Lansdown batted first where openers Seb Burvill (25) and Luke Woolley (14) secured a comfortable base early on. Noah Davis demonstrated a variety of batng strokes on his way to 50 retred, confounding several of the Brislington bowlers. Ben Adams batted sensibly for his runs before being caught whilst Danny Poole was caught and bowled for 0 afer being pinned down by some accurate bowling.
Captain, Gareth Adams got the run rate moving with a solid 36 but was eventually caught out. The Lansdown tail wanted to push the total on in the last 4 or 5 overs but Brislington returned to their quick opening bowlers to thwart such eforts. Luke Sweet hit a creditable 9*, whilst Niall Hudson, Eric Steady and Josh Henly all fell afer throwing cauton to the wind in the last two overs. Last man in, Chris Donovan, only had to face one ball and duly dispatched it for 4. The importance of that stroke would later prove vital!
Lansdown 190 for 8 of 30 overs.
In their opening spells Lansdown bowlers Niall Hudson and Luc Sweet both proved potent and dispatched the young top order batsmen quickly. Brislington 32 for 3 of
Up stepped the seemingly more experienced Brislington batsmen who were in no mood to capitulate. The normally economical Gareth Adams took himself of afer 3 overs on 22 for 1. Whilst some accurate spin from Danny Poole saw a wicket in his frst over, fnishing on 16 for 1 of 4 overs.
Eric Steady bowled well in his four overs but had his fgures dented with 3 fours of his fnal over, (4 overs 33 for 0), as Brislington aggressively set about chasing down Lansdown’s total.
More spin from Chris Donovan would quell the run rate, 5 overs, 21 for 1. However, his frustrated appeal for an lbw, (which some might say was excessive), woke up spectators on the other pitch. Needless to say, he took his wicket the very next ball, with Luke Woolley taking the catch.
Josh Henly probably bowled his best spell of the season, (3 overs 8 for 1), clean bowling Brislington’s top scoring batsman and it looked like Lansdown had done enough with Brislington needing 51 runs of the last 4 overs.
Gareth returned to opening pace men to fnish the job. Luke Sweet took 2 wickets in an over with Ben Adams taking two identcal catches at mid of. Luke fnishing on the best fgures of the day, 5 overs, 33 for 3.
Brislington’s last pair needed 23 to win of the last over and they gave it the kitchen sink! Three 4’s from the frst 3 deliveries followed by a wide that went for 4 saw the colour drain from manager Justn Henly’s face as the unthinkable might just happen. But some singles and a run out on the last ball saw Lansdown home with 2 runs to spare! Who said cricket was dull!
Brislington 188 all out of 30 overs.
Catches do win matches, fve in total, one each from Danny Poole, Noah Davis & Luke Woolley and two from Ben Adams. Special menton goes to Seb Burvill who worked trelessly behind the stumps and kept the Lansdown banter alive. Plus thanks go to the growing Lansdown supporters club. Sing whilst you’re winning!
LCC 3rds Manager