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Match Report: Jun 05, 2016: Pangbourne vs Sonning CC Match Report: Jun 05, 2016: Pangbourne vs Sonning CC

posted by Dan Booth, Wednesday June 08, 2016  • 

Pangbourne101 for 4
Charlie Campbell24*
Dan Booth22*
Connor Wheeler16
Sonning CC100 for 10
Charlie Wheeler4-24
Shantha Weerasiri2-13

Pangbourne win by 6 wickets - View full scorecard

Pangbourne back to winning ways

On a sultry, hot afternoon, Pangbourne welcomed Sonning CC to Big Side, up at Pangbourne college. Normal service resumed with Dan losing the toss and Pangbourne were asked to field.

Sonning got off to a good start in the first few overs, before Dan broke through, with a ball that got through the gate, after going wider on the crease to angle it in. With an end open Pangbourne started to take wickets every couple of overs, with Charlie Wheeler being the star of the bowling performance, extracting some devilish movement, both through the air and off the pitch, ending up with four wickets. As a result Pangbourne restricted Sonning to a meager 100, bowling them out within 35 overs.

In reply Pangbourne got off to a nervy start losing some early wickets and at one point were 4 down, with not a lot on the board. However, Charlie Campbell and Dan steadied the ship, slowing building towards the target, never really looking troubled. Charlie hit a few lusty blows, a huge six over mid-on being a highlight. Pangbourne reached the target with overs to spare to record a good victory.

Next up, the derby, against Whitchurch! 

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. 

Match Report: May 15, 2016: Pangbourne vs Highmoor Match Report: May 15, 2016: Pangbourne vs Highmoor

posted by Dan Booth, Monday May 16, 2016  • 

Pangbourne110 for 10
Richard Skelhorn28
Dan Booth28
David Lowe12
Highmoor184 for 5
Dan Booth2-15
Keith Baron1-16

Pangbourne lose by 74 runs - View full scorecard

Pangbourne slump to heavy defeat

After the highs of the previous week against Goring, Pangbourne were brought crashing back to earth with a heavy defeat against Highmoor this week.

Dan lost the toss (again) and Pangbourne were asked to field. Highmoor started relatively well, getting the ball through the infield and scoring at a reasonable rate, despite a slow outfield. Dan made the initial breakthrough, bowling Crawshaw through the gate. He followed this up a couple of overs later with his legendary slower ball, taking a simple caught and bowled chance.

Pangbourne looked to be making good inroads into the Highmoor batting lineup, but controversy struck, when Richard (making his debut), seemingly got a ball to rise and then roll down the glove of Shamil. Pangbourne started celebrating, but both the umpire and batsman were unmoved, much to the disbelief of everyone who was watching. Shamil went on to score a century. Pangbourne's fielding was a bit of a mixed bag, Shantha taking a stunning one-handed catch, high and to his right off Keith's bowling and then a few overs later inexplicably jumping out of the way of a ball hit in his direction. In the end Highmoor ended up with 184 from their 35 overs.

Pangbourne we without some of their batting heros from the previous week and the opening stand got off to a little bit slower start, with Josh and then Shantha returning to the hutch with very few runs to show for their effort. Dan was seemingly untroubled until he was run out and Richard hit a few lusty blows, but in truth Pangbourne were well behind the required rate at that point.

The innings ended on a comical note with Nick Bell not wanting to use the equipment he was wearing, jumped over a full pitched ball, only to see the ball bowl him, leaving Pangbourne 74 runs short.

A disappointing loss, but hopefully Pangbourne can bounce back against Woodley. 

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.


Indoor Nets Indoor Nets

posted by Dan Booth, Friday March 11, 2016  • 

Indoor nets start on Wednesday.

Yes, it is that time of year again, when we delve into our kit bags, curse as we realise that we forgot to wash our whites at the end of last season and get ready for the new one to begin.

Indoor nets kick off the start to the new season on Wednesday 16th March. They will run for 4 weeks and will be at Bradfield Sports Centre. They start at 8.15pm and will be for two hours.

Look forward to seeing you there.