Thatcham Town Cricket Club Thatcham 1XI- Saturday v Boyne Hill on Sat 30 Jun 2012 at 1:00pm
Thatcham Town Cricket Club Lost By 80 Runs

Match report We’ve got to stop doing this to ourselves…it’s now beyond painful.

Hopefully this wind that’s been bugging us for a couple of weeks now turns and brings with it some better fortune for us. Sadly, fortune didn’t really play a part in our total demolition on Saturday but we just need something to click and we’ll be back on track. Hopefully. Mind you, on the face of it an 80 run defeat doesn’t sound catastrophically bad; well, it does when you’re only chasing 127.

You could claim that Boyne Hill did their homework in the lead up to the game as without hesitation they wanted to bat first; correct call at the toss and they had their wish. They did make a bit of a mess of it though; nothing to do with the surface or conditions, they just didn’t settle. The dazzling array of length and bouncers served up by the 7ft Asbo would probably be enough to unsettle many top order batsmen; in a different role to last week, Ballbag again bowled very well. Gibbo struggled at the hands of Mother Nature but when you have glandular fever you’re always going to have your bad days. Both completed their ECB controlled spells but we hadn’t made the inroads we were hoping for. Still; 40 odd for 1 from 14 overs was a good start. The double bowling change worked wonders as both Flynny and Jenks took wickets in their first overs and our good start was rapidly becoming a great start. Flynny, like Gibbo, soon lost his patience from the tantrum end and was soon replaced by Willo but not without making that vital breakthrough.

The run rate slowed and wickets began to fall at a steady rate; soon enough Boyne Hill were six down and drinks hadn’t come on to the field. This wasn’t overly surprising as from ball one it was shot-a-ball stuff; not necessarily the best tactic but, given the result, my hands are somewhat tied on this one. Webbs had an immediate impact taking a wicket with his first ball and from that point never looked like giving anything away for free. Willo continued to produce chances from the tantrum end as not many batsmen appeared to have any idea other than to sweep; regardless of the length. Once the twins had picked up three wickets a piece Boyne Hill had stuttered to 127 all out from just short of 42 overs. Not for the first time this year the bowling unit had done their job in taking all ten wickets safely inside 52 overs and without conceding too much either. Webbs (3-8) and Willo (3-47) were the main beneficiaries of some ill-disciplined batting; backed up well by Jenks (2-13), Flynny (1-20) and Ballbag (1-15) who all chipped in.

I’ll have to be quick otherwise I might end up spending more time writing than we actually spent batting. Yes, it really was that bad. Only one Town batsmen managed to walk away from the middle with any real sense of pride or even dignity; Flynny (well Beavis…or Butthead – I’m not sure which, its up for grabs; cast your votes please), to a degree, set the example. Needless to say 47 all out in 24.4 overs tells you pretty much everything you need to know; all we needed was the Olympic Torch and we had the complete procession.

I’d love to tell you about the positives but I think I’ve pretty much covered it in Flynny’s knock of 24. Sadly the only match winning performance came from Andre… sorry, Andley Adams whose figures at one point read 5-1 from five overs; including a thoroughly uneventful hat trick. I mean, this is getting beyond a joke now, why do all these teams keep bowling straight against us? Wait, hang on…Sonning, take note, none of us can put away wide half trackers either – I think you should try that tactic for at least 30 overs. Trust me; it will pay dividends for you in the long term…

Still, there isn’t really much of an excuse for us as attempting to chase down 128 in 14 balls isn’t ever going to end in victory. A bit of resolve and better application in the batting department should see us right against Sonning who, like us, struggle to put together two performances in a row. With them being rolled for around 90 last Saturday I’ll stick my neck out and predict an away win with well over 500 runs being scored on the day. To be honest, I think given our last two results we’d be happy to just get a win; regardless of the score.

Oh…and a day without any wind too.

Boyne Hill Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
4nb 4w 3b  
for 10 wickets
127 (41.1 overs)

Thatcham Town Cricket Club Thatcham 1XI- Saturday Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Scott Gibson7.022100.003.00
Josh Winfield7.0215115.002.14
Josh O'Flynn3.0020120.006.67
Paul Jenkins6.031326.502.17
John Williams10.0147315.674.70
Chris Bird7.12832.671.12

Thatcham Town Cricket Club Thatcham 1XI- Saturday Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
2nb 1w 1lb 
for 10 wickets
Felix Hartley Russell Bowled  12
Simon Lewis Lbw  0
Dan Stone Caught  1 1
Josh O'Flynn Bowled  24
Duncan Johnson Caught  4 1
Josh Winfield Lbw  0
Paul Jenkins Bowled  0
Chris Rochfort Lbw  0 1
Chris Bird Bowled  0 1
Scott Gibson Bowled  2 2
John Williams Not Out  0

Boyne Hill Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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  • Umpire :
  • Scorer :
    Ian Martin