TRCC vs. Woodley 2 - June 22nd 2013

TRCC won the toss and fielded.
TRCC 140-6 beat Woodley 139 all out
Woodley: 139 all out Jordan Goddard 31, Sawwad Raja 30, Adnan Riaz 30
TRCC: Akshay Apte 4-15, Pete Dean 2-26
TRCC: 140-6 Pete Dean 76*
Woodley: Vinay Kumar 4-26
Heavy rain overnight and all morning with more just at the start time forced another delayed start of game, but winning the toss TRCC inserted a somewhat hesitant Woodley. The track as always just soaked up the water though the quicks would struggle once the top layer of grass was removed at the crease. Akshay 'new spikes' Apte wasted no time at all removing the first bat with just the second ball of the match, but within two overs we were off the pitch with heavy rain once more. 20 minutes or so later and TRCC on the pitch but with a Woodley team sitting resolutely in the changing rooms. Finally some 15 minutes after TRCC took the field and with the sun beginning to poke through the game was back on, though reduced to 44 overs now. Graham Burgess was struggling with grip at the crease so Peter Dean on to bowl, meanwhile the second wicket fell to Akshay with a mishit lofted drive nicely taken by Hari Mamillappy at mid off. A fine opening spell from Akshay with figures of 2-12 from 8 overs with 4 maidens! Spence Nichols replaced Akshay and Ken Cochrane on for Peter. Ken immediately on his usual line and length had two very confident shouts in his first over for lbw but both turned down, though TRCC wondering just what the ball was missing. With Woodley scoring slowly the mid innings drinks were taken with the score at just 55-2. The sky remained overcast but any rain was thankfully missing the ground. TRCC were though very keen to get a move on. Spence picked up the third wicket of Raja (30) not long after drinks with a full toss that hit the base of the stumps. Raja, unhappy that it wasn't called a no-ball, went and had words with the square leg umpire but ultimately and quite rightly had to go! Ed Farrar replaced Spence to continue the slow spin at one end with Ken, having started with 3 maidens, bowling economically at the other end. A beautifully flighted ball just clipping the top of the bails brought the fourth wicket for Ed Farrar. Two runs later Ken Cochrane picked up his only wicket with a skied top edge to square leg that blew back midway to the stumps for keeper Oscar Woodbridge to take an excellent catch, Woodley 98-5. Ken finishing his 11 over spell with 4 maidens 1-18, and though his batting may have fallen away recently, his bowling figures of 34 overs, 9 maidens 3-57 from the last 3 matches have made up for the lack of runs. Graham Burgess back into the attack but a swinging Riaz took 17 of the over including one very nicely struck six. 13 of Ed Farrars last over and the last few overs of the innings looking like Woodley might start to post a decent score. However Peter Dean and Akshay Apte had other ideas with both picking up a couple of wickets each, finishing on 2-26 and 4-15 respectively. A run out in this final period as well and Woodley were all out for 139 having lost the last 4 wickets for no runs!
Spence provided the tea and I can personally recommend both the carrot cake and lemon drizzle cake if you get the chance!
140 to win and TRCC with a strong batting lineup and a welcome return of Chris Lunnon for his first game of the season coming in at 7. Oscar Woodbridge opening with Peter Dean again though Oscar got a lifting ball in the second over and was gone with an edge to the keeper. Some decent bowling from Woodley though TRCC were ticking the score along, mindful of the weather and the potential for a downpour giving a chance to Woodley to run for cover. 60 up in the tenth over before Stuart Barrable was inexplicably given out lbw of a big inside edge heard by both fielders and teammates on the boundary. However Woodley upheld the appeal and Stuart was on his way. A short pause in scoring and a couple of maiden overs from Woodley applied some mild pressure but this was quickly shattered by Peter Dean hitting opening bowler Anjun for four consecutive boundaries. However at the other end some poor shot selection and shot execution saw a flurry of wickets fall though not before Chris Lunnon hit one huge six. Akshay Apte in at 8 stopped the rot and TRCC reached the 140 target with no further losses and an impressive 19 overs left to play! The classy Peter Dean finishing on 76* and his third consecutive 70+ score.
7 wins now in a row for TRCC who keep up the pressure on Sandhurst who lead the division with the same record but with a small fraction of a lead in the overall points tally.

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