League Match Report :: Goring CC vs. Checkendon – 28th May 2011

Goring traveled to Checkendon looking to build on their first league win of the season the previous week.

Despite losing the toss, Westcar had some confidence in a strong GCC team being asked to bat first in overcast and cool conditions and on a green, soft wicket. That confidence was proved to be well founded as Armitage and Smith moved Goring through some testing home bowling with some aplomb, with Armitage again showing his class with a second consecutive half century. This opening partnership laid a strong foundation to the innings, ending with Armitage losing his patience against the slow left arm of Trotter. Smith proved as reliable as ever in scoring his runs with minimal risk.

With Smith and then Wincott falling in swift succession, the rate of scoring fell until Westcar and Ross began to take the fight back to Checkendon with some clean striking and good running. Both were dismissed trying to force the pace a little too hard but a good platform had been set with around 150 runs from 32 overs, leaving a strong looking middle and lower order time to post a challenging total. However the reintroduction of Checkendon’s opening bowler put these plans on the skids with an excellent five wicket haul, leaving Goring to settle for 204 for 9.

The Checkendon innings began in improving conditions, however Barton bowled cleverly to dismiss the in-form Checkendon skipper Manning. The arrival of the languid and clean striking Checkendon number 3 shifted the game in favour of Checkendon – he and Trotter working the ball around well and taking advantage of some attacking field settings with shots over the top of the field. At 70 for 1 Goring began to look nervous until Pete Slade made the crucial breakthrough skilfully bowling the number 3 with a swinging yorker.

Trotter departed shortly after for a well struck 30. The introduction of Hodges and good catching from Ross and Westcar off injudicious shots left Checkendon with work to do at 100 for 4 but still with plenty of overs to score the required runs.

Holland and Ramsay formed a good partnership and began to create some momentum for the home team, Sexon bowled well but without a breakthrough and the pressure began to shift to Goring. The introduction of Vickery down the hill and with the wind had immediate effect with the breakthrough coming – shades of the same fixture as last year returned – Goring immediately shifted to the attack with tight fielding and excellent bowling from both Vickery and Barton. The home team looked caught in the headlights as the remaining batsmen succumbed to some good bowling and poor shots, Vickery holding a notable skied cowshot from Checkendon’s last recognised batsman Suri. Checkendon again collapsing from a strong start to be bowled out for 140. Vickery taking the King Cobra award for the second week running.

Goring will be happy with the 35 points and remain unbeaten this season. The next couple of weeks could be crucial for this years campaign as Goring play fixtures against the top placed teams in the division.

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