On a blustery day, Winterbourne slipped to a disappointing defeat to lowly Cadnam where a combination of not enough runs and not enough bowlers cost Winterbourne the game.
The day started well with a surprise return to the team for Chris Breeze following his unedifying ‘toys out of the pram’ incident two weeks previously. Lured back by the prospect of having his own dummy and rattle to play with all afternoon he was welcomed back into the fold by his teammates (babysitters).
Winning the toss, Winterbourne walked out to bat but openers Jamie Harvey and Matt Windows unusually decided that test match batting was required, watching the first 3 overs go through to the keeper for three unnecessary maidens. This set the tone for the whole innings that never regained momentum.
With the score creeping to 27, in the 9th over Harvey as is customary hit one straight up in the air and departed for just 9. With the diminutive Windows being joined by Matt Shellum, it was a case of titchy and scratchy at the crease as the score moved forward at around four an over and at the half way stage Winterbourne were 77-1, around 30 runs short of their usual position. With instructions to push on, Shellum tried just that in the next over but was caught for 17.
Last week’s hero Dave Bates was next in and looked to play himself in and batted well for 10 overs, running well between the wickets. In the 30th over, Windows was caught for 55 and Winterbourne would need to inflict some serious damage to reach a competitive total. James Ward was the next man in before Bates was out for a solid 40 with Dan Marsh, looking to play a self-declared “exciting brand of aggressive cricket” sent in to show exactly what he meant.
Ward succumbed to a clear LBW for 20 as Marsh furiously swiped at the other end hitting some impressive singles. Looking to push the score on, Marsh tested the legs of his batting partners in the last over as first Rich Pearce was run out for 10 before Andy Dunning suffered the same fate the very next ball to be run out for a duck without facing. Chris Breeze nudged a single and Marsh was left 14 not out as Winterbourne reached a below par 178-7.
Cadnam began their reply in comfortable fashion with Rich Peace unusually being hit for two boundaries in the first over. At the other end, Chris Breeze also went for a boundary as 14 was hit off the first two overs. In the 6th over, with the score on 17, Breeze got the breakthrough with James Ward taking a good one-handed catch at short mid-wicket and shortly after, Cadnam’s own version of Barry Chuckle had a “to me, to you” moment when he ran out his partner with Matt Shellum offended by the mere thought of taking a run when the ball was hit straight to him only 5 yards from the stumps.
After ten overs, Cadnam were 35-2 as Breeze regained control for Winterbourne with a solid spell of bowling and he finished with 8-19-1. Dave Bates replaced Pearce and got some good turn and bounce but Cadnam batted well to rebuild the innings. At the half way point, the score was 63-2 but now Cadnam looked to accelerate as they started scoring at a run a ball. Mike Turner(8-0-32-0) and Bates (8-0-27-0) bowled well without reward as Matt Shellum was unlucky with a great effort in the deep, injuring himself in the process and it was another run out next as Pearce scored a direct hit while laying on the ground at square leg.
Being a bowler short, Winterbourne had to find 7 overs and the match turned when James Ward was introduced in the 27th over. Ward, seemingly having a serious case of the yips struggled to find something in between a double bouncer or a head high full toss i.e. a legal delivery and his two overs went for 26 as momentum swung to Cadnam.
Andy Dunning was introduced to try and change matters but it was to no avail as the Cadnam batsmen smelled blood and started swinging. Another run out occurred as Dave Bates was redeemed for earlier blocking the view of the umpire making it five run outs in the match. Ryan Hughes, who was hoping not to bowl having not been able to walk all week since bowling the previous weekend, reluctantly came on but it was to no avail as Cadnam powered to victory smashing his 2nd over for 16 runs. Winterbourne’s fill in bowlers had seen their 6 overs go for 61 runs as their lack of depth cost them.
Overall it was a below par display from Winterbourne who were 30-40 runs short of a par score and then couldn’t exert enough pressure in the field as Cadnam out bowled, out fielded and out batted their opposition in a deserved victory. Winterbourne will be hoping to turn it around in their 2nd biggest local derby of the season next week against Great Durnford.