On a lovely day for cricket, Twyford hosted Broughton looking for the first win of the season. A first for Twyford playing on the all weather pitch at Twyford school. Thank you very much to Billy, Kate and Mark for helping clear the tennis nets away so a prompt start was possible. Captain Anthony won the toss and elected to bowl first.
Jacob opened the bowling and was hit for a four of the first ball highlighting the fast outfield and small boundaries. But with the fourth ball, Twyford celebrated their first wicket of the match and season as Freddie took a great catch at Mid Off. George continued with a good straight over and no wides and the pressure was on Broughton. They responded by striking a number of lovely drives earning 4 runs and the first pair ended on 229. The next pair continued with the clean striking. Sam from Broughton struck an unbeaten 36 including 1 Six and 6 fours. To be fair to Harry and Jacob, the bowling was good and there to be hit. Anthony struck in the seventh over, again with Freddie taking a great catch. At the half way point though Broughton were 268 and on course for a high score. The outfield was very quick and Twyford were trying hard to plug all the gaps. Jamie as “Wicket keeper cover” stopped 4 byes on many occasions. Harry did clean bowl a wicket in the 10th over but the score moved onto 311 as the last pair arrived. Good bowling from Anthony, Robert, Harry kept the score down with George applying a great finish by clean bowling one of the last batters with one ball remaining. Broughton ended on 325 with 17 wides (34runs ) and 2 No Balls (4 runs). Bowling was better than the previous match, but we can still improve.
Half time refreshments were provided by Nadia and Kate. Thank you very much and really appreciated by both teams. A quick pep talk, and Twyford set about the tough target
Robert and Eddie started the charge with fours a plenty, but losing 2 wickets in the process , left the score on 227. Bowling was either very good or poor, and with a high target there was always going to be the confusion of accepting the 2 runs for a wide or chase the ball for a potential four! Freddie and Jacob were next in and continued with great shots and lost no wickets, taking the score to 269. Jamie and Captain Anthony in next and in the face of some very straight and fast bowling, kept playing positive. Jamie struck a lovely four straight back over the bowlers head to the Twyford spectators. The score was on 283 as the last pair entered. Harry and George were charged up ready to bring home the win, but first ball the spooned in the air, Yes was called by Harry to get the run but leaving George with no chance. George gave it everything but was over 2 metres short. Undeterred the pair still went for their shots striking a number of 4’s but another run out, this time a direct hit by the fielder left the target too much. Twyford fell short by 17 runs.
Captain Anthony completed affairs by wishing Broughton well.
Thank you to Kate for scoring. It does help to have volunteers, like myself, to share the burden so will look for others in the coming weeks. I am Harry’s Dad as well as coach!. Thanks also to Marc for umpiring and coaching in the middle.
Always difficult to pick a man of the match. Freddie is deserving with 2 catches and 14 Not Out. Bowling was good but taken to the cleaners by their star batsman!.
Next match is in 2 weeks, Sunday 31st May, Away versus Hursley Park. For those that haven’t let me know, could you complete the form found here if you are available, and then I will notify all by Monday 25th. The objective is to allow as many players as possible to play matches
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! Also, I would like to know how many expect to attend Friday 29th Training in Half term. If there’s only a few, we may cancel.