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TRCC vs. Cranbourne - 21st September 2003

The last home game of the season saw Twyford playing host to Cranbourne at Stanlake meadow. Still unseasonably warm, there was at least some cloud cover for the first Sunday in what seemed a long time. Once again the outfield was parched, giving the impression that the fielding side would have a lot of running to do

And so it proved. Cranbourne elected to bat, with runs flowing from the off despite some tight bowling from Hackett and Cochrane. But breakthroughs came early with Glew and Castle both dismissed by Cochrane by the time the score reached 21. Munro batting number 4 looked especially dangerous, hitting ferocious boundaries before being bowled by Hackett off one that came in off the pitch with the total on 42. Twyford were happy with the way the game was going up to this point, but Cranbourne's Crick had other ideas. Supported first by R Jones and then by Driscoll he hit a magnificent 74. Unfortunately, the rest of Cranbourne's tail offered little support, all being cheaply dismissed by Cochrane. Crick himself eventually fell to an excellent catch by Hall. The final score of 189 all out was seen by Twyford as eminently gettable, but more impressive were Ken Cochrane's figures of 8-62, a personal best!

Twyford's batting began with confidence, a confidence that was soon to be dispelled. By the end of the 10th over they were reeling at 39-4, with only Woodman (26) having put up any sort of fight. Tom Hall steadied things, but got little support form the middle order - Twyford collapsed to 59-7. But Hall kept going, and with help from Walkland and Cochrane the tail wagged once more! When Hall eventually fell with the score at 137-9 it looked all over. But remarkably the tail kept wagging. Hackett, Twyford's permanent No. 11, kept his head and hit an extraordinary 21 - Almost his entire total for the rest of the season combined. And Cochrane seemed determined to top his bowling figures with his batting prowess! However it was not to be. A mere 16 runs from victory Hackett was caught - The well deserved victory was Cranbourne's!
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