Match Report: GCC ‘v’ Shinfield

Goring were greeted with an under prepared wicket at Shinfield on Saturdays Berkshire League Division One fixture marking the mid-point of the 2011 season.

The home side elected to bat and soon found difficulty with tight bowling and variable bounce.  Barton had Rich early, nicking through to Silver with a cross batted heave but Gaylor and Ali combined and played defensively to good effect, soft hands and straight bats much in evidence to counter the variable bounce and pace the wicket provided.

Gaylor upped the pace with some sweet strikes down the ground but fell playing across the line – a trend that was to continue through much of the day.  Garg looked well set and hungry to build on his previous two innings scores that had aggregated him over 170 runs, but was undone for 15, bowled by Hodges aiming a cut at a straight short of a length ball.  Vickery bowled a tight, testing and incisive 12 overs, seeing Shinfield to 98-7 from 28 overs and with work to do to reach a defensible total.  An energetic Peffers then joined Crisp who played out Vickerys excellent spell with much concentration and a dead bat, a tactic that in the context of the match changed Shinfields fortunes.  The shine now removed from the ball, Peffers contrasted the obdurate batting of Crisp with a busy 46 that pulled Shinfield up to a challenging total of 169 all out.

With the condition of the wicket it was clear that a successful chase would require sensible, intelligent batting and partnership building.  Goring’s openers Smith and Westcar moved without false stroke to 16 off 6 overs when Westcar inexplicably aimed a pull shot at Eames and was bowled playing over a ball that unsurprisingly kept low.

Kent joined Smith and looked untroubled until what was the first of 4 LBW decisions that were to go in Shinfields favour.  Garg then bowled Jonny Russell first ball to leave Goring reeling at 28-3.  Goring needed some steely and sensible batting to mount a challenge but a combination of unyielding bowling and unfavourable umpiring decisions railroaded all attempts to rebuild the innings.

Vickery looked set with Smith but both were out in a short space of each other and the Goring lower order was exposed to some canny change bowling.  Wickets fell regularly until no.9 Pete Slade showed the way with some expansive strokes that saw him to a brisk 34.  Number 11 Hodges showed some rare aggression and joined Slade in finding the boundary during what proved to be the most convincing batting partnership of the day for Goring.  Slade had one dash too many at Gaylor’s looping off breaks and cut to Eames at slip who took a sharp catch to end the Goring innings 59 runs short.

Shinfield played well to convert a poor start to a convincing victory, Goring’s batsmen will have to work harder to earn the team much needed points during the second half of the season.


T Rich ct Silver b Barton 2
A Gaylor b Vickery 11
P Ghandi LBW Vickery 6
F Ali b Hodges 19
S Garg b Hodges 15
N Nasser b Vickery 1
Milino LBW Slade 2
M Crisp b Barton 25
A Peffers ct Sexon b Barton 46
E Burton not out 1
G Eames b Slade 0
Extras 41
Total 169 ao in 44 overs

K Barton 3-47

J Vickery 3-18

W Smith LBW Eames 13
K Westcar b Eames 11
D Kent LBW Garg 6
J Russell b Garg 0
A Silver ct Ghandi b Eames 0
J Vickery b Ghandi 12
K Barton LBW Ghandi 10
S Butterfield b Gaylor 8
P Slade ct Eames b Gaylor 34
L Sexon LBW Gaylor 4
M Hodges not out 9
Extras 11
Total 118 a/o in 29.3 overs

G Eames 3-32

A Gaylor 3-17


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by AT on July 5, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    4 L.B.W. decisions and “unfavourable umpiring decisions”. I know exactly what you’re saying, and I admire your restraint.

    AT – Checkendon CC


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