Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Highmoor overcome scare

HOSTS HIGHMOOR ran out winners at home to PANGBOURNE last Sunday despite having a scare early on in their innings.

HOSTS HIGHMOOR ran out winners at home to PANGBOURNE last Sunday despite having a scare early on in their innings.

The visitors won the toss and elected to field first. Openers Howdey and Bond found the scoring difficult against the left-arm swing of Jeff Pearce but ground out an opening stand of 39 before Dave Stephens had Howdey caught at mid-off.

Pearce then took his first wickets for Highmoor by removing Bond and Summers.

The introduction of spin twins Gayan and Ian Harris soon saw the wickets tumble; a smart stumping from Tim Taylor saw the end of Booth while Gayan took a caught and bowled to remove M Holloway.

Gayan and Harris seemed to be in competition with each other to see who could take the most catches and wickets, Gayan holding three catches and taking four wickets, whereas Harris held two and took two wickets. These two bowled Pangbourne out for 99.

Highmoor’s reply got off to the worst possible start losing three wickets to Booth in one over.

Harris strode to the crease, and in his swashbuckling way eased the nerves of his team-mates with some lusty blows mixed with good timing. Ably supported by Taylor, the opener guided the hosts to within winning distance with a stand of 58.

Owen Lovelock joined Taylor and the pair edged Highmoor closer to victory with a partnership of 25.

Highmoor ran out winners by five wickets with eight overs remaining.

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