Match Report: May 29, 2016: Pangbourne vs Bradfield CC Match Report: May 29, 2016: Pangbourne vs Bradfield CC

posted by Dan Booth, Tuesday May 31, 2016

Pangbourne132 for 8
Charlie Butler26
Tom Rushton26
Josh Blake21
Bradfield CC135 for 7
Dan Booth3-24
Richard Skelhorn2-15

Pangbourne lose by 3 wickets - View full scorecard

Pangbourne suffer narrow defeat

Pangbourne slipped to a narrow 3 wicket defeat in a close game against Bradfield on a day when Jim Wheeler took his 100th wicket for the club.

In the first meeting between these sides, Dan won the toss (for the first time this season) and elect to bat on what turned out to be a dead wicket. Going was slow, with the ball being very difficult to get off the square ands every batsman struggling with the ball stopping on the pitch. Charlie and Josh, reunited after their fantastic opening stand against Goring, tried to take the attack to Bradfield, but the runs weren't as free flowing. Wickets fell at regular intervals and each new batsman found it hard going. A high point was the batting of the juniors, Josh, Tom and Connor all making it ino the 20s with some forced hitting, but in the end Pangbourne could only manage 132 from their 35 overs.

With such a low total Pangbourne need to bowl well and they started off in fine form. Jim taking the first wicket, before Dan chipped in, at one point taking two in two balls, after Jonny took a good catch at mid-off. Jim took his 100th wicket for the club (only the 2nd player to do so) and at that point Pangbourne had reduced Bradfield to 32 for 5. At this point Dan took the fateful decision of trying to ensure others got a bit of a game and changed the bowling. This took a little pressure off of Bradfield, though to be fair to Dan, they did appear to have changed their batting order around. Bradfield went on to build an excellent 6th wicket partnership, taking them to the brink, before Richard struck twice in as many overs to make it interesting. 

The final result was that Bradfield made it over the line with an over to spare, but whilst it was close, Pangbourne were really let down by their batting and probably should have scored another 15 to 20 runs.

Hopefully next weekend, against Sonning, will prove to be a winning result.