2017 Match Reports
Goring CC vs Astons CC - Sunday 30 April
Gorings Sunday fixture vs Astons was a game largely dominated by bowling on a tepid day which saw the Astons skipper win the toss and field first.
The home sides openers could only manage 4 when they lost their first wicket, Baxter bowled by a good in swinging delivery. The second wicket fell in quick succession, Monk having looked so steady the week before bowled too as one whistled through his defences.
Ollie Carrier and Don Norman settled things as they took Goring quickly into the 40's with some good counter attacking shots but this was short lived as Norman was run out from a ball hit back to the bowler and Carrier fell very next delivery. This was to spark the downfall of Goring as Astons youngster, Saunders, then went onto bowl Rhys Tong-Jones. He had to wait till his next over before bowhling the hat trick taking delivery which he succeeded in bowling Goring skipper Adam Ellis to accomplish a fine feat which finished with 4 wickets in 4 balls and a hat trick. Six down, Goring were able to claw their way back, thanks in large to some good striking from Stuart Hedley and Will Brownlee setting Astons 106 for victory.
In reply Astons looked shaky after losing openers both LBW to Carrier and Kent. Good, tight and accurate bowling gave the spectators the sense that this game could go to the wire, but when Harris came to the crease and top scored for the day with 52* hopes were dashed of a nail biting finale. The youngster who had bowled a fine spell troubling many of the Goring batsman, displayed an array of powerful hitting. Astons reached the target with the loss of only 5 wickets.
Goring will hope that they can learn from their batting mistakes as they look to take on Pangbourne in next Sundays fixture, a game which usually sees a well fought contest played out.
Bracknell CC vs Goring CC - Sunday 23rd April
As the Goring players battled with logistics of entering the Bracknell ground, they were asked to put their whites on as Wincott had won the toss and elected to field with a strong bowling line up.
Norman and Kent got the season underway and found their lines quickly. A good spell was rewarded with an early wicket with the score on 14. Clive Kent, aka superman, was in good rhythm claiming two quick wickets in a double wicket maiden, leaving the home side 36/3 after 15 overs.
Newly crowned VC Wincott, standing in as captain with Ellis flying back from his pre-season training in Thailand, strung the changes bringing on Hedley and Baxter. Both continued the tight spell with Ali Baxter looking particularly threatening with his new found pace. Stuart only took 17 balls of his first spell of the season to claim Goring's 4th wicket with the score only 37.
Bracknell opening batsman Henley was starting to look like the main man as he brought up his 50 in steady fashion. Wincott turned to Ollie Carrier, who started with two maidens before bowling the Bracknell batsman with an inswinging delivery with Henley attempting an ambitious drive down the ground losing his middle stump.
Despite some good hitting by the home sides lower order, Bracknell finished on 117 all out after 35 overs. Kent finishing with excellent figures of 5 for 11, could this be a record breaking year for the left armer?
Goring started solidly with youngster James Owen and Goring old boy Donny Norman opening up. James looked in good control until he missed a straight delivery trying to smash one through the covers. Josh Monk looked good too as his off season coaching was showing to be fruitful.
Both batsman used the valuable early season time in the middle progressing the away side slowly to 42 from 16 overs. Josh looking confident for his 13 before also missing a straight one that looked to nip away late.
First team Skipper, anxious to get some deliveries in early season came to join Don Norman at the crease. The two aired confidence as they brought up the fifty partnership in just under 10 overs. Norman with a show of good shot selection began working the Bracknell bowling around the park as he moved into the thirties. The OC rode his luck with some strong hitting and fortuitous fielding as Goring moved to 112 with 8 overs remaining.
Some nervy shots and questionable calling had Norman run out (35) with 5 runs required. Two fours by the first team skipper (50*) saw the side get over the line in what will have been a good run out for many players on a warm spring day. Appetites will have been whetted for a successful Sunday season in 2017.
Goring's next fixture will see them christen their newly refurbished pavilion agains Astons. The side will be keen to maintain a strong early season start.
Archived - 2015
Match report – Goring vs Bradfield – Sat 16 th May
Goring’s fine start to the season continued with a dominant 7-wicket victory against Bradfield which sees them sitting 2 nd in division 1.
