The long wait ends!!
Jim Macauley ton dominates Brook innings
Another game where both sides were not fully confident how many players they had, even during the game, ended in a close victory for Brook.
Batting first, Macauley and Williams R took to the wicket and after a respectful maiden over faced by Jim, Rhodds took an instant liking to opener Issacs' bowling and sent him to the boundary four times. Two overs 19-0. This was, of course, not to last as the fifth ball of the next over was hit hard and fast (by Rhodds) into Chad Murran's belly at gully!
The limited crowd needed to be paying attention to spot Nick Owen
's innings who was followed by Rob Ward (21). Rob, with the run accumulating Jim, took the score to a decent ninety seven before the third wicket fell.
No one then scored above eleven but this proved to be of little matter as "Long John Macauley" took on Guildford by himself and took the score up past 150 and towards an individual maiden ton.
The Brook batsmen's dismissals suggested they were unaware Jim had never scored a ton and it became a close run thing when final batsman Simon Bennison
walked to the crease with Jim still short. He needn't have worried as Simon's judicious "leaves" kept him at the crease for the long awaited milestone to be reached. A decent 194-7 (off 40 overs) and a very popular century.
Having provided players for the opposition a few times this season it was very much appreciated when Guildford skipper Ahmed Hussain offered Brook a fielding sub (little did he know then the impact on the game this piece of generosity would have!)
Openers Ramesh and Woodhouse G took the score to 30 without any particular trouble until Simon Bennison
got past Woodhouse's bat and bowled him. The following partnership between Ramesh and Chad Murran could have taken the game away from Brook but a loose shot from Ramesh saw him caught by Rhodri off Rob Ward for 47. The inning s continued without any great dramas until Lawson M's dismissal (again by Rob Ward) at 108-5. Then, after a wait of over three minutes, the Guildford side admitted they could not find batsman 7, Isaacs. Whether his earlier rough treatment as an opening bowler had caused upset was never discovered and he was, effectively, timed out and never to be seen again on the day! This unusual event may have benefited Guildford as it brought Archie Freeth, the Blackheath opening bowler (and no mean batsman) to the crease. Guesting for Guildford on the day he started to take (with Chad Murran) the total increasingly closer to the 195 target.
Having not bowled for a number of weeks through injury Rhodri was asked by his captain to bowl and it took a great leap of faith to leave him on after a first over of varied slow dross which went for 12! On 158 and with only two balls left in his allocation Rhodds decided to try and bowl at near full pace. It worked with Murran yorked immediately for 39. Freeth (44*)continued to take the score nearer the total but ran out of partners inclucing Woodhouse A. who was gleefully run out by the Guildford sub, his brother, Woodhouse G! The innings came to a close with Brook captain Paul Challinor
bowling Guildford captain Ahmed Hussain. The stats reveal that Rob Ward's willingness to delay his drive to Manchester played a significant part in Brook's victory of six runs.
A final thanks to Guildford for providing an enjoyable game in a friendly atmosphere and to Trevor for standing on a Sunday.