Thatcham Town Cricket Club Thatcham 3XI- Saturday v DATCHET 3 on Sat 26 May 2007 at 1.30pm
Thatcham Town Cricket Club Lost by 8 wickets

Match report Thatcham Town 3's had their second disappointing week in a row, losing at home to Datchet 3's. Having lost their first two games batting first, on winning the toss, Datchet chose to field first.

Thatcham got of to a comfortable start on a superb Henwick wicket and outfield, Bob Gadsden and Nik Stewart making it look easy, strolling to 36 without loss after 12 overs. That was as good as it got for Thatcham though as a a rapid precession of wickets then began to fall. Stewart was the first to depart for 17, quickly followed by young Tom Mahoney for a duck. Gadsden soon followed for 18, which left Thatcham on 38-3. After such a promising start, Thatcham looked to the experienced bats of Rev. Tom Moffat and Tony Wimbush. Having added a further twenty to the Thatcham total, Wimbush played down the wrong line to see is inside edge clatter onto the stumps, the batsman departing for 5. Piers Bragg, last weeks top run getter for Thatcham, soon followed for only 4, Thatcham now reeling on 67-6 and truly staring down the barrel of the gun!

Nick Monger, in at number eight, joined Moffat at the crease and looked to provide able support for the senior batsman, which he did and the pair took the total past the 100 mark in the 33rd over. With the Thatcham total now on 109, Moffat was bowled by a peach of a ball, pitching on the left handers leg stump, only to then seam away and remove the off bail, the batsman departing for a well fought for 31. The Thatcham Skipper, Gavin Ansell, joined Monger at the crease, only to see his partner quickly heading back to the pavilion after a somewhat suicidal run out, for 14 valuable runs. With only nine, ten and Jack remaining, all thoughts of posting a challenging score were put aside, Thatcham now on 109-8, they just looked to reach 125 to secure another couple of batting points. Daniel Stephenson, who batted so well last week, came in at number ten but like so many others before him, could only manage 4 runs before trudging off the field. With Vince Monger, father of the afore mentioned Nick Monger, joining Ansell at number eleven and the score on 113-9, Ansell looked to farm the strike. A few lusty blows and some indifferent Datchet bowling saw the score race past the target of 125, so the Thatcham batsmen now had 150 in mind, for the next lot of points. They quickly reached this target, but in the 41st over, Ansell lost his head somewhat and mis-timed a drive high into the air for the Datchet fielders to take a simple catch and end the Thatcham innings on 150 all out. Ansell departed for his best innings of 32, leaving V.Monger stranded on 4 not out.

With a score of 150, Thatcham at least thought they had something to bowl at. The opening partnership of Ansell and Stephenson looked to bowl wicket to wicket, but both struggled for a consistent line and length and because of this, they were largely ineffective, only troubling the Datchet batsmen on a couple of occasions. Stephenson was replaced by another youngster, Tom Mahoney, after 4 overs and Mahoney bowled well, with good line and length, but he too was frustrated with how easily the Datchet openers, Furness and Farnon, seemed to be able to chose when and where they wanted to score runs.

Ansell replaced himself with the off spin of the evergreen Tony Wimbush and after his first ball, a leg side "loosner", was dispatched for 4, he then looked to exert some control over the Datchet pair, and was soon rewarded with the wicket of Farnon for 9, when he had the opener caught at first slip by Tom Moffat. Mahoney was brought out of the attack after his maximum allotted 5 overs and was replaced by the leg spin of Nick Monger. Monger, making god use of his variation, including an excellent googly, gave the ball plenty of flight and was unlucky not to pick up a few wickets early on, as he consistently beat the bat and had the Datchet men in trouble. He eventually picked up the troublesome left hander, Furness, for 66, caught at mid-off by debutant Matt Farlie. That was the last success Thatcham were to enjoy as Datchet passed the Thatcham total in 34 overs, for the loss of only 2 wickets. Though Tom Mahoney was unlucky to see a catch dropped of of his last over, returning to replace Wimbush.

That leaves Thatcham with only 25 points from a possible 75 and second from bottom in Thames Valley League Division 6B. They play hosts to Eversley next week at Henwick and will be keen for their first win of the campaign, as they look to climb the table.

Thatcham Town Cricket Club Thatcham 3XI- Saturday Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 10 wickets
Bob Gadsden Caught  18
Nik Stewart Caught  17
Tom Mahoney Bowled  0
Matt Fairlie Caught  2
Tom Moffatt Bowled  31
Tony Wimbush Bowled  5
Piers Bragg Bowled  4
Nick Monger Run out  14
Gavin Ansell Not Out  32
Daniel Stephenson Caught  4
Vince Monger Not Out  4

DATCHET 3 Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
No records to display.

DATCHET 3 Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 2 wickets
151 (0.0 overs)

Thatcham Town Cricket Club Thatcham 3XI- Saturday Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Gavin Ansell8.013000.003.75
Daniel Stephenson4.001700.004.25
Tom Mahoney7.011100.001.57
Tony Wimbush8.0047147.005.88
Nick Monger7.3040140.005.33