Match Report: May 09, 2021: Pangbourne vs Highmoor Match Report: May 09, 2021: Pangbourne vs Highmoor

posted by Dan Booth, Monday May 10, 2021

Pangbourne101 for 10
Rodger Jones37
Mikey Holloway22
Eddie .14
Highmoor154 for 10
Bryan Greenaway3-17
Dan Booth2-19

Pangbourne lose by 53 runs - View full scorecard

Cricket is back, we're up and running on what will hopefully be a full season. 

Pangbourne started their season at Highmoor. It was great to get the season up and running and field a full 11.

Dan won the toss and on a damp, slow wicket elected to bowl first. Pangbourne were pretty sharp in the field, with catches being taken and the offside ring being particularly good, with Ryan putting in an excellent shift in the covers. Last year Pangbourne were without one of their opening bowlers due to injury, so it was good to see Dan Booth make it through 6 overs, unscathed and taking two wickets along the way. All of Pangbourne's bowlers chipped in, James steaming in and Bryan picking up three wickets towards the end of the innings. It can be tricky bowling on the Highmoor pitch, with its slopes and odd run-ups and it can take a while for bowlers to settle in, but Pangbourne stuck to their task, taking wickets at regular intervals.

Pangbourne were set a competitive 155 to win. Batting requires patience at Highmoor, having to wait for the ball, get forward and it can take a while for a batsman to get in, but once that happens batting gets easier. Unfortunately, not many Pangbourne batsmen got in... Notable exceptions were Rodger, who seemed to enjoy the bowling and Mikey hitting some lovely shots. But, Pangbourne lost wickets far too frequently and pressure was always building. A few lusty blows from Jonny and Eddie at the end brought a little cheer, but it was a frustrating innings. One hopes that being the first game of the season the cobwebs have been blow away. 

Pangbourne ended up well short of the total, but it was good to get out on a Sunday afternoon and playing cricket again. There was also an early candidate for champagne moment, when Bryan gave Ryan out LBW, despite it hitting his bat a foot in front of his pads...