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2018 Season
April 29th TWCC v Wisley - Match cancelled
May 6th Streat and Westmeston v TWCC
May 13th TWCC v Greys
May 20th Lindfield v TWCC
May 27th Bolney CC v TWCC
June 3rd Jevington CC v TWCC
June 10th Xiles v TWCC
June 17th TWCC v London Unity
June 28th - July 1st TWCC Tour to Wimborne Minster

2017 Season
April 30th TWCC v Wisley CC
May 7th Streat and Westmeston v TWCC
May 14th TWCC v Greys
May 21st Lindfield CC v TWCC
May 28th Bolney CC v TWCC
June 4th Parham CC v TWCC
June 11th TWCC v Xiles
June 18th TWCC v London Unity
June 25th West Chiltington & Thakenham CC v TWCC
June 30th - July 2nd Tour to Oxfordshire
July 16th TWCC v Staplefield
July 23rd Warnham CC v TWCC No match, no opposition
August 12th Steve Rogers Memorial Game
August 20th TWCC v Rottingdean No match, not sure why
August 27th Nuthurst v TWCC
September 3rd Crescent CC v TWCC
September 10th Ashurst v TWCC
September 17th TWCC v Bolney CC
September 24th TWCC v Streat and Westmeston
In Praise of Old Scorebooks - Richard on finding buried treasure
Season Review

2016 Season
April 24th TWCC v Partridge Green (no play due to several circumstances principally a lack of PG players)
May 1st Streat and Westmeston v TWCC
May 8th TWCC v Greys
May 15th Lindfield v TWCC
May 22nd Bolney v TWCC
May 29th Parham CC v TWCC - Called off
June 5th West Chiltington v TWCC
June 12th TWCC v Rottingdean
June 19th TWCC v Malayalee
July 1st to 3rd Tour!
July 10th Staplefield v TWCC - Called off
July 17th TWCC v Wisley
July 24th Henfield v TWCC - Called off 
July 31st Partridge Green v - Called off
August 7th TWCC v Xiles - Called off; no Xiles present
August 14th Warnham CC v TWCC - Called off, not by us!
August 21st Warninglid CC v TWCC
August 28th Crescent CC v TWCC
September 4th Ashurst v TWCC
September 11th TWCC v Bolney CC
September 18th TWCC v Streat and Westmeston
September 25th TWCC v Brighton Beamers

2015 Season
April 26th Brunswick Village v TWCC
May 3rd Streat and Westmeston v TWCC
May 10th TWCC v Greys
May 17th Swans (Moulsecoomb Wanderers v TWCC)
May 24th Bolney CC v TWCC
May 31st Parham CC v TWCC (Rained off)
June 7th West Chiltington v TWCC
June 14th TWCC v London Unity
June 21st TWCC v Headliners
July 3rd-5th Tour - Bournemouth
July 12th TWCC v Staplefield
July 19th TWCC v Wisley CC
August 9th TWCC v Xiles
August 16th Warnham CC v TWCC
August 23rd TWCC v Streat and Westmeston CC
August 30th Crescent CC v TWCC
September 6th TWCC v Ashurst
September 13th TWCC v Bolney - Teamed off (us)
September 20th TWCC v Streat and Westmeston - Teamed off (us)
September 27th TWCC v Brighton Beamers
2015 Review - Richard Brock TWCC Captain

2014 Season
April 27th Brunswick Village v TWCC - Match Teamed Off
May 4th Streat and Westmeston v TWCC
May 11th TWCC v Greys
May 18th TWCC v Moulsecoomb Wanderers
May 25th Bolney v TWCC
June 1st Parham CC v TWCC 
June 8th TWCC v Twineham School 20:20 Good game, good fun, ran out of Harveys.
June 15th TWCC v London Unity
June 22nd TWCC v Headliners
July 13th Staplefield v TWCC
July 20th TWCC v Wisley
July 27th Henfield v TWCC
August 3rd Albourne and Sayers Common v TWCC Teamed off (not us!)
August 10th TWCC v Xiles
August 17th Warnham CC v TWCC Teamed off (them)
August 24th TWCC v Warninglid Teamed off (them)
August 24th TWCC v Henfield
August 31st Crescent CC v TWCC
September 7th Ashurst v TWCC Teamed off (them)
September 14th TWCC v Bolney CC
September 21st TWCC v Streat and Westmeston
September 28th TWCC v Brighton Beamers Cancelled due to low numbers

2013 Season
April 28th TWCC v Brunswick Village
May 5th Streat and Westmeston v TWCC
May 12th TWCC v Greys Rained Off/Teamed Off
May 19th TWCC v Moulsecoomb Wanderers
May 26th Bolney v TWCC
June 2nd Parham CC v TWCC
June 16th TWCC v London Unity
June 23rd TWCC v Headliners
June 30th Poynings v TWCC
July 5th - 7th Tour
July 14th TWCC v Staplefield
July 21st TWCC v Wisley
July 28th TWCC v Henfield
August 4th Warnham v TWCC
August 11th Moulsecoomb Wanderers v TWCC Rained Off/Teamed Off
August 18th Partridge Green v TWCC
Rained Off/Teamed Off
August 25th TWCC v Warninglid
September 1st Crescent v TWCC No Data, Rained Off or Cancelled
September 8th Ashurst v TWCC 
No Data, Rained Off or Cancelled
September 15th TWCC v Bolney No Data, Rained Off or Cancelled
September 22nd TWCC v Streat & Westmeston No Data, Rained Off or Cancelled
September 29th TWCC v Brighton Beamers No Data, Rained Off or Cancelled

2012 Season
April 29th Brunswick Village v TWCC Rained Off
May 6th Streat and Westmeston v TWCC Rained Off
May TWCC v Greys Rained Off
May 20th TWCC v Moulsecoomb Wanderers
May 27th Bolney CC v TWCC
June 3rd Parham Park v TWCC
June 10th TWCC v Xiles
June 17th TWCC v London Unity Rained Off
June 24th TWCC v Headliners Cancelled
July 1st Henfield v TWCC
July 6th - 8th TWCC Tour

July 15th Staplefield v TWCC Cancelled
July 22nd TWCC v Wisley
July 29th TWCC v Henfield
August 5th Albourne and Sayers Common v TWCC
August 26th Warninglid v TWCC
September 2nd TWCC v Crescent
September 9th TWCC v Ashurst
September 16th TWCC v Bolney CC


2011 Season
April 24th TWCC v Brunswick Village
May 1st Streat and Westmeston v TWCC
May 8th TWCC v Greys
May 15th TWCC v Moulsecoomb Wanderers
May 22nd Bolney v TWCC
May 29th TWCC v Xiles
June 5th Parham Park v TWCC
June 12th TWCC v London Unity Rained off.
June 19th TWCC v Headliners
June 26th Poynings v TWCC
July 3rd Wisley v TWCC
July 10th Tintern v TWCC
July 17th TWCC v Staplefield Rained off though the golf was on and lots of people thought it might be nicer to sit indoors watching it rather than get wet which we would have done if we'd played.
July 24th Henfield v TWCC 
July 31st Albourne and Sayers Common
August 7th Moulsecoomb Wanderers v TWCC
August 14th TWCC v Warninglid
August 21st Partridge Green v TWCC
August 28th TWCC v Crescent
September 4th TWCC v Ashurst Rained off
September 11th TWCC v Bolney CC
September 18th TWCC v Streat and Westmeston
September 25th TWCC v Brighton Beamers

2010 Season
April 25th TWCC v Brunswick Village
May 2nd Streat and Westmeston v TWCC rained off
May 9th TWCC v Greys
May 16th TWCC v Moulsecoomb Wanderers
May 23rd Bolney CC v TWCC
May 30th Parham Park v TWCC
June 6th TWCC v Xiles
June 13th TWCC v London Unity
June 20th TWCC v Headliners 
June 27th Poynings v TWCC - Poynings called it off because they prefer football to cricket
July 4th TWCC v Preston Park
July 11th Staplefield v TWCC
July 16th - 18th TWCC Tour to Dorset
July 25th TWCC v Henfield - Match cancelled due to shortfall of players. In numbers that is.
August 1st Albourne and Sayers Common v TWCC
August 8th Moulsecoomb Wanderers v TWCC
August 15th Warninglid v TWCC
August 29th TWCC v Crescent
September 5th TWCC v East Brighton
September 12th TWCC v Bolney
September 19th TWCC v Streat and Westmeston
September 26th TWCC v Brighton Beamers
October 3rd TWCC v Partridge Green - Match cancelled due to too much weather

2009 Season
April 26th TWCC v Brunswick Village
May 3rd Streat and Westmeston v TWCC
May 10th TWCC v Greys
May 17th Moulsecoomb Wanderers v TWCC rained off
May 24th Bolney v TWCC
May 31st Ashurst v TWCC
June 14th TWCC v London Unity
June 21st TWCC v Headliners
June 28th TWCC v Poynings
July 5th Wisley v TWCC
July 26th Henfield v TWCC
August 2nd TWCC v X-iles
August 9th TWCC v Moulsecoomb Wanderers
August 16th TWCC v Warninglid
September 6th Albourne and Sayers Common v TWCC
September 13th TWCC v Bolney
September 20th TWCC v Streat and Westmeston
September 27th TWCC v Brighton Beamers
October 4th TWCC v Partridge Green
2009 Season Review
2009 Statistics

2008 Season
 April 27th Brunswick Village v TWCC
 May 4th Streat and Westmeston v TWCC
 May 11th TWCC v Greys
 May 18th TWCC v Moulscombe Wanderers
 May 25th Bolney v TWCC
 June 1st Ashurst v TWCC
 June 8th Single Wicket Competition
 June 15th TWCC v London Unity
 June 20th to 22nd Tour to Suffolk
 June 29th Poynings v  TWCC
 July 6th TWCC v Wisley
 July 13th Staplefield v TWCC
 July 20th TWCC v Southern Cross and Hornblowers
 July 27th TWCC v Henfield
 August 3rd TWCC v President's XI
 August 10th Moulsecoomb v TWCC
 August 17th Warninglid v TWCC

 2007 Season

 April  29th Brunswick Village v TWCC
 May 6th Streat and Westmeston v TWCC  
 May 20th TWCC v Moulescomb Wanderers  
 June 10th Single Wicket 2007
 July 1st 2007 Twineham and Wineham v. Poynings
 July 22nd Southern Cross and Hornblowers
 July 29th Henfield v TWCC
 August 12th Moulescombe Wanderers v TWCC
 August 19th TWCC v Warninglid
 September 2nd TWCC v Worthing Foresters
 September 9th Albourne and Sayers Common v TWCC
 September 30th TWCC v Brighton Beamers
 

 2006 Season
 August 6th TWCC v President's XI
 August 13th Moulescombe Wanderers v TWCC
 August 20th Warninglid v TWCC
 17th September Bolney v TWCC
 24th September TWCC v Streat and Westmeston
 1st October TWCC v Brighton Beamers
 Season Retrospective

 
2004-2006 Season - In Praise of Old Scorebooks
Written by Richard Brock in 2017 - on the occasion of Nigel finally returning a scorebook!

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TWCC tour to Wimborne Minster June 28th-July 1st 2018
125 years ago, in the 1893 cricket season, the cricketers of Twineham CC and those of Wineham CC had concerns about squad numbers and the number of matches they were able to play.  At the end of the season, they got together and the decision was taken to amalgamate.  Twineham and Wineham Cricket Club was born.  Later that year, on Thursday 7th December 1893, members of the Twineham Men’s Club met and were informed of the decision, before celebrating with songs and recitations with Mr  R W McKergow as President and Miss Hunt, with her sister, entertaining the guests with a piano duet.   The members of the two teams met at the Royal Oak that same month and celebrated with much beer and wassailing.
Spool forward 125 years – and the present day club members  were determined to celebrate that decision and their club’s very existence.  The highlight was to be an extended club tour with the destination being Dorset:  and to be more specific – Wimborne Minster.  A four day tour, 14 club members, two games of cricket, two rounds of golf, one big match and – as it turned out – a couple of half decent nights out with plenty of wassailing, though sadly no piano duets.
The weather wasn’t merely set fair:  it was on a 4 day bake.  Even as the cars gathered around Sussex from 8am, temperatures were in the 70s and going up.  Edward, Jim, Matt and Richard set off from Twineham, Tom and Ed from Wineham, Tony, Dave and Mikey from Rottingdean, Matt, Joe and Reese from Brighton.  Rob set off to London promising to meet us for the big match, Tom Firth was already in Dorset, meeting the missus.  The destination was Ferndown golf club (no not `that` Ferndown golf club, the other one…) which Joe had cunningly convinced to accept us at the bargain bucket rate of £15. What could possibly be wrong?  Ed picked up the tour’s first fine by turning up at the other Ferndown Golf Club – wishful thinking.  Beers were sunk before the yard arm passed ten am, handicaps were the subject of considerable controversy and argument before finally we were off.   Or were we?  Hang on, wasn’t this dustbowl the warm up par 3 course?  Joe?  Joe????  “F*** off, what do you expect for £15?” came the explanation.  The tour’s second fine was sealed.
Despite the yardage shortage, we managed to drag the round out for a mind numbing 5 hours before falling onto the balcony of the welcoming clubhouse.  Tom Firth, a tour virgin but clearly aware of the tactic to shamefully understate your ability, walked away as winner, just ahead of Jim.  A quick beer, more harsh words for Joe, then we departed for our hotel.
Just 20 minutes away from the course was the pretty market town of Wimborne Minster, our base for the next 4 days.  Given the divergence of views on last year’s luxury riverside hotel in Oxfordshire, reputations were on the line here.  As we drove into the hotel car park, which accommodated all vehicles, and rooms and beds appeared to match numbers, things looked good.  We arranged to meet in the bar – and things were good!  The hotel was clean, welcoming, had a lovely pub bar, served decent beer and didn’t expel Reese or Joe.  It ticked all the boxes.
The centrepiece of our extra day on tour was set for the evening:  England Vs Belgium in the World Cup.  We made our way to the highly recommended and aptly named Cricketers Arms where the front row of seats facing the big screen was already taken.
We eagerly nabbed the second row and started ordering vast quantities of ale as the pub gradually filled and became increasingly noisy.  A couple of the lads began the first of what would be a series of attempts at dabbling with the local women  - before a sweepstake on the first England goalscorer.  Both events would prove equally fruitless.  Because try as we might, shouting encouragement from the back row, England repeated their tactic which has seen them through so many previous world cups – they didn’t score any goals.   But as things turned out, as Edward pointed out, this was to be interpreted as good news!  So when Belgium scored, there were no tears among the TWCC fans.   Indeed when Rob finally arrived on tour, around half time, it was to find a remarkably chipper bunch.  You wouldn’t believe we’d spent the day on a crap golf course ahead of watching a woeful England display  - we were on tour, the football team manipulated their way into the best half of the draw and we were rocking.  The beer flowed, the shoulders were shrugged and at the end of the match we headed back to our hotel which happily offered to feed us.
There followed the first fines session.  Ed, obviously, turning up at the wrong golf  course.  Joe, for booking the wrong golf course – a mighty fine, a jug of beer.  Rob, a cardinal and unforgiveable sin: turning up late on tour.   At the end of the meal, the bill arrived and Rob did no more than pick up the whole tab.  A great gesture and guess what – his sin was forgiven, especially as he explained why he was late in latin.
So what to do in Wimborne Minster on a quiet Thursday night?  We went out to a `Spoons` and basked in Mikey’s celebrity, with both barmaids recognising our online star.  Tony did his usual trick with the slot machine – racing ahead winning copious amounts of money from a fiver, before pumping it all back.  Joe, Matt, a barmaid, a window and a plaster all became jointly involved in a project which sadly falls within the WGOTSOT guidelines.  It had been a long day, it wasn’t a late night.

The following morning, what do we find?  Edward Bunn at breakfast, in full praise of the hotel.  The food, the rooms, the staff, the location…last year’s critical hotel inspector was awarding 5 stars to the King’s Head.  And yes, breakfast was good.  Full English, eggs Benedict, fruit salad, cereals, pastries….the only thing it didn’t provide was milkshakes, but fortunately Edward found a shop in the pretty market square which managed to double its output and thus keep up with his insatiable demand.  So what to do on a boiling Friday 8 miles from Bournemouth?  It was never in doubt.  Towels were packed, budgies were smuggled…we were on our way to Bournemouth seafront.
OMG:  little did we know what embarrassment awaited as we sauntered towards the end of the rather sparsely facilitated pier.  TWCC’s finest strong arms took on the `knock a can off a shelf` game.  From two yards, Matt Edwards missed with his first two balls.  From 5 attempts, the greatest feat of the TWCC mighty was to remove two of the 5 cans from the shelf.  It was a warm up for the greater humiliation to follow.  The challenge was a simple one.  Hang onto a pole with your feet off the ground for two minutes, win £20. A quiver of excitement ran through the youngsters,  a collective ripple of tanning muscles – the boys couldn’t believe their luck, it was a cash giveaway.  The following is an approximate outline of what happened (rounded to the nearest second)
Matt Edwards:  Stayed on:  1 second
Joe Panther:  Stayed on:  1 second
Mikey Pearce:  stayed on: 1 second
Reese Packham:  Stayed on: 3 seconds
Tony Pearce: Stayed on: 4 seconds
Matt Brock:  Stayed on: 14 seconds
My apologies if any is under or over-represented by a second or so,  it’s from memory, but the story it tells is accurate.  As the young guns of Twineham sloped off, the stallholder could be seen to shed a small tear – never had trading been so profitable, so quickly, so simply.
Next stop the beach.  Bournemouth’s beautiful sandy beach, full of lovelies (once we’d arrived), enough space for a bit of beach cricket with first Tony then Brocky sending tennis balls in  all directions, with young cricketers diving after them.  Particularly impressive was Tony’s `catch behind the back`.  And the sea was wonderful: warm, clean and the perfect place for a game of slip catching, won by Matt Brock. 
We spent about 4 hours by the sea and it was fab:  admiring the sights of Bournemouth – of which there were many – before heading to Harry Ramsden’s for a fish and chip lunch.  As we headed back, some of the boys diverted to crazy golf, whilst Reese and Joe offered to take fans’ selfies during Mikey’s celebrity walk in the town.  Unhappily for the recipients, they flicked the reverse camera on:  so the star-struck youngsters got home to see the gurning mugs of Joe and Reese contaminating their phones.
Back to the hotel, turn round, out to cricket and we arrived at 5.30 at Bournemouth CC `one of the biggest cricket club’s in the country` (BCC website).  And big it was.  Two huge grounds, we were directed to the `second` clubhouse which was large, had a bar, balcony etc.  For the match, BCC pulled together a team of mostly youngsters, peppered with varying degrees of talent, led by Rob Pack, a first team bowler.
The role of skipper for this match had been decided at Harry Ramsdens.  5 put their names forward:  names were put in a hat, pulled out by Dave.   Mikey was to be vice captain but it was Tom Firth whose name was pulled out and who led a team sadly devoid of Reese, who stayed at the hotel as a protest against the voting procedure.  His absence gave Richard a match and happily Jim offered to play for BCC who were one short – so all those who wished had a game on a beautiful hot evening.
Skipper Firth won the toss and opted to bat.  Looking back through the scorebook he saw a shard of light:  Joe’s big weapon!  So Joe it was who went in with Tony to open  the batting against an attack still on cricket’s steep learning curve, but clearly with much potential.
Tony was bowled with the score on 36 while Joe kept thumping the fours.  It was a good start.  Rob limped out to the middle, as close to fitness as we are to a new pavilion.  He smacked a couple of fours but his limited movement meant he was LBW for just 9.  In strode Mikey, a young man so full of batting talent that sometimes he convinces us to believe it.  And this was just such a moment.  Mikey joined Joe in taking the attack to BCC.  His 50 was near flawless – apart from a couple of drops.  As Joe was bowed out for a splendid 28, and Edward for just 1, Tom F joined Mikey and the pair of them powered forward, spraying fours to all areas of the ground.  The score went from 56 to 145 in the 10 overs they were together.  Mikey retired on 50,  Tom was out for 34 but Matt Edwards and Tom Rydon belted a few at the end to leave us on a respectable 158-6.  The BCC bowling was variable, with a couple of the spinners in particular getting great grip and causing real problems. 
Any weaknesses in BCC’s bowling were made up for by their highly competent batting – something that only became obvious after the first over, during which Edward took the two wickets of their openers.  BCC’s strong middle order kicked in and it was the two Brocks who both took a bit of punishment.  But Brock senior got a lucky edge from an appallingly wide ball and Brock junior followed up with a proper wicket, caught and bowled.  Batsmen Markham and Jones, who’d put on more than 50 between them, both out.  But we were far from home and dry.  As their skipper Rob Pack came in, he started to spray the ball at TWCC’s numerous walking wounded, especially Rob, who was to be seen hobbling after the ball to and fro at mid on with painful regularity.  During this period, BCC kept absolutely to the required 8 an over.  At 117-4 from 15 overs, they needed 42 from 5.  The next over – a huge boost.  Joe’s repositioning to mid on led to him catching Rob Pack off Tom Firth the very next ball.  Good overs from Ed and Tom R left BCC needing 20 from the last two overs, then 12 from the last Ed Howes over.  A four and a wide were not a great start – but Ed kept his cool – just – and got through his first 5 balls for 10.  1 for a TWCC win, 2 for a tie, 3 for a BCC win.  A good ball and a scrambled single – we won by one run.  A game played in great spirit and afterwards,  BCC put on beer, burgers and cakes for us, which were most welcome.  We stayed for a good hour enjoying their company, they were a really good bunch and we’d like to thank them very much for their hospitality and spirit – notably Mark Smith who’d offered us the match in the first place.  It was a great tour evening.  

Scorecard  
Friday 29th June 2018
TWCC vs Bournemouth CC
TWCC won the toss and opted to bat
T Pearce               Bowled                 J Palmer               10
J Panther             Stumped              C Smith                 28
R Rydon               LBW                       A Humber           9
M Pearce             Retired                                                 50         
E Bunn                  LBW                       C Smith                 1
T Firth                   Ct C Smith           Bld A Humber    34                         
M Edwards         LBW                       C Smith                 4
T Rydon                Not                        out                         6
TOTAL:  158-6  (20 OVERS)
FALL: 36-1, 46-3, 54-2, 56-5, 146-7, 158-6
DNB:  R Brock, E Howes, M Brock
 
BOURNEMOUTH CRICKET CLUB
N Groves             Ct R Brock            Bld E Bunn           0
A Deem                Bowled                                 E Bunn                  4
J Markham          Ct WK (M Edwards) Bld R Brock 28
O Jones                Ct and Bowled   M Brock               17
J Palmer               Not        out                                         32
R Pack                   Ct  J Panther       Bld T Firth            46
J Gray                    Bowled                                 E Howes               8
C Smith                 Run                        out                         7
TOTAL 157-7 (20 OVERS)
TWCC Bowling: E Bunn 3-0-18-2; E Howes 4-0-32-1; M Brock 2-0-20-1; R Brock 2-0-20-1; M Pearce 2-0-14-0; T Pearce 2-0-23-0; T Rydon 3-0-18-0; T Firth 2-0-20-1.
FALL:  1-0, 2-4, 52-4, 57-3, 118-6, 146-7, 157-6
TWCC WIN BY 1 RUN

We arrived back at the hotel to find Reese in good spirits.  He’d been on his own little spree around Wimborne and discovered a place called The Rising Sun, what he told us was a happening place.  We considered poker and we considered The Rising Sun.  No contest.  As we squeezed inside, the heady mix of sweat, perfume and pheromones, combined with the lively dance music from across the generations with a little bit of World Cuppery thrown in made for a fantastic night.  The shots lined up again and again, the boys – and one or two of the old gits – took the dance floor and it just brilliant fun.  By 1’O clock we were on the road outside, chatting away before the short walk past Wimborne Minster back to the hotel.  A merry bunch.

Saturday morning in Wimborne.  Edward in the milkshake shop, a market in the town centre, the chaps enjoying breakfast.  Golf was lined up for 2pm – so the perfect time for the TWCC tennis tournament.  The tour’s existing champion of many years – Skipper Brock – was under serious threat from Tom `5 racquets` Firth.  Remarkably, two days before Wimbledon, we were offered two excellent grass courts a short walk from the hotel.  Teams:   Tony and Richard, Tom and Tom, Matt B and Ed, Matt E and Reese.  Argumentative umpires:  Mikey and Joe.  It was a baking morning, serving into the sun was tricky, some shed their shirts, others their shoes.  But however it looked, it was competitive.  Edwards clearly miffed with Packham, Panther helping none at all, Mikey central to all  disputes…boys on tour!  The senior Pearce/Brock partnership took a while to get into gear before dispatching Edwards/Packham, whilst Tom and 5 racquets breezed past Matt and Ed and then the argumentative pair of Matt and Reese.  The showdown was saved to the last match.  Tom selected the finest of the 5, TWCC’s youthful youngsters stepping onto court to trounce the old gits.  It was over sooner than anyone believed.  A 3-0 whitewash – and for Tom and Tom - the scalding walk back to the hotel to reflect on where it all went wrong and possibly the need to bring a couple of extra racquets next year.
We set off early to the golf course for lunch – a proper golf course.  Dudsbury, a golf resort with nice everything.  It was baking, France Argentina beckoned and Brock senior shockingly contemplated staying in the clubhouse to watch.  HEFTY FINE ADMINISTERED LATER!  Breaking up the group activities is one of the most heinous crimes on tour and as author of the report, I humbly apologise.
The golf course was lovely.  Long, green and wet.  Rather too wet for some, and lots of balls were lost to the numerous marshes, ponds, lakes, streams etc.  The first two groups raced ahead but the Brock/Brock/Bunn/Rogers group had on its tail a tournament of juniors, and an incredibly annoying twerp in a golf buggy managing them.  Letting them through wasn’t a problem – letting them through and then waiting whilst they lost their balls, faffed around and waited for the ones ahead was.  After 3 and a quarter hours, the group reached the 9th green – and headed to the bar.  The other groups made good time on a lovely course before we headed at various intervals back to the hotel for SHIT SHIRT NIGHT.
SSN is a new concept for tour.  The requirement was to wear what it says on the tin.
Matt Edwards showed a particularly queasy coloured garment, Richard’s bow tie effort plucked from the 80s, Dave’s paisley truly gross, reeking of new Romanticism.  Ed was sent back to his room to find something worse, a particularly poor effort from Edward who wore a shirt he’d already worn on tour a day earlier – but Jim’s was surely worst of all, with the appearance of a pyjama jacket combined with a car rug – really quite ghastly.  Unsurprisingly, as we gathered in the bar of the hotel, our shirts caused more than a little comment from others trying to enjoy their evening.  One particular lady and her partner were so amused that they agreed to be the judges in the SSN competition.  Rob’s faded pink Hawaii shirt received a highly commended, as did Dave’s effort.  The absolute loser was judged to be Edward whose shirt was capable of being worn almost without humiliation – but the winner by a country mile was Jim’s pyjamas.  We sank a lot of beer in that short hour, before buying our judges drinks and heading out to Rim Jim.
RimJim, it should be explained, was Wimborne’s finest Indian restaurant, as well as an amusing concept for someone like Joe.  I’m afraid the tour report here goes a little hazy because the speed of consumption of the Abbott Ale gave the author a `missing hour`.  Safe to say, it was a meal enjoyed by all, especially the team’s vegetarian Matt B who finished Edward’s chicken tikka masala.  The bill payment was confusing but once that was sorted, there was only one place to be:  the Rising Sun.  The fines payments were lined up on the bar and swiftly despatched, along with many other drinks.  Mikey’s only defence against a particularly clingy fan was to insist his girlfriend would be cross – severe loss of street cred I fear.  And whilst the pub didn’t feature the numbers of the night before it did provide one of the greatest tour moments of all time.  Imperilling the WGOTSOT creed, the following story needs to be told.  Joe was chasing a birthday girl, clearly marked by a large badge reading 30 dangling from her chest.  At one stage they seemed close.  Moments later it was all over, Joe had moved on.  As she ran out in tears, concerned club goers followed her out.  What had transpired was that they fell out over something trivial  – and as she tearfully said `I’ve been out with footballers, rugby players – and tonight  “I thought I’d give the fat bloke a chance!”` A new club motto is born.
As we spilled out onto the road at the end of another great evening, it was to find a bare chested Dave swapping his paisley shirt with another clubber who loved what he was wearing.  It was that sort of crazy night, with plenty more incidents falling under the WGOTSOT ruling.
5 days before the tour, Puddletown, the opponents for our second match in Dorset had pulled out.   Richard frantically trawled 3 counties for a new fixture:  Dorset, Hampshire, West Sussex.  The only takers were…Balcombe, some 5 miles north of Twineham!  And so it was that on Sunday morning, around 10.30, we checked out from the excellent hotel and headed for our match – in Sussex.  Tony dropped Mikey off at a train station, turning round to rescue his car keys 10 miles later!!  We reached the Half Moon pub in Balcombe – still very much on tour – at around 12.30 – unless like Matt and Joe you went via the M25???  Drinks were ordered and served to the table – individually and with great regularity  – almost as if the attractive young barmaid was being called out again and again….
At 1.40pm we made the 400 yard drive from the pub to the ground down a dusty track.  A new ground to us, despite the proximity to TWCC.  It was small, narrow, but set in a beautiful background of the North Downs, really spectacular.  It has a long modern pavilion made up of sectional modules which housed plenty of room for changing, tea, a bar and even a TV for those enjoying the World Cup.  An excellent venue.  Reese had been asked to be skipper and he was offered the choice to bat or bowl.  He chose to bowl, and we went out for a sweltering long hot afternoon in a timed match of 2 hours 20 minutes and an hour and 20 overs.
Balcombe started briskly.  Tom R and Ed bowled well but the short boundaries and the parched ground were creating quick scoring opportunities.  Balcombe’s number 2, a young Colt called Ollie Hine was particularly impressive, clipping the ball to the onside boundary regularly, and a number of byes also raced to the boundary.  Balcombe were past 50 when Matt Edwards was brought on and took a vital wicket, the opener Ward nicked behind to Reese behind the stumps for 15.  Richard came on the other end and working in tandem with Matt, these two slowed the scoring rate considerably.  Richard got an LBW awarded without question by Joe, who’d been given a chance to be umpire, and then a clean bowled.  With the game back in control, and Balcombe struggling to find the boundaries, the skipper showed his sporting side and called on Edward and Tony to bowl.  This might be seen to have tilted the match back towards Balcombe, as the pair conceded 56 in 7 overs – though in fairness Tony appeared to have got a clear nick from young Mr Hine, which everybody heard but Joe the umpire!  But the young man batted well, before running himself out on 87, dashing to keep strike and make his century.  Finally, it was great to see Jim come off his full run for 3 overs at the end, and working in tandem with Matt Brock, they took a wicket a-piece leaving the final score on 177-6.  On our day, our bowling line up looks really rather fearsome.
Tea was described by Tony as the greatest ever cricket tea!  A quintessential English Cricket Tea, light, bright and delicious.  And so suitably fed and watered, it was the combination of Jim and Richard who led the TWCC batting attack.  Richard departed swiftly but Jim and Tony moving forward purposefully taking the score to 75 before Jim was run out for 28. At 91-2 we were looking good.  Tony retired confidently for an excellent 75. But Balcombe saved two useful bowlers to the end.  Dave made 4, Edward 12 and Reese 12.  145-5, wickets falling...
33 needed, 4 wickets in hand (we had decided that come what may, Tony should not pick up his innings.)  Matt fell without scoring.  Tom helped the score to 174 - 8.  174-9 as Tom R went for 1.  4 to win and the last batsman was Matt Brock, not renowned for his batting greatness.  He faced up – the game would be won or lost on the next few balls.  Crack!  First ball Matt creamed through the covers to the boundary – the day was ours and we raced onto the pitch to congratulate Matt and shake hands with our excellent opponents and hosts.  Another cracking match to add to a season of brilliant finishes.

Scorecard
Sunday 1st July 2018
TWCC vs Balcombe CC
TWCC were given the choice and opted to bowl
BALCOMBE INNINGS
A Ward                 Ct WK (Packham)             Bld M Edwards  15
O Hine                  Run out (Packham)                                          87
G Botting             LBW                                       Bld R Brock         2
M Rawbin            Bowled                 R Brock                                 1
A botting             Ct….                       Bld M Brock                        27
R Mitchell            Bowled                                 J Simon                                 9
A Rewitt               not                         out                                         5
K Mitchell            not                         out                                         1
TOTAL 177- 6
Fall:  51-1, 67-3, 74-4, 139-5, 1692, 176-6
BOWLING:  T Rydon:  5-0-18-0, E Howes 5-0-20-0, M Edwards 6-1-16-1, R Brock 7-1-13-2, E Bunn 4-0-38-0, T Pearce 3-0-18-0, M Brock 3-0-16-1, J Simon 3-0-19-1
TWCC INNINGS
J Simon                 Run                        out                         28
R Brock                 Ct  T Rawbin Bld R Mitchell           9
T Pearce               Retired                                                75
D Rogers              Run                        out                        4
E Bunn                  Bowled                                 M Rawbin            12
R Packham          Ct G Botting        Bld M Rawbin    12
M Edwards         Ct T Rawbin        Bld O Hine           0
T Firth                   Bld O Hine                                           10
T Rydon                Ct A Botting        Bld M Rawbin    1
E Howes               not                         out                         1
M Brock               not                         out                         4
TOTAL:  178-8
Balcombe bowling:  Mitchell 4-2-6-1, M Sargil 4-0-20-0, C Botting 4-0-16-0, A Botting 2-0-25-0, A Trevett 3-0-33-0, G Botting 3-0-26-0, M Rawbin 6-0-20-3, O Hine 4.2-1-11-2
FALL: 11-2, 75-1, 95-4, (137-3), 137-5, 145-7, 160-6, 174-8, 174-9
TWCC win by 1 (2) wicket(s)

As we chatted with Balcombe’s players after and joked among ourselves, it was the perfect end to an absolutely brilliant tour.  To do 4 days was a risk but it paid off – just this once.  We are a very close-knit club, we love each other’s company and we love our tours.  This really was one of the greats.  Great hotel, cracking matches, two great finishes, wonderful weather and most of all a great mix of players.   Fantastic to see Dave back on tour, to see Tom tour for the first time, and for Rob to also come along for the first time.  Everyone adds something to tour, be it an action, a suggestion, an idea, a piece of brilliance or craziness.  And the camaraderie is phenomenal.
Back in 1893, I doubt they toured – but as the records show, they really enjoyed each others` company.  That has not changed 125 years later – and at this club, I’m confident it never will.
Thank you all for touring, you are a fantastic bunch.
Richard Brock
Captain TWCC. 

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TWCC v London Unity June 17th 2018
If cricket were always as exciting as the match against Exiles, half the team would have dropped dead from heart failure some time   It’s not.  Like a well built innings, a cricketing life is filled with moments of high excitement, periods of defining mediocrity, devastating lows balanced by occasional  flashes of inspirational brilliance. So it was we arrived, still pumped, for our match against London Unity, a team who have beaten us regularly in recent years.  Unity called and lost the toss and Skipper Brock opted to field.  The day was overcast and dry, but any logic in the decision was to give Matt and Tom the benefit of the new ball.  Tom – building on the previous week’s performance – started well at the far end, Matt his usual dangerous self from the pavilion end.  And it was Matt who made the first breakthrough, a nick through to Edward in the slips.  Proper cricket.  Matt picked up another snapped up by Jonathan behind the stumps and might have had another had it not have been for a moment of comedic inadequacy by the skipper in dropping a rather straightforward though well hit chance at mid off.  Fortunately that was followed by the champagne moment – a laser guided throw, hard and low from the boundary by Tom Rydon ran out their opening bat who was greedily trying for two.  Things were going well, but in the meantime, Unity were scoring well and fast – up towards 60 after an hour.  Tom chipped in with a fourth wicket but Unity had at the crease two good batsmen, who hit the ball firmly and hard and could have wreaked havoc given the chance.  So the openers were kept going until drinks – ten overs each.  And in his last over, Tom took two wickets, a just reward for his good spell.  At drinks Unity were suddenly 6 down.  Honse came on from the pavilion end and bowled very nicely, tight, on the stumps.  The skipper did the same the other end and the scoring rate slowed to a near complete stop for 5 or 6 overs.  Finally Unity came out of their shells – a six off Richard evidence of such.  Fortunately Jim caught nicely in the gulley off Richard, that was followed next ball by a clean bowled.  The hat-trick ball didn’t happen but then a nick off Unity’s number 10 flew to Tony at slip and he showed he’s still got the lightning reactions of old to snap it up one handed.  10 man Unity all out for 94, 25 minutes before tea.
Tea was good, two home made cakes!  Recipe cards available to all wives/partners.  And so out we went to bat, with an hour and forty minutes plus 20 overs:  time wasn’t going to be a problem.   Unity’s captain, Joe Driver was fast and accurate from the far end  - but Paul and Jim looked very good, Paul pulling well around the corner, Jim’s firm shots through the covers making excellent watching.  They put together a stand of 48 before Jim played a drive firmly back to Joe Driver, but Tony kept up the pace when he joined Paul.  Paul tweaked his hamstring, bravely made it through to 52 poor love, then hobbled off to protect his average.  He left it to Jonathan and Tony to see us home, which they did with style.  The dressing room had none of the effervescence of the previous week, merely a quiet satisfaction of a well earned victory, spiced with whispered unhappiness from the opposition about the skipper keeping the openers on too long.  Well that’s as may be, it was a cricket match against a usually strong opposition, we were out to win and win we did.  The only downside was that 3 players neither batted nor bowled.  That’s very unusual and my apologies to them.  Sometimes the matches dictate events.  Next:  TOUR.      

Scorecard
TWCC won the toss and opted to field.
London Unity Innings: J Burke Run out T Rydon 12; M Cockburn Ct Bunn Bld Edwards 11; J Moore Bld T Rydon 3; A Eane Ct Rowland (Wk) Bld Edwards 28; J Driver Ct J Simon Bld Brock 16; S Columbine Bld T Rydon 1; R Cachan Ct Karvay Bld T Rydon 0; M Driver Not out 18; J Caulfield Bld Brock 0; J Williams Bld Brock 0. Total: 94 all out.
TWCC bowling: M Edwards 10-2-31-2; T Rydon 10-3-29-3; Karvay 6-2-20-0; R Brock 5.3-2-13-3.
TWCC Innings: P Hunter Ret’d hurt 52; J Simon Ct & Bld J Driver 14; T Pearce not out 27; J Rowland not out 3.
DNB E Bunn, R Packham, J Panther, H Karvay, T Rydon, M Edwards, R Brock.
FALL: 48-2.
Unity Bowling: Caulfield: 4-0-28-0; J Driver 9.1-2-35-1, Williams 6-0-33-0.
TWCC Win by 9 Wickets.

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TWCC v Xiles June 10th 2018
Sometimes words are not enough to describe extraordinary events – especially in this age of visual stimulation so enjoyed by some of TWCC’s younger members. This is one such occasion. But words are all we have. If it helps, bring to mind one of Joe’s most voluptuous `swipe rights` and you will be in the type of stimulation zone required to appreciate this match. For the first time this season the skipper won the toss on a beautiful afternoon for cricket. He opted to bat, despite slight concerns that his regular opening bowlers Matt and Ed were absent. In keeping with his recent excellent form, Jim was selected to accompany Paul as opener. And he didn’t disappoint, studiously setting about his task of cementing the innings together, leaving what excitement there was to the variety of batsmen occupying the other end. Paul wafted at a wide ball and was caught behind for 4, Reese continued his unhappy recent form with another duck but that brought young George Hunter to the crease for his first TWCC innings of the season. Tall, lean and muscular, George started as he meant to go on. The first ball saw a huge swoosh of the bat, the sound like air passing the blade of a giant wind turbine, sadly uninterrupted by a crack of leather on willow. It took until the 3rd ball for contact to be made, a mere 2, before a six cleared the boundary in brutal fashion. That’s how George plays, and it was how this innings unfolded. That six imperilled the cars, thought to have been safely tucked away at the entrance to the ground.  His second flew far into the neighbouring field.  Finally, after an innings unencumbered by defensive shots, George sent a ball off the edge of the bat high into the air for a catch that ended a brief but important innings of 31, a much needed boost to a flagging total. The next notable contribution came from Edward, who played with attacking verve, up on his toes forcing the ball all around the field, running ones and twos, full of self belief. But with his demise on 36, and that of Graham (who’s Graham ???) Honse came to the wicket and played the innings of his life for a team still short of enough runs to defend. Honse and Jim played sensibly for a team 6 down. They nudged singles, Honse occasionally sweeping the ball handsomely to the boundary. Finally the score passed 100. With 20 minutes until tea, we approached 120, and the boundary-siders began yelling encouraging support along the lines of `step it up`. Jim and Honse did indeed step it up, suddenly finding extra runs and boundaries in an urgent push for added runs. Jim paid the price for this riskier brand of cricket, but his marathon innings of 36 in 2 hours 20 minutes was the backbone of the batting. A late flurry by Tom Rydon and Honse, and the score stood at 158-8.
Tea was excellent, Jim swiftly replacing his batting pads with an apron to good effect. The feeling at tea was that we had enough – comfortably enough. (I blame the bread - Ed.)
Tom and Joe launched the bowling offensive. Tom a little wild, Joe reasonable if not on top form. But Joe it was who made the breakthrough, a smart one handed slip catch from Edward seeing off the opener and then clean bowling the number 3. But this brought to the wicket D Bailey, who teamed up rather nicely with the remaining opener D Hooper – and this pair quickly started piling on the runs. Fours were being sent to all parts of the boundary with consumate ease and it suddenly became obvious that they were taking the match away from TWCC. Paul failed to find the breakthrough despite 2 good overs in a 3 over bowling spell. They had reached 71, with still 20 minutes to go until 20 overs. The skipper brought himself and Honse on to try to slow the scoring rate. It worked, but even so, at 20 overs, Exiles were left requiring 80, just 4 runs an over and 8 wickets left.
The two batsmen were undeniably in charge. They were careful, for example sizing up Paul and Edward, before deciding it was worth attacking them: Paul’s last over went for 15, Edward’s for 16. They played sensibly and with ten overs left, they needed 32 to win – still 8 wickets in hand. In the eyes of some – including the captain – the game was up. It was time for one last roll of the dice. Back on from the far end came Tom Rydon. Having largely ignored the skipper’s request to warm up properly, he required another loosening over. An experimental over from George also failed to breakthrough. The first two balls of Tom’s next over went for  6, 2. The hundred partnership was up. 17 runs required off 7.3 overs. 8 wickets left. Hope was a flickering candle in a hurricane. Then Tom came to the party. A wonder ball clean bowled Bailey for a hard hitting 60. Celebrations were muted, but the skipper decided he’d pick up at the other end. It worked. 2 runs conceded, one clean bowled wicket. Tom’s next over: a fierce maiden, the young Rydon full of adrenaline and confidence. The skipper trundled in for another 2 runs and another batsman bowled. The post wicket huddle at last shimmered with a little bit of belief. 15 still needed, 5 wickets in hand, 5 overs left.  Tom was bowling fast and accurately.  His next over offered just one run and crucially his fifth ball shattered the stumps of the number 7 batsman.  Everything had now changed.  The field was constantly changing to allow a single to the still firing Hooper, now in the 70s. 3 overs left, fielders pumped, the skipper bowled a straight ball to Karthik at number 8 – a big appeal and the finger was up. Every run was crucial. Hooper hooked Tom towards the boundary – Graham dived for it, only for the ball to hit a divot and leap over his prone body and into the hedge. A roar from Xiles players on the boundary. Tom came back, a beauty, edged to Reese, who parried it upwards with lightning reactions and Edward plucked it from the air. 8 wickets down, 6 to win from the last Brock over. 2 off the first ball. 4 from 5. Dot, dot, single. Hooper facing. He launched the skipper high into the air towards deep midwicket. Paul was on the boundary, too far to come. But he raced in, eyes on the ball and then threw himself forward and hung on for a remarkable catch, breathtaking. One ball left, 3 runs for Exiles to win, two to tie, one to draw, one wicket for TWCC to win. Everyone was put on the boundary. We’d come so far in this remarkable match that perhaps the skipper overlooked the hope of victory didn’t even think of close catchers. Stop a boundary! In the event, the last ball was tidy, the batsmen scrambled a single, the match was drawn – but we celebrated it like a win. Tom Rydon crossed a threshold of belief in this match, his bowling filling the team with hope and driving us forward. 7 wickets fell in the last 8 overs, for 15 runs. It was a remarkable finish to a great game, in which everyone played a part. Match Drawn. PHEW.

