Troskie smashes mighty Brac

The Greenies Toos scored a historic victory after destroying the Brac on home soil by 89 runs.

Captain Richard ‘Dickie’ Sawle-Thomas won the toss and sent the home side in on scorching hot day and a refurbished and bouncy track.

Greenies Too lost their openers early. First drop Matthew ‘Texas’ Walker was dismissed two balls later to a characteristic skied pull shot to the keeper to give the Brac’s opening bowler, Levy, his third wicket in as many overs.

When Carey was dismissed two overs later, Levy had four and the Greenies were reeling at 23-4.

With threats of it being his last innings, Simon Wetherell strode to the crease and immediately took to the opposition attack. He smashed 35 off 31 balls, including four boundaries and a straight six over the bowler’s head.

Wetherell put on a valuable 34-run partnership with Paul Hogg before the momentum swung back in the Brac’s favour.

With the score on 70-6 off 15 overs, the Toos were in trouble. Following Jimmy Jimrocks’ dismissed on 10 runs, all hope of a 100-run plus score looked lost.

It was then Jamie Ware and Jerry Beck’s turn to step up to the crease, with each playing a blinder late in the innings to compile a valuable partnership of 44.

Beck hit 28 off 18 deliveries before missing a straight one and by the time Ware was dismissed for 31 (28 balls) the Greenies had limped to 156 all out off 25.3 overs. Given the hangovers and the collapse at the top of the order, the situation could have been a lot worse.

Chris Troskie dismissed the Brac’s runmaker with an almost unplayable wide full ball a foot outside off stump and got another wicket three balls later.

Troskie’s second over was equally as mesmerising with Dave McGrath taking a well judged skier at long off to leave the Brac on 18-3. Shortly after Troskie had his fourth and fifth wickets.

A series of dropped catches ensued before Hoggy put the Greenies back on track with two consecutive caught and bowled dismissals.

Beck put the home side out of their misery shortly after with a sharp caught-and-bowled catch that saw them all out for 69.

Man of the match went to a deserving Troskie, who finished with the remarkable figure of 5-22 off eight overs. It was an amazing victory considering their relatively low score. Brac are virtually unbeatable on home soil.

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