Skipper Josh shines despite defeat
Posted on September 1, 2009
With half the team severely struggling following a sizeable party the night before the Bray took on Studham on Sunday, on a cold and blustery day.
Winning the toss and electing to field first the Bray spent 40 overs chasing red leather. Studham batting very well to reach 240-7. Though a late order collapse after fine bowling from Charlie Tickell, Ryan Shilleto and Ryan Peacock restricted the scoring in the last 10 overs.
The Bray then set about the task of chasing down this daunting total, with only Josh and Brian the recognisable batsmen and Brian the only one with his eyes open. Josh Peacock and Joe Roff started things off, progressing steadily before Joe was out with the score on 31.
The number 3 batsman was preparing himself for the task ahead by falling asleep!! Considering what happened next, this preparation technique is highly recommended!!
At the fall of Roff the sleepy no3 ambled out to the middle and proceeded to make the Studham attack look world class, failing to hit the ball off the square for large portions of his knock. However, with Peacock smacking regular 4s the score built quite nicely. Eventually, our sleepy No3 was out with 7 overs remaining, having been in 2nd wicket partnership of 132 contributing 20 of these, having been in for 25 overs!
A middle order collapse subsequently followed whilst our No3 went back to sleep and our skipper continued to plunder runs and send Studham's attack to all parts!!
The skipper (Josh Peacock) remained standing and was still not out at the end of the match eventually racking up 158*, finishing his innings batting with older brother Ryan who was 6* off 2 balls. His first ever hundred and smashing the record for the highest score by a Bray batsman at the Rye Gardens (beating the 119* scored by Dk the week before). This guy is starting to develop into one bloody good batsman, promising signs for the sterner challenges he faces in the league. The bray still found themselves 20 runs short, but this was a valiant display by the team, full of youngsters and some very promising young cricketers. And some very sozzled older players!!
- Result: Studham CC - Friendly XI Won by 20 runs
- Date: Sun 30th Aug 2009 @ 13:30
- Ground: The Rye Gardens
- Type: Friendly
- Scoring: Standard
- Toss: Friendly XI won the toss and decided to bowl
- Highlights: Studham batted first and reaching 240-5 inside 40 overs. Chris Thorne top scoring with 100*. Tickle the pick of the bowlers with figures off 8-0-39-4. Eaton Bray chasing reached 212-4 i their 40 overs and fell 28 runs short. J.Peacock top scoring with 158*. Krishan Chavda the pick of the bowlers with figures off 7-0-36-2
Source: Eaton Bray Cricket Club
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