Scorecard
TWCC won the toss and opted to bat
TWCC Innings: P Hunter Ct WK Bld Luke 4; J Simon Bld Luke 36; R Packham    LBW Bld Luke 0; G Hunter Ct WK Bld Luke    31; T Firth Bld Luke 4; E Bunn WK Bld Karthik 36; G Cuthbert Bld Manda 1; H Karvay Run out 25; T Rydon Not out 10. DNB: J Panther, R Brock. Total 158 for 8.
FALL: 7-1, 8-3, 42-4, 48-5, 97-6, 98-7, 130-2, 158-8.   
Xiles Bowling: Pitt; 10-3-36-0; Luke 10-0-42-5; Manda 9-1-26-1; Karthik 9-3-7-1; Claude 6-0-28-0; other 3-0-18-0.
Xiles Batting: Mick Ct Bunn Bld Panther 4; D Hooper Ct Hunter Bld R Brock 78; Claude Bld Panther 7; D Bailey Bld T Rydon 60; P Stead Bld R Brock 2; Deleep Bld R Brock 0; Hannant Bld T Rydon 2; James LBW Bld R Brock 0; Karthik Ct Bunn Bld T Rydon 0; Pete Not out 0; Luke Not out 1. Total: 157-9
Fall: 18-1, 41-3, 142-4, 146-5, 146-6, 147-7, 148-8, 149-9, 156-2.
TWCC Bowling: T Rydon 11-1-44-3; J Panther 9-2-23-2; P Hunter 3-2-15-0; R Brock 12-1-32-4; H Karvay 5-1-12-0; Bunn 3-0-22-0; G Hunter 1-0-6-0.
MATCH DRAWN

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Jevington CC v TWCC June 3rd 2018
Many thanks to Joe for arranging this fill-in fixture at late notice, and for providing TWCC with a day which had all the ingredients of a mini tour; a lengthy drive to an unfamiliar ground in the hot sunshine, new breweries to discover, and the prospect of losing to new opponents of unknown pedigree.
Nestling in a verdant bowl in the Downs, Jevington CC’s  ground was set off nicely by a pavilion in which TWCC felt right at home, complete with a similar Business Class toilet complex to rival our own.
The toss was won by the home side, and, with an eye to avoiding fielding in the heat of the day and, no doubt, also to the difficulty that would be experienced by late batters as they faced the low evening sun, they elected to bat first.
Well, never mind; we can bowl, well, most of us anyway... so bowl we did, with the trusty pace pairing of Matt and Ed. Matt, using his experience of running down the hill at Bolney the previous week, found his form straight away, as did Ed who took a wicket (caught Brocky) with his very first ball. A veritable rout! However, the outfield was fast, and although the wicket was set in the middle of a bowl, in every direction the ball ran it appeared, Escher-like, to be rolling downhill, so, although the bowling was tight, once through the infield the ball tended to run all the way for four.
In Shaw, Swansborough, S Fielder and Hobson, not to mention the six-hitting L Page, Jevington had plenty of batting firepower. Not that TWCC were without deterrent counter measures; Matt and Ed both finished with a wicket each, and Honse and Tom R took over from the opening bowlers with great effect; Tom surviving being attacked by a fiercely struck drive and then hanging on to a less life-threatening opportunity for a caught and bowled. Honse gets a sentence or two all to himself, of course, as once again his Eastern mystery flummoxed even the established batters as he dropped on to a good length and line. 8 overs 1 maiden 2 for 17 are great figures given the hitting out that was occurring, and in 2018 his bowling truly seems to have come of age. Rather like Jim’s knees, come to think of it, but the youthful Tom Firth gave us four good overs in the difficult times of aggressive no-holds-barred attack from the energetic Jevingtoners.
However, as Skipper Brock sensed a total building that it would be hard to overtake, it was time for Edward and Richard himself to see out the overs before tea. Both bowled exceptionally well, Edward taking 1 for 11 off four overs ending, indeed, with a maiden, and Brocky starting off his four overs with two wicket maidens, the two wickets in question ending the problematical swashbuckling of S Fielder and S Hobson. After that we only had a monster 6 from Page to enjoy off Richard’s bowling and then it was tea.
Tea; this is a difficult one, for it was not tea that was laid out before us, it was lunch, tea and supper combined. Not for Jevington CC a couple of light sandwiches and a small piece of cake, rather a whole roast ox stuffed with stuffed swan with all the trimmings. Half-time in a Sumo contest and this sort of  repast would be the norm, but it was difficult to do justice to the wonderful offerings when in the midst of a tight game of cricket. But (sigh) we did our best... Thank you Jevington Catering Team!
On with the cricket. It was Matt and Jim who strapped on their gear (extra notch on the belt) to face up to the unknown powers of the Jevington bowling attack. With recent – let’s not mince our words here – catastrophic batting displays, some comfort must be taken from the fact that neither Matt, or even Jim, immediately got out. They did their best on occasion to flap their bats about and lob the ball here and there, but get out they did not. They even scored respectable runs with the odd nice shot, but not getting out in the face of tight, accurate bowling on a pitch of variable bounce, clearly comes at a price, and the price was that after 19 overs they’d only scored at just 2.8 runs per over and the total was a solid, respectable but possibly inadequate 54. Was this 54 a good platform, or had it left too much for the other 9 batters to work with? In hindsight there was a bit of both; to win TWCC would need to score at roughly twice the rate that Matt and Jim had managed, but the bowlers were tired, less threatening bowlers were likely to be tried, and with 9 wickets in hand and with the batters TWCC had, it was an inviting prospect. The Gazette feels it might be worth mentioning here the chosen format; usually Sunday games comprise, in the second innings, 1 hour plus anything up to 20 minutes before a final 20 overs’ countdown begins. For some reason this was shortened to just one hour then 20 overs, which, in the end, proved significant in that more haste was required before the 20 over threshold than was the norm. With three or four more overs before drinks and then a further 20 overs, with, say, another 10-15 runs on the board, that would have made a lot of difference. But, it is what it is, and it has to be admitted that, in spite of early and direct orders from the dug out to get on with it, Matt and Jim’s resilience at the crease was not producing much in the runs column. In their defence it was difficult to both score and survive, but more of that below...
Exit Jim, yorked, then Matt who may have been unlucky trapping the ball under his bat which went through to the keeper as caught, though it may well have been a bump ball. One of those awkward moments; he could hardly overly protest in the face of the umpire’s finger pointing to the sky, but the Gazette don’t believe he was out.
90 or so runs from 18 overs required by TWCC for the win.
Tony and Reese were at the crease. Oh... Tony and Broc... Oh... Tony and Tom Rydon were at the crease – this is what was required; Tom and Tony, upping the rate, putting the fielding side under pressure! Tom, of course, whilst Tony was turning puce, was barely idling as singles were turned into twos and twos into threes, and threes into... oh, ok. Fours were fours and there were plenty of them in the timely partnership of 41 before Tom was caught; but the chase was on with 43 to get and 7 overs or so left! Yes, the sun was directly in the eyes of the batsmen at the Tea End, but we still had Edw... Oh... we still had Joe! Joe and Ton... oh... Joe and Ed! And Joe was turning it on; anything bowled in roughly the direction of his bat seemed to meet with its middle, and the ball found the hedge. This was Joe of the Nuthurst game, the Joe of true eye and firm club. Joe and Ed, and Ed can ba... oh. Tom Firth – he’s a pl... oh. 21 to get, Joe’s batting really well there are still 20 balls left, and Honse can stay wi... Oh.
And there it was. A loss, but not a bad loss; as in the previous week either side could have won, a draw could have been the result, and in the end does the result of a good game matter that much? Sitting in the late sun at the Eight Bells with a pint of Long Man it would be a sad and angry person who begrudged Jevington their victory, for hadn’t we all, in taking part, been equally lucky in our day?
What and who has the Gazette failed to mention this week...? Who knows (but we'll be told later...) There was the low grubbing bounce in the middle, the good bowling of most TWCC and all Jevington players, Edward and Richard’s bowling in the face of innings-end belligerence, Tony’s full steam innings and awareness of runs to be had in his punchy 39, Joe’s fighting spirit and his execution of difficult shots, Tom R’s swift 14 - all written down here.
Anything negative? Matt and Jim did keep the ball out in their opening stand of 56 thus conserving the later batting, but which then demanded of that batting a scoring rate of 5 an over which was as hard later as it had been from the start of the innings. On some days this would be no problem, on this day it was. There were some catches missed, but not many as spectacular as Brocky’s at deep mid-off. Ridicule, of course, rang round the ground like a mocking Mexican wave, but it was no simple chance and I doubt if many would have held on to it.
The game could have gone either way, it went the way it did. Thank you Jevington CC for having us over.

Scorecard
Jevington CC won the toss and chose to bat first. Sunday rules. Jevington 10 men.
Jevington CC Batting: R Fielder Ct R Brock Bld E Howes 0; S Page Ct T Firth Bld M Edwards 5; J Shaw Ct & Bld T Rydon 40; A Swansborough CT J Simon Bld H Karvay 26; M Page Ct E Bunn Bld H Karvay 1; S Fielder Bld R Brock 26; S Hobson LBW Bld R Brock 28; B Taylor LBW E Bunn 0; L Page not out 9; A Fielder run out (M Edwards) 5. Extras 13 (B3, LB1, W3, NB5) Total 153 (39 overs).
Fall: 1/5 - 2/23 - 3/76 - 4/83 - 5/? - 6/134 - 7 139 - 8/139 - 9/153.
TWCC Bowling: M Edwards 7-2-21-1; E Howes 6-1-37-1; H Karvay 8-1-17-2; T Rydon 6-1-21-1; T Firth 4-0-23-0; J Simon 1-0-9-0; E Bunn 4-1-11-1; R Brock 4-2-13-2.
TWCC Innings: M Edwards Ct Swansborough (wk) Bld J Shaw 29; J Simon Bld R Fielder 23; T Pearce Bld L Page 39; R Packham Bld J Shaw 0; R Brock Bld S Page 0; T Rydon Ct S Hopson Bld S Fielder 14; E Bunn Bld S Fielder 0; J Panther not out 14; E Howes Bld L Pge 2; T Firth Ct Swansborough (wk) Bld L Page 0; H Karvay LBW S Fielder 0. Extras 15 (B1, LB3, W10, NB1) Total 136 all out (36.4 overs).
Fall: 1/56 - 2/62 - 3/64 - 4/70 - 5/111 - 6/111 - 7/123 - 8/135 - 9/135 - 10/136.
Jevington CC Bowling: S Fielder 11.4-1-47-3; L Page 8-2-26-3; R Fielder 7-1-20-1; J Shaw 6-1-13-2; S Page 4-0-26-1.
Jevington Win by  17 runs.

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Bolney CC v TWCC May 27th 2018
Bolney won the toss on a very hot day, and, happily, from a TWCC hydration point of view, decided they’d bowl first. Open to the home side, therefore, was the option of batting out for a draw should the need arise – a tactic which has met with some success in previous runnings of this local derby as Bolney do have a number of excellent exponents in the art of Boycotting (not a criticism in case the Gazette’s circulation extends up the road to Bolney); it’s all part of this great game. Today’s canvas, however, was broader than either side realised at the beginning of play, and TWCC’s skipper’s failure at the toss was to prove just the first influence he was to have on the day’s play and on the ultimate result.
Here we were living the dream of a Blandings Sunday; the larks high in the sky, Jeeves in the pantry mixing up a gin sling; what could be more pleasant? And so thought first Paul, then Matt E, then Mikey, then Reese, then Edward, then Tom R – what could be nicer than sitting in the pavilion? They followed their inclinations and TWCC were all too soon wondering if the previous week's total of 77 all out might, after all, not prove to have been as bad a score as they thought at the time.
The trouble was that whilst the scoring rate was pretty good, we needed about 24 players in order not to run out of team before tea. Everyone who batted looked as if they could score plenty of runs, and then they got out to straight ones or played with indiscretion. The scorebook shows, with the tally of boundaries against the TWCC batters, that everyone in the team could bat; it’s just that on this occasion they didn’t do so for very long.
Bolney church clock had yet to strike three-o-clock when Jim walked out to the middle, when and where, after a couple more wickets, he was joined by Skipper Brock. There was an hour and a half to go before the scheduled time for tea, and, whilst Richard executed some scoring shots along the way, the decision was necessarily taken to not get out. This unlikely resolve persisted with some success; one maiden over after another, the odd run here and there, Paul could dream about weeding his flower beds, Mikey and Reese even managed to catch up on some much needed sleep. All was at peace as the total climbed, ever so slowly, but pleasingly inexorably, towards the 150.
However, as Chaucer wrote: “But at the laste, as every thing hath ende, She took hir leve, and nedes wolde wende.”
So Brocky did that, out for a patient 43, but only when he and Jim had endured in the blistering heat for an hour and a half and it was time to tip the balance once again towards scoring a few more runs. A quick look at a glossary of terms suggests a “hoik” is “an unrefined shot played to the leg side usually across the line of the ball” and it was this in mind that Richard found his stumps berattled and he was on his way back to the pavilion, just an over or two before tea. Jim survived to the end, sacrificing poor Honse in the greedy pursuit of two runs with just three balls left unbowled, having accumulated 31 runs of the measliest sort.

To balance the report, Bolney’s openers, though clearly successful, were not the least faceable of opponents, and the change bowlers were also fairly straightforward to keep out if scoring runs ceased to be an objective, so lengthy innings were there to be had once the Boycott spirit was invoked. The bowling was, from Paton and Garside in particular, never far away from being a good length and line, but, as long as the luxury of hoiks was forgone, the pace was such that an untroubled dead bat was always an option.
In a 9th wicket partnership of 70 Rich’s 43 and Jim’s 31 were just what was required to give the visitors some sort of a chance from an unfortunate (and unnecessary?) 74 for 8 to a workable 153 all out on the stroke of tea.
Bolney tea – much has been written about the delights of Bolney teas, and rightly so. I could do so again, but on this occasion it would be wrong to highlight this diversion because in the interests of maintaining peak fitness the elite sportsmen of TWCC declined the scones and cream, the delicate sandwiches and hunks of cake, sticking to just lightly milked tea.
So; the Bolney reply. Was the wicket tricky? Would Bolney overhaul a meagre 153? Could TWCC take 10 wickets – something they often fail easily to do?
Oh – here we go – Matt E storming down the hill, Ed rampaging up it, Tom Rydon in the wings; how blessed are TWCC with this youthful briskness! It took all of four balls for Matt to catch the gloves of Steve Bowles and for Reese to take another caught-behind wicket. Proper 12-cylinder cricket.
Bolney then failed to score much or to get out for a while, though the ball was often snicked through the gesticulation of slip-fielders which unfairly robbed the bowlers of wickets and penalised them with runs against. Having seen the method Rob employs in similar circumstances, the two openers decided to just bowl at the stumps and their true reward came their way, though more of this anon.
Bolney, as TWCC know, are no pushovers, and all the time the odd wicket was falling here and there, the run rate was sufficient to overtake TWCC’s somewhat modest total. Joe took the wicket of Adby (30) thanks to a nice low catch in the covers from Ed, and, at drinks with 20 overs to go the required rate was around 5 an over. As the overs ticked down this rate was consistently being achieved, and a Bolney win was ever on the cards. J Hay, in particular, made light of the bowling, and with Garside disdainfully striding down the wicket the home win was definitely on. Enter the Skip’s taunting length and true line from the South End, and Honse from the North End with his mystery bowling and just in the nick of time the run rate climbed as these two took a wicket each. The Bolney win appeared to be slipping away, though it was always possible especially with May still at the crease jocularly flicking fours and sixes hither and thither. Searching for victory, all the more keenly so following on from the Lindfield rout, Brocky demanded second spells from the opening pacers, and did they deliver! With just two or three overs to go (I’m making this up as the book transfer is no help here...) May was cleaned up by Ed for an excellent and combative 31. Bolney might have given up on the win but they were more than capable of holding out for a draw as TWCC still needed 3 wickets to win.
Matt, running in hard once again, bowled Hughes (10) for his fourth wicket and Ed had Moore caught behind and Bolney were 9 down, and the game went into the last over to be bowled by Ed up the hill. Six deliveries for Madden to survive and force a draw – another period of excitement that would not have been there if this had been a limited over match. One wide of the stumps. Reload. A block by Madden – edgy, but a block. Reload. Four balls left or it’s a draw...
You guessed it; fast, full, true, a clatter of stumps and Ed, too, had his fourth wicket in a classic proper game of cricket. Bolney, all out for 133, 20 runs short, with just three balls left in the match. Matt finished with 4 for 33 and Ed 4 for 13!
What an exciting game, and with all three results possible right up to the last very few overs, this was a good game to take part in, whoever it was that ended up winning. Two much-needed innings from Richard and Jim made something other than a loss possible for TWCC, and then two great bowling performances from Matt and Ed secured the victory. Hooray for cricket!

     Postscript
James is missed, not only for the runs he scored, but he was discerning of opportunity in his play, and exuded patience and gravitas at the wicket – a presence that it is going to take the post-Trollope TWCC a little while to learn to do without, but learn they must. Patience appears to be as precious an attribute as is ball-striking ability. Split-second decision-making is the essence of cricket, and, perhaps our default batting thought should more often be to not get out rather than first look for boundaries and work back from there? And, surely, we can all learn to deploy a little patience, so the outlook ought to be perfectly wonderful and rosy indeed.

Scorecard
Bolney CC won the toss and elected to bowl first.
TWCC Innings: P Hunter Ct Paton Bld Hughes 8; M Edwards Ct Bowles Bld Hughes 17; M Pearce Bld Paton 2; R Packham Bld Paton 14; E Bunn Ct & Bld Hughes 18; T Rydon Bld Hughes 0; J Simon not out 31; J Panther Ct Hay Bld Hughes 0; E Howes Ct Elliott Bd Paton 2; R Brock Bld Hay 43; H Karvay run out 0. Extras 18 (LB2, W11, NB5) Total 153 all out (44.3 overs).
Fall of wickets: 1/17 2/28 3/44 4/50 5/52 6/70 7/70 8/74 9/144 10/153.
Bolney CC Bowling: T Paton 11.3-3-36-3; T Hughes 8-1-41-5; Madden 7-0-32-0; Garside 7-4-12-0; Hay 7-2-11-1; Bowles 4-0-17-0.
Bolney CC Innings: S Bowles Ct Packham (wk) Bld Edwards 2; S Adby Ct Howes Bld Panther 30; J Elliott Bld Edwards 9; D Bridge Bld Edwards 0; R Clemenson Bld Howes 0; J Hay Bld Howes 31; M Garside Bld Karvay 16; T Hughes Bld Edwards 10; J Moore Ct Packham (Wk) Bld Howes 0; T Paton not out 4; M Madden Bld Howes 0. Extras 30 (B10, LB4, W12, NB4) Total 133 all out (39.3 overs).
TWCC win by 20 runs.


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Lindfield v TWCC May 20th 2018
Here at the Gazette we have had a sleepless night trying to put TWCC’s latest game into some sort of bigger context in the hope that this will provide solace, and it has become clear that, amongst other things, Americans are rubbish at billions. A proper billion is 1,000,000,000,000, or a million million. But, over there, where they get excited by big rounders and gob a lot, not to mention electing an orange candy-floss-head for President, they think a billion is 1,000,000,000 or a thousand million. Their reasoning is that “it’s still a mighty big number and is only 999,000,000,000 out so it’s close enough for heaven’s sakes” (note the gratuitous and incorrect extra “s”). And now here we are in the UK, inexplicably driven by wannabe Disneyland lust, having to adopt their stupid system which, as the Editor searches for perspective and having done the conversion, places the Big Bang at about 13,800,000,000 years ago. Matter is miraculous, deep time is unfathomable, the universe is unimaginably big and to overcome the challenge of life at all is so improbable that it is almost an impossibility. And yet here we are. But, as TWCC found themselves thinking on Sunday last, why are we here?
In his bestselling popular book “A brief history of cricket” Richard Dawkins argues that from the Big Bang singularity - from that moment when unimaginable pure energy spontaneously burst into existence - initial forces were simply colossal, but after a few minutes the temperature of the plasma-that-was-all-things dropped to a mere 1,000,000,000 K (or around 12°F as Americans would have it), sub-atomic particles began to combine and matter began to coalesce into, ultimately, though thankfully not exclusively, the Twineham and Wineham Cricket team.
After his team’s last game the Editor of the TWCC Gazette, looking somewhat vacant and dazed, returned late to the office and, searching for deep truths onto which to cling if not for a mere distraction, he decided to hold an impromptu séance. He turned off the lights and spun his bat about on the floor in the East Wing for a bit, and sat down to wait. Sure enough, after a minute or two the temperature suddenly dropped and a mysterious mist descended from the ceiling. Strange rumblings began to be heard emanating from the ether.
The Editor froze on his sofa. What diabolical potent forces had he conjured up from the dark side?
He steeled himself, and spoke in a querulous voice that could hardly be heard in the thick air;
“Is there anyone there?”
These words seemed to provoke a multitude of sibilant whispers, distant at first and which then seemed to come ever closer, when suddenly a manic single mocking laugh rang out loud in the room followed by raucous cackling from left and right, near and far, from on high and from beneath the floorboards.
The Editor had to shout to be heard;
“Who’s there?” he asked the room, but he wasn’t sure he wanted to know.
The whisperings and laughter abruptly ceased, and an awful heavy silence fill the room. A silence that contained no noise at all, but which was full of dread and menace. A prolonged tension developed into which the Editor dared not intrude.
“We’re all here!” The words suddenly appeared to be uttered not more than six inches in front of the Editor’s face (or about 12 miles away in the US). Deep words from a single voice. Solid words. Cumberbatch words.
“All? All who?” asked the Ed.
There was no reply, but - hold; there was breath in the room. An assembly of constant expiration from all around. There was presence.
“Who are you?” The Editor shakily repeated his demand. “Who are... all of you?”
All breath stopped. Then, from across the room a slightly higher-pitched man’s voice said;
“77 isn’t very much, is it?”
There were half-concealed sniggers. Titters. Then outright laughter. More laughter developed fast into outright hysteria.
“Stop! Stop! Please stop!” The Editor was shouting above the howling cacophony. “It was a difficult wicket!”
The laughter rose to a new peak and then rose again, as if it was its own force with intent to render to dust the room and the trembling Editor within. However, gradually, with ebbs and flows, the great tide of mockery began to subside, and the air again became pregnant with anticipation.
The void was filled by a small, accented voice.
“Matter has coalesced into stars, those stars have endured for billions of years and then they have, in turn, exploded in order to create the atoms which all have intricate physical properties that allow you to play your stupid game!” The voice was elderly, but sounded authoritative. “What a waste!”
This was too much for our Editor.
“Oh yes? Who are you, Albert Einstein?”
There was a short pause, then a simple;
“Yes.”
“Oh.”
“Yes. Oh.”  Albert wasn’t happy.
There was a silence once again. Then a sad sigh from the right side of the room.
“I’m going to have to rethink all my theories now.”
“Theories, Charles?” asked another voice close by.
“Yes. Life has been developing now for, what -  almost 4 billion years now, and to see –“
“Is that four billion or 12?” asked an American voice from behind the Editor’s head.
“Four billion years,” the Charles voice continued resolutely, “during which time life has progressed from the simplest of bacteria to Twineham and Wineham Cricket team, and you were all out for 77. You’re supposed to be better than that.” It wasn’t an accusation, it was a disappointment.
“12 years? That’s not that long.” The American had decided he’d stick with 12 – it was close enough.
There was a collective sigh of disapproval. The Editor, hoping to share some of the accustions hanging in the room, began to warm to the American. But then he went on; “But 77 isn’t very much either. Is it? Or is it? I dunno.”
“Hey, Feynman!” Another American voice from across the room to the right; “You sure as hell ought to be better at this number-crunching you know. I mean have you forgotten our days playing for Los Alamos?”
“Hey, no way, Bob. Oppenheimer and Feynman, 1 and 2. We racked up billions of runs before that LBW crap.”
“Oh, don’t talk to me about LBW! No one knows what that’s all about! I mean, is there an actual rule? Jesus H...”
“I keep telling you there’s no H!”
A clear voice had spoken. It seemed as if came from inside the Editor’s head. Effortlessly heard the speaker sounded more tired than peeved.
“Oh, Hi JC,” said Feynman, conversationally, brash and completely immune to rank. “You hear about that 77 game? That’s not a lot is it? Err... or is it?”
“Yea, we watched the game, me and my Dad,” said this JC. He spoke a little slowly as if earthly time were of no concern. He sounded a little sad.
“I watched it too.” A new voice. A low voice. A voice of authority. A voice of wisden through the ages.
“Is that you, WG?” Feynman asked. “Don’t tell me you saw it too? Hey, I’d like to hear this from a real pro like you!”
“I did see it, yes.” This new so-called “expert” sounded guarded. Maybe, the Editor hoped, he wasn’t in total agreement with the rest of the crowd now seeming to occupy the Gazette office?
“And...?” prompted Einstein.
“Well. I have to say the pitch was dead. Dead as a Dodo, if you’ll pardon the analogy, Charles.”
“No prob, WG.”
”'No Prob?'” Einstein was shocked, “'No prob?' That doesn’t sound like your style, Charles,”
“I believe everything evolves, Albert. Including language,” Charles countered. “So: no problemo it is! Yo WG, hit me with... nice dreads by the way... OK; Shoot!”
There was the briefest of titters from the American camp, and something of a sigh from JC, but after a pause, WG continued with his calculated assessment of the recent day’s play at Lindfield.
“As I was saying, the wicket was quite disarming, and it was this local knowledge that prompted Lindfield to open with slow bowling. They were confident that the low bounce and the pronounced slope might work to their advantage, and it surely did. It’s not as if Twineham and Wineham Cricket Club don’t have people who can hit the ball, is it? Young Packham, for one, can clearly play, and any of them on another day could have done better than they did.”
“And,” added one of the Americans, Oppenheimer possibly, “Lindfield might well have hit the skids too!”
“True,” confirmed WG, in full match report mode (thank goodness! Ed.). “It was a closer game than the scorecard might indicate. With just 77 to defend the Twineham and Wineham bowlers were up against it and they could ill afford those dropped catches, particularly off young Bunn. Take those early wickets and, well, who knows what might have happened? The visitors did get six wickets and no batsmen from either side ever really looked in on that surface. Indeed there was a hat-trick on at one point when Brock had the ball. And Karvay – well, he did seem to have the ball on a string as they say nowadays. No, a few breaks here and there and it could have gone either way. That’s my assessment”
“It’s nice of you to be so generous with regard to Twineham and Wineham, Mr. Grace,” said this JC bloke, which the Editor thought was nice, until, after a perfect comic pause he went on; “My Dad thought they were crap.”
No one seemed to know how to take this and silence deadened the room once more.
And into this extraordinary gathering of minds, dear readers, into this intimidating conclave of luminaries, into this miasmic fog, your Editor, the Gazette’s own, spoke out clearly and loud;
“Well, It might not have been much to you lot,” he bravely said, “But we did our best.”
There was a moment’s silence. It turned into a little too long a moment. Then a stifled snigger came out from one of the group as someone finally cracked, then the whole room was once more engulfed in hysteria.
“Oh, oh oh... my sides!” Einstein.
“Stop it! It hurts! That’s sick!” Darwin.
“HA HA HA HA HA HA!” Americans.
“Yes, well it is rather amusing!” Grace.
“I don’t see what’s so funny.” Editor.
JC spoke softly, but again his words, although quiet, sounded clear and distinct;
“My Dad and I have thought about this. Hard. We know something has to change, and we know just what we’re going to do about it.”
The room hushed. When JC spoke they all listened. The Editor’s legs turned to jelly, and he found he could hardly breathe.
“We decided...”
“Yes?” asked Einstein, who liked nothing better than a tricky problem. “You have an idea that might help?”
“Yes. We decided...”
“Yes?”
“That next weekend...”
“...next weekend, yes...?”
“What? For Chrissakes shut up Albert”
“We decided that next weekend ... we’d make certain to ... watch something else!”
There was a shocked silence for half a second, and then the whole room erupted once more in raucous laughter, louder than ever.
“Oh... Bloody hell!” the Editor shouted as he got up from the sofa, picked up his bat and swung it around a couple of times in the vain hope he might catch one of his spectral tormentors on the side of the head, stormed out of the room and went upstairs to bed, leaving behind the continuing sound of hysterical, mocking laughter ringing through the fabric of time itself.

No Americans were harmed during the writing of this piece.
The Gazette acknowledges that there are intelligent Americans. Just not enough of them – a bit like us.
Bloody brexit.

Scorecard
Format: 40 overs available per side, draws remain a possibility. No (apparent) limit on number of overs per bowler.
Lindfield won the toss and chose to field first.
TWCC Batting: P Hunter Bld Storer 4; R Packham LBW Bld Storer; T Pearce Bld Stoner 10; T Rydon Ct Wk (Toby) Bld Stoner 7; E Bunn Ct Hewitt Bld Storer 8; J Simon Ct Wk (Toby) Bld Green 0; M Edwards Bld Green 5; H Karvay Bld Jones 2; R Brock Bld Jones 6; E Howes run out 7; O Foulger not out 0. Estras 11 (B2, LB2, W7) Total 77 all out (26.5 overs).
Lindfield bowling: Storer 1-3-34-5; Green 10-3-30-2; Jones 4-1-8-2; Richardson 3-0-5-0.
Lindfield Innings: Fricker Ct Edwards Bld Brock 7; Kaye Bld Brock 11; Hewitt Bld Bunn 11, Toby run out (Edwards); James Bld Howes 8; Osbourne Bld Karvay 17; Parker not out 17; Richardson not out 1. 3 DNB. Extras unrecorded but maths indicates 7 extras. Total 79 for 6.
TWCC Bowling: R Brock 5-0-23-2; E Bunn 7-1-31-1; E Howes 3-0-10-1; M Edwards 1.5-0-9-0; H Karvay 1-0-1-1.
Lindfield win by 4 wickets.
 

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Streat and Westmeston v TWCC May 6th 2018
In these difficult days when everyone's too busy to spend the odd fourteen hours bashing out match reports that no one reads, the Gazette has had to rely on the Associated Press for the comment on this game and on Wisden for the scorecard. AP states "TWCC batted first, scored plenty, but couldn't bowl Streat and Westmeston out."  Somewhat bald (appropriately), compared to the house style, but there you go. Disappointed readers can but hope for better things as they read into the scorecard to see that TWCC batters had a very good day, by and large, with the top 5 scoring 197 runs. Only Reese missed out as he waits for his new season form to catch up with his ability, and Mikey and Tony really came good for the Pearces, with Tony's 73 the highest score in the game and a great omen for the season. Likewise Mikey and Jonathan are clearly ones to watch as the weeks tick by. J Pieters, on debut, opened with Mikey to great effect, and Pieters' 38 with lots of boundaries clearly shows this is a cricketer to be reckoned with.
From Streat's point of view the long spell of 15 overs from Hartfield was impressive, and that of Mansfield at the end helped to keep the score to a mere 231.
Regular Streat & W performers with the bat were present and correct, and TWCC's inability to bowl their opponents out confirms the home side's reputation for being a tough team to beat. Joe's 4 wicket haul was the pick of the bowling, and with 3 maidens in there too he was clarly a handful, Edward and Tom taking the only other wickets to fall, with Tom only coming on for two overs at the end of proceedings.

Scorecard
TWCC won the Toss and batted first. TWCC Captain M Edwards
TWCC Innings: J Pieters Bld Hartfield 38; M Pearce Ct M Wise Bld Hartfield 45; T Pearce Ct x Bld Mansfield 73; R Packham Ct M Wise Bld P Wise 0; J Rowland Bld Mansfield 41; T Rydon Ct M Wise Bld Hartfield 10; M Edwards Bld Mansfield 2; E Bunn not out 5; J Panther not out 0. DNB H Karvay, E Howes. Extras 14 (2B, 10LB, 2W) Total 231 for 7. (40 overs).
Streat and Westmeston bowling: Hartfield 15-1-60-3; M Lee 7-1-51-0; P Wise 7-1-39-1; M Wise 4-0-17-0;  Spiegel 3-0-30-0; Mansfield 4-0-22-3.
Streat and Westmeston innings: C Mansfield Ct & Bld Karvay 22; D Porter Ct & Bld Panther; M Wise Ct. T Pearce Bld Panther 0; C Marshall Ct & BLd Bunn 36; S Barrs Bld Panther 46; P Wise not out 39; B Baxter Bld T Rydon 0; M Lea Bld Panther 2; C Smith not out 1. DNB M Hartfield, S Spiegel. Extras 26 (B 10, LB2, W 12, NB2) Total 187 for 8 (40 overs).
TWCC Bowling: M Edwards 6-1-21-0; J Panther 10-3-37-4; E Howes 5-0-22-0; H Karvay 4-1-9-1; M Pearce 6-0-34-0; E Bunn 6-0-34-1; T Pearce 1-0-12-0; T Rydon 2-0-6-1.
Match drawn. 

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TWCC v Greys May 13th 2018
So much to say, so little inclination for anyone to read it... Such is the lot of the Gazette wordsmiths beating out words as thin as they can go in the heat of the TWCC back office. Between you and me, dear reader, there is a move afoot to double the wages of the entire Gazette creative team. However, whilst the ombudsmen sort this one out, it's time to crack on with the latest report.
Richard lost the toss - or, as Rob pointed out in his glass half full way, Greys won the toss - and chose to bat first. A brief consultation with 221B Baker Street revealed that TWCC should loosen up and prepare to bowl.
Ed Howes opened from the Downs end, and Matt E from the Pavilion End, and though threatening on many occasions, it wasn't until the 10th over that Matt had Flynn caught behind - a proper cricket wicket; fast rising ball, top/outside edge, capably snaffled behind by Reese. Score 33 for 1. Notwithstanding this success, there was a tendency for runs to keep ticking onto the scoreboard, and in particular plenty of twos were taken as the struck ball ran to empty corners of the field and there stopped in the tacky surface.
Rob came on, replacing an economical though unrewarded Ed, and immediately, as one might expect, had everyone in trouble including the slip fielders. Rob bowls not just with pace, but with control, and following the drop in the slips, he controlled one or two short into the higher midriff of the unfortunate Greys batters. No serious injury, we trust, and Rob took the usual way out of just bowling at the stumps. 5 overs, 3 maidens, 5 runs and a wicket - not bad. Better than that; really rather good.
Joe, hoping to build on his four-fer the previous weeks (hang on -I don't have to use the dreadul "x-fer" do I?) ... hoping to build on his four wickets in the previous match, didn't drop onto a good length all the time, and served up the odd six ball (in which he was not alone...) but also took a caught and bowled. Tom R, in a longer spell than against Streat, took two wickets for 28 off 6 overs; figures revealing the trend in the Greys' batters to begin to hit out. Honse again bowled really well, getting the ball to duck into the right handers, and his 2 for 12 off 5 overs was also a fine performance. But a rush of runs there was, and not just, we like to think here at the Gazette, because Jim came on for a couple of overs, but also because Mendis, brought in by Honse's wicket-taking, came in and simply swung across the line to great effect. A true eye, and a smooth swing and there the ball was; in the trees. Ashton, too, for the Greys, added to the flurry, for flurry it undeniably was. Brocky as well as Jim, though he did meet with success in the form of Mendis' wicket, suffered a little at this late rush of activity, but there we go; Greys a very useful-looking 167.
It must be mentioned here that the TWCC over rate was pretty poor. The odd lost ball, certainly, and an invasion of misc. dogs, provide some excuse here, but in two-and-a-half hours Greys are entitled to expect at least a couple more than 37 overs from which to score. However, in the event, it's hard to say what difference this might have made, but it is a point to bear in mind.
Edward and Julia kicked off the home tea season in fine style, with, to my mind, the star being the little ginger shortbread. Thank you to them both.
In the absence of Paul, and with no James for the first whole season for many years, what TWCC needed was three opening batsmen. Edward, our No. 1 batsman, took his guard, surveyed the field, settled in his stance and looked up as the bowler ran in for his first ball. All good, solid, opening batsman stuff so far. But... a slow long-hop, half-pulled off his chest, dollied to mid-wicket. Out. First ball of the match. Unsurprisingly I, too, have been the cause of that same look on Skipper Brock's face... Edward, along with many battters before and yet to come, couldn't believe what he'd done, but in this sometimes cruel game you don't get a second chance and off he trudged. So, second ball of the innings, in comes Rob, who, with Richard, calmed the nerves and settled the game down.
The pitch was a little lively, but true, and this second wicket pair prospered. Of note, and a sight to gladden the eye, were Rob's leg-glances for calm ones and twos, mixed with the occasional heavier blow from both batsmen, including a fine square back-foot drive from Richard for four into the long grass at the foot of the iconic oak(!) and a smooth 6 over long on from Rob off the bowling of Mendis. The running was tight and eager and the score rolled on to 70 before Richard failed to keep down a shot off the bowling of Mendis and he was out caught for 22. Reese clicked into gear with a well-timed solid exploratory block to mid off, and followed this with a soft-handed guide of the ball into the right hand of a diving first slip. Out for 0, the second duck of the day. Matt E faired little better, though he was in for longer before being caught in the midfield, and all the time Rob was continuing on in his calm, reassuringly calculating way. Joined by Tom, with the words "run out" whispering through the crowd, father and son shared a partnership of 13 before Rob, accelerating all the time, failed to clear a 3/4 deep mid-on and was out, caught well, for 53.
A hard 53 to get, with the grass being longer than on many a field thus disadvantaging a player who plays so well along the ground, but a classy example of application and good shot-selection, it was to prove to be the highest score of the day.
Tom R continued on, joined by Tom F (good to see him back) and then Joe.
And here we go; Tom and Joe nearly pulled it off. TWCC were on a total of 100, 67 behind, 68 to win, when Joe joined Tom. Both these players can bat, we know that, but the demand here was edging towards a need to stay in and avoid losing the game rather than to chasing down a win. History doesn't recall (or record, sadly) the time left at this point, but when the two began their partnership TWCC were on 100 for 6. In order to help their cause, understandably, Greys reverted to their opening bowlers but this did them little good as both Tom and Joe, and later on, Ed, have true eyes and nerves and hamstrings of steel and the scoring sped up nicely until under 10 were needed off the last over, and, with Ed being run out after a vital contribution of 8 at the right time, TWCC needed just four off the last ball to win! How cool was that? Luckily it was Joe on strike and not Jim, who togged up in case of wides/no-balls/miracles, and so a boundary was a distinct possibility.
However, it wasn't to be, match drawn and maybe, given the over-rate during the first innings it was the correct result. Tom was eventually bowled for a spirited 24, and Joe survived through with his wicket intact with 25 to his name from, amongst other shots, well-timed clips off his legs once again showing a sign of a good eye.
Greys batted well in the face of some lively bowling and 167 looked like enough for much of the game. Rob and richard set up the TWCC reply, and TWCC did bat deep, with Ed at 9 for goodness' sake, and so an attempt at the total set by Greys was always on, but for long time it looked as if survival might be the order of the day. In the end it was exciting indeed, with all three results possible into the last over. Greys' bowling was consistent throughout, with one of the best bowlers being held back and slowing the home side's reply at just the right time for their cause. And here endeth the first home game of the season.

Scorecard
Greys won the toss and batted first. TWCC Captain R Brock.
Greys Innings: Flynn Ct Packham (Wk) Bld M Edwards 5; Line Bld R Rydon; Brasher Ct & Bld Panther 10; Meek Ct & Bld T Rydon 39; Fenton Bld T Rydon; Edwards Bld H Karvay 2; Ashton not out 20; Gallagher LBW H Karvay 2; Mendis Ct T Rydon Bld R Brock 20; Burgess not out 0. DNB Newland.  Extras 30 (B6,LB2,W18,NB4) Total 167 for 8 (37 overs).
TWCC Bowling: E Howes 5-1-14-0; M Edwards 7-0-25-1; R Rydon 5-3-5-1; J Panther 4-0-30-1; T Rydon 6-0-28-2; H Karvay 5-1-12-2; R Brock 3-0-20-1; J Simon 2-0-22-0.
TWCC Innings: E Bunn Ct, Bld Newland 0; R Brock Ct, Bld Mendis 22; R Rydon Ct Flynn Bld Meek 53; R Packham Ct, Bld Mendis 0; M Edwards Ct Mendis Bld Burgess 0; T Rydon Bld Ashton 24; T Firth Bld Meek 2; J Panther not out 25; E Howes run out (Newland) 8; J Simon not out 0. DNB H Karvay. Extras 28 (B11, LB1, W11,NB3) Total 164 for 8.
Match drawn. 


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TWCC 2017 Season
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Season Review
Richard Brock - Captain
PLAYED 17  WON 8 DRAWN 3 LOST 6  CALLED OFF 3 (2016 P 16, W 7, D2, L7 called off 6)

2017 could hardly have started worse.  The news that Steve had died in January brought our players together for his funeral at Cuckfield.  It was the saddest of occasions. Steve was a central figure in our club.  We mourned for him then, we miss him now. When the season started, we were able – with our friends from Wisley – to remember him with a minute’s applause before the start of the match, with Dave in attendance. And then the season highlight – a chance to celebrate Steve’s life and his love of cricket.  A wonderful TWCC day on 12 August, when former players, members of Steve’s family and friends, and other friends of the club all joined together in beautiful weather to play cricket in a memorial match for Steve.  Dave had bought a young oak tree and together we chose the most suitable place for it – and it was Dave himself who planted it. On that day, Karen added the last soil for the planting and we played cricket in memory of Steve.  It was followed by a barbeque – a wonderful TWCC barbeque with lots of wives, families and friends – made possible by the generosity of some of our own players.  It was simply a wonderful day.  A day when a small club, hurt by what had happened, did what it does best by coming together.  Steve’s plaque was commented on by many of the teams which visited us.  It reads:

`In memory of Steve Rogers. Batsman, wicket-keeper and great friend to all at TWCC. 1962 -2017`

TWCC is the beating heart of traditionalism.  We play friendly cricket because we love it, we enjoy the level of competitiveness it offers, we enjoy the camaraderie of our team mates.  We are all good friends.  If there is a drawback to this, it’s been in introducing new players to our club, perhaps because of the `clubbiness` of it all though more likely because there are so few of us. Put together with the much greater problem in recent seasons of the struggle for players at the level of village and local cricket, it’s a huge challenge – probably the the over-riding threat to our Sunday afternoon sport in the years ahead.
But this season something changed.  This year, more than ever before, more players made it their business to find people who could play for us – normally, in fairness, to make up the numbers – but important nonetheless.  So be it brothers, friends, dads, uncles whatever, it has enabled us to get out teams on all Sundays – bar the last.  It’s the sort of spirit we have and I believe it’s what we will need to continue to do in the years ahead.  We need to pull together and whilst maintaining our core players, we need to embrace those players who may only want - or be able - to play 2 or 3 times a season.   On a number of occasions this year, these players have enabled the rest of us to get our Sunday fix of cricket.  The other notable thing is that a few past players have turned out for us again, frequently enabling us to get games on and occasionally turning in match winning performances. 
The mid season break worked.  We had only 3 games callthis season – Warnham and Rottingdean both pulled out and we couldn’t raise a team the last match of the season vs Brighton Beamers.  And it’s been a pretty good season – won 8, drawn 3 lost 6.  Some really close matches, one or two we should have won but many really good games of cricket.  There have been some fantastic individual performances – especially in batting – but our bowlers too have performed really well, with a good spread of wickets across a number of bowlers.  And it’s been great to welcome Ed Howes to our team – he’s immediately risen to be the top wicket taker but more than that, a great club man.  He’s fitted in extraordinarily well and has become a valued team mate and also a friend.  The tour also presented two really good matches, a couple of great evenings with opposition and amongst ourselves and a really good weekend – aside from the hotel (so I’m told). 
This season, after around 30 seasons with TWCC James announced his retirement from the game.  He’ll be missed, he’s been one of our best and most regular players over all that time, opening the batting every innings and frequently topping the batting averages.  His bowling was also deceptively good in his prime.  And then there’s those catches – a long arm reaching down to pluck from the air a speeding ball that already seemed past him.  We’ve all loved playing with James, he’s got the perfect TWCC attitude, his mischievous chatter has been a highlight of many teas and I speak for all the team when I wish him the happiest of retirements.
I have enjoyed a really good cricket season as your captain.  It remains a great honour and I’m very grateful to have your support.  Sorry for all the crap decisions, but thanks for the very occasional pat on the back moments when I do get it right.  It’s been great to see Matt continue as vice captain and also to see Joe enjoy his tour captaincy.  These two guys remain crucial to the long term future of the club. 
But next year we celebrate the past because TWCC is 125 years old.  I would like us to make the most of this – and have a really special day, probably in the midsummer break. Maybe a single wicket with a few extras and possibly if we can, an extended tour.  And I’m up for any other ideas people have.  I would also like us to get some 125 shirts – our centenary shirts are looking a little threadbare!  We need to mark these occasions because in the 2043 season I may only be playing part time. So let’s have a great season, continue to encourage new players and enjoy what we have because it’s special.


SEASON HIGHLIGHTSAND LOWLIGHTS...

MAY
Thumping victories over Wisley, Streat and Greys, a hattrick for the skipper vs Greys but a big defeat vs Lindfield

JUNE/JULY
Good wins against Parham and Exiles – with a great 97 from Tony, a gut wrenching defeat vs Unity despite 89 from Reese, and our usual high scoring defeat by West Chiltington where Sam Simon scored a whopping 117.  We then had a great tour to Oxfordshire losing the 20/20 but winning the main Sunday match.  On our only other match in July, a storming 126 not out from Mikey Pearce helped us demolish Staplefield.

AUGUST
The wonderful memorial match for Steve put TWCC vs the Presidents XI.  A great match, played of course in a wonderful spirit, with Steve’s family and friends and former players coming along to pay tribute to Steve.  Also in August at Nuthurst was the extraordinary two triple wicket maidens for messrs Bunn and Rydon (R) in our victory.

SEPTEMBER
A narrow loss to Crescent, a rained off half game draw vs Ashurst, defeat by Bolney’s first XI… and a final draw in our last match vs Streat.

Richard Brock – Captain, Twineham and Wineham Cricket Club







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TWCC v Streat and Westmeston
September 24th 2017
TWCC and Streat and Westmeston were, upon arrival at the Twineham Oval, greeted by a degree of mowing hitherto unseen during the entire 2017 season. Just in time, you might think. Skippers Brock and Spiegel wandered to the middle, no longer tripping up over bales of hay (though the molehills can catch you out), to toss. Richard won and...er... Stan lost. TWCC were to bat first.
The search for an opening partner for Paul continues, with Paul given the choice by a skipper clearly full of the end of term feeling. With such an array of batting talent in the TWCC ranks it must have been a difficult challenge for Paul to pick a player out, but in the end he went for someone who happened to be sitting next to him.
Paul 1 and Jim 2, and, oddly, these weren't their ultimate scores, but they did rather make the bowling look a little better than it might have been. But in their defense Frank Brand was, actually, quite nippy though only the odd ball needed playing, and the line and length of Hancock was commendable. So, for a few overs, the plan was to not get out, and then to get out.
With batters galore this modest opening partnership of 42 mattered little, for in at 3 was Tony "The Bat" Pearce and, at 4, Tom "The Batandball" Rydon, and they grabbed the game by the scruff of its neck and took the score rollicking along from 48 to 137.
Proper cricket; boundaries that had totally evaded the openers were frequent, and balls were lost and mostly found. Tony, at one point with four successive 4's off the first four balls in an over, couldn't quite see his way through to a jug (unlike Tom... er.... Tom? Was I late?) and was out for 41, but it was the old Tony, the Tony we love, the Tony we generally need so desperately who turned up on this occasion when we didn't need him so badly. And at the other end there was Tom, with his natural gift of standing tall and stroking the ball about as well as forcing through his shots when playing off the front foot. Tom's batting has been a joy to see this season, and he top-scored with 60 - a fine knock, and, hooray! finally Rob got to share an enduring partnership with one of his children, for Rob it was who came in when Tony went in after being out. Watchful to begin with, becoming freer as the occasion demanded and allowed, Rob's class inevitably showed through as even the returning F Brand was grist to his run-mill. Rob's blistering 45, including a monster 6 over the oak tree in the playground, was also remarkable for containing an all-run 3 with Edward! We were all there and saw it, and there it is in the book. A tribute to Edward's re-discovered fitness, as is his batting as a whole which is peaking nicely at the wrong end of a season - so we look forward to 2018. Rob was out on the stroke of tea, and TWCC had a commendable 214 for 5.
There was some issue to do with dual cake-analysis, but both were equally delicious offerings and only proved that Brocky could cook cakes as well as he can the books, and then it was time, from TWCC's point of view, to set about taking 10 wickets.
Ed (H) roared in as usual, and was soon amongst the wickets again, and Honse, too bowled well from the other end. Around this time, in an attempt to cement his position in the batting order by appearing to be even more like Chris Gayle, Jim pulled his hamstring and wobbled off, missing some key fielding moments. Apparently there was a truly astounding catch and another one and another one, or that's what Edward said anyway, and the match was turned away from Streat from hereon in. Ed H and Ed B were both involved in knocking over the Streat openers, and, certainly, the wicket that the Gazette did see was a fast ball from Ed H on a good length that the batsman had to play but couldn't quite get across to, and the thin outside edge flew hard and true into Edward B's chest-high hands.
From this point on Streat and Westmeston were in survival mode, and Graham Cuthbert (nice to see him back) and George Howes (nice to see him for the first time) offered more wicket-taking options for the home side.
And here we do have to talk about a great catch. George Howes put the ball just short of a length and Forster smacked the ball behind gully, to the left of a crouching Ed Howes. Ed dived over and caught a very sharp low catch in two hands - yet another wonderful bit of high-class catching that Ed has graced us with this year.
However, as we have seen in the past and as articulated by Paul, if not fully demonstrated by Jim, if a batter is not trying to score it is actually relatively easy on our artificial wicket to not get out, and this proved to be true in the case of the lower order Streat batsmen. And so it was that Brocky, whose bedtime reading came back to him in the failing light, decided to unleash the Rydons.
Happily no permanent damage was done and, though there was clearly no actual intent to bowl dangerously short from Tom or Rob, the lifting ball did bring wickets; two for Rob in a double-wicket maiden in his first over, and then more for Tom with 3 for 10 in 5 overs including two wicket maidens on the trot. However, in all honesty, the light was, by now, poor and it became difficult to continue with the attack that would bring the last wicket. Maybe it was the right outcome, in the circumstances, that Stan at 11 and the No. 8 Baxter survived and the match was drawn.
It's always good to see Streat and Westmeston - familiar faces and the perfect match for TWCC in terms of either side being as likely to win lose or draw as each other. Now that's a suitably convoluted signature sentence with which to end the Gazette's season, for having totted up at tea how many TWCC players would be available for the last scheduled game, it became clear that this match v Streat and Westmeston would be TWCC's last of the year.
There will be a season's review from our skipper, to whom the Gazette sends its thanks for the work on and off the field that he has done on our behalf. In the meantime your faithful Gazette signs off for 2017, a season of ups and downs, new faces, old faces, lost faces.

