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TRCC vs. Penn Street - 11th May 2008

Just about the best cricketing weather you can possibly have! Hot & sunny, yet not stifling, and with a pleasant gentle breeze. How lucky we are to have days like these! Penn Street travelled to Twyford to find a pretty green wicket & outfield, but one that played true and afforded may boundaries during the match. The visitors were rather short of players, so TRCC loaned them a couple, and we played 10 a side.

TRCC opened the batting, and despite some fairly nippy bowling, Woodman & N Downes were very comfortable at the crease. It took a few overs, but when they settled in the runs began to flow. It was not until the 16th over that the first wicket fell - Downes caught going for a big one (Never seen that before!) - but the following batsmen ably supported Woodman past his 50, on to a final total of 73 - An excellent knock. The tail fell without putting up much of a fight with Ribaud back for his second spell and on fine form, but Twyford were reasonably happy with their final score of 174

Penn Street made a steady if unimpressive start to their innings, with the bowling of Hackett proving tough to get away. But openers Reavey and Fletcher looked like they knew what they were doing and played a straight bat. Eventually the opening partnership was broken with the score on 60. Then it was time for Twyford's fielding to play a role - And not in a good way as far as the home side were concerned. 6 catches that should have been held were put down, and a few half chances too. A poor performance that provoked a tougue-lashing from the Captain N Downes. Nevertheless, wickets were falling! Hackett back for his second spell took 2 in 2 balls, and N Downes eventually claimed 5. It all came down to the last over - Penn Street had just one wicket left, and 3 balls to survive. But survive they did for a well earned draw.

So, Twyford would have relished a win after their poor performance last week, but were happy to have taken part in such an excellent afternoon's sport with a well-matched and pleasant opposition.
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