Cheetham’s 62 helps fire Finches up into fourthBy Neil Doody
May 22, 2008
Finchampstead remain unbeaten in the Home Counties League Division 2 West after beating last season’s third-placed side Kidlington away.
The overcast conditions and damp pitch from the week’s weather made conditions ideal for bowling, and Finch captain Steve Bloyce had no hesitation in sending the hosts in to bat after winning the toss.
But the tricky conditions caused no real problems for Kidlington opener David Taylor, though, who despite being dropped on 25, went on to hit 70 of the first 90 runs scored before being caught by Bloyce from the bowling of Russell Lane.
This left Kidlington with four wickets down and, after the departure of Taylor, the innings progressed only due to bright strokes from the tail enders, as Kidlington closed on 170 all out in 52 overs.
Fine bowling from Lane with 4-25 was supported by off spinner Matt Harper (3-29) and Bloyce (3-46).
Given 50 overs with which to make up the deficit, Finches were off to a poor start as openers Lane and Scott Patterson went with just 14 on the board. A good 30 from Matt Jones saw the score progress to 60 before he was stumped.
However, this paved the way for an eventual match-winning stand of 92 between Sam Cheetham and Bloyce.
Skipper Bloyce was dismissed just nine-runs short of a sound 50 – although his innings was eclipsed by Cheetham, who finished on 62 not out.
The six-wicket success with an over remaining maintained what has been a steady start to the league season for Finches.
— Rain curtailed play at Finchampstead in their Thames Valley Division 2 match against Maidenhead & Bray.
Batting first, a disappointing start meant that they were soon on the back foot.
However, a 48 from Gary Loveday saw the score to 133 all out before steady drizzle ended proceedings for an abandoned match.
— The Division 4A third team faced a tough task at Old Merchant Taylor’s firsts.
This proved to be the case as the total of 138 all out looked insufficient.
Dick Potter hit 30 in the innings, but hosts OMT were winners at 136-4 with Dave Martin taking 2-24.
— In division 7A it was a closer affair for the fourth XI against Windsor.
Finches, batting first, were dismissed for 118 in 41 overs with David Davis hitting 35.
Windsor also struggled for runs in the unwelcome conditions but won the game in 42 overs at 119-7. Bowling honours to David Mason (3-42), Dillon Augustus (2-18), and Mike Simmonite (2-48).