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Captain Van Niekerk pleased to see 'everything go to plan' in Datchet victory

Amandeep Dhinsa

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Maidenhead and Bray CC captain Brett Van Niekerk was pleased to see ‘everything go to plan’ in his side’s victory over Datchet 2nds.

After being put into bat, the hosts didn’t find scoring difficult and managed 185-7 from their 40 overs with Ben Ward Jnr scoring an unbeaten 61 while Kieran Grey (44) and Faizal Aziz (34) contributed well.

In reply, Datchet could only muster 58 before being bowled out in the 25th over with Louis Blackwell (5-11) and John Child (3-10) picking up the best figures of the day.

As a result, they strengthen their position in third place in Division 2A. It’s a vast improvement - compared to their last few seasons - according to skipper Van Niekerk who is hopeful his side can end this year’s campaign on a high against Tring 2nds this Saturday.

“I was really impressed with our bowlers especially Blackwell,” said Van Niekerk.

“I didn’t expect the game to go like that but I will give a lot of credit to the bowlers and fielding because everything went to plan.

“Cricket is a funny old game and you can never predict how a match will play out to be fair.

“ All you can really do is stick to your plans and your guns and hope everything pays off which it did.

“Winning has become a bit of a habit and I’m really positive about how the team have played this year. We play Tring this Saturday and I’m feeling confident.

“I’m not really a big points guy and I think the worst position we could finish if we lost is in fifth.

“But the best position we can finish is in third which is where we’re sitting at the minute and would be very happy with.

“It will be a big improvement compared to where we’ve ended up the last couple of seasons. It’s a massive improvement and we are only looking upwards.”

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