Magnificent Seven for Gillespie

Datchet v Kew 08/06/13

Datchet won the toss and elected to bat eager to record their second win of the season. Gillespie and Odell took the new ball but failed to make early inroads and so Datchet turned to Krishnamurthy to slow the run rate – which he achieved admirably. Shakil Ahemd was then introduced into the attack and used his experience and control to bring Datchet back into the game claiming a well-deserved 5 wicket haul. Odell also returned to the attack following a change of ends and bowled well, picking up some valuable wickets. However, Kew’s captain Pierce capitalised on a missed run out and in the latter overs pushed Kew onto 245 from their 52 overs.

Datchet’s response started in the worst possible fashion with Tilley pulling a rank long-hop to square-leg and makeshift opener Aeri departing soon after. This united Datchet’s two best batsmen this season (Alldis & Aziz) and they went about rebuilding the DCC innings with Alldis being particularly severe on anything loose. When Aziz was dismissed by Kew’s overseas, the required rate increased and Alldis looking to push things along was caught behind for an excellent 101. With the loss of Alldis went Datchet’s chances of victory and it was left to Odell and Krishnamurthy  to play out the overs, with some fine flourishes that saw the DCC total reach 200 to claim maximum batting points.

Datchet v Wokingham 15/06/13

Datchet travelled to Wokingham’s new ground with victory at the forefront of their mind. With a gloomy and overcast backdrop and the threat of rain Datchet elected to field. Gillespie and Lambert made instant use of the conditions removing the top order. Gillespie continued to take wickets and warranted his 7-45 with a mix of hostility and skill that the Wokingham batsmen could not match.

Tilley and Gallagher strode out intent on chasing the 146 required from the rain reduced 36 overs that were available. But Wokingham were prepared to fight hard with Schmidt bowling with good pace and bounce which tested the Datchet batsmen. However the initial breakthrough would come at the other end, with Gallagher losing his wicket to a good catch when working the ball across the line. Tilley having seemingly come to terms with conditions and having struck a flurry of boundaries was then fantastically run out by the same fielder. When Aziz was removed by Schmidt without scoring Datchet needed to consolidate. Alldis as per the previous weekend set about doing precisely that, ably supported by Aeri and Gillespie.

With 9 overs remaining and 45 required with 7 wickets in hand Datchet appeared to have the game in the bag. But with the loss of Alldis (53), Datchet stopped rotating the strike and were seemingly fixated with hitting boundaries. As the required rate increased particularly after the re-introduction of Schmidt Datchet continued to lose wickets.

With 9 required from the last over, Gillespie (returning after previously retiring hurt) swept the first ball for four. Following a field change, Gillespie then looked to reverse sweep the second delivery and was adjudged LBW off his glove(?!?!) New batsmen Tom Lambert then took 1 off the third ball leaving Datchet needing 4 to win from 2 deliveries. Jones looked to find the boundary but was unable to, leaving Datchet just short of the line.

A frustrating climax to a game that Datchet had dominated, but there are lots of lessons that can be learnt thatwill bolster Datchet’s performances later in the year. Much credit should also go to Wokingham who fielded and bowled brilliantly in defence of what appeared to be a modest total.

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