Scorecard
TWCC won the toss and chose to bat first.
TWCC Innings: P Hunter St,  Bld Hawkins 19; J Simon Bld Hawkins 13; T Pearce Ct A Brand Bld Maysey 41; T Rydon Ct F Brand Bld Lea 60; R Rydon Ct F Forster Bld F Brand 45; E Bunn not out 13. Extras 23 (B7, LB5, W9, NB2) Total 214 for 5 (43 overs). Fall: 1/42 - 2/48 - 3/137 - 4/162 - 5/214. DNB R Brock, E Howes, H Karvay; G Howes, G Cuthbert.
S&W Bowling: F Brand 8-0-17-0; Hancock 4-0-17-0; Hawkins 9-1-28-2; Fullerton 9-1-28-0; Forster 3-0-28-0; Maisie 3-0-22-1; Lea 5-0-36-1; A Brand 2-0-25-1.
S&W Innings: C Mansfield Ct & Bld Bunn 7; F Brand Ct Bunn Bld E Howes 8; C Foulerton Ct Bunn Bld E Howes 4; S Forster Ct E Howes Bld G Howes 8; M Lea Ct T Pearce (Wk) Bld R Rydon 21; J Hawkins LBW T Rydon 8; L Maysey Ct Hunter Bld R Rydon 0; W Baxter not out 4; S Hancock Ct Pearce (Wk) Bld T Rydon 0; A Brand Ct Cuthbert Bld T Rydon 0; S Spiegel not out 1. Extras 22 (B2, LB3, W12, NB5) Total 83 for 9 (44 overs). Fall: 1/19 - 2/23 - 3/23 - 4/52 - 5/59 - 6/59 - 7/71 - 8/79 - 9/unrecorded.
TWCC Bowling: E Howes 9-4-13-2; H Karvay 4-0-9-0; E Bunn6-3-7-1; G Howes 6-1-14-1; G Cuthbert 4-0-15-0; R Brock 4-0-5-0; R Rydon 3-1-3-2; T Rydon 5-3-10-3; P Hunter 4-3-1-0.
Match drawn.


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TWCC v Bolney CC
September 17th 2017
The end of another cricketing Sunday. It’s mid-September. Two lamps lazily flick on to illuminate a corner of the “Royal Oak” sign and the autumn sun chooses to spend its last efforts on a shallow wooden table, picking out a hunched row of TWCC figures interspersed with unwarranted jugs of Harvey’s. The beer glows a sulphurous deep red in the low rays; suddenly not so much high summer as Halloween.
There is the occasional word, sometimes followed by a laugh, cut short, for the threat of the Gazette promising to be “brutally honest” hangs over the gathering.
“We field well” I say.
A brief, slight murmur. I take this as agreement, and, emboldened, continue;
“And we bowl ok.”
Nothing. Just the rattle of the rising wind in the walnut tree.
“And...” but no words come out. There are no words to say.
Batting is its own examination. Less coursework, more Oxbridge. It demands drilled responses to tough questions that have to be answered without recourse to Google in front of the telly with supper on the go and a drink to hand. Bowlers have second and third chances and can be helped by others along the way, achieving, perhaps, higher marks than they might actually deserve. But the questions on a batting paper need answering in a split-second and to be answered correctly each and every time with no help from well-wishers, and this is why batters are rare. You can tell a batter – there is a test; if you find an unexposed section of a batter and rub gently with a soft cloth, after no more than a few minutes an old gold glow will begin to show through. Try a bit of Silvo, and, soon enough, you will see that beneath the surface all good batters are shiny. They catch the light just so and their quick-wittedness spirals off their tight assured quiffs as they progress through the establishment. Not so with bowlers, who, even with wire wool and Swarfega, show no promise of anything much below the surface. Not for bowlers a quiet word with the Dean who might mention he knows someone in the Foreign Office – “How would it be if you came to dinner and met my friend Askwith? I’ve been keeping an eye on you for him and he feels there’s much to discuss about what you might do after Cambridge?” Take the Editor of the Gazette, for example; yes, he was taken to one side for a quiet word at school, but there was no mention of Oxbridge. “Jim. May I ask you something? Why are you doing English?” And who asked this? The English teacher! Clearly no batter there or dreaming spires on the horizon, but there’s nothing wrong with Colchester Tech. Or Colne University as it probably is now. I doubt it even has a cricket team.
So, good batters are rare, and nowhere is this more obvious than in the ranks of TWCC. We have many who can “hold a bat” as the saying goes, but not many of them seem to hold them for very long, and such was the case in this, the latest match between TWCC and Bolney.
Skipper Brock won the toss and elected for the 10 men of TWCC to field first. Here at the Gazette we’re a little tired of describing how bad the pitch is; many letters have been sent to the Council but no improvement in mowing or de-moling has occurred. It’s almost as if the Council pay little attention to the might that is the TWCC Gazette! Suffice to say the grass was long and the molehills high – more pasture than playing field - and it was into the long grass that we waded out to bowl. What would be a good score? Well, 54, as it turned out, though as the Bolney opening batsmen set about not being out enough, neither side knew how many runs were par. Ed’s bowling, with 13 excellent overs, deserves a special mention and he ended his long spell having taken 3 good wickets from the Downs End. Jonathan, as always right on his game behind the timbers, held on to 2 fine edges, and Ed decided to clean bowl his last victim. Jim, generally unremarkable though happy, trundled off his 7 overs well enough from the Pavilion End before Tom Firth, his last game before academia gathers him in once more, took over, and, after him, Tom Rydon. These last three all wicketless on the day. The Bolney openers were still present and correct for much of this time as Ed's spell continued at the other end, one slightly more correct than the other, and a fine 50 was duly knocked off by Elliott before Honse beguiled him with his quirky line and length and simply bowled him. His partner, left-hander Kingsley Morris, incidentally passed a club record for the number of runs scored in a season on his way to 41. Brocky, following Honse's fine example, decided that bowling better was the way forward, and he, too, took a late wicket. Bolney, at tea, 147 for 6. A good fielding performance, aided by the long grass, so probably a better batting one, with the aforementioned Elliott and his partner Morris doing prolonged damage to the scoreboard up front. A late entrant, down the order, complete with that tell-tale gilt edge; Gilchrist, looked like he would have taken the score by the scruff of its neck and stretched it out further, had tea not go in the way, thank goodness.
And Jonathan’s tea deserves a special mention, for the yielding succulence of the Rowland sandwiches and the lovely carrot cake (for which the credit, apparently, has to go to Tilly H). Once again Coronation Chicken features in a cricket tea – let’s hope it becomes as prevalent as egg and egg.
However, we had to put all these cosy niceties to one side and stir our stumps. Time for yet another trial opening pair of batsmen – a duo with much promise in the opinion of the Gazette. You can’t go wrong with a Rydon, and Tom it was who presented arms and took the opening delivery, watched by Edward at the non-striker’s end. Edward did strike it eventually, for one, and then was caught trying for another one. Edward, out for 1, and Jonathan strode to the middle where he and Tom (R) looked confident and assured. Tom’s calm late glide to third man for a single particularly caught the eye of this old appreciator of finer things batting; what a lovely shot, a great opener’s way to rotate the strike and not get out. Then he was out.
So – Mikey Pearce. Jonathan and Mikey. To quote TWCC’s skipper “Ah... This pair might well see us through to a hundred.” They might have, but they didn’t. The bowling was tight, particularly from the well-grooved and groovy Chaffey, and soon TWCC were less occupied by keeping the score on the board up to date than by altering the number of wickets to have fallen. The only batsman to actually bat was Jonathan, because he’s a batsman with that gentle understated glow of substance. The rest of us didn't bat like batsmen. Is this because we are not batsmen, or did we just not bat on the day? I know the answer to this in my own case, and leave it to others to, maybe, try a dab of Silvo on a quiet evening by the fireside and see if anything comes up bright. Mikey, I think, would buff up nicely, as might some others, but too many of us are maybe not made for higher things.
Bolney’s bowling was all good, the scorebook shows that. What it doesn’t show is the great pace of Gilchrist, which proved the final undoing of the TWCC innings and which wrapped up the game for Bolney.
Once again a single player's innings scored well over half TWCC’s runs, the problem being that on this occasion Jonathan’s contribution was that innings and he scored 28. The rest of us scored 19. Ed can hold his not-out head up high, and Joe can bask in the glory of a golden duck. Poor Joe, pulled up with a knee injury when fielding and therefore not bowling, batting last presumably, again, because of his knee, getting a golden duck, and, just to add salt to his wound, having Mikey to turn to for sympathy.
Who hasn’t had a mention who deserves one? Honse and Richard bowled well, and Brocky’s skippering was, as usual, inclusive and on the ball. Jonathan’s keeping and batting was, as mentioned, top notch, and Ed’s bowling of 3 for 33 off 13 overs deserved more support from his team-mates. Other performances? It’s hard to pick one from so many.
So what next for TWCC? Will we up our game and show some batting form? With just two games left the Gazette looks forward to being able to report on a game in which TWCC are at least competitive and, hopefully at some point, victorious once more. Harvey’s in any circumstances tastes fine, and winning's not the fundamental reason we like to play, but beer would taste even better if we hadn’t just been thrashed.

Scorecard
TWCC won the toss and chose to field first
Bolney Innings: J Elliott Bld Karvay 55; K Morris Ct Rowland (Wk) Bld Howes 41; A Lake Ct Rowland (Wk) Bld Howes 9; B Clemondson Bld Howes 0; D Bridge Bld Brock 11; M Garside Run Out (Bunn) 11; G Gilchrist Not Out 7; J Moore Not Out 1. Extras unrecorded – a few byes, no balls the odd wide. Total 147 for 6. DNB S Bowles, T Patton, D Chaffey.
Fall: 1/65, 2/83, 3/83, 4/106, 5/137, 6/137.
TWCC Bowling: E Howes 13-1-33-3; J Simon 7-1-23-0; T Firth 4-0-31-0; T Rydon 6-0-25-0; R Brock 6-2-15-1; H Karvay 3-0-15-1.
TWCC Innings: T Rydon Ct Garside Bld Patton 7; E Bunn Ct Clemondson Bld Patton 1; J Rowland Ct Patton Bld Bowles 28; M Pearce Ct Gilchrist Bld Patton 1; R Brock LBW Bowles 4; J Simon LBW Bowles 2; T Firth Bld G Gilchrist 0; E Howes Not Out 2; H Karvay Ct Wk Bld G Gilchrist 2; J Panther Ct (Slip) Bld G Gilchrist 0. Extras 6 (B2, LB1, W2, NB1) Total 53 for 9 (all out).
Fall: 1/9, 2/17, 3/20, 4/41, 5/46, 6/46, 7/47, 8/53, 9/53.
Bolney Bowling: T Patton 9-1-28-2;D Chaffey 9-4-8-1; G Gilchrist 4.3-1-5-3; S Bowles 4-1-9-3.
Bolney win by ... it’s confusing this... 3 or 4 wickets? 94 runs? Er... I should know this – perhaps someone could have a quiet word with the Gazette and set me right.

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Ashurst v TWCC September 10th 2017
Gloomy forecast, match on, 30 overs/side agreed in view of the weather, started promptly. Whew - brevity's tough... Especially when there's so much to describe! Firstly, in a line-up of such batting strength (again), in this post-James era it is absolutely clear that TWCC can not be accused of not trying everyone as a partner for Paul. This time, on a stodgy wet wicket surrounded by a stodgy wet outfield, Paul was asked to try his luck with Jim as his opening partner and they found the ball stopping and lifting and the bowling straight. Some progress was made, with Jim finally getting the idea of running between the wickets a bit better, when Paul was out played-on as the overs were passing by with no real scoreboard progress to report. Paul out for 9, which probably rather dented his average, whilst Jim was out for 12 which probably helped with his. Mikey and Matt in at 3 and 4 respectively did up the ante considerably, with two 6's apiece and the score jumped from 2 for 35 to 4 for 71 with 11 overs still to go. Lots more batting to come; Tom Firth, Edward (3 x 4's), Ed, Tom Rydon and Joe all blitzed through, no one finding the wicket easy, but all playing to good effect. Lots of eager running, good ball-striking, wickets falling - it was always just going to be a bit of a dash with the end of the agreed 30 overs looming.
We did have to applaud a reverse paddle from Joe - hats off to him for that - and then the 30 overs were up and we had 116 runs; not enough. Probably the slow start didn't help here (sorry, Ed (not Ed; Editor)), but in the past we have all been out inside 20 overs when we try to force things, so there you go. As the saying goes, it was what it was.
Ashurst bowling was tight to start with - really difficult and pretty impossible to get away at all, don't you agree Paul? - then it became dominated by the slow bowling of Isaac who ended with 3 for 16.
Quick turnaround to avoid as much of the impending rain as we could, and off we went, with Matt  and Ed opening the TWCC bowling attack. The wicket continued to be stoppy and stodgy, but the TWCC firebrands kept the host's openers honest enough, though Isaac did rather seem to make batting look a little less difficult than one might have hoped. A visit to the pavilion for shelter and tea.
The writing was on the weather-man's wall really, but we did go out again in a gap in the rain to see Jim once again fail to find his line-and-length (wet ball) and Richard to find his (different ball? better towell?). Somehow Richard got the unhelpful ball to weave about, and with the length he was bowling, just a bit pace-off, he was very effective ending with great figures which we'll no doubt be regailed with at the end of season... Oh, go on then; 2 for 3 off 3 overs.
A fine innings from Isaac (he of the bowling prowess) of 48 was cut short not by a wicket but by the deluge. We walked off, tried again, and then walked off for good. No result, though independent observers may have felt that the moral victory was Ashurst's. Shame about the rain, which did produce a no-result for the visitors in the face of a likely loss, but which also denied Brocky more wickets, and who knows what might have transpired if the match had continued? There was still bowling to come, and with a wicket here or there the game might have been closer in the end than many pundits felt at the time.
Of note - how good it is to have our group of TWCC lads-of-all-ages charging about and how cheery a team we are. It's just such fun being part of a supportive and humourous bunch. Also the fielding of this incarnation of TWCC is by and large very good.  As far as being of note re. the broader match is concerned, the day was Isaac's with his effective bowling and sure-batted play, and, by extrapolation, were one to have flown over the flooded land later in the day, the team safely gathered together on the moral high ground waving their scorebook to attract the attention of the Wisden helicopter would have been Ashurst. Never be afraid of crazy metaphor, the more mixed the better!

Scorecard
TWCC won the toss and batted first.
TWCC Innings: P Hunter Bld M 9; J Simon Bld Lee 12; M Pearce Ct, Bld Saunders 21; M Edwards Ct, Bld Isaac 20; T Firth Ct, Bld Isaac 3; E Bunn Ct, Bld Isaac 15; E Howes Run out 10; T Rydon Not out 9; J Panther Not out 9. DNB R Brock. Extras 8 (B3, LB1, W4) Total 116 for 8 (30 overs)
Ashurst bowling: Damu 4-0-9-0; M 4-0-7-1; D Saunders 5-0-21-1; J Lee 4-0-32-1; Murphy 4-0-10-0; Isaac 6-1-16-3; Teddy 3-0-16-0.
Ashurst innings: Isaac Not out 48; Barnard LBW R Brock 8; Damu Bld R Brock 1; M Fischel Not out 8. DNB D Saunders, W Hay, D Fischel, R Murphy, S Glass, E Barnard, J Lee. Extras 4 (B3, LB1) Total 68 for 2 (16 overs)
TWCC Bowling: M Edwards 5-0-17-0; E Howes 5-0-14-0; J Simon 3-0-23-0; R Brock 3-0-9-2.
No result. If Mr/Mrs Duckworth or Lewis had been totting things up it's clear that Ashurst would have won the day.

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Crescent CC v TWCC
September 3rd 2017
TWCC's budding young reporter, R Rydon, has yet to get to grips with the house style, suggesting the report should simply read something like "Exciting game, though wet." Afficianados of this kind of Red Bull journalism might like to start their own online news outlet in which the letters used in the headline outnumber those used in the report itself, but we at your Gazette get literally one or two... no, one...well, moving on... message every few years or so which clearly support the "why use one word when three would do" approach so loved by our reader. How else, the clientelle we have long cultivated might ask, are those awkwardly long lunchbreaks in the City to filled, or is the mowing of the lawns at their country estates to be put off until it rains, if not by taking to the armchair with a cup of tea and the latest TWCC Gazette? So, we plough on, doling out words free at the point of use as if there was no tomorrow.
The Gazette's Weather Correspondent, when asked for the definition of rain, said that you have to be able to see drops falling into puddles. This seems a little lightweight, if you ask me, for it might, say, be tipping it down in the Sahara sufficiently hard to spoil a game of cricket, but in the sand there would be no puddles for a century or two so play would have to continue. As, indeed, it did for TWCC's visit to the Horsdean Bowl for the latest match in this up and down season. It was raining when we turned up. It was raining when play started. It rained during tea. It rained after tea, and it was still raining when we all drove home in our opaque cars. Were we downhearted? Well, let's put the weather to one side for a moment and think about the match.
Crescent, with whom TWCC have had some close games in the past, were, according to TWCC's deputised Deputy Captain Pearce, purportedly "under-strength." This is a common-enough opening gambit by an opposition's skipper, to which the usual response from a more experienced campaigner than dDC Pearce might have been something like; "Oh, I know - us too. We've had to draft in a few people who barely know how to hold a bat" which if it came to it would, let's be fair, probably stand up well enough in the High Court. However, rather giving away the high ground in this negotiation at the start, Tony returned to the pavilion with some story about no coin having being involved. He seemed to have been rolled over in a Brexit-like fudge and, we think, might have agreed that TWCC would lose at some point.
TWCC batted first, though "batted" may be too strong a word as TWCC were soon 3 for 10 as the top three batsmen were caught off the bowling of Brown. Gentle catching practice for Crescent. When you have a crisis what you need is a man who is good in one, and that man is often Jonathan who, sure enough, steadied the ship with first a partnership of 29 alongside the solid and capable Tom Firth and then with a partnership of 44 with the Rydon of the Day as Tom powered on with his delayed-start season. Jonathan was eventually out LBW three times in a row to Morgan, more or less walking in the end as Tony's finger was reluctant to move out of his pocket, for a match-winn... er... for 38 valuable runs. If Jonathan played regularly we'd surely stand more chance of losing less badly more often. Anyway, with Tom still standing in the middle it was time for Rob to join his son for some familial bonding in the middle. All Rob has ever wanted is to share a partnership with one of his lovely boys out in the middle of a muddy field in the rain, and today it wasn't going to be Alex as he was already through the system. So, Tom it was to be.
I don't know - maybe Christmases in the Rydon household haven't been up to that much lately, or, perhaps, a birthday's been missed here and there - whatever it was that did it, Tom set off for a quick run, knowing his poor old Dad was struggling with a life-threatening gardening injury, then, after a while, when half way down the track he called "yes." Rob was sitting back on his bad foot and the next thing we knew there was a run out and the second Rydon duck of the day was in the bag. (The Gazette's Creative Team has been somewhat in charge of this wicket as the entire staff were in the toilet at the time all this occurred, but we're prepared to bet this is more or less what happened.)
Matt came in to pick up the pieces (my how TWCC were blessed with talent low down the order) and this he did putting on another 21 with Tom R before Tom fell to the pacey Rahaman. Tom R was finally forced to wander obliquely towards the pavilion to face the music, out for a match-winn... er... a fine 22. Matt E and Ollie kept the ball rolling across the swamp, Matt finally out for a match-w.. er.. for 24 great runs, and Ollie showing how much he's learned with every game. Cricket is still new to Ollie but he was making the regulars look like chumps, playing with a straight bat and waiting on the ball, and 12 runs in these conditions was truly excellent. Jim didn't get in the way too much, and then Ed comes in at 11 would you believe? Matt E at 8, Ed at 11! Crazy, but with the batting lineup TWCC had on the day; Paul, Tony, lots of Rydons, Jonathan, a few Toms an Ed a Matt and an Ollie; well who could argue that TWCC had probably posted a match-winni... er... a reasonable total on the board? Crescent's bowling was pretty tight, by and large, with Brown and Brooks at the start giving nothing away, but once again the host's Skipper was generous where he could be, before wrapping up the TWCC effort just on the stroke of tea-o-clock with the visitors on135 all out.
Great tea - thank you Team Crescent, and it was time to get the oilskins on and for TWCC to take to the field.
Ed and Jim opened, and all went swimmingly, with Ed in particular running in hard, hitting the spot and getting his due reward, while Jim missed the spot and got his. Ed really does bowl well we think here at the Gazette, and his 8 overs 2 for 11 really set the tone. Then Tom R, fresh from his batting successes, replaced Jim to good effect and, well it all went very well. The ball was completely hopeless by this point, and was difficult to bowl with and harder to catch - apparently - but after a while, with Tom R and Matt keeping it tight and taking more wickets, the home side were at 56 for 7, 80 behind, with just 3 wickets required and 17 overs in which to get them for TWCC to take home a win. TWCC bowlers had surely set up a great match-winni... er... TWCC would surely win from here, and there was still plenty of bowling to come for goodness' sake.
Well... There were a couple of match-winning performances, and they came from Crescent's J Gatford and N Hollands. From 56 for 7, and facing the excellent bowling of Matt, Alex and then Rob, they helped the total to rise at just the right rate as the overs passed, until, just after cracking a Rob short ball to square leg for 4, Hollands was out for a very worthy 36 off Alex's bowling to a fine, high, catch taken by Tom Firth blinking up into the rain. A shame for Hollands that he didn't see his innings through to the end of the match. To continue, there had been other catches and stuff; a few good bits of this and that here and there, but, to do the right thing by a mug of tea that has just arrived here in the Gazette office, it's time to get to the end. Gatford was on strike with 3 required off 3 balls, Alex bowling. A scrambled single left the new bat, J Hall, on strike, needing 2 from 2. Field tight in; no runs here! A bye, yes. So Gatford found himself facing Alex, 1 run required, 1 ball left, scores tied! Gatford swung through, connected well as he had all afternoon, if you can call it an afternoon, the ball went through a gap, and he ran through to win the game for Crescent, ending on 45 not out; the innings of the day.
Good game, good game, we all said and, actually, it was. It was wet. And cool, but a close game which could have gone either way.
Impartial analysis would say that TWCC didn't bat well, especially early on, and that Crescent found two players who did. That was it; both sides fielded very well, and bowled ok with a soapy ball, but 135 wasn't enough though at one stage it looked as if it might be. Crescent's two batters, Gatford and Hollands, showed the way and their performances deserved to secure the win for their team.
Spare a thought for Rob; he didn't have a very good day. First of all he was attacked in his garden by a malevolent triffid, then he got cold umpiring, then he was run out by his son for 0, then he was hit for 15 for 0 off four overs late on in the piece, then Jim nicked his bat at the end of the game and put it on eBay while he was in the bath. Oh well, it must be this sort of experience that keeps him coming back for more, that and the desire to enjoy a partnership with his children. Or anyone.

Scorecard
TWCC batted first after a coinless agreement based on rumours of weakness here and there
TWCC Innings: P Hunter ct, bld Brown 4; A Rydon ct, Bld Brown 0; T Pearce ct, Bld Brown 3; J Rowland LBW Morgan 38; T Rydon Bld Morgan 22; T Firth ct, Bld Morgan 15; R Rydon Run out! 0; M Edwards Bld Rahaman 24; O Foulger Bld Brooks 12; J Simon Bld Brooks 1; E Howes Not out 4. Extras 12 (B2, W9, NB1) Total 135 all out (41.2 overs).
Fall: 1-4, 2-4, 3-10, 4-39, 5-83, 6- 84, 7-105, 8-125, 9-130, 10-135.
Crescent CC Bowling: Brown 8-1-22-3; Hall 6-3-10-0; Brooks 8.2-1-30-2; Morgan 9-0-39-3; Gatfold 6-0-18-0; Rahaman 4-0-15-0.
Crescent CC Innings: S Wood Bld E Howes 7; B Pomfrett Ct T Rydon Bld J Simon 6; D Morgan Ct M Edwards Bld T Rydon 11; D Rahaman LBW E Howes 10; H Bailey run out (E Howes) 6; J Brooks Bld M Edwards 2; J Gatford not out 45; M Wood Ct A Rydon Bld M Edwards 7; N Hollands Ct T Firth Bld A Rydon 36; J Hall not out 0. DNB M Brown. Extras 6 (B4, W2) Total 136 for 9.
Fall: 1-10,2-14, 3-28, 4-38, 5-47, 6-47, 7-56, 8-133.
TWCC Bowling: E Howes 8-2-11-2; J Simon 6-0-18-1; T Rydon 6-1-23-1; M Edwards 7-0-24-2; A Rydon 7-0-36-1; R Rydon 4-0-20-0.
Crescent CC win by 1 run or 1 wicket or whatever it is.

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Nuthurst CC v TWCC
August 27th 2017
This was an intersting game for a number of reasons, some whimsical, some more stat-fact. First of all, with Walkgate wounds healed, for Nuthurst CC and TWCC this was a re-opening of friendly relations - marked, we at the Gazette are happy to report, by the playing of a proper "friendly" game of cricket as opposed to some sort of limitied overs nonsense. So, yes, interesting because there was little knowledge of either side's squad or of the way a team plays the game or of the wicket. In order; as it turns out the squads were well-matched - a similar mix of ability and age (not that the two are related), the approach to the game was clearly the same for both sides with fun for all playing and fair play carrying more import than any thought about who might be going to win or lose, and the wicket...ah. The wicket. We'll come on to that.
Secondly, for the Gazette staff at least, there was a sense of England past as Nuthurst CC play on what was clearly the old common. This was the sort of once-remote village through which knights of old, traders, monks, drovers and shepherds would have passed on their way between London and the south coast and to and from grazing areas on the Downs. Later, and not really, first Sherlock Homes and then Miss Marple might have travelled to just such a community as Nuthurst when intrigued by an out-of-London quirk, and here are still the leafy gardens surrounding red-brick and stone houses into which we were discouraged from hitting the ball on pain of, first, a deleted score, then fines, followed by prison and ultimately execution at the hands of the Parish Council.
Once all the protective netting around the ground was installed, designed to save local residents from the fun of living next to a cricket ground, Skipper Brock and Nuthurst's Skipper Singh compared notes in the middle and tossed the coin which fell Brocky's way and he decided TWCC would bat first.
No Paul. No James. So a new opening pair of Alex and Edward walked confidently to write the first chapter of this new fixture. The nuthurst skipper, Raggy Singh, opened the bowling downhill from the Don't-hit-it-in-my-garden Cottage End, and he was soon exploiting both his natural pace and the uneven bounce of the wicket. However, notwithstanding Singh's prowess, Alex and Edward looked like nothing so much as competent batsmen as they calmly dealt with everything that came their way, and both found the boundary with ease. The slower bowling of James from the Don't-hit-it-into-the-playground End was an easier proposition to face, but the variable bounce was equally destructive from either end.
It might already be too late, but in case Gazette readers (risking the plural) are thinking of abandoning this lengthening report and, instead, of reaching for the lighter option of their hitherto untouched copy of Ulysses, it is time to up the tempo and to get on with it. Singh was bowling fast and true but Alex and Edward, secure and confident, took TWCC to 29 before Alex played on (inside edge as ball kept low) with 16 runs to his name, and then Edward was caught at slip for 19 which included four 4's - putting his name right up there in the mix.
Talking of confident performances, who did TWCC have coming in at three but John Riley - someone who can score centuries everything being equal, and he did indeed look capable of a long-term innings as he set out his stall for the long haul. However, up popped a ball and his beligerent occupancy, albeit valuable in itself, was over with just 2 to his name. Honse got a lifter, a shame as he had forced the selectors to push him up the order, and TWCC were 51 for 4. Hey ho - TWCC had Rydons to spare.
Rob and Tom settled the dressing roo...er..the barn... as they just did the Rydon thing. Rob, with so many run-scoring options charging around in his head, calmly set about scoring the first 17 of this, his next hundred, when up popped the ball off a full length to catch his glove and he was caught behind. No failure of technique, just one of those things. Nuthurst's skipper, being a friendly chap and all, was minded to help his visitors along to a reasonable score and he took off the bowlers who might have seen TWCC all out for 80, and Tom was finding the boundary regularly, including a perfectly regulated 6 over the long-off boundary that just went far enough but not so far as to bring out an irate cricket-hating resident, amusing though that might have been.
Matt E and then Jim failed to do much, though whilst the Gazette can not now recall how Matt's stumps came to be disturbed, Jim did receive a real grubber. Grub grub grub grubber. Grub grub. Grub. Not that he's bitter or anything, and he has just noticed that he did share a partnership of 19. Talking of Tom's batting, he was still going strong and Jim's wicket falling did at least bring a real batter in to join him in the shape of Skipper Brock. Another period of relative calm descended over the visitors' dug out, even after Raggy Singh brought himself and the other opening bowler James back on as the TWCC score began to look more than useful on this questionable wicket. At some point Tom was out caught in the covers, for a fine 23 with three 4's and a 6 to his name, and this brought TWCC's last man in to join his skipper in the middle.
Would the 10-man visiting side on 92 for 8 be all out for under a hundred? Would someone wearing lady's pants around his knees be able to bat all? The answer is that Joe had come in to show us he could bat.
TWCC had survived until just about tea, and, with the ackowledged assistance of their Skipper's Sunday best approach to this friendly game, Nuthurst were in danger of the game getting away from them. To be clear, at this point the bowling was not generous, but this was nothing to Joe, and to Richard too, of course. Not many high-tarrif shots were played into the off side, but anything remotely straight, of whatever length, was regularly met by Joe who showed a remarkable ability to clip the ball strongly off his pads towards the square-leg boundary. What could go wrong now? the pundits thought, as the total climbed and climbed. Those with long memories, such as exist here in the Gazette offices and in Riley Towers, might have predicted what it was that might possibly go wrong, and so it was that Richard called for a run too many and was run out. However, aggressive running was one of the keys to this last-wicket partnership's success, so it is not for those with bitterness in their hearts to dwell on the past, but to rather get excited about the 62 runs that Richard and Joe did put on as the team total bottomed out at 154 all out. A fine partnership, with Richard ending on 15 with a four in there somewhere, and Joe with 36 not out, only four runs of which were not 4's. What an afternoon in the Nuthurst late summer heat.
As is the way of these TWCC-orientated write-ups, somewhat less effort goes into the reporting of the opposition's individual performances as a desire for balance might demand, so as well as reporting the Nuthurst skipper's fine and generous approach to the game, we must mention that he did also bowl very well as did Grimwood who had 3 wickets in two overs but who was rather a victim of his own success as he was removed to save the game being all over in Nuthurst's favour. Others, too, bowled with some impact, though much of that success was as much to do with the variable bounce as with mastery of line and length.
Tea on the kerbside, Miss Marple's coronation chicken sandwiches and all, and TWCC may have enjoyed them rather more than the home side - though this is nothing so much as a platitude as everyone seemed to be enjoying life.
So, moving on, how would Nuthurst go about the business of scoring more runs than their visitors? Matt and Jim opened up the bowling, Matt with more success than Jim, and after 10 overs Matt had two wickets and Jim none, but the score wasn't too high at 34 for 2. A tailor-made situation for Honse, making his last appearance before his summer retreat, as he can exploit a tight situation as batters try to up the rate. To begin with he was luckless but he did secure a bowled wicket before the end of the game, and if I seem to be rushing somewhat here, it is because there is quite a lot still to come.
Matt was taken off after 7 overs, and it was time for some Rob. How much damage could he do?
Predictably the answer was a lot. Sensibly Rob ignored the array of four slips; he knows better than to rely on catching occurring, so, instead, he simply bowled straight at the stumps. With limited bounce from the Nuthurst dust the full-length balls scudded through and after an over he had 1 for 1. This was the last run scored off his bowling, and after the next over he had 4 for 1 - a triple-wicket maiden. Richard had little choice but to limit the impact of Rob's excellence, and so, returning the spirit-of-the-game generosity of Nuthurst, Rob was taken off with figures of 2 overs, 4 for 1. Time for something less obviously life-threatening, maybe some slow bowling would do the trick - after all one triple-wicket maiden was enough. Edward's first over duly went for six runs, and Nuthurst still had wickets in hand, but his second over was - a triple-wicket maiden! All proper wickets; one stumped with the assistance of a suicidal batter and the glove-work of Alex, the next a good low catch safely gathered in by John in the slips, and the third clean-bowled, Nuthurst all out for 72. Two triple-wicket maidens in one match. It was clear, with the hindsight that only comes after both sides have batted, that with the up and down nature of the wicket the TWCC score of 154 was a good score and was likely to be enough, and whilst the wicket did detract somewhat from a full normal game being played out, it did lead to an exciting day's play.
So TWCC win a good game, a fun game, a cheery game, a shared afternoon of cricketiness and pubbing afterwards. It is to be hoped that TWCC v Nuthurst or Nuthurst v TWCC is seen again in the clubs' respective fixture lists.

Scorecard
TWCC won the toss and chose to bat first
TWCC Innings: A Rydon bld Singh 16; E Bunn ct (slip) bld James 19; J Riley ct (wk) bld Grimwood 1; H Karvay ct (slip) bld Singh 0; R Rydon ct (wk) bld Grimwood 17; T Rydon ct (cover) bld Furber 23; M Edwards bld Grimwood0; J Simon Bld Furber 2; R Brock run out 15; J Panther not out 36. Extras 19 (B 7, LB 1, W 5, NB 6), total 154 all out (44 overs).
Nuthurst CC Bowling: Singh 10-2-23-2; James 12-2-41-1; Shepherd 5-0-21-0; Grimwood 2-0-5-3; Furber 7-3-12-2; Peckover 4-2-7-0; Prior 4-0-31-0.
Nuthurst Innings: J Willis Ct (wk A Rydon) bld M Edwards 1; S Prior bld M Edwards 10;D Goothan bld R Rydon 29; K Greenwood bld R Rydon 10; H Peckover not out 6; O Prior bld R Rydon 0; R Singh bld R Rydon 0; P Shepherd bld H Karvay 0; J James st (A Rydon) bld E Bunn 2; S Furber ct J Riley (slip) bld E Bunn 0; N Williams bld E Bunn 0. Extras 12 (B 7, LB 4, W 1), total 72 all out.
TWCC Bowling: M Edwards 7-2-25-2; J Simon 5-1-11-0; H Karvay 5-0-19-1; R Rydon 2-1-1-4; E Bunn 2-1-6-3.
TWCC win by 82 runs.


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Steve Rogers Memorial Game August 12th 2017
This was the day the club came together, the way it does best, to celebrate Steve’s life. Steve Rogers, our dashing opening batsman, our safe pair of hands behind the stumps, our man in the middle of everything. One of us.  A club member through and through, a player, a tourer, one of the guys who was always there, a great friend to all.  Taken from us in January, this was our chance to pay tribute to him and celebrate his life the way we do, the way he’d have enjoyed:  by playing cricket and eating and drinking with his family and friends.
The day had been some weeks in the planning – led by Dave Jones and of course by Steve’s dad Dave Rogers.  Meetings by necessity had taken place at the Oak – where else – and the day fell into place seamlessly.  We’d invite former players, friends of Steve, his family and our own families.  A competitive match followed by a BBQ.
Earlier that week Dave had bought a sapling, a young oak tree.  We’d agreed a suitable spot would be close to the pavilion – and Dave himself came up and dug the hole and planted it.
The Saturday came and the sun shone.  Of course it did.  This was Steve’s day.  Among the first to arrive were Steve and Karen Taylor, with James and Jonathan – all the way from Wales. Karen is Steve’s sister, Steve played for us in the 90s and James toured with us this year.  Then we were delighted to see Karen, Charlotte, Alex and Francesca, Sheila, Steve’s mum and Tracey, Steve’s other sister. We all know just how much Steve loved his cricket – and it was really special to see his family with us on this day.
Among the former players to join us were Nigel Ingram and John Pearce – legendary bowlers who’d played many times with Steve and Mike Tucker and Mark Newman – great friends of Steve.  Dave Peck, another great friend of Steve also donned his whites.
When all the players were changed into their whites and all friends and family had arrived, we gathered around the young Oak.  Karen said a few words of thanks, put the final spade of soil on the base and unveiled the plaque which the club had commissioned.
Dave Rogers, one of the joint captains of the Presidents/Vice Presidents XI, won the toss and put Richard's Captain's X1 into bat.  A 35 overs match had been agreed, retire at 25.  A good crowd gathered round Edward’s picnic tables and the sun was warm.  A beautiful TWCC day.
The never-before-tested opening pair of John Pearce and Ed Howes walked to the middle – and meted out suitable punishment to Paul `five wides` Hunter before a rusty Matt Brock found his line and John was caught by James Taylor for a stylish 12.  The score was 32.  Sam Simon took over from Paul and after 3 dot balls he bowled first Ed then – first ball – Steve Taylor.  The journey from Wales may not have been quite as long as the walk back to the pavilion.  The score remained stubbornly on 32.  When it moved on it was only to 35 before Mike Tucker was caught neatly behind the stumps by Jonathan from El Presidente Jones, slipping effortlessly back into that easy bowling rhythm.  It brought Tony to the crease at an unfamiliar 6, but he soon restored some respectability to the innings, sharing stands with Andrew Smerdon – Jim’s brother in law – Nigel and Jim himself.  Nothing huge but the score crept through the 50s, 60s and 70s until Jim’s spirited knock of 13 ended on 86.  Not bad for a man 60 years and 3 days old, swishing his bat in front of his admiring family.  Richard came in and helped the score past 100 before Tony had to retire and useful partnerships with Lawrence and then between Mark and Lawrence took TWCC to 143 from our 35 overs.  The wickets had been shared nicely between 6 bowlers, out of a total of 11 P/VP bowlers used including VP Rogers.  Everyone on the TWCC team had also batted – one of the few favourable things that can be said of the batting effort. 
Tea was basic sandwiches and cake because a BBQ was but an innings away.  Then out strode the retiring opener J Trollope to open for the P/VP team, along with non-retiring opener P Hunter.  Neither was in retiring form.  James stroking a series of graceful shots which is his hallmark – while Paul punished wayward bowling – which is his.  Together they put on 29 for the first wicket when Paul was undone by the delightful and ageless combination: Bowled N Ingram, Caught J Pearce.  James powered on to retirement – this innings, this game of cricket.  Any hopes the TWCC team had of breaking through were dealt a firm blow – in fact several firm blows – by the new pair of Jon Rowland and James Taylor.  Their batting was impressive and powerful and the various bowling combinations of Simon, Howes, Woodhams, Pearce, Smerdon, Newman, Brock and Taylor could not force another wicket as both batted out to retirement.  It has to be said however that it was as though John had never been away, he slipped straight back into his groove at the far end and beat the bat countless times.  The same was true of Nigel after he’d shaken off his 10 years of cobwebs – that unmistakable action and those mean figures.  But it was left to another old boy – Mike Tucker – to finally make the second breakthrough as his slow drifters round the wicket floated through Honse’s guard and the stumps rattled.  Sam came in to bat to accompany Jonathan Taylor with the P/VP XI on 142.  He was immediately called back by El Presidente for a strategic team talk.  Next ball he struck for one and the pair tucked their bats under their arms and shook hands.  The match was declared a draw.  A fitting end to a competitive match.
The evening was one of the great TWCC social occasions.  One big family enjoying each others' company, sharing a calm evening alongside Steve's tree with the air full of easy conversation. The sort of evening Steve would have loved.

Scorecard
TWCC President & Vice-President's XI v TWCC Captain's XI
TWCC President and Vice Presidents' X1: Dave Rogers [C], Dave Jones [C],  James Trollope, Dave Peck, Edward Bunn, Paul Hunter, Matt Brock, Honse Karvay, Jonathan Rowland, Sam Simon, James Taylor, Jonathan Taylor.

TWCC Captain's X1: Richard Brock [C], Steve Taylor, Mike Tucker, Lawrence Woodhams, Ed Howes, Nigel Ingram, Mark Newman, John Pearce, Tony Pearce, Andrew Smerdon, Jim Simon.

P/VP won the toss and asked the Captain's X1 to bat.

TWCC Captain's X1 Batting: J Pearce Ct Ja Taylor Bld M Brock    12; E Howes Bld S Simon 15; A Smerdon Ct & Bld E Bunn 5; S Taylor Bld (GD) S Simon 0; M Tucker    Ct WK J Rowland Bld D Jones 2; T Pearce Retired 28; N Ingram Ct P Hunter Bld Jon Taylor 4; J Simon Bld Ja Taylor 13; R Brock Retired 28; L Woodhams Not Out 6; M Newman Not Out 5. TOTAL 143-7 from 35 overs.
Fall: 32-1, 32-2, 32-4, 35-5….62-7, 86-8.
TWCC P/VP's X1 Bowling: P Hunter 3-0-20-0; M Brock 5-0-19-1; S Simon 2-0-9-2; D Jones 4-0-17-1; J Trollope 2-0-10-0; E Bunn 3-1-12-1; Jon Taylor 5-1-15-1; D  Peck 3-0-15-0; Ja Taylor 3-0-8-1; H Karvay 3-1-7-0; D Rogers 1-0-12-0.
TWCC P/VP XI Batting: J Trollope Retired!!! 27; P Hunter Ct J Pearce Bld N Ingram 21; J Rowland Retired 28; James Taylor Retired 28; E Bunn Retired 19; Jo Taylor Not out 13; H Karvay Bld M Tucker 0; S Simon Not Out 1. TOTAL 143 from 29.1 overs.
FALL: 29/2, 142/7.
TWCC Captain's X1 Bowling: J Simon 3-2-10-0; E Howes 3-0-13-0; N Ingram 3-0-11-1; L Woodhams 2-0-20-0; J Pearce 5-0-9-0; A Smerdon 4-0-20-0; M Newman 2-0-12-0; R Brock 3-0-17-0; S Taylor 3-0-12-0; M Tucker 1.1-0-15-1

Match honourably drawn

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TWCC v Staplefield
July 16th 2017
No preamble or flummery, no scene-setting or weather report; let's just plough right on into the land of fantasy and mixed metaphor that is a Gazette report.
Staplefield won the toss and chose to bowl first.
In the continued absence of James and with several other regulars finding Sunday opportunities elsewhere, Edward found himself all padded up and raring to go at No. 2, and, with Paul at No. 1 TWCC settled down to the task of finding out what this incarnation of Staplefield were all about. Both TWCC openers were up to the considerable task of surviving, and scoring off, some excellent pacey swing bowling. Paul's lunging injury was clearly a thing of the past, and Edward seemed to be in control of affairs. However, after 6 overs of good cricket from both teams, trouble reared as did the ball, and soon TWCC were three wickets down, all falling in very similar circumstances; pitched slightly short, the ball was lifting considerably and the top three batters (yes, alas, Tony too) were caught behind. Paul, of the first three TWCC batters, survived longest, and though he, too, fell to a high glove-under-the-chin moment, he left the field with a fine, stabilising, 33 to his name. Of note, to those who care about such things as, indeed, I feel we all do, is the fact that all three of the opening batters, having gloved or minutely edged the ball on the way through to the keeper, walked immediatley and there was no need for the umpire to get involved at all. Which was just as well as the umpire, I have it upon good authority, was not at all certain that any of the three appeals were justified.
So, we come to the main feature of the day's play. Who should walk in at 4, swinging his bat and looking all crickety, but the once-regular and now, sadly, less so TWCC favourite-of-the-crowd Mikey Pearce. Always correct in style and capable, but prone hitherto to lapses in concentration, this was a new Mikey Pearce who bided his time, cared about his wicket, placed his shots for singles, drove the ball to the boundary when he could, took runs when they were there, and blocked the ball when they were not. In short, a batsman was amongst us, and the slightly wobbly TWCC start was looking less catastrophic as the tens of runs rolled by and the scoreboard tins were rattling about in fine style.
The words "middle-order" are often, in TWCC match reports, followed by the word "collapse," but in this report the Gazette is pleased - nay, thrilled - to be able to say that what followed was glorious cricket. Mikey continued to play a truly excellent innings, yes, but it was the partnerships he founded with first Sam and then Matt that lifted the TWCC total out of the dangerous quicksands of 3-for-56, up through the foothills of respectability and on to the high plateau found at 200+. A rarified atmosphere indeed is to be found at these altitudes, but much of the enjoyment was missed by all but the laziest as many were ferreting about in the neighbouring undergrowth looking for balls. Sam carried on his new-found batting form and mixed up some unlikely defensive play with his characteristic strong-arm tactics (three 6's in a total of 37 - I'd love to see Sam and George sharing a partnership!), and Matt, after Sam's demise, carried on the good work of rotating the strike most productlively with Mikey. Matt, too, soon lost balls in the pursuit of an ever-higher total.
Golden times in this promised land indeed backoned, and Jim might have been the man to prosper after Matt was caught behind (one 6 in a total of 22), but, instead, he meekly alllowed a (rare) straight ball to pass gently beneath his bat and onto the stumps. Golden times? Golden duck... By now, however, these petty details mattered little, and Joe, with a couple of bludgeoning fours, and Ed saw the innings to a close with Mikey not out on 126 and with TWCC's total on 254 for 7. That's a heady total, and Mikey's innings was largely responsible for delivering it. There have been some truly excellent innings' this season and this was right up there with the best of them. The bowling, about which little has been written here, was by no means poor and Mikey's pushing on through the overs with plenty of boundaries and the quick running of 2's and singles as well as forceful shots off the full face of the bat allowed the total to build almost as if TWCC were playing proper cricket. Strike rotation was a feature of the TWCC innings; no maidens at all were bowled by Staplefield, and there's nothing like a constant nibbling away into a fielding side's efforts for tiring the bowling and building a total. Over 250! Now there's a fine thing and TWCC settled down to Joe's excellent tea with some appetite and an equally healthy anticipation of having runs to play with.
Staplefield's innings in reply would have to be long and strong, but neither of the visiting side's openers got to grips with the opening two over spells of Matt and Jim. Jim's figures prospered temporarily due to a played-on, but with the thought that much of the batting was tactically being held back by the Staplefield skipper, Matt decided to mix up the bowling attack. Joe and Honse stepped up and both had some success. The removal by an awkwardly bouncing too-close ball from Joe to the Staplefield No. 3 was the first nail in the coffin of the visiting side's ambitons; Maj, fresh from 150 the day before, looked like he meant business, and then he just looked cross when he found himself undone and on his way back to a subdued pavilionful of Staplefield players. Honse, in his first spell of, again, just two overs, removed the opener Bull with Ed's help who took a fine running catch. Joe then took his second wicket and Staplefield were 4 for 14.
Now, however, we were into the meat of Staplefield's batting reply. J Martin and, then, particularly G Russell decided to see what would happen if they swung their bats, and what happened was that the scoreboard began to race along. Matt and Jim, returning, caught the begining of the onslaught, then Sam and Ed bore the brunt of it. Sam was unlucky in clean-bowling the fast-scoring Dray with, yes a full toss, but no, not a no-ball as called by the square leg umpire; it hit the stumps two thirds of the way up having passed the batsman just on the knee-roll of his pads. Enough said. Sam was taken off because he was bowling out of an area in the hedge which made it dangerous for the batsman... and that meant that Honse was brought back on. Be careful what you wish for!
Ed, in the meantime, was gamely charging in and bowling perfectly good balls to batsmen who had their eyes well and truly in. Fours and sixes continued to evade fielders arranged in a row of four and sometimes five men around the cow-corner boundaries, but when Matt caught Russell out and Edward caught out Dray, both, happily in terms of just reward, off Ed's persistent bowling, the game was run. Sad to say, largely due to age, the entire Gazette staff can not remember any details about Matt's catch, but Edward's one-handed grasp of the ball alongside the road hedge whilst at the same time fending off Sam was remarkable. It would have gone for six, but instead the dangerman was out and Edward was grinning from ear to ear for the rest of the day. He probably still is.
Honse it was who did the mopping up with his loopy offerings and changes of pace. The later batters took to pushing at the ball on the rise and giving catching practice and the game was over with about 10 overs to spare and Honse ended on great figures of four for 12 off 4.1 overs!
A fun game, we thought, notable for excellent batting from many, including from three of the Staplefield side, from Paul, Matt and Sam for TWCC, and mostly from Mikey Pearce with his fine century who should now, surely, want to make himself available for more games because he had fun, we had fun, and the rabbits had fun.
Did I not mention the rabbits?

