Goring Sunday Slump To Their First Home Defeat

Prestcold CC was the next club to arrive at the Recreation Ground on Sunday 17th June. And Prestcold being a Sunday only side this was inevitably going to be a tough challenge for the Goring Sunday players. With the skipper, Don Norman winning his first ever coin toss, he decided to put the opposition into bat.

The skipper decided to open up the bowling up the hill, with Tom Hedge bowling down the hill. Both bowlers bowled solid spells each taking a wicket, both involved Matt Norman taking the catches behind the stumps. Hedge’s second game of the season, looked like he’d being going to the nets…he has been, and it paid off by bowling a 10 over spell taking 1 wicket for 39 runs (including a maiden!). The skipper ended his opening spell of 10 overs taking 1 wicket for 35 runs. Half way through the first innings, and Prestcold CC was sitting on 53 for 3 off 20 overs, including a spectacular square leg run-out by Jon Williams, making his splendid return to Goring CC.  After the splendid first half, Tom Ferry (bowling up the hill) and young Charlie Edwards came into the attack. Tom Ferry started off slow, but later bowled tighter to what seemed to be their stronger batsmen; Ferry ended his 9 over spell taking 3 wickets for 53 runs, thoroughly deserved by taking out the middle order batsmen. Charlie Edwards bowled brilliantly once again, bowling at batsmen who clearly have far more match experience than young Charlie, but Charlie looked composed as ever, bowling his 5 over spell of off-spin for only 16 runs, incredible display. Tom Castle was the later change after Charlie, providing his out swinging deliveries to the batsmen, bowling his 5 overs for 26 runs, showing his young ability of bowling a great line and length once again. The innings was finished off with Owyn Tong-Jones taking a wicket for 5 runs in his over, with the skipper taking a catch at mid-on. Prestcold CC completed their innings on 179 for seven, a respectable innings performance by an all-round bowling attack from Goring Sunday.

The following innings saw Goring slump for 60 all out, with the only sense of pride ignited from the opening batsmen of Stefan Gordon and Matt Norman getting off the team total mark of 20 runs off the first 3 overs. And Tom Castle provided another showcase of his batting technique at number 3, although the experience of the opposing bowlers proved too much for young Tom. Other fighting performances were influenced by young Charlie Edwards and Jon Williams, Jon equalling the high score of 9 for Goring Sunday.

A very tough afternoon for the Goring players, but a respectable fight was given in the bowling attack, and the four juniors all played their parts well.

Our next game is away versus Englefield CC, 2pm start

Who’s up for a fight back with a fighting spirit?


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