TRCC vs. Hawley - May 18th 2013

First home game of the season and a dry, pleasant day for the visit of Hawley to Stanlake Meadow. There was some mild concern over the strip as the square appears to have developed an unhealthy layer of moss under the grass, so losing the toss TRCC were not surprisingly given the first opportunity to try it out.

Hawleys attack, in the form of Richard Miles and Ben Harris, kept TRCC quiet with some accurate swing bowling and it wasn't long before the first wickets started to fall. The track was playing reasonably well with the odd lifting ball but also unfortunately the odd low ball and it was one of these that bowled debutant Mark Higgins. With the top 3 of Stuart Barrable, Oscar Woodbridge and Mark Higgins all bowled in the teens things were not looking too hot for TRCC. Ken Cochrane was putting the odd loose ball away but runs were hard to come by. Hawleys bowling changes did little to ease TRCC's woes with Gope Singh and Andy Wilkinson especially maintaining the pressure. Steve Walkland was next to go for a duck getting bowled behind his legs. Dave Downes, with his first knock of the year, managed to have the only meaningful partnership of the innings with Ken, hitting 23 before also getting bowled, making it 5 down and all bowled. The only positive factor at this stage is that TRCC, although scoring slowly and losing wickets, were managing to eat up the 45 overs. As the innings drew to a close Ken Cochrane tried to open up a little but eventually fell at deep mid off for 65, rueing the fact that he should have pinched Oscars bat with its decent middle. TRCC completed the 45 overs posting 164 - 8 which looked decidedly short of the mark. Hawleys bowlers shared the success with Miles, Harris and Wilkinson each picking up a couple of wickets with quality accurate bowling.

Tea saw the first trial of a bought in supplier though its probably fair to say there were mixed feelings over its success in terms of quality, however it all disappeared so must have been good enough.

And so to the run chase for Hawley. TRCC had to bowl tight but the low score certainly gave the feeling that it would need all 10 wickets to be taken for victory. Graham Burgess bowled fast and with swing to cause some trouble for Hawleys openers. However GP Singh was very aggressive from the off and took a liking to Steve Beamish who was struggling to find a consistent line and length. 50 seemed to come up in no time at all and things were looking rather bleak for TRCC. However bowling changes saw Steve Walkand and Ken Cochrane in to the attack and things started to happen straight away. Steve picked up the first wicket with his first ball when Ben Harris steered one outside off stump to gully. Ken then bowled the new man in his second over only for Steve to bowl the dangerous opener GP Singh for 37 in the next over. Gope Singh hit Ken Cochrane in consecutive overs for two hard fours and two massive sixes but fell to a sneaky slower ball from Ken and a superb overhead catch by Steve Beamish at mid wicket. Steve Walkland continued his fine bowling spell with accurate inswing picking up an LBW then his fourth wicket and Steve Beamishs second excellent running catch from an early call at wide mid off,. Hawley though continued to creep closer to the target despite the fall of wickets. Ian Evans, 'fresh' from his 3 wicket haul the week before was brought into the attack replacing Ken. Ian wasted no time in getting back in the groove picking up 3 wickets in 3 overs with a catch behind to Marc Teal, another excellent running catch by Oscar Woodbridge from mid on and a dipping drive to Ken Cochrane in the covers. So just a few runs required and one remaining wicket. Graham Burgess back into the attack replacing Steve to try scare the final bat who looked none too comfortable. 10 runs to go for Hawley but it wasn't to be as Burgess rattled the stumps to the delight of TRCC.

A close finish but also a fine win for TRCC who picked up 34 points. Steve Walkland finished with 4 for 35, Ian Evans 3 for 10 with 2 for Ken Cochrane and a vital 1 for Graham Burgess to round of a fine team effort.

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