Scorecard
Toss won by Staplefield, who chose to field first. 40:40 format game agreed.
TWCC Innings: P Hunter Ct Wk Bld Dray 33; E Bunn Ct Wk Bld Russell 11; T Pearce Ct Wk Bld Russell 4; M Pearce not out 126; S Simon Ct Aiden Bld Paul 37; M Edwards Ct Wk Bld Martin 22; J Simon Bld Humphrey 0; J Panther CT Wk Bld Martin 10; E Howes not out 3. DNB O Foulger, H Karvay. Extras 8 (LB1, W5, NB2)
Total 254 for 7.
Fall: 1/22, 2/28, 3/56, 4/115, 5/217, 6/221, 7/223.
Staplefield Bowling: G Russell 8-0-26-2; D Dray 8-0-40-1; R Hutchins 6-0-52-0; P Bull 8-0-41-1; Martin 6-0-41-2; A Humphrey 4-0-43-1.
Staplefield Innings: J Ellis Bld J Simon 6; R Bull Ct E Howes Bld H Karvay 3; M Raja Ct Wk (T Pearce) Bld J Panther 1; J Martin Ct & Bld S Simon 26; J Gaynor Bld J Panther 0; G Russell Ct M Edwards Bld E Howes 49; P Johnston Ct & Bld Karvay; D Dray Ct E Bunn Bld E Howes 40; A Humphreys Ct J Simon Bld H Karvay 0; C Turner Ct P Hunter Bld H Karvay 0; R Huthings not out 0. Extras 9 (B1, W6, NB2).
Total 135 all out.
Fall: 1/7, 2/8, 3/12, 4/14, 5/80, 6/92, 7/128, 8/129, 9/135, 10/135.
TWCC Bowling: M Edwards 6-2-19-0; J Simon 6-0-28-1; J Panther 3-1-15-2; H Karvay 4.1-0-12-4; S Simon 4-0-18-1; E Howes 6-0-43-2.
TWCC win by 119 runs.


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Tour to Oxfordshire June 30th - July 2nd
So the lengthy tradition of TWCC tours which stretches back to Goldenbollocks at Sidmouth in the 1980s and takes in the legendary John Pearce 6 at Arnside, the lesbian in Ibiza, the world’s second fastest white bowler breaking our bail in Lancashire – I could go on – prepared for departure from Sussex on Friday 30th June.  With a fair number of youngsters, the tour was guaranteed a spirited atmosphere – and so it proved. 
Let down badly late on by squad members, the tour was grateful to Tony for his attendance thus denying Jan an Adele concert, and to Ollie for being willing to come to Oxfordshire, drink lots of beer and play golf and cricket.  At the risk of upsetting Adele fans, It’s hard to believe that either really had a difficult decision to make.
So Tony, Ollie, Matt and Joe set off from Brighton, Edward, Honse, Jim and Ed from Twineham, Richard and Matt from Horsham – and James Taylor – an excellent addition - from Wales.  The first impression of Oxfordshire was that it’s too close to London and has too much traffic for its narrow roads.  But the deeper you venture, the more pleasant and less frenetic it becomes.  Though it does seem to have a lot of lycra-clad people determined to do fit-type things in their leisure time.  We were not about to increase those numbers however.
So at some stage, this tour report has to arrive at the hotel.  The Shillingford Bridge Hotel sits in a glorious location on the River Thames. It owns the grassy picnic banks leading down to the water’s edge.  Across the bridge road, is the hotel swimming pool.  Its glossy website makes proud claims that – among its many other attractive features – that this is the number 1 venue for gay weddings in Oxfordshire.  All in all, this looked to be the perfect tour hotel at just £50pppn.    Edward was first to complain.  His room was `Victorian`, too small, poor view, too much else to mention.  Over the weekend, others would take the flame of his dissatisfaction and run with it, until by the time we checked out, we had an inferno of unhappiness.
But TWCC on tour is who we are - and nothing was going to prevent us from having a good time – because it’s what we do.  James was first to arrive, followed an hour later by Tony, then Richard and finally Edward.   Beers were consumed overlooking the Thames, with the sun breaking through the clouds, glinting gently off the green puddle of slime which covered the hotel’s otherwise empty swimming pool. The fines captain Matt B outlined his 10 commandments of the tour -which included gems like no noughts, no dropped catches, no women and no leaving the party early.  Rules – as we will discover – are there to be broken.  Anyway, and all too soon, it was time to head for our first game of cricket at Britwell Salome.  The village was about 15 minutes away – set in pretty countryside.  The clubhouse itself was peppered with several older cricketers, many of whom were enjoying a pint.  The atmosphere was relaxed.  Step forward tour captain Joe Panther who lost the toss and we found ourselves batting in a 20/20 with a grass wicket which had little life so few surprises.  All in all a very pleasant Friday evening.
Unfortunately the scorer used a system which made it difficult to discover whether opening batt Matt Edwards was out second or fourth ball – but the score is not in dispute and the first commandment was broken.  Honse followed for 4, as did James Taylor, and Tony for 12.  27-4 is not good even in a friendly Friday evening 20/20.  Ollie helped a little with 5, Edward with 12 – but at 50-6 off 12 overs, it was not looking good.  Enter the arena Jim, who tends to enjoy his tour batting.  He started sweetly and moved on swiftly, stroking 6 fours off the face of his bat.  He moved on effortlessly to 28 when events took a turn.  The author of this report appears to have a different interpretation of events to most other players – backed only, then quickly denied - by Tony Pearce.  Richard hit the ball firmly to a cover fielder and took off for a run.  Jim - according to the disputed Pearce words was `rocking on his heels` and failed to make it home before the bails were removed in a sharp run out.  However the report must record that all other players – and that is ALL the other players (including the rapidly recanting Tony Pearce) – believed Richard to be at fault for a ridiculous call.  Jim left forlornly on 93-7 – and the record should note that Jim very rarely leaves forlornly so he clearly felt most aggrieved.  But a spirited knock of 11 not out from Skipper Panther helped patch things up, even if Ed and Matt Brock both added to the noughts count, the latter run out straining for a run off the last ball, so out not actually facing a ball.
So we ended with a score of 114 all out.  We changed round quickly as the light started to fade.  Unfortunately despite the efforts of Joe and James Taylor opening the bowling, Britwell Salome dominated the attack.  They had experienced and confident openers, one of whom – Herrington - hit the ball firmly, straight and with great authority and the other who dragged everything from off to the long on boundary.  It was a happy recipe for success which took them past 50 before Jim recovered from the mortification of his batting departure to snap up the first wicket. Ed clean-bowled their number 3 but their next batsman settled in with the stylish Mr Herrington and saw them home comfortably.  Joe’s late and worthwhile throw of the dice – to see if Edward could cajole a wicket - was rather brutally brushed aside and we suffered a defeat in the 18th over by 8 wickets.

Scorecard
TWCC v Britwell Salome 30th June. 20/20 format.
Britwell Salome won the toss and chose to field
TWCC Innings: M Edwards Bld Ali 0; H Harvay Bld Ali 4; T Pearce Ct, Bld Joyner 12; J Taylor Bld Ali 4; O Foulger Bld Joiner 12; E Bunn Ct, Bld Lawrence 12; J Simon run out 28; R Brock Ct, Bld Ball 15; J Panther not out 11; E Howes Ct, Bld Strong 0; M Brock run out 0.
Total 114 all out 20 overs.
Fall 0-1, 5-2, 18-4, 27-5, 42-3, 50-6, 93-7, 101-8, 114-9, 114-10, 114-10.
Britwell Salome bowling: Ali 3-2-4-3; Strong 4-0-22-1; Joyner 3-0-17-2; Lawrence 3-0-6-1; Hussan 4-0-22-0; Ball 3-0-32-1.
Britwell Salome Innings: A Herrington not out 36; N Joyner Ct ?, Bld J Simon 33; A Khushi Bld E Howes 6; Joyner not out 30.
Total enough.
TWCC Bowling: J Panther 3-0-14-0; J Taylor 3-0-10-0; J Simon 2-0-22-1; R Brock 3-0-24-0; E Howes 2.5-0-7-1; E Bunn 3-0-24-0; M Brock 1-0-4-0.
Britwell Salome won by 8 wickets.

The match was played in a great spirit and afterwards, BS laid on chips, pizzas and sandwiches – and if that sounds like a weird combination, it was extremely welcome after 3 hours of cricket.  It was washed down with gallons of really well kept beer from the club’s own bar and the post-match festivities continued until darkness fell.  Our huge thanks to BS for their hospitality – and to James who made the trip for this match and stayed overnight – fantastic effort and great to see him.
We had a fines session:  the 3 noughts paid up, as did Richard for a dropped catch and a double hit for the run out and Joe of course for losing as skipper.  With the business all sorted it was back to the hotel where strangely (for such an allegedly terrible hotel) the bar stayed open, they had no problem with us playing poker as long as we wanted and the night porter was happy to top up drinks as late as we like.  Hmmm….maybe it wasn’t the horror some were determined it was.  So play we did – everyone.  £10 in, big things, little things, rivers, floats, ups and downs. By 1am there were 4 left – Honse, Ollie, Richard and Matt B.  They took the cowards option of splitting the pot and each walking away with a profit from the game.  By 3am all were in bed.  Unfortunately not all were asleep.  Matt B was rooming with Joe who snores at the level of a low flying jet loaded with 54 active pneumatic drills and subsequently Matt slept for minutes rather than hours.
The morning brought early risers and a fresh torrent of criticism of the hotel – despite the fact that it laid on both a continental breakfast, pastries, cereals, fruit and a buffet full English.  This time the complaints centred on the allegation that `the sausages weren’t local`!!!  GAFL!  Anyway, the rugby fans headed off to the nearby town of Wallingford (5 minutes away – far too far, blah blah blah) to watch the Lions take on New Zealand.  This we did on the outside screen of the Town Arms and what a match it was.  The late risers arrived for a pulsating second half – unfortunately missed by Matt B, who was trying to catch up on some missed sleep in the back of a car outside the pub.  A little money was won as the Lions fought to win the game – but far more was lost by those who backed the All Blacks – so that serves them right really.
We were back to the hotel by 11 and in the unremitting tradition of TWCC tours, left again 15 minutes later, with golf clubs on board.  
The course was called Hadden Hill, some 7 miles from the hotel.  Edward nabbed the only available buggy and we set off on a beautiful day from noon.  There was some hard bargaining and frankly some dodgy claims for handicaps.  When Tony, Ollie, Matt and Joe all hit screechingly good shots off the first tee, the rest felt themselves stitched up.  But class will out and that group couldn’t keep their form.  Edward started brightly – belying his 26 handicap – but a wretched back 9 put paid to him, while Jim picked up an already solid game, creamed the back half and scooped the pot.  The course was not the most challenging – a bit up and down, or there and back.  Whether it deserved the `s**t` criticism from Tony is another thing, but it was only £25 for the round which several club members seemed happy with.
After a post-game beer on the balcony with the red kites sweeping low – a wonderful feature of our time in Oxfordshire – it was back to the hotel for just about the only free hour of the tour – and that is why we love touring – it’s non-stop.
By 6.30pm we were on the road again to the faraway town of Wallingford and we had a fantastic team beer – great bantz, great fun, good beer – team spirit at 100%.  Matt B promised a land of milk and honey (WGOTSOT)  but before that it was curry time – another wonderful tour tradition.  We bypassed our first choice of curry house because of the waiting time and went to another quieter one down the road.  And it was a good choice – everything we needed and decent value for money.  Richard was – curiously – given a rousing welcome of `happy birthday` upon entering – not just by the team but by the whole restaurant – not bad for someone who’s birthday was 6 weeks earlier.  Apparently there was a cake at the discarded restaurant!!  At curry’s end, the old gits headed for the hotel, leaving the young guns to fight it out over who should have the best seat in the pub – the one furthest away from the singer, who sounded nothing like Anthony Kiedis (and thus somewhat scuppered the Red Hot Chilli Peppers tribute band ’s pretence).  Another seat also seemed to be in demand with Joe and Honse slugging it out and finally allowing Ed to slip in – but that’s another story.  It was the wee small hours before the vanquished Joe and Honse along with Ollie opted to walk back to the hotel, leaving Matt B and Ed to lord it in a cab.  Ed also fancied a walk a little later so he popped out along the riverbank.
The following morning, breakfast was once again included in the price of the room.  The strawberries were very pleasant, so too the bacon but of course the rest of it was terrible, because that was now the accepted norm from those who’ve never organised a tour before….
We checked out by 10.30 and followed Edward for a bit of boating on the Thames.  Unfortunately Mr Bunn had not booked a boat and - on a riverbank choking with cyclists, sun worshippers and tourists - there was no way we were going to get one. So we headed on to Stokenchurch and had coffee at the world’s greatest hotel – oh if only it had been ours.  The fact that the façade was crumbling, they couldn’t get the coffee orders right, the food started at £9.50 for a sandwich and the background was dominated by the drone of the M40 mattered not. 
We moved over the road where the boys played darts and then we all had a game of killer pool at a local pub – won by Honse.  And Richard took Tony for a tenner when he pinned it to the dartboard in the 3 dart challenge.
Stokenchurch’s ground was literally round the corner – and very pleasant it was too.  A smart clubhouse, a smattering of spectators – all in all, quite a grown-up cricket club.  Geographically this is the highest cricket ground in Buckinghamshire – just atop a hill with spectacular views across the Cotswolds.  The ground itself was something of a shallow bowl – surrounded by high walled homes and gentle sloping banks which kept the heat in the centre of the ground.  And heat there was – the clouds cleared to a clear blue and sunny sky and the temperature shot up to the upper 20s.  And at one point, there were 8 red kites gliding lazily above – the locals said that if you offer them food, you can attract 70 in one go!
Skipper Joe won the toss and opted to bowl in a 35 over match.  We were warned they had a couple of first teamers in including the first team skipper who’d made 44 from 20 balls the previous day – a man made for limited overs cricket.  We strode out determined to finish the tour with a win…
It was a scorched wicket to match the heat of the day.  Ed began bowling down the hill, getting a good pace, whilst Jim came up the hill and found some movement.  After just 10 runs Jim struck, clean bowling their opener.  Ed bowled their number 3 shortly afterwards before Jim had a ball struck back at pace over his head towards the substitute fielder Stokenchurch had sportingly provided us with.  The young man reached out and made an excellent catch and immediately rolled his eyes as if realising what sort of stick he’d get back in his own dressing room.  Nevertheless at 31-3 we were in fine fettle.  However this brought C North – aforementioned first team captain - to the crease and he had a penchant for scoring quickly, and especially enjoyed boundaries.  The bowling he found most desirous was Richard’s.  One over consisted of a clipped six and two bludgeoned fours.  Whether the skipper thought of removing the hapless Brock from the attack is unknown but as so often in this game, fortunes can change in an instant.  The magic moment in this case was provided by the pair of Matts.  Matt Edwards bowled Mr North a ball which he clubbed towards the pavilion – where – thanks to excellent captaincy – there lay in wait Matt Brock, who took a clean catch just inside the boundary and suddenly the match turned.  The score then was 77 – and Brock senior capitalised on his son’s excellence by doing what he does best - scooping up a few outrageously cheap wickets, aided by catches from Jim and Matt E.  Honse joined the party, Matt E added another wicket and it was left to Matt Brock – off his long run – to shatter the stumps of the unfortunate number 11 who may have thought that our sixth bowler would offer little more than dolly-droppers, not the furiously fast ball he actually received.  Stokenchurch had gone from 77-2 to 126 all out.  The door was open – could TWCC walk through it without tripping over their own feet
There should be a meritous mention made here of tea, which was one of the best we have ever been offered.  Smoked salmon rolls, waiter service scones and cream and so much more spread out for us that we were tempted to forget our innings and just eat.  Hopefully somebody will have taken a photo for James.  Many thanks to Stokenchurch for the magnificent spread – or was it normal?  Could it be they eat like that every week?  Envy….
Anyway, Joe was struggling with the batting order – the old TWCC quandary that you want to ensure everyone plays a part – but you also want to get that win.  He opted to put in Tony at number 1 and Richard at no 2.  Time wasn’t an issue, nor overs – it was all about sensible batting.   The pitch was occasionally keeping low but not misbehaving otherwise,  so the pair of them set about their business with steadfast determination.  Tony was unusually restrained, but regularly hit bad balls to the relatively short cover boundary for 4, skilfully finding the gaps between the fielders.  Richard did little else but talk to Tony between overs.  But the combination worked and the pair moved along at 3-4 an over to 50.  The bowling was quite friendly, but when Stokenchurch brought on a young zippy bowler that was enough to see off Richard for 15.  Tony carried on now joined by Matt E who was far more purposeful and between them they raced past 100, Tony taking Matt’s cue to play in the style he most enjoys.  Tony offered to retire and when this was turned down he instead started charging 5 yards down the pitch and so was inevitably caught for a match winning 64.  Matt’s fine knock of 35 came to an end to enable our erstwhile tour skipper to march out to the middle and hit the winning runs – TWCC’s victory by 6 wickets.  We had beaten a team which plays at the highest level in Buckinghamshire!

Scorecard
TWCC VS Stokenchurch CC 2ND JULY 2017. Proper cricket.
TWCC won the toss and opted to field.
Stokenchurch Innings: I Wilton Bld J Simon 5; M Taylor LBW Bld R Brock 31; I Hunt Bld E Howes 7; C Fardell Ct Sub Bld J Simon 2; C North Ct M Brock Bld M Edwards 37; C Taylor Ct M Edwards Bld R Brock    0; S Springett Bld M Edwards 5; S Leppard Ct J Simon Bld R Brock 5; M Leppard Bld M Brock 14; C Lees Bld H Karvay 6; S Avery not out 0.
Fall 10-1, 25-2, 31-3, 77-4, 77-5, 91-6, 104-8, 106-2, 126-10.
TWCC Bowling: E Howes 6-0-17-1; J Simon 7-1-28-2; Edwards 5-0-27-2; R Brock 4-1-26-3; Karvay 2-0-17-1; M Brock 1.1-0-3-1.
TWCC Innings: T Pearce Ct A Hunt Bld C Lees 64; R Brock Bld C Fardell 15; M Edwards Bld C Fardell 35; J Panther    not out 5; E Bunn not out 0.
TOTAL 123-3 (29 OVERS)
DNB: J Simon, O Foulger, E Howes, H Karvay, M Brock.
No bowling figures for Stokenchurch
TWCC won by 6 wickets.

Beer was enjoyed at the clubhouse but the distant hum of the motorway reminded us that we had somewhere to be and even tours have to finish at some time. With thanks to our hosts we departed. My thanks to all those who toured – it wouldn’t be possible without you all and it’s part of the heartbeat of our club. A TWCC tradition which must continue. Next year is our 125. Now that sounds like a very special tour....


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West Chiltington & Thakenham CC v TWCC June 25th 2017
Ahh... the glory that is West Chiltington. Or West Chiltington and Thakenham CC as the club is more properly called; home to a suite of capacious tea rooms complete with lace doylies and frilly maids all in a row, a well-stocked bar, multiple changing rooms, an electronic scoreboard, sumptious teas cooked, not just assembled, in a commercial kitchen, and, the holy grail of cricket pavilions - imagine this? - a toilet!!! How the other 99.9% live... Not that the TWCC team should be jealous, for with this high-living come expectations, and we can do without those!
Phil, West Chilt. skipper on the day, good-natured and completely in sync with the nature and conventions of Sunday cricket, was not to blame for the complete superiority of his side. A mismatch of squad, little old TWCC with its minnow resources was up against the top predator in our fixture list. But were we intending to simply bend over and invite a beating? Not a bit of it!
West Chiltington won the toss in this 40 overs/side game and, probably, just as well as it would have been awkward for us to be on our way home before tea, chose to bat first. Also, to explain, West Chiltington had, through arrangement with TWCC's skipper, Matt, provided the visitors with Andy Atkins to get their numbers up to 11, and within moments Andy felt like a regular for us. Big thanks to him for playing for us and to Phil for setting it up.
Ed and Jim opened up the TWCC bowling, and it was soon clear that TWCC were going to find it difficult to contain the exuberant strokeplay of the home side. It was a big ground, but close-mown and hard and any ball struck or glanced, that didn't go direct to a fielder, was a boundary. However, after radars were locked on, Ed and Jim found good areas and the run rate was dragged back quite nicely. Jim dropped a caught and bowled opportunity that could be said to have cost about 60 runs, but the Gazette hasn't got time to dwell on that. Jim did take a wicket as the West Chiltington No. 2 followed a slidey ball just outside the off stump and Tony (keeper for the day) took a sharp one-handed high catch in front of first slip. Matt and Sam took over the bowling and suffered from the fact that the batters were by now well in and balls ran out to the boundary with worrying frequency. Indeed, one of the batsmen was so worried by this phenomena that he took himself off to avoid the issue. The bowling wasn't bad, but the score was becoming rather a worry. "Time for Honse" the crowd called, and on he came for a fine spell. A bit of pace off, some Honse Wobble, and he had, after three overs, figures of 1 for 6 which in the context of the game was remarkable. Tom Firth - and a welcome return for Tom - also impressed with a wicket, but for all the bowlers, notwithstanding the good balls, boundaries were keeping the scoreboard humming along. Wickets helped, but the batting order was clearly packed with talent all the way down and if one young gun fell another popped up and carried on.
There's little to say other than at the 40 over half way point West Chiltington were on 231 for 5. That's a lot of runs.
Which brings us onto tea.
Firstly I have to report that here at The Gazette we have a sacking to report; hoping to pre-empt a directive from a soon-to-be-published Press Complaints Commission's investigation there is now a vacancy in the food-writing section. For here at the Gazette we pride ourselves on our fairness and like to think we retain our readers with honest unbiased reportage, but the section in last week's Gazette which sank to making fun of James' perfectly nice and tasty tea just for the sake of trying to raise a few cheap laughs with uncalled for cruel turns of phrase went beyond an acceptable level of banter and verged on taking advantage of the power of the press. The Editor should have been tougher on his staff and the piece which might well have caused offence should not have made it to publication. The Gazette owes James an apology for stooping low and for mindlessly following the tone of the local gutter press, especially since, as has been said, we actually all had a very nice tea.
Nothing like the tea at West Chiltington though!!!! Wow!! Now that's what I call a tea! Hot dogs, spicy chicken wings, (I'm not making this up!) a rainbow display of sandwiches of every hue, fruits and cakes to delight and tickle the fancy. A Bacchanalian treat indeed.
And so to our batting.
Yes. Well. I think at this point it might be simpler to concentrate on their bowling. It all started so well, with Tony taking it to them as his natural talent made light of the problems others were so soon to face. The score rattled on to 31, and Tony had four 4's and a 6 to his name when disaster struck and he was controversially given out LBW. Oh no! Tony was walking off even though he had been in no trouble and had been scoring more than freely, a disaster eclipsed only by that of seeing Jim walking in at 3. Clearly, the rubberneckers thought, there was something wrong. And they were right of course. Matt did, at least, hold his bat the right way up and managed a fine 6 at some point which was remarkable for what TWCC were facing was pace. Accurate, jiggy-jaggy up-around-your-arm-pit or on-the-stumps pace. No two ways about it, West Chilters were mullering us. Matt fell to a ball only a little less unplayable than the one that snipped off Jim's off bail before he'd begun to think about moving his bat about a bit, and then Reece... And then Tom... And then Ed... from 31 for 0 TWCC were 36 for 6. What was required was a combination of generosity from West Chiltington - and Phil did indeed take off his opening bowlers - and a miracle from TWCC.
And the name of the miracle was Sam, for, verily, it was he who was given the ball to hit and he hitteth it. A lotteth. Lotth and lotth and lotth. George hunter-esque, only I think we might have seen a defensive shot or two. Well, three. Probably. But the miracle involved others too, for it is easy to get out when hitting the ball, and Malcolm, Honse and Andy (not Charlie, who unfortunately missed out on his birthday) stayed in and all contributed in what became a remarkable afternoon's play. As already stated, the bowlers who inflicted the early damage were removed from the fray, and others were found who would give us a bit more of a chance, but that's not to say these were part-time bowlers - not at all. Ben Lucking and M Singh (West Chiltington's 2017 overseas professional) bowled pacy leg spin that turned far and jumped high, and Atkins, Boom, and Tatchell all put the ball on the spot, but when it got there more often than not it met Sam's bat and then the hedge. Yes, Sam did the damage, and got to 50 and beyond, but the other tail-enders contributed mightily; Malcolm with two 4's and Honse also with a cracking off-side boundary. But it was Sam who kept much of the strike and struck it.
Then we were 142 for 9! Oh woe. Would Sam get an extraordinary century? Unlikely, not only because it was just unlikely, but because TWCC were 9 down. Enter Andy, our supply cricketer. What a nice chap he is, and he could bat. Understandably West Chiltington thought they ought to wrap this up in their favour, so on came the opening bowlers again. That would be it, surely? But no. Not so. Andy, with four 4's and some other stuff, helped Sam up to 95. Would he nervously nudge and nurdle to a century? Oh no; a crashing 6 over long-off from the bowling of the opening bowler soon dealt with the nervous 95's. All at the ground cheered, and the home side were cheering the loudest! Not since George Hunter's remarkable innings v Wisley had anyone seen the like. And the 10th wicket partnership didn't stop there; Andy's absorbancy of the real pace man was great to watch, and staying in allowed both him and Sam to push the total on so that a remarkable win for TWCC was suddenly possible. TWCC needed 32 from the last 2 overs, and the opening bowlers were, by now, bowled out. The first ball of the 39th over was, indeed, smashed over square leg for a 6! Game on, but there followed two dots... 26 needed off the last 9 balls. Another 6 required. Big cracking hook to square leg where...oh no!... there lurked a fielder who reached up over his head and pulled in a great catch. Game over, no fairy tale ending, with TWCC on 206 all out, Andy on 23 not out and Sam with 117. A shame, of course, but it felt right. We'd seen a great innings, there were smiles all round, it had been a great catch, and Phil's generosity hadn't been too great from the home side's point of view. Given Tony's early and costly demise (and it is a shame for him and for TWCC's cause that he missed out) TWCC could have been all out for 50, but instead all players from both sides had had fun for a whole afternoon.
A lot of clapping, high fives, handshakes, smiles leading to a beer and the possibility that the minnows might be invited back after all. Thanks to Phil, Andy and West Chiltington &TCC - we hope to see you again next year.

Scorecard
West Chiltington and Thakeham CC won the toss and chose to bat first
WC&TCC Innings: I Haggart Retired 57; A Tatchell Ct wk (T Pearce) Bld J Simon 12; R Taylor Ct J Simon Bld Karvay 76; C Room Bld T Firth 0; M Singh Bld E Howes 40; B Fryer Ct J Simon Bld M Edwards 1; A Kay not out 11; D Abbott not out 22. DNB unrecorded. Extras 16 (B3, LB5, W3, NB5) Total 231 for 5.
TWCC Bowling: E Howes 8-0-30-1; J Simon 8-0-30-1; M Edwards 8-0-54-1; S Simon 7-0-52-0; H Karvay 5-0-27-1; T Firth 4-0-30-1.
TWCC Innings: T Pearce LBW R Taylor 23; M Edwards Bld D Abbott 10; J Simon Bld D Abbott 1; R Packham Bld R Taylor 0; T Firth Bld D Abbott 1; E Howes Ct, Bld O Atkins 0; S Simon Ct, Bld Singh 117; M Gasson Ct, Bld Tatchell 12; H Karvay Ct Bld Singh 5; C Howes Bld Lucking 0; A Atkins not out 23. DNB - most of the top order. Extras 14 (B4, LB4, W3, NB3) Total 206 all out.
WC&TCC Bowling: D Abbott 8-3-17-3; R Taylor 7-1-48-2; O Atkins 4-0-22-1; C Room 3-0-33-0; B Lucking 8-1-27-1; A Tatchell 3-0-21-1; M Singh 5.4-0-29-2.
WC&TCC win by 25 runs.

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TWCC v London Unity June 18th 2017
It was with much anticipation that TWCC rolled up to their home ground to take on their old foes on this, the hottest day of the year so far, and London Unity certainly came well prepared for life in the sun with their usual comprehensive range of beverages. Skipper Brock won the toss and, with the possibility that it might have been a concern for the comfort of his team in the hottest part of the day, he opted to bat first. This would mean that to win TWCC would need to score plenty of runs and then take 10 wickets against a side who, certainly in recent times, have proved themselves to be a hard team to beat - a euphemism for saying that the Gazette can find no record of TWCC having beaten them in the past.
So, TWCC batting first. Joe Driver opened up the bowling for Unity with some pacey and temptingly wide deliveries from the Downs End, which Paul dutifully followed and snicked past the close fielders to open his innings in a productive fashion. But the A team of Paul and James was halted in its tracks by a mystery hip/leg-strain which meant that Paul had to hobble off, retired hurt for 18. Richard and James ploughed on, though James' mind was clearly on matters catering, and his lengthy but ultimately unproductive stay at the crease came to an end when he under-edged a too-tight cut through to the keeper. This brought Reese to the middle, who, with Richard in a supportive role, began to prise open a crack in Unity's hitherto tight bowling attack. This was proper cricket: confident nurdling for easy ones and twos rather than the all or nothing approach that sometimes creeps into the TWCC game (or is it just me? Ed.) (That's "Ed." as in Editor, not "Ed" as in Ed), and, soon, with Reese providing boundaries often enough, TWCC began to dominate the game. Great timing was, as ever the hallmark of Reese's innings, and the pavilion settled down to enjoy a bout of real no probs cricket. A hot sunny day, a crowd to please (for The Unity's Barmy Army had shown up in force), who could wish for anything more? This excellent partnership ended with the total on 92 when Richard was caught off the ever reliable Mark Driver. The TWCC skipper was a little frustrated by his own lack of runs, but the point is, as far as the Gazette is concerned, that this was a steady and needed partnership and it is important to recognise the value of rotation of strike and of simply not getting out.
However, yes, in the end Richard was out and Matt Edwards came in to take over from where Richard left off by keeping the scoreboard ticking and allowing Reese the strike. Together this youthful pairing, with Reese flying ever higher, took the total on to 146 at which point, with the threat of tea looming, the batters decided to take it to the bowlers more decisively. Matt was out for a classy 15 having decided it was time to make a few runs, Edward missed the late inswing of Mark Driver and was bowled, Jim was run out, but all the time Reese was still there and was, though mysteriously still tired after his lie-in, really getting stuck in. Then, alas, the innings of the day was over; Reese, hitting out, was caught for 89, just 11 short of a century - a landmark that will surely come soon - a great innings, classy in its patience and pace.
Ed (towering shot over long-off for 4) and Sam (cracking flat-batted flat 6 over, or rather through, long-on) showed the depth of TWCC's batting talent as the innings closed on 170 for 7.
James' tea probably deserves an article all to itself given the hype surrounding this notorious annual event. And, controversially, the Gazette is coming out in full support of the Trollope approach to tea. The Gazette's food writer found, in the slimline brown sandwiches, the very essence of simple flavours that were allowed to speak for themselves. Complexity; a drizzle here and a jus there, is often overplayed but inside the deceptively lightweight Trollope carrier bag there was delight aplenty for the connoisseur - what is an egg sandwich if not two bits of bread with close-tolerance egg in the middle? You want tuna and sweetcorn? No problem - and a recognition of the fact that tuna is an endangered species should not go unnoticed - and it may well be that there isn't the sweetcorn about that there used to be. You want parma ham with mozarella and a dressed rocket and walnut salad sandwich? Go to Italy. This is Britain, or what remains of it, where in these days of austerity one cake is surely enough, for, after all, many these days are counting calories. Not only that, but following a recent survey the venerable Hickstead tea table was shown to have some structural weaknesses, and it is to James' credit that he had the forethought to keep the loading light. It has to be reported that there were some mutterings about quantity (the quality speaks for itself), but The Gazette holds that it is immoral to waste food and James' tea seemed to go round about 35 people with some to spare.
However, gastronomy aside, there was a cricket match to lose. Which, for long enough, TWCC seemed that they might fail to do. Matt Edwards and Ed were the chosen opening pair, and whilst both delivered a troubling ball it was Ed who had the success on this occasion. The first wicket, LBW to a full length ball from Ed, changed the game in an unlikely way as it brought to the middle a batter who not only must have watched and learned from every 20:20 game since the format began, but who also, given his evident energy, unlikely as it may seem might well have secured a slice of James' cake. Mr J Moore threw the bat at anything that came his way, and at plenty that didn't but he connected anyway. This beligerent and effective approach threw Matt off his length and Ed, too, began to suffer. Jim replaced Matt and was soon bowling around the wicket in an attempt to get the ball to swing into this heavy-hitting left-hander and cramp him up a bit. Moore did, indeed, begin to mis-time his swings, and then heaved at one that caught the edge of his bat and the ball skied high over Sam's head at long off. Undaunted by his initial lack of triangulation Sam simply took off and grabbed the ball with both hands high over his head and some feet off the ground; a great catch, and one which allowed TWCC to regain some of the ground lost to the swashbuckler. Ed, still bowling well, took another wicket with a catch to Richard, and Jim took another two and the grass was once again about equal in its greenness whichever side of the fence caught your eye. Sam Simon replaced Ed from the Downs End, and with a hop, skip and a jump he was soon operating on a good length and a stump was duly knocked over. However, The Unity bat deep... Archie Gane and Mark Driver settled into the bowling and saw off a tired Jim and a still sprightly Sam and began to find runs from all-comers. Honse, Joe and Richard bowled well, but the writing was on the wall and it read "Unity are going to win quite easily". And so it proved as, with three or five overs to go, the inadequate 170 was overhauled and it was hot handshakes all round.
As a rule TWCC bowl and field well enough to contain and then attack a side chasing a par score, but we didn't get the par score. There is a worrying trend building; in the last three games more than half the total runs for TWCC have been scored by one player; first Rob at Parham, then Tony against Xiles, and now Reese v Unity. More runs are needed from more players. The loss of Paul didn't help in this game, but TWCC have the players and the talent to get more runs on the board and, with a little more application, the future's fine.
The Unity deserved the win; Joe Driver, with his four overs, was a proper Sunday cricketer in his approach to the game and Mark Driver bowled for ages and then did well to see the Unity home with the bat. On the big plus side for TWCC we were treated to a fine innings from Reese, whose contribution wasn't matched elsewhere in the TWCC innings, and, most importantly, we all played cricket and whatever lies ahead in these troubled times, we can all still do that. More or less.

Scorecard
TWCC won the toss and batted first.
TWCC Innings: P Hunter retired hurt 18; J Trollope Ct wk Bld Columbine 2; R Brock CT, Bld M Driver 14; R Packham Ct Cockburn Bld J Clarke 89; M Edwards Ct Cockburn Bld J Clarke 15; E Bunn Bld M Driver 1; J Simon run out 0; E Howes not out 6; S Simon LBW Bld M Driver 12. DNB J Panther, H Karvay. Extras 11 (LB2, W9) Total 170 for 7.
London Unity Bowling: J Driver 4-0-7-0; S Columbine 7-2-14-1; J Williams 7-0-36-0; M Driver 12-1-48-3; D Page 5-0-48-0; J Clarke 3-0-20-2.
London Unity Innings: J Burke LBW Howes 6; Cockburn Ct R Brock Bld E Howes 14; Moore Ct S Simon Bld J Simon 27; Page Bld S Simon 12; Gane not out 71; Pitcher Bld J Simon 0; J Driver Ct E Howes Bld J Simon 2; M Driver not out 26. Extras 13 (B6, LB4, W3) Total 171 for 6.
TWCC Bowling: M Edwards 4-1-17-0; E Howes 8-2-29-2; J Simon 9-1-34-3; S Simon 5-0-20-1; J Panther 2-0-17-0; H Karvay 5-0-17-0; R Brock 3-0-24-0.
London Unity win by 4 wickets.

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TWCC v Xiles June 11th 2017
In the absence of either regular captain, Joe Panther stepped up to the mark, taking on not only the on-field captaincy but also the task of raising a side of eleven players. This brought old acquaintances Mark and Malcolm back into the game and also a new player to us, Ed's brother, Charlie. Experience and youth, what could go wrong? Taking his duties seriously, TWCC's debut skipper started off by winning the toss - a knack which Skipper Brock might do well to pick up.
Ed, pride of TWCC, steamed in from the Downs End, but on this occasion the cricket muse was not with him. He was unlucky in that an edge wasn't safely gathered in, but though no batter found him an easy proposition, he was on this occasion slightly expensive and ended a lengthy 10 over spell with a big fat zero in the wickets column. A good job, then, that TWCC had Honse with his Zen wobblies to shore up the attack from the Pavilion End. However Honse, too, was not on the same form as he had shown on his previous outing in Parham. Rather wide and of unsure length, Honse's bowling was not, on this occasion, the way forward, so Joe turned to Jim hoping to regain some control. This, after a loose ball or two, he was able to do, and scoring slowed whereupon Ed, too, at the Downs end, relaxed and bowled more like his old self - a demonstration of the value of the bowlers working well in tandem from both ends. Bowling, at its most successful, is a partnership, and relative freedom at one end rubs off on the batters' and bowler's approach at the other (let's hope the grammar held up there... Ed.). The Xiles' opening batsmen began to get a little frustrated and with that came wickets and a growing understanding that the visitors had not brought perhaps their strongest side. A flurry of wickets and TWCC were on top. Jo, replaced Ed, and although inconsistent at first he soon had three wickets to his name - including finding himself bowling for a hat-trick. We all duly gathered round, but it wasn't to be. Charlie Howes, on his debut, struggled probably because he hadn't played cricket for two years, but he did home in on the stumps and showed he's a cricketer at heart in his three allotted overs. Edward had a couple of overs, during which Jim dropped a square cut cleverly aimed by the batsman straight at his left thumb rather than into the palm of his hands, so he ended his spell wicketless, as did Mark Panther who decided to show us all his variations during his one over. Time for tea - Xiles closed their innings on 169 for 7; a target for TWCC somewhat voluntarily elevated, but about right in the interests of providing a challenge of the right magnitude. The general fielding of TWCC deserves a mention too - compared to many of our opposition the home side's energy and commitment is well above average.
Maybe the slight absence of depth in their batting was going to be explained by the visitors having a side packed with demon bowlers? There was, indeed, plenty of youth about, but the dead bat of James Trollope and flashing blade of Tony Pearce soon had the measure of the Xiles' opening bowlers. James, never in trouble until the moment he decided not to play his natural game, provided the perfect foil for Tony's aggression. It may on the face of it have been, for James, disappointing to have been on single figures when Tony passed 50, but the whole point is that the partnership was working. Tony would maybe be facing at the start of an over, and he was finding boundaries. Then, at some point, there'd be a single, and though James would do what he could to make runs, if he failed to score there Tony would be at the start of the next over to set about the bowling once again. Frustrating for James, and frustration in the end was his undoing, but for TWCC their partnership was pretty much perfect. Tony was, happily not literally, on fire. The match was, even with TWCC's notorious ability to collapse, in the bag by the time Tony was caught off the bowling of Raj (some compensation for his golden duck) on 97 -
fifteen 4's, three 6's - just three runs short of a century. Unsurprisingly this was the match-winning performance for when Tony was out the total was 162 and TWCC only needed eight more for the win. Edward, too, showed that his 2017 form is the real thing, and although Jim, at 4, proved that the bowling was a lot harder to deal with than everyone had thought - it was he who clonked the ball behind square to hit the winning runs.
Xiles generally come with greater strength, but there was little they could do about their total once their higher order batters had fallen, and once Tony had the measure of the visitors' attack there was little they could do with the ball.
A comfortable win for the home side, a great debut skipmanship for Joe, and TWCC here we go!!

Scorecard
TWCC won the toss and elected to field first.
Xiles innings: Hartley LBW J Simon 42; Hooper Ct Wk (T Pearce) Bld J Simon 17; Williams Bld J Simon 3; Bailey Ct Wk (T Pearce) Bld J Panther 43; Joe Ct & Bld J Simon 6; Bennett LBW J Panther 0; Hannant not out 35; Raj ct Wk (T Pearce) Bld J Panther 0; Hales not out 15. DNB Tony, Williams. Extras 8 (B1, W7) Total 169 for 7.
TWCC Bowling: E Howes 10-1-42-0; H Karvay 3-1-24-0; J Simon 12-2-24-4; J Panther 7-0-34-3; C Howes 3-0-18-0; E Bunn 2-0-12-0; M Panther 1-0-14-0.
TWCC Innings: J Trollope Bld Mick 14; T Pearce Ct, Bld Raj 97; E Bunn not out 22; J Simon not out 5. DNB O Foulger, M Gasson, J Panther, E Howes, M Panther, H Karvay, C Howes. Extras - wait for it... 36 (B10,W23, NB3) Total 173 for 2.
Xiles Bowling: Bailey 5-1-21-0; Joe 5-0-36-0; Tony 6-1-23-0; Mick 6-1-22-1; Hannant 3-0-11-0; Gareth 4-0-28-0; Raj 2.3-0-18-1.
TWCC win by 8 wickets.

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Parham CC v TWCC  June 4th 2017
TWCC once again convened at the distant outpost of Parham, this time to face a slightly depleted Parham CC team. Ever congenial, Parham's skipper Andy and our equally amenable skipper Richard agreed it might be best for TWCC to bat first, and also for TWCC to provide a couple of fielders and even batters for the home side should the need arise. All jolly good proper friendly Sunday cricket stuff.
James, keen to progress further into the game than he managed the previous week, did, indeed successfully weather the brunt of the excellent opening spells of Fraser and Huffer, both who got the ball to deviate from the straight and generally jump about on the quirky Parham wicket, but Reese fared less well, as, indeed, did Matt E. So in came Jim at an unnacustomed, adventurous and early No.4, and he rode his luck for a handy 21 before his inability to move at any reasonable rate between the wickets resulted in his being run out - by Honse! New to the Gazette is Tim Carthew who immediately looked the part, angling his bat down in a way Jim could only dream of. Indeed does dream of. During his time at the crease Tim looked like the proper cricketer he is; untroubled where some others struggled. In the end he was
out for a fine 41 falling to the Speigel-like bowling of Jim Mitchell, but his was a defining and platform-setting contribution indeed.
Moving on, Edward B, carrying on his fine 2017 form, was cruelly undone by a quirk of quantum physics as some dark matter spontaneously materialised outside his leg stump which caused the ball to dive through a transient worm hole and clatter onto the leg stump - it was a bemusing and unfortunate end to his innings. This brought Rob, batting at an unaccustomed No.7 position, to the crease. Parham know Rob well, and seeing him down at seven they must have either thought that we had six more potent players in the squad than Rob, or that our skipper had had a wobbly moment (regular readers may be able to work it out for themselves).
Ed Howes' innings, after Tim's self-destruction, was short and s...hort, which left Honse to share a partnership of 60 with Rob - of which Honse's contribution was a valuable six runs and lots of running. Nine 4's and six 6's later, with 4, 6, 6, 6, 1 to his name off the last over alone, at the end of TWCC's innings Rob tucked his smoking bat under his arm and made for the pavilion on 95 not out. A great knock and a joy to watch - maybe this will convince our Skip to give him a try up the order at 6. 
The Parham bowling was tight and difficult particularly at the start of TWCC's innings, with late swing and movement off the pitch from Fraser. More bowling options would have helped Parham's cause, and effective though Jim Mitchell's style of slow bowling can be, on this occasion although it did bring two wickets it was also expensive. TWCC were 192 at the end of the innings, their somewhat mediocre batting performance masked by Tim's fine 40 and Rob's excellent 95.
Tea on the Parham house lawn (how many of us are privileged to live with a cricket ground at the back of their houses...? Oh...) was the usual occasion of calories and conviviality, but TWCC were itching to make use of the bowling conditions that Parham had so clearly enjoyed. Matt opened the bowling for TWCC, and although his pace was well up, a fuller length might have brought him more rewards in the wickets column. At the other end Honse well-wibble-wobbled the ball about - in, out, slow, low, high - very difficult for the batsmen and he took out Mark Williams who was missed in the Parham bowling attack and whose edge to Edward B at first slip wasn't. Joe, stepping in to help Parham because he didn't get to bat for his own side, didn't get to bat for Parham either being bowled in short order by a jaffa from Honse. A run-out and then Parham were 30 for 4 when Matt Edwards bowled a full-length ball to get rid of Fraser, that brought… Matt Edwards to the crease; TWCC's second offer of a batter to bolster Parham's squad. Matt showed plenty of resilience, though in the end none of the remaining Parham batting line-up had an answer to Ed Howes' full and straight approach to bowling. It was a remarkable spell, with 4 (all bowled) wickets for 24 off 6.1 overs. Ed mopped up again.
Highpoints; Rob's 95, Tim's 40, Ed's four wickets and Honse's ability to move an old ball about both ways and vary his pace so well. Team Manager Brocky did a great job, though without batting or bowling perhaps he's proved his generous and unselfish nature by now and should give himself more of a game next time.

Scorecard
No tossing required
TWCC Innings: J Trollope Bld Fraser 11; R Packham Bld Fraser 0; M Edwards Ct Mitchell Bld Fraser 1; J Simon Run Out 21; T Carthew Ct Balchin Bld Mitchell 40; E Bunn Bld (well... played on around the corner) Fraser 6; R Rydon Not Out 95; E Howes Ct Huffer Bld Mitchell 0; H Karvay Not Out 6. DNB J Panther, R Brock. Extras 12 (W7, NB1, B2, LB2) Total 192 for 7.
Parham CC Bowling: P Fraser 12-2-45-4; S Huffer 13-2-57-0; S Forrest 8-0-29-0; J Mitchell 7-0-62-2.
Parham CC Innings: A Wales Bld Howes 14; M Williams ct Bunn Bld Karvay 13; J Panther Bld Karvay 0; J Balchin Run Out (?) 4; P Fraser Bld Edwards 0; M Edwards Bld Howes 8; S Forrest Bld Howes 16; S Huffer Not Out 26; J Mitchell Bld Howes 0. Extras 9 (W1, B5, LB3) Total 90 all out.
TWCC Bowling: M Edwards 5-1-18-1; H Karvay 7-1-19-2; E Howes 6.1-1-24-4; J Panther 4-0-21-0.
TWCC win by winning.


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Bolney CC v TWCC  May 28th 2017
Excellent game at Bolney.
Very good tea (although the Coronation Chicken sandwiches were missing).
James out second ball, everyone had a bat. We were all out far too early and so Bolney seemed to have ages of extra time to bat, even with a rain delay.
Joe bowled out their MCC apprentice in his first over, and then we spent some time chasing leather. It looked like we would lose by nine wickets. Then Honse pulled off a great catch and chipped in with some wickets. They only needed four an over for the last twenty overs and were cruising home until Honse’s straight deliveries bamboozled the batsmen. Boundaries, wickets, run outs all meant they needed 3 off the last over with seven wickets down and Ed steaming in. Another run out off the first ball and the No. 10 couldn’t lay a bat on the remaining five balls.
We enjoyed it so much we all had a beer in their pavilion (and then some more at the Royal Oak).

Scorecard
TWCC Batting: J Trollope Ct 0; M Edwards Bld 34;    J Rowland Bld 7; R Packham Bld 22; R Rydon Ct Wk 53; E Bunn LBW 1; T Edwards Bld 19; J Panther Bld 1; E Howes Bld 8; H Karvay not out 0. Extras 8 (B3, LB3, W2) Total  153 all out.
Bolney CC Bowling: Chaffey 12-2-55-3; Patton 9.2-2-44-5; Morris 4-1-13-0; Bowles 7-0-35-1.
Bolney CC Batting: Bushell Bld Panther 0; Morris Ct Karvay Bld R Rydon 53; Bunce Bld Karvay 68; Charside Ct Panther Bld Karvay 6; Clemesen Bld Howes 5; Briage Bld Karvay 7; Moore Run Out (?) 3; Patton Run Out (?) 0; Madden Not Out 0. DNB Chaffey. Extras 5 (B2, W3) Total 151 for 9.
TWCC Bowling: E Howes 12-3-27-1; J Panther 6-0-24-1; M Edwards 10-2-31-0; R Rydon 8-2-19-1; H Karvay 6-0-32-3; T Edwards 3-0-17-0.
Match an excellent and exciting Draw!


