Goring arrived at Bradfield having not had a game for two weeks – players were dripping enthusiasm to get involved, skipper was eager to win the toss and Wincott was eager to avoid a queen pair. On a damp track GCC were put in to bat, skipper once again proving that tails can fail. In a 40 over a-side game GCC made a slow start, staggering to an uninspiring 6 runs from 5 overs. Eventually our openers, Butterfield and Carrier, opened up taking the scoring to 65 off 18 overs before we lost our first wicket. Tong-Jones came and went, despite showing some nice touches, giving Wincott the opportunity to score his first runs of the weekend. Wincott dually [duly?]delivered, but was frustrated to see partners depart at the other end. When he was eventually out for 39, leaving Goring 124 for 5 in the 33rd over, we were confident of passing 150 with a wagging tail. Unfortunately 4 wickets for 1 run left us in the mire and, despite some lusty blows from Crawford, Goring eventually succumbed to 148 all out from 39 overs.
Goring opened with Slade and Ferry, both doing a sterling job of keeping the runs down and taking wickets at regular intervals. Norman chipped in with a wicket; however a partnership between M Bolton and J Crest had put Bradfield in a commanding position. Bradfield went into the last 10 overs needing 45 to win, but 6 down, whilst Goring continued to take wickets through Ferry, Slade and a run out Bradfield entered the last over needing 5 to win. Carrier was unable to stop some fine running and, with one needed to win form the last ball, a Ferry misfield gifted Bradfield the win. Goring were left to rue the 32 extras they had graciously provided their opposition, some clumsy dropping and poor ground fielding from their skipper.
All in all it was a great game of cricket but Goring will go home frustrated at an inability to perform the basics correctly. Well played Bradfield!
Goring CC innings
Goring batting stats: Wincott 39, Butterfield 39, Carrier 26
Bradfield bowling stats: Rossington 2 overs 3 for 3, Bliss 8 overs 2 for 27, B Bargent 6 overs 2 for 34
Bradfield batting stats: M Bolton 27, J Crest 24, R Bolton 32, Extras 32
Goring bowling stats: P Slade 8 overs 3 for 11, T Ferry 8 overs 3 for 14, D Norman 8 overs 2 for 31