Memories 1 - 25th May 1982: Brentham v Enfield
We drew Enfield in the County Cup and they batted first. The bowling was opened by the young Mark Saggers, who returned the tidy figures of 6 overs for 20 but without a wicket. With an opening stand between Tenneson and Sandrock of 93 in 21 overs Enfield were off to a strong start. Although Keeble and Moulding failed to capitalise, a run a ball contribution from Alan Higgs enabled Enfield to reach a difficult target of 205 for 7 from the permitted 45 overs. Brian Eden took 3-38 and Tony Williams 4 for 42. Surprisingly Brian Reid had come on 6th change.
Brentham made a sound start with a stand between Robert Hunt (24) and Charlie Burrows (35) of 50 for the first wicket. This was taken on by David Dandridge (31) but after 38 overs we were in a precarious position with 7 wickets down and a score of only 143. 63 runs were required and only 7 overs remained. The run rate had risen from the original 4.6 per over to a seemingly ungettable 9. Brian Eden joined Tony Williams, who had already occupied the crease for 40 minutes Tony had gone in at 6, an unusually early position for him and only David Hughes and Mark Saggers were to come. The odds were not very favourable, particularly as Keeble was bowling and had already taken 3 wickets.
On completion of the 40th over the score had edged forward to 152, when in Keeble’s penultimate over Williams hit him for consecutive sixes off the last two deliveries. 7 came off the next over but 24 were required off 2 overs with Eden facing. The second, third ,and fourth deliveries disappeared for 6 with in total 19 off the over. 2 singles and a crashing 4 saw us to an unbelievable victory with 2 balls to spare. Keeble’s last 2 overs had cost 33 runs. Williams was 35 not out and Eden an extraordinarily unbeaten 40.
Brian C Eden