Boyne Hill v Thatcham Town Cricket Club Thatcham 1XI- Saturday on Sat 01 Sep 2012 at 12:30pm
Thatcham Town Cricket Club Won By 43 Runs

Match report If you’d have told me on Friday that the top three sides would all lose their penultimate fixtures of the season I would have questioned your sanity. In retrospect I should have stuck a cheeky £5 on it. Luckily I didn’t, as I’d probably be sat here facing a corruption investigation.

With Boyne Hill desperate to win and win big, it only seemed fair that we’d win the toss and bat. We don’t make things easy boys, today there was to be no repeat of the humiliating 47 all out that we capitulated to in the home meeting. Not the first time this year we struggled to find an opening partnership as Flynny was undone third ball of the game. Given we were 20-0 in the previous meeting, the hosts probably expected the game to over by 2pm. Thankfully Den (?) and Stoney (22) negotiated us towards the magical 50 mark but with both faltering to loose shots it left Jonno to nurse a very inexperienced number five and six. The Lunge introduced Boyne Hill to his very unique style of leaving; I lost count but there must have been at least 16 different ways of letting a ball go - style award to one that finished with the bat between the legs, scratching the back…Ask him, its err…interesting. Heaven knows what was going through Jonno’s mind at the non strikers end – luckily it didn’t sidetrack him from the job in hand.

The Lunge was well caught at mid on trying to get things going but with Jonno still in and Lynchmob playing a couple of nice lofts over the leg side, things started to look promising. The departure of the world’s biggest wicket-keeper bought the world’s wittiest wicket-keeper to the crease and for the third successive game, Rochy was bang in form. With the bat that is. From 92-6 he and Jonno took the game back to Hill who had absolutely no answer to the ball finding the fence. Well they had two ‘ideas’; continue to drop Jonno and also put a fielder on the boundary where the ball had been. That played in to our hands mind; Jonno accelerated perfectly through the 50’s allowing Rochy time to get himself settled whilst maintaining a decent scoring rate. Sadly Dunc found a Boyne Hill fielder capable of catching but by that time the damage was very much done; dismissed for a brilliant and match defining 78. We scampered about for the last six overs and despite the odd run out (not bitter at all, I swear) we got the magical 200 mark…albeit with a ball remaining in the innings. Rochy kindly missed the last ball but having already bagged himself a deserved 50, I think we could possibly forgive him that.

Boyne Hill started positively, as expected, but didn’t really seem to be making inroads in to the magical 201 victory target. Willo and Webbs kicked things off for us but couldn’t find a way through some stubborn defence and belligerent stroke making. The first signs of a weakness came out when the new ball was taken. With batsmen appearing to be scared of a military medium seamer; Webbs cleaned up at the other end, picking up four wickets in a spell that saw the Boyne Hill middle order crumble in a manner we thought only possible by us. Still, it wasn’t game over – as we’d proved earlier on in the day; you get it right, it is a very easy ground to accumulate runs on. Jonno entered to fray and the silver arm joined Webbs in wreaking absolute havoc – why is it that no one in this division has half an idea on how to play spin? It helps us but what is this preconceived notion of running down the pitch to absolutely everything? The mind wonders…Oh, I can’t move on without mentioning the unfortunate coming together of The Lunge and Gooch; where somehow and I quote ‘the larger lad’ come off worse. Get on the ‘roids Redders, think we know where you might be able to source some from…
The end was nigh and once Jonno completed the inevitable we’d stunned the home crowd in to total disbelief – Boyne Hill all out for 157; having been seemingly cruising at 90 odd for 0. Cheema provided the only stern resistance in his 74 but with his captain producing the only other double figure score, well – you can guess the rest. Webbs bowled pretty much all the way through and the ‘leagues top spinner of all time’ duly collected 6-74 from I assume 22 overs. Top spell, especially when you consider the size of the Waqar bruise on the top of his bowling arm. In theory one of the more unlikely 25 point hauls of the season but bear in mind; we’ve scored 200 four times this year – and not lost one of the four matches. I think that really shows not only the strength of our bowling attack but actually, when they get in, the decent scores our batsmen can post.

That victory now leaves us third in Division 2B and with it seemingly being between Boyne Hill and Chesham it’s now a question of who has the bottle…and also who wins the toss! With four of the five fixtures deciding the promoted and relegated teams it’s anyone’s guess as to who’s going to be finishing where. Who knows…an immediate return to TVL Div 1 could be on the cards for Thatcham…maybe.

Thatcham Town Cricket Club Thatcham 1XI- Saturday Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
2nb 7w 3lb 
for 9 wickets
Josh O'Flynn Caught  0
Matthew Denness Caught  10 2
Dan Stone Caught  21
Duncan Johnson Caught  78
Arthur Edwards Caught  14
Kieran Lynch Caught  4
Chris Rochfort Not Out  50 3
Paul Jenkins Run out  6
Liam Redmond Bowled  1
Chris Bird Stumped  3 1
John Williams Not Out  1 1

Boyne Hill Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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Boyne Hill Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
2w 4b 4lb 
for 10 wickets
157 (43.4 overs)

Thatcham Town Cricket Club Thatcham 1XI- Saturday Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Chris Bird21.4274612.333.42
John Williams8.003200.004.00
Paul Jenkins9.012900.003.22
Duncan Johnson5.011427.002.80

  • Umpire :
  • Scorer :
    Ian Martin