Match Report: May 08, 2016: Goring vs Pangbourne Match Report: May 08, 2016: Goring vs Pangbourne

posted by Dan Booth, Monday May 09, 2016

Goring192 for 9
Josh Blake3-22
Keith Baron2-21
Pangbourne225 for 2
Shantha Weerasiri70*
Charlie Butler52
Josh Blake40

Pangbourne win by 33 runs - View full scorecard

The 10 men of Pangbourne terrorize Goring, winning by 33 runs.

On the hottest day of the year the 10 men of Pangbourne travelled to Goring for their first game of the season. Despite losing the toss Pangbourne ended up batting first on a good pitch.

Charlie Butler and Josh were given the honour of opening up the innings and inspite of some calming words from the skipper, were out of the blocks like a ferrett doing... well whatever they do... Josh played the perfect foil to the shwashbuckling Charlie who was dispatching the bowlers to all parts of the ground. Pangbourne raced past 50 without loss and the bowlers were visibly wilting. Charlie ended up hitting his maiden 50 for the club and it really set the tone for the innings. Shantha was next in and after a few nervy shots was into his stride, ably backed up by Josh at the other end, who was calmy going about constructed a very mature innings. Josh finally succumed, but not after managing a fine 40. It was left to Dan and Shantha to put on a final burst to lift the score over 200 and despite some very unfit running between the wickets and a lot of catching of breath, Pangbourne posted 225 from their 35 overs.

225 is normally a very good total in this form of cricket, but with a bowler down the skipper knew he would have to beg borrow and steal to squeeze some overs out of the side. Goring got off to a quick start, with the skipper not his usual miserly self, but thankfully some good field positions meant the runs weren't too fast flowing, resulting on Goring always being under pressure. Dan made the initial breakthrough and from there the wickets fell at regular intervals, meaning Goring couldn't build any momentum. Special mention should go to Alex, who came on for 3 overs, saw his first ball fly for 6, but managed to drag some control back and get his first wickets for the club.

Goring ended up 30 runs short, having chased well, but were always playing under scoreboard pressure. Pangbourne, despite being a man down, fielded really well and stuck to the task it what were some very testing conditions. In the end it was a comfortable win, which given the side that was put out makes this probably one of the best Pangbourne wins, if not of all time, then certainly for a very long time. Hopefully, this is an omen of a good seaon. Next up Highmoor.