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Bristol Tour 2019 report

posted 11 Oct 2019, 03:53 by Unknown user
TRCC headed down to Bristol in high spirits for the 2019 annual tour of Bristol.

Unusually, the journey down was in bright sunshine rather than teeming rain and those involved waited in
eager anticipation of the prospect of three games in a row.
And what a tour it was, with some remarkable performances.
The first game was at Failand and Portbury.
As Ben Stokes was batting England to an extraordinary win over Australia, TRCC were also batting.
Highlights include 50 for Marc Teal and some good late order hitting by Chris Fort.
Lowlights included a ridiculous run out involving Simon “Bolt” Burr and his son Dylan getting a
ripsnorter of a delivery off his first ball.
TRCC finished on 171-9
Failand were short of numbers and wickets fell steadily.
We were treated to the curious spectacle of Nic Downes bowling at Tom Fort, helping out for Failand.
You could pretty much hear creaking as the two men with a combined age of around 130 did battle.
The Failand innings finished in magnificent fashion with the returningAngus Weir throwing down the
wicket from some distance for a superb run out.
Failand finished on 154.
Day two saw a new fixture at Patchway.
In blazing heat, TRCC took to the field.
And under the stewardship of Chris “umm, er, ahh” Fort, an excellent bowling performance was
Unusually, TRCC produced some brilliant catching.
Matt Berry and Dylan Burr were the stars, with Burr junior's one handed grab proving there is some
sporting ability within the family.
On the subject of the Burrs, it was fantastic to see young Zac (eight) haring around the field for both sides
and Failand and again at Patchway.
And as for his one over bowl and bat off against one of the Patchway colts, well it ended in a deserve tie.
Twyford's innings was extraordinary.
Well off the pace, despite a best 33 for Burr junior, the mighty Nic Downes
strode to the wicket.
Nic will be the first to admit he's got a limited scoring arc, and happily the Patchway bowlers proceeded
to repeatedly plonk the ball in that arc.

Nic proceeded to repeatedly wallop the ball over midwicket, and TRCC, emulating the scenes a day
earlier at Headingley.
Downes was ably assisted by Tim Hogarth and the two produced a remarkable parnership.
With only the wholly unreliable Burr senior and natural no 11 Paul Hackett remaining, Downes and
Hogarth saw TRCC to a sensational victory.
Downes finished on an unbeaten 60 and Hogarth on 23 and it was two wins out of two.
There was, however, some controversy
The field went up for a catch off Downes during the chase.
The big man, as honest as he is gigantic, stood firm.
Umpire Jim Fort declined.
This completely incensed the Patchway wicketkeeper who remained furious until the end of the game,
then reappeared still incensed and stomped off to his car.
No doubt his long-suffering partner heard a lengthy diatribe upon his return.
Two out of two.
The final game was the long-standing fixture at Harptree Villages.
TRCC lost the toss and were inserted.
What followed was a seemingly endless succession bald middle aged men bowling deadly accurate off
As always on the puddingy west country wicket, it was slow going.
Angus was the star with 38, ably assisted by Andrew Miller.
TRCC finished on a competitive 145.
The innings began with a marvellous slip catch by Hugh Fort.
Wickets continued to fall and TRCC sniffed victory.
A few mighty blows by Phil Hogarth ,Tim's brother, led to a few nerves, but he was ultimately felled by a
ball bowled by his club mate and caught by another club mate helping out in the field.
A third victory, and a magnificent end to a brilliant tour.
Bring on 2020.