Aldershot III v Thatcham Town Cricket Club Thatcham 4XI- Saturday on Sat 10 May 2008 at 1.30pm
Thatcham Town Cricket Club Lost by 23 runs

Match report Thatcham Town 4th XI made a disappointing start to their 2008 campaign, losing their first match by 23 runs away at Aldershot 3rd XI on Saturday

Electing to bowl on a wicket that looked as if it may assist the bowlers the Thatcham bowlers had to work hard to make a telling impact, but wickets did come and with Aldershot reduced to 51 for 6, Thatcham definitely had the upper hand. The undoubted star of the bowling was the Under 15’s leg spinner, Tom Owen who, showing maturity far beyond his years, took 4 for 25 in his first spell.

However, in what was to prove a match-winning partnership, J Ford (38) and M Pegg (28) put on 72 for the 7th wicket. It was the re-introduction of Owen that eventually led to the breakthrough and with fellow U15 bowler Matt Taylor snapping up two quick wickets in his second spell, Aldershot were finally dismissed for 136 in the 49th over. Ben Cruise was the other wicket taker, claiming 3 for 45 in his 13 overs, but the Under 15’s stole the show with Taylor finishing with 2 for 27 and Tom Owen a splendid 5 for 38 on his TVL debut.

Thatcham openers Micky Stone and Adrian Bromhead made a good start, but with Bromhead’s dismissal for 18 with the score on 36, wickets began to tumble. The already uneven bounce was exacerbated by a heavy shower of rain which livened things up considerably, but it was lack of application and poor shot selection that was the main problem. Only youngster Joe Harwood was able to give Micky Stone the support he needed as he made a determined 41, the pair putting on 21 for the seventh wicket to take the score to 104. However that proved to be the last of the resistance as Thatcham were dismissed for a very disappointing113.

For Aldershot is was the experienced bowling duo of L Havell and A Bossom who used the conditions to the greatest advantage taking 5 for 36 and 5 for 40 respectively.

Aldershot III Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
for 10 wickets
136 (0.0 overs)

Thatcham Town Cricket Club Thatcham 4XI- Saturday Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Matt Taylor10.0027213.502.70
Ben Cruise13.0145315.003.46
Tom Owen15.023857.602.53
Andy Stephenson7.041200.001.71
Dave Wells5.002700.005.40

Thatcham Town Cricket Club Thatcham 4XI- Saturday Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
for 10 wickets
Mick Stone Lbw  41
Adrian Bromhead Caught  18
Conor Southgate Bowled  0 1
Andy Stephenson Bowled  3 1
Josh Winfield Bowled  0 1
Piers Bragg Bowled  11
Ben Cruise Bowled  1 1
Joe Harwood Bowled  9
Dave Wells Bowled  2
Matt Taylor Caught  1
Tom Owen Not Out  0

Aldershot III Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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