Match Report :: Goring 1st XI v. Crown Wood – 14 May 2011

[This is the Henley Standard report – with a few editorial comments]

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Goring faced Crown Wood in Saturdays Berkshire League first division fixture, played at Crown Wood’s picturesque ground on the outskirts of Wokingham [oxymoron]. Availability problems had some considerable influence over the game as Goring took the field with ten men and without a number of key players, however Goring were focused on building on the positive start to the league season made the previous week.

Crown Wood’s skipper Wedatilake did not hesitate to bat having won the toss and the late arrival [Chris Lewis is back…?] of the Goring opening bowler Pete Slade […oh, no. sorry.] allowed the home team to seize the initiative and put runs on the board in the opening overs. Goring’s Kenza Barton made the breakthrough finding Crook LBW, however from this opportunity Goring then contrived to drop three straightforward catches, allowing Crown Wood Batsmen Wedatilake and Godbole to construct a serious partnership. The batsmen mixed circumspect defence with harsh treatment of the loose ball and despite some canny bowling from Len Sexon, declared on 258 for 4 with Godbole reaching an excellent and powerful 135 not out, allowing 48 overs at the Goring batsmen to force the win.

Crown Wood elected to start with the old ball and the tight off-spin of Crook. After 6 tidy yet unrewarding overs the new ball was taken, and immediately Fowles bowling accurate left arm over with good pace and swing, made the breakthrough, leaving Goring 18 for 1 […could have been Westcar…but he wrote this…].

However, this served to steel Goring Batsmen Matthew Armitage and Stephen Wincott into a second wicket partnership that began to change the momentum of the game. Armitage, playing his first game for Goring in over a year, played with classy style and confidence, moving to his half century in an assured fashion [enough pleasantries for him to play again]. Wincott offered some contrast, mixing gutsy [gusty?] defence with authoritative attacking shots until he was well caught pulling powerfully to midwicket. The entrance of the flamboyant Russell saw the run rate increase quickly and shift the game in favour of Goring with boundaries hit to many parts the ground.

The deciding moment game as Armitage misjudged a drive at Godbole and was dismissed for 81. Russell soon followed, caught at deep mid-wicket, effectively ending Goring’s hope of chasing down the target. Barton and Sexon then showed some nerve in the final overs, forcing the draw and ensuring that Goring gained the extra batting point without losing further wickets. Goring will reflect on the game positively and be pleased with the character shown in this game.

Crown Wood

T Wedatilake St Westcar b Sexon 52

R Crook LBW b Barton 19

R Godbole Not Out 135

D Cartledge LBW b Sexon 6

J Green b Slade 2

L Allwright Not Out 16

Extras 28

(Sexon 2 – 71)

Total 258 (4 Wickets)

Goring on Thames

M Armitage b Godbole 81

J Westcar LBW b Fowles 3

S Wincott Ct Cartledge b Chada 45

J Russell Ct Karim b Godbole 31

P Slade Ct Crook b Godbole 11

K Barton Not Out 4

L Sexon Not Out 13

Extras 16

Total 204 (5 Wickets)

(Godbole 3–53)




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