On a lovely sunny Saturday Otterbourne won the toss and opted to bat.

Tom Ducker and Alex Reidy opened the bowling as usual and the Otterbourne openers took a liking to anything full of a length, scoring with ease through the offside and the occasional thick edge. Reidy proved particularly expensive, bowling just 3 overs for 31 runs. Reidy was well-placed on the long off boundary to catch one of the Otterbourne openers off Ducker after a quickfire 28 in an opening partnership of over 80. Ducker then quickly removed the number three, bowling him for nought. Matt Paine came on at the other end and was gettting the  ball to talk, with a jaffer nibbling away from the other opener who gloved through to ‘keeper Nick Moreland for 42. A familiar face in John Bance came to crease, and after surviving a vociferous LBW appeal from Mike McKenzie, scored with gusto all around the ground, particularly off spinner Wyatt Brennan. There was a very strong run out shout after a brilliant direct-hit from Lee Nicholls at mid-wicket, although Twyford were convinced, the umpire shook his head. Bance skied a catch to Reidy again on the boundary off Matt Paine after a well made 63 and John Paine, preparing for his Hampshire over-60s game vs Australia on Sunday, returned tidy figures including a stumping in the last over. The number four batsman ended on 71 not out as Otterbourne scored an impressive 253-5 in their 42 overs.

After tea Tony Butcher and Kevin West opened the batting and started brightly with a good run rate. West was caught at backward point for 16 bringing the in-form Reidy to the crease. Him and Butcher kept the scoreboard ticking, both playing delightful drives and pull shots off the opening bowlers and the spinners. The outfield was like lightening but Butcher didn’t use it as he chipped a tame ball from the spinner straight to midwicket and was unfortunately caught for 49. Bance came on to bowl as Will Patterson came to the crease and duly dispatched him for three fours in consecutive balls, two over the bowlers head and one pulled through square leg. Twyford’s run rate was climbing and a close finish looked likely. Reidy brought up a lovely 50 and continued to provide strong resistance to Otterbourne, also scoring freely when he felt the time was right. Patterson fell to Bance for 24 when he was caught bringing Moreland to the crease. Some quick running between Reidy and Moreland upped the run-rate further until they attempted one run too many and Moreland was run-out for 15, sparking Twyford’s collapse. Nicholls was bowled, Brennan was LBW, and Ducker failed to defend a straight one successfully and attention turned to achieving a score of 200 and maximum batting points. Matt Paine hit a nice shot to mid off and attempted to take on the misfield only be run out at the bowlers end. John Paine came and went for just a single and McKenzie hit a couple of late blows but departed shortly after reaching the team 200. Reidy finished on a brilliant 84* as Twyford were bowled out for 204.

Otterbourne 253-5

S. Paul 71*
J. Bance 63

M. Paine 2-55
T. Ducker 2-59

Twyford 204 all out

A. Reidy 84*
T. Butcher 49

J. Bance 4-53
S. Paul 2-11

Otterbourne won by 49 runs. Next match Home vs. OTs & Romsey, June 20th, 2pm Hunter Park.


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