After a disappointing first game of the season last week against Shoreham, the second team bounced back with a victory over Brambletye on Wednesday with a hugely improved performance. Brambletye won the toss and put Copthorne into bat first. After last week’s batting collapse, Mr Clark’s instructions of defending straight balls and hitting the bad balls seem to pay off. Ben was unlucky to be caught early on as a pull shot unfortunately came off the toe of his bat and looped into the air. Will and Charlie then put on a good stand scoring runs regularly before Will was eventually caught for 10. Charlie continued to bat on and it would be an excellent afternoon for him as he batted through the entire 20 overs without giving the opposition any chance to take his wicket. Freddie found an edge and was caught behind for 1. Zevon had a good innings, hitting 13 runs before he was also caught. Sam and Charlie stayed in for the remainder of the innings with Sam finishing on 6 not out and Charlie with his impressive knock of 25 not out. Copthorne finished their innings on 84-3, a vast improvement on last week.

The Brambletye innings never really got going with no batsmen scoring any runs of note. The Copthorne openers, Kye and Karan, bowled well and accurately, restricting Brambletye to just singles. Both took wickets in their opening spell with some excellent deliveries. Charlie continued his match-winning performance by taking the next wicket and Kye followed this up with an opportunistic run out. Unfortunately the bowling from this point went a bit wayward and the extras column, like last week, started to add up and got Brambletye a lot closer to their target than they should have. Luckily Brambletye ended up 10 runs short leading to a well-deserved Copthorne victory. Well done to all the boys who played. They proved that when they set their mind to it they can perform really well. Hopefully they can make an even better performance against Windlesham next week.