justice to all parts of the ground. He was out before we could take the batting power play. Mehul continued from where Luke left and got his debut half century. We lost Matthew Lowen and Ashwin Kapoor in the power play but were still able to get 8-9 runs per over. Mehul lost his wicket in the 43rd over going for an ambitious reverse sweep. Pravin Jadhav’s quick fire 24 (not to forget the last ball 6) made sure we finished with an above par score of 281 (12 runs for slow over rate contributed to the total too).
It was never going to be easy to defend on a batting wicket with short boundaries. As expected, the Harrow Town batsmen came out all gun’s blazing and dealt only in 4’s and 6’s to reach 120 -0 in 11 overs. Introduction of spin from both ends got us a few wickets and put a halt to the blitzkrieg. Jaisreet Bajwa and Mehul spun a web around the Harrow town batsmen and they were soon 160-6. The bowlers were ably supported by some tidy work in the field and behind the stumps by Ashwin, making sure that we made the batsmen work hard for every run and not provide any opportunity for a comeback. Pravin and Luke bowled a tight line ensuring that the runs dried up, as a result the wickets kept tumbling at regular intervals. Luke once again bowled well in the power play overs and was rewarded with his 1st wicket (1st of many ; ) )in the first team. Pravin ended with 2 wickets and it took only 3 balls for Cato to wrap up the innings by claiming the last wicket of the Harrow Town Captain.
It was a sweet victory as everyone contributed and supported each other. It was good to see that even though Harrow Town got off to a flying start we were able to back ourselves to come back and win convincingly at the end.
We have gained a momentum afte 2 consecutive wins, we shall make the most of it and try to raise the benchmark in every game going ahead.