Bradfield chose to bat first and may have regretted the decision as a classy bowling display kept them under pressure throughout their innings. Clive Kent followed up his successful league debut the previous week with an equally impressive 3-wicket haul and was ably supported by club legend, Peter Slade, who claimed two wickets in a typically tight spell. Skipper Ollie Carrier let Matt Norman assume keeping duties this week and the decision paid off handsomely as Ollie took 3 wickets as Bradfield were bowled out for 149.
Goring’s reply started shakily as Bradfield took a couple of early scalps, but Carrier and Andy Ankerson steadied the ship to settle the nerves with an important 50 partnership. When Ankerson fell, debutant Nikhil Kulkarni came to the crease and after weathering an early storm showed some real class as he and Carrier comfortably steered Goring home to the victory target with 11 overs to spare. Carrier finishing on 76 not out to complete a fine day all round for the skipper.
Match report – Goring vs Stratfield Turgis – Sat 9 th May
Goring’s excellent start to the league season continued with a 4-wicket victory at home to Stratfield Turgis.
Home skipper Ollie Carrier won the toss and backed his bowlers, a decision that was vindicated as his pacemen ripped through the Turgis top order. Carrier’s faith in first team debutant, Clive Kent, was repaid immediately as Kent took 3 wickets in an entertaining spell. Jamie Vickery was wicketless last week, but got the reward he deserved this time around as he claimed 4-16 and Peter Slade chipped in with 2 fine LBW’s.
Goring were superb in the field and nothing epitomised this more than a crucial run out from Duncan Kent that Jonty Rhodes would have been proud of. Dan Reynaldo (34) put up most resistance for the visitors, but could not prevent Stratfield from being bowled out for 96.
In reply, the home team suffered an early scare as two wickets were taken without reply. However, Adam Ellis (making his home debut for Goring) and Stephen Wincott steadied the ship with 32 and 30 respectively, to ease Goring towards the victory target. A few late wickets made the finish slightly nervier than hoped, but it was left to Clive Kent to crown a perfect first team debut by hitting the winning runs as Goring eased home in 26 overs.
Match report – Welford Park vs Goring – Sat 2 nd May
Goring started off their Division 1 campaign with an impressive performance at Welford Park on Saturday. Welford were competing in the Premier Division in 2014 so on paper it was a tough start for Goring.
The Welford captain put Goring in to bat and must have been regretting his decision as Jonny Russell (73) and Owyn Tong-Jones (62) put on a 150-run opening partnership. Russell, scoring his first league fifty in 5 years, and Tong-Jones dominated the bowling as they rushed to 150 in just 20 overs. After both fell in quick succession, Duncan Kent (48) and Jamie Vickery (41) kept a steady momentum going with new skipper Ollie Carrier joining for the last few overs to blast a couple of huge sixes. Goring finished on 272 for 5 off their 45 overs.
In reply the Welford openers, Ben Myers (63) and Ian Herrington (40) looked in little trouble despite some testing bowling from Jamie Vickery and Peter Slade. Wickets finally started to fall around the drinks break and Goring saw a glimmer of hope for a victory. A potentially game changing moment happened when Goring Academy graduate, Tom Castle, joined the attack and took 4 wickets in a devastating 6 over spell. Unfortunately for Goring the last wicket partnership for 10-man Welford hung on calmly for the last 2 overs to deny Goring a victory, with the innings closing on 201/8.
Overall, a hugely enjoyable start to the season with a winning draw for Goring a very creditable result against a team with Premier experience.
Goring 1st XI – Ollie Carrier*
This year will be my first year captaining the 1st XI and I’m absolutely thrilled to be doing so. Having played for GCC since 2006, this will be my tenth season of cricket at the club and I hope the most successful yet! The club has played such a huge part of my youth growing up and developing as both a person and as a cricketer, and I hope I can help other young players to do the same. For me, there are three priorities for the season ahead:
1)Let’s enjoy our cricket and create an environment where people can perform at their best and are thoroughly enjoying turning out on those lovely hot Saturdays throughout summer, oh and some of the colder ones we have at the start.
2)Allow the younger members of the team to thrive and develop as cricketers, not just in their batting, bowling or fielding but as members of GCC and everything that goes with it.
