Brockenhurst 241 for 6 Verwood CC 147 for 6.
A parched and arid Balmer Lawn greeted both teams. Shah won the toss and elected to bat, much to the approval of the team.
Hugh Greenwood opened with Wickison, but fell early on 5 dragging one on to this stumps off Matthews, with the score on 8. Wickison was the next to fall tickling a legside delivery to the keeper, and graciously walked when the catch was taken off Matthews, leaving Brockenhurst on 29 for 2 off 9 overs.
Jarvis joined Williams, but had to play a watchful knock, and were hampered by some fine bowling by O’Neill and Mitchell (8 overs 2 for 28) and the containment field placements conspired to reduce the scoring rate. Williams fell for 19, adjudged LBW, having uncharacteristically failed to pierce the boundary, with Brockenhurst on 52 for 3 off 16 overs. A subdued Jarvis briefly increased the scoring rate with three boundaries before he was bowled by Mitchell for 27, with Loganathan joining Shah with the score on 73 for 4 after 19 overs.
Shah sought to up the pace, whilst Loganathan patiently playing himself in with application, but tight bowling and committed fielding thwarted any run acceleration, with Shah bowled for 19 at 110 for 5 after 27 overs. Rogers joined Loganathan, and immediately clipped four boundaries, before Loganathan found his stride, relentlessly despatching wayward bowling to the boundary, hitting ten 4s and four 6s, supplemented by some “easy” quick singles, and numerous 2s. Rogers, having updated the scoreboard prior to walking in to bat, ensured that the 100 run partnership was celebrated mid over with a handshake.
Loganathan’s superb knock came to a close on the final ball of the Brockenhurst innings, caught at point on 96! The partnership of 131 off 13 overs with Rogers (46 not out) provided the Badgers with the necessary boost to reach 241 for 6 off 40 overs. Credit should be given to Verwood’s bowling and fielding and to the wicketkeeper, just 4 byes conceded all innings, which helped to reduce the target score.
A classic Devon Tea was provided by Jarvis, who has finally succumbed to the lure of the Dartmoor Tors, and will be relocating to Exeter in October, and as a consequence, the Devonian cream tea etiquette was observed in his honour!
Loganathan opened the bowling and struck first with Hugh Greenwood taking an edge at first slip to dismiss Smith for 1, leaving Verwood on 14 for 1 after 5 overs. The hazy effects of a late night out, conspired to bamboozle, and send, Harry Greenwood the opposite direction for a catchable dismissal at second slip off Loganathan, with the resultant edged 4 runs appreciated by opener Pearson. Meanwhile Jarvis, fortified by his cream tea struck next over with Rogers snaffling a lobbed drive at mid on, and bowled out his excellent spell with figures of 8 overs 3 maidens, 1 for 13. Jarvis was unlucky, as a hat trick (a bit of artistic licence by the scribe here!) of dropped catches, notably by Shah, would have been held on another day.
Shears commenced to bowl an exacting line and length to apply additional pressure, and struck just before drinks dismissing Clarke for 18 after a fine catch by Loganathan, leaving Verwood on 52 for 3 after 20 overs. Meanwhile the painstaking innings of opener Pearson, just three 4s in a not out knock of 36, conspired to stymie an expected run chase. Shears (8 overs 3 for 31) and Greenwood (8 overs 1 for 36 ) ably supported by two catches by Jarvis and another by Loganathan, piled incremental pressure on the run chase. Rogers ( 0 for 29) and Sampson (0 for8) failed to secure any further wickets, before Verwood’s innings concluded on 147 for 6 off 40 overs.
This eighth victory maintains Brockenhurst’s second position, and if the momentum can be maintained over the next two weeks, a “final” fixture against leaders Dorset Indians beckons. “Man of the Match” was justifiably awarded to Loganathan, whose 96, one wicket and two catches ensured the deserved outcome.
Scribe: Alan Rogers