TRCC vs. Binfield - September 30th 2013

The giant is slain.

The great butcher of Binfield was felled in an astonishing team effort by Twyford (and he only got 49 not out in about five overs with about five sixes).

There were nerves in the air as the Twyford 11 arrived at Binfield for their annual meeting with the man known as "The Butcher"

And no wonder, having blasted a brutal 135 not out last year and 90-odd the year before, The Butcher (real name Paul Edgington), obviously enjoys the final game of the season and facing Twyford's attack.

The game, played in an unusual limited overs format with a draw option, started with Twyford skipper Hugh Fort choosing to insert the opposition.

And the skipper may have being ruing that decision as Binfield got off to a flier.

Despite some excellent bowling by Steve Beamish, the openers put on 87 for the first wicket, when the left-hander Simon York was stumped off Chris Fort.
It brought to the crease not the butcher but another beefy batsman who hit was untroubled by our attack, before being skittled by Adam Smith on 94.
This brought The Butcher to the crease, but time was short.
His batting was still brutal, but also somewhat streaky, but he scored quickly and still struck some huge blows.

He called time on the carnage at 239-2, leaving Twyford a somewhat challenging target.

However, Binfield's format meant we had many, many overs, far more than you'd normal have in a traditional time game.

And the extended time helped lead to a remarkable performance.

A team plagued by inconsistency sudden gelled.

First Woodman and Quartermain strode to the crease, and Twyford were off to a flier.
This was not the usual Sunday start as both batsman tore into their openers, one quite lively, one a wily spinner.

Woodman was first to depart with 19, but with the total at 54 after 10 overs gave the team half a chance.
The club's leading run scorer marched to the crease.
At 62 Tom Fort's run-scoring has become somewhat sporadic, but like all greats, when the situation demanded he delivered.
Quartermain fell shortly after his arrival, bringing Nic Downes to the crease.

As they have in many debates with each other in committee meetings, the two batsmen absolutely refused to budge and were able to to feast on some fairly ordinary bowling to accelerate the score nicely.

Downes finally fell on 33, bringing Fort junior to the crease.

After a the usual advice from father, helpful tips like "don't hit it up in the air" and "try to hit crap balls for four", Fort Jr managed to survive an over from their opening quick bowler, who they'd most unfairly bought back on.

After telling his son,  "He looks like he'll get you out", Fort senior was then bowled for 45.

Cometh the hour, cometh the man - Adam Smith.

You know what you're getting batting with Smith.

Despite his somewhat limited technique, the boy Smith excels at putting pressure on the field.

Much to his displeasure, Twyford's captain found himself scampering numerous twos and threes and the run-rate rocketed.

Fort was then out on 22, horribly trying to carve a straight ball over midwicket, but by then the damage had been done, leaving Twyford's tail to nervously score the small amount needed.

Jonathan Low, Chris Fort, Simon Farrar and Steve Beamish all contributed before Farrar somewhat comically ended the famous win by running a three, despite only needing one and the game finishing.

The maths whiz later admitted he carried on running to ensure he got to 100 runs for the season, even though he didn't as the game ended after his first run.

The superb victory ended what has been a mixed season in terms of performance on a huge high and commendations should also be made to the Binfield team who could've easily batted on to make 300 and win the game, but made a real game of it.

Roll on 2014.

The Band Systems man of the match was Adam Smith.