Wokingham CC secure second spot, despite defeatBy Adam Lee
September 12, 2012
Wokingham secured second place in the Thames Valley League, despite losing their last game of the season to Kew.
The Oaks started well with the new ball on a very dry, pitch, and the opening attack of Will Ellison and Stevie Smidt caused all sorts of problems as Kew reached the 50 mark with five wickets down.
Wokingham introduced their spinners in the hope that they could press home the advantage, but Kew began to find their rhythm, and despite the best efforts of Cameron Gillespie, promoted from the title-winning 3s, the hosts reached 142 all out.
Confident of overturning that target, Wokingham’s afternoon soon turned sour as they were reduced to 0-2 then 9-4 as the top order were guilty of playing some rather reckless shots.
Skipper Dan Reddyhough and Chris Nicholas led the recovery, seeing the 50 up before Reddyhough was caught off a top edge.
Jack Turner, who had earlier taken a magnificent catch in the field, came in and also batted well, getting off the mark with a couple of big sixes and seeing Wokingham past the 100-mark.
However, they couldn’t hold on to reach the target and were eventually all out for 126, making it a rather disappointing end to what had been a terrific campaign overall.
Reddyhough, however, refused to be too downhearted.
“Overall we bowled and fielded very well early on, but we let them get away a bit at the end and we should have bowled them out closer to the 100-mark rather than 142,” he said.
“It was a disappointing way to end the season and it was an anxious wait to see how the results went elsewhere.
“We were very pleased to hold on to second place in the end though.”