Thatcham Town Cricket Club Thatcham 1XI- Saturday v High Wycombe 2nds on Sat 24 Jul 2004 at 1.30pm
Thatcham Town Cricket Club Lost 5 wickets

Match report For the second week running a disappointing all round performance saw Thatcham slip to their third defeat of the season, although they did gain five points on leaders North Maidenhead.

With forty points to make up stand in captain Jim Ettridge opted to bat first on winning the toss, with a view to setting High Wycombe II a challenging but gettable target. Ettridge himself and Bradman Ediriweera made a solid start against some accurate bowling from Downing and Parveene. The pair had added 43 in 11 overs when the Sri Lankan mis timed an on drive and was caught at mid wicket for 29.

Ettridge (14) followed two overs later with no addition to the score, well caught at mid off and Matt Denness went three overs after that for 1, miscuing a pull to square leg. The visitors bowlers had got themselves on top, taking three wickets for two runs in six overs.

Steve Wyatt and Chris Wright set about rebuilding the innings but found the naggingly accurate bowlers difficult to get away. Wyatt did play on fine pull stroke for six before frustration got the better of him and he was bowled by Parveene for 12. Andy Harland followed three balls later and Wright in the very next over, bowled by Downing for 10. The home side had slipped to 66-6 after 24 overs.

With High Wycombe sensing an early finish James Theunissen started to wrest the initiative back towards Thatcham. With Robb Fraser playing an unusually circumspect role at the other end Theunissen played with some freedom, ensuring the bowlers were punished when anything slightly over pitched or off line came his way.

Downing finally came out of the attack after 17 overs when Fraser took ten from his final over and the introduction of Wright seemed to break the shackles. Theunissen hit him for a big six and a four over mid wicket but the leg stump line paid off as he went for another shot in the same area and was caught for 32. The Thatcham pair had added 52 in 12 overs.

Nick Bishop joined Fraser and the pair continued where they’d left off the previous week. Parveene finally came off after 20 overs and the back up bowlers proved to be expensive. Wright leg stump line was to Fraser’s liking and he took 20 from two overs to remove him from the attack. Bishop was soon in on the act, as Anderson decided to test him against the short ball and was put away three times behind square on the leg side.

The partnership reached 42 when Fraser finally fell for 43 as he was bowled off his pads by Jones but Chris Bird gave Bishop valuable support, adding a further 37 before Bishop was bowled for 37. Peter Edgcombe helped Bird (17no) raise the 200 and the declaration came after 50 overs with the score on 203-9. Downing finished with 2-46 from 17 and Parveene 4-62 from his 20 overs.

Thatcham needed a good tight start and opted to use the old ball with Theunissen and Bird. The left arm spinner bowled four good overs and Theunissen induced a couple of edges through the gully region before his first ball to Bird, with the new ball, saw the breakthrough as Wyatt held on to a sharp chance at slip.

Jones was looking in good nick though and Robinson seemed to set himself to play the anchor role. Ediriweera caused problems as soon as he came into the attack, beating the bat on numerous occasions, but Jones made sure that the scoreboard kept ticking, striking some fine boundaries. The second wicket came at 56 as Robinson left one from Ediriweera only to see his off stump knocked back.

The big breakthrough came in the 17th over as Jones (44), not content with two fours in Chris Bird’s comeback over, went down the track to try for another and skied one to cover. Theunissen was brought back just before drinks and with Watkins looking shaky a quick bouncer was enough for him to glove behind to Wright. At the halfway point things were evenly poised at 85-4.

With Ediriweera coming to the end of an excellent spell two crucial chances went begging, neither easy but Russell went on to make the most of the opportunity given to him. The bowling changed regularly but Thatcham couldn’t apply enough pressure to induce false strokes and Russell’s experience helped youngster Stevens settle in and then flourish. They took the visitors to within 23 of victory when Nick Bishop trapped Russell in front for 57.

With three overs left 23 was still needed but eleven came from the 48th over from Ediriweera and then Parveene decided to finish the game in the next, hitting a huge six over wide long on off the second ball to bring the target down to four from 10 balls and a single off the final ball brought the visitors victory by five wickets.

Theunissen was the most successful bowler with 2-62 but Ediriweera was the pick of the attack, taking 1-39. Bird and Bishop also bowled well and ended with 1-42 and 1-32 respectively.

Thatcham Town Cricket Club Thatcham 1XI- Saturday Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 9 wickets
Bradman Ediriweera Caught  29
James Ettridge Caught  14
Matthew Denness Caught  1
Steve Wyatt Bowled  12 1
Chris Wright Bowled  10 1
Andy Harland Caught  0
Robb Fraser Bowled  43
James Theunissen Caught  32
Nick Bishop Bowled  37 1
Chris Bird Not Out  17
Peter Edgcombe Not Out  0

High Wycombe 2nds Bowling

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High Wycombe 2nds Batting
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for 5 wickets
204 (0.0 overs)

Thatcham Town Cricket Club Thatcham 1XI- Saturday Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
James Theunissen13.0362231.004.77
Chris Bird12.0342142.003.50
Bradman Ediriweera13.0139139.003.00
Peter Edgcombe3.002000.006.67
Nick Bishop8.0232132.004.00

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