Match Report: Jun 30, 2013: Highmoor vs Pangbourne
Pangbourne lose by 5 wickets - View full scorecard
Pangbourne's struggle continues
Not enough runs was the verdict as Pangbourne were resoundly beaten by 5 wickets away at Highmoor.
Pangbourne travelled to Highmoor under beautiful blue skies, the only dark cloud being the continuing struggle to get a team together. They had managed to scrape 10 players, so a game could go ahead. Dan won the toss and elected to bat in a timed game. The innings started reasonabily well, but the pitch soon turned out to be somewhat of a difficult track to bat on, as the ball didn't come onto the bat and scoring was tough. This didn't stop Bondy from launching a couple of sixes, but having reached 24 he failed to kick on and cut a frustrated figure as he walked off having been caught out. This was the tale of many a Pangbourne batsman, a number got starts, but nobody managed to put an innings together and so it was that Pangbourne were bowled out for 99.
With such a low target Pangbourne really had to strike early in order to put Highmoor under pressure. Dan duely delivered in the third over by taking two wickets in two balls and snagging a third before the over was finished. Highmoor could have crumbled at this point, but credit to their batsmen, who dug in to try and reach the total, as they began to put an ultimately match winning partnership together. The Pangbourne fielders became more and more frustrated as the early breakthroughs didn't yield subsequent wickets. This wasn't helped when Harris was dropped a couple of times, once at slip and then relatively tough caught and bowled chance. The Pangbourne bowlers continued to plug away and did manage to make a couple of breakthroughs, but by this point the match had gone and Highmoor made it over the line with 5 wickets to spare.
So it was that Pangbourne were left to reflect on another defeat, a result of a poor showing with the bat, but will take comfort from the fact that the bowling looked good. Hopefully both will come together next week against Aldermaston and the poor run can be stopped.