Thornbury’s good season not capped with promotion
After four months of cricket, the 2018 season has finally come to an end, a season in which Thornbury’s first XI have taken another step in the right direction.
There may have been no promotion to cap off such a great year, but there was still plenty of highlights along the way. The club’s scorer Harry Watts gives us his month-by-month review of the 2018 league season.
The season started on May 5 at home against Burbage & Easton Royale, with TCC looking to get the season off to a flyer. Batting first, Thornbury posted 286-5 which would be enough to secure victory on the opening day of the season. Winning the match after batting first would prove to be a regular feature of May’s cricket, with Thornbury winning all four matches in the opening month after setting a total to defend.
Dan Davis was the standout performer in May, with scores of 88, 55 and 85 to his name, as well as 5-26 with the ball against Trowbridge.
Captain Luke Davis also picked up a couple of fifties and there was success with the ball for Danny Slade, with displays of 3-44 and 5-47 against Burbage and Westbury, respectively.
While May proved to be a comfortable month for Thornbury, there would be no such fortune in June. The unbeaten run was ended by Cheltenham, who inflicted a 38-run defeat and Dumbleton also got the better of Thornbury. However, wins against Corsham, Rockhampton and Lechlade ensured Thornbury got through June still in a strong position.
One of the highlights was the run chase against Corsham, with the Lezar brothers taking control. Dan made 49* off of just 39 deliveries, but the innings belonged to his older brother, Marc. Marc smashed 101 off just 60 deliveries.
June’s player of the month was Danny Slade, whose consistent performances saw him end with 154 runs and six wickets.
Despite an away loss against Burbage to start the month, July still proved to be yet another good month, with Thornbury picking up wins against Trowbridge, Biddestone and Westbury.
Luke Franklin was player of the month after picking up 10 wickets in the month with his rapid pace, with his second spell proving to be a consistent partnership breaker.
August came around and with just five scheduled games left in the season, promotion was still in the hands of the Thornbury players.
However, the season-defining game came against Corsham at The Ship on August 4th. Corsham batted first and posted 264, but that doesn’t tell the tale of the story. The fielding display was lack-lustre to say the least. In total four catches went down and they were costly ones, leaking around 60 runs in total.
Chasing 264 will always be a difficult total to chase, but TCC gave themselves no favours at all. Batsmen regularly gave their wickets away and in the end the visitors came out as comfortable winners.
Despite losing to Corsham, there was still the small matter of the away trip to Cheltenham, the fixture that many deemed as the league-decider. However, rain would be the winner as the points were shared, arguably a blessing in disguise for Thornbury with Cheltenham slightly on top before the rain came.
Dumbleton were dispatched in quick time, after bowling them out for 112-3 in under 30 overs, thanks largely to Dan Davis who picked up four wickets in as many overs with the new ball.
The season ended with a trip to Rockhampton, with a large crowd in attendance all ready to get one back over ‘the noisy neighbours’.
Thornbury’s opening bowling pair of Luke Davis and Luke Franklin bowled a superb spell which set the tone and they were backed up well by Greg Mallitte and Harry Wormwell. Rockhampton made just 164-9 and Thornbury knocked it off with relative ease – a perfect end to a fantastic season.
The player of the month for August was Vishal, who contributed some handy innings’ throughout the month, including an unbeaten 55 against Cheltenham in tough conditions.
TCC ended just five points behind league-winners Cheltenham, showing just how far this side has come after mid-table finishes in the past two seasons. The majority of the side are still 23 and out of the eleven players that featured most prominently this season, seven played youth Cricket for Thornbury, showing that the foundations for a strong 2019 season are in place and the long-term future of the team is looking very bright.