Bashley 164 for 6 Brockenhurst 166 for 2.
A glorious summer afternoon greeted the arrival of Brockenhurst at Bashley with Chaudhuri playing his final match for the Badgers on the Hampshire Riviera, prior to his relocation to Ghent, Belgium. Shah lost the toss, and the Bashley captain decided to bat first.
Jarvis and Chaudhuri opened the bowling with the opening two overs maidens, which set the tone for the first 10 overs, at which openers Kemp and Cox had progressed to 28. Chaudhuri was pumped and committed to end his sojourn with the Badgers on a high, straining every sinew to bowl that perfect ball. Rogers, at mid on, aware of his intent, provided encouragement between balls as left hander Cox kept playing and missing, much to Chaudhuri’s mounting frustration. His initial spell of 5 overs for 13 underscored the probing and swinging line and length that he had mastered, but without success.
Sharma replaced Chaudhuri, and almost immediately bowled Cox for 24 with the score on 56 after 16 overs, with Scott joining the obdurate Kemp. Davies replaced Jarvis and proceeded to bowl 4 maidens in his first 5 overs, conceding just 4 runs, before bowling Kemp for 39 with the score on 87 after 25 overs. Davies completed an excellent spell of 8 overs, 1-15.
Colverson ( 6 overs 1 for 28 ) replaced Davies, and struck immediately bowling a wicket maiden with Williams picking up another tickle behind the stumps, reducing Bashley to 106 for 3 after 29 overs. Chaudhuri returned to bowl an inspiring final two overs, snaring Tripcony courtesy of a catch by Davies for 15 with the score on 144 after 38 overs. In Chauduri’s final over, a run out occurred, and then his final ball, a perfect offcutter to a lefthander pitching on middle and clipping the top of off stump sending the bail cartwheeling 2/3rds to the boundary, reducing Bashley to 164 for 6 off 40 overs. The resilient Harris was undefeated on 44, with Chaudhuri walking off to rapturous applause.
Tea was taken high up in Bashley’s clubhouse, and it was decided to reward Chaudhuri with opening the batting with Cole after Williams complained about being too tired to open. Laurent and Wedge opened the bowling with both Chaudhuri and Cole having to defend some fine bowling with watchful knocks. Chaudhuri, seeking to maximise his batting opportunity gradually found his stride hitting seven 4s and a 6 with increasing ferocity. Paul replaced Laurent, and in his third over bowled Chaudhuri for 48, leaving Brockenhurst on 81 for 1 after 19 overs.
Shah joined Cole, who having played a circumspect innings, began to open up, clipping five 4s, and visibly turning the tide of the match. Shah became Paul’s second victim, caught for 7, with Brockenhurst on 105 for 2 after 29 overs. Jarvis joined Cole, who accelerated the scoring, with Jarvis hitting one 6 and five 4s in a rapid 39 not out, and with Cole a creditable 43 not out, Brockenhurst reached their target closing on 166 for 2 after 35 overs, producing their seventh victory of the season.
Chaudhuri’s all around stellar performance deservedly ensured that he departed these shores, for Ghent, as “Man of the Match” on his final game of this season. With the Eurostar service shrinking journey times from Brussels to London, it is not inconceivable that Chaudhuri will grace Balmer Lawn again next year, and the Club wished him well for his post graduate studies.
Scribe: Alan Rogers