League Match Report :: Goring v. Farley Hill – 18 June 2011

Wet weather meant that Goring’s fixture against Farley Hill on Saturday was the only Berkshire League 1st division fixture to be played out.

Home skipper Jonny Westcar elected to bat first in damp conditions – initially this call looked to be a poor decision with Goring 27 for 2 in 10 overs and a slow wicket and outfield proving difficult to score on. Chris Lewis joined Westcar and the pair forged a solid partnership of 55 for the 3rd wicket with some good running between the wickets and positive batting. Breaks for rain showers prevented any momentum to be built but the wicket took the conditions well and enabled play to progress.

Westcar was caught on the square leg boundary immediately after reaching his fifty and with the scoring rate slowing, Farley skipper Ditchburn pressured the new batsmen. The next 4 wickets fell for 43 runs leaving Goring looking vulnerable on 125 for 7. Number 9 batsman Pete Slade had different ideas and joined Goring keeper Andy Silver in a boundary laden partnership of 57 that took Goring towards a defendable total. Slade eventually fell for an excellent 40 and Goring reached a total of 193.

Farley Hill started their response slowly but surely with Goring missing a succession of chances. Ditchburn scored freely off the bad ball but good change bowling from Hodges and Vickery ensured wickets fell regularly. Ditchburn eventually holed out for a well struck 42 and the game was evenly poised. Hammond began to force the pace, taking on attacking field placings with a succession of sixes forcing Goring to defend the boundary.

Hammond continued to take the game to Goring despite wickets falling regularly, with 5 overs to go the result was far from certain, until Hammond was well caught by Wincott at fly slip for an excellent 68 that threatened to turn the match. Matt Hodges bowled well to take 4 wickets and with 9 wickets down, Farley made the best of the situation and settled for the draw.

Goring have made a tradition of close run results over the last couple of seasons and this was no exception, more convincing performances are required to challenge for promotion spots in the division.


R Hammond, Farley Hill, 68.

J Westcar, Goring, 51.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by The Dark Knight on June 22, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Well caught by Wincott? It was a sitter!!!


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