TRCC vs. Sandhurst 2 - July 6th 2013

TRCC won the toss and fielded.

Sandhurst: 176-9 R Stone 34
TRCC: Ken Cochrane 3-13, Steve Beamish 2-17, Oscar Woodbridge 2-21

TRCC: 112 all out Pete Schofield 34
Sandhurst: J O'Neill 3-13, D Sussex 3-31, M Clapham 2-24

A scorching hot day for the Division 3 top of the table clash between Sandhurst and TRCC. TRCC won the toss and based on the season so far were happy to insert Sandhurst, confident of chasing the total down. Traffic delays however meant TRCC's openers were delayed so a change of plan saw Oscar Woodbridge remove the keepers kit and take the new ball with Steve Beamish and just 9 men in the field. A poor first over had TRCC on the back foot but despite the missing players TRCC were soon in the game. Some improved bowling from Steve Beamish and a good agressive line from Oscar Woodbridge saw a wicket each and the Sandhurst openers on their way by the time TRCCs missing players managed to take the field. Scoring slowed for Sandhurst and another couple of wickets fell by the time drinks were taken at 15 overs. Akshay Apte and Spence Nichols into the attack but the odd loose ball that TRCC keep delivering was racing across the fast outfield. Coupled with some poor fielding and missed opportunities the Sandhurst score crept along without any batter really starring! The strip was also misbehaving a little with the odd ball taking off and more disturbingly one occasionally would stay low. Akshay picked up a wicket but then no. 7 bat R Stone managed to hit a few full length balls for 4. He was bowled in Ken Cochranes first over after replacing Akshay, with a second bowled in his next over. Graham Burgess replaced Spence Nichols at the other end but after 3 overs Akshay was back on and picked up his second wicket whilst Ken grabbed a third, also bowled. 5 overs to go but TRCC were unable to take the last Sandhurst wicket with more catches missed. Sandhurst posted a total of 176 but with top batter scores of 34 then 21 it was somewhat chasening to see 39 extras in the total. 5+ catches put down and several could have / should have chances that went begging all amounted to a disappointing fielding performance letting Sandhurst of the hook to post a decent score.

A fine tea by Graham Burgess went down very well, helped along the way with jellies, icicles and choc ices. Marvellous stuff, though this was the last of the good times for TRCC.

Oscar Woodbridge and Chris Lunnon to open but a swish each saw them both back in the changing rooms very early. Stuart Barrable and Akshay Apte at the crease and accurate bowling by the ever steady Coxwell and some fine swing and bounce from Sussex were making life very uncomfortable for TRCC. Stuart picked out mid off again but bought a life when the straightforward catch was put down. Akshay though didn't survive a confident LBW shout and TRCC were 20-3 in the 8th over! A flurry of fours by Stuart Barrable of Coxwell got things moving for TRCC but not long after Ken Cochrane edged to the keeper of another good outswinger from Sussex who picked up his 3rd wicket with the score on just 52. Ian Evans in next and he set about defending his wicket is steadfast fashion. Runs dried up for TRCC but the wickets continued with Stuart Barrable out for 28 caught and bowled with the score on 54 in the 15th over. Pete Schofield as usual came out firing and whilst riding his luck managed to hit some decent boundaries, however luck is not eternal and he finally fell for 34. Mark Teal managed to run himself out in an ambitious run when the ball was stopped by first slip and Spence Nichols lusty blows didn't last too long. By the time last man Steve Beamish was bowled, TRCC had posted a somewhat pathetic total of 112 and had been soundly beaten by Sandhurst without ever putting up much of a fight with the bat.

A very disappointing result for TRCC, a second defeat to the now run away leaders and a 4 point average gap opened up by this loss. TRCC had a chance to severly limit Sandhurst early but blew it with some poor fielding and too many loose balls. The more accurate bowling by Sandhurst however was too much for TRCC to handle and the accuracy was backed up by stats with the stark contrast in their somewhat miserly 7 extras compared with the TRCC 39. The only good news was that 3rd place Knowl Hill had also lost leaving a 5 point average gap between TRCC and the chasing pack who continue to fall over each other. 8 games left for the season and TRCC can only hope to get back to winning ways and wait for another team to step up and take Sandhurst on.

There is also a match report available from getReading available from here.

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