TRCC vs. Bracknell - May 4th 2014

Ah! Once more unto the breach dear friends ....

Another season gets off the ground, and TRCC welcomed Bracknell to Stanlake Meadow for the first Sunday tie of the season after the previous week fell victim to the rain.

The home side were inserted into bat after losing the toss. The outfield was lush, and combined with the slight softness of the square, this was not going to be a high scoring match. And indeed, the ball did not come on to the bat, leading to difficulty in the timing of shots. W Zahid was the first to fall victim to these conditions, spooning up an easy catch with the score on 21, but he was by no means the last! In all there would be 6 Twyford men dismissed by catches, all playing too early. The bowling did not seems too threatening when viewed from the boundary, but the home side could not cope - Only 4 batsmen broke in to double figures - Kudos to Woodman, J Downes & Low for their contributions. It was only thanks to 31 extras (including 28 wides) that Twyford got over 100. 118 looked too meagre a target - after all the pitch was playing true with predictable bounce, but it gave the home side something to play with. The pick of the bowlers for Bracknell was Henley, who will be very happy with 6 wickets for just 27 runs.

Bracknell began their innings well, if a little slowly, and reached over 40 before the first wicket fell - They looked to be cruising it!

However, drama off the field interrupted the innings as there was a violent car crash in the road next to the ground. Players rushed to see what help they could give. The emergency services were called, and we even had the Air Ambulance land on Stanlake Meadow (although away from the cricket pitch). After 25 minutes or so, the game resumed with the police, ambulance and fire crews continuing to work in the background.

With the first change in bowling, however, the tide began to turn in Twyford's favour. Hackett had been accurate, but Burgess & Woodbridge were penetrating as well, and wickets, slowly at first, began to tumble. Pushed on by Captain N Downes, Twyford kept up the pressure, with tight fielding - including a superb run out by M Zahid & keeper Farrar -  and even tighter bowling. In the end, once the openers were dismissed, no one else from Bracknell was able to reach double figures!

So, a great start to the season for TRCC. We need to work on the batting, but the bowling - Especially from Woodbridge who I have not seen bowl better - looks promising for the rest of the season.

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