On a pleasant day with the Masoom’s sponsorship banner flapping gently in the breeze, another fantastic team performance from Goring led to a convincing victory over Hurley CC. In particular the efforts of Under 13 Academy players Alexander McGee and Chris Humpreys with the ball, and old hand Jonny Russell with the bat, stood out.
On a wicket that had yielded close to 400 runs the previous week, Goring were asked (with some trepidation) to field first. Barton and Ferry commenced with some accurate bowling and duly removed both of Hurley’s openers, stand in wicket keeper Butterfield taking some good catches; Hurley were really pinned down by some outstanding bowling from Slade (5 overs for 3 runs) and Humphreys (4 overs for 4 runs) – Humpreys importantly removed the dangerous Selvage for 26 in his fantastic spell. Skipper Ferry continued to ring the changes, bringing on McGee, who promptly demolished the Hurley middle order with some fine away swing, and Markham, who bowled some excellent spin. With tea fast approaching, Ferry returned to the attack, mopping up the tail with two quick wickets. This left Hurley the task of defending their score of 86 from 30 overs.
Tea done, Goring came into bat with great confidence (having scored a total of nearly 500 runs in their previous two Sunday innings this year); Westcar showed a glimpse of the future with a lovely cover drive for four in the first over, before unfortunately finding the square leg fielder when trying to pull to leg. This early wicket brought Russell to the crease who hit his first ball for four! Indeed, he was still there at the end of the innings having scored 59 not out from only 24 deliveries. At the other end, Academy player Tong-Jones showed some good stroke play, finally being undone by a ball that jagged back in. The batsman continued to come and go, with Wincott out LBW for a duck and Butterfield, after some good shots, caught “trying to push on”. Markham finally provided some stability, feeding a rampant Russell the strike that allowed Goring to end the run chase inside 13 overs – amassing 89 runs from 75 balls.
All in all it was another fantastic performance from Goring, with particular congratulations going out to our younger players.
Hooper Ct Butterfield B Ferry 0
Ainger Ct Butterfield B Barton 9
Selvage B Humphreys 26
Simon J Ct Westcar B McGee 8
Hinnell snr Ct Westcar B McGee 1
Hinnell jnr St Butterfield B Markham 6
Savage B McGee 1
Sawtell Not Out 7
Griffin B Ferry 4
Adams St Butterfield B Markham 3
Simon R B Ferry 0
(McGee 3-16, Ferry 3-24, Markham 2-4, Humpreys 1-4, Barton 1-25, Slade 0-3)
J Westcar Ct Sawtell B Adams 4
O Tong-Jones B Simon R 3
J Russell Not Out 59
S Wincott LBW B Simon R 0
S Butterfield Ct Selvage B Adams 14
A Markham Not Out 4
Total 89 (4 wickets)
(Adams 2-39, Simon R 2-23, Selvage 0-17, Hooper 0-5)
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