TRCC vs. Welford Park 2 - Kune 1st 2013

With the cricket gods kindly keeping the wet weather for mid week the visit of Welford Park (WP) to Stanlake Meadow brought clear sunny skies albeit with a cooling breeze. However, all the rain earlier in the week meant the reused Presidents strip was a touch soft so winning the toss it was no surprise to see WP asked to bat and TRCC in the field.
With TRCC missing some of the usual front line bowlers it was imperative that Steve Beamish shrugged of his slow start to this year and find some of the form he had shown in previous years. And that is precisely what he did, bowling a full length on or about the off stump with immediate effect picking up his first wicket with his 7th ball of the day. Two overs later and he had his second wicket and a fine catch by Stuart Barrable, WP under pressure early on at 13 for 2. TRCC continued to keep the pressure on with Steve Beamish bowling a great spell of 7 overs 2-9, ably supported by Pete Schofield at the other end. WP opener Upendra Deshpande was hanging around but scoring was very slow and a run out in the 20th over had WP 39-3. Bala Marugesh to the crease and with an immediate swinging bat tactic took full advantage of two overs from Ken Cochrane, hitting 26. However league debutant Pete Dean opened his spell with a wide ball down leg side only for Bala Marugesh to mishit and get caught for 32. Three balls later and opener Upendra Deshpande was gone for 35 having been caught by a bold call from keeper Mark Teal taking a top edge at backward square leg. WP 85-5 in the 25th over and both Spence Nichols and Pete Dean keeping it tight. By the 40th over WP weere 116-8 with Spence Nichols claiming 2 bowled and Steve Beamish back for a third wicket, things looking very rosy for TRCC. However a little cameo by Tom Herrington (20*) and Karthick Mani (27*) over the last 5 overs saw WP post 167-8.
A slow pitch for sure but TRCC confident of chasing down what looked like an under par total, so no issues with tucking into a first rate tea by marathon man Tim Hogarth, though son Jack was claiming a major helping hand. The classy looking Pete Dean and Stuart Barrable opened for TRCC but a duck for Stuart in the second over. Mark Higgins to the crease and TRCC stabilised whilst scoring at 4 per over and seemingly cruising. An inside edge though saw Pete Dean fall for 24, quickly followed by Mark Higgins for 18 and suddenly in a 5 over period TRCC had gone from 50-1 to 65-5 in the 17th over. Ken Cochrane in next having dropped down the order due to a thigh injury limiting his movement. 103 required from 28 overs was still on the cards but with 5 down it looked a long way off and WP clearly bubbling with anticipation of a win. Lots of mid wicket chats between Mark Teal and Ken Cochrane where the subject was just about survival and ignore the run chase completely at this stage. Runs came slowly but the odd bad ball was getting punished. 100 up in the 27th over but unfortunatley Mark Teal defended down the wrong line and was gone for an important 19. Spence Nichols couldn't back up his decent bowling form and was also gone 3 balls later without troubling the scorers, TRCC 105-7 and struggling once more. Pete 'no guard' Schofield had other ideas though and taking Akshays '1 shot' tag from last week launched a short but brutal attack on the WP bowling with one gorgeous straight drive and an impressive straight 6 before finally getting caught for 26, breaking his nice shiny new bat in the process. 14 runs required, WP in turmoil and time no longer a factor following the acceleration from Pete Schofields assault. Ian 'the Wall' Evans in next with just two wickets left for TRCC but an unlikely looking victory within reach once more. Steadfast defense from Ian and a couple of balls put away by Ken and TRCC were on the brink. WPs two best bowlers were bowled out and Ian Evans wasted no time at all with a fine glance to third man for 3 to score the winning runs for TRCC in the 39th over. Fourth win on the trot for TRCC with Ken Cochrane (46*) continuing his good form with his 200th run of the year.
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