Whitchurch has taken three out of three games. We have a report submitted on yesterday’s match:
Petersfield: 181 for 6
Whitchurch: 182 for 8
Stand in skipper Damo Hack won the toss and elected to field on a surprisingly dry Petersfield wicket.
Petersfield got off to a good start with both openers playing good shots off of tight bowling. They looked to be cruising on 65 for no loss before Si Ralph removed them both in the same over. Firstly with Dodd taking a good catch in the deep to remove Spencer before Si Ralph bowled Rice for 31.
Jim Hayward toiled away at the other end restricting the home sides run rate and finished with an economical 27 runs off 10 overs. Kev Ralph replaced Hayward at the Nettle end to immediate effect removing Maisey with a good catch form Hack.
Petersfield were scoring slowing and were pegged back further when Nige Marriott came on to bowl frustrating the batsmen to great effect. The frustration was too much for Salmon as he swung wildly at another pin point ball from Marriott and was bowled. Shortly after Marriott struck again bowling skipper Hanam as he looked to step up the rate.
Petersfield rallied late and finished on a decent looking total of 181 for 6 at tea.
The Whitchurch reply got off to a bad start as Badger Rampton lofted a badly timed stroke into the hands of Hanam for 9. This brought the ever consistent Nick Dancer to the crease who started to rebuild.
Together with opener Tom Dodd Dancer started to build a goods partnership and platform with some fine strokes much to the frustration of the Petersfield attack.
After drink Dancer began to up the rate crashing the ball to the boundary racking up 12 runs of an over before playing one shot too many being bowled by Maisey.
Whitchurch then lost Si Ralph and Damo Hack for 8 and 0 respectively and Petersfield felt they were on the road to victory. Dodd however continued to take the attack to the home side passing fifty before he too was trapped LBW for 56 by Maisey. Martyn Dancer then stepped up to the crease with quick runs needed and he delivered, slapping the home sides attack to all parts of the ground for a pinch hitting 26. M Dancer well supported by Kev Ralph also showing his shot selection.
M Dancer, K Ralph and Hayward fell in quick succession bringing wicket keeper Richard Smith and 13 year old Jack Dancer in his first game for the 1st team to the crease for a close finish.
Smith held his nerve bludgeoning a Babe Ruth like 6 over the bowlers head coming down with cloud on the ball for 6. With 4 to win the Petersfield skipper underestimated Jack Dancer and brought the fielders in under his chin in an attempt to unsettle him.
With his calibre and nerves of steel Dancer played a text book stroke off his legs which cleanly raced to the boundary kick starting the ‘Church celebrations.
Whitchurch Cricket Club
The next game is on 16th June:
Whitchurch 1st XI vs East Woodhay