Report from Benjamin Robinson
The 2s travelled to Bramley in desperate need of a confidence boosting win. Luckily the newly christened ‘Greeno’ had promised a double ton so spirits were high – almost as high as the assortment of white people with dreadlocks who were enjoying the Branley reggae festival nearby.
Greeno Goes Big
Captain Jack smelled blood and stacked the top order with explosive batsmen. ‘Greeno’ and Nelly got off to a nice start putting on 30 at a run a ball before Nelly went for a wander and was well run out by the Old Basing backward point.
This brought together the dream partnership of Nick Green and Mike Bryant. A mixture of scintillating strokeplay and wides rattled the partnership towards 150 with both players passing 50 before Mike was undone by a rare jaffer from the improving Old Basing attack.
The fall of a wicket did not stop Nick from reaching a well deserved ton. He then looked to cut loose but dies by the sword as Old Basing threatened a comeback. A couple more wickets fell in quick succession as it looked like the Oaks might fail to press home their advantage.
Ben – Crafted Beauty
Fortunately a beautifully crafted batting order enabled Benjamin and Tom to rebuild at a decent rate before the returning Alfie added some firepower to push the Oaks towards 270 at the end of their 40.
270 was always going to be a tough target but still required a solid Boeing and fielding effort. ‘Greeno’ concerned us with stories of their opening bat fending off Michael Holding but he was no match for Noah Beckell’s mixed bag of Jaffas and pies. Alfie Rowley at the other end also picked up two between a few leg side deliveries which tested Kris’ keeping skills to the limit.
Jack Takes His Chance
Captain Jack saw an opportunity to improve his bowling average and brought himself on to clean up the Old Basing Youngsters whilst big Mike at the other end also picked up two of the tail.
A much needed confidence boost for the 2s but they know that tougher challenges lie ahead as they look to salvage what they will admit has been an underwhelming season.