Pyestock 239-4 (40 overs) beat Widmer End St Margarets 153-9 (40 overs) by 86 runs
A “near century” of 96 not out from Jack Bromley helped Pyestock to a comfortable 86 run victory when they travelled to Buckinghamshire’s Widmer End St Margarets. The home team were missing some key players, and found it hard to keep Pyestock’s batters and bowlers in check. Katie Threlfall also picked up the first of hopefully many Pyestock wickets in her debut bowling spell in senior cricket.
But there was an auspicious start to the match for Pyestock. Stand-in skipper, Jon Ford, lost the toss and was asked to bat on a pitch with a healthy covering of grass. Five balls into the game, Jon trailed back to the pavilion with the score still on zero, when Laurie Johnson hit the top of off stump.
This only bought the in-form Chris McGovern to the crease to accompany Pyestock legend, Glenn Taylor.
It was Glenn who initially made way, finding the straight boundary up the hill to his liking. He moved the score on to 71-1 before hitting a stylish on-drive hard to mid-on. The talented James Talmer took a tricky catch diving forwards, as part of a performance where he expanded his case to be the best fielder Pyestock face.
Soon afterwards, Tom Threlfall was caught behind for a duck and Pyestock were getting slightly nervous about their progress. But after an initial twitchy period, Jack Bromley gradually established himself at the crease and started to score with shots all around the wicket.
Chris narrowly beat Jack to 50, before eventually falling for 73. After last Sunday’s century, this made it 186 runs between dismissals for the twinkle-toed batsman.
Meanwhile Jack carried on striking boundaries. He later bemoaned the local rule preventing sixes to the short cow corner boundary. With a few overs to go, Colin Butler tried to manipulate the strike to get Jack to his century. But another over was needed as Jack ended up stranded on 96 not out. He had helped Pyestock to a fine total of 239-4.
Faced with this difficult total, Widmer End got off to a difficult start, as opener D Thompson edged Neil Butler to Tom Threlfall. Strangely D later seemed happy to say that he had hit the ground, whilst not mentioning the detail that he had also hit the ball.
Pyestock’s other opening bowler, Jay Thelfall, bowled solidly before removing D Hobbs edged to Glenn Taylor in the slips to leave the score on 21-2. The other opener L Wright had looked positive, targeting the short boundary, until he too was caught for 20 by Glenn off the bowling of Neil. As usual, Neil recorded formidable figures of 4-1-11-2.
Tight spells from Pete Harris and Paul Heath then helped restrain Widmer End as they could only reach 70-5 at the half way point. Paul struck once before Glenn quickly took 3 wickets with his incisive leg spin. Glenn removed the important wicket of Widmer End captain John Hatt for 28.
Katie Threlfall replaced Paul in the attack. Bowling for the first time in senior cricket, she struck in her second over when James Talmer top edged a catch to Colin in the covers. We hope this will be the first of many wickets, and she was unlucky not to scoop a further wicket.
Widmer End then put together their best stand of the innings, as J Wyatt (21 not out) and Ian Talmer (31) targeted some wayward bowling from Jack. Ian was eventually bowled by Pete, as Widmer End tail-enders salvaged some respectability, closing well short of the target on 153-9.
An enjoyable game was played in good spirits, as Pyestock avenged the previous year’s defeat by Widmer End. They will look forward to many more trips to this pretty location.