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Lindfield CC v TWCC  May 21st 2017
We were an all star cast – the type of team you would normally pay to appear at your cricket festival. Players had flown in from across the world to congregate on lucky Lindfield.  We had social media stars, rock stars (apologies for the slightly deceitful use of plurals) joining our line up – fitting in as ever they have with our merry group – personifying the old adage of not forgetting your roots.  So it was a strong looking team which descended on this pretty ground in one of Sussex’s loveliest villages.  The skipper turned up late and – with yet more apologies, this time for the confessional nature of this write up – I believe this impacted on the whole strategy.  Because by the time he’d lost his third toss in a row and faffed around getting ready, Reese and Paul had set about the opposition attack with great gusto.  Reese in particular was smacking the ball to all parts of the boundary with dismissive ease.  Paul for once was the support player.  While this mayhem was going on, the batting line up was not yet written.  But seeing the opening pair swatting away the bowling attack, the skipper rashly allowed himself to believe this was to be a walk in Lindfield’s rather pleasant park.  So the batting line up was written to reflect this and to give lower order batsmen their time in the middle.   You can never be too old or too wise to remember that this game specialises in whipping round and biting you on the backside.  And so it came to pass that with Reese’s departure for a high energy, San Miguel infused 37 Mikey strode out and showed the classic pose and elegance which have helped him not one jot acquire his celebrity.  They helped him very little on this occasion too because he scored but 3 before handing over to the next superstar in our line up, Sam Simon.  Showing the well known signs of a hangover from the TWCC’s former players reunion party (Vietnamese branch) which he had but recently enjoyed with Sam Morrison,  the young rock star missed his cue and was clean bowled for 0.  With a talent packed tail sitting impatiently in the sun, it was left to Honse and Joe to move things on.  Joe hit a few powerful and technically adept shots for his 15 but their departure, and that of Paul for a quiet 21 meant that we had gone from a roaring 52 without loss to 63-4.  So what of that tail?  Well two of those very capable of scoring 50s were Ed and Matt – but both failed to shine.  And so it was that with the score on 83-7 we were suddenly the 9th wicket partnership of Edward and Richard.  And this was a good spell.  They played sensibly against some good bowling, especially the young leg spinner who was getting a considerable amount of turn from an otherwise flat pitch.  The score crept up on the cricketometer, having passed the disastrous mark, started rowing back, even reversing through the `poor` zone as these two veterans rode their luck and even played some good shots. By the time Edward was caught for 34 the score was 150 – but with this being an 80 over match, we needed to bat for another 6/7 overs and put on another 30 runs.  Jim was the eleventh man, hampered by a muscle strain which had a curious side effect of causing him to swish madly at a ball on the middle stump but 5 balls into his innings.  We had scored 162.  It was respectable and could have ensured a close match.  Sadly it was not to be.  As soon as the opening batsman removed the bail and knocked it twice into the ground of his crease as his own personal marker, you got the impression he’d batted before.  He wasn’t showy – but he was settling for a big innings.  Matt bowling downhill had a great spell, mean and keen and regularly whistling past the edge of the bat.  Ed found the task of bowling uphill tougher and struggled to find his rhythm.  However, the team is still learning the range of talent this latest acquisition to the TWCC ranks possesses – and catching is most certainly one of them.  Fielding at deep gulley, a catch flew off the bat of the talented young opener who had been showing the sort of form that has apparently brought him to the attention of Sussex CCC.  Ed dived forward, full length and stretching out an arm managed to get his hand under the ball an inch from the ground.  As he rolled over his reward was Jim, Joe Panther, Reese and others piling on top of him. Football celebrations had arrived on a cricket pitch in Lindfield.  The presence on the boundary of Albion’s LEGENDARY former chairman Dick Knight may be thought to have had an impact on the celebrations.   Joe too could not cope with the uphill slope and so Richard brought himself on with what has become a trademark first over:  a terrible ball wide of the wicket, the batsman reaches and is caught – this time in the deep, another fine catch, this one by Joe.  This brought in another more than capable batsman, and the two pushed on towards what was already an inevitable victory.  Sam and Mikey both showed rustiness in their bowling, Edward failed to produce the magic.  But the path to defeat had a spectacular detour – another stupendous catch from Ed, this time at slip, once again full length, this time low down and one handed to his right – one of the best catches seen for years by a TWCC side – and enough to convince Mikey that as far as his bowling is concerned, he’s `not lost it`.
And so it was that we lost by 6 wickets against a good cricketing side.  No shame in that.  Our middle order collapse (8-49) cost us dear as did a couple of run out chances fluffed by the skipper.  On the plus side we took catches we rarely would and our fielding was sharp and tight.  And it was a beautiful sunny afternoon, a pleasant place to enjoy an after-match pint from Lindfield’s very own bar.  On an afternoon dripping with celebrities we may have tasted defeat but we can proudly say Twineham’s Got Talent.

Scorecard
TWCC won the toss and were asked to bat

TWCC Innings: P HunterLBWBld Steadman 21; R Packham Ct, Bld Green 37; M Pearce Ct, Bld Green 3; J Panther Ct, Bld Steadman 15; S Simon Bld Green 0; H Karvay Ct Wk Bld Green 1; E Bunn Ct, Bld Tanvee 34; E Howes Bld Green 0; M Edwards Bld Tanvee 12; R Brock Not Out 19; J Simon Bld Pedley 6.
TOTAL  162 all out. Fall  52-2, 63-1, 63-3, 63-5, 82-4, 83-6, 83-8, 101-9, 150-7, 162-11.
Lindfield bowling: Pedley 6.5-1-36-1; Green 9-0-30-5; Steadman 5-0-29-2; Tanvee 8-0-21-2; Storer 6-0-46-0.


Lindfield Innings: R Chaudry Ct Howes Bld M Pearce 50; T Chaudry Ct Howes Bld Edwards 25; I Jackson Ct Panther Bld Brock 11; D Frieber Ct Karvay Bld Brock 25; L Lowe Not Out 25; A Pedley Not Out 7.
Total 166-4.
TWCC Bowling: M Edwards 9-1-21-1; E Howes 6-0-29-0; Panther 3-0-14-0; S Simon 5-0-21-0; Brock 7-0-35-2;Bunn 4-0-15-0; M Pearce 2-0-16-1; Karvay 1-0-14-0.

Lindfield won by 6 wickets.


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TWCC v Greys  May 14th 2017
It was 9.22 on Sunday morning.  A beautiful blue sky, warm sunshine, the grass swaying in the breeze.  But was that a cloud on the horizon…. The phone buzzed signalling a text message - `I’m not going to be able to play today Brocky – sorry` This particular player was also bringing a friend – we were down to 9.
9.23 another buzz.  `Brocky I have gone down with man flu, I’m feeling terrible, Tony`
9.30 Oh Lord, another buzz `I told the wife about cricket at a party. She agreed then but it could change…`
To cut a long story short, it was the 9 man remnants of a once healthy TWCC team who hobbled and wheezed their way to the ground to be told the toss had been lost and they were to field for the next two and a half hours -  a situation exacerbated after two balls when Jonathan twanged his groin.  So with just 4 bowlers available and a very limited number of fielders able to run we were going to need tight bowling and wickets.  Ed bowling from the playground end got great pace and made the all important breakthrough, an edge hobbled – sorry – gobbled up by Jonathan.  At the pavilion end, Joe was bowling into the wind and bowling really well, stifling the batsmen.  Ed’s pace was causing all sorts of problems and he too was very economical.  The two of them kept going for an hour, Ed took a second wicket, Joe’s sharp throw to Jonathan led to a run out and Greys were limited to just 43 runs in that first hour, a remarkable feat with just 9 fielders.  Richard took over from Ed and perhaps undeservedly stole the headlines with a hat-trick comprised of a feathered catch to Jonathan, a caught and bowled and a shouldered snick to John Riley at slip.  Suddenly Greys were 6 down and Twineham continued to keep the pressure on.  Honse bowled a good tight spell and picked up a deserved wicket, Tony took a sharp catch at gulley to give the skipper his fourth wicket.  Mark Panther deserves a special mention because the ball seemed to be following him round the field and he did a great job scampering and retrieving.  We had put down a few catches, but this was one TWCC’s great bowling and fielding efforts with just 4 bowlers used and by the end Greys had been limited to 124-8.
Unfortunately tea was ruined because Richard had failed to check the urn was lit – so whilst the food was OK there was no tea!  By the time the urn offered hot water, tea was provided to mark the break between an hour’s batting and the final 20 overs when play was halted for a few minutes.
The batting order presented another challenge.  Jonathan ruled himself out.  James (groin) was hobbling, Tony agreed to join him as opener only so he could go home to his sick bed as soon as he was out.   And we were but 9…. But the human spirit is a remarkable thing – and James and Tony showed plenty of it.  Playing a type of walking cricket, they picked up where the bowlers had left off:  playing a sensible and responsible game, nothing wild.  Putting their ailments to one side they batted out the first hour and took us almost half way to our target before James was caught.  They’d seen off numerous bouncers, some good spin bowling and adversity.  But John and Ed both followed swiftly and at 68-3 things looked precarious.  However Tony battled on and with useful support from Richard, they put on 46 for the 4th wicket and took us to 11 runs from victory.  But this remarkable match had one more twist.  Tony was out for a magnificent 65 leaving Joe and Honse the responsibility to see us home, with only Mark still left to bat.  But see us home they did and they completed one of TWCC’s finest wins, in the context of available and fit players.  It was a victory of for great teamwork – and I should add that was the same off the pitch too – the players even cleared up and washed up for Richard while he was batting.   We may be a small club, but by jeepers, we can sometimes be quite remarkable and this was just one of those occasions.

Scorecard
Greys won the toss and elected to bat
Greys innings: Line run out (J Panther) 4; Brasher Ct WK (Rowland) Bld Howes 10; Flinn Ct WK (Rowland) Bld R Brock 38; Ashton Ct T Pearce Bld Howes 0; Burgess not out 29; Edwards Ct and Bowled R Brock 0; Dykes Ct Riley Bld Brock 0; McHugh Bld Karvay 10; Gallagher Ct T Pearce Bld R Brock 11; Newland not out 8.
TOTAL 124-8
TWCC BOWLING: Howes 11-3-31-2; Brock 12-2-34-4; Panther 8-1-15-0; Karvay 8-1-39-1.
TWCC INNINGS: J Trollope Ct, Bld McHugh 22; T Pearce Bld Ashton 65; J Riley LBW McHugh 6; E Howes Ct WK Bld McHugh 0; R Brock Bld Ashton 20; H Karvay not out 3; J Panther not out 0.
TOTAL 128 – 5 DNB M Panther, J Rowland
Fall 58-1, 68-3, 68-4, 114-5, 121-2
Greys bowling: Gallagher 7-1-22-0; Newland 8-2-17-0; Dykes 6-0-21-0; McHugh 10-0-29-3; Ashton 5.1-1-19-2.
TWCC win by 3 wickets.

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Streat and Westmeston v TWCC May 7th 2017
As always a TWCC season is still under construction for this most pleasurable of fixtures, held, as it is, at the iconic Streat and Westmeston ground in the first flush of early summer. Feeling confident in his youthful side, Skipper Edwards won the toss and opted to bat. In order to win TWCC would need to both put runs on the board and to take wickets.
So, to bat. James and Pete went in at 1 and 2, and it was reassuring to have James' reassuring opening presence back after he missed the first game of the season. Pete missed out on this occasion, falling to the Spiegel spell, but James and Jonathan (3) weathered both the tight and lengthy spell from Hartfield, and the continued Spiegel challenge from the Posh House End.
Progress was, necessarily, relatively slow. No devil-may-care approach here - pushes for one or even two, the occasional boundary - James and Jonathan were building a fine platform for the long batting line up to capitalise on as the innings progressed. James eventually fell to a simple catch at point that would have been impossible far Matt (substitute fielder) to fail to take. James' steadying innings, characterised by a solid defence and a maximum capitalisation on over-pitched balls included a trademark Trollope 6.
James eventually out for a fine steadying 30 brought Reese in at four, at the beginning of his own 2017 campaign, who looked to accelerate the proceedings, and the hearty smack of well-timed forceful shots began to reverberate around the landscape. Forceful and productive, yes, but also short-lived, as were George Hunter's Tom Firth's offerings.
Jonathan, meanwhile, continued to hold up his end with his usual dedication. When he did engage full power there was a boundary, but the Jonathan style is to push the ball for ones and twos, dissecting an attack rather than over-committing. Classy and cultured, he was out for 42 having ensured that TWCC were going to get enough runs.
With James and Jonathan having set the example it was time for another partnership. Step up Edward and Matt. Edward was skipping about, running quick singles and twos, defending and timing it well and regularly finding the boundary. Matt too, with his classic stance and clarity of thought, dealt with a Streat attack which wasn't varied but was consistently tight. A great partnership of 57 runs, Matt out to Stan for 30 and Edward unbeaten and untroubled for 43; top score of the day. TWCC had an impressive 198 on the board. Enough runs, yes, but now comes the other part.
Glossing over tea - Matt and Jim opened with the ball, and this time the catches stuck for Jim and not for Matt. Jonathan, the man for the gloves when he's with us, held on to a couple of sharp chances, including one off Jim's first ball. With both openers out of the way for 0, TWCC were off - as was Jim with a hamstring injury. Matt continued with no success in the wickets column, but also without much activity in the runs department either. Joe took over from Jim, and all was well with the TWCC campaign: Street and Westmeston were not going to win in spite of two notable points of resistance in the shape of Colin Marshall (44) and Simon Barrs (41). However, in order for TWCC to win, nine wickets needed to be taken by the visiting side. Enter the Eds!
Ed Howell replaced Matt and his direct approach paid off. "Why not just bowl at the stumps" thought Ed, so he did and knocked them over twice. Full yorkers, clean and clinical. Ed is a great new talent for TWCC going forward, with bat and ball.
So… To the other Ed. Hot from his run-fest Edward Bunn brought about the demise of four Street and Westmeston players; a stumping, a caught behind, an outfield catch by James and a clean bowled to finish the match with just a few balls left in which to do it.
A great fielding performance, including a run out from Tom Firth, and TWCC secured a second victory of the season. James' 30 and Jonathan's 42 together with his three catches plus a stumping deserve special mentions, but clearly, with 43 classy runs and four wickets to his name the man of the match award goes to Edward.
Certainly a contender for shot of the day was Stan's late cut to third man late in the day, but the best, most pleasantly crickety shot was, in the opinion of the Editor, Edward's straight-batted clip off his pads behind square leg for four. Proper class and a great boost both for him and for TWCC as they head into what I feel is going to be, with the players we have, a vintage TWCC season.

Scorecard
TWCC won the toss and batted first
TWCC Innings: J Trollope Ct M Edwards Bld Forster 30; P Matthews ct, blld S Spiegel 0; J Rowland Bld Forster 42; R Packham Bld Forster 42; G Hunter Bld Brand 12; T Firth Bld Brand 13; E Bunn not out 43; M Edwards Ct, Bld Spiegel 30; E Howes not out 0. DNB J Simon, J Panther. Extras 10 (B3, LB3, W2, NB2) Total 198 for 7.
Streat and Westmeston Bowling: Hartfield 14-1-61-0; S Spiegel 8-0-47-2; Forster 12-1-51-2; Brand 8-1-31-2.
Streat & Westmeston Innings: C Mansfield Ct Rowland (wk) Bld J Simon 0; B Mayston Ct Rowland (wk) Bld J Simon 0; C Marshall Bld E Howe 44; S Barrs not out 41; S Forster St Rowland Bld Bunn 2; Brand Bld Howe 5; B Baxter Run Out (T Firth) 4; R Griffith Ct Rowland (wk) Bld Bunn 1; S Spiegel Ct Trollope Bld Bunn 7; M Hartfield Bld Bunn 2. Extras 3 (W2, NB10 Total 107-ish all out.
TWCC Bowling: M Edwards 10-3-25-0; J Simon 5.8-0-18-2;J Panther 6.4-0-27-0; E Howe 9-4-19-2; E Bunn 6-2-16-4.
TWCC win by 3 wickets, or actually, by getting the other side out before they got as many runs as TWCC did.
Injuries: J Simon, P Matthews, J Trollope.

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TWCC v Wisley CC April 30th 2017
Wisley had won the toss and opted to bat first, and it was tough going. The damp hay lying around in the outfield prevented even a well-struck ball from travelling far, and, as the ball softened, it took beefier and beefier hits to even make it as far as the ring of fielders. It was to be a day of pushes for singles, snicks and chances.
However, before we get ahead of ourselves, the match opened with a new dry ball, and this did move about a bit whilst it was fresh, and Matt and Jim did their best with it. Matt found a length that troubled batsmen, keeper and slips alike, and a scuffed leg-glance from opener Richards (O) brought about a swift run out as the batsmen took on a second run when a single would have been a better idea. Matt ran and Jim trundled in for a few overs and the lively early-season wicket duly produced a few knicks some of which were safely gathered in. Matt ended his spell with three wickets to his name for only 14 runs - a great start to his season so, as always, we hope this success continues so that Skipper Brock will be forced to create some new and even more fantastical customised statistics for us to enjoy at the AGM.
Honse, replacing Jim at the Pavilion End, immediately troubled the batters and caused a false stroke that resulted in a fine running catch by Ed Howes in the covers. Not content with his catch, Ed, when he replaced Matt at the Downs End, started his TWCC career with a wicket maiden; a full length, full pace, delivery lightly swiping off the off bail - a connoisseur's wicket.
Meanwhile, from the Wisley perspective, only P. Richards and, to a lesser extent, Kerrigan, scored significant runs, and, as tea loomed, these two began to more regularly find the boundary. Joe's second ball was carted half way up the tall poplar tree at square leg by Richards - the only 6 of the match -  but Joe came back well as he found his form to end with two wickets to his name.
"The worst ball I saw the whole day!" was how wicket-keeper Pearce described Skipper Brock's first ball when Ed was replaced. However it was nonetheless a ball that took a wicket. Yes...the first ball of Brocky's  2017 campaign provoked an unwise swipe from the high-scoring Richards who gave Joe a catch to juggle with at gully. A second edge to Tony and Brocky had two wickets, Wisley were all out for 105 and we had Guinness cake for tea!! How good was that? Always nice to see the Hunter family with or without cake, but better with obviously.
Time to see what TWCC could make of the batting conditions. Wisley, of course, didn't have a nice dry shiny ball with which to bowl, but they made a good fist of the hand they were dealt, and after sixteen overs TWCC had scored but 25 runs - but neither did the newly refurbished scoreboard sport a wind-blown tin in the wickets department. Pete Matthews on his debut for the club, and Paul showed no nerves as they applied themselves to simply being patient in the task of overtaking a low Wisley total. They nudged, blocked, scampered for ones and slowly wore out the opposition which was just what was required as low totals sometimes take some getting. Neither opener was finding it easy to time the ball, whether due to the wet and windy conditions or to early-season rust, but when the first wicket fell the total was 29 and that only left 77 to go. Surely TWCC couldn't lose from here? Well, of course we could - but we didn't. Tony briefly opened his season's account with a characteristically brisk 16 which included two rare 4's, and then Ed, with a four off his fifth ball, and Paul who began to relax and open the throttle, settled the result. Ed didn't see the innings through, and neither did Edward, but Paul did as he and Matt E stayed put. Paul needed three for a season-opening 50 when the scores were tied, and so he hit a four to take TWCC home and him to 51 not out. A fifty in the day's conditions was, we decided after he'd bought a jug of Harveys, worth a hundred so we asked him if he'd buy another one. I can't remember whether or not he did.
A TWCC win, Pete and Ed settled in, we can look forward to Streat next week with some anticipation.

Scorecard
Wisley won the toss and elected to bat.
Wisley Innings: O Richards run out 1; Fletcher Ct E Bunn Bld Edwards 9; Reed Ct Howes Bld Karvay 13; Swan Ct Matthews Bld Edwards 0; Remish Ct Pearce (wk) Bld Edwards 4; P Richards Ct Panther Bld Brock 31; Domingo Bld Howe 0; Kerrigan Bld Panther 18; Snelling Ct Pearce (wk) Bld Brock 3; Frackash not out 7; J Richards Ct Brock Bld Panther 10. Extras 9 (LB1, W6, NB2) 105 all out.
TWCC Bowling: Edwards 8-3-14-3; J Simon 7-1-16-0; Karvay 5-0-23-1; Howes 5-1-16-1; Panther 5.3-1-22-2; R Brock 5-1-13-2.
TWCC Innings: P Hunter not out 51; P Matthews Bld J Richards 14; T Pearce Ct (wk) Bld Ramesh 16; E Howes Bld Mark 13; E Bunn Ct, Bld Snelling 0; M Edwards not out 3. DNB J Simon, J Panther, J Karvay, R Brock. Extras 13 (B3, LB1, W8, NB1) Total #SCOREBOOKCONTROVERSY 110 for 4.
TWCC win by 6 wickets.

TWCC 2016 Season
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Streat and Westmeston v TWCC
May 1st 2016  
Paul and James played very sensible cricket in the face of particularly excellent bowling from Hartfield at the Downs End. Any team's first game would have a tinge of rustiness in many quarters, and though no lack of competence was visible, there was a calm acceptance of the need to find one's feet about how TWCC's openers chose to deal with some tight and challenging bowling. No thrashing, no worries about "slow starts," just take some time, watch the ball and get into the game. A great start was presented to the TWCC cause by James and Paul; the platform laid down for whatever TWCC wanted to make of the day.
Paul's new bat, one of two making their debuts, appeared to be doing a great job, six 4's winging to the boundary, then he had a bit of a heave at a ball outside leg without connecting, prompting the unhelpful umpire (cough) to point out that it might be a new bat but the same old head was behind the decision-making process. The next ball and Paul thought he wouldn't hit out, that'd show 'em. So instead of playing the natural and effective Hunter game, he played a calm little push out to the leg side, missed a slow droopy delivery and was bowled middle-and- leg. Out for 35 having all but seen off the opening bolwers maybe Paul should have just whacked it and next time I think he probably will.
James meanwhile was still there, taking every advantage of Streat's short boundary by popping the ball to it and often over it, and he was joined by Reese who looked good, timed the ball well and then was out LBW. Rusty maybe, but looks good for the rest of the season.
In strode Matt E. Every inch a cricketer he hit three 4's in his quick innings of 14, eventually out LBW. There was a pattern emerging; watch the straight ones; they're stopping and not getting up on this early-season wicket.
Then to the crease to replace the Vice-Captain the Cap himself strode out. He too meant business as he pushed the ball around in a cultured and thoughtful way; pickng off bad balls and rotating the strike as he could, he accumulated as James continued to score past his 50 and onwards. James was in top form - rather worrying so early in the season - and carried on through to his century. What an innings! No nervous 90's here; ending with 4,4,6,4 he retired on 101 not out to give others a go.
Wielding the second new bat of the day Edward was soon dancing about in the middle taking quick singles, backing up over half way and offering to sprint through; this kind of energetic performance promises much for the rest of Edward's season, but in the end he swung and missed and was out for 9. Jim came in to watch Richard throwing caution to the four winds as he took his innings to 41 not out. Fine runs - well done Skip - and TWCC closed the innings with an impressive 245 for four on the board, off 43 overs.
It is, of course, of some interest to note the bowling performace of Streat and Westmeston, which did have its moments, but perhaps not quite enough of them. The opener Hartfield as mentioned above was the most effective and asked the most questions in his spell, and he was joined at the outset by Millis (younger) who was a bit erratic but on occasion bowled a most difficult ball. Anthony, first change at the House End, found it hard at first to drop into a rhythm but was soon in amongst the wickets bowling some testing off-spin on a good length. Sadly an early-season strain took its toll and he withdrew when he might well have taken more than the two wickets that appear in the analysis. Other bowling was expensive, not helped by the proximity of the boundary nearest the pavilion, and, perhaps also not by the opportunities to score that the bowling offered.
Streat and Westmeston's reply to a truly impressive 245 began well enough, though slowly, as batters Butler and Mansfield defied the best efforts of Matt Edwards and Jim with the ball. Both bowled with good control and it was Matt who, with a golden moment of quality fielding, picked up on the run and threw down the stumps to run out the impressive Mansfield for 29 and thus open the door to expose the rest of the batsmen. Matt duly followed up this excellent fielding with a wicket off his bowling (Honse at mid-on?) and TWCC were begining to move through the game. Skipper Brock had to go and earn some money so Skipper Edwards took over the reins and replaced a wicketless Jim with Kevin Scott who bowled with excellent drift and verve. Matt E also put Matt B on in his own place who was a bit wayward but feisty and good to watch - there's nothing like pace in your side - though on this occasion he was unsuccessful in hitting the stumps, though he did hit quite a lot of other things.
This was all good fun, but Streat were only two wickets down and had well over a hundred on the board and it was quite possible that TWCC's 245 was under threat...
Matt turned to the Bunn and Karvay partnership, and it won TWCC the game. Honse bowled, I think, the best spell of his career; a full ten overs of quality deception, varying his pace and making the most of the conditions. His two wickets for 38 took the middle out of the home side's line up and shifted the momentum in favour of TWCC. One must also mention Honse's fielding; energetic and effective he patrolled the very short Pavilion boundary and saved several fours as he threw himself about, and he also caught well though the scorebook's inadequacies don't tell me exactly how often.
Honse performed well, yes, but the star turn was played by Edward who, bowling from the Downs End much as James did some years ago, began to take wickets with regularity. Dropping onto an effective and troubling length he was offering balls to hit that really weren't quite there and a few catches were duly taken by himself, ??? and a skied one by Reese who took a turn with the wicket-keeping gloves. Ending with 5 for 14 off 8.1 overs it won us the game in the bowling department much as James' century set it up in the batting department. Great figures, though his impressive average was eclipsed, some might argue, by Paul's two overs, one for none!
A TWCC victory to start off the season. The game was won by two particular individual performances, and although the conditions favoured a side bowling in the dark, it was also a fine overall joint effort from a squad that gel well and willingly commit to the job. Thanks too to J Millis for making us up to a side of 11 without whom we would have been 9 after Richard ran away. 

Scorecard
Streat and Westmeston won the toss and chose to field first.
TWCC Innings: P Hunter Bld Anthony 35; J Trollope Not Out (Retd) 101; R Packham LBW Anthony 8; M Edwards LBW Poynting 14; R Brock Not Out 1; E Bunn Bld Butcher 9; J Simon Not Out 12. DNB K Scott, H Karvay,J Millis, M Brock. Extras 19 (NB 5, W 8, B 6).TWCC 245 for 4 in 43 Overs.
Sreat and Westmeston Bowling: Hartfield 7-3-20-0; H Millis 6-0-39-0; I Anthony 6-0-41-2; D Poynting 100-47-1; M Butcher 9-1-54-1; S Spiegel 4-0-39-0.
Streat and Westmeston Innings: N Butler St. Packham Bld Bunn 55; C Mansfield Run Out Edwards 29; C Poynting Ct x Bld Edwards 1; A Jackson Ct x Bld Bunn 18; H Millis Bld Karvay 7; B Baxter Ct x Bld Karvay 7; D Poynting Ct & Bld Bunn 1; M Butcher LBW Hunter 16; M Hartfield Ct Packham (wkt) Bld Bunn 0; S Spiegel LBW Bunn 1; I Anthony Not Out 0. Extras 35 (NB 8, W 10, LB 3, B 14). Total 169 All Out n 44.1 Overs.
TWCC Bowling: M Edwards 8-1-39-1; J Simon 7-3-160; K Scott 6-0-16-0; M Brock 3-016-0 H Karvay 10-1-38-2; E Bunn 8.1-2-14-5; P Hunter 2-2-0-1.
TWCC win by 76 runs.

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TWCC v Greys May 8th 2016
The archive reveals an unblemished record in favour of TWCC v Greys - though the fixture itself may be older than the webbery; all TWCC wins with one draw. So there was much at stake for both sides.
Understandably, perhaps, Greys never appear to be totally entranced by TWCC's home facilities - as a glance at their own write-ups will show, but although it is a fixture with no fittings the cricket is usually competetive and played in good spirit. Skipper Brock won the toss and opted to bat first, believing in his team's batting and bowling ability.... Those were his basic mistakes.
TWCC were without Paul Hunter, but with an opening pair comprising James and Jonathan, and with Tony in at three, there was much expectation of a good start. And, indeed, there was a good start - only not one made by TWCC. The visitor's opening bowling was swinging about from both ends and the left-armer from the Downs End was decidedly swift to boot. Better batsmen were able to survive but not score much and then get out, and slightly less than better batsmen were just out. James and Jonathan being proper cricketers survived up to a point, but then they didn't. Tony briefly did more than survive - his natural talent allowing him to score at his usual pace - until he failed to come through an LBW appeal unscathed. It would have been possible to have given him not out (on leg stump and he was a little way down the wicket), but the ball would have gone on to hit the stumps so that's out really, unfortunate though it was.
Reese, at 4, hit two good lumpy fours before edging a swinging ball, Jim stayed at the crease for a long time (for him) and was distinctly unlucky to find the only fielder on the leg side when pulling a shorter ball (though some would think he had already benefitted from plenty of luck having been dropped elsewhere), and was out for nothing much, Edward's new bat is still just as unused, Malcolm looked good then was out... it was not a great looking scorecard; TWCC on 50 for 7. In came Matt Edwards, low down the order for him but he was taking his turn, and he did show some fight and no little ability. The only TWCC batter with any success on the day, he added a very valuable and possibly match-saving 44 runs to the total which ended on 103 all out with only Joe surviving with his head held high having stayed with Matt as he sorted out some runs. Very good Greys bowling; pace from Gallagher, swing and good lines from the other three bowlers and TWCC had little answer.
103 not enough? Well... after a lovely Bunn tea (cakes Julia sandwiches Edward - particularly good egg) the TWCC opening bowling made a good effort to keep the runs down and not let the Greys simply coast to an easy win. Matt and Jim bowled long spells, unusual for TWCC with so many all-rounders in the team, but it did give TWCC a chance to keep the pressure on the visitors as, when Matt finished he had two wickets, Jim one and the total was only 29 off 21 overs. However, it was clear that TWCC's 103 runs were never going to be defendable, and although Brocky generated a caught and bowled in his first over, Greys cruised through with some belligerant hitting from Ashton and Fenton seeing Greys home. Sadly the poor total of 103 didn't allow more of the side to contribute with the ball, but it'll all even out over the season.
Notable performances from Matt E, both with bat and ball, and the TWCC fielding was its usual enthusiastic excellent stuff. Jonathan once again performed excellently behind the timbers, Tony took a sharp slip catch, but the day belonged to Greys who played better than did the home side. It might have been different but it wasn't.


Scorecard
TWCC won the toss and chose to bat first.
TWCC Innings: J Trollope Bld Newlands 9; J Rowland Bld Gallagher 6; T Pearce LBW Bld Sewell 19; R Packham Ct Wkt Bld Newlands; J Simon Ct, Bld Sewell 4; E Bunn Bld Sewell 0; M Woodall Ct Wkt Bld Hoare 3; M Edwards Ct, Bld Hoare 44; R Brock Bld Sewell 4; J Panther Not Out 4; R Smith Ct Wkt Bld Hoare 0. Extras 5 (NB-2; W-3) TWCC 103 all out for 4 in 31 Overs.
Greys Bowling: Gallagher 8-4-19-1; Newlands 6-0-23-3; Sewell 9-2-18-3; Hoare 8-1-38-3.
Greys Innings: Brasher Bld Edwards 10; Line Ct Rowland (Wkt) Bld Edwards 2; Burgess Ct & Bld R Brock 3; Dykes Ct Rowland (Wkt) Bld Simon 1; Ashton Not Out 51; Fenton Not Out 26. Extras 11 (W-7; B-4) Total 105 for 4. DNB Azami, Newland, Gallagher, Hoare, Sewell.
TWCC Bowling: Edwards 11-5-15-2; Simon 10-4-14-1; R Brock 6-1-23-1; M Woodall 1-0-20-0; E Bunn 2-0-13-0; J Trollope 2.2-0-15-0.
Greys win by 7 wkts.

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Lindfield v TWCC May 15th 2016
Lindfield. New fixture - good to meet new people and a good bunch they proved to be. A thriving club set-up, clearly, with, if Sunday's Lindfield team was anything to go by, a great mix of experience and youth. Rather like TWCC in that respect! Skipper Brock won the toss and chose the more likely route to succes of bowling first. Jim bowled long with no wickets (again), Joe opened at the other end and struggled in his first bowling spell of the year (I think?) to settle, and then on came Richard. Skipper Brock. Well... early success came with his wobbly line and temping length, followed by success in the middle of his spell, and then by success as he came to the end with 6 for 51 off 11 overs. 6 wickets!!!! How good is that? Clearly he got the ball to do something apart from appear in the hands of a few catchers as several victims were clean-bowled. I would go on, but he doesn't need pumping up any more, but it was a great spell and one that he will be proud of, no doubt, for a good while if not forever. Other spells brought wickets - it was nice to see James bowl with success again - and Lindfield's Pedley brothers, together with the opener Dan Bulgin, all members of the youth side, performed well and scored good runs. Reese kept wicket very well again and fits the role well, and Joe's fielding in particular, again, was tremendous; well done lads!
Lindfield's bowling opened up against the customary P Hunter/J Trollope combo, and the TWCC batters settled in very well. There was a little movement in the air, and some variation in bounce, but in general the bowling wasn't too threatening (here speaks someone sitting 100 yds away batting down the order!) . Paul began to punish the bowling if runs were on offer, and James was more circumspect but nonetheless affective until the umpire's finger was raised in answer to an LBW appeal. Many thought the ball might have passed over the stumps, but the umpire was adamant that it was a correct decision, and he was in the best position to see.
Reese, at three, is a great prospect for TWCC, and he soon began to middle the ball. There is a certain sound of a sharply hit ball that epitomises solid fast hands and more often than not Reese hits the ball like that and the ball heads for the boundary at speed. Paul upped the rate of scoring as the bowling allowed, and soon was over the 50 mark, and then he was caught out for a fine 61, and in walked another Hunter. Reese was out for a solid 26 and Edward and George set about winning the game. George played as George plays and soon the ball was travelling a long way. A long long way.  4,4,4,6,6,6,6 with a few 1's representing the mishits, and dots representing the times he swished in vain.  Edward offered up a catch in the gully, and then Jim helped George to take TWCC to the target and to a 6 to finish the match on 31 exciting G Hunter runs.
Good performances all round, nice to welcome Ollie in to the side and we hope he can play again, but the day belongs to Paul and George Hunter for 100 runs between them and to Richard Brock for his excellent harvest of 6 wickets. Let's hope we revisit the Lindfield ground in seasons to come, and see how their crop of excellent youngsters develop as we further mature ourselves...

Scorecard
TWCC won the toss and elected to bowl first.
Lindfield Innings: Dan Bulgin Ct Simon Bld Brock 36; Leon Kayfl Bld Brock 10; John Cooper Bld Brock 7; Ian Jackson Ct P Hunter Bld Brock 7; Jack Cooper Ct Simon Bld Brock 0; Mark Simpson Bld Brock 0; Ross Pedley Ct & Bld Trollope 39; Alex Pedley Ct & Bld P Hunter 21; Tim Richardson Ct x Bld Trollope 0; Ben Thacker not out 11; Rupert Green not out 0. Extras 32 (B-6; LB-4; W-22). Total 165 for 9 off 42 overs.
TWCC Bowling: J Simon 12-2-28-0; J Panther 5-0-19-0; R Brock 11-0-51-6; E Bunn 4-0-14-0; J Trollope 5-0-19-2; P Hunter 5-0-21-1.
TWCC Innings: P Hunter Ct R Pedley Bld Richardson 61; J Trollope LBW R Green 14; R Packham Ct Green Bld A Pedley 26; G Hunter not out 39; E Bunn Ct A Pedley Bld Kay 1; J Simon not out 6. Extras 19 (NB-3, W-12, B-4). DNB R Brock, O Foulger, J Panther. Total 166 for 4.
TWCC win by 6 wickets, or more relevantly as Paul pointed out, by 11.4 overs.

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Bolney CC v TWCC May 22nd 2016
The pressure of running an International organisation on the scale of Twineham and Wineham Cricket Club - whilst ultimately rewarding - does bring immense stress on those who shoulder the greatest burdens.  This week Jim has handed over the editorial reins to recharge his batteries.  So an early apology for the lack of sardonic humour and dry wit: today's report is less of a flowing drive through the covers, more of a thwack towards cow corner. 
Bolney's ground has an outlook that feels unchanged for many, many years - school, church, broad leaf trees - all ageing gracefully.  One might - unkindly - include the team. It's cricket as it was a century ago: scorers, umpires and an excellent tea all part of the service.  Was that the sigh of a gentle breeze brushing the leaves of a great oak: or was it a sigh of relief emanating from the home dressing room when TWCC turned up with no Rydons for the first time in at least 8 years?  In fact, garnering a team had been a struggle, but with Reese bringing Jack and Fletch and Tom Stace - former Albourne and Sayers Common - agreeing to turn out for us, we were 10. 
The toss was lost in the merest flip of a coin and we were put in in a timed match.  Lacking a natural opening partner, James had to settle for Richard and hope he wouldn't do too much to disturb his impressive run of early season form.  He didn't.  James soon found his fluency against a bowling attack which at one end was accurate and at the other end was a little chaotic.  A young bowler, Jamie Bowles showed a very lively pace but it only occasionally coordinated with his run up - and consequently several no-balls pelted down accompanied by an infusion of wides and byes.  But he had an endearing habit of arguing with Umpire Bunn about his front foot and showed more than enough potential to make one think he'll be impressive in the years to come.  The upshot of this and some other wayward bowling was that James, Extras and Richard put on a 100 partnership: in that order of scoring.  In fact, the opening stand moved on to 140 and had the Twineham historians blowing the dust off ancient tomes for record opening partnerships.  That's when the aforementioned Jamie returned, bowling uphill. His pent up anger with Edward was released in one particularly sharp and short ball - which caught the skipper full pelt on the side of the head.  Much blood and no mirth because for once things looked serious rather than funny - he retired, taking his 33 not out safely to the averages with him.  James moved serenely on - Reese didn't.  George did as George does: 34 including 5 sixes, two of which were really quite enormous, one bouncing on the road and into the churchyard.  James retired on his second hundred of the season - in May! Jim and Tom were both out trying to push the score along - we presume, though there's a lack of evidence to back this up.  A rather handsome flurry from Jack and a less feeble offering than of late from Edward took us to a formidable 237-4. 
Bolney's tea was as irresistible as ever - unhelpful for a team about to bowl.  But Jim bowling downhill with gusto and Joe bowling uphill with guile opened up for us.  As so often, while both bowled well, only one got the rewards - and Joe it was who picked up not one, not two but the first 3 wickets to fall with a good line and a nagging length, taking Bolney to 29-3.  From there they dug in well - and while 8 bowlers were used, it took Tom Stace to break the partnership with his deliciously deceptive left arm spin.  Inspired fielding gave us a dramatic next wicket: Jim with a sharp throw over the stumps and Reese whipping off the bails that broke the partnership. At this stage Bolney were still attacking and in touch, needing around 6 runs an over. James chipped in with a wicket but a series of dropped catches set us back before we took another and that's when Bolney decided the time had come to put up the shutters.  Jim snapped up the defiant Barry Griffin with 2 overs to go and then Tom bowled the number 10 Patton with the last ball of the match.  We drew, or didn't win by one wicket, whatever your view, either way it's the same frustrating result - but we are happy to report that the seemingly serious head injury was improved by a packet of frozen peas and a (small) teaspoon of sympathy.   

SCORECARD

TWCC LOST THE TOSS AND WERE ASKED TO BAT

TWCC Innings: J TROLLOPE RETIRED 101; R BROCK RETIRED HURT 33; R PACKHAM Bld J BOWLES 2; G HUNTER Bld P BUCH 34; J SIMON LBW S BOWLES 0; E BUNN NOT OUT 9; T STACE Bld S BOWLES    0; J COOPER NOT OUT 15; DNB J PANTHER, FLETCH.
TOTAL 237 for 4.                                237-4
Fall: 161/3, 213/4, 213/5, 213/7
BOLNEY Bowling: J Bowles 8-0-45-1 (and a KO); T Paton 7-0-54-0; J Elliott 4-2-7-0; P Buch 6-1-37-1; S Bowles 7-1-33-2; M Garside 6-1-34-0; M Madden 2-0-17-0.

Bolney Innings: N BUSHELL Bld PANTHER 7; J ELLIOT CT, Bld PANTHER 11; C BUNCE CT, Bld PANTHER 0; P BUCH Run Out (SIMON) 35; J BOWLES CT, Bld B STACE 32; S BOWLES CT Simon Bld TROLLOPE 42; M GARSIDE Ct & Bld TROLLOPE 6; J MOORE Not Out 10; B GRIFFIN LBW Bld SIMON 0; T PATTON Bld T STACE 4; M MADDEN Not Out 0.
TOTAL 178 for 9.
FALL  7-1, 11-3, 29-2, 91-5, 106-4, 145-7, 157-6, 164-9, 178-9
BOWLING
J SIMON: 9-1-34-1; J PANTHER 6-1-19-3; J COOPER 5-0-43-0; T STACE 6-2-21-2; HUNTER 3-0-18-0; TROLLOPE 5-0-15-1; BUNN 5-0-25-0; BROCK 3-3-0-0.
Match Drawn.


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West Chiltington v TWCC June 5th 2016
Last year’s match with West Chiltington is already the stuff of legend.  400+ runs, 15 off 1 ball, scorebookgate.  Some parts of the previous year were to be replicated:  the silly yellow hat highlighting cancer research, 400+ runs – and a little taste of controversy.  Of which more later.  The skipper was told that they were playing a number of youngsters, a few old gits – and 2 `overseas` players.  Bruce, their skipper described them as `outstanding`.  The skipper won the toss but acquiesced to their polite hint that they’d like to bat first – in hindsight, this was presumably to give their thoroughbreds a run out.  At that stage, we didn’t know.  Matt got off to a great start, fast and accurate, his good line soon clipped the bails of both openers with barely 30 on the board. The afternoon sun was very warm, but that didn’t matter because the game was under control, runs were hard to come by and all was good with the world.  Joe – from whom we now expect a weekly handful of wickets, was struggling with his line, length and luck – and was replaced after 5 wicketless overs.  Kev came on and by his 3rd over, was looking really very good – decent pace, great line and length – setting up a catch for Jack -  but with two balls left of his 4th over, his hamstring twanged and he had to limp off.  Richard stepped in and without wanting to be wasteful, used one of the 2 remaining balls to get a wicket.  That was OK:  the skipper’s next wicket was not.  Not only was it a  ridiculously wide ball, it also encouraged the batsman to swing and clip it to Jack at backward point.  And the result of that....was to bring Mr Overseas 1 to the crease.  Fortunately, Rob had just begun his spell so a clash of the titans was in prospect: Rob’s pace and accuracy vs Mr Muscles of Farfaraway.  As it turned out, it was rather one sided – and this is not a line I have ever had to write before – Rob got marmelized.   The big lad seemed to enjoy his pace and all the balls were nicely in the off stump slot – so he deposited them regularly and very impressively over long off.   This was OK for a while, as we waited for him to mishit one or another.  But it was clear this chap was quite well out of our league – or would have been had we played a league – any league.  In the end, we were reduced to batting fodder and ball fetchers, and the enjoyment of fielding on a lovely afternoon seeped away with each overhead missile.  When he retired after half or three quarters of an hour, he had 82.  And he was replaced with Overseas no 2.  He was equally impressive, clipping away anyone unfortunate enough to bowl at him.  I don’t know if you’ve seen the film Kes – where the sportsmaster is taking football with a bunch of small boys who don’t want to play.  He picks the ball up on the halfway line, barges through the bemused team, leaving them on the floor injured and defeated – refuses to pass and races into the penalty area and smashes the ball into the net past the hapless keeper Billy before celebrating wildly.  Anyway, West Chiltington reached 246-7 in 36 overs but at least tea was very pleasant, thanks to the Cancer Ladies. Sunshine soothed the soul and in strode James and Matt Edwards to play sensible straight bats and win if they could.  Well James didn’t last the first over before he knicked it behind, Matt and Jonathan also fell as West Chiltington showed the depth of talent of their young players.  But Reese and Rob didn’t just steady the ship – from 31-3 they took the name by the scruff of the neck.  Rob’s classical hitting came with added flight as the sixes flowed and he clawed back his pride which had so savagely been dumped on the wrong side of the boundary.  6 sixes and 7 fours in a fantastic knock – with the more careful Reese, whose pre-batting preparation had been a couple of slugs of cheap wine he won in the raffle.  Finally on 144 Reese was caught – but we were back in the game.  Edward kept the momentum up but the truth is that once Rob holed out for 83, we withered away, finishing on 172 – with Kev unable to bat.    Overseas 1 had bowled - but not outstandingly – and took only 3 wickets.  West Chiltington were pleasant - but an uneasy feeling remained that by slipping in not one but two players so far above Sunday afternoon standards, the game lost a touch of spirit. 

Scorecard
TWCC won the toss and elected to bowl first
West Chiltington Innings: Fryer Bld Edwards 20; Lucking Bld  Edwards 0; Tatchell Ct R Rydon Bld Brock 31; Farnes Ct J Cooper Bld Scott 9; Reeves Ct Cooper Bld Brock 11; Nick rtd 82; Atkins LBW Bld Brock 2; Kay Bld Karvay 0; Sanchit Not out 67; Tatchell Not out 1.
Total: 246-7. DNB; Gee.
TWCC Bowling: M Edwards 9-1-34-2; J Panther 5-0-27-0; K Scott 3.4-0-22-1; R Rydon 5-0-47-0; R Brock 8.2-2-41-3; Karvay 4-0-28-1.
TWCC Innings: J Trollope Ct WK Bld Farnes 0; M Edwards Ct Tatchell Bld Farnes 11; J Rowland Ct Farnes Bld Gee 8; R Packham Ct Lucking Bld Nick 33; R Rydon Ct Tatchell Bld Nick 83; E Bunn Ct WK Bld Atkins 14; J Cooper Bld Nick 0; R Brock run out 4; Panther Ct WK Bld Lucking 0; H Karvay Not out 2.
Total: 172 all out. DNB: K Scott.
FALL: 5-1, 20-3, 31-2, 144-3, 152-5, 152-7, 161-8, 169-6, 172-9.     
West Chiltington Bowling: Farnes 5-1-15-2; Gee 5-1-21-1; Reeves 4-0-32-0; Lucking 4.2-0-9-1; Tatchell 1-0-17-0; Atkins 4-0-18-0; Nick 2-0-7-3.
West Chiltington won by 84 runs

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TWCC v Rottingdean July 12th 2016
London Unity no game, but Rottingdean stepped in. There's no report because no one could bring themselves to write it as Joe took 5 wickets and we've never heard the end of it, though Rob's 87 would be worth expanding upon.

