Thatcham Town Cricket Club Thatcham 2XI- Saturday v Henley CC 3rd XI on Sat 01 Jun 2024 at 13:00
Thatcham Town Cricket Club Lost by 47 Runs

Match report The skipper won a third home toss out of three to start the season and once again elected to field, either some unbelievable tossing from Tommy or a dodgy coin. The Silver Trouts returned to their beloved changing rooms for yet another iconic speech from the skipper, starting with the trademark “oi, is everyone ‘ere”!? ("Where the **** is GL?")
The Trouts took to the field with the aim to start dead on at 1, but were left waiting for Lewie to finish chatting up the opposition scorer with his PCS Pro game. Despite all of this he still forgot to start the live stream, leaving tens of people around the world from Cornwall to Bangalore waiting to witness a form of greatness. With the new pill thrown to the reliable pair of OT (fresh from success at Wembley) and Timbo (who had finally recovered from his spell at Sully), Thorne started with an absolute seed, similar to that of last week, this time with more bounce and missing the stumps. At the other end, Mahoney got into his work with returning keeper Jack North up to the stumps missing a count of bottom edge chances. It was Thorne to get the breakthrough snicking off the Henley opener in the 3rd over of the game, and with the opener not walking whilst being given out, he begged the question “wait, did he give that out”, claiming to be in another postcode, whilst almost diverting the ball onto the A4. A difficult new ball spell from OT ended with a few wides and an edged boundary as he told the skipper “I’ve got a cold, I can’t do this anymore”. And with that Oscar Reeves came into the attack, and only lasted two overs to which he decided to employ the short ball tactic with Square Leg up (took a while to find the ball in the hedge). The skipper took a gamble and introduced the specialist mystery grenade non-spinner, Hemming. With the field spread, the Henley duo played riskless Cricket picking up singles as the pleased. Just before the start of the 17th over at the drainage end a cry of “oi wait for me lads” came from somewhere near the bushes, fielders left wondering if Tommy was up another tree. He appeared from behind the scorebox 30 seconds later having emptied his bladder, not even an hour into play, and drinks on the horizon. [*See DoD*]
Timbo finished his spell with some uncharacteristic drag downs, with figures of 9-3-17-0. After last weeks economical opening spell, Josh Reeves returned at the Council End and his first ball required fetching from the council chamber as he was hit down the ground for four. Three balls later he had his man with what looked like a slower ball, although no one can be sure, chipped to Babu at mid-on, ending a 69-run partnership. Like the warrior he believes himself to be, Reeves battled through a hurting knee, and lasted 4 overs before pulling up mid over. He finished the over walking through his action (probably a good thing the stream was off), with Simon Lewis the coach watching and taking notes for next Thursday’s training. The skipper turned to himself coming up the hill and required brilliance from Oscar Reeves in the outfield to aid his Captain, all whilst being heckled by the Albert’s and Paul Reeves at Long Off. Babu came on at the drainage end despite mentioning his injured shoulder many a time, and only managed to last 2 overs before the skipper was forced to return to Hemmo. Uncharacteristically, Hemming went wicketless in his 8 overs, before the captain called upon ‘The Hoover’ Thorne at the death. The Henley number 3, Hunt, passed 50 in what was a classy chanceless innings, whilst Mather bowled his ‘Snake Ball’ (or so he claims) to dismiss the dangerous Lubbock. All of this before Mather heard Thatcham was in need of a new Pie man and served a delicious Pukka to the Henley number 7 who dispatched him over the sightscreens and nearly into the car park. It was at this stage that Hemmo was screaming “catch” claiming later that he thought the batsman toed it. Some hell of a bat if he’s toed it 100 yards. Thorne bowled tightly at the other end taking another two wickets, another top of off beauty to dismiss Hunt, and a good catch from Hemming who moved like a whippet to his left to take a good catch. And unlike Lewis at Sulhampstead, the driving instructor managed to get into second gear, however, couldn’t seem to apply the brakes as he did a lap. A good last over from Thorne restricted Henley to 201, a seemingly par score, and one that looked like it could have been a lot more with 10 overs to go.
The batting innings started with the season’s opening pair of Lewis and Mather with the former giving an early untaken chance - and the latter giving an early taken chance - to the away side, being caught for a duck. Thorne joined Lewis in the middle and looked scratchy being dropped twice, scoring two fours before being caught off a leading edge for 9. Lewis looked more settled at the other end scoring fluently (when he didn’t hit it straight at point), and with the game in the balance at 55-2, Lewis missed a straightish ball (probably missing another set) and was given out by the umpire, much to Pradeep’s dismay watching from steamy Bangalore, cursing at his iPhone. The Ginger Lara, Eddie Wylie, joined Hemming at the crease and got into his work straight away hitting two boundaries through point in as many balls. However, in typical Ginger Lara fashion, he was dismissed by a casual one-handed return caught and bowled. The skipper was in disbelief at 63-4. “Have a look Ed” was the cry from the club house after last season's promise to Rochy (to give himself an over before going nuts) appeared to have been forgotten amongst the carnage of his trip to Butlins. Babu joined Hemmo and the pair got through to drinks with both hitting boundaries with ease. Babu planting the spinner into the hedge, getting revenge for Oscar. However, in typical trout fashion, a collapse was on the cards as 99-4 quickly became 108-8 [Trouts are falling apart, again...] including the tamest dismissal of all time from returning rust bucket Jack North gifting catching practice to short cover. Henry Britter and Tim Mahoney looked good as they ran hard (somehow; Mahoney checking his pacemaker at regular intervals whilst the skipper, taking no chances, fashioned a makeshift stretcher from a couple of parasols and some musty old pads in the guest changing room). Britter meanwhile hit two glorious boundaries and took the score to 149. With the game out of sight, the batting bonus point at 150 proved too much pressure for Britter as he tried to run a single to short mid-wicket with 62-year-old Mahoney at the striking end. The one-legged Josh Reeves joined Mahoney and the pair took the score past 150, before Reeves hit a wonderful cover drive for four, and Mahoney was judged to be LBW in the final over (Pradeep cursing even louder and longer over in India while the skipper brought the makeshift stretcher onto the field in anticipation the umpire might need it). The Trout migration started well but this week encountered a weir, all out for 154, losing by 47 runs.
MOM: Henry Britter
DOD: Tommy Mather

