Pyestock Cricket Club’s batting inconsistencies again reared their head this Sunday as Godalming CC cruised to a comfortable victory in the sunshine at Holloway Hill.
With two weak performances with the bat sandwiching the impressive chase at Long Ditton seven days previous, it really is proving to be an up and down season for the club.
Once again missing Neil Butler, Chris Heath lost the toss and was forced to take to the field on a track well known for its batting capabilities, and in no surprise, the home side raced to fifteen runs inside 2 overs.
In the fourth over however, Pyestock struck with Dan Heath trapping George Dukes LBW, although the general consensus was the ball was going high, maybe the cricketing gods had shone down on the bowler after his own ridiculous dismissal on the ground 12 months ago.
Dan struck again in the eighth over as Jack Bromley pounced on a low catch at gully to dismiss Phil Scarborough, but the heavy run rate continued with the half century for Godalming arriving in the eleventh over.
Jack Bromley and Jon Ford were introduced and seemed to unsettle Charlie Dukes who had entered the arena to partner John Milner, as the number 4 was lucky to escape a few chances dropping in gaps rather than finding a fielder. Milner however was the epitome of calm as he positively and soundly kept the run rate ticking over with some forcing drives. Eventually Dukes also calmed to the point where he was scoring more freely and offering less chances and the pair built a solid hundred stand before Bromley beat the defences of Milner and sent the opener on his way for 73.
Thankfully for the visitors, this slowed the run rate, and allowed Jon Ford to collect the wicket of Dukes after another smart catch by Bromley at short cover. The scoreboard now read 146 for 4 with 2 new batsmen at the crease.
Chris Heath introduced Glenn Taylor, on a pitch neither felt was favourable for spin, but the wicket of Torin Davis fell in a tidy four over spell which left Chris Heath and regular wicket keeper Vaughan Newcombe to keep the final 4 overs as tight as possible.
With the score just creeping over the 200 mark before Newcombe bowled Oscar Craven, Pyestock felt they had done a good job given the batsmen friendly conditions and at tea, all thoughts were of victory.
Jon Ford and Glenn Taylor opened the innings as usual against the bowling of Torin Davis and Oscar Craven and looked to replicate the solid platform provided in their 96 run partnership in the previous match, however after a positive start Taylor found himself trudging back to the pavilion for 10, being caught by MacGregor Cox.
Godalming captain George Stow then introduced himself and triggered a flurry of wickets as Chris McGovern (3), Jack Bromley (7) and John Ford, who had put on an impressive 27, all found themselves dismissed within 4 overs of each other, leaving Dan Heath and Tom Threlfall to salvage what they could from 50 for 4.
The pair batted well together, with the highlight undoubtedly the lofted scoop shot played by Threlfall off the bowling of Stow.
The pair put on 40 runs before Heath attempted an expansive slog to the longest boundary and being unlucky to fall just feet short and into the safe hands of Charlie Dukes who took a solid catch.
The game was almost up for the away side, who needed 130 runs from 13 overs, but with no other option, continued to attack bravely before another flurry of wickets ended the contest. Four wickets fell for 20 runs and that was that.
The margin of victory was 98 runs, adequately enough to prove Godalming’s superiority over their opponents, who will brush themselves down, and head to rivals Peper Harow for the first contest between the two sides of 2015.