Brook CC

Sunday, 25 July 2010
Brook, Surrey
Brook CC 262 for 2 (S McCormack 1-61, S Griffin 1-89) Butler XI 189 all out (B Wilkinson 57, S McCormack 55, J Weymes 45 not out). Brook win by 73 runs.

When I first played a match where someone retired at 100, I thought it was a bit of a cheeky move. Surely getting to a ton is such a rare and fantastic event that you should cruise on to whatever pinnacle you can get to? But now, older and more jaded, I find the task of running to fetch the nine sixes and 25 fours that S Warbrick hit in his 195 against us (a new Brook club record, apparently) to be less enthralling than it might once have been. And the fact that the 262 total came in just 26 overs was further proof of our slender bowling attack.

We began our innings at a reasonable lick, making 116 before the first wicket fell, as Ben and Steve dished out some of the same medicine. However, a mid-order collapse took us to 137 for six and (with only nine men due to last minute pull-outs), we were in trouble. James’s unbeaten 45 showed that we still had the guts to go after them, but the innings petered out before we’d taken all our overs.

Man of the Match: 
James Weymes, still fighting as the ship sank
Champagne Moment: 
Ben finally catching Warbrick on 195
Bad Behaviour Award: 
Warbrick ignoring his captain’s instruction to retire on 100

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