Regardless of whatever else happens this season, I am so proud of the Ultras!!!

14 months ago there was no such thing as the Ultras. The only T20 games we ever got involved in were on President’s Day. How things have changed! Now we are sitting pretty at the top of the South Oxfordshire T20 league table!!!

The Ultras sums up so much that is great about this cricket club. A mixture of new blood, experienced Goring pro’s and youth come together to make a quite wonderful group.

Wednesday was our first away game and we could not have asked for a tougher task – coming up against the 2010 champions and last year’s 3rd place team.

With my keeper and opening bowler stuck in Reading, it was crucially important to be a lucky tosser – I called heads and we won. Massive result!

Taking the field for the Ultras was debutante Andy Benning and GCC legend, Jonny Westcar. It became clear early on that this was not an easy pitch to score on – massive boundaries and a low bounce made it a real challenge. After promising starts Westcar and new Saturday recruit (amazing news!!) Luke Gray were dismissed just as they were hitting their stride. This brought Steve James to the crease and we saw the crucial partnership of the innings.

After 10 overs, Goring were looking short on 48 and less than 5 an over but Andy and Steve started to play some expansive cricket and the run rate began ticking up. AB showed some real quality as he moved on towards his 50, but some late jug avoidance (?!) resulted in him falling one run short on 49. Stevey James quickly followed Andy back to the hutch with a crucial 25 after being run out by the skipper! Crucially Steve made sure runs were scored off every single ball, rotating the strike expertly.

Ultimately we scored 115-5 off the 20 overs. On paper it looked light and a big effort in the field needed.

The Maestro and late call-up Vikas Chib opened up and some superbly disciplined bowling restricted Crowmarsh and built the pressure quickly. Pete Slade bowling beautifully to claim a couple of early wickets. Both were bowled through and only conceded 14 off their 4 overs.

Next up was Ultras player of the year 2011, Tom Ferry and the inaugural pimpmystumps.co.uk Pimp of the Match Steve James. Crowmarsh started to attack more, but some disciplined bowling by Fezza and SJ and some superb fielding kept the Crowmarsh batsmen underwraps. A special word here for whippet Matty Norman who covers an immense amount of ground in a ridiculously short amount of time.

With Crowmarsh bats 3 and 4 growing in confidence we needed a breakthrough and newbie Benning brought it with his second ball. Absolutely crucial and one more in the over was the beginning of the end.

The Crows were never within touching distance and some more excellent bowling from Andy and top glove work from Punter (2 games, 0 byes!!) sealed the deal.

I had the pleasure of bringing in the field for the last bowl to give AB a chance of a debut 5’er, but sadly jug avoidance took hold!!

Ultras win by 21 runs – an absolutely superb effort against one of the top teams in the league. The victory was followed by beers and the biggest burger and hot dog spread ever at the Cross Keys, plus some Aunt Sally action!!

Scores on the doors were:

Goring 115-5

A Benning       49

J Westcar       10

L Gray          8

S James 25

V Chib          9 (*)

J Russell       6

L Introna       0 (*)

Crowmarsh 94-7

V Chib          4-14-0

P Slade 4-13-2

T Ferry         4-26-0

S James 4-23-0

A Benning       4-14-4

Pimpmystumps.co.uk Pimp of the Match – ANDY BENNING

Ultras Skip

Jonny R

 

Pos

Club

Played

Won

Lost

Tied

N/R

Points

1=

Goring-on-Thames

2

2

0

0

0

4

1=

Moreton

2

2

0

0

0

4

1=

Tetsworth

2

2

0

0

0

4

4=

Clifton Hampden

2

1

1

0

0

2

4=

Crowmarsh

2

1

1

0

0

2

4=

RAF Benson

1

1

0

0

0

2

4=

Warborough and Shillingford

2

1

1

0

0

2

8=

Chalgrove

2

0

2

0

0

0

8=

Cholsey

2

0

2

0

0

0

8=

Dorchester-on-Thames

1

0

1

0

0

0

8=

Ewelme

2

0

2

0

0

0

8=

Britwell Salome

0

0

0

0

0

0

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