Scorecard
Not sure who won the toss, but TWCC batted first in an 80 overs fiddle about game.
TWCC Innings: J Trollope ct Kenny Bld G Harris 20; J Rowland Bld S Shepherd 23; T Pearce Ct Shepherd Bld G Harris 16; R Packham St, Bld K Rogers; R Rydon Ct & Bld K Rogers 87; M Edwards St, Bld S Bettsworth; E Bunn Ct & Bld Rogers 6;J Panther Bld Rogers8; T Rydon LBW Rogers 0 (Golden Duck!); J Simon ct, Bld Betsworth 1; R Brock not out 0.
Extras 19 (NB-1, W-3, B-15). Total 207 all out off 40.1 overs.
Rottingdean Bowling: J Blanchard 5-0-24-0; S Shepherd 7-1-29-1; G Harris 6-0-34-2; A Grantham 8-1-42-0; K Rogers 9-0-47-5; C Bettsworth 4.1-0-14-2.
Rottingdean Innings: D Bettsworth Bld Edwards 10; E Swin-Ward Ct Simon Bld T Rydon 38; B Larder Ct Rowland (Wk) Bld Panther 7; K Rogers Ct Bunn Bld Panther 4; S Shepherd Bld R Rydon 27; C Bettsworth Bld R Rydon 5; S Grantham Ct Pearce Bld Panther 0; T Grantham Ct & Bld Panther 0; J Blanchard Bld Panther 4; A Grantham not out 0; G Harris Ct Packham Bld Brock 3. Extras 25 (NB-8, W-7, LB-2, B-8) Total 125 for 10 all out off 31.5 overs.
TWCC Bowling: M Edwards 8-0-24-1; J Simon 6-0-31-0; J Panther 9-2-23-5; T Rydon 4-0-31-1; R Rydon 4-3-1-2; R Brock 0.5-0-3-1.
TWCC win by 84 runs.

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TWCCV Malayalee June 19th 2016
Brighton Malaylee was a new fixture – a nice bunch of chaps arrived having fought their way through the clusters of cyclists clogging up the roads in their lycra clad quest to annoy motorists.  Anyway....the skipper lost the toss again and Malaylee opted to bat in a 35 over match.  Tom opened the bowling fast and furious from the far end – so fast in fact that the openers could barely lay a bat on the ball.  And with a good opening spell from Honse at the pavilion end, Malaylee got off to a slow and struggling start.  But despite restricting them to a painfully slow start – under 2 an over it took a change of bowling with Edward replacing Tom to get the wickets falling.  First Edward confounded Sreeban to lob up a catch to Richard – and 9 balls later he took a fine caught and bowled. Malaylee were in trouble – still in their 20s in the 13th over of a limited over match.  The slow pace encouraged the skipper to use all resources at his command – so the next two bowlers were to be James and – for his once a season cameo – Tony.  James was sadly deprived of a wicket in his first over by the unanimous verdict of the team that a stumping was in fact a run out courtesy of fast hands Rowland behind the stumps.   But James did get a legitimate wicket caught by Tony and indeed Mr Pearce also picked up his onefer – on this occasion, onefer 24 runs in 4 overs.  By this time Malaylee’s number 6 Shaji had dug in and was starting to hit the ball well.  A decision to give Reese a try didn’t pay off – and the just as the runs were starting to stack up rather too steadily came the news that rather than 4 over remaining there were in fact still 7 to go.  The skipper brought himself on, only to get a stumped off a poor first ball. Rob took one at the other end and the skipper finished them off next over by bowling the excellent Sharji – all out for 148 – slightly more challenging than had seemed likely at the halfway point.  Tea was – and there is no way around this – poor in the extreme.  The slices of bread with some filling – they don’t deserve the name sandwiches – were almost gone by the time Malaylee went through.  But James wouldn’t know that because he was off buying milk he’d forgotten to bring. Two cakes were OK – topped up by a few cheap chocolate rolls.  Perhaps it was this poor preparation which was to determine that the batsmen peformed merely adequately.  James himself has been having a great season and he held the early innings together with 28 as Jonathan was caught for 7 and then Tony – our revered number 3, he of the golden bat and golden balls – came in and was CLEAN BOWLED FOR A GOLDEN DUCK.  It should be said at this stage that Malaylee had some excellent bowlers – quick, accurate, getting some swing out of the pitch.  Honse looked good before being caught for 8 but Tom meanwhile was building an excellent and aggressive innings of 25.  Reese was caught for 12 leaving us on 107-6 – squeaky bum time as we were just 10 and Loz – next in – was a professed non-batter.  But praise be because Rob was there to guide us home with sensible yet forceful batting and he was partnered by Edward who looked good and solid.  Between them they took us home with 2 wickets and 3 overs to spare.   Malaylee were a pleasure to host, a nice group with a good spirit.  It was a good TWCC victory.

Scorecard
Malayalee won the toss and elected to bat
Malayalee Innigns:
Jey Ct&Bld Pearce 28; Sreeban Ct R Brock Bld Bunn 6; Tipin Ct T Pearce Bld Bunn 3; Joble St Rowland Bld Scott 18; Praveen Ct Pearce Bld Trollope 7; Shaji Bld R Brock 42; Swarup Ct J Rowland (WK) Bld T Rydon 1; Ganga Bld T Rydon 0; Vinu St J Rowland Bld R Brock 16; Boney Ct E Bunn Bld R Rydon 3; Jose Not out 1; Total 148 all out 32.3 overs.
TWCC Bowling: T Rydon 7-3-16-2; H Karvay 7-2-11-0; E Bunn 6-0-28-2; Trollope 3-0-17-1; T Pearce 4-0-24-1; R Packham 3-0-15-0; R Brock 1.3-0-7-2; R Rydon 1-0-54-1.
TWCC Innings:
J Trollope Bld Boney 28; J Rowland Ct x Bld Boney 7; T Pearce Bld Boney 0 GOLDEN DUCK; H Karvay    Ct x Bld Vinu 8; T Rydon Bld Sharup 25; R Packham Ct x Bld Shaji 12; R Rydon Not Out 24; E Bunn Not out 13; Total : 149 31 overs.
Fall: 30-2, 30-3, 55-4, 57-1, 100-6, 107-5.     
Malayalee Bowling: Sharup 6-0-17-1; Jose 6-0-31-0; Boney 5-1-13-3; Ganga 4-0-14-0; Vinu 2-0-12-1; Jobie 3-0-20-0; Jey 2-0-11-0; Sheeran 1-0-3-0.
TWCC won by 2 wickets.

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TWCC Tour July 1st to 3rd
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TWCC v Wisley CC July 17th 2016
A few weeks away and it was a joy to return to the game of games for the Gazette staff. Skipper Brock was not with us on this occasion, and so the coin was tossed by TWCC's capable Vice-Captain, Matt E. Both teams were missing players who had heavily influenced last season's fixture, Rupert for Wisley and George for TWCC, but the two teams nonetheless faced up to the heat of the day with high expectation of a competetive game in their hearts. The Gazette research team have so far failed to find out who won the toss (surely a toss completed in a record time before the first ball was bowled as both skippers were early arrivers - unlike many of the other players from both teams...) but the result of the ensuing discussion was that TWCC bowled first in a game of 40 overs per side, no draws allowed.
Jim and Tom opened up the TWCC bowling, Jim with an early wicket from a mediocre ball met with a mediocre off-drive which Joe caught at mid off, and Tom with his usual fiery excellent spell. Tom bowled out his eight overs, and Jim just six in order to have a couple for later. Very early on, it is sad to report, there occurred an injury to our Skip, a quad pull for Matt Edwards suffered when making a quick turn in the field, the result of which was that he was unable to bowl which was obviously a big loss to the home side. No Matt, no Richard, a max of 8 overs for an individual bowler... Times might be going to be tough, especially as a youthful and energetic Wisley side looked as if they had a strong batting performance in mind.
The rest of the Wisley innings is characterised by lots of runs being scored, lots of catches falling just safe, a few catches being plain dropped... It didn't add up to a great exhibition of fielding prowess but it did add up to a lot of Wisley runs, particularly for the opener McIntosh with a wonderful 121, and Snelling at 3 with 61, who, after the early wicket, stuck around for a great second wicket partnership capitalising on, it must be said, a slightly stretched bowling attack.
Of note were a number of dropped catches; indeed Jack "Bucket" Cooper - so called because of his ability to hold on to anything, is now re-christened "Liza" in recognition of the holes in his buckets... In defense of his prowess he did hang on to the hardest of his catches, down low between his feet. Catch of the day, however, was truly the most remarkable one I have seen in recent times. Towards the end of the innings the batters were swinging away, and the field was spread. Edward bowling from the Pavilion End was teasing the swingers with his slow pace, and James was hanging about in Cow Corner exhibiting a sort of Sergeant Wilson demeanour - keeping an eye on events with an aloof air and quite glad not to be too involved in the mayhem. Suddenly the ball was hoisted towards him and he had to work out where it was going to fall. Happily it fell exactly where he was standing, but unhappily he calculated that it would land some way to his right. He moved across, away from the catch-site, emitted the obligatory "OOH!" as he missed the ball, but stuck out a left hand at the last moment in a forlorn swipe, and when we all looked the ball was in his hand. Neither side, including James, could work out quite what had happened, but there it was on the replay, in his hand. Extraordinary and brilliant (lucky).
Kevin, Joe, Edward, Honse and James (2 for 17 off 4 overs - very good in the circumstances), and Jim for his last two overs, saw out the 40 overs, and there Wisly were on 250 for 5. Difficult.
Tea, Jim's, lots of filling right to the edges of the bread, with gratefully received help from Kay and Tom. 3 loaves + cakes is enough.
So; the TWCC innings. Look who's doing well again? James it was, who with Matt E as his competent opening partner, saw TWCC through the early overs in an excellent first wicket partnership facing some dangerous bowling. Swing and pace from Domingo and turn and guile from Ramesh were, in turn, hard to get away and hard to read. Tight tight tight. They finished their spells and, as often happens, slightly less tight bowling brings about success as batters see more balls to hit. Matt was caught for 24 after doing a great job, Tony looked fine in a most productive partnership with James until he was out for 24, James (another fine 50) was eventually bowled by a good ball, Reese connected very well with some shorter balls but was then out for 24, Jim did nothing much at 5 as he's better, curiously, when the bowling's less good, and then a wonderful cameo from Tom. Big hits, leg glances, placement, singles - it was all good stuff, ably assisted by Edward who really is heading back to his form of old as he runs twos with alacrity and calls for quick singles not even at the ends of overs. Tom and Edward did add a sparkle towards the end of the day, but the total was always going to be too much for TWCC given the absence of poor bowling from the visitors. Edward chipped one back to the bowler, and Jack looked good for the brief remaining time finishing the innigns with Tom still in command.
A draw, normally an interesting and honourable option for games such as this, was, given the format, not a possibility though it would have led to an exciting finish. As it was the game was over with 20 overs to go, Wisley the deserved vistors.

Scorecard
Wisley Innings: McIntosh Ct T Rydon Bld Trollope 121; TJ Ct Panther Bld Simon 0; Snelling Ct & Bld Kev Scott; T Richards Ct Trollope Bld Bunn 32; Kerigan Not Out 17; Ashwin Ct Buckets Bld Trollope 4; Ramesh Not out 0. Extras 16 (W-5, NB-1, B-7, LB-3)Total 250 for 5. DNB O Richards and some more that didn't get recorded.
TWCC Bowling: Simon 8-0-29-1; T Rydon 8-0-32-0; K Scott 8-0-42-1; Panther 5-0-44-0; Karvay 3-0-33-0; E Bunn 4-0-34-1; Trollope 4-0-17-2.
TWCC Innings: J Trollope Bld TJ 52; M Edwards Ct, Bld T Richards 24; T Pearce Ct, Bld T Richards 16; R Packham Ct, Bld O Richards 16; J Simon Bld O Richards 5; T Rydon Not Out 39; E Bunn Ct&Bld Domingo 26; J Cooper Not Out 10. Extras  14 (W-6, NB-6, B-1, LB-1). Total 202 for 6. DNB J Panther, K Scott, H Karvay.
Wisley Bowloing: Domingo 7-1-25-1; Ramesh 8-1-28-0; O Richards 8-0-46-2; TJ 8-1-35-1; T Richards 6-0-38-2; J Richards 3-0-23-0.
Wisley win (40 overs per side limited over game).

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Warninglid CC v TWCC August 21st 2016
With the return of Skipper Brock from the experimental Bulgarian School of Cricketing Excellence and something approximating sufficient players to engage, TWCC assembled for duty on the windswept heights of Warninglid with gladness in their hearts; cricket was back after rather a lull. Glancing around the ranks of the opposition was a little unnerving however - where was the mix of grandsons and the over 60's? These were young men with girlfriends and everything! Warninglid CC appeared to have an average age some thirty years south that of their visitors - but age isn't everything in sport even if it helps. TWCC were ready to take on all comers.
Jim and Paul opened up the bowling and set the tone for the first part of the Warninlid innings. There was a bit of swing, the wicket was slightly unpredictable and the ball wasn't really coming on to the batters with any great reliability, but in the face of these factors the Warninlid opening pair saw through the early phase well and resolutely kept themselves in play. Switching Jim out of the attack for later Honse took over from the East End and, with similar reasoning, Paul was replaced by President Jones from the Pavilion End. The batters, now well in, began to take the Warninglid total along with more momentum, and so it came to pass that Richard began his excellent spell of bowling. There are times, we all know, when poor bowling realises wickets for which tighter preceding bowling has created the appetite, but in this spell Richard wasn't having any of that. Rejuvinated by his recent sojourn in Eastern Europe, Richard bowled with a tightness and attention to line and length that we rarely see in any of our bowling attack. Rewarded in his first over by clean-bowling one of the well-rooted Warninglid openers, he followed this up by removing the other with the help of a truly excellent stumping from Jonathan behind the timbers. Warninglid were on the slide, and Richard swiftly, in this his first spell, took out two more, one being removed first ball and thus putting the side on the first of three hat-trick alerts. A great spell from our Captain, the individual analysis of which is not possible at this remove because the ball-by-ball scorecard is not available at the Gazette office, but the first four wickets were down to Richard and Warninglid were an unsettled side from this point on. James and Edward plied their trade from the Pavilion End, though on this occasion unsuccessfully, and Jim came back from the East End to finish off what he'd started by taking two wickets in his last over, the first of which was a lovely smart catch by Jonathan standing up and the second of which - the next ball - brought about the second hat-trick alert of the game. Paul provided both a couple of late wickets, the first of which was a slap-it-back-catch-it-if-you-can-because-it-was-hit-quite-hard caught and bowled, and another golden-ducker, thus putting TWCC on their third hat-trick alert of the day! Sadly, reminiscent of Jim's final spell on tour in Dorset, rather than enjoying further success Paul was Mongoosed over his head for two enourmous sixes to finish the innings off with Warninlid posting a creditable 208 total to spoil the taste of TWCC's sandwiches.
208 was plenty to chase, and, as with the Warninglid Innings, the batting conditions took some mastering. However, Paul and James didn't succumb, and, seeing off the opening bowling attack, they settled down to getting out to the second wave - James not having ever, today, truly been as one with the conditions, and Paul having some creditable boundaries to his name. Tony was struggling with a hamstring injury, and hadn't been able to field with his usual flair. Warninglid kindly waived the no-runner rule, and we were treated to a fine dislplay of triangular batting as Richard became Tony's legs. Happily Tony's bat was still operating and somehow he managed to time the ball tremendously well considering he couldn't move his weight through the shot - even managing a six amongst the six fours. Jonathan, rather like James, found the conditions hard to get on top of, and wan't his usual fluent self with the bat and he fell with an atypical 7 runs to his name. In came Edward to sort it out. In spite of having to face the sort of bowling he usually dislikes, Edward smote the ball. He cracked and crushed the ball off his bat. Bludgeoned and blasted; pulls to where the fielders weren't on the mid-wicket and long-on boundary. Eight fours and, yes, two twos amongst the quick singles. A fine innings of 45 in the face of some difficult wet conditions that moved in from the squally West. Jim kept the hope alive for a while until, as usual, he was bowled by an unplayable delivery, but, truly by the thirtieth over the game was run and TWCC were suffering from having allowed too many runs to slide Warninglid's way in their innings. Honse increased the value of his batting capital, and Malcolm made a fine sight walking out to bat without his... er... bat, only to be stumped off his first ball and fail to notice he was out until Dave came out to join him at the crease for the last rites.
Although at the start of their bowling effort the ball was as good as it had been at the end of their own innings, Warninglid's bowlers did have to work with a progressivley wet and slimy ball. The humidity had become light drizzle and then turned into what had to be called rain, and in this regard Warninglid, nonetheless playing with an eye to good form fully in keeping with the finest traditions of the Sunday game, definitely had the worst of the conditions and were the best side on the day.
Warninglid, a fine bunch of happy youth and jolly oponents deserved their victory leaving the visitors the crumb of comfort that is the knowledge that the Royal Oak is our home pub and it is still there serving beer with no strings attached.


Scorecard
TWCC won the toss and bowled first. Match 40 overs limited, max 8 overs/bowler
Warninglid Innings: R Swinscoe St Rowland, Bld Brock 30; M Nasty Bld Brock 26; D Tingley Ct Rowland (wk) Bld Simon 60; C Mackie Bld Brock 2; C Vaughan Bld Brock 0; A Parsons Ct & Bld Hunter 42; D Mackie Bld Simon 0; B Nesbit not out 22; R Hollingham(?) Bld Hunter 0; J Acton not out 12. DNB R Clarke. Extras 14, Total 208 for 9 from 40 overs.
TWCC Bowling: J Simon 8-2-22-2; P Hunter 8-1-39-2; H Karvay 6-0-39-0; D Jones 4-0-25-0; R Brock 8-2-32-4; J Trollope 3-0-22-0; E Bunn 3-0-24-0.
TWCC Innings: P Hunter ct, Bld Acton 26; J Trollope Ct, Bld Vaughan 8; T Pearce LBW Nesbit 40; J Rowland St, Bld Clarke 7; E Bunn LBW Clarke 45; J Simon Bld C Mackie 12; H Karvay not out 14; R Brock Bld C Mackie 3; M Gasson St, Bld Clarke 0; D Jones not out 0. Extras 19 (NB-4, W-12, B-3) Total 175 for 9 from 40 overs.
Warninglid Bowling: R Hollingham(?) 5-0-13-0; Vaughan 5-0-26-0; Acton 6-3-11-1; Nesbit 0-0-31-1; D Mackie 3-0-40-0; Clarke 7-0-17-3; C Mackie 6-0-22-2.
Warninglid win by 33 runs.

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Crescent CC v TWCC August 28th 2016
Another struggle for TWCC's newly appointed Match Manager to raise a team, but 10 good men and true duly reported for duty at the Horsdean ground on a squally and intermittently wet August bank holiday Sunday.
TWCC's newly appointed Head of the Coin Response Unit emerged from his summit with the news that his negotiations had gone well and that TWCC would bowl first. Tom Rydon and Jim opened up with their usual dash and trundle respectively, and both settled into trying to understand what mood the Horsdean wicket was in this time. The answer to this was that it was broadly dull with the occasional low bounce on offer. But the capricious nature of the surface had nothing to do with the wickets Tom took in his third over; a double-wicket maiden, both bowled. The rest of his spell was one in which the ball certainly dominated the bat, and he finished his seven over spell with only 12 runs against his name. Jim bowled the occasional good ball, though was more economical than threatening, but with plenty of bowling around for the newly appointed TWCC Bowling Resource Manager to deploy many bowling options remained. Sam Simon, back from his wilderness years, took one ball to learn how to bowl again, and then clean-bowled Crescent's threatening opener with his second. Plenty of pace, the line of left arm over is never easy for batters to cope with, and Sam settled into a lengthy spell. TWCC's newly appointed Fielding Coach can only take the credit for placing TWCC's newly appointed Manager of Recruitment's pick in the shape of Tom Firth at mid-off, who took a catch to give Sam his second wicket as Crescent's left-handed No. 5 pushed at an awkward length ball that lobbed forwards in the air. Crescent were on the wobble as this was clearly another one of their better players.
Tom Firth took over from Jim and struggled to find his length, but he persevered and sure enough got things under control, but with such a bowling battery at his disposal it was soon time for Honse to weave his inter-continental magic and, sure enough, Crescent's No 6 wafted around a straight one and the hosts were another wicket down. They could ill afford to lose another wicket, least of all that of Will who was dogged in defense albeit not that demonstrative in attack, but, when called through for a quick single, he was not quite as quick as James T who oooh'd down to the ball at short fine leg, and ahh'd a throw to the bowler who had plenty of time to convince the umpire at the bowler's end that when the batsman wasn't in his ground and the bails were off this means that a run out has taken place.
TWCC's Match Manager decided it was time for Richard to be brought into the attack, and he proceeded to bowl a very tight line and length. Every Brock ball produced an uncertainty in the batsman about whether or not to use his bat, and several knicks were the result. These fell in gaps around Alex behind the stumps until one, finally, did go to hand which Alex snapped up with his usual casual keeper competence. That left a mere three wickets with Rob's name on them. Given the nod, Rob pulled off his jumper, snicked his Rolls Royce action into "Drive" and treated all comers to another fine display of fast and accurate bowling. TWCC's own Whispering Death plundered the late-order wickets and in just 4.3 overs, two of which were maidens, he had his three wickets for just 5 runs. A treat to watch, and, with Richard's own excellence never letting up TWCC closed the bowling off in great style.
None of the Crescent batters got going, held in check by some good bowling and also by some committed and effective eager fielding from all. Proper cricket.
Proper cricket backed up by a proper tea! What a treat! Needless to say the Gazette editorial staff laid off all but a few micro-sandwiches, but those were juicy and fully up to Hunter-Spec. Moist cakes, scones and jam, even some heated thingies from a hot-plate. A Bolney rival and even, dare I say it, something to get James worried when it's his turn.
132 to win. Surely TWCC, albeit hamstrung by Tony's absence, could manage that? Was TWCC confidence troubled when Paul, capable as ever, was undone by a non-bouncing straight grubber that went underground and then re-emerged to clout the stumps? Not a bit of it. A shame for Paul, of course, but we had plenty in the tank, not least in the shape of JT who kept the ball out from the skiddy Townley et al for long enough to ensure that only a collapse of TWCC proportions could result in a home win for Crescent. But many TWCC players can't help but recall just how well TWCC can make any target look difficult, and a shudder ran through the ranks as Brocky shovelled a simple catch to point and TWCC were 5 for 2. The start of a spiral out of control?
But - we have Rydons!!! Rydon A walked out and proceeded to share a great stand with James that set up the result the TWCC fan was looking for. From 5 for 2 TWCC were in the 90's before Alex failed to survive hitting the ball into the air once to often, having offered up a few chances during his innings, and was out for 46, just four runs short of a parental jug. (Well, maybe I'm casting nasturtiums, but in the Gazette's experience this is one area of progeny-independence that youth seem to be able to ignore.) Sad for Rydon R not to bat with Rydon A, but there was always Rydon T to come. It did at first seem unlikley that Rydon T would be needed, or any other batters at all such was the magnificence of the forward-defensive that bounded solidly up to mid-off all along the ground from Sam's first ball faced. TWCC were safe. Sam the batter had showed up at the same time as Sam the bowler and fielder. The sense of relief in the dug out was palpable. Rob and Sam would see us through. But Sam, presumably now fully warmed up and his eye well and truly in, watched a straight ball with his 20:20 vision pass his cross-bat and hit middle stump. A short innings, but that forward-defensive stroke was truly worth the journey from Londonland.
However TWCC were nearly home, and all Simon J had to do was to run up and down a bit whilst Rydon R sorted out the victory with plenty of 4's and one huge straight well-timed smooth 6 that clattered into the scenery with a fine resounding clack. All that was missing was the sound of breaking glass.
With around ten overs to spare TWCC secured the win that had been made possible not only by James' and Alex's 87 joint runs, but also by a fine bowling performance that ensured the hosts never had enough runs to defend.
Thanks to Crescent for the loan of a fielder in the opening overs, and for sharing in an afternoon's fun, and we look forward to next year. Well we look forward to this year too, of course.

Scorecard
TWCC won the toss and chose to bat first. 80 overs format, draw a possible result.
Crescent CC Innings: J Morris Bld S Simon 20; L Geary Bld T Rydon 2; M Wood Bld T Rydon 0; J Will run out (Trollope) 26; M Lawson Ct T Firth Bld S Simon 10; B Townley Bld H Karvay 3; D Osborne Bld R Rydon 37; D Morgan Bld R Rydon 1; A Bousfield Ct A Rydon (Wk) Bld R Brock 1; S Wood not out 2; M Brown Bld R Rydon 0. Extras 29 (NB-5, W-11, LB-4, B-9) Total 131 all out off 38.3 overs.
TWCC Bowling: T Rydon 7-1-12-2; J Simon 8-2-20-0; S Simon 8-1-22-2; T Firth 3-0-19-0; H Karvay 4-0-19-1; R Brock 4-1-13-1; R Rydon 4.3-2-5-3.
TWCC Innings: P HunterBld Townley 2; J Trollope Ct, Bld Lawson 41; R Brock Ct, Bld Townley 0; A Rydon Ct, Bld Will 46; R Rydon not out 28; S Simon Bld Lawson 0; J Simon not out 4. DNB T Rydon, T Firth, H Karvay. Extras 11 (W-5, LB-1, B-5) Total 132 for 5 off 33 overs.
Crescent CC Bowling: Brown 9-018; Townley 6-2-8-2; Osborne 8-0-36-0; Morgan 4-0-28-0; Will 4-0-30-0; Lawson 2-0-6-2.
TWCC win by 5 wickets.

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Ashurst v TWCC September 4th 2016
Another great effort by the TWCC press gang saw an eleven-strong team take to the field to play their part in this, the latest battle of their 2016 campaign. Ashurst, as mercurial a unit as TWCC's own can be, had laid waste to us last season in the reciprocal engagement, so it was with particular anticipation that TWCC readied themselves for the difficult match-up that they were facing. Skipper Edwards, with us again after an AWOL episode that has yet to be fully explained, won the toss and chose to field first, giving a strong bowling attack the first use of another lovely new ball. TWCC opened the bowling with the big guns; Matt E himself and Tom R, loaded with armour-piercing shells and grape shot respectively. Unsurprisingly, and controversially, it was the grape shot that brought about the first wicket as Tom's, on this occasion, unpredictability surprised Ashurst's No. 2 by asking him to keep out a straight one on a good length, which he failed to do and the edge went through to Alex's gloves where, naturally, it stuck. Tom struggled with... his...natural variation? and became somewhat hazardous. The pitch, in itself a minefield and prone to causing sharp lift off full-length deliveries, had little to do with the reason Tom's spell was brought to a premature end as there was no ground involved with some of his more dangerous balls, unless we refer to the place where the batters sometimes found they'd ended up. However, Tom had a good wicket to his name, and, in spite of the headline no-balls, he had also served up plenty of thoroughly decent delivieries before Jim took over from the Road End. Meanwhile, at the...Other End, Matt was suffering from Good Bowling Syndrome. This is a condition only known to affect the very best bowlers, and sufferers may well be bowling with great effect, but with no luck. "Luck" is sometimes mentioned in this context in that it is often really bad luck that many TWCC players have forgotten how to catch, but here it was more that false shots went to open ground and difficult chances, with little blame attached to the fielders, fell to earth. Fast bowling often makes for hard chances (just ask Rob) and Matt finished his commanding spell without any wickets to his name, though he could have had two or three.
Jim replaced the high-revving Rydon T and settled into presenting his usual lovely half-volleys outside the off stump for the batters to climb into. Jim's opening offers were two such balls and they suffered their inevitable fate as hefty drives ensued; one a screaming four, the next dropped (stopped, Ed) by the bowler, but which served to make a surprise of the third ball which, when it turned up, was on a good length on middle and off and moving away a touch. An edge! Oh no! Another drop in the slips no doubt... But...hang on! It's Rob at second slip!! A  Rob compromised, certainly, by seeing through his new and unusual eve-of-match preparations ... but it was still Rob and, aided by his inclination to fall over anyway, he sagged forward and lay down for a bit having held on to a good low catch in front of his ankles, a position in which he stayed for a well earned breather just a bit longer than he otherwise normally might.
TWCC were, as has often been the case in 2016, pleased to welcome a newcomer to the side; Sam Warren. Sam, an émigrée from the North East, was clearly a bit of a cricketer and under 30 by some margin too! So what does the debut-meister produce but, well, an unbelievable spell of bowling! Sam settled on a good length straight away, having played almost no cricket for years, and wiggled the ball about mostly on and around the stumps - the ones at the far end that is. Notwithstanding that this sort of proper bowling goes rather against the best of TWCC tradition, it is with great pleasure that the Gazette presents to its readers Sam's extraordinary analysis of 6.3 overs, 1 maiden, 5 for 9! Jim and Honse mopped up the other three wickets, but the Samsation restricted an admitedly somewhat different Ashurst side from that of 2015, to a mere 82 all out in just 26.3 overs. And we hadn't even seen TWCC's own Whispering Death, nor, come to that, more than five TWCC bowlers such was the precipitate nature of the, what might have to be called, Ashurst collapse.
In spite of the early end of the innings, the good burghers of Ashurst rustled up an early tea, and before they knew it TWCC were batting to see what sort of a fist they could make of the conditions and of the Ashurst bowling attack. Poyser ran in hard and immediately caused trouble with his pace. Bowling from wide on the crease he hit James on the mid-step in front of middle and leg, but the ball was going down with the line and James survived on a benefit of the doubt decision. Paul, taking the umpire out of it, characteristically walked for an uncharacteristic 0 having gloved a ball off his hips to the keeper, a gesture much appreciated by Ashurst as all, including the umpire, thought it impossible to say if the ball had hit the gloves or the body. One down, no real runs on the board, the pitch throwing up all sorts of bounce off good length deliveries; it was tricky out there. But are TWCC the kind of side to crumble in the face of a low target? Of course they are! Proven many times...
The report could go one of two ways from here on. It would be possible, for instance, to mention Alex Rydon, Tom Firth, Tom Rydon, Matt Edwards and Honse in turn, and to weave some wordy magic around their struggles and successes, for example Alex's square drive off the back foot for four, or Tom Firth's compelling defense, or Tom Rydon's characteristic devil-may-care approach to batting which presented a swift 12 runs to the TWCC cause before he steered the ball slowly onto his own stumps, or our skipper's statuesque 10 with two 4's, or Honse's dogged refusal to get out at the end of proceedings, but to do so would both unnecessarily prolong the report and take the emphasis away from the single towering batting performance of James Trollope. James survived the early onslaught of the Ashurst openers and carried his bat through the innings, engaging his trebuchet-like arms in some demonstrative hitting as the pressure eased when Ashurst gamely spread their bowling around to give each player a stake in the day. A Trollope 6 into the road tied the scores and a single to win saw the game out.
A pleasure to play with a friendly side, it was on this occasion TWCC's turn to go home the victors though, as we all know, the tables can, and do, quickly turn.
This was a game featuring, in spite of his selection, oddly no majesterial performace from Rob with the bat or Rob with the ball, but let's hope he plays better next time. Maybe his mind was on next week when the food critics of Bolney assemble at TWCC's home ground to analyse what people from Wineham consider to be the perfect cricket tea, and, we all agree at the Gazette, there's much to look forward to in that.

Scorecard
TWCC won the toss, Matt Edwards Captain opted to bowl first
Ashurst Innings: G Isaacs Bld Warren 29; T Chalmers Ct A Rydon (Wk) Bld T Rydon 13; B Poyser Ct R Rydon Bld J Simon 14; M Barnard Ct T Firth Bld Warren 10; D Saunders Ct Hunter Bld Warren 2; D Fishel LBW Bld J Simon 0; R Redding Bld Simon 0; Pat Middleton ST A Rydon (Wk) Bld Karvay 1; L Tarr Ct Edwards Bld Warren 2; B Saunders not out 2; T Redding Bld Warren 0. Extras must have been 9 (Unrecorded - but there were a few no balls!) Total 82 all out in 26.3 overs.
TWCC Bowling: M Edwards 7-1-14-0; T Rydon 5-1-38-1; J Simon 6-2-11-3; S Warren 6.3-1-9-5; H Karvay 2-0-9-1.
TWCC Innings: P Hunter Ct Chalmers (Wk) Bld Poyser 0; J Trollope not out 42; A Rydon Ct Fishel Bld Tarr 7; T Firth Ct, Bld Saunders 3; T Rydon Bld Isaacs 12; M Edwards Ct, Bld Middleton 10; H Karvay not out 1. DNB S Warren, D Firth, J Simon, R Rydon. Extras 3 (NB-1, LB-1, B-1) Total 83 for 5 in 25.5 overs.
Ashurst Bowling: B Poyser 5-2-6-1; L Tarr 4-1-9-1; R Redding 4-0-20-0; D Saunders 3-0-13-1; Isaacs 5-1-12-1; Middleton 3-0-13-1; B Saunders 1.5-0-8-0.
TWCC win by 1 run and 5 wickets - or whatever it should be.

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TWCC v Bolney CC September 11th 2016
Skipper Brock won the toss and elected to field first. Tom Rydon opened from the Downs End with his usual gusto for a five over spell that produced "Oohs" and "Ahhs" in good measure, but no tangible results in the wickets column. Jim opened up from the Pavilion End with his usual mix, and even, on occasion, something a little better. The Bolney openers, clearly capable with the bat, weren't getting away unduly from TWCC's perspective, a situation which continued as Rob Rydon replaced Tom from the Downs End. Rob and Jim toiled away and then Rob caught a good high catch at mid-off off the bat of the left-hander Morris who was, rightly, trying to get some momentum into the Bolney innings. Bolney tried to press on with the overs rather running out and with not many runs on the board and made some not very good running decisions which led to three run-outs in quick succession. Honse, taking over from Jim, bowled with a great change of pace and length and took the only other wicket to fall as Rob took another good catch. Time went by, bowlers changed, and Richard had with no success on this occasion, and neither did Paul though both were bowling well.
Bolney, then, scored 165 for 5, TWCC having restricted the scoring to this below par total with some excellent bowling and tight fielding. It is worth noting that TWCC were only a nine-strong team on this occasion, and to keep the scoring down like this was, on a sunny day with a fast outfield, commendable.
How often has a cricketing side contained four members of the same family? Not often, but on this occasion there were indeed four Rydons playing for TWCC as Rob, Tom and Alex were joined by Louisa in what could be seen as a four-pronged Wineham take-over bid. Louisa, with, I assume, a whip or some other such sort of domestic equipment, had spent the morning supervising the cutting, mixing, spreading and packing of a fine tea that appeared by special delivery at the perfect time and which served to further enhance the all-is-right-with-the-world atmosphere of this sunny clear September afternoon. Being calory-deniers, the entire editorial staff of the Gazette were able to tuck in nontheless as there was much fruitiliciousness to go with the excellent sandwiches and cakes. The bar raised yet again in time for Tony next week. Let's hope he's still friends with his neighbour the headmistress of the Rottingdean School of Catering. Thank you to team Rydon and, particularly to Louisa for all the effort.
So, TWCC needed to bat a bit, which James proceeded to do. There was one cracking square cut for four - the first of many visits to the hedge to look for the ball - but that was it from James on this occasion. Alex Rydon went in to join Paul and that was it; the two of them gelled well and both were studious and selective of shot. The crowd were treated to a second wicket stand of (no exact figures to hand) around 140 calm runs, not much in the way of chances given. Alex began his account with five fours in a row and Paul hit four in a row such was their command. Paul carried his bat, forcing boundaries and pushing probing ones and twos around to rotate the strike, in a fine innings of 58 not out which included 10 fours. Alex, disappointed no doubt to have been out for 96 a few days ago, went better on this occasion but, sadly for all who rather like beer, fell to an uncharacteristically soft shot as, needing just two for his first ever century, he gave short third man a bit of simple catching practice. What a shame, but to have a goal in life is no bad thing.
Rob Rydon, once again not being able to enjoy batting with any of his children, helped Paul to get TWCC over the not very distant line with some overs to spare.
Bolney, short of runs by some margin, bowled well enough, with Dave Chaffey in particular once again being the pick. Bolney chose to share the bowling around their side, a policy which, though commendable, made TWCC's chase all the easier. But the runs still had to be scored, and Paul and Alex did that with aplomb.
TWCC send their thanks to Bolney for sharing such a nice afternoon, and for providing two umpires for the entire game.

Scorecard
Richard Brock won the toss and TWCC elected to field and bowl.
Bolney Innings:  P Buch run out (Karvay) 23; K Morris Ct R Rydon Bld J Simon 34; S Bowles run out (P Hunter) 25; M Garside run out R Rydon) 20; S Adby ct R Rydon Bld Karvay 5; B Clementson not out 10; M Graziand not out 3. Extras 11 (thought there'd be more...) DNB J Moore, P Meader, M Madden, D Chaffey.
Bolney 165 for 5 after 42 overs.
TWCC Bowling: T Rydon 5-0-16-0; J Simon 11-2-28-1; R Rydon 10-0-36-0; H Karvay 7-1-26-1; R Brock 6-0-26-0; P Hunter 3-0-11-0.
TWCC Innings: P Hunter not out 58; J Trollope Ct Clementson Bld Madden 5; A Rydon Ct J Moore Bld Buch 98; R Rydon not out 1. Extras 6 (w-6). DNB E Bunn, T Rydon, J Simon, H Karvay, R Brock.
TWCC 167 for 2 (off 26 overs).
Bolney Bowling: Madden 4-0-25-1; Chaffey 4-2-6-0; Meader 4-0-29-0; Morris 4-1-14-0; Bowles 4-0-31-0; Adby 4-0-47-0; Buch 1-1-0-1; Clementson 1-0-14-0.
TWCC win by winning.

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TWCC v Bolney CC September 11th 2016
There’s little so annoying in life to write a full and contemporaneous cricket report only to discover a fortnight later that your ageing laptop has deleted it:  like a good innings, it is a crafted and artistic piece of work – impossible to replicate.  So to those who need words of adulation for their performance in this match my apologies – I can only say that your performance, whilst masterful at the time, may not stand the test of time.
Streat won the toss on a cloudy but mild Sunday:  we were playing the 80 overs combination – and Streat chose to bat against a strong looking TWCC side – indeed so strong that in this weirdest of all seasons, we chose from a squad of 17 available players.  Tom opened up from the far end – speedy but failing to test the batsman often enough.  Jim bowled well from the pavilion end but to no avail.  But when Matt Edwards replaced Tom, we had two quick wickets – real cricket, both caught by Jonathan behind the stumps.  Unfortunately this brought N Green to the wicket – an annoyingly pleasant sort of chap, just the sort of person you don’t want to make lots of runs, because you can’t generate the dislike you can against arrogant or mouthy batters.  So Mr Green settled into his task of gentle destruction of the TWCC bowling.  Whilst Matt – who bowled a really excellent spell and thoroughly deserved his 3 wickets - and skipper Brock chipped away at the other end, he kept going becoming ever more explosive.  It was only when he reached 90 that Honse – who was in the midst of one of his really excellent spells of bowling – finally got him caught by Tony.  Honse went on to take 3 more wickets but the damage had been done:  what looked to be a match where we were in control ended with Streat just 3 short of 200.  Boy were we in need of a good tea.  And in many ways, this is where the story really begins.  Tony Pearce, who the previous year had supplied a glorious tea thanks to contracting out to the next-door pensioner, was denied the opportunity to follow the same route because James had been somewhat critical – which the old lady picked up on Facebook or some such thing.  So Tony (and he claims Jan – which I find hard to believe)  put together a tea lacking in two main areas:  quality and quantity.  Poorly filled sandwiches which actually ran out before both teams had gone through -–perhaps because there were no nibbles to help.  A few packets of crisps and two cakes between two cricket teams!  It was roundly condemned as one of the poorest teas in TWCC history, certainly the first which actually ran out before the first pass.  The openers went out – clearly upset by the experience – and James was caught for just 3, Paul for 12.  It was left to Tony himself to try to make amends and in fairness it was a good innings, a series of fours and a six until he fell caught behind on 41.  By that time we were 81-3 and the game was in the balance.  Jonathan dug in for 22, Matt looked good for his 11 and Jim deserved more back up as he handsomely deposited the ball into the gang of `Simons` who were picnicking on the boundary edge.  But TWCC fell away badly and faced with the option of  the now infamous `ball-tapping` of two years previous against Streat, the team played to win… and lost.   Still, the pub was great – a near full turnout - and it was really good to see Steve and Dave come along at tea - it would have been nice to reward their attendance with either a decent tea or a decent innings but we managed neither.

Scorecard
TWCC lost the toss and were asked to field
Streat Batting: D Christmas Ct Rowland (wk) Bld Edwards    27; M Porter Ct Rowland Bld Edwards 10;N Green Ct Pearce Bld Karvay 90; D Jackson Ct Rowland Bld Edwards 10; D Porter Ct Edwards Bld Brock 5;J Funnell Ct Hunter Bld Brock 12; B Baxter Ct Brock Bld Karvay 3; H Freeman Ct Simon Bld Karvay 0; C Pick Bld Karvay 6;M Hartfield not out 1; S Speigal not out 4. TOTAL 197-9 42 overs.
TWCC BOWLING: T Rydon 5-1-30-0; J Simon 7-1-23-0; M Edwards 11-2-39-3; E Bunn 4-0-22-0; R Brock 7-1-29-2; H Karvay 5-0-27-4; T Firth 3-0-18-0.  
TWCC Batting: P Hunter Ct wk Bld Funnell 12; J Trollope Ct, Bld Harfield 3; T Pearce Ct wk Bld Pick 41; J Rowland Bld Pick 22; H Karvay DNB; M Edwards Ct, Bld Freeman 11; E Bunn Ct wk Bld Freeman 3; J Simon Not out 21; T Rydon Bld Freeman 0; T Firth Bld Freeman 0; R Brock Ct, Bld Spiegal 2. TOTAL 127 all out (29.2 OVERS).
Streat Bowling: M Hartfield 8-1-57-1; Funnell 7-0-44-1; Pick 6-0-19-2; Freeman 7-0-18-4; Spiegal 1.2-0-6-1.
TWCC LOST BY 70 RUNS


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TWWCC v Brighton Beamers September 25th 2016
And so the final match of a testing season arrived and we had 10 players available for the visit of Brighton Beamers.  Beamers limbered up and – speaking as one who knows one – it was clear they were a team who had been together a lot of years.  They don’t play much cricket these days – I believe this was their 4th match of the season – and they happily agreed with our experimental match variant of 35 overs with the chasing team able to claim a draw only if they score at least 2/3 of the score.  We were delighted to have Rob available for this his record turnout in one season as he gradually realises where his future lies – and he went out and made hay in the late season sunshine.  Oh yes, James was the other opener.  Rob’s innings was full of fine shots, one ball deposited in a garden, another in the field.  It was a batting masterclass.  The 50 partnership came up Rob 48, James 1, extras 1.  And the merriment continued past 100 to a mighty first wicket stand of 127 when Rob – by this time on 90, was caught and left the field to hearty applause.  James departed on the same  score for 28 – and Tom Carthew, a useful looking cricketer and friend of Reese made a useful 28.  But it was the return of the prodigal – Reese himself – after a few weeks of childminding and it’s alleged, sulking, that invigorated the end of the innings.  He was in imperious form and hit a fine and rather large six into the field as he powered his way to 50, accompanied at the end by Tony who hit a succession of fine fours.  The score of 241-4 from 35 overs looked more than enough.  We enjoyed a fine tea – for a team still shell shocked from the previous week’s effort.  It was courtesy of a wives’ collective – notably Liz and Fenella - plus friends and it was a triumph, everything a real cricket tea should be and plentiful.  We opened up with Tom and Honse – based on their bowling the previous week.  Neither were able to break through as Beamers started strongly.  Edward was brought on and broke through, though was expensive.  At this stage, Beamers were on course not just to draw but even to overhaul the TWCC score.  But Rob and Richard both bowled tightly and the match swung back our way, though it was clear that a win was unlikely bar a late flurry of wickets.  So the bowling floodgates opened and in the closing overs, every outfield player turned their arm.  But full credit to Beamers they batted well, kept us out and made 199-3.  Match drawn, everyone happy, pub – and a shout once again to Liz and Fenella for a super tea.  On now to the season’s figures….

TWCC WON THE TOSS AND BATTED
TWCC Innings: R Rydon ct Benfield B Siddens 90; J Trollope ct Rigby, Bld Esson 28; H Karvay Stumped B Eaton 1; T Carthew Ct Rigby B Siddens 28; R Packham not out 52; T Pearce not out 29. TOTAL 241-4 (35 OVERS)
Fall: 127/1,127/2, 156/3, 166/4.
Brighton Beamers Bowling
Renshaw 6-2-31-0; Smith 7-2-37-0; Esson 6-3-36-1, Benfield 3-0-21-0; Siddens 5-0-47-2; Eaton 4-0-25-0; Rigby 2-0-30-0; Chafey 2-0-7-0.
Brighton Beamers Innings: N Chafey LBW Bunn 43; R Rigby Bld R Rydon 59; T Hutchison St Rowland (wk) Bld T Pearce 52; R Wolf Pieterson not out 11. TOTAL 199-3 (35 OVERS)
Fall: 66, 112, 177
TWCC Bowling: T Rydon 7-0-32-0; H Karvay 4-0-21-0; Bunn 4-0-38-1; R Rydon 6-0-21-1; Brock 7-1-28-0; J Trollope 3-0-25-0; T Pearce 2-0-13-1; Packham 1-0-5-0; T Carthew 1-0-10-0.
Match Drawn



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TWCC 2015 Season
Brunswick Village v TWCC April 26th 2015
Following a marked absence during most of March and April, the clouds, naturally, gathered over West Sussex in anticipation of the start of the 2015 season, but, happily, they kept their contents largely to themselves as a small force of TWCC players convened beneath the Downs in the salubrious setting that is the ground of St James' Montefiore CC. Depleted in numbers, yes, but not in spirit our TWCC team of 9 rallied around Skipper Pearce and turned in a fine afternoon's work.
Tony agreed to Brunswick Village's suggestion of a limited overs match (35/side, 7 overs max/bowler) and set about losing the toss. TWCC were, happily, put in to bat.
James succumbed early in the cold and damp conditions, during which the Brunswick opening bowlers, Blackman and Wickremesinghe, turned in some good performances with a swinging ball, and I think although they had the new ball the damp conditions soon made this less of a factor than it otherwise might have been. The early departure of James brought Tony to the middle to join Paul H in what proved to be the partnership of the match. Both scored their half centuries (neither of which were duly punished post-match...) and these runs formed the backbone of our offer to the day's play. Tony was out towards the end of our allotted 35 overs, hitting out, for a wonderful 59 (2x6's, 8x4's) and Paul wasn't out at all (1x6, 7x4's) for an unbeaten 69. It wasn't an easy pitch on which to bat as the ball was stopping and sitting up on a variety of lengths, but the outfield was running reasonably well so a well struck ball often ran over the boundary, if, indeed, the outfield was involved at all.
Edward, Jim and Paul C made further small batting contributions in that order, and TWCC ended on a total of 176 for 4. Mention must be made of the third-highest scorer for TWCC, which was the extras column, managing an impressive 30 runs; 1 x no ball, 14 x wides, 5 x leg byes, 10 x byes. These runs proved critical as we shall see, and this early-season rustiness on the part of the bowling side can be said to have significantly affected the match.
Tea was... We had tea. And Brunswick Village very generously gave us a rotating fielder (think Whirling Dervish) to bring our fielding side up to 10 men, which was very kind of them.
So; a good total to bowl to, inroads into which were quickly made by Edward who took the gloves but failed to use them much. Matt E opened from the South Downs End and never looked like anything other than the real thing delivering up impressive pace which the Brunswick batsmen never really dealt with. James, in a smart move from Skipper Pearce, provided the opening batsmen with a challenge of a different sort from the Pavilion End, which broadly went well. Paul H took over from James and Jim from Matt, and the game rolled on in a workmanlike way with the Brunswick openers being a little reluctant to take on quick singles which, together with TWCC's tight(ish - Ed) bowling and sharp fielding, helped TWCC to gain an early upper hand on the run rate.
The opening batting pair for Brunswick of D Blackman and S Pengelly were, nonetheless, sticking around, producing a useful foundation of 42 and 27 runs respectively before the game evolved. After all a low run rate may not have meant much whilst Brunswick still had wickets in hand, and this they did until Paul Chatfield came on to bowl, and, though runs were scored off his bowling, wickets were also taken. He found some movement in the air and clean bowled two batsmen and caught another of his own bowling in a fine 3-wicket 7-over spell. His first wicket brought Arosh Fernandopulle - whose name I relish re-visiting every year - to the crease. We know well Arosh's powers with the bat, and thus began a game of cat and mouse with the strike that, ultimately, bore fruit. Skipper Pearce marshalled his field so as to deny Arosh any real opportunity to score more than a single at a time, and, as the required run-rate rose to above 7/over, Arosh felt the need to push on, moved out of his crease to Edward's bowling, the ball turned away from his lunging bat (so Edwards says) and Paul, now keeping, took off the bails. A real cricket moment.
Brunswick still had wickets in hand, of course, and they did hit out more and more as the required rate rose. Honse came on after his two-year loan to some of the best sides in the U.S. and the Czech Republic, and took a wicket as Jim (oh yes!) ran round the boundary denying a six, and, instead, somehow hanging on to a catch, and the run rate crept up and up to nearer 8 and then 9 per over.
Skipper Pearce had kept some overs back from Matt, and in a masterly piece of strategic thinking, bowled him out first thus ensuring that, by the time Jim and Edward came on to bowl the last three overs, the game was more or less lost to the home side. The batsmen duly hit out, with creditable success, but they ended up 6 runs short in a game that was TWCC's to lose, which we didn't.
A good opener for the season, marked by some good performances, not least that of James who more or less carried his coat through the entire TWCC innings in a marathon stint of  laissez-faire umpiring, and, although we are aware that our side is currently missing some key players to whom our thoughts and good wishes frequently turn, we look forward to the next game.

