Thatcham Town Cricket Club Thatcham 2XI- Saturday v Theale & Tilehurst on Sat 25 May 2013 at 1.00pm
Thatcham Town Cricket Club Lost By 45 Runs

Match report Thatcham Town Cricket Club 2nd XI v Theale & Tilehurst Cricket Club 1st XI

Thames Valley League Division 4B

Saturday 35th May 2013


Theale & Tilehurst: 232 for 8
Thatcham: 187 a/o (Peter Spriggs 66)
Thatcham lost by 45 runs

Thatcham 2nd XI paid dearly as they failure to capitalise on several good opportunities eventually losing by 45 runs to Theale & Tilehurst 1st XI on Saturday afternoon.

Thatcham won the toss and elect to field, proving the skippers decision correct as they took control of the game reducing Theale & Tilehurst to 135 for 6. However Thatcham were ultimately punished for not capitalising on this success by Theale’s middle order who, with a combination of aggressive hitting and intelligent batting, enabled Theale to post a very competitive score.

Thatchams bowlers earlier in the day had bowl good line and length as Theales openers Grist and Malik struggle to score at a rate greater than 2 runs per over. Matt Taylor and Nick Voller both beat the bat on numerous occasions, however the only reward for the opening pair was the dismissal of Grist for 13 caught behind by Young of Voller (1-25 from 12).

A change in bowling saw the introduction of 15 year old Aaron Voller and Nathan Redmond (3-51) who both had an immediate effect on the game with Redmond removing Osborn and Voller removing Malik with the score only on 58. Wigmore (47) was joined by Holder (20) and the Theale pair posted a 4th wicket stand of 59 but Voller’s efforts was rewarded as he broke the partnership, removed both batsmen leaving Theale 128 for 5 and Aaron Voller with figures of 3 for 39.

As the game entered its final quarter control tipped in Theale’s favour as Thatcham failed to capitalise on their good work. Although further wickets fell Thatcham failed to control the run rate as Theale turn 135 for 6 into 232 for 8 with Dimmack (44 not out) providing the back bone to Theale’s late runfest.

As with the previous week Thatcham’s batsmen committed the cardinal sin of ‘getting a start’ and not going on to post a match winning score with the top order Watts (14), Edwards (20) and Lewis (10) all looking in good form, with Theale’s Dimmack (3 for 46) continuing on from his batting exploits removing 3 of Thatchams top 4 batsmen. By the 18th over Thatcham were 83 for 4 and, proving wickets could be kept in hand, on track to challenge the Theale total.

Things swung back Thatcham’s way as youngster Peter Spriggs was joined by skipper Bird and built what look like a winning 5th wicket stand of 98 over the next 22 overs. Bird (39) had every right to feel unlucky to be dismissed as he struck his counterpart, Theale’s skipper Cook (4 for 41), back past the stumps at a rate undetectable to the human eye; his only mistake was to hit the ball in the air. Because Cook, while ‘evading from being hit’, was struck by the ball directly in his right hand and held onto the catch.

Once Bird was dismissed Thatcham’s response melted away as the final 5 wickets fell for 6 runs. 16 year old Spriggs finally falling for a fine 66 and Thatcham ending their innings on 187 with 5 balls left in the game.

Theale & Tilehurst Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
1nb 5w 3b 3lb 
for 8 wickets
232 (52.0 overs)
D Grist ct  N Voller 13
I Malik ct  A Voller 26
H Osborn ct  N Redmond 13
A Wigmore ct  A Voller 47
M Holder b  A Voller 20
P Mead b  N Redmond 31
R Why st  T Mather 0
R Dimmack Not Out  44
C Cook ct  N Redmond 15
J Bozarth Not Out  11
S DuCros  

Thatcham Town Cricket Club Thatcham 2XI- Saturday Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Matt Taylor15.036100.004.07
Nick Voller12.0425125.002.08
Nathan Redmond11.0151317.004.64
Aaron Voller7.0139313.005.57
Tommy Mather7.0050150.007.14

Thatcham Town Cricket Club Thatcham 2XI- Saturday Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
5nb 7w 8b 3lb 
for 10 wickets
Matt Watts ct  Cook 14
Arthur Edwards lbw  Dimmack 20
Simon Lewis ct  Dimmack 10 2
Jack Young b  Dimmack 9 1 1
Peter Spriggs b  Cook 66
Stephen Bird ct  Cook 39
Nick Voller b  Osbourn 1 2
Nathan Redmond b  Cook 3
Aaron Voller ct  Bozarth 2
Matt Taylor Not Out  0
Tommy Mather ct  Bozarth 0

Theale & Tilehurst Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
C Cook14.0341410.252.93
R Dimmack11.0246315.334.18
J Bozarth7.1131215.504.33
H Osbourn9.0037137.004.11
M Holder7.022100.003.00