3)For the GCC 1st XI to keep the fantastic momentum we have in terms of results. We finished in an admirable mid table position last year with some great performances, which I would like to build upon and compete hard in the division this year.
If you have any ideas you’d like to explore in terms of how the team plays, or whatever, please do get in touch. I may be captain on the field, but I will rely heavily on support from all players and hope that we can perform strongly as a unit.
GCC Devon Tour 2015
One of the great sporting and social activities of the year is the GCC Devon Tour. A not to be missed experience that I encourage you all to try and attend!
2014 was hugely successful and 2015 promises to be even better!! The key details are:
WHERE: Chittlehampton, North Devon. Home of the legendary Bell pub and Chittle Bowl
WHEN: Sunday 12th July to Wednesday 15th July
WHAT: 4 cricket matches (same fantastic schedule as last year) and numerous opportunities to get involved in golf, pool, shove ha’penny, darts, skittles, and many more
HOW DO I BOOK MY PLACE: I will be in touch in a few months asking for people to confirm attendance. But for now, stick it in your calendar and don’t let anything get in its way!
EARLY BIRD GUARANTEE: If you want to confirm attendance now then you will get priority choice on the rooms at the digs!
Also, if you can’t make the full 4 days, then it is also ok to come down for part of the tour.
I am very excited already! It would be fantastic to get a really good turn out!
2014 SEASON COMES TO AN END, NEW ERA BEGINS...
Goring CC Sunday XI completed their 2014 season with yet another incredible victory against Englefield CC. Skipper Don Norman ended the season by winning the toss and choosing to bat on a solid wicket. Alex Crawford (101 retired not out) and Steve Wincott (75) put on a mammoth first wicket partnership of 179. GCC Sunday scored a competitive 248 for 7 after 35 overs.
The second innings became dim and cloudy with approximately three hundred deer running in the picturesque backdrop of the Englefield manor house. Alfie Gammer-Flitcroft continued his fine opening bowling form by dismissing another opening batsman. Pete Slade chipped out a couple of wickets; with Don Norman taking a neat one handed leg side catch with the gloves (Matt Norman has competition). Ali Baxter achieved his first senior wicket by dismissing Englefield’s top scorer for 69. Good competition and well deserved. Rhys Tong-Jones bowling a controlled spell taking 1 for 8 (far better bowler than his younger brother). The game ended inside 30 overs; with Lottie Driver taking her first senior wicket for GCC and Don Norman collecting the 10th, Englefield 176 all out.
After another exciting Sunday season as captain. I would like to say that I have had an incredible time skippering. GCC Sunday has transformed into a competitive team with players aged 11 plus. Under 18s have really shown how it’s done. Potentially GCC can field a class under 18s team. Junior players include:
1.Owyn Tong-Jones, solid opening batsman
2.Tom ‘Shaun Pollock’ Castle, hidden class coming soon, scoring his first senior half century for GCC this season and can bowl a bit
3.Andy ‘Overseas English Pro’ Steele, scoring his maiden century at senior level
4.Rob ‘Point Specialist’ Brown, taking some game changing catches
5.Charlie Edwards, good off-spin and good batsman
6.Jack Winterbottom, a carbon copy of his father, Chris. All-rounder.
7.Alex McGee picking up a hat-trick
8.Ali Baxter, a bright and confident leg spinner for the future
9.James ‘Strike’ Owen, perfect strike bowler in the right situation
10.Alfie Gammer-Flitcroft picking up 2013 Sunday player of the season award and earning a regular opening bowler position
11.Olly ‘Needs to bowl more’ Castle, 2014 figures of 0.5 overs, 1 run, 2 wickets
Captaining three successive seasons for Goring Sunday has been very enjoyable and I would like to say thank you to everyone for their help (especially the tea ladies). Furthermore, the team boasts an excellent Sunday record (with the help of stand in captains Ed Everitt, Tom Ferry and Ollie Carrier for a couple of games).
Goring Sunday XI completed 2014 season with 11 wins (after a cracking 20 run victory against Mallorca Sunday XI) and has definitely transformed into a competitive side for the future. I hope the next captain can continue the Goring Sunday reputation.
