Former England allrounder Arran Brindle and her son Harry Brindle shared a special moment when they opened the batting for Owmby Trojans in the third division of Lincoln and District League on Sunday (May 23). The mother-son duo opened the innings for Trojans and chased down Nettleham CC Academy's score of 141 with an unbeaten century stand.
“The entire season so far, there have been such highlights, players taking their first senior wicket, scoring their first boundary - and to be able to share the winning runs with your son, whether you're a dad or a mum, is a special moment," Arran was quoted as saying by BBC Radio Lincolnshire.
Earlier, 12-year-old Harry helped Trojans restrict Nettleham to a score of 141 with his bowling figures of 4 for 27. In the chase, Arran scored 94 while Harry played the second fiddle scoring 32 to take their side to a ten-wicket win. The 39-year-old wasn't looking to open the innings but had to take up the role since other young batters backed out.
"I'm not usually down to bat very high in this side. But we had nine away playing county cricket, so we had a bit of a different mix of other youngsters coming in to play. Unfortunately, nobody really fancied opening the batting so Harry volunteered me to join him," Arran said.
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Arran, who played more than 100 internationals for England before retiring in 2014, is currently working as a teacher while also coaching Harry and other kids at Trojans. She said batting with him was more easier than having nerve wrecking moments on the sidelines as a mother.
"I think it's probably easier to bat with him than watching. As a parent, you're just generally nervous watching your children play, when you know they want to do so well. To be at the other end, to be able to talk to him and go through that process is what the team was set up to be," she said.
"It's not about me scoring, it's about how you go about things as a player, how you structure an innings and batting time, which obviously he did brilliantly yesterday."
Arran also talked about how the communication wasn't that easy when both of them were out there in middle together but they came unscathed without having any close calls.
"I got told on numerous occasions that I wasn't allowed to take any risky singles but, to be honest, there wasn't even a close call, which was really good," Arran added.
"My first game I batted in for Trojans, I got a golden duck, so to score runs yesterday kind of proved that anyone can get out, don't worry about it and the next game, it could be your day."