Bagshot v Thatcham Town Cricket Club Thatcham 1XI- Saturday on Sat 09 Jun 2012 at 1:00pm
Thatcham Town Cricket Club Won by 3 Wickets

Match report "To put it in gentleman's terms if you've been out for a night and you're looking for a young lady and you pull one, some weeks they're good looking and some weeks they're not the best. Our performance today would have been not the best looking bird but at least we got her in the taxi. She wasn't the best looking lady we ended up taking home but she was very pleasant and very nice, so thanks very much, let's have a coffee" – Ian Holloway in a post match interview following an ‘ugly’ Blackpool victory over Chesterfield. Cue our twin peak challenge at Bagshot…

With the entire Thames Valley seemingly running through the middle of the square and with the remnants of Hurricane Katrina blowing past just a couple of days prior, batting second was the inevitable outcome (should a captain win the toss and wish to be allowed back in to his changing room). On a green; no, let’s say fresh surface the new ball only appeared to cause damage to the middle of the pitch as the Bagshot openers seemed surprisingly comfortable against the slow wide half tracker. With enforced bowling changes coming at both ends Gibbo and Webbs restored order amongst chaos with the Kiwi Dream living up to his name removing three home batsmen in a similar number of overs. (Time for lesson one of the day; never warm up to bat cover driving on concrete for half an hour when playing on a slow low pitch. Just ask the number three, didn’t work out too well for him.) Birdy did as Birdy does so well, completing his 14 over spell conceding just 26 and picking up Berridge before he could start raining sixes down on the Beefeater restaurant.

Despite the occasional shot the next 20 odd overs meandered along without too much to speak of. With Alex Wilson being the only home batsmen showing any real desire to bat more than ten overs, we continued to slow the rate down. With 12 overs still to go and Bagshot handily placed to exceed the 175 mark, Gibbo came steaming in and again caused severe problems from ball one of his second spell. Another flurry of late wickets saw Scott claim a well merited five wicket haul (don’t worry; I won’t mention the two unsuccessful hat trick balls…), finishing with 6-33 from 13 brilliant overs. Wilson was eventually left stranded 80 not out in a monumental effort that in retrospect completely defined the entire Bagshot innings. Very well batted. Johno (1-38) bowled well in the madness of the last twelve overs but we stuck to our task in the outfield keeping the total down to a respectable but equally getable 172.

With a team happy to take the new ball in the second innings (I know, we were shocked as well) they started their bowling effort the way we finished ours, not giving anything away for free. Cap-itan Ross and Flynny both fell early and scoreboard pressure started to mount. Stoney and Johno reignited their form from previous weeks gradually working up through the gears seeing us safely up to 80 odd at the customary halfway, well in this case 23 over, drinks break. Once Hitler had removed Stoney for an immaculate 57 (never thought I’d ever say that in a report – and for those of you wondering; yes, his nickname is Hitler – I’ve not just made it up) we were still building up for a frantic 20 over mad dash to get home. Tulip came and went for 7 off 7 balls (he counted – not me) but with Johno still set things were looking good for us. PJ joined Duncan and, in the customary 90’s pop tradition, started to move things on quickly. Johno passing 50 whilst trying to hit the tree strategically placed at long on and Bagshot were starting to look a beaten side.

Soon after Berridge removed Johno for 57 as the ‘play & miss’ tactic backfired and Bagshot felt they were right back in with a chance of salvaging a draw. Five overs later and they were back out of it. Rochy added 11 to Jenks’ 29 and without taking any risks the scores were level. Now, this is where the fun and games began. Well, you know us; we can’t have a game go by without there being some form of batting collapse. Anyway…I inexplicably tried to win the game with a six to the shortest part of the ground and came up just short; ok, about 15 yards short. Still one needed off seven balls, what’s the danger? Ah. Not to be outdone Rochy was run out off the first ball of the last over thanks to some strategic play by Den bagging the not out and Webbs casually kept Bagshot interested by blocking out the next four balls. One from one, this is what we live for isn’t it? Webbs duly pinned mid wicket in the shins and scrambled through to the relief of Stoney who made his feelings known by immediately apologizing to the home support.

An incredible game of cricket that in reality should have never been that close. What seemingly looked like a dominant five wicket win turned in to a shaky three wicket one. But, a win is a win and without three vital contributions who knows where we could have been. Kidmore End next week at home and with us sporting one of only two unbeaten records in Division 2B we’ll have a lot more hard work on our hands. See you there!

Bagshot Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
11w 8b 3lb 
for 10 wickets
172 (51.2 overs)

Thatcham Town Cricket Club Thatcham 1XI- Saturday Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Paul Jenkins4.011500.003.75
Josh O'Flynn5.0016116.003.20
Andy Rishton2.001300.006.50
Scott Gibson13.243365.502.48
Chris Bird14.0426126.001.86
John Williams7.012000.002.86
Duncan Johnson6.0038138.006.33

Thatcham Town Cricket Club Thatcham 1XI- Saturday Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
1nb 2w 1b 1lb 
for 7 wickets
Ross Schreiber Lbw  5
Josh O'Flynn Lbw  2 1
Dan Stone Caught  57 2
Duncan Johnson Caught  56
Andy Rishton Caught  7
Paul Jenkins Caught  29
Chris Rochfort Run out  11 1
Matthew Denness Not Out  0 1
Chris Bird Not Out  1
Scott Gibson  
John Williams  

Bagshot Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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  • Umpire :
  • Scorer :
    Ian Martin