GORING SUNDAY GROW TO A 6TH WIN
Goring CC vs Moulsford CC – 27/07/2014
Goring Sunday skipper Don Norman won the toss and decided to bat without thinking twice on a good dry wicket with a quick outfield. Goring’s Overseas English International player Andy Steele opened the batting with Owyn Tong-Jones. After his second league century, Owyn was dismissed early by Moulsford’s opening bowler. Whilst the Sunday number 3 was still putting on his makeup, Alfie Gammer-Flitcroft took on the mantel and walked out at number 3 for the first time in his Goring career. Andy and Alfie made a decent 2nd wicket partnership by putting on 62 runs, whilst Alfie made his career high of 21 runs with a couple of cover drives. Ollie Carrier finally had his lipstick in place and walked out with confidence. Ollie helped Andy to half a century, picking up a quick 41(27). Matt Norman walked out with 40 minutes left of the first innings, with GCC sitting on 149 for 3. Andy and Matt accelerated the innings with a quick 59 run partnership, Matt dealing with 6’s scoring 35(36), and Andy scoring his first GCC century, 105(92), in excellent feat just before his plane back to Australia. GCC posted a delightful 225 for 8 and declaring for tea.
The second innings weren’t in a flash with Clive Kent bowling exceptional left arm in-swingers picking up his first Goring five-for, 5 wickets for 15 runs in 4 overs. Pete Slade picked up a casual 2 wickets and 1 wicket each for Len Sexon, Alfie and Don. GCC won by 102 runs, with a 6th successive win!
Sandford St Martin v Goring CC 2nd VIII
Sunday 1st June Week 3 Gauntlett Goblet Tournament
The 2nd VIII 2nd match and 1st win of the season v Sandford St Martin 216 v 204, to quote Xander, “Goring to victory” as his suggested tweet and duly tweeted. After all the rain we’d seen during the week it was a pleasure to arrive at this North Oxfordshire club in the Summer sun, the setting couldn’t be better, a lovely ground set in the middle of a wheat field. The team was mix of 1st’s and 2nd’s as the 1st’s opposition cancelled their match late on Friday, however this meant that the 2nd’s match could now go ahead. With travelling support of parents and grand parents the boys were set.
On winning the toss Max put S-st-M into bat. SamA opened the bowling nicely conceding just 4. Next in Josh and the bails began to fly, an amazing over saw him claim a hat-trick 3 in a row. Sam then also got in on the action beginning his tally of 2 wkts. SamHN and Ollie were next with a fine display, 2 wkts (1 stumping by Max) and 1 wkt apiece. At half way the oppo’ score stood at 191. Rhydian, George and Xander all bowled very well giving fewer wides than the more experienced - again! S-st-M finished on 204.
The oppositions bowling and fielding proved stronger than expected perhaps. The first pairings of Josh/SamHN and Ollie/Xander saw 3 wkts lost but crucially led midway with 204 . Rhydian and George then delivered the best batting pair performance, net 8 added. Max and SamA batted cautiously as the game looked safe, hitting some quality 4’s but losing a wkt each leaving on the way the score finished at 216, enough to secure the win and round off a spirited team effort. Man of the Match had to be Josh Monk for the hat-trick.
Max McGee (c)
Sam Alexander (vc)
Cumnor CC v Goring CC 2nd VIII
Sunday 18th May, Week 2 Gauntlett Goblet Tournament
The 2nd's made a solid start to the season coming up short in runs perhaps but not ability against a very good Cumnor side.
Goring won the toss and elected to bowl on a fine, sunny day and as it turns out, faced Cumnor’s best pair first-up. Goring opened with Finn and Henry and the score of 29 could have been bigger were it not for some very tight, straight bowling.
The second pair was only able to score 8, and lost the only wicket of the innings when Xander clean bowled the Cumnor batsman with the first ball of his first over.
For Goring, George, Ollie and Ben took on the third Cumnor pair and did an amazing job in restricting them to only 1 run off the bat.
The keeping duties were shared with Ollie, Henry, Xander and Will all being prepared to put their bodies on the line in making some great stops.
Cumnor ended their innings on 266, a good score in this format.
The Goring innings got going with some great shots not quite making it to the boundary (but perhaps some work to do on running between the wickets). A fine innings last up from Ollie wasn’t enough to make the Goring total competitive and in the end the total of 229, Coach Sandy Flakelar.
