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TRCC vs. Shinfield - 28th June 2008

In true Paul Hackett opening stylee, a hot sunny day greeted the visiting Twyford team to the Shinfield rec.

Early caution (not normally exhibited when he's batting) was shown by one Twyford player when parking his personalised number-plated DelBoy van some distance from the small boundary adjacent to the pitch. Needless to say this caution was unnecessary for him certainly and for most of the Twyford batting line-up, as we shall soon see.

Twyford chose to field first and openers Beamish and Walkland soon had the home side struggling at 31 for 3, with some tight and straight bowling - yes, the LBW down the leg side was completely plumb - Umpire Jim said so.....

Then (allegedly) strolled to the crease a County player no less, who smashed his first ball for 4 runs and looked for all the world like he was going to score a century. However, fate was not on his side that day. Oh no. The next ball fizzed into the pitch, took an edge and arrowed fast and low into the Twyford slip cordon. Would anyone see it, let alone stop it? Cometh the hour, Kenneth the man, where probably the best slip catch you are ever likely to see (in our team anyway) was taken by our Ken, with consummate skill, one handedly, falling to one side.....possibly in an attempt to get out of the way. Fantastic!!

Shinfield were visibly rattled, but rallied and by the end had crawled to 176 all out, with solid contributions from Ahmed and Ali, both of whom were eventually removed with accurate bowling from Green senior. Not a bad score, but would it be enough for the Twyford batting order?

Off to a bad start, one with 1 wicket down for 1 run on the board. They had some useful (and quick) bowlers for sure, with the ball moving around a lot. However, Saint Nathan of Eddy came riding to Twyford's rescue once again (as he does on most Saturday's in fact....) and bludgeoned the bowling all round the ground. It was a sight to behold, though with wickets falling at the other end in typical Twyfordian fashion (the loud shout of 'GAME ON' from the oppo rang round the ground at the fall of the 4th wicket) the thought that if Saint N of E got out we might still lose was foremost in most minds.

However, stout defending at one end (especially by the Hogster - who had to sadly retire hurt and by George 'Nurdle' Nunn) accompanied with stout bludgeoning at the other by Nathan brought Twyford CC (well Nathan CC actually) home and dry, with a 6 to reach his hundred and to simultaneously win the game (the flash git). I think he got to 50 with a 6 too! A comfortable win in the end....a team effort of course...

Man of the match...........ummm.....a hard one. I'll think about it.

So a good victory in the end against a side that could (and probably) should have done better against us. But, hey who cares! 30 odd points to the good!
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