Thatcham Town Cricket Club Thatcham 2XI- Saturday v Maidenhead & Bray 3 on Sat 09 Jul 2011 at 1pm
Thatcham Town Cricket Club Won by six wickets

Match report Thatcham 2s completed the double over Maidenhead & Brays 3rd XI, picking up 20 points with a fine six wicket victory with 17 overs to spare.

Having lost the toss and being put in the field, Thatcham’s opening attack put the visitors under pressure from the outset with Tim Burnett picking up the wicket of opener Qureshi to a rash shot with the sixth ball of the game. At the other end, the returning Dan Stephenson generated good pace and produced some useful deliveries in his six over spell.

King (18) and Alam (19) looked to consolidate but Burnett continued to probe away at the top end, whilst Nick Bishop entered the attack and kept things tight at the other. Both batsmen fell to Burnett in similar fashion to good catches by Tom Mahoney at backward point, Maidenhead & Bray 50 for 3, with the tall opening bowler picking up all three wickets in a useful opening burst.

Bishop then turned to Nick Voller (3 for 39) and the veteran seamer picked up the wicket of Parsons (19) with his first delivery before sending back Asjad to a sharp left handed take at first slip by his skipper and Kumar (13) in quick succession – Thatcham now firmly on top and the visitors struggling at 87 for 6.

Ishaq (25 not out) showed good resistance and application but had to stand and watch as the remaining Maidenhead batsmen failed to follow his lead. Bishop picked up two late wickets to finish with 2 for 31 from 16 overs and the returning Burnett (5 for 35 from 15.2 overs) polishing off the tail to claim a much deserved first five wicket haul for the Club, Maidenhead 135 all out in the 46th over and disappointed to only picking up four bonus points having opted to bat first.

With tea not quite ready, Thatcham went out to bat for forty minutes and negotiated a testing 11 over spell for the loss of only one wicket, that of Jamie Young (21) to a fine Yorker from youngster O’Shea. After tea, Matt Watts and Tom Mahoney perished in quick fashion and Thatcham had suffered a minor slump to sit at 43 for 3.

Matt Denness (35) was joined by Andy Rishton in his first innings for the Club since Bradfied College’s break for the summer and the youngster produced a fine display of both attacking and defensive batting under the watchful eye of his senior partner at the other end. The pair ran well between the wickets and punished any wayward deliveries and looked set to see the home side to victory without any further disruptions until Denness found a leading edge to a ball he was looking to work through mid-wicket, falling to a straight forward catch at gully.

Rishton (56 not out) took immediate control and soon finished the job off with support from Stephen Bird, managing to bring up a marvellous half century (including 9 boundaries) just before the pair took their side past the victory target at the end of the 37th over. Thatcham are well placed in third place of TVL5B and travel to Kew 3s this Saturday, keen to avenge their only reverse of the season so far, whilst Maidenhead will be looking to reign in their expansive batting and build useful partnerships in their attempt to retain their status at this level.

Maidenhead & Bray 3 Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
for 10 wickets
135 (0.0 overs)

Thatcham Town Cricket Club Thatcham 2XI- Saturday Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Tim Burnett15.223557.002.28
Daniel Stephenson6.022200.003.67
Nick Bishop16.0531215.501.94
Nick Voller8.0139313.004.88

Thatcham Town Cricket Club Thatcham 2XI- Saturday Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
for 4 wickets
Jamie Young Bowled  21
Matt Watts Caught  10 1
Tom Mahoney Caught  5 3
Matthew Denness Caught  35
Andy Rishton Not Out  56
Stephen Bird Not Out  3 2
Robb Fraser  
Nick Bishop   1
Nick Voller   2
Tim Burnett  
Daniel Stephenson   1

Maidenhead & Bray 3 Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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  • Umpire :
    Basil Wheeler
  • Scorer :
    Billy Beaumont