Twyford entertained OTs & Romsey IV after a week off due to Hawkley pulling out of the league. The Twyford track was looking splendid and thanks must got to groundsman Matt Riley for that. OTs & Romsey skipper Martin Weeks won the toss and elected to have a bat, although he was very indecisive when making the decision, Twyford captain Nick Moreland was also a bit unsure, but probably would’ve batted too.
With Alex Reidy battling a hangover from a work night out the previous evening, the two Paine’s opened the bowling with John having the first over. Matt was bowling with hostility from the other end although neither could make an immediate breakthrough as the OTs openers looked to settle in for a long innings on a good deck. With runs flowing Matt produced a short of a length ball which shot through the batsman beating him for pace and uprooting his off stump, a much needed breakthrough. The number three, Wood, came to the crease and started very auspiciously, blocking virtually everything in sight until a big expansive heave over cow corner off Wyatt Brennan. The two batsmen picked off bad balls at will, with the odd bit of luck, and the opener went to a well deserved half century shortly before being caught. The partnership had set OTs up very nicely however. Mike McKenzie was bowling full and accurately, restricting the bastmen from playing their shots, and picked up the wicket of the number 4 for two. Wood survived a very vociferous appeal for a caught behind around the time he reached his half century and the number 5 produced a few lusty blows before being run out for 28. Weeks launched a ball deep into the legside for four before he was caught and Reidy came on to bowl the last 5 overs from one end picking up a stumping and an LBW, with McKenzie picking up his third wicket from the other end. OTs & Romsey finished on a comanding 258-8, however Twyford were disappointed at conceding over 50 extras.
After tea and in the absence of Kevin West’s previous opening partners in Henry Phillips and Tony Butcher, Moreland opened with him. OTs opened with two young bowlers and were putting the ball in good areas, the bowler from the basketball ends generating some good pace. West played a couple of trademark late cuts and Moreland rode his luck early on before finding the fence with a lofted cover drive. Weeks managed his bowlers well and every change brought a new challenge to the opening batsmen. 80 was put on for the first wicket before Moreland perished for 41 off 47 balls to a delivery that kept low and hit him bang in front of middle, the skipper virtually giving himself out. The in-form Reidy then came to the wicket (all but over his hangover by now!) and put his new bat to use, hitting balls with seemingly little effort to the fence. West departed for 46 and Reidy lofted Weeks straight down the throat of deep midwicket for 24 and Twyford were faltering. Max Watson played some lovely shots before being stumped for 12 and debutant Charlie Musson started finding his groove after a while out of the game but perished for 10. Lee Nicholas hit the spinner down the ground for 4 off his first ball and looked for a flurry of boundaries but was bowled for 17 sparking a Twyford collapse. Brennan went LBW without scoring, Matt Paine was caught by his mate on the boundary for 2, John Paine defended the hat-trick ball but was bowled 3rd ball for 0 and Mike McKenzie was caught to leave Twyford all out for 173, the last 6 wickets costing just 9 runs. Weeks finished with very impressive figures of 6-14 from 5.4 overs. OTs won by 85 runs.
Thanks to Nobby Bance for umpiring, and to Monty McKenzie for fielding for the opposition whilst a member of their team had to disappear for personal reasons.
OTs & Romsey IV 258 – 8
S. Wood 79*
T. George 56
M. McKenzie 3-51
Twyford 173 all out
K. West 46
N. Moreland 41
M. Weeks 6-14
Next match is Home vs Rowledge, Hunter Park, 2pm start 27th June.