Dinton first team captain Alister Gibbins lamented his batsmen’s inability to push on and make telling contributions after their 42-run defeat away at Shipton-under-Wychwood on Saturday.
Dinton made the trip to Shipton in search of a third straight win in Home Counties League Division Two but, in blustery conditions and on a seaming pitch, the home side started positively and punished Dinton’s loose balls with authority, George Seacoll (45) particularly aggressive against some less than accurate bowling.
Scoring at a rate of five runs an over, Shipton were poised at 112-1 to make 300 plus, however Saif Zaib (2-35), Kelvin Burrows (3-40) and Faisal Ali (1-28) all produced disciplined spells to eventually bowl the home side out for 228. Jamie Perkin top scored with 77.
The visitors made a terrible start to their reply when Zaib and vice captain Henry Woodward were both back in the pavilion with the score on 10 as Shipton’s opening bowler Anupam Sanklecha (2-34) threatened to tear the game wide open.
The Dinton batsmen continued to attack, though, with Brian Sanders (32) and Alan Massey (33) seeing off the opening pair and laying a foundation for victory, albeit at 110-5 the game was still teetering on the edge.
Captain Alister Gibbins (36) and young wicketkeeper Alistair Martin (20) put on a quick-fire 50 to get the visitors back on track, but Dinton then lost their last five wickets for just 25 runs to finish 42 adrift in a display that was not indicative of recent chasing efforts.
“I am pretty disappointed in the guys that got starts and didn’t go on with it. Shipton had someone get 70 odd, but we didn’t and that was the difference today,” Gibbins lamented afterwards.
“But we are showing that we can come back from tough times during matches which is a positive for us going forward. It would be nice to actually be ahead of the game though instead of always chasing it!”
Dinton face a key double-header this weekend. On Saturday, they host an in-form Finchampstead side who are second in the league, two places above Dinton, after comfortably chasing down 300 in their previous match.
Dinton then take on Great Brickhill away in the Bucks final of the Village Cup on Sunday, starting at 1pm. A win would take Dinton into round five of the competition, just four games away from the final which takes place at Lord’s on September 13.