Twyford, fresh off the back of consecutive losses (no match reports entered, shame), made the short trip around the corner to Compton and Chandlers Ford, for this week’s HCL CD4N local derby. With England, and most of Europe, seeing 30+ degree temperatures over the last month it was quite pleasant to encounter a breeze at Shepherd’s Lane, albeit in hot and humid conditions.
Twyford’s team selection was fairly straightforward for once, Paterson confirming his availability on Friday ensuring a 12 man squad made the trip. John Paine was promoted(/demoted) to Junior umpire, with Nick Ranger on scoring duties whilst Fin McKenzie took all of her money and jetted off to Switzerland, Senior McKenzie suggesting she had gone to set up bank accounts in the tax haven! Ranger taking the time to buy a packet of mixed coloured pens in the morning, making the scorebook immaculate.
The wicket presented was hard and dusty as you would imagine in these conditions, with the odd green patch and a slight undulation. C + CF won the toss and elected to bat, no loss to Twyford who were looking to bowl.
Reidy and the returning Ducker opened proceedings, with a new ball in hand producing large amounts of swing. After 6 overs, the score had trickled to 7, with 6 of those being extras. Ducker was to bowl Wareham with a quick swinging yorker. Both Reidy and Ducker (who was battling an asthma related tight chest) beat the bat with extreme regularity, the ball moving a lot, the pitch helping with some indifferent bounce. O’Neill ran himself out attempting a single straight to Paine at mid on, duly sent back by his partner, Paine’s superb direct hit seeing off the number 3. Reidy then clean bowled numbers 4, 5 and 6 for ducks and Compton were reeling at 19-5.
Opener Angove looked much more assured than his colleagues, although his bat was beaten with regularity as well, he applied himself in a way his teammates had failed to do. Williams at number 7 looked to be aggressive, charging down the wicket first ball. After a couple of bouncers however he sat in his crease a bit more. He was bowled by Reidy for a run-a-ball 11 attempting to smack a short-ish delivery into the leg side only to see his stumps rearranged by one that kept a smidgen low. Reidy finished with an exceptional 4-11 from his 9 overs, Ducker’s last few overs a bit more expensive than usual, 1-32.
The only real resistance came in the form of Basker and Angove, Wyatt Brennan was introduced into the attack, Matt Paine had already replaced Ducker after his allotted 9 at the pavilion end. Matt Paine’s new plan of coming around the wicket seems to be starting to pay dividends, when he found his rhythm today he was exceptional, a very tidy 8 over spell costing just 14 runs.
After Basker had hit Brennan out of the attack with some lusty sweeps, Monty McKenzie was introduced and spun the ball nicely. Basker was out LBW on the sweep after stepping across infront of his stumps. McKenzie then had Wilson well held at mid-off by Robert Nicholas, before cleaning up 10 and 11, stumped and bowled respectively. C + CF were all out for 99, McKenzie had finished with 4-6 from 4.3 overs. There were a lot of extras, but overall a great bowling performance. Credit to Angove who batted through for 30* from 94 balls, the rest of his team combined only facing around 100 themselves.
A very good tea taken at the pavilion, which is quite a walk from the square!
Twyford’s openers Smith and Moreland, who had promoted himself after recent sledging (again!) from teammates and scorers. Moreland, in typical fashion looked to be the aggressor, taking 12 from the second over, riding his luck with a couple of edges through the slip cordon. A few chirps from the opposition were quickly quashed when the score had moved onto 33 in the 7th over before Bobby was caught attempting a drive down the ground off Basker, out for 4. Reidy came to the crease and looked in as good a touch as ever, hitting a couple of lovely drives down the ground.
Moreland took 18 from a Williams over, bringing up his 50 from 30 balls with 4, 6, 4 at the end of the 9th over, including 10 fours and a 6. He was to perish caught behind top edging a pull shot off the same bowler for exactly 50, the score 62-2 after 10.1 overs. Kevin West came to the crease and played sensibly, Twyford (Moreland aside), in a similar vein to Angove for C + CF, showing the opposition that graft and application yields a lot more runs than flashing t20 stuff. Reidy rode his luck on with a couple of tough dropped chances, but saw the team home with a well compiled and mature run-a-ball 35*, West finishing with a flabuoyant pull shot for 4 to finish on 6*. Twyford had eased to the 100 victory target after 19.3 overs, yielding a 23 point haul and to move to 3rd in the table (at time of writing).
A short hop back to the Phoenix (it is nice playing an away game 5 minutes down the road!) for a Hopback Summer Lightning, I think it’s about time we were paid for advertising their beer in our match reports… It looks as though selection headaches continue for next week after a good availability report. Thanks to Nobby and John for umpiring, and to Nick Ranger for scoring, your multi-coloured gel pens making the scoresheet look more like a colouring in book!
Next week we are back at the gorgeous Hunter Park to play Littleton & West Hill.
Compton & Chandlers Ford 99 all out
M. Angove 30* (94)
M. Mckenzie 4-6
A. Reidy 4-11
N. Moreland 50 (31)
A. Reidy 35* (35)