Henley CC 3rd XI Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
1nb 8w 2b 3lb 
for 6 wickets
201 (45.0 overs)
Alasdair Grunshaw ct  J North b O Thorne 3 6 50.0
Haider-Ali Baig ct  B Periyasamy b J Reeves 39 66 5 1 59.09
Charlie Hunt b  O Thorne 71 104 9 68.27
Oliver Snook ct  O Reeves b T Mather 44 60 4 1 73.33
Adam Lubbock b  T Mather 4 4 100
Chris Dyer Not Out  10 13 76.92
Liam Hanna ct  P Hemming b O Thorne 13 16 1 81.25
Rowan Garfath-Nebbett Not Out  3 2 150.0
Abdul Safi  
Francesca Clarke  
Matt Nebbett  

Thatcham Town Cricket Club Thatcham 2XI- Saturday Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Olly Thorne9.0144314.674.89
Tim Mahoney9.031700.001.89
Oscar Reeves5.003200.006.40
Paul Hemming8.003800.004.75
Joshua Reeves5.0019119.003.80
Babu Periyasamy2.001000.005.00
Tommy Mather7.0136218.005.14

Thatcham Town Cricket Club Thatcham 2XI- Saturday Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
1nb 11w 7b  
for 10 wickets
Simon Lewis lbw  R Garfath-Nebbett 32 58 3 55.17
Tommy Mather ct  L Hanna b M Nebbett 0 4 0
Olly Thorne ct  C Hunt b M Nebbett 9 15 2 60.0
Paul Hemming b  C Hunt 23 49 3 46.94 1
Eddie Wylie ct  R Garfath-Nebbett b R Garfath-Nebbett 8 4 2 200
Babu Periyasamy b  R Garfath-Nebbett 20 35 2 1 57.14 1
Henry Britter run out  (F Clarke) 19 42 2 45.24
Jack North ct  O Snook b C Hunt 3 12 25.00 1
Oscar Reeves ct  A Grunshaw b A Lubbock 2 12 16.67 1
Tim Mahoney lbw  L Hanna 15 31 48.39
Joshua Reeves Not Out  4 3 1 133.33

Henley CC 3rd XI Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Abdul Safi7.022200.003.14
Matt Nebbett6.0123211.503.83
Francesca Clarke6.022100.003.50
Rowan Garfath-Nebbett9.012939.673.22
Charlie Hunt9.0124212.002.67
Adam Lubbock4.0113113.003.25
Liam Hanna3.1015115.004.74