1st Team - Report
|Great Durnford||66/9||vs||70/1||Winterbourne CC|
Ninth win for Winterbourne
The strongest Winterbourne team of the year came away as dominant winners against Great Durnford to move closer to the league title.
Unfortunately many of the Winterbourne players ended up with a "thanks for coming" as Great Durnford won the toss and had no choice other than to bat with only six players at the ground at the start of the match.
Opening bowlers Dan Leaker and Ryan Hughes once again bowled a tediously boring opening spell with only 20 runs coming off the first 17 overs. Robinson hit a patient 12 before he was first to go, bowled by a rare in-swinger from Leaker. Hughes then had Elliott caught for 2 and finished with excellent figures of 1 for 11 from his 10 overs.
Richard Johnson then bowled for the first time for Winterbourne, and despite going for 20 off his first three overs, soon settled down and took 2 for 36 from 9 overs.
The highlight was a magnificent spell of 8 overs from captain Matt Newman who finished with 4 for 8 in an outstanding display of off-spin bowling. He bowled with plenty of flight and guile, deceiving the batsmen on numerous occasions with his turn and bounce. When he dismissed Roller for naught, Great Durnford had slipped from 57-3 to 66 all out. Newman must surely be in contention for the League's bowling award having now taken 28 wickets at an average of just 10.9 and an economy rate under four - a quite remarkable return for a spin bowler.
In order to obtain maximum points it was important that Winterbourne didn't lose a wicket in their run chase, but for the second week running Jamie Harvey let the side down by clipping yet another full toss straight to square leg off the third ball of the innings. He has now cost his side two vital points in two games. Opening partner Jamie Glasson survived an early scare when he was dropped on the leg side, but along with Matt Shellum they saw Winterbourne home to a comfortable win with 9 wickets and 28 overs remaining. Glasson finished unbeaten on 37 and Shellum on 25 to take his average close to 50 for the season.
Winterbourne will be hoping for another good performance next week against Steeple Langford as they continue their march up the table.