Match report - Finchampstead 3rds V Newbury 1s
Finchampstead 3rds V Newbury 1s - 9th May 2015
Newbury got their TVCL Division 3A campaign off to the perfect start on Saturday with an emphatic 139 run victory away against Finchampstead 3s.
Newbury skipper Mills had no hesitation in electing to bat first on a flat hard wicket and was rewarded immediately with a 51 run partnership between opening pair Anstey and Douglas.
Douglas went first, bowled by Jenkins for 10 in the 13th over. Anstey now with Sastry at the other end continued to score freely and duly completed his half century before finding mid wicket off a full toss from spinner Woodford that he could have hit anywhere.
New batsman Naimanage followed soon after bowled by a quicker ball from off spinner Taylor leaving the Newbury innings delicately placed on 92 for 3 after 23 overs. However Sastry was now well set punishing the Finchamstead attack for anything loose and scoring with increasing freedom. Supported by Uden, the two put on 62 before Uden departed lbw to Rose for 22 with Newbury 154 for 4 in the 39th over. Hanabe (23), Shepherd (10) and Harris (4) all supported well until an exhausted Sastry finally went for a superb 87 in the 49th over holing out trying to force the pace for his captain. Mills and Vynatheya got Newbury to a final total of 228 off the maximum 52 overs allowed.
After an excellent tea, Newbury set about taking early wickets and Vynatheya made an immediate impact, drawing a faint nick off of opener Osler in his first over. Hanabe then struck in the very next over bowling Eldridge with one that swung late and Finchampstead were reduced to 3 for 2. Hanabe and Vynatheya were now well on top and created a number of half chances before Vynatheya struck again in the 8th over having Giddings caught behind by Harris.
Anstey and Mills joined the attack in the 13th over with Finchampstead wobbling on 35 for 3. Both bowlers immediately found their rhythm as Brazeley and Taylor looked to be aggressive. It was Anstey that struck first forcing Brazeley to mis-cue a big hit over mid-off into the safe hands of Douglas. Anstey then bowled Taylor in his next over deceiving him with a flipper before skipper Mills joined the party forcing an edge to Uden at slip off of Wroot. Finchampstead were now reeling at 57 for 6 and the game looking effectively out of reach for the home side.
After Anstey forced Jenkins to dolly up a simple catch to Uden at short leg and Mills bagging two more wickets, one an excellent caught and bowled and the other clean bowling Bareham, the game was effectively over. However it was promising young leg spinner Davis that wrapped things up, dismissing the dangerous Fisher inducing him to mistime a shot over mid off.
Newbury bowled Finchampstead out in the 25th over, with Anstey (3 for 24) and Mills (3 for 20) with the best returns although all five bowlers can be proud of an outstanding collective effort.
Newbury are at home this Saturday taking on Cove at Northcroft.
Ed Uden 11/05/2015
Author : Ed Uden