Glamour for the Better

Sunday, 20 May 2012 witnessed a cloudy and dry afternoon, ready for a cricket contest of Goring Sunday XI hosting Checkendon CC. The skippers decided on a timed innings match, with the home captain losing the toss for the third time consecutively, Goring Sunday were put into bat.

Goring had a slow start with the opening duo of Ed Everitt and Tom Castle, Tom looked strong with his forward stroke play but ended up being keen to get off the mark and that paid its price with an early run out. Stephen Wincott, the Sunday senior walked up to the square and settled in slowly adapting his style to the young Checkendon bowlers; including the encouragement of the middle order batsmen chipping in the runs slowly, with Alex Crawford, Alex McGee and Checkendon’s 12th man, Sandeep. When the drinks break arrived, Goring Sunday skipper, The Don passed the message of aiming for at least 120 runs. Later our grand scorer of 2011, Wincott fashioned his first 50 of the season, and thoroughly deserved it. With the quick bowling changes of Checkendon’s bowlers, Goring Sunday fumbled to 96 for 7. The Don entered the arena with young Charlie Edwards, moving the runs slowly past a ton for the team. With 10 minutes left of the innings, Charlie was dismissed after his formidable character in the crease by Checkendon’s captain, Luke Gray, also later dismissing Goring Sunday captain for 16. This lead to ‘The Maestro’ Pete Slade, seeing the ball like a beach ball, hit a quick-fire 20*. Bringing Goring Sunday’s innings to 152 for 9; a great defendable total, and the highest yet in a ‘full’ innings of play.

The jumpers were assembled and tea was drunk, the only two items being the means of warmth for the imminent second innings (although Matt Norman had the addition of wicket-keeping gloves, helmet and specs). The Don had his usual faith in Tom Ferry with opening up the bowling attack, and deciding to put his trust into Charlie Edwards bowling his off-spin down the hill at the other end. Providing a very interesting opening pair, it muddled Checkendon’s opening batsmen, with the opening bowling pair each getting their man at the end of their spells. This was only the introduction of an interesting second innings. Pete Slade controlled the middle order batsmen with accurate deliveries, restricting the batsmen to play their strokes. And The Don bowling up the hill hadn’t had much impact on the batsmen, when he decided to turn to Alex Crawford; having a direct impact to the game, taking 3 wickets in his first spell. The Don’s next move was to provide the other bowlers a chance to smell Goring Sunday’s first victory of 2012, and entered Alex McGee, who continued to provide a tight bowling attack for Goring. This created pressure in the cold evening of the recreation ground, with Checkendon needing 46 runs in their last 10 overs, The Don decided to put on the formidable characters of Crawford (5 wickets for 10 runs) and Slade (3 wickets for 13 runs) in the last 5 overs of the innings, both finishing it off with one over to spare, each showing their valued experience. Checkendon CC ended on 136 all out, giving Goring Sunday their first victory of 2012.

This established to be one of the classic Sunday encounters with great all round performances from both teams, and an encouraging victory was the end result. Our next game is Cholsey CC (home). ‘Let’s make our ground an unbreakable fortress for Sunday.

Donovan Norman, Goring Sunday Captain

22 May 2012

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