Finchampstead CC victory sees them climb to fourthBy Ben Fisher
August 22, 2012
Finchampstead collected 25 priceless points at home to Henley 2nd on Saturday as a Sam Taylor-inspired bowling attack left their visitors 41 runs short of their target.
The win sees Finches climb to fourth in the table, their highest position all season, yet a fair reflection of the talent that skipper Matt Jones has at his disposal.
Jones won the toss and elected to bat first in glorious conditions – a decision that was capatalised on by both the captain and his opening bat partner Russell Lane.
The pair scored freely against the Henley attack, putting 60 on the board in eight overs then 165 in 30 before both were dismissed.
Firstly Jones was caught for a fine 87 then at 186 Lane followed for 73 as they set the innings off in great style.
The runs continued with Andy House hitting 53 and Dan Marles 38 before the declaration at 284-4 came with less than 47 overs bowled.
With 53 overs to gain the runs needed, Henley’s response started badly as they lost both openers with just seven on the board.
They did recover thanks to a partnership of 135 between Jason Barber and Andy White, but Lane put a halt to that when he bowled Barber for 60.
This triggered three more wickets to fall quickly, all to Sam Taylor who was bowling spin in his second spell.
At 149-6 with 23 overs remaining, the good knock of 83 from Andy White ended with a good catch in the deep from Dan Marles.
Good strokes from the Henley tail kept the score along, but the innings ended at 243 with 15 balls remaining, handing Finches a 41-run win.
Sam Taylor finished with 6-73 in his 19 overs and there were two apiece for Simon Hards and Russell Lane.