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TRCC vs. Woodcote - 10th July 2005

A glorious Sunday, only one of few so far this year, greeted the visitors Woodcote to Twyford's home ground. The outfield was short and parched, promising many runs for the batsmen if the wicket played true.

Winning the toss, it was no surprise when Twyford captain Nic Downes put the home team into bat. But the Woodcote openers kept things very tight, with movement in the air and off the pitch. By the eighth over, both openers had returned to the pavilion with the score on only 20. But Twyford's middle order was made of sterner stuff. Fort and Cochrane pushed the score on to 81, followed by Fuller and M Morris, all posting good scores. The tail 'tailed-off', giving a final score of 184-9. Pick of the bowling was Worsfold, taking 3-38 off 10 overs.

The suspicion had to be that this was too small a total with the outfield as fast as it was. Could Twyford defend such a total?

Woodcote began showing that they though the target was well within their grasp, with Topham hitting accurately and aggressively from the off. But he only occupied one of the ends, and with testing bowling from openers Hackett and S Beamish, runs were hard to come by and wickets began to fall with regularity. Indeed, when Topham reached his 50, the score was only 54! But 181 did not seem very distant, and runs kept mounting. However, two inspired changes in bowling shifted the advantage towards Twyford. Hackett's second spell began with 2 wickets in 3 balls, including that of the prolific Topham, and the home team smelt victory. But Woodcote did not give in - They were batting to win! Their number 10 Knox sent the ball to the boundary with, to Twyford, alarming regularity. In the end, S Beamish dismissed him only 9 runs short of victory with overs in hand to bring the game to a close and victory to Twyford!

Hackett, recording his first 5-wicket haul for two years provided the highlight for Twyford's bowling, and Topham with 71 was the pick of the batting for Woodcote.