Friday, 25 June 2021

Swyncombe take honours as hosts fall short of target

DROPPED catches proved costly as HIGHMOOR went down to a 49-run home defeat against SWYNCOMBE on Sunday.

DROPPED catches proved costly as HIGHMOOR went down to a 49-run home defeat against SWYNCOMBE on Sunday.

Winning the toss and electing to field Highmoor kept the Swyncombe openers at bay with some tight bowling, Luke Wells in particular extracting some seam movement despite suffering from an injured shoulder. The breakthrough came when Stephens had Goodall caught at point by Rizmy. Soon after Wells had Domnick caught by Les Wells at square leg.

With the openers back in the pavilion and the ball doing plenty off the wicket Highmoor had the upper hand but that was all to change when Schofield took the attack to the home side with some cover drives and a couple of sixes to mid-wicket.

Good fielding by Ian Harris saw the end of Hunt, run out by a yard. From here on a series of dropped catches cost Highmoor dear while injuries to Pete Choules, Ian Harris and Jeff Pearce didn’t help their cause. Domnick junior and Schofield continued to plunder the attack until Schofield played the ball on to his pad and watched agonisingly as the ball trickled on to the stumps to dislodge the leg bail. Highmoor continued to drop catches as Baily took full advantage of this making 53 not out. Owen Lovelock was introduced to take the pace off the ball with almost immediate results when he bowled Domnick junior. Gayan grabbed a couple of quick wickets but the damage had already been done as the hosts had dropped 11 catches as Swyncombe went to tea on 189-7.

Highmoor’s reply got off to a flyer with brothers Rizmy and Shamil launching an attack on the opening bowlers, Shamil in particular with some cover drives and a six over square leg.

Scholfield bowled Shamil with one that nipped back and Luke Wells was run out without scoring after a mix up with Rizmy. Rizmy was next to go caught in the deep while Les Wells went in the same over. Dave Stephens and Ian Harris both went to Schofield in the same over, giving him five wickets.

Whilst the wickets tumbled around him, Gayan continued to play in his agricultural way and he and Owen Lovelock stemmed the flow of wickets with a 46 run partnership until Gayan was stumped off the bowling of Goodall for 48. Goodall wrapped the game up with three wickets in two overs.

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