Blewbury & Upton CC hosted Goring Cricket Club for a thoroughly enjoyable friendly to kick off the 2012 season.
With Goring’s academy rapidly expanding there was a youthful presence to the team, which had an average age of 22. It was a good mix of upcoming GCC talent and wise old heads, led by the ‘Don’.
Blewbury & Upton won the toss and elected to bat. GCC entered the field with some trepidation due to the cold temperatures however a wide variety of GCC cricket attire kept the team from freezing. Slade and Ferry opened the attack with a few ‘early season’ overs. The 4th over saw Slade take his first wicket of season after Alexander McGee took a smart catch running back from mid on.
After the first wicket fell Goring struggled to maintain the Blewbury batsmen from scoring freely. Pete ‘the maestro’ Slade was yet again the pick of the bowlers, ending on 2 for 23, however Donny Norman skippered well to see that all the bowlers had overs under their belts for the season ahead.
Blewbury batted well and managed to pile on 206 for 5 from their 35 overs. It was a tough session in the field but a good test for the bowlers and fielders.
After a few sandwiches and penguin jokes Barton and Tong-Jones headed out to chase down a big score. The first few overs saw Barton struggling to find the gaps and Tong-Jones smashing it where he liked. An opening partnership of 26 came to a premature end when a deadly slow straight ball saw the bails tumble. This saw Barton walk back for an early shower in the new Pavilion with only 4 runs to his name.
GCC did not manage to get close to the 207 target however the youngsters showed their value. Tong-Jones scored an impressive 24 and was joined by Mark Russell who picked up an exciting 14 runs. The match ended on a high for GCC as the crowd enjoyed a fine partnership of 33 from Humpreys and McGee. Neither batsmen was troubled and they both showed their respective qualities with the bat.
New sunday skipper Donny Norman said “Overall it was a good “draw/loss” for GCC. It was a tough game but a good workout and the team left in good spirits. We are all looking forward to another great Goring cricket season!”