Good weather…good game; James Burnett of Mortimer Burnett was our first match ball sponsor of our first home Sunday friendly at the GCG. Don Norman decided on a timed format with unlimited overs per bowler, James did the toss and the toss was won (3 out of 3). Don decided to have a bowl first
The beginning of the innings was slow with the ball nipping in all directions for the opening pair of Don Norman (9 overs, 4 maidens, 17 runs, 3 wickets) and Owyn Tong-Jones (7/1/31/1). Owyn took a while to adapt down the hill, but his pace and carry of the ball was perfect for the pitch, whilst Don opened with 3 maidens in his 9 over spell. Wickets started to fall regularly when the first change of Tom Ferry (6/0/38/2) came on, dismissing a strong Whitchurch CC no.3. The innings was finished with Alfie Gammer Flitcroft (3/0/10/2), Alex McGee (3/1/2/2) and Owyn coming back on up the hill, all taking 5 good wickets between them. Whitchurch CC was all dismissed for 110.
The second innings happened to be another very slow start, but Tom Castle played a fantastic straight leg drive for 4 before being directly run out in GCC’s second wicket fall. A strong 25 was scored by Will Brownlee to get the game ticking to a nelson. And a notable innings by Ed Everitt (reaching his 1000 runs for the club) felt like GCC were easily going to chase the first innings total; after drinks a huge crumble of wickets fell. Sitting at 65 for 9, Owyn and Ferry walked into the middle and defended an incredible 11 overs, only the spectators and the batsman can describe the spectacle to its maximum. Great ending to the game, GCC ended on 85 for 9. We meet Whitchurch CC home again for a revenge game part 2 next month.
Our next game is versus Pangbourne (home) CC, 2pm – another derby that can be a classic!