BPCC vs Broadhalfpenny Brigands CC – 22nd August 2021

We were delighted to welcome onto the South Lawn on yet another beautiful sunny afternoon the Broadhalfpenny Brigands who play at Broadhalfpenny Down which is a beautiful cricket ground in Hampshire and is known as the “Cradle of Cricket” on the basis that cricket has been played on that ground since 1750. BPCC had the pleasure of playing at Broadhalfpenny Down last year although our performance on that day did not match the beautiful and historic surroundings.

On the basis that I knew we would be facing a strong opposition I selected what was perhaps one of the strongest teams that we have fielded this year, save of course we were without Malcolm!

Unfortunately however, and despite an opening stand of 47 runs in 12 overs, we collapsed to 84 for 6 after 26 overs before Tom Fleming and Rob Kerr were able to consolidate the innings and ensure that we batted out our full 40 overs.

Simon Parker did however accumulate an impressive 43 runs and Tom scored a quick fire 19 which resulted in us scoring a total of 141 runs.

Following an inspiring team talk by the captain prior to taking the field the bowling unit of BPCC performed superbly led by the impressive Nigel Walker who returned figures of 3 wickets for 10 runs after 8 overs which was arguably the best bowling performance of the season seen so far.

Nigel was admirably supported by our 4 other bowlers namely Stan, Tom, George and Sandy and indeed what had initially appeared to be a very low score when we went into field proved to be challenging one so far as our opponents were concerned and indeed the winning run was scored after 39.4 overs which goes to show how well the bowling unit performed.  They were assisted with some very good ground fielding and catching.

This report however would not be complete without reference to the Kerr family.  Caroline arrived on the South Lawn looking as splendid as the Palace itself in the hope to watch her son George play a majestic and magnificent innings only to discover that upon her arrival George had already been dismissed for a golden duck.  Her husband however Rob batted very well and as stated above, helped to restore our innings sharing in a stand of 37 runs with Tom.  George was also able to restore some family pride by bowling very well although this was shattered when the umpire halted the game, summonsed me as captain in order to issue what I presume was a caution to Rob for inappropriate sledging of the umpire!.  I am not convinced that the South Lawn has ever seen anything like it nor indeed had Caroline!

Finally a massive thank you to the Chairman and his family for preparing what was a delicious tea and to Dave Hughes for preparing a very good wicket which was by far the best wicket we have played on all season. Hopefully we can look forward to similar wickets next season.

Last Sunday was our last home game and it was great that we were able to enjoy a very close match against a wonderful opposition and a big big thank you to all those who have played at the Palace this year, as well as all those who have helped prepare the wicket and of course to all our supporters.