TRCC vs. Shinfield 2 - June 15th 2013

TRCC won the toss and fielded.
TRCC 172-3 beat Shinfield 171-4
 
Shinfield: 171-4 Rahul Kadavakolu 105*, Karn Kute 22
TRCC: Akshay Apte 3-31, Ken Cochrane 1-22
 
TRCC: 172-3 Pete Dean 82*, Ken Cochrane 29, Oscar Woodbridge 26
Shinfield: Sudir Nair 1-11, Rahul Kadavakolu 1-42, Dhanajay Chandrashekar 1-46
 
 
A heavy downpour delayed the start of the game between TRCC and Shinfield. The track with its excellent drainage was soaking it up no problem though of course it was wet on the surface. When it stopped raining though TRCC won the toss and had no hesitation in putting Shinfield into bat. The slippery surface conditions were not making it easy for anyone, though TRCCs Akshay Apte was making life especially hard for himself as bowling in trainers! Surprisingly though the ball was coming through quite nicely with the odd short ball lifting steeply. A quick start for Shinfield was soon brought under control with Steve Beamish and Akshay Apte keeping the Shinfield openers under wraps. The first of two rainbreaks was short though the second break for 30 or so minutes saw the match reduced to 44 overs per side. Akshay struck first when Ian Evans took a catch at point of a wide ball chased by the right hander. The left hander Rahul Kadavakolu was looking useful though an early chance put down at gully and two further chances at point and mid wicket later on ultimately proved costly as Rahul Kadavakolu batted through the innings and proved to be the main resistance to TRCC hitting 105*. Graham Burgess and Ken Cochrane into the attack with Ken Cochrane straight into his full length and line from the previous match. A bizarre swing from the apparently steady Dave Aust saw him bowled by Ken Cochrane and Shinfield were 55-2 in the 18th over. The second heavy downpour occurred not long after and thoughts of an early tea were springing to mind. However it cleared up and the game was back on again. The quick bowlers though were concerned about the front foot sliding so a change of tact saw Mark Higgins replace Graham Burgess. Ken Cochrane maintained his economical status bowling 11 overs straight taking 1-22. Shinfield though were scoring slowly at the other end though occasionally taking full value from the odd loose ball. Plenty of wickets in hand was a concern but the acceleration never really came. Akshay Apte and Peter Dean in for the last 10 overs and though Peter got hit a bit Akshay bowled very nicely picking up two more wickets and restricting Shinfield to just 56 runs over this period. Akshay finishing on 3-31 from 11 overs was the standout bowler for TRCC. Shinfield had posted 171-4 and given the average against TRCC on the previous 5 winning matches was 168 this target looked well within their reach.
 
A traditional tea from Ken Cochrane (aka Lisa) had the usual mix plus the sought after strawberry and cream scones, with Steve Beamish quietly digging in enthusiastically. Oscar Woodbridge and Peter Dean to open. Shinfield started with the old ball but this was quickly despatched for a six in the first over when Peter opened up early. TRCC made a steady start and despite some misleading information later in the game, were ahead of the Shinfield run rate for the entire innings apart from the 5th over! Shinfield made several bowling changes early and soon switched to the new ball. As the pitch dried it was becoming a little more difficult to bat on, as even though it was on the slow side, the ball was sticking in the pitch and gained some hard to handle bounce. Oscar Woodbridge was the first to go for 26 with the keeper making a fine forward diving catch when the ball clipped the back of the bat from one such lifter. Stuart Barrable went not long after for 10 to another ball that held up and his lofted drive was comfortably taking at deep mid off. Ken Cochrane in next and was almost sent packing early with another ball that rose sharply. A hard top edge to the keeper who must have read about Kens previous head butting catching technique and decided to see if the forehead really was a good way to catch a ball. 71-2 at drinks and with the weather closing in again TRCC were a a little nervous about the possibility of an abandoned game and run rates. An immediate acceleration however by TRCC and a poor bowling change by Shinfield saw Pani Chandrav hit for 16 of his only over. After that TRCC scored quickly and the run rate apprehension disappeared. Ken Cochrane decided to get out for 29 in an attempt to make the official batting stats, chipping to wide mid on. Peter Dean however marched on relentlessly and with a cameo by Mark Higgins, TRCC got over the line with 7 overs to spare. Peter Dean finishing on another decent score of 82* and rocketing to the top of the TRCC batting averages - 176 league runs from just 3 games already (avg. 88) with another 80 for his one Sunday appearance - will be a scary prospect once he settles in and finds some form! ;)
 
6 wins in a row for TRCC with plenty of time to spare keeps us in the mix at the top of division 3.

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