Tension, anger, delight and despair. All words to describe the jampacked evening of cricket last Sunday. Indoor skipper Jonny Russell provides us with the lowdown on events:
Match 1 – Goring won by 1 wicket
Burnham – 102 a.o (12.0 overs)
Goring – 103/5 (12.0 overs)
A superb fielding performance against the naive Burnham batsmen put them in a precarious position at 55/5 following some awesome run-outs and catching. Their final batsmen showed some undoubted quality in scoring a fifty to make the score challenging. In reply, we followed the required rate at regular intervals and it took a composed final 2 overs from Gareth to steer us home to the victory on the very last ball.
Match 2 – Crown Wood won by 9 runs
Crown Wood – 94/5 (12.0 overs)
Goring – 85 a.o (11.0 overs)
After a shocking start with Crown Wood flying to 45-0 off 4 overs, our front-liners, in particular Kaz Miles, started piling on the pressure and we wrestled control back. With one over left Crown Wood were far short of a competitive score on 74-5, when Russell dropped a regulation catch on the boundary, which instead went for 6 and contributed to a final over of 20. In reply Goring looked comfortable, but a few quick-fire wickets left the pressure on last man Mike Deeks to steer us home. He was performingadmirably until a moment of madness led to a run out and Goring falling 9 runs short.
Innings of the evening – Gareth Lovett
40 not out in first match to carry his bat and win the match for Goring by taking a single off the final ball. Even managed to eek out the tension by taking all 6 balls of final over to score the 5 needed for victory.
Catch of the day – Gareth Lovett
Caught and bowled, drilled back at pace, dived low to left, pouched with aplomb.
Best Goring Debut moment – Stefan Gordon
When called upon to bowl Stefan apologised for the upcoming wides and proceeding to clean bowl the oppo first bowl with a super dipper of a delivery.
I never thought I would see that on a cricket pitch – Steve Wincott
3 quick run singles, in succession. Steve is recovering at the Royal Berks.
Controversial character – Jonny Russell
As umpire for Crown Wood vs Burnham, correctly gave out a Crown Wood whippersnapper for ‘handling the ball’ and was later attacked by the Burnham captain who launched his bat at JR following a tight run-out decision at square leg.
Muppet of the day – Jonny Russell
Run out in both innings for 3. Copious wides and dropped more catches than had done all summer season, including crucial drop in last over against Crown Wood that would have restricted them to 74 all out. A true captain’s performance.
Off to flyer against a team who will fly up the league once they work out when not to run in indoor cricket. Really should have been 2 out of 2 as in complete control and then the team were let down by their captain. Still an excellent and exciting start to the season!
SUNDAY 14th NOVEMBER – I am in Paris so not only do I need a squad of 6, but I need a willing captain to show how to lead by example!!