Scorecard
Brunswick Village won the toss and chose to field.
TWCC Innings: P Hunter not out 69; J Trollope ct Penney bld M Blackman 3; T Pearce bld D Blackman 59; E Bunn bld Burton 3; J Simon ct Burton bld A Wickremesinghe 12; P Chatfield not out 1. DNB: J Panther, M Edwards, H Karvay. Extras 30 (1-nb 14-w 5-lb 10-b). Total 176 for 4.
Brunswick Village Bowling: M Blackman 6-0-18-1; A Wickremesinghe 6-1-29-1; D Green 2-0-23-0; Pengelly 4-0-17-0; Burton 7-0-29-1; A Fernandopulle 4-0-23-0; Barrs 3-0-18-0; D Blackman 3-0-14-1.
Brunswick Village Innings: D Blackman bld Bunn 42; S Pengelly bld Chatfield 27; A Fernandopulle st Hunter bld Bunn 20; A Moroney ct & bld Chatfield 4; P Styles bld Chatfield 0; M Blackman ct Hunter (wk) bld Edwards 14; N Penney not out 18; D Green ct Simon bld Karvay 14; A Wickremesinghe run out 14. DNB: C Burton, K Barrs. Extras 16 (3-nb 10-w 3-b). Total 170 for 7.
TWCC Bowling: M Edwards 7-1-15-1; J Trollope 3-0-13-0; P Hunter 5-0-32-0; J Simon 5-0-23-0; P Chatfield 7-0-40-3; E Bunn 6-0-27-2; H Karvay 2-0-16-1.
TWCC win by 6 runs.

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Streat and Westmeston v TWCC May 3rd
A long rainy morning spent waiting for the phone to ring to call the whole thing off was finally over and a miscellany of TWCC players eventually found themselves wandering about in the fog in Streat. With Skipper Brock still recuperating it was, once again, Skipper Pearce who lost the toss and so led his troops into the field.                              
Stan chose to bat first, thus allowing his Streat players unfair access to cups of tea, whilst TWCC set about giving Streat an unassailable total. Jim and Paul Chatfield started it all off, and so began an afternoon of bowlers trying not to fall over in the mud. The general bowling and fielding effort was well-intentioned in the face of inclement conditions, and a number of TWCC players variously distinguised themselves in isolated acts of dedication, but in the end the 101 not out from a powerful and capable Ian Harvey, who, thankfully, retired after securing his century, proved to be the difference between the two sides. With Matt Porter (25) and Pete Davies (37) also contributing to the Streat cause as the overs meandered towards the end of the agreed allocation of 35, the home side eventually finished on 215 for 7. It was a pleasure sharing the field with Dave Jones who bowled a short spell between travels, and similarly good to have Joe Panther turning over his arm and taking a couple of wickets.
So... onto the TWCC innings...
Well... batters were in short supply. James (22, 4 x 4's) and Tony (14, 3 x 4's) opened, because they can bat, and then the rest of us did our best for just about long enough for the pub to open. With TWCC never getting close to the required run rate (sorry - Ed.), Stan didn't make us struggle too much, but, even so, TWCC only managed to score 93 before being all out (9 wickets).
So, Streat comprehensively beat TWCC, and the traditional to-ing and fro-ing of results continue; games, and then seasons, come and go and we get older and no wiser and long may it continue.
Scorecard
Streat and Westmeston won the toss and chose to bat. (35 overs/side, max 7/bowler)
Streat and Westmeston Innings: Ian Harvey not out (retired to be nice) 101; Simon Lea ct Trollope bld J Simon 6; Pat Wise ct & bld E Bunn 8; Matt Porter ct Pearce (wkt) bld J Panther 25; James Porter bld J Panther 5; Pete Davies LBW bld J Simon 37; Carter C-P bld J Simon 3; Danny C-P not out 15; Harry Freeman ct & bld J Simon 1; Mark Hartfield not out 1. DNB Stan Spiegel. Extras 13 (3-b, 2 lb, 5-w, 3-nb) Total 215 for 7.
TWCC Bowling: J Simon 7-1-28-4; P Chatfield 3-0-24-0; E Bunn 5-0-28-1; P Steinke 7-1-41-0; D Jones 3-0-30-0; J Panther 4-0-22-2; J Trollope 3-0-16-0; H Karvay 3-0-21-0.
TWCC Innings: J Trollope ct M Porter bld H Freeman 22; Tony Pearce LBW bld M Hartfield 14; J Simon ct P Davies bld C Poynting 17; J Panther ct M Porter bld J Porter 18; E Bunn bld S Spiegel 6; P Chatfield ct D Poynting bld C Poynting 5; D Jones run out (P Wise) 2; T Simon bld S Spiegel 2; H Karvay LBW bld S SPiegel 0; P Steinke not out 0. Extras 7 (1-b, 5-w, 1nb). Total 93 all out (9wkts).
Streat and Westmeston Bowling: H Freeman 7-1-24-1; M Hartfield 7-1-30-1; J Porter 4-0-18-1; C Carey-Poyning 6-2-12-2; S Spiegel 2.2-0-7-3.
Streat and Westmeston win by 122 runs.

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TWCC v Greys May 10th 2015
The balmier end of the weather spectrum arrived in time for TWCC's first home game of the season, versus Greys. Skipper Brock lost the toss, and then, still slightly wobbly following a nasty incident abroad, retired from the rest of the game - bar a brief spell of washing up undertaken only after Julia and Kay had done the man's share. Thus, with good sense prevailing, though it was clearly and understandably tough on Richard to sit out a real live game of cricket, Edward stepped into the skipper's shoes and took matters in hand from there.
So; to the game.
TWCC were put into bat and Paul and James started the ball rolling. It didn't look as if the bowling was easy to get away on a slow outfield, particularly bowling of the slower wobbly variety, and the start was a slow one. Paul didn't really get going ... and, actually, looking at the book, it 's apparent that with two exceptions, no-one else did either. The exceptions were a match-winning innings of 75 from James, and a hustling and forceful push at the end from Paul Chatfield. James started slowly, which is no bad thing because he didn't get out, and then, both as his confidence in putting bat to ball grew, and time and partners were running out, he unleased some fierce well-timed blows, many of which ended up in the Green Toilet Complex behind the pavilion. In the end he was out for 75, (6 x 4's, 4 x 6's).
Steve tried, in his characterisitcally ebullient fashion, to get things moving, with some short-lived success, and Matt Edwards looked every inch a batsman as he calmed the pavilion pundits with some classy stroke-play but, in the end, he too was out when he tried to pick up the pace. Jim didn't do much at all, and although Edward's new bat did sound much more solid than it did on debut, he, too, was out, caught, pushing on as we had to do with time running out and thoughts turning to lemon drizzle cake.
Which brought in Paul Chatfield whose bat certainly had no sonic deficiences at all and who hustled about the wicket, pushing runs and generally unsettling the oppostion. Joe and newcomer Twineham resident Barry joined in the frolic and, as wickets fell and the total grew, and Honse and Matt B played their parts, we got to tea in the last available over with Paul C out for an entertaining and important 16 and an encouraging final TWCC total of 143 all out.
Jim's fortunes at the Pavilion end were broadly successful, helped by a fine Trollope catch at point, but it only took Matt Edwards one ball, upon replacing Jim, to line up his sights before taking a wicket with his second. Well, to be honest, the sights were still set a little high, but bowled is bowled in anyone's book. Matt's next four overs were unproductive both in terms of wickets for TWCC and runs for Greys, but his last two overs saw two more wickets fall, one clean bowled and another sharply caught behind by Steve - also playing his first match of the season having recently returned from playing in the West Indies.
The Greys batsmen never really got a stand going and, missing their Aussie star, the writing was on the wall, but what did it say? Did it say "Twineham and Wineham often struggle to take 10 wickets" or was it "look out Greys, we're mad for it?"
Paul H took over from Matt B and kept the pressure on, begining and ending his spell with maidens and taking a wicket in between, and Honse and Joe finished up the match under the careful eye of Skipper Bunn who rather expertly marshalled his forces with aplomb and a firm hand. Honse took a wicket and Joe two, and we never got around to Paul C's bowling but that happens sometimes and that was that - a win for TWCC under Captain Bunn. Pub pub pub. Pub.

Scorecard:
Match played at Twinehem. Greys won the toss and chose to field.
TWCC Innings: P Hunter ct, bld Southon 8; J Trollope bld Newlands 75; S Rogers ct, bld Southon 3; M Edwards ct, bld Sewell 8; J Simon bld sewell 4; E Bunn ct, bld Newlands 4; P Chatfield ct, bld Malyon 16; J Panther ct, bld Malyon 6; B Adley ct, bld Azami 3; H Karvay ct, bld Malyon 0; M Brock not out 1. Extras 15 (2-b, 11-w, 2-nb) Total 143 all out.
Greys Bowling: Gallagher 8-2-21-0; Southon 7-0-16-2; Sewell 8-0-29-2; B Newlands10-1-22-2; Azami 5-0-43-1; Malyon 2.4-0-11-3.
Greys Innings: Brasher bld Edwards 12; Line ct Trollope bld Simon 3; Malyon bld M Brock 18; Burgess ct Rogers (wkt) bld Edwards 3; Dykes bld M Brock 2; Fenton bld Edwards 13; Newland ct Edwards bld Hunter 5; Sewell ct Hunter bld Panther 3; Gallagher bld Karvay 7; Azami ct M Brock bld Panther 4; Southon not out 6. Extras 34 (12-b, 3-lb, 17-w, 2nb). Total 113 all out.
TWCC Bowling: M Brock 11-1-30-2; Simon 7-2-18-1; Edwards 7-0-12-3; Hunter 5-2-13-1; Karvay 4-0-15-1; Panther 2.1-0-11-2.
TWCC win by 30 runs.

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Stanmer Swans (Hadlow Down and Moulsecoomb Wanderers v TWCC May 17th 2015
TWCC have become accustomed to the annual trek to the vestigial tail of the A272, but, although the humps and marshy hollows of the Hadlow Down pitch now come as no surprise, they still deserve respect and are often the cause of a tight and interesting low-scoring match.
The Gazette finds itself slightly at a loss regarding how to refer to the team always known as Moulsecoomb Wanderers, for their website now calls them "Stanmer Swans (incorporating Hadlow Down and Moulsecoomb Wanderers) Cricket Club". The Gazette assumes that there has been a name change and the Gazette will therefore, in true tabloid sporty reporty style, and at some saving of e-ink and possible RSI lawsuits, henceforth refer to TWCC's opponents of the 17th May as the "Swans".
The Swans won the toss and chose to bat first, no doubt putting runs on the board having proved on many occasions to be a sound policy at their home ground. On this occasion, however, it wasn't until some way into their innings that the Swans' scoring rate picked up. Opening with the ball for TWCC Matt Edwards and Honse soon had the Swans slightly behind the game and Honse, though still finding his way so early in the season, tempted Kevin Cooke down the track once too often with the resultant stumping being the first indication of the busy and impressive day Jonathan was about to have behind the timbers. Matt Edwards, as his eight over spell developed, progessively found his range with the ball alternately sticking in the wicket or skidding through (Jonathan again proving to be a natural with the gloves) and homed in on the stumps to bowl the Swans' free-hitting No. 2.
Joe replaced Honse with no tangible success though the batsmen were occasionally troubled, and Matt E was replaced by Matt B. What a trump card! Imagine seeing off the opening bowler, breathing a sigh of relief if you're still there, only to find another opening bowler steaming in at you, and Matt Brock certainly made it count as his second and seventh balls clattered into the stumps. This run of wickets brought the Swans' No. 6 to the crease, who hit the ball hard with bat and head, and the total began to climb. What does Skipper Brock have up his sleeve? Another opening bowler! Tom Rydon ran in hard and bowled very well at a time the Swans were trying to hit out, and his 5-over spell, though wicketless, only went for 11 runs at just the time the Swans' most belligerent hitter was at the crease.
There then began a rather painful series of events, and there is now a need to go and make a nice cup of strong coffee before anything more can be written about it...

Right...

Richard bowled a 3.5 over spell, and took 5 for 6. There; it is written. There shall be no comment on the nature of some of the deliveries involved, the facts are that in his first over he was on a hat-trick, and in his fourth over he had three for no runs in five balls and closed out the innings - the Swans all out for 112. It would be churlish not to congratulate Richard on this spell which is what it was and it will forever be there in the TWCC scorebook. Those present on the day will be only too happy to talk about Richard's success, but the Gazette suggests asking someone other than Richard himself about it as his natural modesty might prevent him from describing events with any degree of accuracy.
A lovely tea, thank you to the Swans' tea monitor, and then to business; 113 to win.
Paul and James began the run chase, and James finished it. Continuing on with his good 2015 form, James, understandably specualtive at first on the unpredictable wicket, opened out as the win was assured, including a lovely high six over the trees, and carried his bat through to the end of play. Paul (17) and Tony (14) also scored well on a dificult pitch, and Jonathan did get in to hit a four, but it was James who won the day ending up on 61 not out.
To the pub! The rather dour New Inn, with something of the more remote sections of Pennine Way about it, was transformed by a cheery TWCC side, Harveys IPA and Mild on tap, though neither was tried in favour of Best. With youth in the side there was also a worrying consumption of "lager" (which bears no relation to anything brewed in Germany or Denmark) but, whether fuelled by real beer or chemical contrivance, a general spell of tour-like camaraderie ensued and soon Richard's spell was but a distant memory.

Scorecard

Match played at Hadlow Down. Swans
won the toss and chose to bat. 
Swans Innings: K Cooke st Rowland bld Karvay 5; D McGowan bld Edwards 22; S Rogers LBW Edwards 7; N Dunn bld M Brock 11; G Smith bld M Brock 2; M Huiton/Hinton/Hunton(?) st Rowland bld R Brock 34; A Fowler ct Edwards bld R Brock 6; S Hilliard st Rowland bld R Brock 0; I Sherlock not out 5; J Mac LBW bld R Brock 0; W Roberts bld R Brock 0; Extras 20 (1-b, 2-lb, 15-w, 2-nb) Total 112 all out.
TWCC Bowling: M Edwards 8-2-14-2; H Karvay 5-0-28-1; J Panther 4-0-18-0; M Brock 6-1-25-2; T Rydon 5-1-11-0; J Simon 4-2-5-0; R Brock 4.5-0-6-5.
TWCC Innings: P Hunter bld 17; J Trollope not out 61; T Pearce ct? bld? 14; J Rowland not out 4. DNB H Karvay, T Rydon, J Simon, M Edwards, J Panther, M Brock, R Brock.
Swans Bowling: S Rogers 8.1-0-34-0; McGowan 5-0-22-0; N Dunn 3-0-18-0; Roberts 1-0-13-0; Not Sure 1-0-21-0; Sherlock 1-0-4-1. Extras 14 (3-nb, 8-w, 3-b). Total 114 for 2.
TWCC win by 8 wickets.

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Bolney CC v TWCC May 24th 2015
Skipper Brock, fielding an, on paper, strong TWCC side, won the toss and chose to bat first, thinking, rightly as it turned out, that if we couldn't get 10 wickets with the bowling attack we had, we wouldn't deserve to win. Runs on the board the first order of the day and in went Steve and James to see what they could do. Bolney opened with young pace from the Scoreboard End, but it was the sticky, slower and generally get-yourself-out bowling from J Elliott that proved Steve's undoing. James continued his fine form of 2015, and as long as the nippiness of J Bowles was negotiated, there were plenty of scoring opportunites. Tony, Richard and Rob ensured, with James, that plenty of runs would be on the board by the time tea arrived, so a certain amount of abandon was encouraged in the batting which resulted in both a good final total and a regular fall of wickets. Notable events; James' 43, Tony and Rob scoring freely, Matt's excellent and assured 39, Tom's big six, and 

At this point the Gazette received a visit from  the ASP (Attention Span Police) hit squad, and they pointed at the above opening paragraph as just the sort of thing they were intsructed to eliminate. So we find we are now under a distinct obligation to make the text "more immediate," and anyone with an interest in how different characters meandered through the ebbs and flows of village cricket on a sunny Sunday afternoon now need to make their own inferences from the scorecard below. That's the Big Society for you.
Here's the rest of the write up:

Joe run out ha ha everyone batted tea good bowling drops near misses no scoring no wickets draw.

As an excercise, the ASP insisted I show some of the words that, on reflection, we could all do without; Edward, quick, single, Joe, slow, straight, bat, scone, scoreboard, Matt, Tom, wide, speed, Rob, snick, doh!, unlucky, dogged, dull, drift, snub, Royal Oak.


Scorecard:
Match played at Bolney. TWCC
won the toss and chose to bat. 
TWCC Innings: S Rogers bld J Elliott 2; J Trollope ct Entwhistle bld J Elliott 43; T Pearce ct Entwhistle bld J Elliott 20; R Brock ct B Griffin bld E Entwhistle 9; R Rydon ct J Elliott bld P Meader 27; M Edwards ct Entwhistle bld P Meader 39; J Simon ct J Elliott bld P Meader 16; E Bunn not out 11; J Panther run out 0; T Rydon bld P Meader 12; H Karvay not out 1; Extras 32 (9-b, 4-lb, 14-w, 5-nb) Total 212 for 9.
Bolney Bowling: J Bowles 6-1-32-0; J Elliott 12-2-41-3; E Entwhistle 12-2-58-1; P Meader 9-0-55-4; O Atkins 4-0-13-0.
Bolney Innings: J Moore LBW Panther 52; J Bowles ct S Roger (wk) bld E Bunn 49; G Bignell bld J Simon 12; J Elliott not out 18; R Atkins ct S Rogers (wk) bld Panther 0; S Bowles not out 8. DNB: E Entwhistle, P Meader, B Griffin, O Atkins, M Green.
TWCC Bowling: M Edwards 5-1-14-0; T Rydon 4-0-26-0; J Trollope 4-0-13-0; R Rydon 7-0-29-0; E Bunn 6-0-23-1; J Simon 7-0-22-1; R Brock 5-0-17-0; H Karvay 2-0-7-0; J Panther 2-0-9-2. Extras 25 (3-nb, 18-w, 4-b). Total 164 for 4.
Match Drawn.

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West Chiltington v TWCC June 7th 2015
To the West! A new fixture for TWCC at West Chiltington, courtesy, we understand, of contact via the Rydons. A wonderful new clubhouse, appointed with every facility - even toilets! Our entire clubhouse would fit in the Away dressing room. This isn't to say that there isn't a touch of Dallas in the overall sweeping vision, but the design matches, no doubt, the scale of operations as the thriving club runs several young sides and who knows how many senior sides, some almost senior enough to take us on in a fair fight. On the day of our visit the whole clubhouse and surrounding territory were a-throng with what we like to think of as spectators, though, as the day was also one in which the village were engaged upon raising money for Marie Curie Cancer Care and were using the pavilion as the centre of operations, the numbers of TWCC fans may have been slightly less than we imagined. As part of our day with our new hosts TWCC were pleased to enter into the mood of the day with both the charitable nature of our bowling and by giving £110 for our tea - proceeds to Marie Curie Cancer Care.
At some point we had to come down to Earth and play some of what we like to call cricket. Skipper Brock lost the toss, and the host side said they'd like to bat first, which led to Matt Edwards steaming down the hill with a new Reader in his hands, pushing the ball through with some pace and lift. A great spell, his only wicket coming from a high glove through to Steve who took a sharp catch up round his ear 'oles. With no bad balls and three consecutive maidens it was a fine way to start the game and impress on the batting side that they had a real match on their hands. Tom Rydon, bowling up the hill, took a wicket in his first over and continued to trouble the batsmen with his pace for the rest of his, slightly expensive, spell. Jim replaced Tom and managed to put a plodding brake on the rate of scoring from that end until he didn't when 16 runs came off the last of his allotted eight overs. In the midst of this passage of play Paul Chatfield took a great low tumbling catch running to his right at long-on, which added a welcome gloss to Jim's spell which might otherwise have passed un-noticed.
Matt was taken off after seven overs, thus retaining a useful single over for later, and was replaced by Rob who, visibly fired up by the classy surroundings, ran in hard and bowled as heartily and fast as we've seen from him. Sadly, though, Rob hadn't travelled with his usual matching entourage of elite snick-fielders and several lovely edges were put down. Rob, ever cheerful, smiled his way through this abundance of moral victories and concentrated his good humour fiercely onto the stumps.
The West Chiltington batters were now, at this stage of the innings, begining to really find their range, using their feet to get down the wicket and strike hard for boundaries. Paul Chatfield's bowling, though initally troubling for the batsmen, coincided with this period of scoring abandon, as did all bowlers plying their trade through to the end of the innings. Edward took a well-engineered caught and bowled wicket at the end of his three overs, though much run-scoring was being indulged in by the host side. Matt Edwards' last remaining over, though, only went for 2, and Rob's final bowling effort gave him at least some of the 5-for he should have had (if not 6 - I lost count!) yielding 3 for just 16 in this  second spell of 4 overs. Richard bowled very well to contain the scoring and to take the important wicket of the clearly capable hard-hitting home skipper as Steve, standing up, stuck out a glove to a fine edge. Joe, always worth a try, only went for 15 off his one over, and at the end of the 40 overs, West Chiltington had 222 on the board with 8 wickets down. With bowling excellence from Matt and Rob, and Paul's fine catch being the highlights of the fielding performance, the cricketers went to tea with a mix of emotions; West Chiltington happy in the knowledge that they had scored well, with three key contributions from Taylor, Wyatt and Haggart totalling 163 runs between them (oh Rob... why didn't you get them out?), TWCC excited at the prospect of taking on a proper batting challenge, and Joe pleased at being allowed to sort out his refreshments.
So; on with the game! James and Steve opened the batting, with neither looking to be in any great difficulty. James, having had a look, hit his second scoring stroke for a straight 6, thus setting the tone of the innings, and once again it was James' runs that formed the backbone of the TWCC effort. Steve chose to end his participation early by setting off for a risky second run, risky because hitting the stumps direct from the deep seems to be normal in West Chiltington. This brought Tony to the crease who has the prize for the best sounds of the day as his only 6 wreaked some sort of havoc behind a tall hedge. There were certainly tiles involved. Tony, out too soon, played at a wide delivery and nicked a very thin edge to the keeper for an entertaining 23. James' second or third wind was required when Rob joined him after Tony's exit, and these two continued the chase in a very enertaining way. For much of their innings TWCC were behind in the game, but the outfield was quick and we did bat deep.
James, out in the end for a magnificent 82, once again formed the backbone of the TWCC chase - his runs this year have been invaluable and have allowed a freedom of strokeplay all the way down the order, but he was out, caught, fully opening the throttle as the chase built to a climax. Edward's 2015 form continues to build, and as he added 24 quick runs it became clear that TWCC might get near the 223 required for victory. Paul, Jim and Joe didn't much further the cause; Paul succumbing to a run out and Jim and Joe to the resurgent Monday bowling very well out of the direct Sun; but Tom and Richard did, indeed, get us close enough for some distinct excitement to circulate. In the end, following an extraordinary young man's 6 from Tom as he swatted a high no ball into the trees at backwards square, we needed just 7 off the last over with 9 wickets down. The first and third balls each yielded a single, then the fourth a scrambled 2 which returned Tom to face. 3 to win off 2 balls. Tom swung through the line of the penultimate ball - hard to see anything much at all looking hard into the sun - and he didn't connect as well as he can and the ball lobbed into the hands of grateful Skipper Armstrong at mid-wicket. A West Chiltington victory, albeit a narrow one. Did anyone mind? Not really - a great day at a great venue against a welcoming side, with some personal successes and good captaincy all round that engineered an exciting finish for the abundant crowd who had all gone home.

Scorecard:
Match played at West Chiltington. 40 overs limited over format. West Chiltington won the toss and chose to bat first.
West Chiltington Innings: L Rickman ct S Rogers (wkt) bld Edwards 2; T Wilkinson bld T Rydon 4; R Taylor ct & bld Bunn 72; C Wyatt ct Chatfield bld Simon 32; I Haggart LBW R Rydon 59; M Armstrong ct S Rogers bld R Brock 6; C Room bld R Rydon 4; A Kay bld R Rydon 0; J Trees (Jnr) not out 5; T Monday not out 19. DNB S Hodgson. Extras 13 (w-6, nb-7). Total 222 for 8.
TWCC Bowling: M Edwards 8-3-21-1; T Rydon 5-0-42-1; J Simon 8-0-50-1; R Rydon 8-0-28-3; P Chatfield 3-0-23-0; E Bunn 3-0-25-1; R Brock 4-0-25-1; J Panther 1-0-15-0.
TWCC Innings: J Trollope ct, bld Richman 82; S Rogers run out 7; T Pearce ct wkt, bld Armstrong 23; R Rydon ct, bld Hodgson 27; M Edwards bld Hodgson 0; E Bunn bld Monday 24; P Chatfield run out 0; J Simon bld Monday 4; J Panther bld Monday 0; T Rydon ct Armstrong bld Monday 13; R Brock not out 6. Extras 33 (2-nb, 15-w, lb-5, b-11). Total 219 all out.
West Chiltington Bowling: R Taylor 5-2-6-0; T Monday 7.5-1-19-4; J Trees 4-0-23-0; M Armstrong 8-0-34-1; S Hodgson 8-0-44-2; Jim G 4-0-0-24; L Rickman 2-0-15-1; Wyatt 1-0-19-0.
(The West Chiltington bowling analysis may be incorrect in certain details concerning T Monday and Jim G - but it's a "GGG" (Good Gazette Guess!))
West Chiltington won by 3 runs.

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TWCC v London Unity June 14th 2015
London Unity... We seem not to do so well against them. A look back through the online TWCC archive shows that in the last 7 games we've drawn twice and lost three times (plus 2 rained off) with no wins! How do Unity do this? When you consider that TWCC are such a serious and competent team how come the Unity side has the wood over us?
So it was with all this, from a TWCC point of view, unsatisfactory history behind him that Brocky strode to the middle and decided to at least win the toss. Having done so, and choosing to field first, the Skipper had ensured TWCC of the best chance of controlling the match.
So it was with happiness in his heart that Skipper Brock revelled, nay, basked, in the excellence of the two Matts' opening spells. Charging in hard and bowling with some pace, the batsmen never really stood a chance. Matt E took two wickets and Matt B another and thus it was that the Unity's No's 4 and 5 got in early. They then set about putting some runs on the board.  Messrs Driver (J) and A Gane began to score more freely and thus it fell to Jim and Phil to stem the flow - a feat magniificently achieved by one of them. Jim, on the other hand, saw his first over go for 14, though he did then start to bowl at the feet of the free-swinging Gane and order was restored. Phil's spell, bowled during a critical period of hitting out, of 11 overs 0 for just 19, was a  remarkable return from injury. What a valuable player he is; having someone who is simply so difficult to get away is a great asset to his side. Jim, after a final bad over (there were some good ones in there too - Ed) , was replaced by the skpper with... the skipper, and Richard and Phil now bowling together took us on towards tea. Gane was out to Richard and, with the Unity total only standing at around 100, the time was right for the Captain to introduce other bowlers and to spread the game around. On this occasion this cost a lot of runs, but it was nonetheless the right thing to do, and it often brings wickets too as the batters see boundaries in their eyes and play poor shots (see TWCC innings below...) and the final few overs saw the total reach 172 at tea with Joe Driver falling in the end for a fine 73 to a stumping by Steve off Honse, and Gane, possibly the more destructive of the two on the day, having been out to a dolly catch to Matt E at mid-off (still needs catching!!! - Ed.) off the bowling off Richard for 57. It would have been easy for Richard to bring back the Matts before the final run-fest, but this is a Sunday game and all players need to play, and, besides, the final Unity score shouldn't be beyond us. Should it?
On with the game, for those that could move, which, surprisngly, considering the nature of all the imbibifications, included the Unity catching staff. The Unity also play in full Sunday fun mode, and they were not blind to the fact that their score was somewhat generously enhanced, so the TWCC openers were not asked to face the Messrs Drivers from the off, and, indeed, neither Mark nor Joe bowled a ball during the game.
The scorebook tells the story; all out for 122, all but the final two wickets caught! Hitting on the up to get-yourself-out bowling we got ourselves out. If there is any excuse it might be that this is only the second game we've played on our artificial wicket this season, and the last one was some time ago early on in May, and TWCC batters may have been surprised by the slightly high bounce of the ball off the wicket which does tend a stricken ball to rise up somewhat, but, in all truth, we probably have relied on James too much this season, and on this occasion he failed us so the eventual defeat clearly has to be laid at his door.
Some batting highlights there were; Matt E again looking very good with a 35, Edward's continuing rise of form, and Matt Brock who simply let fly and cheered the crowd with a four and two sixes, one of which may have disturbed the stash in one of the dressing rooms. But it has to be recorded that TWCC lost again to the Unity, all out for 122, 50-odd runs short of the Unity's 172. Some of this is possibly due to the fact that the TWCC team on the day had one opener and ten middle order batsmen, but the conditions were good, the bowling not difficult and we failed we failed we failed... Beer required, which was, on this occasion, particularly fine! Hooray for the restorative that is Harveys!!!

Scorecard
TWCC won the toss and Richard Brock elected to field first.
London Unity Innings: J Burke ct Rogers (wkt) bld Edwards 10; M Cockburn bld Edwards 1; A Pitcher bld M Brock 5; J Driver st Rogers bld Karvay 73; A Gane ct Edwards bld R Brock 57; M Driver not out 10. No names for the DNB's. Extras 16 (nb-3, w-9, LB-2,b-2) Total 172 for 5.
TWCC Bowling: Edwards 8-1-20-2; M Brock 8-1-19-1; J Simon 6-2-29-0; P Steinke 11-2-19-0; R Brock 4-0-18-1; P Chatfield 3-0-33-0; H Karvay 2-0-30-1.
TWCC Innings: J Trollope ct, bld Nutall 5; S Rogers ct, bld Nutall 2; R Brock ct wkt bld Garfield 5; M Edwards ct wkt bld Williams 35; J Simon ct, bld Nutall 14; E Bunn ct, bld Williams 16; P Chatfield ct, bld Williams 1; J Panther ct, bld Williams 7; M Brock ct, bld Clarke 20; H Karvay not out 1; P Steinke bld Clarke 0. Extras 11 (nb-4, w-7) Total 122 all out
London Unity Bowling: J Garfield 8-0-29-1; A Nutall 7-0-40-3; J Williams 8-0-27-4; J Clarke 8-0-24-2.
London Unity won by 5 wickets.

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TWCC v Headliners June 21st 2015
"Total cricket" - that's what we were promised by an ebullient captain when he finally put down Brendon McCullum's autobiography. A wind of change was sweeping through the home dressing room, most noticeable, curiously, just after the match.
The Headliners won the toss and decided to bat first, and TWCC's energised skipper chose to open the his side's bowling attack with Matt Edwards and Joe Panther. Matt didn't settle straight away into his usual smooth and effective rhythm, but he soon came good, of course, and Joe was also producing some tantalisingly good balls that asked the question of the Headliners' opening batsmen (that question being "will this ball be down the leg side again?"). First change was to get Matt Brock on, and he came on with a bang. Committed to bowling as fast as he could he certainly put the wind up the Headliners as much with the deliveries on a full length as with a few accidental no-ball beamers. Matt Edwards, now firing well, took a wicket and was, of course, immediately taken off by Brendon Brock, to be replaced with Jim who bowled very tightly for his four overs, with two maidens for just 2 runs. Matt Brock, a fine four-fer being his reward for a great spell, was removed from the attack as the capabilities of the batters began to falter, and Matt was naturally happy to forgo the opportunity for a five-for and make way for others in the team. But was this individual denial a good thing for the Headliners? No it wasn't! for this change brought the resurgent Phil Steinke into the attack, and he certainly delivered. In two spells, for Brendan Brock was mixing it up well, Phil - back to his best - was repeatedly finding his length and line and causing the ball to rise just on and outside the off-stump. Phil, with the second four-fer in the match, ended with figures of 6-3-6-4 and, as James' tea loomed, the Headliners never recovered their mojo and they ended up all out for 106 in 36.3 overs. Harwood and Proctor scored the majority of the Headliners' runs, neither giving many chnaces before the need for some runs rather forced their hands.
The Gazette would like to excuse its departure from the normally well organised and considered analysis, but a chronological listing of the on-off deployment of the bowling talent by Skipper Brock would make for dull and repetetive reading (and writing) and we don't want too much of that, though clearly some is desirable. Honse, James and Richard himself (ever searching for cheap wickets) also bowled with some effect, a wicket falling to Honse, and, all in all, it was a most effective and miserly TWCC bowling performance, with Matt B and Phil the outstanding pair.
James' tea, often, for some reason, the source of some japery, was, in the opinion of the Gazette's Fine Dining Correspondent, a great relief. Elegant in its simplicity - a few nicely filled sandwiches here and there topped off with some moist cakes - what was there not to like? The egg sandwiches, often offered, sometimes over-fussy, were on this occasion best described as sandwiches with egg in them. Perfect.
The only problem with it being James' tea was that he still had his pinny on when it was time to start the 107 run chase, and so Jim, at last elevated up the batting order as he so richly deserves, manfully stepped in to open with Paul H for just long enough to allow James to get his pads on. Paul, studious in defense and comprehensive in attack, watched Jim's cover drive for 4 with disbelief, and then set about batting with his usual opening partner when Jim was cleaned bowled by a ball that dived in six-iches off a good length and took out his middle stump. James, in spite of being in top form this season, faired little better - the small amount of washing up still to do no doubt preying on his mind - which brought Honse to the crease. Some pundits might be surprised to learn that, just as Norman Wisdom is big in Albania, so is Geoffrey Boycott esteemed in the Czech Republic. Honse, ever the eager student in his blocking classes at school, brought all his resistance to the fore in this, his personal tribute to his national hero. Thus it was that Honse, by protecting Paul from the excellent left arm over bowling of Proctor, kept both his end up and the powder of the rest of the TWCC batting line-up dry.
And it came to pass that Proctor and Foster were both seen off by Honse and Paul. With his job done Honse duly got out to allow Edward in to encourage Paul to run some quick singles and the odd two. As the finishing post approached Paul finally allowed himself to hit out, and, with a match-winning 65 not out (11 fours, 1 six), he saw TWCC home with seven wickets to spare. A great return for Paul - straight in with some serious runs and a good job too.
Total cricket, everyone got some sort of a game with the possible exception of the skipper himself, and the team look forward to Tony winning the single wicket next weekend.

Scorecard
Headliners won the toss and elected to bat first. 40 overs match, max 8 overs per bowler.
Headliners Innings: Barnett bld M Brock 8; F Foster ct Rogers (wkt) bld Steinke 12; Hollis Ct Rogers (wkt) bld Steinke 2; Harwood bld M Brock 35; Palmer ct Bunn bld Steinke 0; Smith ct Rogers (wkt) bld Karvay 0; Proctor ct Panther bld M Brock 26; Reid not out 4; G Foster ct R Brock bld Steinke 0; Talbot bld Edwards 0. Extras 15 (nb-3, w-7, lb-4, b-1). Total 106 all out.
TWCC Bowling: Edwards 6.3-2-18-1; Panther 5-0-23-0; M Brock 7-1-21-4; Simon 4-2-2-0; Karvay 4-0-18-1; P Steinke 6-3-6-4; Trollope 3-0-12-0; R Brock 1-0-2-0.
TWCC Innings: P Hunter nout out 65; J Simon bld F Foster 4; J Trollope ct, bld F Foster 2; H Karvay ct, bld Penfold 4; E Bunn nout out 10. DNB S Rogers, M Edwards,R Brock, J Panther, M Brock, P Steinke. Extras 24 (w-13, b-11). Total 109 for 3.
Headliners Bowling: F Foster 8-0-39-1; Proctor 8-5-7-0; Penfold 5-0-31-1; G Foster 4-0-15-0; Talbot 0.1-0-4-0.
TWCC win by 7 wickets.

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TWCC Tour to Bournemouth July 3rd - 5th 2015
This was a much anticipated tour: the first for two years, and one in which we were in the happy position of being awash with young testosterone-driven stallions keen to show off their talents in cricket and night clubs alike. Two of the aforementioned, Joe and Matt E, set off early on the Friday, opting to take in a country pub in the New Forest. Edward, Paul, Phil, Jim, Richard, Matt B and Honse set out from Twineham at lunchtime, Dave and Steve from Brighton. It was a lovely warm day and a pleasant two hour trip along the coast brought us to our destination:  Bournemouth’s West Cliff hotel, in the heart of the town’s vibrant kebab district. The rooms were a tribute to the deceptive powers of wide angle photography, but this was a cricket tour and we didn’t need to swing any cats. 
Within minutes of arrival, we gathered on the patio in warm sunshine and in the manner of a 1970s swingers party, the skipper threw the captaincy into a pot, inviting offers for that evening’s action. Three put their names forward: Matt Brock’s name was first out – but the smile left his face when he was told the winner was the last one to be drawn. Joe, too, was disappointed but Matt Edwards` face flushed with delight as the power surge took hold. Seconds later he dismissed the option of pulling the batting order out of a hat as per the last tour. No, skipper Edwards would do things his way and much credit to him for that. 
We departed for the village of Puddletown in good time for a 6pm start for our 20/20 fixture. It was a pretty ground deep in Dorset’s most historical region, with an artificial pitch similar to our own.  It was a beautiful summer’s evening. Matt lost his first toss as Skip and we were put into bat, an exciting-looking combination of Steve and Jim opening up. Well, when we say opening up, we mean opening – because, after 4 overs, we were on 6 - including 4 extras. Our WASP was 30. However Jim then started a remarkable series of fours which pushed the score on considerably. Steve was caught hitting out to mid-wicket for 1 which brought in our new skipper. His first ball was a wide. His next ball was also a wide. However his next ball – and his first legal one – he politely returned to the bowler for a caught-and-bowled and the tour’s first golden duck. At least Edward faced a legal ball as well as two wides before he swept it round into the arms of a grateful backward square leg for 0.  We were 31-3 from 8 overs. However, Jim just kept on swatting the fours, the backbone of the innings, and celebrated an excellent and crucial 50. Dave was run out for 3 and a short time later Jim was caught for 60. 87-5. But the team rallied and from there on, all the batsmen added a few to keep the score ticking over and we finished on a creditable, and defendable, 128-9. 
Leading his team onto the field, the skipper listened carefully to advice from various sources – principally Phil and Edward - and opened with...Phil and Edward.  An inspired choice: both bowled accurately and tightly and they took 3 wickets in the first 5 overs with the score still not on 20- 2 good catches by the skipper and one from Jim. Edward snapped up his third wicket clean bowled and Jim and Joe took over and continued in similarly miserly vein. Puddletown dug in and started to rebuild, slowly but steadily. The next bowling change was to turn the match decisively TWCC’s way. Two wickets from Paul Chatfield’s first excellent over, clean bowling their top scorer A Knight, the other caught by Jim who was having a great match. Matt Brock picked up a wicket courtesy of a good catch - the skipper’s third – and then Chatters got another wicket first ball of his second over, a catch by his bowling partner. The next batsman, C Ascott, punched a catch to Dave Rogers at square leg – but it pinged off his pecs.  Paul’s response was to clean bowl him with his last ball for a fantastic four wicket haul. The skipper and Honse bowled out the remaining overs and Puddletown fell well short on 94-9. A win for TWCC in their first match on tour and for Matt Edwards in his first match as skipper. 

Scorecard
TWCC VS PUDDLETOWN 3rd July 2015 20:20 format
PUDDLETOWN WON THE TOSS AND OPTED TO BOWL
TWCC Innings: S Rogers Ct, Bld A Knight 1; J Simon Ct, Bld L Allen 60; M Edwards Ct & Bld Y Knight 0; E Bunn Ct, Bld Y Knight    0; D Rogers Run Out 3; J Panther Ct Wkt, Bld Clark 7; P Chatfield Ct, Bld L Stevens 8; M Brock Bld Clark 1; H Karvay Bld Clark 1; P Steinke Not Out 7; R Brock Not Out 7. TOTAL 128-9 20 OVERS.
Fall: 19-1, 29-3, 31-4, 78-5, 87-2, 101-7, 113-6, 114-8, 116-9.
Puddletown Bowling - not available.
Puddletown Innings: L Allen Ct M Edwards, Bld E Bunn 5; A Stevens Ct J Simon Bld E Bunn 1; A Barrett Ct M Edwards Bld P Steinke    9; A Fairman Ct M Edwards Bld M Brock 21; J Barrett Bld E Bunn 11; A Knight Bld P Chatfield 27; L Stevens Ct J Simon Bld P Chatfield 5; A Weir Ct M Brock Bld P Chatfield 1; C Ascott Bld P Chatfield 1; Y Knight Not Out 1; C Clarke Not Out 1. TOTAL 94-9 20 OVERS.
TWCC Bowling: P Steinke 4-0-14-2; E Bunn 4-0-9-3; J Simon 4-0-32-0; J Panther 3-0-15-0; M Brock 2-0-4-1; P Chatfield 2-0-17-4; Karvay 1-0-5-0; M Edwards 1-0-4-0.
TWCC WON BY 34 RUNS

The home side took us a mile down the road to the epicentre of history: Tolpuddle, where we drank in The Martyrs pub. For those who had discussed the events, here is a brief history: 6 Tolpuddle men formed a friendly society which was judged illegal and in 1834 they were tried, found guilty and transported to Australia. The country rallied: literally – one of England’s first successful political marches and a petition of 800,000 was raised in protest. Four of the six were returned to England in 1836, one more in 1837. It was seen as the birth of the trade union movement and is celebrated worldwide. And here we were assembling – mostly legally – in a Tolpuddle pub.
Puddletown presented us with a commemorative plaque as we sampled the delicious local ale – and the boys drank lager! Fines were duly handed out: Dave Rogers was fined for dropping a catch which deprived Chatters of a possible five-fer – and Paul was fined for failing to get his five-fer. Matt Edwards was invited to take a pound from the pot for his successful captaincy – but then fined £2 for his golden duck. It’s a cruel but necessary tour tradition and few escape the sadistic reaches of the tour committee (of one... Ed.). Only Honse, Phil and the sidelined skipper were judged to have done little enough to merit any kind of mention – glorious or otherwise.
As the evening continued chatting away with the opposition, lightning flashes marked the end of a long humid day. Within minutes, great drops of rain had us scurrying inside the pub and shortly afterwards to the cars. Our thanks to our hosts who made us very welcome and ensured a great evening.
The rain got harder as we headed towards Bournemouth, and, by the time we pulled in to the hotel car park, it was torrential. A good time to stay inside in the bar. The cards came out and Steve won chase the ace as time ticked on past the midnight hour. Outside, the rain was now pouring in rivers down the road and gushing down the hotel steps, flooding the bar patio and threatening to spill over the threshold of the hotel’s reception and flood the whole place. The owner, Manz, leapt fully clothed, full-length, into the 8-inch deep flood with a long screwdriver and proceeded to unblock the drain, getting to his feet with a wide triumphant grin on his face, soaked through from head to toe. At the same time, the rain lessened and the hotel was safe. And a couple of hours later, when a few of the tourists felt the need to feed, the flood had subsided. The visit to Bournemouth’s finest kebab house – some 10 minutes away – gave an insight into the town’s visitor population: mostly young, drunk and on stag or hen weekends. Inevitably there was a queue at the kebab shop but most of us hadn’t eaten since we left Sussex so we waited, we ordered and we ate. By 3.30am we were back at the hotel and needed a long sleep on our 4-foot 6-inch long beds.
The following day we rejected our hotel’s offer of £8 for breakfast, because we saw a poster of what it included. Instead we made our way to a nearby cafe and had a meal of similar standard for £1.50 less. We headed to the golf course at Canford Magna – the River Course – destined to meet Tony and Mikey on the first tee. Buggies were booked – and it turns out these were faster than Tony’s supercharged Range Rover which hit traffic on the M3 so despite leaving at 8.30am, they were not to make it til noon. They announced their arrival with a high-fiving buggython round all the other players before Tony set about trying to convince everyone he should play off 36. Golf was a delightful course alongside the River Stour:  Edward was the true shark, shiny new clubs – unusual for someone who claims not to have played for two years – and the majority of shots pinging pleasantly straight and long. However, Steve, playing with Dave in the fourth grouping, took the honours, though because of Tony’s lateness, betting was minimal and for the most part we ended up still in pocket. After a quick après-golf beer, we made our way back to the hotel.
Now, country pubs are in short supply on Bournemouth seafront. Especially country pubs which ban tattooed youths, don’t require bouncers, have a full range of real ales, flowers round the door and folk music – all of which are required on cricket tour. The boys had mentioned that there was a Wetherspoons just round from Kebab Alley so we made our way there, much to the disgust of the older tourists. The beer was cheap and reasonable, the floor was a little sticky and smelly and the clientele equally so. We stayed for just a short while, happy to see 8pm when we could go back up the hill for our curry. 
We walked in to the restaurant find ourselves seated next to a stag party all dressed in Hawaiian shirts - identical to the one Phil was wearing! Phil proudly took his place at the head of their table to a round of applause from all. The staff were good fun, the poppadoms a little soft but the curry was very good and it was great to be a full tour of 13 all together watching the boys swiping their chosen night’s prey online. Even more fun when Joe connected Mikey’s profile to the local Gaydar network – the offers flooded in to relieve him of his `boy cherry`. Anyway, when we eventually worked our way through the vast numbers of Cobras ordered by Matt Brock, some headed back to the hotel – including Dave and Steve who were to take off at some frightful hour to head for the British Grand Prix - whilst the boys and a few granddad hangers-on went to a town bar: where the boys were let in and the granddads were turned away!!!  We headed back to the hotel to let the boys have their fun – and in traditional WGOTSOT style – we draw the curtain on the night.
The following morning, Wetherspoons was the chosen venue for breakfast – and the planned tennis, beach cricket and beach football were all cancelled in favour of leaving early for a nice country pub in Langton Green. The pub was close to our match destination – a pretty thatched establishment in the heart of a thatched village, reached via a thatched ford. We had slipped back around 200 years. A mostly non-alcoholic lunch for an hour, and off we headed to Pimperne CC. It was reached through a modern housing estate: houses backed on to the pitch, at what looked like a safe distance. Hmm....
Skipper Brock back in charge, he agreed to the home-team’s captain Brian’s suggestion of a 40 overs match, dutifully lost the toss and Pimperne opted to bat. Their opening left-hander was a very good bat and he set about it as he meant to go on, scoring 10 from the first over from Matt E. Matt and Phil rallied, Matt Brock came on with excellent pace and troubled the batsmen but still no breakthrough, as the score swept past 100 in 16 overs. Joe Panther bowled nicely but it was the introduction of Edward’s slow but accurate bowling that got the breakthrough, tempting the left hander to come down the pitch leaving Tony to sweep off the bails. In his second over he took another, LBW; both openers gone. It has to be said some of the TWCC fielding was traditionally `tour Sunday` - overthrows slipped through, boundary pick-ups missed and occasional truculence as fielders were changed regularly to try to both stem the runs but also be in position to pick up wickets. Jim opened his spell well, a maiden and tucking up the batsmen nicely. Pimperne’s numbers 4 and 6 were striking out and putting loose balls away, taking the score past 200. Matt Edwards got his reward in his second spell with a caught and bowled, the skipper took a good catch from Edward, and Matt Brock clean bowled one and had another caught by Jim (not sure about that - Ed.). Paul and Honse had short spells but when Jim came back, changing ends to come from the pavilion end, against the wind, the tour’s champagne moment arrived. A great catch from Paul Chatfield in the deep from the penultimate ball of Jim’s penultimate over was followed by a catch behind by Tony off the next ball. The field came in for the first ball of his next over - no need – Jim clean bowled their number 9 and claimed his hat-trick. It would have been a great end to the innings, but it was not to be. In strolled Pimperne’s number 11: a bearded type, making up the numbers, ambling onto the field without even any pads! Tea beckoned. What we learned during tea was that this was the opening bat for Pimperne’s Saturday team. After a sighter, he despatched Jim for a very large 6, landing on the (fortunately strengthened) conservatory roof of the `safe distance` house beyond the car park. The next went for a shorter 6 – and Jim’s final ball of this most eventful over was an even bigger 6, smashing against the back wall of the same house, inches below the upstairs window. The innings closed, we were in no doubt that score for Pimperne of 297 would take some getting. Tea was a pleasant and ample ploughman’s style selection in a pavilion that doubled up as a nursery school classroom – interrupted only by one of their senior players telling us the affronted householder had complained and urging us not to pepper his house during our batting.
Mikey took this request to heart when he opened the batting with Matt E: refusing to send the ball over the boundary he fell to a stumping after making two singles, something of a contrast to the riches he’d been promising to deliver. Tony made a responsible 19 before being clean bowled, but Matt was playing a masterful innings, sensible running and sending bad balls to the boundary. He got his debut TWCC 50 and well-deserved it was, eventually going on to 65 before he was bowled trying to force the pace. Jim continued his excellent match with a careful 17 before hitting his own wicket and whilst not up with the rate, nor were we collapsing into oblivion. We should mention that Pimperne were not bowling as they might do during a league fixture: it was mostly spin, which was very sporting of them but difficult to get away because the balls weren’t coming onto the bat. Richard came in at 5 and will long remember his 3 fours in a row on his way to 31: but the tail failed to wag and we finished our innings on a creditable 181, losing the match by 115 runs. A good game but I feel our opponents had us where they wanted us for the majority of it.
The village’s two pubs were both newly closed, and, wishing to end our tour in traditional style, we offered our apologies to our very sporting hosts and dashed off to find a pub to down a final pint gathered altogether round a garden table. All agreed it was a great tour and great that we had a full tour party, youngsters and seniors as one. Talk turned to next year and a return to country pub accommodation, close enough to a town for the boys to get a taxi for their nights out. Oxfordshire seemed a popular choice, punting mentioned, despite our notoriety for water-based activities. Our thanks go to Steve for his brilliant work in getting the tour organised -so much to do and done so well – Steve you’re the real tour hero. Well done to all the players, some great performances on the field – Jim, Matt E, Edward, Chatters - great fun off it and simply brilliant to share a tour weekend with a wonderful group of players. 

