Stourport 4ths vs Bromyard 3rds promotion play- off match report.
The Bromyard 3rds travelled to Stourport, to play in a winner takes all promotion clash.
With play delayed due to adverse weather conditions, the game was reduced to 20 overs per side.
Bromyard skipper Jordan Tomkins won only his 3rd toss of the season and put the hosts in to bat on what looked a green and slow pitch.
Freshly fuelled on a dominoes lunch time pizza deal, Bromyard took to the field. The hosts were quickly reduced to 14/1 thanks to young bowler Chrissy Brown who bowled an excellent spell of pace bowling, returning incredible figures of 3-1-4-1. The rest of the bowling attack soon followed suite, with Jamie rawle shortly after dismissing the fellow opener with help from a fantastic diving catch at mid wicket from Nathaniel Newitt. During the midst of the action, square leg fielder Alex whitty could be heard having a meaningful conversation with the umpire, discussing the benefits and enjoyment of daytime drinking.
The ball was then placed in the hands of 12 year old Oli Bouston. With The hosts 44-2 at this stage, the game was very much in the balance. Olis talent soon prevailed pinning the stourport number 4 bat right in front. Oli went on to return figures of 3-0-10-1.
The Stourport captain was the only batter who could offer any real resistance to what was a formidable bowling attack. Unfortunately for him, he was soon undone by the brilliance of Nathaniel Newitt. Nat mixed his spell with pace, swing and slower balls. Which proved to be too much for the opposition. With help from his captain with a great diving catch at short mid wicket, Nat produced figures of 3-0-14-3.
Bromyard 3rds didn’t let up. The hosts were reduced 72-6 from 15 overs. With 5 overs left it was the turn of thirds Vice captain Dean Corbett alongside the ever dependable James brown. Corbetts pace and lateral Seam movement claimed 2 wickets in consecutive balls. Clean bowling then both. Narrowly missing out on a hatrick but for an inside edge. Returning figures of 3-0-12-2. Alongside him, James Brown went about his business in typical fashion. Causing the batsmen problems and claiming a wicket at the death. The hosts were restricted to 90/9 off their 20 overs.
With the first innings completed. Which was halted twice for downpours it was the turn of Bromyard to chase.
It was the job of Matt long and Stephen Corbett to face up to the new ball. A partnership which has proven reliable throughout the season. The pair posted 32 for the first wicket. Corbetts strength of nurdling and prodding was to become his downfall after top edging a delivery to a diving short mid wicket. Falling for 7 from 11 balls.
Next up was Nathaniel ‘The Bromyard boss’ Newitt. A weapon in any batting lineup. Unfortunately for Newitt his brilliance with the ball wasn’t matched with the bat. Going hard at a full toss picked out square leg, which led to what was an incredible sharp catch by the young man.
Bromyard 3rds we’re 32-2 still needing 59 to win. Out marched Dean Corbett at number 4. A good spell of bowing managed to keep
Corbett relatively quiet by his own standards. That was until he despatched a fuller ball for 6 over the long off boundary. Corbett smelled blood. Next ball went after a full toss only to cloth it to mid on. Corbett out for 9 from 12
During the midst of the action Matt long continued to go about his business which seems to come so natural to him, quietly racking up runs.
With the visitors 56-3 it was the turn of captain Jordan Tomkins. The pitch was slowing and the pressure being put on Bromyard Long and Tomkins had to steady the innings. Still needing 35 to win with plenty of over left both batsman found gaps and put on a hard fought partnership of 16 runs against some good, attritional bowling which proved very difficult to work away.
Long looking set to carry his bat, and going steady, was denied. He was pinned bang in front and triggered by umpire and fellow teammate Dean Corbett. Matt long was out lbw on 36 from 42 deliveries.
The visitors needed 19 runs to win when young allrounder Jamie Rawle strolled to the crease. Stourports bowling attack did not abate. Some good straight wicket to wicket bowling led Captain Tomkins to take action. Playing some very unconventional and sometimes questionable strokes In order to find gaps and keep the scoreboard ticking.
Rawle however went about his business in a much more aesthetic manner. The hosts took the game deep. Bromyard needed 4 runs to win from the last 2 overs.
The batsmen managed a single before Jamie rawle clipped to ball through square leg for a boundary to claim to victory in the penultimate over with 8 balls to spare. Tomkins finished not out on 9 from 21 deliveries and Rawle 9 Not out from 11.
BROMYARD 3RDS WIN
Both Captain and vice captain would like to thank all the lads who have represented the Bromyard 3rds over the season. You have all contributed to our promotion and it has been a pleasure to captain and play alongside you all.
The promotion may have been secured yesterday but it was made possible by all the lads throughout the season. Well done boys