On the best day of the summer so far, Twyford hosted Compton and Chandlers Ford Under 9’s looking for the first win of the season. Playing again on the all weather pitch at Twyford school, all were excited for a high scoring game. Thank you to all who helped clear the tennis nets away so a prompt start was possible. Captain Freddie lost the toss and Compton elected to bat first.

Coaches instructions for the day were to bowl straight, do not throw widely at the wickets when fielding, and no kamikaze running!

Victor opened the bowling on his debut with distinction, quickly followed up by Eddie who through excellent fielding caused confusion with the Compton batting pair and a run out ensued. A great start for Twyford who despite the blazing sunshine were showing great energy in their fielding. The tight bowling continued with Ellie and Freddie. By the end of the second batting pair, Compton were struggling to get the ball away and were on 230 for the loss of one wicket. Harry took the 9th over and was taken for 2 consecutive fours, but then struck back by bowling the batsman. Fielding continued to be sharp, with Victor, Eddie, Oscar and Ellie standing out.

Robert, Oscar and Conor bowled well as Compton looked to bring some urgency to the inning. The middle batting pair moved the score to 264. Robert bowled his second over and encouraged to bowl straight by his team mates, he took a great low catch of his own bowling. Anthony supported the  breakthrough by causing a mishit which was taken by Freddie at Mid-On. Suddenly the game was swinging back to Twyford and the fielders sensed the pressure was building on Compton. George joined the attack and restricted the batters to 1 and Anthony followed up with a Maiden. As the last pair strode to the wicket the score was on 261, George then proceeded to bowl the best ball of the delivery hitting top of off stump, and then repeated the trick next ball. Harry bowled at wicket in his last over and George completed the inning by bowling a nice last over, which included a run out. Compton ended on 263

A fantastic selection of cakes and drinks was supplied by Twyford parents, Sophie, Robyn, Fiona (Sorry if I missed anyone) – Thank you to all of you from all the players of both teams. Twyford set about the target having completed 2 of the coaches requests! 50 runs in wides is an improvement on the previous games, but still work to be done

George and Harry opened the batting looking to take the game to Compton from the off. 3 fours from Harry in the first over followed up with 3 fours from George in the remaining overs, meant the boys had done great to get the run rate above required. Ellie and Conor (brother and sister) came in to face faster bowling from Compton, and as much as they tried they couldn’t force the ball off the square for runs. A couple of wickets fell, but the effort and determination was clear to see from all. Oscar and Anthony came in and found the same problems. A couple of sweetly struck fours from Anthony was welcome to Twyford , as was a couple of byes which Oscar should take great credit for running. As the second to last pair Robert and Victor strode to the crease, a Twyford win was looking a long way off but they had different ideas. Victor on debut was treated to the best view in the ground as Robert turned into Brian Lara and drove the ball to all parts of the ground scoring a chanceless 29 not out. As Eddie and Freddie started the last 4 overs, what seemed like a looming defeat had suddenly turned into a lead . Coaches instructions to the pair was to play sensibly. Both followed the instructions to the letter, batting beautifully through the first 2 overs before launching into the last few overs as the victory became certain. Freddie flourished ending on 18 Not Out, ably supported by Eddie on 6 Not Out. End Score, Twyford 303 and a win by 40 runs

Captain Freddie completed affairs by wishing Compton well.

Thank you to Kate for scoring. It does help to have volunteers, like myself, to share the burden so will look for others in the coming weeks. Thanks also to Marc for umpiring and coaching in the middle. And to Adam and one other (sorry) for helping put the tennis courts back together

Always difficult to pick a man of the match, especially when there were so many good performances. I was really pleased to see the energy in the fielding. But today when the team needed him Robert “Brian Lara”  turned the match on its head and ensured a win. This on top of his caught and bowled!.

Next match is on Tuesday 16th June, Away versus St Cross C at 6pm.

Training is on Friday as normal at 6pm. Help is always required. Please see myself, Jay or Joe if you are interested on a week by week basis or if you fancy doing more, say so!

And lastly, please put 19th July in your diaries. That’s the date of our last match versus IBM Hursley and whilst only 8 or 10 players can play, it would be good to have as many there to support the team and for the follow on BBQ – all welcome. Please contact Kate (Katebittles@gmail.com) to help with arrangements.

All the best

Chris


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