The weather having relented, Thursday provided the first opportunity for some proper bat ‘n’ ball. And indeed all who attended were given an opportunity to get involved. The afternoon’s fare took the shape of a twenty over game in which ten on each side were to bowl a couple of overs each and a batsman was to return to the hutch upon reaching 25 and only return to the field once all others had either been dismissed or retired in the same way.
This format, though admirable, was to be Wanderers Achilles heal. Still, a match that includes everyone and is played in a spirit of both entertainment and competitiveness rightly dwarfs such analysis. Luke went out to attend the toss and, of course, Brittany used the result’s natural default to make a choice of batting first….
Brittany’s early efforts were hampered by a slow and long outfield that wasn’t being addressed by any aerial routing. Taylor Sombrero, Lord Sponge and Mr Lincoln were three of the opening four bowlers and went for less than ten runs each. The run rate gathered pace, however, once The Author was forced to bowl and others, although far more capable these days, entered the fray too. Batsmen Scanlon and Morgan retired at the 25 threshold and Mr Snelling, in his new part time bating role, tucked into some dangerous Fennell leg side long hops to ceremoniously join the retirees.
A left field record was probably broken by The Author in this innings which ended on 149 with Baker Joe the pick of the bowlers at 2-12. The most unfortunate, and most affable, batsman Valace was bowled by a Fennell delivery that actually pitched and did so in line. Whilst Peter may be able to cite shock as the cause of the castle this meant that a Fennell wicket appeared in the Wanderers score book for the first time in 19 years (May 1998). Probably the longest distant between wickets.
|Britanny All Stars|
|1||Valace P||b||Fennell I||16|
|5||Akroyd W||c||Naidu R||b||Baker J||22|
|6||Cox D||Not Out||11|
|7||Ward J||b||Baker J||2|
|8||Heard D||Not Out||10|
|Fall Of Wickets||45, 126, 132|
Nibbles were had in between innings. Not perhaps the original intention, but as Mr Slaymaker had made the effort to bring food in the previous day it was decided best not let it go to waste. Alas Master Wilson wasn’t present to give it full homage.
Wanderers replied at blistering pace. Ronnie and The Big Bear opened and, in a reversal of the previous innings, it was the opening five bowlers who took a clubbing. With the top five being initially placed in the score-book it was suggested that the rest may not be need- especially as the 50 came up in only the fifth over. Ooops….
You see, as I said earlier, everyone gets a game. And, in a strong sense, we get a better look at relative strength. Alas, on this afternoon, the robust top order of Wanderers made way for a soft, well, rather squidgy, underbelly.
The Big Bear and Ronnie were retired to the hutch. Baker Joe made 16 (including a rare six) and Mr Lincoln rolled back the years wielding the bat like a caveman’s club. Unfortunately, batsmen six to eleven could not even muster a retirement score between them, using up the overs in the process. Thus only 39 runs came off the final ten overs. With the order ran through Ronnie came to crease again needing to clear the boundary every ball for the match to be won. The reality was, through steady bowling, and clear all round ability, Brittany added cricket to their skittles success with a 19 run win.
A special mention here must go the Slaymaker. Wanderers current holder of the bowling trophy shone at the death. Four miserly wickets in two overs. His uncomplicated slow medium pace hitting the deck and forcing batsman to improvise, or in this case implode… A special mention to the other Peter for some competent keeping.
|3||Baker J||b||Cox D||16|
|4||Smith L*||Run Out||7|
|6||Johnson M (wk)||c||Snelling L (wk)||b||Slaymaker P||9|
|7||Fennell I||st||Snelling L (wk)||b||Valace P||4|
|8||Wadey D||lbw||b||Slaymaker P||5|
|9||Walker A||b||Slaymaker P||0|
|10||Salerno T||Not Out||4|
|11||Barrs K||c||Cox J||b||Slaymaker P||0|
Another day of fun and much merriment was nicely topped up with a couple of brews and a meal at The Duke. Lovely stuff.
Look, your tormentors, your coastal Kings, the rulers from the edge of your eyes.
All seeing, all evil, our name means fear, our deeds much more….
Gazing, watchful, and ready- your comforting fare the exposed and mouth ready prey..
Our providers, our clowns, our culinary captives….
We were here before you, and will also be after. Our domain, our rules- harsh and without remorse.
Such desire for you, so unloving and cruel, from the stomach not the heart, from our twisted minds- but not our conscience.
So stay a little longer; for our supper is due, for our bowels are weak, and our warped gay abandon needs its subject…
There are still plenty of folk around in Brighton who have many a story to tell about life during the Second World War. For most of us though, the experience is missing. The conflict and its effects are limited to varied film footage that afford us images of the conflict unfolding, and often some very poignant pictures of its horrific effects both home and abroad.
Brighton, all these years later, seems to reveal little trace of the involvement of the townsfolk in those terrible years, aside of memorials to those who gave their lives in service. However, if you look closely enough, the evidence of the effects of the bombs that dropped on the town is still there. Two very noticeable examples can be found in White Street and Egremont Place, just off Edward Street.
White Street was bombed on the evening of the 18th September 1940. A few days after the biggest raid on Brighton had claimed, according to official records, an eventual number of 52 lives. In this raid 12 people died, 11 in White Street and 1 in the adjoining Baker Street. Of the bombs that were dropped, the heaviest damage was inflicted upon the lowest part of White Street. A picture from the time is shown below:
Picture Source: Unknown
So what of the effects as seen today ? Well, take a look at this part of the street now:
The houses shown are clearly new builds that would cause anyone to question as to how such constructs came about.
Another example of the legacy of random German bombs during 1940 can be found in Egremont Place.
On the 26th October of that year my late uncle was making his way towards Egremont Place when the bomb dropped. I’m not sure of his exact location, but a piece of sharp flying shrapnel landed just in front of him, some metres from the point of blast. He was probably spared by a few seconds of distance. The occupants of the houses were not so fortunate, two perishing in the blast. On this occasion there had been no air raid sirens, although a lone bomber, often a feature of these raids, had been seen crossing the town.
The buildings affected appear to be number 20 (destroyed) and number 22 (partially, but seriously damaged). There is a photo of the bombsite in circulation, possibly from a local rag at the time, but I am not able to show it here.
However, here is a picture of the site as it looks at present.
Again, above we see the legacy of the bombings, namely new builds that betray some sort of incident that necessitated their build, rather than a natural architectural progression.
There are doubtless many other places that show constructional anomalies in Brighton that folk could point out, and I’d be interested to hear them. But for now these images are the closest, and somewhat powerful connection, I can sense from the time. It’s hard to imagine what life must have been like for those who survived but lost loved ones.
Further recommended reading:
Target Brighton by David Rowland