Wargrave CC 3rd XI v Thatcham Town Cricket Club Thatcham 2XI- Saturday on Sat 08 Jun 2024 at 13:00
Thatcham Town Cricket Club Won by 4 wickets

Match report Trouts Assemble to Avenge at Wargrave
The Silver Trouts faced a return to a ground with previous horror memories. Last year, it was at the hands of Wargrave’s 3rd team that the Trouts were bowled all out for 72, losing by 8 wickets, and back at base by 4:30pm. On the day, the conditions reminisced of 10 months ago, grey skies, rain in the air, and dreaded memories that the second pitch at Wargrave lacked covers. The main difference was no Harley, who last season kicked his helmet from the pitch to the boundary rope.
Earlier in the week the skipper communicated an 11am meet at HQ for a midday meet at Wargrave. Lewis Senior took this all too seriously and was early (for a change), taking his youngest to the same venue, as Rhys’ day with the bat was done before any other member of Thatcham turned up. On the other hand, OT and returning #TaylorTime were left waiting for a straggling O Reeves, who turned up at 11:20, blaming Mrs Reeves for spending too long in David Lloyd (lets hope it was leg day).
The Trouts finally made it to the ground where the changing rooms sit a five-minute walk from the pitch, leaving Simon to walk over in his whites and continue to warm up in his whites (see DOTD). And due to the mammoth walk, Tommy tossed off with the opposition skipper before a warmup could even take place. Unsurprisingly, Mather won the initial contest and elected to bowl; unlike last year, where T Mather lost the toss and made us bat.
Off to a good start already, unfortunately there was no time for an “oi, is everyone ‘ere?!” from the skipper in the changing rooms. Instead, an inspirational talk from the skipper was saved for a huddle in the outfield. However, this time, Mr Lewis decided it was his job to rally the troops, (leading to further nominations for DOTD with the award pretty much nailed on before the team took the field). The new ball again thrown to the reliable Pompey fans Thorne and promoted Cox, the latter Skate fresh from last week’s 5-fer. At home, Rochy was fuming knowing the opening pair had one up on him over the last 2 weeks (Roch is falling apart again). OT got off to another great start, taking his 100th senior wicket*, snicking off the number 2 for a golden duck with the 3rd ball of the innings, with stand in ‘keeper Eddie Wylie, having a juggling lesson before catching it.
*DOTD candidate and badger for actually knowing this
Cox’s spell didn’t start as well with Luke Taylor (known for his ability to pull) hitting 3 drag downs from Coxy for 4 runs. The two batsmen settled into a good rhythm frustrating Town, putting up a 50 partnership before debutant Vinit Nair (Vinnie Jones – don’t ask how that is a thing) broke the partnership, with a moon ball. The Wargrave skipper visibly angry. Vinnie took another two wickets, either side of him attempting to catch two off of Oscar Reeves, one bursting through his hands, and the other a skier that the Mean Machine was frankly in another postcode for. He did, however, cling on for a caught and bowled on the fall of the 5th wicket, to finish 3-33 off his allocated overs. Babu Periyasamy starred in the middle part of the innings in the field, putting the mis fields of the first 10 overs aside, to take a skied catch off the bowling of Reeves, before running out the Wargrave number 5, after a Barbecue coming back for two. Paul Hemming, continued his dry patch, going wicketless for a third game in a row (how slow is too slow?). The captain once again turned to himself too late, only giving himself the opportunity to bowl 7 overs into the wind and took an impressive 1-29 at that stage of the innings. At the other end, ‘the hoover’ OT returned and took another 2 wickets for little runs at the death, finishing with 3-41, restricting Wargrave to what they thought was an out of sight 207-9.
In truth, thankfully for Lewie, not many twos would be run throughout the day as the outfield was rapid. Any shot beating the infield would run to the boundary. This sounded too tempting for Simon as he slashed early at a wide one from the opener, hoping to avoid point which he managed - only to be caught at slip for 10. Thorne came in at 3 hoping for a better performance than the previous week and joined his captain as the Trouts looked to apply pressure back to the bowlers. The pair ran well and frustrated the fielding team with the left-right combination, running singles to the infield at will. It would be the skipper, Mather, who would take the more aggressive option playing aerially down the ground hitting 10 boundaries in all passing his second half century of the season in the process. At 99-1, it was the introduction of spin that started the collapse as Thorne got bowled by a ball that slid on with the arm for 29. The captain would follow a few balls later getting stumped trying to run claiming “I thought I’d hit it to third man”. Taylor, following up on his TFC from a fortnight ago, would fall for nought shortly after hoicking a full ball high into the off-side and being caught. Thanks for coming Matt. Hemming and Wylie steadied the ship, with the Ginger Lara playing a heritage GL innings, bringing 50 up off 40 balls, the majority of which being hit behind square, and absolutely blowing (does Mrs Reeves need a training partner at David Lloyd?). At the other end, Hemming anchored, scoring much more slowly than his partner, managing to make it to the late twenties before his, and Wylie’s wickets were taken, sending nerves through the camp. Last week’s MOTM Britter joined Babu as the two guided the team home with 5 overs to spare, winning by 4 wickets. A superb team performance.
MOTM: The Ginger Lara
DOTD: Simon. (Clearly behaviour he has passed to his youngest, or maybe it's Roz?).
MOTM Leaderboard:
Barty – 1
Rochy – 1
OT – 1
Britter – 1
GL – 1

Wargrave CC 3rd XI Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
12w 7b  
for 9 wickets
207 (45.0 overs)
Luke Taylor ct  Unsure b V Nair 63 75 10 84.00
Daniel Davies ct  Unsure b O Thorne 0 1 0
Huw Thomas b  V Nair 22 37 3 59.46
Richard Harris ct  Unsure b O Reeves 1 10 10.0
Freddie Meader run out  (P Hemming) 28 20 4 140.0
Aaron Lall ct  V Nair b V Nair 13 13 2 100
Kyle Bradley b  O Thorne 25 46 3 54.35
Danyal Ghazi ct  Unsure b O Thorne 24 46 3 52.17
Sam Pepall b  T Mather 8 12 66.67
Hitessh Lingala Not Out  3 5 60.0
Jonah Holloway Not Out  1 5 20.0

Thatcham Town Cricket Club Thatcham 2XI- Saturday Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Olly Thorne9.0041313.674.56
Matthew Cox6.003300.005.50
Oscar Reeves5.0030130.006.00
Vinit Nair9.0333311.003.67
Paul Hemming9.013400.003.78
Tommy Mather7.0029129.004.14

Thatcham Town Cricket Club Thatcham 2XI- Saturday Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
1nb 2w 5b  
for 6 wickets
Simon Lewis ct  Unsure b S Pepall 10 15 2 66.67
Tommy Mather st  K Bradley b H Lingala 52 51 10 101.96
Olly Thorne b  A Lall 29 37 5 78.38
Paul Hemming Not Out  5 11 45.45
Matt Taylor ct  Unsure b H Lingala 0 11 0
Eddie Wylie Not Out  4 2 1 200
Matthew Cox  
Vinit Nair   1
Oscar Reeves  
Oscar Reeves  
Vinit Nair  

Wargrave CC 3rd XI Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Sam Pepall5.0025125.005.00
Danyal Ghazi6.003000.005.00
Freddie Meader3.002000.006.67
Hitessh Lingala4.0124212.006.00
Aaron Lall3.01414.001.33