Tuesday 1 July 2014 

Disappointing Away Day For Taunton

Bristol Harbourside, close to where Taunton were defeated this week
Bristol Harbourside, close to where Taunton were defeated this week
© Taunton CC
 

Taunton were left disappointed from their trip to Brislington CC this week, miraculously dodging the showers but going down to an eight-wicket defeat in Bristol.

On a day that saw thunder and lightning down the valley in Bath and downpours on Bristol Harbourside Brislington Cricket Club saw the clouds part around the ground to allow for a full game to take place.

In the aftermath of a heavy defeat Taunton’s vice-captain Ben Orr (who will be taking charge of next week’s home game in place of holidaying skipper Cooper) was in a thoughtful mood.

"At stages of Saturday morning I think a number of the boys questioned if we would even be playing cricket this weekend, especially with our awful luck when it comes to the weather this first half of the season," he said.

Taunton have already lost 4 of 9 league games to the weather this year.

Orr continued: "0-2 is always a difficult situation to recover from, especially losing Chris so early, he has been in good form the past couple of weeks."

"It's perhaps too easy for me to say (as number 11) but I think some of our batters need to give more thought to what is required of them when we are playing away from Gypsy Lane.

"It does not come as a surprise to me that our two losses this season have come away from home.

"We are spoilt by Rob our groundsman, with the quality of wickets we play on at home but we have nine games a season away from Gypsy Lane and we need to get better at building a score away from home.

"Josh showed the boys the way to do it this past weekend with a gutsy 50 in difficult conditions; Josh showed a lot of maturity for a guy who has only just had his 20th birthday. 

"His move into the middle order proved to be a successful one.

"It's not all about the batsmen either, as bowlers we need to look at ourselves and ask why the Brislington guys got so much more out of the track than we did.

"It is always difficult bowling with a limited total on the board but the same pressure tactics we apply at home can work on the road.

"We just need to find that balance between attack and defence when we are on the road.

"Looking forward we have a big game against Knowle, who we missed due to the weather in week two of the season at Gypsy Lane on Saturday.

"I am personally looking forward to seeing our young opening bowling attack fire on a hard TCC deck and I am sure the batters are looking forward to being back at home.

"Fingers crossed for some fine weather and a decent home crowd!"

In conditions that were slightly alien to the majority of the TCC batting line up (who have been spoilt growing up on the batting paradise that is Gypsy Lane) Taunton got off to the worst possible start with Webber and Davenport caught behind with the score still on zero after the third over thanks to Brislington’s South African overseas (Scholtz) doing the early damage.

The skipper (Cooper) joined the returning Abell at the crease and started the repair job, with Tom finding his feet almost immediately after nearly a month off with a shoulder injury.

With the odd classical cover drive the two TCC star batsmen took the score up to almost 40 when the spin of Munden was introduced. Munden gained immediate reward bowling Cooper through the gate with his second ball after a big turning off-break was followed up by another to catch Cooper playing away from his body.

Abell was joined at the crease by Josh Kelly, one of several former Taunton School boys in the TCC side this past weekend. Josh put in a Cooper Associates Man of the Match performance to bring up his maiden TCC 1st XI 50 which included a big six off Scholtz towards the end of the Taunton innings.

Unfortunately Abell was dismissed on 40 and from that moment on Josh was left to fight a lone battle as the majority of his lower middle-order partners came and went with a top score of 12 amongst them.    

Taunton were dismissed for 149 inside their allotted 50 overs and even on a sporting deck this was always going to be a difficult total to defend.

As always when a side is chasing a lower the par total risks are able to be taken and a number paid off for the home side. Taunton’s bowlers were not as tight as their counterparts and gave opportunities to young opener Williams to throw his hands at some of the wider deliveries.

Taunton’s plethora of spinners were introduced and battled hard despite the victory target being under 100 with Fitt picking up another scalp adding to his impressive tally this season (his first in TCC colours). 

Brislington steadily worked their way losing only one further wicket on their way to their victory target which was reached with 15 overs to spare.

Taunton return to action at Gypsy Lane this weekend with more familiar surrounds hopefully assisting in their return to winning ways.

© Cricket World 2014