Twyford arrived at Over Wallop on the back of two victories looking to continue this run against a team in the top 4. Nick Moreland won the toss again and reluctantly chose to bat, the wicket very grassy and on a bit of a slope.
Moreland and Tony Butcher opened the batting and quickly moved on to 46-0 after 10 overs, hitting drives down the ground and cutting the ball well. There seemed to be a bit in it for the bowlers, with the odd ball popping or keeping low. Moreland chipped a catch back to the bowler to go for a brisk 25, the ball sticking slightly in the pitch. Alex Reidy came to the crease and set about carving apart the bowling attack as usual, hitting the ball well until he was adjudged caught behind for 31, although he was convinced he clipped his bat with his bat. Will Patterson came and went in two balls, attempting to clear deep midwicket with a slog sweep. George Bell, making his first appearance this season, played himself in before launching some shots into the deep, including a big six before being caught on the rope. Butcher was unfortunately given out LBW after barely an appeal from the bowler to depart for 48, Twyford were letting a good start slip. Tom Ducker claimed he was in the mood to score runs today and he didn’t disappoint, after losing Wyatt Brennan for 3 and Matt Paine for a duck, he dispatched the bowlers to all parts, including two sixes. Unfortunately he didn’t receive much help from the other end as Vinay Handa departed after a lovely lofted cover drive for 1. Mike McKenzie and John Paine also went quickly, leaving Ducker on 39*. Twyford were bowled out for 201, maximum batting points on a pretty poor wicket.
After tea, Tom Ducker and John Paine opened the bowling and confidence was high. A bowler of Ducker’s pace was always going to cause all sorts of problems on that wicket, however it was John Paine who took the first wicket, LBW. Ducker then ripped through the top and middle order. he was bowling a consistent line and really bending his back, one ball would cut in and shoot low, then one would pop up and hit the batsman. After taking a handful of wickets, Ducker was taken off. Reidy bowled from one end for a couple of overs with consistent line and length, and was unfortunate not to pick up a wicket. Brennan came on and was turning the ball well, again causing batsmen all sorts of problems and took the remaining few wickets. Tom Ducker ended with figures of 7 overs, 5 maidens, 4 runs and 6 wickets, a truly magnificent spell of bowling, putting the ball in exactly the right place every time as Over Wallop were bowled out for just 53.
Thanks to Nobby Bance for umpiring as always. Next game Home vs Ropley II, Saturday 18th July, 2pm.
Twyford 201 all out
T. Butcher 48
T. Ducker 39*
S. Cavil 5-27
Over Wallop 53 all out
T. Ducker 7-6-4-6