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TRCC vs. Big Hammer preseason - 18th April 2010

This match report written by the good people of Big Hammer

THOSE long, cold winter days became a distant memory as the long awaited start to the Big Hammer CC season was greeted with some glorious April sunshine. Unfortunately for the Hammer a opening day win just eluded them in what was a tightly fought encounter with Twyford & Ruscombe.

New captain Jon Hopper lost the toss which prompted the visitors to bowl first on what was very green wicket. Proceedings got off to the inevitable 'first game of the season' slow start as both teams blew away those winter cobwebs. Openers Dan Hopper and Simon Morris got things off to a slow and steady start, but both then succumbed to outfield catches for scores of 5 and 10 respectively. Debutant Donny Victor was joined at the crease by John Hinks, but one ball later was back on the sidelines having been dismissed LBW for 0. Jonny Shan was next in and he and Victor developed a good partnership which saw the run rate increase vastly and put Big Hammer in a much stronger position. Victor went on to pass 50, but shortly after Shan was given out LBW for a useful 25. Captain Hopper was next in, and with Victor, they continued the attack on the Twyford bowlers. However, the visitors then made the key breakthrough as Victor was bowled for an excellent innings of 64. Hopper continued to build his total though and he was ably assisted by Jack Webster who hit a quickfire 13. Hopper eventually went in the final over for personal best of 46 as the Hammer went on to make a decent score of 183 for 9.

The Twyford reply got off to a bad start as Hammer opening bowlers Webster and Craig Wilson both struck early to reduce the visitors to 8 for 2. Wilson's dismissal of Lunnon was particularly impressive as the opener saw his off stump removed with an unplayable delivery. Leigh and Barrable then steady the ship for the away side as they looked to preserve wickets. Runs were coming at very slow rate and when Hopper picked up the wickets of Barrable and new batsmen Fuller in quick sucession, things seemed to going well for the home side. Things got even better when the patience Leigh was dismissed by Watts thanks to a good catch by Hopper for 41. But new batsmen Cochrane had other ideas as he started to hit back for the away side. Wilson then struck again though when he bowled Baker for 9 as the Hammer looked to fight back. Cochrane's powerful hitting was proving a problem though and ably assisted by Twyford skipper Adam Smith (26 not out), he saw the visitors home with a score of 53 not out and with 11 balls to spare.
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