Twyford tasted success in their first game of the 2015 season with Tony Butcher scoring a majestic 104 on debut.

After captain Nick Moreland won the toss, Twyford posted 194 all out in 41.1 overs, largely thanks to Butcher’s hundred, but he was well supported by cameo’s from Kevin West, Alex Reidy and Max Watson (also on debut). 194 seemed a good total on an early season wicket, although the extra batting point for getting 200 would’ve been nice. Twyford would’ve certainly made it there had Vibhav Taneja not destroyed the middle and lower order, finishing with 6-29.

After tea, Twyford set about the defence. Tom Ducker started brightly, bowling quickly and accurately, at one point Twyford had a 7-2 off side field! The old Basing openers were throwing the bat at everything with varying degrees of success – the odd edge through the slip cordon was followed by an exquisite cover drive. Reidy provided the breakthrough, delivering a near perfect off-stump yorker to one of the openers. After a tight opening spell, Ducker was replaced with Mark Whiting, and after two relatively expensive overs, managed to pick up the wicket of the other opening batsman, skying a full toss to Matt Paine who took a good catch at long-on.The two Paine’s, Matt and John, then bowled from either end and successfully ripped through the middle order, Matt generating some good swing. With Old Basing’s chase fading, Butcher came on to bowl some off-spin in an attempt to pick up the last few wickets, and indeed picked up two, another good catch in the deep from Matt Paine saw the back of the no. 8. Ducker was trying valiantly from the other end but despite finishing with terrific figures of 9 overs, 5 maidens, 1-15, couldn’t get past the defences of the last pair. Old Basing finished on 160-9, Twyford picking up a healthy 22 point haul from the first game of the season.

Twyford 194 all out

T. Butcher 104
K. West 20
A. Reidy 18

V. Taneja 6-29

Old Basing III 160-9

M. Paine 2-25
T. Butcher 2-9
J. Paine 2-43

Twyford won by 34 runs.


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