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