Thatcham Town Cricket Club Thatcham 2XI- Saturday v North Maidenhead 2 on Sat 23 Aug 2014 at 12.30
Thatcham Town Cricket Club Won by 96 Runs

Match report Thatcham Town Cricket Club 2nd XI v North Maidenhead Cricket Club 2nd XI

Thames Valley League Division 4B


Thatcham: 234 for 9 (N Monger 72 not out, S Bird 58)

North Maidenhead: 138 all out

Thatcham won by 96 runs

Thatcham bounced back from their disappointment of the previous week to secure a resounding 96 runs victory over North Maidenhead on Saturday.
Skipper Stephen Bird decided to take a break from the normal tactics as he decided to bat first on another excellent Thatcham track. Thatcham’s top order struggled early on as North Maidenheads bowlers found an excellent line and length. Both Gale (16) and Harland (20) looked assured with the bat but both fell victims of a lack of concentration.

Thatcham’s decision to bat first looked naïve as they laboured to 46 for 5. Skipper Stephen Bird and Nick ‘Batting is Easy’ Bishop began to repair the early damage as they combined their 60+ years of cricketing experience into a stand of 93 that push Thatcham towards a more defendable total.

As the home side entered the 40th over and the score on 139, Bird and Bishop looked like they had salvaged the Thatcham Innings, however as many club cricketers will know losing one wicket can change the balance of a game and Bird’s (58) momentary lack of concentration cost him his wicket shortly after he reach his half century. Thatcham then struggled from 139 for 5 to 178 for 9 within an 8 over period.

With little to lose Nick Monger (72 not out), ably assisted by the last minute replacement Elliot Denton-Powell (9 not out), decided to dismantle the North Maidenheads bowlers by bludgeoning the ball over the leg side boundary on no fewer than 15 occasions on his way to an excellent 72 not out, passing the 50 mark in only 26 balls, and plundering 56 runs from the last over 4 overs to take Thatcham’s final total to 234 for 9.

Thatcham’s bowling efforts were much more measured than their batting efforts as the North Maidenhead batsman were removed from the middle at a steady rate, aided by some fine catching, in particular Steve Bartholomew who took three excellent catches from behind the stumps.

The North Maidenhead batsmen never came to terms with the home sides accurate bowling especially the ever reliable Tim Mahoney who once again proved the backbone of the home sides response as he removed 4 batsmen for 23 runs from his now standard unbroken 14 over spell.

After being reduced to 48 for 4, Razaq (31) and Kumar (38) tried to emulate the same effect Bird and Bishop had had previously in the day for Thatcham but Ben Denton-Powell put pay to that idea as he removed Razaq with the score on 101 to a Andy Harland juggling act in the deep.

North Maidenhead had little left and were finally bowled out for 138 in the 34th over giving Thatcham their first 25 point haul of the season.

Thatcham Town Cricket Club Thatcham 2XI- Saturday Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
6b 4lb 
for 9 wickets
Mick Stone ct T Choudary 0
Andy Harland ct T Choudary 20 2
Simon Gale lbw Q Rasool 16
Steve Bartholomew ct A Razaq 2 4
Dan Stone ct A Razaq 0
Stephen Bird ct H Abbas 58 2
Nick Bishop lbw H Abbas 38
Nick Monger Not Out  72
Ben Denton-Powell ct Abab 3
Tim Mahoney ct Abab 3
Elliot Denton-Powell Not Out  9

North Maidenhead 2 Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
T Choudary12.0434217.002.83
H Abbas16.0386243.005.37
A Razaq5.021226.002.40
Q Rasool13.0345145.003.46

North Maidenhead 2 Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
1nb 3w 5b 1lb 
for 10 wickets
138 (32.0 overs)
H Abbas ct T Mahoney 14
M Khan ct S Bird 16
Z Razaq ct B Denton-Powell 31
Raza ct S Bird 4
Patel ct T Mahoney 4
B Kumar ct N Monger 38
A Zaraq ct T Mahoney 16
N Parvz ct N Monger 0
T Choudary lbw T Mahoney 2
A Hussain Not Out  0
P Aktar Retired Out  0

Thatcham Town Cricket Club Thatcham 2XI- Saturday Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Nick Monger7.0037218.505.29
Nick Bishop4.011000.002.50
Tim Mahoney14.082345.751.64
Stephen Bird6.0030215.005.00
Ben Denton-Powell4.0034134.008.50