The latest NWJL league game was close, with Brymbo edging a low-scoring match in the wet and gloom.
CBH batted first, mixing up the batting order. CBH lost wickets on 1, 13 and 13; not the ideal start. Ben Pold and Archie consolidated before Ben went run out for 16 with the score on 51. Archie was his assertive self and retired on 36 at over a run a ball; he consistently contributes this season and gives us a platform to remain competitive.
CBH never gained any momentum, and the wet and gloomy conditions contributed to a reduced scoring rate, with the innings closing on 96-7 from 20 overs.
The skipper rallied the squad, and an extraordinarily positive and vocal start to the Brymbo innings supported an extremely tight opening spell from Sam Curtis and Archie; 4 overs, 4 for 2 put Brymbo under pressure.
Then came the match-winning partnership. At first, Aplin and Pryce batted steadily and gave CBH hope of defending a below-par score. But the pairing showed the benefit of composure and building a partnership, and despite a couple of missed runouts and a dropped catch; they effectively closed the game out; Aplin retiring on 35 and Pryce run out for 34.
With another run out from the Skipper, Cayo saw a tight end to the game develop. The fielders 'squeezed the field' and the pressure built, but Brymbo always had balls in hand and, with some extras (a work on) and frantic running, saw them home with three balls to spare.
It was difficult conditions with persistent rain and a wet ball to contend with, but the boys dug in and are one of the most focussed and proactive fielding sides in their age group. A lesson tonight in concentration as small mistakes made the difference in a tight game; another experience for the learning curve.
MoM- Jakob for a fantastic performance at point in the field; no runs and positive right through the innings.
DoD- Ben Rofe for repeat phone usage despite the squad agreeing to stay off phones during the game.