Brockley welcomed familiar opposition in the shape of Brightlingsea to a familiar contest at the lower end of the league table.

what was less familiar , but more telling about the fortunes of both teams, was the fact that it was the lower reaches of division three rather than two.

on a day that was wet by even this season’s standards, Brockley suddenly discovered the luck of a lottery winner when they were presented with the opportunity to field first.

scoring on the wet , slow outfield was hard enough but overhead conditions made the first 20 overs particularly difficult as Sykes (1for 20) and club pro Geeves (1for 18) made batting somewhat less than agreeable.

to their credit Brightlingsea stuck at it and steadily rebuilt before a strong late flurry took them to 177 which seemed about 77 more than would be needed.

however Brockley discovered that it was indeed their lucky day as the sun came out, the outfield dried and quickened and the earlier batting conditions that seemed harder than climbing the North Face of the Eigar were suddenly no harder than getting halfway up Hartest Hill. With a run at it from the village hall.

after losing two wickets for 40 Stuart Hill (81no) continued his strong run with the bat whilst receiving super support from Richard Jones (48).

they kept picking up runs so that the rate never went much beyond five an over before Hill started sending the ball to a variety of areas including an aerial attack on his dad’s car

Brichgtlingsea remained competitive and on another day would have probably done enough to secure victory but on this occasion is was Brockley whose six numbers had all fallen into line.

which for them at least, was welcome.