Match Report: Goring CC vs. Ruislip Victoria

10 man Ruislip Victoria arrived in The ‘Ring to play the 11 man, all-new-shirted GCC league XI. With Captain Westcar back at the helm, RV batted first with Hedge and Slade opening the bowling. After 10 or so overs both sides strangely felt comfortable with RV on almost 40 without loss and GCC feeling the bowling and fielding were both reasonably tight. The RV opening bat clearly had plans to run every single he could – to great success and his 92* most have been 80% singles. Most bowlers took a single wicket, with Tom Hedge being the pick in terms of economy and generally bowling accurately and “liveleley”. Run outs brought other wickets for GCC including a fantastic direct hit from Old Man Ankerson. Fielding generally went downhill and GCC lacked some sort of enthusiasm all round – no real explanation why, but Simon Butterfield was caught on camera “thanking” the GCC fan by saying “it’s nice to be booed by your own fan when you leave the pitch”, something he later apologised for (the fan, not Butterfield). Will Smith took a great catch, albeit over the boundary, off Butterfield – the Yellow Bin scarpered…

RV ended up at 272 for 7 off 45, with a few big hitters coming in later down the order and finding the corners with good effect. Capello, sorry, Westcar gave a quick chat to the team as they left the field – whilst it didn’t necessarily work, it certainly clicked…

Smith and Kent opened the batting and were both quickly dismissed by some superb catching behind the wickets by RV. The visitors continued to field well but their bowling didn’t penetrate GCC quite enough throughout the home side’s innings. Enter wicket keepers Cross Lewis and Dirty Harrigan at 3 and 4 to steady the ship. Both looking in good Nick, and with the RV fielders mainly in close, a useful partnership began to develop, with the textbook cover drives from both players earning runs. With Harrigan out, Lewis went on to play shots with confidence and supreme style and soon got to a well-deserved – and needed – 50. At 124 for 5 of 34 overs, GCC looked unlikely to win (!) but desperately wanted to avoid collapses of other league games this year. Slade and Ankerson saw out the remaining overs with an unbeaten partnership of 77, including an all-run 4 by the 40+ year olds – Ankerson ending up on 28* and Pete Slade, Maestro Of The Castle yet again this week, with 62*.

RV were a pleasant team to play against on the coldest sunny day of the year so far. Opposition Umpire stayed with home team until 1045 in Tha Soashe (before his 90 minute drive back to Zone 1. Home Scorer showered with the opposition as part of the “Cricket First” campaign. Checkendon this week – who failed to raise a team at the weekend – may well be quaking in their boots whilst Tim “White Lightening” Deeks is tying his up…

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