Sun with clouds, and a brand new strip was the setting for the second meeting of Whitchurch Vs. Pangbourne in 2021. Having won the previous encounter Whitchurch had a title to defend in the local derby. Losing the toss and being put in to bat proved beneficial to the cause with Woody scoring 100 (retired) , Nick Hill 88* and Matt Gingell a sturdy 11. In total, Whitchurch scored 259 for 2 after their 35 overs. Pangbourne’s reply was pinned back with some excellent bowling from Tommo and Johnny Gingell in the beginning followed by Gabriel Neeson who bowled an *excellent* 7 overs, 1 (wicket) maiden, 24 runs with 3 wickets. Other notable mentions go to Lyn with 3 overs, 2 maidens, 1 run for 2 wickets, and Jonathan ‘The Eagle’ Morell who, in bowling his first overs for the club, took a wicket. Overall, with a stumping, a run out by Tom Chapman, and catches by Scooby and Cormac, Whitchurch fielded superbly, backed their bowlers, and finished with a win after Pangbourne mustered only ~140 all out. Beers after the game with a lovely bunch of boys rounded out an excellent day of cricketing festivities.
Thanks to Jon for getting such an amazing track sorted for this week, and Grogie for organising the team from a sun bed in Croatia. Looking forward to Wokingham at home next week!