Harrison takes broader view despite first win
BEACONSFIELD are still insisting that it’s not a results business after their first victory of the season got them to within two results of top spot.
They underlined their steady improvement with a thoroughly professional win against Basingstoke, when they showed none of the signs you might expect in a team still winless before the weekend.
Director of cricket Jason Harrison said: “I’m not even looking at tables.
“The key for me is to get performance levels right week in, week out.
“On Saturday we played pretty well. We won the toss and got early wickets, and then it was a very professional chase.
“We got there with wickets and overs to spare.”
Dean Nurse top-scored for the home side 67, but apart from that no one else could make an impression against the Beaconsfield attack.
Harrison said: “It was a good toss to win. It seamed a bit and batting first on that wicket, in the first period particularly, was difficult, no doubt.
“Their senior player got them to a decent score, but we had one substantial partnership and one smaller one and in one day cricket that is generally enough.”
Basingstoke eventually got to 162-9, but Beaconsfield made solid start to their reply before Chris Thomas and Luke Walker came together to bat their team into a winning position.
With 73, Thomas was the stand-out.
Harrison said: “That partnership was the difference. Chris played a match-winning innings and showed the class he’s got.”
Beaconsfield are away again tomorrow. They travel to top-of-the-table Wokingham.