On a cloudy day for cricket, Twyford travelled to Trojans to play their C team and looked to put in a good performance for the first match of the season. A good turnout of supporters which included Conor (not in the starting 8) supporting the team and his sister. Captain Robert won the toss and elected to bowl first.

Jacob opened the bowling very steadily, ably supported by Anthony. A few wides were helping Trojans but supported by excellent fielding, the scoring rate wasn’t that great. Robert bowled a super maiden in Over 6 and Trojans were 229. More good bowling mixed with a few wides meant the score kept moving forward, and Trojans were dealing very well with the straight deliveries. Stanley, Ellie and Rohan all bowled really well with great concentration. Harry, Oliver and Robert finished the bowling off really well but no breakthrough meant Trojans reached a large total of 297.  33 Runs were conceded from the bat meaning 64 in extras which we will work on in training and throughout the season.

Half time refreshments were provided by Trojans, and complimented by cakes from Kate – Thank you, and note that we will need to provide for next week – Any volunteers?

The challenge was set, and Twyford set about the target like a steam train. 220 without loss at the end of over 2 with Robert and Jacob striking 4’s, mixed with a few scary runs. In the third over a mix up in running went unpunished but next ball Robert called for a run which looked unlikely and Trojans hit the stumps from a short distance and Twyford were set back. The close of the batting pair showed a positive 221 with Robert scoring 11 and Jacob 7. Oliver and Rohan came in and faced some really good bowling mixed with some wide balls. Oliver unfortunately missed a straight one third ball, but both learnt the lesson quickly and remained unbeaten thereafter protecting their wickets. Both had moved the score onto 236 which was very good, but behind the run rate.

Stanley and Ellie took on Trojans bowlers with some lovely striking. Both remained unbeaten and struck up a great partnership, with some great calling. Between them they moved the score onto 257 and 41 was required by Harry and Anthony. Harry went for the bowlers from the off, striking 4’s of the second and fourth balls. Bowling was tight throughout and fielders played a part as both did their best to get the ball off the square. With one over to go, 23 was required, and both gritted their teeth. In attempting to open out though came the chances. First Anthony was bowled and then in trying to run a quick second, Anthony was just short of his ground. Final Score 272 and 25 short of victory. Harry was 13 Not Out

On paper it looks like a big defeat, but I hope that those that were present agree with me that the difference between the 2 sides was not that great. All of our players deserve credit for a great batting and fielding performance, alert and noisy in the field. In fact the opposition coach commented how great it was to hear continuous encouragement from the fielders. It’s difficult to pick a Man of the Match. Robert struck 11 runs and bowled a Maiden, and Harry scored 13 Not Out and bowled with pace were the stand out performances. Special mention to Jacob for his 2 fours, and then proceeding to tell me at square leg as the bowler bowled the next ball!

Thanks to Trojans for hosting, and to Joe for scoring

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!



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