Pressure starts to build for Finchampstead CCBy Ben Fisher
August 15, 2012
Defeat to Beaconsfield in Thames Valley League Division 1 on Saturday saw Finchampstead slide back into the relegation dogfight.
A close encounter was expected, with Beaconsfield just seven points ahead of Finches, but in the end it was fairly routine for the hosts.
Winning the toss Finchampstead batted first, and with the regular openers not playing, it was Chris Ellison and Andrew House who were charged with seeing the innings off to a good start.
But with 21 on the board Ellison was caught in the gully then at 27 Dan Marles was bowled, with both wickets falling to seamer John Mahood.
House played good strokes as the score advanced to 79 when he was caught off spinner Jason Harrison.
Simon Bell was then trapped lbw at 92, before a good knock from skipper Gary Loveday, ending on 39, put Finches on 108-5 after 35 overs.
The turning wicket and tight bowling from Beaconsfield spinners Jason Harrison and James Rendell had restricted the scoring.
The remaining 17 overs saw limited progress, despite 22 from Alex Woods and useful shots from Lance Stewart and Matt Harper.
Therefore at the closure, Finches' total of 171-9 looked somewhat short of requirements.
Spinners Harrison and Rendell took seven wickets between them in 32 overs.
The response from the visitors was positive, though, as opener Alan Francis was bowled by Matt Bell without scoring.
The hosts, however, progressed until at 89 the third wicket fell as spinners Harper and Ellison took over from the pacemen.
Ellison took both wickets, but there were no more achieved.
The Beaconsfield batsmen Chris Thomas (72no) and David Heavyside (36no) eased to the target with 12 overs to spare, securing a comfortable win for Beaconsfield who move up to sixth in the table.