East Prawle Cricket Club
2009 Match Reports
The first game of the Ireland tour was against Halverstown in a beautiful country field alongside the River Liffey.
Prawle won the toss and elected to bat but got off to a shaky start, making only 10 runs for the loss of three wickets. But then opener Julian Brazil and number 5, Alex Browne, took matters in hand and put on a stand of 72 before Brazil was out LBW to Des Drumm, the Irish captain, for 32. Browne went on to make a stylish 50 before he graciously retired. Richie Thuel at 8 carried his bat to 52 not out as Prawle ended their 35 overs, 173 for 9. Drumm was Halverstown's most successful bowler with 4 for 23 off 7 overs.
The Irish side made a valiant effort to reach the total but under extremely tight bowling only managed 131 for 7 in 35 overs, 42 runs short of the target. Richie Tucker was a revelation in the bowling for Prawle, taking 3 wickets for 26 runs in 6 overs.
The second game of the tour found Prawle in yet another idyllic setting, this time along side the River Nore, where we were matched against the Mount Juliet Cricket Club.
Once again Captain Shaun Taylor won the toss, elected to bat and agreed to playing 12 a side in a 40 over match. Interestingly, Prawle again put on 173 runs, despite a scorecard that included six ducks. Alex Browne, opening this time, shone again with the bat, knocking up 61 runs before he was clean bowled by Thomas.
Only two other Prawle players managed double figures. Julian Brazil put on a sparkling 66 and Julian Bates , 25. Thomas for Mount Juliet was outstanding bowling, taking 5 wickets for 33 runs in 7.5 overs.
Prawle were thoroughly outclassed when the hosts batted. Mount Juliet made the target in 37 overs with only the loss of 4 wickets. Vince McDonnell was the Mount Juliet star with an unbeaten 81.
Won one, lost won was a satisfactory result for a tour considered to be the best overseas jaunt the club has undertaken in its 6 year history.
The teachers of Filton came on their annual visit and
a new star was born for East Prawle in the person of Wayne Kovacic.