Dinton slip further adrift after another defeat

Dinton captain Alister Gibbins has left the club
Dinton captain Alister Gibbins has left the club

Dinton captain Alister Gibbins says his side “are not using their brains” after their woeful run continued with a six-wicket defeat to Cove in HCPL Division Two.

Gibbins did his utmost to arrest Dinton’s recent poor form as he struck a fine century when batting first but he received little support and their total of 206 all out was comfortably overhauled by the visitors.

The result sees Dinton fall further adrift at the bottom of the table having now gone seven games without a win.

Batting first on a good pitch and a fast outfield, the home side started shakily and struggled to 38-3. That soon became 106 for five at lunch after some poor decision-making and the prospect of another sub-par batting performance loomed at the break.

Skipper Gibbins had other ideas, however, and showed some much-needed fight and struck a fantastic 113 as he added 39 with Tim Brooker for the ninth wicket to edge Dinton past 200 and give themselves a chance, although they seemed 50 runs below par.

Needing an inspirational effort in the field, instead it was the Cove batsmen Nick Farr (67) and Jordan Finney, who backed up his excellent bowling effort of 5-69 with a steady 52, who dominated the run chase.

Najam Ul-Rehman (2-48) and Kelvin Burrows (2-19) picked up four quick wickets but the total was too small to threaten the visitors and they ran out convincing winners in the 46th over with only four wickets down.

Gibbins was frank in his assessment after the game, saying: “We are not up to it at the moment. We have, unfortunately, players with the physical talent to perform in this league who are not using their brains. We capitulate pretty meekly at present.

“But all is not lost; if certain individuals can switch on and produce a proper effort we can turn the season around and remain in this league.”

Dinton travel to Gerrards Cross this week where they will hope to repeat their victory over the same side earlier in the season.