Poor batting costs Dinton in first defeat

Henry Woodward
Henry Woodward

A poor batting display cost Dinton dear at the weekend as they slumped to their first defeat of the season in Home Counties League Division Two.

Having won the toss and chosen to bowl first, Dinton struggled to make early inroads against Cove, who reached 90-1 at the halfway stage.

However, their innings took a turn for the worse when opener Jordan Finney departed for 51 and with Neil Randall quickly following, Cove struggled to build any momentum against tight Dinton bowling.

Saif Zaib (4-28) bowled with accuracy to keep pressure on the opposition before Cove finally limped to a modest 189 all out in 47.5 overs.

Dinton began confidently in reply with Zaib and Aussie Brian Sanders manoeuvring the ball around to put Cove under pressure at 34 without loss in the fifth over before things began to quickly unravel.

Zaib was dismissed for 22 and Sanders fell for 15 before the next four wickets fell for just 40 runs as the game slipped away from Dinton.

Henry Woodward (24) and skipper Alister Gibbins (28) maintained a glimmer of hope but when Cove’s captain Andrew Short produced two excellent yorkers to remove both Woodward and Burrows in consecutive overs, the game had all but been decided. Dinton were eventually dismissed for a disappointing 132.

Gibbins couldn’t hide his disappointment afterwards, saying: “ I thought our batting was very feeble at stages and when we looked like we were getting on top, wickets fell.

“Unfortunately it was one of those days for us, but the positives were that we again fought back well in the field.

“If we can produce a full effort over 100 overs we are a good side, but half an effort means we have days like this”

Dinton did, however, make it through to the regional semi-finals of the National Village Cup after Twyford forfeited their game on Sunday. Dinton will now play Bledlow in the last four on Sunday, May 31. This weekend, they host Gerrards Cross for another Division Two fixture.

Elsewhere, Dinton IIs won the toss and chose to bat first in their game against Horley and Nheem Amin made a well-constructed 65 to help his side post 168 all out with Shaun Smith (32) also chipping in.

Smith (3-22) and Amin (4-34) were then among the wickets as the duo took seven between them to help dismiss Horley for 102, earning Dinton victory by 56 runs. Neil Davies finished with 2-2.