TRCC vs. Waltham St Lawrence 2 - June 29th 2013

TRCC lost the toss and fielded.

WSL: 154 all out - M Andrews 96, M Riazuaddin 22
TRCC: Akshay Apte 3-15, Steve Beamish 3-34, Spence Nichols 2-24

TRCC: 155-6 Pete Dean 74, Chris Lunnon 29
WSL: M Andrews 3-37

The return of glorious weather for the last game of the first half of the season and an away visit to local rivals Waltham St. Lawrence. The strip was dry and lightly cracked and with the fast looking outfield the obvious choice was to bat first even though TRCC have chased well this year. However that difficult decision was removed from the TRCC skipper when WSL won the toss and decided to bat.

Akshay Apte and Steve Beamish opened the bowling and immediate pressure on WSL with good lines and swing for Akshay in particular. A very slow start for WSL not aided by a wicket each for the openers. WSL then suffered another blow with the WSL skipper had to leave for a family illness issue with no substitute available. Drinks up at the mid way point and only 50 or so on the board. M Andrews was trying to be aggressive whilst also riding his luck with a simple run-out chance missed and the first of two catches put down early into his innings. The run rate rose a little on the first bowling changes with Ian Evans and Graham Burgess into the attack though Graham picked up the next wicket shortly afterwards. Spence Nichols replaces Ian and a wicket of another full toss in the first over followed by probably the best ball of the year so far with a magnificent leg break beautifully flighted, sharp turn and bounce to just clip the top of the bails. Andrews kept hitting hard when on strike and hit some very nice straight sixes but there was little other contribution from WSL players. Beamish and Apte back in for the closing overs with both picking up further wicket finishing with 3 each. Andrews finally falling for a good 96 albeit with his 3 lives. Akshay Apte finishing with a superb 3-15 and TRCC bowling WSL out in the 41st over for 154.

Pete Dean and Chris Lunnon opened for TRCC and went of at a magnificent rate. Pete survived a run out appeal of a very dubious run with WSL feeling aggrieved at the decision. However that just spurred TRCC on and the boundaries flowed. Chris Lunnon was the first to fall for 29 though only 10 overs had gone and TRCC on 86! Stuart Barrable next in but was bowled a few balls later and maybe WSL had a glimpse of a chance after all. Scoring slowed but time was not a problem with TRCC having some 49 overs to get to the target. Ken Cochrane came and went hardly troubling the scorers and seemingly having lost his touch with the bat recently. He was followed by Pete Dean for 76 and a fourth consecutive 70+ score!  Tim Hogarth hit a few boundaries and Pete Schofield had a classic short innings also hitting 3 rapid boundaries before falling. Just a few runs short and Akshay Apte tried hard to run himself out but saw TRCC through for an eigth consecutive victory in the 21st over with some 28 overs to spare!

Confidence riding very high for TRCC despite not showing their best all round in terms of fielding and batting but certainly good enough for the victory. Pressure maintained on Sandhurst with the return fixture between the two leaders next week at home. Given the form of both teams with 8 from 9 wins each the rematch looks likely to be a title decider!

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