Finchampstead CC still looking for first winBy Neil Doody
June 27, 2012
Having helped to knock Reading off the top of the Division 1 table the week before, Kew visited Finchampstead in high spirits.
And they continued their good form to record a nine-wicket victory.
Finches, therefore, are still searching for their first win of the season, and stay seventh in the table.
Winning the toss, Finches batted first on a good wicket which was slow at first having been covered for most of the week.
Openers Gary Loveday and Russell Lane faced the seam of skipper Nathan Pearce and Jeremy Medlin.
Lane was soon lbw, then at 48 Loveday departed, caught at mid off. This led to a well-worked stand between Matt Jones and Dan Lincoln who saw the score to 155 before Lincoln was also caught for 36.
But the fluent innings from skipper Jones continued until he was disappointingly run out for a magnificent 98.
It needed useful strokes from Chris Ellison, Will Allum and Sam Taylor to see the score to 228–8 in 52 overs, a slightly modest total in the conditions.
Given 48 overs, Kew openers Kidron Thomas and Bruce Fridericks batted well and duly set up the innings. Despite some close calls, Thomas was eventually dismissed for 73 in the 28th over with 135 on the board – trapped lbw to the seventh bowler used, Russell Lane.
It didn’t get any better for Finches, though, and no more wickets fell as Kew eased home at 231-1 with six overs to spare for an emphatic nine-wicket victory.
Nathan Pearce was 51no and Fridericks 82no.