(Given this was the 2nd's first outing and I think the only U13 2nd team GCC have ever fielded this was an outstanding performance, once above 220 you're in respectable territory, some 2nd's finish below 200.
Man of the Match, Ollie Minihan.
Great job by coach Sandy and the team, Derek.)
Cumnor 66 (Xander 3-1, Ollie 4-0, Ben 5-0) bt Goring 21 (Ollie 13).
Goring CC 1st VIII v Challow & Childrey CC
Sunday 18th May, Week 2 Gauntlett Goblet Tournament
The 1st's won their second match of the season, 244 v 211 which is good but there's a lot of practise needed in the nets, esp' bowling - 17 wides! - almost double the 2nd's. Generally the fielding was good, as C&C batted first. Rowena announced her arrival back in the team with an impressive running, single handed one bounce stop. That wasn't enough though, taking one of the best catches you'll see, running backwards/sideways with the ball always behind she somehow managed a catch helping Ray and the team to their first wkt. Ray went on to take another wkt caught&bowled. Rowena clean bowling the oppo' for her wkt. Sam claimed 2 wkts but needs to watch the wides, as almost all do. Seb with the best contribution 2 wkts for 5 runs, playing injured! I have to mention Samir, no wkts however, no wides or runs conceded = 2 maidens, if the others could follow please??? Nearly forgot, nice stumping by Max as keeper, I haven't heard "owzat" for a while.
Another nice delivery by the Tea Team, then out to bat Seb and for the first time Ben Adams, turning out at 2 minutes notice, got the team off to an even start. With Josh (nice defensive batting protecting the wkt) and Rowena's performance the team were already ahead at halfway. Sam and Samir added another 10. Ray and Max 20. C&C's tight bowling and fielding really restricting the 1st's.
Man of the Match, Seb Smith.
Ray Prince (c)
Max McGee (wkt)
Kidlington CC v Goring CC 1st VIII
Sunday 11th May, week 1 Gauntlett Goblet Tournament
Well done to the boys today in quite cold conditions, a nice start and good win by 33 runs, 268 v 235.
Good play all around in batting, fielding and bowling. Ray and Rowan stood out with 17 and 12 a piece; nice bowling by Josh conceding only 5 runs in 3 overs, 1 of which a maiden. Great teamwork in the field with Max's stop preventing a 4 then very neatly picked up and returned by Seb holding Kidlington to a single run.
With 17 runs and 2 wkts from his bowling,
Man of the Match has to be the skip' Ray Prince!
Max McGee (vc)
Ray Prince (c)
Ed Gilbert-Blay (wkt)
Goring CC's very own S. Wincott...
is no doubt honoured to be charged with the challenge of raising funds for our new catch cradle as well as the long imagined new net facility at the club, recently confirming his desire with an emphatic "okay, I'll do it then" on the 6th Feb 2014, why not check in here each month for his regular progress updates
#camscc why not join GCC's campaign for a real catch cradle (not one of those net things which fall apart within a season and the ball passes through in no time and destined to lean against a wall until it gets binned) ask Steve if you want to know more
GCC AGM 2014 - Friday 21st March - The Catherine Wheel
Goring players, supporters and legends,
Here is a big date for your diary – Goring Cricket Club AGM 2014 – Friday 21st March @ The Catherine Wheel, 8.00 for 8.30pm start.
This is an evening not to be missed for 5 reasons:
An opportunity to hear the club’s plans for the upcoming 2014 season
A chance to put across your views on GCC and what you would like to see going forward
GCC’s new first XI captain will introduce himself and tell you about his exciting plans
A selection of delectable and delicious Catherine Wheel nibbles and light bites will be served around 9.15 / 9.30
Catch up over a drink with some of your GCC colleagues for the first time in 2014
2014 has already started superbly with GCC winning its first senior trophy for a number of years and receiving the news that we remain in Division 1 of the Berkshire Cricket League – and all that by early January! We are planning for 2014 to be a great year for GCC and we would like to see as many of you there as possible at the AGM to help us map that out and take on board your feedback.
See you all on the 21st March – go on..put it in your diaries now!