Thornbury back to winning ways

June 22 2017
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Thornbury’s first XI traveled to Wiltshire to face a Biddestone side just one place below the visitors in the table, so a win was important to improve on the indifferent start to Thornbury’s season which had yielded just two wins out of six, Harry Watts reports.

Thornbury’s first XI traveled to Wiltshire to face a Biddestone side just one place below the visitors in the table, so a win was important to improve on the indifferent start to Thornbury’s season which had yielded just two wins out of six, Harry Watts reports.

The visitors were welcomed by glorious conditions and after winning the toss, captain Luke Davis happily chose to bat first.

The innings got off to a perfect start, with Dan Davis hitting 18 off the first over, which looked to have set the tone for the innings. Opening partner Tom Bradley, who is starting to get more familiar with his new role, adopted a more careful approach, allowing Davis to express himself. Their partnership was broken with the score on 41 though, with Davis departing LBW for 28. 

All the batsman made starts, but none were able to convert into a substantial score. Tom Bradley made 13, Josh Slade managed 14, Danny Slade departed for 13 and captain Luke Davis was dismissed for 20, leaving Thornbury on 109-5 and in danger of not capitalising on the conditions.

Vishal Mamgai and James Tunnicliffe put on a handy 33-run partnership, with Vishal the enforcer and Tunnicliffe the aggressor. Tunnicliffe eventually departed for 28, caught after slicing a wide delivery. 

This brought Marcus Wormwell to the crease, who along with Vishal, ran very hard and manipulated the field well. It was easily Wormwell’s finest innings of the season, but he eventually departed for a run-a-ball 30. Thornbury finished on a competitive total of 214 all-out, with Vishal ending on an unbeaten 42.

Biddestone’s innings saw both Tom Bradley nor Luke Franklin struggling for rhythm, prompting a change to bring Tunnicliffe and Luke Davis into the attack. Luke Davis continued his fine form as of late to bowl Baker for 11, which put Biddestone on 38-1.  

At the other end Tunnicliffe was struggling to get his line and length right, and saw his opening over going for 17. However, he bounced back and trapped the dangerous looking Perry LBW for 46. 

By this point, Biddestone had made 63 runs after just 11 overs, so Thornbury. Biddestone made it to 90, before Luke Davis had his second wicket, with Flynn departing caught and bowled.

For the rest of the innings, the fielding from Thornbury was outstanding in the heat. 

Wickets fell at regular intervals, with Luke Davis picking up a third and Jack Gillett managing to claim three victims, which left Biddestone on 122-7.

The eighth wicket partnership was worth 33, before Knight (29) picked out Tom Bradley at long on from Danny Slade’s bowling. Dan Davis bowled Khan for 2, but Biddestone managed to take it to the final over, needing 20 runs for an unlikely win. 

There wasn’t to be final wicket drama, with Josh Morris bowling Boulton from the first ball, ending Biddestone’s innings for 194, sealing a 20-run victory.