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TRCC vs. Farley Hill - 16th June 2001

Heavy showers overnight did not deter Twyford from playing a full game and recording their first victory since their promotion to the first division of the Berkshire Cricket League. It did deter their opponents, Farley Hill, as three of their side had assumed the game to be off and had not made the effort to contact their captain.

The pitch itself had been partially covered and proved to present a very true bounce while the outfield was surprisingly quick, considering the conditions. After getting little return from the previous five games Twyford won the toss and elected to field hoping to use the conditions to their advantage. Downes and Jackson opened the bowling and bowled 43 of the 45 overs delivered. It was a testiment to their determination as well as their footwear, as for most of the innings light drizzle was affecting the run ups and foot marks.

Farley Hill made slow progress initially due to some accurate bowling with the new ball until Bendall (28) started to score heavily from anything pitched up. He was well worked out by the captain and was caught soon after at deep point by an eagle eyed Henry who spotted the ball quite late. Guard (31) continued to hold the innings together until a sharp reaction catch from Theron, at mid-wicket, took him out of the game. From then on Downes dominated with the ball and took wickets regularly as Farley Hill plodded along at 3 an over. With their team weakened, Farley Hill tried not to take chances and got bogged down until Roper (32) made the most of his short stay at the wicket. Farley Hill limped to 136 for 6 from the 45 overs alloted to them, with Downes taking all six wickets for just 67 runs. He was ably support by Jackson, who came off of a shortened run to bowl 20 overs for 54 runs.

Twyford were very keen to get a win under their belt before the rains came and rushed through tea to get back on the field quickly. The new opening pair of Connor (35) and Henry (41) were very positive and combined some clean hitting with sharp running to take Twyford to 69 before Connor produced a top edge which was well caught. This seemed to create some interest from the Farley Hill side who had complained about the wet conditions for their slow bowlers, which had been the same when Downes was charging in from 20 yards! Their 8 players were all rejuvenated when Hobson came to wicket and carried on the good work with some fine shots. After coming in with the score on 69 in the 10th over he took command of the bowling and struck the ball all round the ground, putting on 49 with Henry (41) in 6 overs, before he was bowled charging the slow bowling of Guard. The scoring rate carried on with the intoduction of Kemp (4*) as Hobson dispatched the next four balls for four showing a liking to the full pitched bowling. This left Kemp to take the glory and hit the winning runs off the first ball of the 17th over giving Twyford 26 badly needed points.
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