Match Report: Sunday XI Home to Highmoor 24 April 2011

GCC Stumps kindly donated by - "Cash for Ash"

Boom Boom Berm!!! To coin a phrase GCC Vs Highmoor was a game of two halves. A strong Sunday team, including three members of the GCC academy, promised much on paper with excellent batting and bowling prospects. Skipper Ferry once again strode forth confident in his tossing ability, only to be proved useless in this regards. Highmoor put GCC in to bat, and on an early season wicket this would have seemed like an excellent idea. Unfortunately for Highmoor3 weeks of sunshine, a well presented strip and Goring’s opening partnership of Butterfield and Caulfield hammered any aspirations they may have had.

Goring sped to the mid 80’s in only 15 overs, with Caulfield being the first of 3 retirements on 50 (his at a startling run rate aided by a number of Masooms Maximums). Wincott joined Butterfield at the crease and both were soon completing 50’s of their own and then showing fantastic sportsmanship in retiring and giving others a go. Michael Deeks showed some fantastic stroke play before attempting a quick single when sitting pretty in the mid 30’s. Both Alexander McGee and Owyn Tong-Jones displayed their obvious promise with the bat before departing in an effort for quick runs. Goring were catapulted to a fantastic 255 for 3 by some outstanding hitting from “Captains RelishSteve James, what a find!

With confidence oozing from every pore and Duncan’s fantastic tea fuelling us we approached the certainty of bowling out Highmoor with confidence. Some hostile bowling from Tim Deeks and some very good bowling from Chris Humphrey kept the score down. Unfortunately it soon became apparent that Highmoor were eager to bat out a draw, this they did in superb (but dull) fashion, seeing off some excellent bowling from Barton and some abject bowling from Ferry. Some quick death wickets (3) for Butterfield once the batsmen had been prompted to bat and a wicket for McGee saw some hope restored, however it was too late for a win to be forced. Highmoor finished well over a 100 runs behind with six wickets in hand, with GCC suffering a disappointment that there hadn’t been more intent; credit to Highmoor though who went about the task of killing the game very well. Still there were many positives; not least the excellent form with the bat and the introduction of two more academy players to the senior side (Alexander being an old hand).



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