TRCC vs. Pinkneys Green - August 11th 2013

A lovely afternoon, pleasantly warm rather than stifling as it has been recently, TRCC were once more at home (for the seventh straight week!) this time playing host to Pinkneys Green.

Home captain N Downes won the toss, and inserted the opposition (Oh-err missus!) in to bat. This immediately looked like a good decision, as both Hackett & Burgess were accurate from the off, and were swiftly rewarded for their efforts. Fielding was sharp & wickets tumbled - Soon the visitors were reduced to 53-5 and the home side was sure we would be in the pub extra early this Sunday! But things were not too be that easy. Adrian for Pinkneys Green played a superb innings, defending well the dangerous balls & punishing the loose ones. Alas, his only support came towards the end of the batting line-up, with Purchase being the only other batsman to reach double figures. This poor performance was mainly down to two excellent spells from Hackett who ended up with his second best ever figures for the club, taking six wickets bowling and hitting the stumps from square leg to dismiss Purchase.

The total at tea (with 10/10 eggy sandwiches BTW) was 140-9, and Pinkneys took the highly unusual decision to bat on after tea, feeling that the total was just too small to defend. This showed a remarkable lack of knowledge of Twyford's recent batting form, and in the end may have cost them dear due to the loss of several overs that could have had at the home team's tail.

The after tea spell did not last long, with Adrian finally dismissed by the catch of the season by T Downes (off his father, no less), running full tilt round the boundary and diving to just reach the ball in time - The best catch I have seen for many a day.

So TRCC were in to bat. And it did not start well. In only the 4th over, Woodman was back in the pavilion clean bowled. And it did not continue well, either. The only spark of hope from the top of the order came from A Weir, playing his first game of the season after a nasty injury playing rugby (Rugby? Think of the cricket season you fool!). When he was out stumped (by a mile), the middle order collapsed, under admittedly some pretty good bowling, It was down to the tail to once again save TRCC's blushes. Farrar & T Downes knuckled down, dug in, stepped up to the plate, etc, etc. The overs ticked down, and the opposition could not dismiss them. TRCC ended some 30 runs adrift of the target, but off far fewer overs. So honours even (-ish).

Twyford's Man of the Match was Hackett, for his excellent figures of 13-2-35-6.