TRCC vs. Ruislip Victoria 2 - May 11th 2013

A cold, wet and windy day greeted TRCC on their first visit to Ruislip Victoria (RV) with the distinct likelihood of rain and cancellation hanging in the air as happened with both fixtures last year. However the rain held off for the most part and the match was on. RV were inserted on a green wicket but made a steady though slow start to their innings. The strip was playing fine but neither TRCC or RV were imposing themselves on the game early on. First bowling change saw TRCC debutant Ian Evans into action for his first game in 15 years! After trying to use the pitch for a bit Ian decided that a better tactic was to ignore the grass entirely and promptly removed the opener's off-stump, followed not long after with a second wicket (using the pitch this time). Spence Nichols was introduced at the other end and despite struggling with line and length at times still had the RV batsmen totally baffled with some fine spin bowling, picking up two wickets. Fauod Khan (71) for RV rode his luck a little at times but kept the score ticking along whilst his colleagues struggled at the other end. Only Carl Clarke (33) added some late resistance as RV posted a total of 169 - 8. Ian Evans finished with 3 wickets and two catches for a fine return to cricket whilst Ken Cochrane, for a second week running, decided that using his face at slip was preferable than the hands, taking a driven edge full on the jaw - nice seam marks too!
A reasonable score from RV and having shelled a few catches and maybe not being as tight in the field as they would have liked it was just a little bit more to chase than TRCC would have hoped for with 10 overs to go. However Stuart Barrable had already shown some fine form the week before and was opening with the young Oscar Woodbridge who had been looking aggressive in the nets to date. As with RV it was a slow and steady start, but TRCC were easily keeping up with the run rate with some loose bowling from RV. One huge pull shot from Stuart Barrable saw the ball disappearing into the trees for six but on the whole TRCC were comfortable to keep the scoreboard moving without too many threats from RV. Stuart Barrable eventually fell for 36 but the result still looked inevitable from a long way out. Only the weather appeared to be an issue with the sky darkening and some rain falling. Oscar Woodbridge continued unphased and went past 50. Some agressive, fast and relatively accurate bowling finally appeared in the form of Simon Fry rolling back the years to give Ken Cochrane some issues. However Oscar have passed 50 went on a blitz hitting 3 consecutive fours of Fry to boost TRCC in the final run in. Oscar fell for 68 but Ken Cochrane (32*) and Steve Walkland (17*) were able to see TRCC through as the heavens began to open.
So a good first win of the season for TRCC controlling both in the field and at bat for the most part. Congratulations to Ian Evans for his 3 - 46, Spence Nichols with 2 - 35 and Oscar Woodbridge for his fine 68.

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