Scorecard
TWCC VS PIMPERNE  5th July 2015 40 overs match
PIMPERNE WON THE TOSS AND ELECTED TO BAT
Saul St T Pearce, Bld E Bunn 77; Greg LBW Bld E Bunn 32; Wiggers Ct P Chatfield Bld J Simon 7; Kev Ct R Brock Bld E Bunn 51; Joe Ct & Bld M Edwards 21; Fordy Ct T Pearce (wkt) Bld J Simon 50; John Bld M Brock 0; Andy Bld J Simon 0; Billy Ct J Simon (if so I don't remember it but it's possible as I don't remember much - Ed.) Bld M Brock 8; Bryan Not Out 0; Frank Not Out 18. TOTAL 297-9 40 OVERS.
Fall: 111, 120, 142, 201, 269, 270, 270, 275, 279
TWCC BOWLING: M Edwards 8-1-60-1; P Steinke 8-0-33-0; M Brock 8-0-46-2; J Panther 3-0-31-0; E Bunn 4-0-38-3; J Simon 6-1-47-3 (inc hat-trick); P Chatfield 2-0-20-0; H Karvay 1-0-13-0.
TWCC INNINGS: M Pearce     Stumped Bld Kelly 2; M Edwards Bld Franklin 65; T Pearce Bld A Kelly 19; J Simon Hit Wicket Bld Saul 17; R Brock Stumped, Bld B Kelly 31; P Chatfield Ct, Bld Saul 4; E Bunn LBW Bld Noyce 6; J Panther Bld Regan 6; H Karvay Ct, Bld Regan 6; M Brock Ct, Bld Regan 0; P Steinke Not Out 2; TOTAL 181 ALL OUT, 38.1 OVERS.
PIMPERNE WON BY 115 RUNS

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TWCC v Staplefield July 12th 2015
One of those on/off rainy Sunday mornings - the bane of all TWCC catering staff. Telephonic optimism from the Skip came through though, and soon enough there we were, gathered in the pavilion, listening to the rain on the roof of the customarily miasmic Long Room. However the rain blew through to be replaced by a friendly light drizzle, a 35 over per side format was agreed upon, Skipper Brock won the toss and elected to bowl, and there we were strutting our Twineham stuff once again on the field of dreams.
Matt Brock opened from the Downs End. Matt has two sorts of spells - one where he pitches the ball up on a full length and gets lots of batsmen out clean bowled. This wasn't one of those spells, but he did get a wicket as the opening batter fended the ball off his face to square leg where the lithe and athletic member of the Panther dynasty in the form of Mark P. ran in and calmly held on to a catch. Joe P. opened the bowling from the Pavilion End to good effect, though, with the arrival in the middle of Staplefield stalwart G Moreley (correct spelling not guaranteed), the runs began to flow. Joe did take a wicket, albeit at some expense, as he floated a delivery outside the off-stump where the ball was edged high and James, at a trot, clung on to a catch.
News hot in from one of our correspondents is that this batsman, that Joe got out for 0, scored 100 off 45 balls the week before! Thanks Joe and James!!!
The scorecard, moving on, really tells eager readers all the necessary details should they care to look, so suffice to say a lot of us bowled, a lot of the opposition were out, some good catches were held (whilst some perfectly good opportunities for catching glory were spurned by fielders sitting-on-heels-not-moving-in-as-the-bowler-bowls), and, with the exception of a rumbustious 37 from Moreley, not many runs were scored as Staplefield petered out, some overs short of their allotted 35, and an early tea was taken.
Of note in the TWCC fielding performance were a brace of excellent slip catches from Edward (who, through sheer demand, has created a vacancy on the Gazette staff for an Edward Bunn Correspondent - yet to be filled), a debut wicket for Mark Panther, and it is also good to report that James' name has appeared again in the wickets column, twice; one of his victims the hard-hitting Hutchins with big boundaries on his mind every ball.
So, to bat. Joe managed, somehow, to both open the bowling and the batting - a measure of something no doubt - but he was soon back with no runs to is name, the victim of a direct hit before he could complete a quick single. Keen to point out that James, who called the run, was not to blame he magnanamously admitted he could have run faster.
The Staplefield bowling attack was sharp and accurate and runs were almost as hard for the TWCC batters as they had been for the Staplefielders. Almost. James was out early, and in strode the impressive Honse, who doggedly set about frustrating the bowlers as only he can. Honse kept out the straight ones, and then, opening up, he hit two fours and then began to rotate the strike well on his way to a fine and important 15. Richard, sadly injured again and unable to thrill us all with his bowling and catching, was able to concentrate on his batting and hit a couple of fine fours on his way to 8, Matt B also cracked two fours off the pacy Shazad before being bowled by a 12 year old, all of which brought Tony to the crease. And thank goodness for that. Tony, never troubled by anything, glanced and powered his way to a match-winning 30 not out, ably assisted by Edward until he was out for 5, and Matt E - one of our most reliable stalwart batters even though he seems to suffer from pad-kleptomania.
A TWCC win, sufficiently early to swell the Sportsman's coffers at the expense of those of the Royal Oak, and our thanks go to a cheerful Staplefield side, short of runs on this occasion, and who couldn't stop even TWCC scoring enough runs to win - though we all know it could probably have gone another way on another day. Which is why we like cricket.
We look forward to finer weather and Richard's tea.

Scorecard
TWCC V Staplefield 12th July 2015 35 0ver per side limited over format, max 5 overs/bowler
TWCC won the toss and chose to field
Staplefield Innings: A Thilarathnaka ct M Panther bld M Brock 0; S Gull ct Trollope ble J Panther 0; G Moreley bld Karvay 37; J Garside ct Bunn bld Edwards 0; J Gaynor ct Bunn bld Steinke 4; J Ellis bld Steinke 2; D Clarke ct T Pearce (wkt) bld M Panther 6; R Hutchins bld Trollope 15; M Furber not out 2; D Dray LBW Trollope 0; R Bull ct Steinke bld T Pearce 1. 13 extras, Total 80 all out 30.3 overs.
TWCC Bowling: M Brock 3-0-3-1; J Panther 2-0-16-1; J Simon 4-2-7-0; M Edwards 5-0-10-1; H Karvay 5-1-12-1; P Steinke 3-1-5-2; M Panther 3-0-13-1; J Rollope 4-0-11-2; E Bunn 1-1-0-0; T Pearce 0.3-0-0-1.
TWCC Innings: J Panther run out 0; J Trollope ct & bld Clarke 4; H Karvay LBW Furber 15; R Brock bld Shazad 8; M Brock bld Clarke 9; T Pearce not out 30; E Bunn bld Moreley 5; M Edwards not out 3. DNB J Simon, M Panther, P Steinke. Extras 7 (w-1, lb-1, b-5) Total 82 for 6.
TWCC win by 4 wickets


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TWCC v Wisley CC July 19th 2015
Driving home from the pub, still dazed but now mildly philosophical after a half of shandy, I switched on the car radio to find Beethoven's 9th on the go. Beethoven. I like a bit of Beethoven. Now there was a bloke who had the same tools, the same palette of available instruments as everyone else, and yet he produced a new and innovative sound forcing the world to move on. Made everyone at the time stand up and think about where they were placed on the convention-spectrum. Still does. He broke boundaries.
Now you see where this is going.
Normal cricketers, who read their Mozart coaching manual at an early age, or maybe even saw Haydn go into bat in his pomp, know the bowlers have a ball to bowl with and the batters a bat to hit it with. That's cricket; bowlers can sort of trundle in on a soggy Sunday in Sussex and, if the ball is sort of on middle stump on a sort of good length, sort of rely on going for one or two an over with an occasional bounday or wicket happening to them when they stray or the batsman makes a small mistake. And batters who keep out the straight ones might be able to push the ball about a bit and end up with a few runs to take to the pub. Ahh... that's cricket - the same old sort of up and down day of jogging about to fiddle a game around and forget work with.
I am jumping ahead, but there is very little to say about the game itself. Who cares about the sunny weather, about the toss, about Wisley batting first and scoring 200 plus thanks largely to Rupert's well-paced and ultimately only semi-destructive innings? Who's interested in a few wickets here and there, Alex's great catch at short cover? What about the mildly amusing runs leaked at third man, or Jim flailing around like an old woman being attacked by bees at mid-off instead of just catching a high lob? Tom got three wickets bowling good and fast - so what? Paul discovered leg breaks. Yeah - who cares? The tea, normally reviewed at some length in our gastroenteritis pull-out centre section, was, yes, it was lovely, produced with evident attention to detail by the gifted wife of a man with a limp, but what's the point of dwelling on that? There are more fish to fry in this newspaper!
What about James' 50? Well, yes, it was another vintage Trollope masterclass of untroubled but skillful jug-evasion. Paul kept the pacy opener at bay with James, and Alex's well-groomed, eye-pleasing but short-lived 14 did help the cause. But are we bovvered? No, the only thing to take away from this match was quite shattering and of another order. Our cricketing world shifted in its orbit and a new age dawned in front of our eyes.
No one is quite sure who, or what, that was going in at number 4 for Twineham and Wineham on Sunday the 19th July 2015. It looked like George Hunter, it smelled like George Hunter, but it was, surely, a manifestation, a victim of blitzkrieg-possession.
At first the person that looked like George batted with some degree of normalcy. Indeed, inexplicably, his first four - off the first ball he faced, naturally - was on the off side! Yes, it was crunched and reached the boundary before anyone could move, but nonetheless there it was; an off drive. His second ball, it is true, was hit to the on side in the air, but it was still only a four! I mean, was this George Hunter? The third ball... Ah - there it was; a huge swing of the bat, mighty fast bat-speed, a skimming and squirming mis-hit for a single. One over negotiated, no harm done, James was still there batting well. George was about to face again. Steve was padded up.
Then it happened.

Well. We saw it, but couldn't believe it. I went to get the family to watch. Word got around. A crowd built. This was different. Extraordinary.
112 off 45 balls. His last 53 came off 17 balls. James was out there with George and soon realised that his role was to see off the last couple of balls if the end of an over was imminent, or to get off strike if he was facing a new over.
The bowlers soon realised their role was to just serve up perfectly good deliveries and to watch the results.
The rest of the TWCC side soon realised their role was to either fetch balls back from the surrounding countryside and adjacent gardens or to dig about in the pavilion for old forgotten balls that were to live again in a blaze of glory as they sailed high over the landscape. We were all witnessing a fundamental force.
Suddenly it was the last ball. I mean, we still needed a couple to win, but we only had one ball left for Wisley to bowl with. George nailed another six, high over the tree in the playground - no one bothered to try and look for it; it didn't matter - for, anyway, this was a new World, a place where time and space would never be the same again. Higg's Boson Land.
So what do we do, now that we live in this post-Armageddon world? Well, we have to return to normal. Get on with real life and pretend it didn't happen. But if Chris Gayle or Brendon McCullum phone up the Skip on a Friday one week and say they might be able to make it, we have to check with George to see if he's available first. I mean, yes, they'd be useful in the field - not playing obviously but in the field over the road - but they would be superfluous cricketing presences.
And what of Ludwig? He was last seen in the back of beat-up ancient Transit with a load of hairy do-badders, a drum kit, a bass and a load of dope. He won't be the same when he comes back.
But you wait 'til you hear Beethoven's 10th!

Scorecard
Not sure who won the toss, but TWCC bowled first but that may have had more to do with Wisley being stuck in a traffic jam or in the pub than with what happened to the coin. 40 overs per side format agreed.
Wisley Innings: M Kerrigan ct A Rydon bld T Rydon 13; R Geer nout out 116; Campbell bld T Rydon 2; Domingo bld J Simon 3; Fletcher st Rogers bld A Rydon 46; Richards bld T Rydon 7; McIntosh not out 7. 4 more Wisley DNB names not recorded. Extras 16 (nb-3,w-9, lb-2, b-2). Total 210 or 202 (the is, again, wrongly made up) for 5.
TWCC Bowling: T Rydon 8-0-35-3; J Panther 4-0-12-0; J Simon 6-1-9-1; M Edwards 7-1-43-0; P Hunter 4-0-29-1; H Karvay 3-0-23-0; A Rydon 5-0-27-1; E Bunn 3-0-20-0.
TWCC Innings: P Hunter ct wkt, bld T Richards 16; J Trollope not out 56; A Rydon ct ble T Richards 14; G Hunter not out 112. DNB S Rogers, E Bunn, J Simon, M Edwards, J Panther, T Rydon, H Karvay.
Extras 12 (nb-3, w-4, b-5). Total 211 or 214 (the book is, again, wrong!!!) for 2.
TWCC win by some runs.

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TWCC v Xiles August 9th 2015
A bright late summer day saw Xiles CC arrive to take part in a jaunty game, and at the same time TWCC welcomed another Dad to the team, this time of the Edwards variety, and rather good he looked too - er... in a cricketing sense I mean... Matt had done a great job of enticing players to join us in in the absence of several TWCC regulars, and we hope the new boys enjoyed their afternoon and would be up for further selection.
Matt Edwards, in charge again, won the toss and elected to bowl first with himself and Joe Panther pairing up for the opening attack. Matt took a few overs to find his range, and Joe the same to lose it, but it was Joe who took the valuable wicket of David Hooper, squaring him up nicely with a ball jumping up off a length which ended in the safe hands of Charlie Baldock - good to see him back again. James Grantham, another new player to the side, replaced Joe from the Downs End and, again, the ball was lifting awkwardly from just short of a good length. Matt Edwards' 7 overs were probing and mean, but he took himself off, wicketless, and threw the ball to Jim, who caught it! Jim and James took the Xiles' innings on nicely, a wicket or two here and there, though no batters were getting on with it - and so it went on. Charlie took two wickets, Honze one with his Eastern sleight-of-hand, and Mark Panther and Jonathan behind the timbers paired up to produce an excellent stumping. Jonathan, again, generally excelled with the gloves and ended his stint with a stumping (or two?) and a catch to his name.
The visitors never really got their scoring rate up, losing wickets each time they made the effort to get going, and tea was taken with Xiles having just 147 on the board - a tribute not only to the TWCC combined bowling attack but also to an all round good effort in the field.
With several regular players absent TWCC's jury-rig batting line up was nonetheless able to see Paul Hunter in at 1, which always helps, and, indeed, proved pivotal on this occasion. He never looked in any trouble, and, together with James Grantham, was able to take 14 runs off Tulley's first over. Karthik on the other hand, and from the other end, bowled with excellent pace and direction going for just 15 runs off his 7 overs. He took only one wicket, that of James G who mysteriously hoiked at a straight one after having looked to be in complete control. James had batted with aplomb up to that point, and his error of judgement was particularly costly given that Jim was due in at 3 (don't worry, Tony's back soon). Paul continued to play his natural game, as did Jim which is why he was out hitting a ball uppishly to cover point - out for 13 - but the scoreboad already showed 67 at this point and TWCC had plenty of batters to come. Indeed in strode Matt Edwards who continued the general trend of scoring runs, and by the time he was out for 21 the game was all but done and dusted. Joe with 6 and Robin with a crunching four came and went and it was to Edwards Senior, Gary, that fell the honour of hitting the winning runs with a slapped four through extra-cover. Paul carried his bat right through the innings and secured the victory with his 69 not out.
Of note, as one looks back on the game, was the fact that, as ever, the better bowlers don't get the wickets, as illustrated by Karthik only taking one wicket, whilst the extraordinary Tim took three in his three over spell, albeit at the cost of 26 runs. A case of Spiegelisation at its most effective. Matt Edwards, likewise, had bowled well without anything appearing in the wickets column.
Next week we see Brocky back in the Captain's chair, and it is to be hoped that he continues the excellent new tradition started so magnificently by Matt of buying everyone a drink after the game - thanks Matt! A big TWCC thank you to Skipper Matt for all his efforts on and off the field.

Scorecard
TWCC won the toss and Skipper Edwards chose to field first.
Xiles CC Innings: D Hannant bld J Simon 25; D Hooper ct C Baldock bld J Panther 11; Mick ct P Hunter bld J Grantham 25; T Campbell bld H Karvay 24; J Savatt ct M Edwards bld C Baldock 9; L Bassil ct J Rowland (wk) bld C Baldock 0; M Blakeston st J Rowland bld M Panther 24; T Graham not out 14; Karthik not out 4. DNB Tulley. Extras 15 (nb-1,w-13, b-1). Total 147  for 7 recorded. (Bowling plus extras = 150, batsman's total plus extras 151.)
TWCC Bowling: M Edwards 7-1-15-0; J Panther 6-1-23-1; J Grantham 6-1-28-1; J Simon 7-2-19-1; C Baldock 5-1-14-2; H Karvay 4-0-12-1; M Panther 2-0-15-1; G Edwards 2-0-9-0.
TWCC Innings: P Hunter not out 69; J Grantham bld Karthik 19; J Simon ct, bld Luke 13; M Edwards st Hooper bld Tim 21; J Panther st Hooper bld Tim 6; Robin run out 4; G Edwards not out 4. DNB J Rowland, C Baldock, H Karvay, M Panther. Extras 11 (w-8, lb-1, b-2) Total ... 148 or 149 for 5 depending on which bit of the book one looks at.
Xiles Bowling: Tulley 7-0-41-0; Karthik 8-2-29-1; Luke 6-0-34-1; M Ford 2-0-15-0; Tim 3-0-26-3.
TWCC win.

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Warnham CC v TWCC
August 16th 2
TWCC welcomed back a much refreshed Skipper Brock who celebrated his return by winning the toss again, and, again, opting to field first. And why not? At his disposal were a lightly hung-over Matt Brock and an eager Panther. Both bowled well, Matt with good pace and intent, and Joe picked up an edge that went, unmolested on this occasion by stand-in keeper Pearce, straight to John Riley - thank you very much!
Matt and Joe were replaced by Jim and Richard respectively who took 6 wickets between them and generally helped the cause. Jim erred a little to leg, which was unfortunately bowling to a strength of the home side and Robin was, on accasion, asked to run just that little bit too far at fine leg and some excess of unfortunate runs ensued. Richard found a good length and the ball popped up and moved about nicely. Some 6 or 7 wickets
down and Warnham were not looking like they were going to post a large total, but then the pitch was interesting and the ball was moving about so even a low score might have proved to be hard to overtake. Honse and James pitched in, and neither were fodder for the wary Warnham batters, and a mixture of overs from returning Brocks and Panther J saw that Warnham's total remained modest at 150 at the end of 40 overs. TWCC are, I believe, really quite a good fielding side - plenty of catches held and runs saved.
After tea Messrs. Trollope and Brock R strode to the middle to face a brace of Warnham youthful opening bowlers, and, indeed, the quality of the deliveries made scoring really tough. But in the face of some excellent and penetrative bowling neither of TWCC's stalwarts buckled in the least, and the edge was definitely knocked off the bowling attack by a mixture of resolute defence and luck. 13 overs in and although the score was still just 26, the visiting side had lost no wickets and the opening bowlers were off.
Wickets inevitably fell, though incoming batters saw to it that the total continued to march upwards. A stand of 37 between Tony and Reese settled everyone down, and, as the overs ticked by, it seemed not unlikely that this would be a close match in spite of TWCC's slow start as these two began to pile on the runs. Tony scored the only 6 of the match on his way to a characteristically fast 26 and Reese opened out nicely as the end neared, hitting 18 off his last 6 balls before he lost his shape and missed a full toss on the stumps. With the exception of an unfortunate Mark Panther (stumped - was it first ball?), all incoming batters contributed well, in particular, later on, John Riley who ended with 25 runs to his name. Jim managed to take advantage of some slow long-hops, but was run out for 16. In strode Joe, his reverse sweep in his pocket, to join John as the game got critical.
Then suddenly it was the last over; 5 to tie, 6 to win.
A single off the first ball - not enough, and here it all becomes a bit of a blur in the book... hard to piece it together. Two more dots - Joe I think on strike? Then, 4th ball - oh no! John was run out!! TWCC still needed 5 to win.
Never fear - Robin's here! In he went. Looked about him.
Settled.
In rushed the bowler - so hard to hit - but... WHACK! a big on-drive swat from outside the off stump. Oh no - there's a deep long on. Never min...but what's this? A fumble - keep running -  fumble fumble - over the boundary! It was four!
Scores tied, one to win off the last ball.
Mid-pitch conference, Joe and Robin, Robin on strike. There was no doubt what had to happen. Everyone should run!
In comes the bowler.
Bowls.
Robin swishes and knocks the ball close by his feet. Joe is already in at the batter's end so Robin has to sprint hard to the bowler's end. A shy at the stumps - he's got to be out - no, the ball misses - he's in! A run! TWCC 151.
An exciting day's play - lots of good performances on both sides, and either side could have won and deserved to do so.

Scorecard
TWCC won the toss and Skipper Brock chose to field first. 40 overs limited overs format.
Warnham CC Innings: A Collins ct Riley bld J Panther 4; T Subba Row ct M Brock bld J Simon 13; M Woodhatch ct & bld R Brock; G Medlay ct Trollope bld R Brock 0; J Tarrant not out 26; M Dear bld J Simon; S Edwards LBW J Trollope 25; Murray ct J Panther bld R Brock 0; Heath ct J Trollope bld R Brock 8; Pearce run out 1; Tidy nout out 0. Extras un-recorded! Total 150  for 8.
TWCC Bowling: M Brock 8-0-28-0; J Panther 6-0-24-0; J Simon 9-0-39-3; R Brock 8-0-18-4; H Karvay 6-1-19-0; J Trollope 3-0-13-1.
TWCC Innings: J Trollope bld Tidy 12; R Brock bld Pearce 10; T Pearce ct, bld Tidy 26; R Packham bld Heath 36; M Panther st, bld Tarrant 0; J Riley run out 25; J Simon run out 16; J Panther not out 4; R Smith not out 4. DNB: H Karvay, M Brock. Extras 14 (w-7, lb-3, b-4) Total 151 for 7.
Warnham CC Bowling: Woodhatch 9-0-25-0; H Dear 8-0-17-0; Pearce 7-0-29-1; Tidy 8-3-28-2; Tarrant 5-1-26-1; Heath 3-0-26-0.
TWCC win by 1 run

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TWCC v Streat and Westmeston CC August 23rd 2015
Any match considered in retrospect reduces to a few significant events, all of which, and more, were hotly debated at TWCC HQ in Wineham long into the evening. One of the great pleasures in life is the gathering at the Royal Oak huddled around a jug of Harveys. Analysed through the bottom of a glass the most critical occurences of the day would appear to have been Tony's fault. Much was made of how old Tony is now and how much less he contributes these days. At his door were laid several dropped catches of the sort he never failed to snap up, how he failed to contribute in any meaningful way with his bat - not like the old days, and how poor his general judgement is when wearing an umpire's coat. It was also clearly Tony's fault that Richard won the toss and chose to bat first - the most signifcant of all the day's events. In order to win we would have to take 10 wickets - when was the last time that happened? But, to be fair to Tony, we did have the side to do it with good firepower in the shape of Matt E and Tom R, plus general arm-turning offerings from the rest of the team. And TWCC were fielding a particularly strong batting line up; with Paul, James and Tony our 1,2 and 3, what could possibly go wrong?
Well Paul could be out third ball for a duck. That could happen, Tony.
Then, Tony, you could come in, nurdle a single and then half-hit a shallow lob to Stan at mid-wicket. That could happen.
And, maybe Tony, Jonathan could swan in and run James out. Always a possibility.
To get away from this laboured and over-contrived Tony-bashing which is becoming as dull as it is clearly un-merited, the game could, from 15 for 3 go one of two ways. Firstly we could be all out for under 50, or, of course, Jonathan and Alex could show the oldies how to do it by putting on 132 runs together. Happily they chose the latter option.
Bowlers came and went, Stan happy to give many of his team a go, and Jonathan and Alex pushed the ball about for quick ones and twos as well as ever more frequently crashing the ball to the boundary. Jonathan's 78 not out underlined his prowess as a free-scoring and secure batter. He did hit 8 fours but of almost greater importance was his and Alex's ability to find the ones and twos and rotate the strike thus causing the scoreboard to climb and climb. Alex started carefully, facing 14 balls before scoring even a single and 26 balls before hitting his first boundary, but in not giving his wicket away he ensured he was still there when the opportunities to score became more clear. And score he did, (thirteen 4's and two 6's), before sadly being caught on 96 (it must be recorded that a jug was nonetheless provided by Team Rydon - thanks Rob). A great partnership, no doubt one of TWCC's best, notable not so much for the lost ball-ness - though Alex's latter-stage big hitting did indeed begin to upset the local wildlife - but also for the progressive and competent running exhibited by two like-minded and fit players that kept the scoreboard rolling. Tremendous stuff.

Edward, not out on 14, and Jonathan saw us through to tea.
What was it that Richard said as he digested his decision to bat first? "We need 200 - It's a 200 pitch." He was proved both right and wrong.
Whatever Tony's shortcomings on the pitch he clearly still has the wood over his favourite headmistress who provided him with one of the best teas we've had the fortune to overeat. Plump sandwiches and endless cakery - perfect before going in to field. Right: 10 wickets required.
Not so easily done. Matt and Jim opened the bowling; Matt downwind with the lively end to bowl towards, and Jim bowling into the West wind which should help with any swing. Matt duly had the ball whistling around and bowled out the Streat No. 2, and although Jim failed to find any swing with the old ball there was a miserliness to his spell that was pretty much on target (I thought so - Ed.). In order to win, however, TWCC needed 9 more wickets. Change of bowling. Richard replaced Jim and Tom Rydon came on after Matt's first spell giving the ever more confident Streat batters Porter and Flower a change to absorb. Tom bowled with good pace and got a wicket in his fourth over with Flower lifting the ball to Honse at mid-off, but there wasn't much other sign of enough wickets being taken to aid the TWCC cause. The exit of Flower brought Pat Wise to the crease and, to give Streat new problems, Skipper Brock brought on James, Honse and then Paul to see what could be done about taking the remaining Streat wickets. Unfotunately Wise and Porter decided to forget about getting out and, instead, set about bringing the required run rate down. Lots of runs... By the time - oh look, I could go on, but who reads this stuff anyway? We've all got lives to lead and things to do, not least me as I've got today to plan my motorbike trip around France Germany and Belgium. I could be doing that. You, if, indeed, there is a "you" out there, could just get on. In short, and contrary to Skipper Brocks belief that it was a 200 wicket, it proved to be a 201 wicket and Streat won with two balls to spare. That sounds rather more exciting than it was as the end was more or less inevitable with about 3 overs to go; the required run rate wasn't high and Wise and Saunders weren't having much trouble with the game. Porter and Wise set up a good Streat win, with Pat Wise ending on an excellent 78 not out.
A good match, plucked out of the blue by James and Stan, and thanks go to them. Alex and Jonathan did us proud with their excellent partnership and individual performances, we bowled well in parts and could have strangled the game I suspect had we been minded to, but in true Twineham fashion all players got a game.
Back at the pub, once we'd done with Tony, we set about sorting out the England line up, and we had about as many definitive conclusions as do the England selectors. The Gazette's own analysis is that it's all Brendan McCullum's fault for suddenly making his style of cricket the ideal, both for test and one-day stuff. A test match in this intoxicated way of thinking has become no more than four one-day innings' bolted together. Caught up in the gung-ho NZ series we thought we were fine going along with it and were emerging as a new force on the World stage batting as if we didn't mind getting out. Against the Aussies our commitment to this brand of cricket faltered, and, caught between two stools we had a side made up of batters (Lythe, Root, Stokes, Buttler, Ali) who, whilst suited to a one day game where it doesn't matter so much if you're out, were put in the position of it very much mattering if they were out and they found it impossible to play the long game. Who to pick instead? No idea - but neither am I sure that the county game provides any sort of training ground for the players we need. So, maybe, we should go with it; make a test match like 2 limited overs games? Hales, Cook, Willey, Root, Stokes, Ali, Rashid, Buttler, Wood/Plunkett, Broad, Anderson is the Gazette's offering if this is way test cricket is going, and take out Cook and put Lumb or whoever else is hitting the ball a lot in for the 50 overs/20:20 games. There are many people with more knowledge of the county scene than the Gazette's writing staff, but this is designed to provoke. Maybe our reader should submit his or her team to us and we'll run with it.
Streat won - I said that. And no mention of the weather!

Scorecard
TWCC won the toss and Skipper Brock chose to bat first. Normal Sunday gentleman's cricket.
TWCC Innings: P Hunter Ct Flower (wk) bld Saunders 0; J Trollope run out 4; T Pearce ct Spiegel bld Hartfield 1; J Rowland not out 78, A Rydon ct, bld Butcher 96; E Bunn not out 14. DNB J Simon, M Edwards, T Rydon, H Karvay, R Brock. Extras 9 (nb-1,w-5, lb-2, b-1) Total 200 for 4.
Streat Bowling: Saunders 9-2-17-1; Hartfield 8-1-26-1; Tagg 5-0-35-0; Freeman 4-0-24-0; D Christmas 4-0-15-0; Butcher 4-0-40-1; Spiegel 4-0-29-0; J Porter 3-0-11-0.
Streat Innings: M Porter ct A Rydon (wk) bld Brock 43; C Mansfield bld M Edwards 16; R Flower ct H Karvay bld T Rydon 26; P Wise not out 78; D Christmas st A Rydon bld Brock 5; C Saunders not out 10. DNB M Butcher, J Porter, H Freeman, G Tagg, M Hartfield. Extras 22 (w-5, lb-3, b-7, nb-7) Total 201 for 4.
TWCC Bowling: M Edwards 11-2-44-1; J Simon 7-1-15-0; R Brock 9-0-39-2; T Rydon 7-0-33-1; J Trollope 3-0-21-0; H Karvay 2-0-25-0; P Hunter 1-0-9-0.
Streat win.

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Crescent CC v TWCC August 30th 2015
Well... Horsdean.
But before I proceed I have to redress an imbalance regarding the reporting of the recent performances of Joe Panther. He caught a great catch and hit a four in the last match. Or the one before. Or something. The Gazette apologises for this failing and promises to do better.
Crescent. The Crescent skipper won the toss, or, more accurately, our skipper lost the toss, and TWCC were asked to field first. No problem.
Tom R opened from the prosaically-named Dual-Carriageway End, and the tone of the day was set. Runs were not going to be easy to come by at the hands of TWCC's bowling attack as Tom steamed in and bowled two maidens straight not off the bat. Jim opened from the more romatically-named Not The Dual Carriageway End, and was also miserly, and these two frustrated the openers to the extent that an injudicious head-up swipe allowed a straight one through the gate to give Jim his one wicket. The ball, a lovely dark Reader, was, from the very first ball, nothing but a mud-magnet and any airy deviation was out of the question. Indeed Tom found the ball increasingly hard to hold and Jim suddenly found it increasingly hard to stop it being hit for boundaries so on came Joe and Honse. Joe, varying his attack from round to over the wicket, proved hard to get on top of, and the batters began to realise that any sort of score was, perhaps, best achieved by summing lots of singles as much as by big hitting. TWCC's fielding performance, generally reliable and excellent, suffered a little too much from not jumping on the quick singles in saving-one positions on both sides of the wicket.
Honse, concentrating on line, bowled a studied spell - one of the best in his TWCC career. He started with some good fortune as the impressive Gatford, who had taken Jim for 10 in what unsurprisingly proved to be his last over, top-edged a wide and high full-toss to Joe who took another great, or was it stunning? and match-important, catch at point. Of course the ball needed bowling and the excellent catch needed catching excellently, but ultimately Gatford got himself out and Crescent's scoring-potential was limitied from that point onwards. Honse, sizing up the conditions well, opted to concentrate on line and let the pitch provide the variations - an excellent tactic - and was rewarded with another, bowled, wicket later on in his lengthy spell.
Paul replaced Joe and proved to be a problem for both skippers. For Crescent's captain the problem was that he settled onto a line and length that saw the ball repeatedly pass the bat (slip in), and then he found the edge of a victim's bat and Tony took a fine catch behind the timbers. He was economical and threatening and this level of performance didn't falter as his spell lengthened. The problem for Richard was that he still had yet to bowl Rob or himself, and both would be excellent options, but Paul was bowling so well that it was hard to take him off. Luckily someone hit a four off his 7th over which wasn't particularly his fault, but it did provide an excuse for his removal which Richard pounced on and he duly put himself on for a bit of cheap-wicket action.
Here the Gazette must mention the uncharacteristically laboured fielding performance of Rob Rydon. Normally sprightly and energetic in the field he was on this occasion visibly lethargic and incapable throwing the ball. Or was he? The Crescent No.6 clearly thought so as he clipped the ball to the square-leg boundary where Rob was ambling about with his head in the clouds, and he set off for a run - or would that be two? Of course it should be - that chap can't throw!  Two it is..but..what's this? Why is that chap throwing with his right arm? And is that the ball whistling in at head height straight into Tony's gloves by the stumps? Yes it was! Rob's shameless and clearly only semi-transparent skullduggery had paid off which almost eclipsed his dropped catch later in the game.
Edward, curiously expensive but also succesful in wicket-taking terms, had come on for Honse and, although he initially found it hard to drop onto a good line and length, find them both he did and he was rewarded with two quick wickets in his third over. Again, he was quite capable of taking further wickets as Crescent's tail-enders were passing through, but we had yet to see Rob Rydon strut his stuff, so on he came and he predictably made short shrift of the job in hand. Geary, Crescent's No. 5, was still there, and it was he who took the home side's innings on to a total of reasonable proportions. Indeed it was he who quickly spotted a slightly overpitched ball from Rob and hit him straight for a fine six, but Richard and Tony combined well to remove him as tea approached and he began to swat and this left just a few batters to face the music. Richard rolled over Crescent's No. 9, the end was nigh and the end was Rob-shaped. Spurning the need to come in off his long run, he shimmied up in his Rolls Royce fashion, and, taking the un-responsive pitch out of the equation, speared the ball hard and fast at the base of leg stump. Two wickets in no time off consecutive balls emphatically ended the innings on the stroke of tea.
Eight bowler's used, only Reese and James of the available non-gloved side went un-bowled, and both would probably have been as effective as those that did bowl.
TWCC's reply gave James the chance to individually contribute to the game for the first time, a chance he found hard to take in the face of some excellent pace bowling from Crescent's Kidman whose lengthy spell began with six straight maidens. James continued to keep the ball out well and survive in the face of some excellent bowling, but Paul didn't as Kidman found the slightest of edges and was caught behind. This brought Tony to the middle and he and James began to crimp the edges of the crescent-shaped smiles. Tony began his campaign with some forceful shots, and James and he took the score onto 30 before James finally "ooh'd" himself once too often and was bowled by Gatford. On came Rob and thus began the decisive partnership of the match. No histrionics or close calls here. Solid sportmanship of the highest order was on display. Quick ones and twos, an ever-increasing frequency of boundaries without anything being over-hit - all in all a masterful display of cricketingness. Crescent began to lower their heads and the TWCC team thoroughly enjoyed first Rob's and then Tony's 50's. Rob, finally out with just three required to win, was caught behind for 68 (8 fours, 2 sixes), and Tony who remained not out on 51 (6 fours and 2 sixes) totally dominated the game. Reese, padded up for a long time, was eventually required to hit the winning runs which he did with a fine long four over mid-off, and everything in the TWCC garden was rosy.
TWCC skipper Brock was keen to point out that the bowling was the key to winning the game, and to restrict Crescent to 150 was indeed a fine effort and one to which everyone contributed, but in a batting innings containing two half-centuries it is clearly because of these two fine individual performances that the game was secured. Yes, TWCC have a fairly long batting line up, but it is one which has proved fragile on occasion (occasions to be honest), and not to highlight, and celebrate as we did in one of the weirdest pubs in the land, Rob and Tony's dominant performances would be remiss.
Also to make no mention of another demonstration of fine skippering would be remiss. Fine attention to detail in the field coupled with a commendably selfless approach to the game, maybe it is time to suggest that Richard ups himself in the batting order and bowls earlier, not least because he'd have to face the better bowlers and bowl at higher order batters!
Finally there is a rumour that TWCC are going to the dogs - which is no surprise to many.


Scorecard
Crescent CC won the toss and chose to bat first. Normal Sunday Gentleman's cricket with a funky 80 over twist. For more details see Richard Brock.
Crescent Innings: Eastwood bld Simon 8; E Carter bld Karvay 33; J Gatford ct J Panther bld Karvay 12; Matt Wood ct Pearce (wk) bld P Hunter 31; L Geary ct Pearce (wk) bld R Brock 27; M Kidman run out (R Rydon) 3; A Bousfield bld Bunn 0; J Brooks bld R Rydon 4; J Will bld R Brock 4; S Wood not out 0; R Hall bld R Rydon 0. Extras 15 (nb-6,w-4, lb-4, b-1) Total 150 all out.
TWCC Bowling: T Rydon 6-2-17-0; J Simon 6-1-20-1; J Panther 6-0-22-0; H Karvay 7-0-26-2; P Hunter 7-1-15-1; E Bunn 5-0-26-2; R Rydon 2.2-1-6-2; R Brock 2-0-14-2.
TWCC Innings: P Hunter ct wk bld Kidman 0; J Trollope bld Gatford 10; T Pearce not out 51; R Rydon ct wk bld R Hall 67; R Packham 4 not out 4. DNB J Simon, E Bunn, T Rydon, R Brock, J Panther, H Karvay. Extras 13 (w-6, lb-1, b-6) Total 152 for 3.
Crescent Bowling: Kidman 10-6-14-1; R Hall 5-0-28-1; Gatford 10-1-37-1; Will 3-0-33-0; Eastwood 2-0-20-0; S Wood 1.5-0-14-0.
TWCC win by 7 wickets.

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TWCC v Ashurst September 6th 2015
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times (all part of a sporting press initiative to up the literary quality and quantity of these pages...Look out for more famous first lines in 2016!) There was a time when we were, without exception, younger. Now, with the passage of time, this has changed. Personally I am not saddened by this fact - without time passing I wouldn't have been lucky enough to have met the people I have met, be semi-retired or known what it felt like to have three sixes hit off the last three balls of one of my best overs. However, if there is a tinge of a negative emotion in my breast when reviewing the youth I see in others, it is probably pure naked jealousy. Such was the case when I saw with frightening clarity the young natural talent deployed against TWCC by Ashurst's team of future stars. Many of the players appeared to be playing with the corner of county contracts sticking provacatively out of the pockets of their, no doubt, amply-filled young trousers, and all in all we were somewhat at a disadvantage throughout. Further humiliation was available for a good wallow when it became clear that the visiting team's captain had messed about with their batting order, and then, when it was our turn to bat, also chose not to give the ball to the real fast men. Boys. Young men. I'm not bitter.
We were beaten rather soundly, as will be clear to anyone with the stomach to look at the match scorecard.
However it would be wrong to say that it wasn't an enjoyable match; Ashurst were and are a pleasure to play against, and the game was played in good humour throughout, indeed, from their point of view, apart from the high nettles in the toilet complex, what was there not to like?
As far as mentioning honourable performances in dispatches goes one must report on the lustful fluency of some of the Ashurst batters, who came in clearly having heard of George Hunter's approach to the game. Many of the TWCC bowlers have no reason to be downhearted (apart from Joe, obviously) as good balls as well as bad went the distance. Even the combined Rydon powerhouse failed to make any indents in the wickets column (though often this is down to the support fielding...). Mention, unfortunately, has to be made of Skipper Brock's 2 wickets, but he deserves full credit for persevering with his admirable policy of inclusive captaincy which never wavered.
The home side's batting was also far from an embarassment, especially in the shape of a fine but rather unsupported innings from James. A 50 in the circumstances is even more valuable than if TWCC had found themselves in a run-fest, though observers at the Oak might not have noticed this fine innings celebrated in the usual fashion. Of further note is the not out from Honse - who better is there to deny opposition's bowlers in tight circumstances - and the active presence of our laser-eyed President who made a most welcome appearance before swanning off to Iberia.
So, with apologies for the late appearance of this report, and for the fact that it was somewhat cobbled together from no more than a few distant painful memories and a couple of photos of the scorecard, it's time to look forward to the last game of the season.

Scorecard
TWCC won the toss and chose to field. Limited 40 overs format.
Ashurst Batting: I Tidley ct Karvay, Bld Simon 18; T Chalmers Bld R Brock 62; S Chimfamhima Bld R Brock 25; B Poyser Not Out 40; J Cassells ct Rowland (wkt) Bld Karvay 12; G Isaacs Not Out 40. Extras 13 (1-nb, 6-w, 6-b). Total 218 for 4 off 40 overs.
TWCC Bowling: T Rydon 6-0-34-0; J Panther 1-0-13-0; M Edwards 6-0-40-0; J Simon 4-0-25-1; R Rydon 5-0-20-0; R Brock 6-1-20-2; H Karvay 4-0-14-1; K Scott 5-0-25-0; D Jones 3-0-19-0.
TWCC Innings: J Trollope Bld Poyser 51; J Rowland Ct Chimfamhima Bld Middleton 10; J Simon Ct, Bld Isaacs 12; M Edwards Ct & Bld J Lee 8; R Rydon Ct Cassells Bld J Lee 19; T Rydon Ct Chimfamhima Bld Tidley 6; J Panther Ct Poyser Bld J Lee 2; K Scott Ct, Bld J Lee 1; D Jones Hit Wkt Bld J Lee 1; H Karvay Not Out 0; R Brock Bld J Lee 2. Extras 25 (4-nb, 12-w, 2-lb, 7-b) Total 137 all out.
Ashurst win by 81 runs.

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TWCC v Brighton Beamers September 27th 2015
Arriving home after the final drink of the season at the Royal Oak, I began the ritual cleansing ceremony of my cricket bag: 3 pairs of whites, 2 jumpers, 3 shirts, one white trainer (if anyone has the right hand foot, I’d be grateful - it went missing this Sunday), any number of boxes, two tubes of sun tan lotion circa 1998, approximately £3.76, the smell of hard graft and soft green grass – and there, tucked away at the bottom, the TWCC scorebook 1982-4. It was a gift from Edward some time ago, sadly swallowed and forgotten by the insatiable cricket bag. Now history can be a soulful master, but as I turned over the yellowing pages of TWCC’s past, there was much of interest. For example, in the whole scorebook, there are but 2 scores of 50 or more: which I suspect says more about the state of the Twineham grass wicket of the time than the batsmen. The first page shows our opponents, The White Horse of Storrington, recording 7 zeros in their innings of 66. A huge victory for TWCC who made it with 1 wicket to spare! Among the opponents were Canbashers, Thomas Teasers and Hove Nondescripts. Only 2 of our current opponents feature: and one of them, Albourne and Sayers Common, are presently in a state of suspended animation. The other, arguably therefore our worthiest opponents – by dint of longevity – was Moulsecoomb. Opening up for them were Kevin Cook and the Vicar – still! Our scorecard featured none of the present day squad until suddenly, emerging from among the Sutcliffe-Smiths, the Peacocks, the Manleys, the Richardsons – came a young lad quite possibly making his debut on July 3rd 1983 vs Brastead Invicta. The scorebook reads `Eddie Bunn` Bowled for 13 (inc one 6). Interestingly, just a couple of pages earlier, one P Steinke played for Albourne and Sayers Common vs TWCC and finished with figures of 11.4-3-32-7.
Both men were on show for the final match of the season vs Brighton Beamers. One unfit to play, unable to run, stricken by stomach problems – the other waiting for a hernia operation. Tony took over the role of losing the toss with the skipper sleeping in – and soon we were pulling on our batting pads and Paul and James trekked their way through the ankle length grass out to the middle. James’ tenure was short, Paul’s much, much longer. Indeed while Tony came and went for an LBW on the top of the pad, halfway down the wicket, Paul kept swatting the ball to backward square leg with  practised regularity built up from 25 years of practice. Jonathan reminded us of his prowess with a fine 40. When Paul holed out for 70 we were well on the way to a good solid total: but it was an excellent stand of 52 between Edward and Jonathan which powered us towards our total of 180-7.
It was a Hunter tea of old: flags, large cakes, icing and coronation chicken – and the ground was vibrant with chattering wives, visiting players and talk of TWCC going to the dogs. Which normally leads us back onto the field of play: but not this time. The not increasingly regular partnership of Edwards/Panther struck up once again and their openers found runs difficult to come by. More so when Matt claimed an LBW. Reese, our newest member, dared let on that he’d once bowled – so he was brought on to be savaged until he pleaded to be taken off after 3 run-saturated overs. But there was promise..... Jim bowled with his usual elegance: neat, tidy, trimmed round the edges – but it was gradually becoming clear that we couldn’t give away runs to keep them in the game and they wouldn’t give away enough wickets to keep us in it. As they struggled needing 6, then 7, then 8 then 9 an over, it was left to Tony to provide the talking point. He was due to leave early, he clearly had his mind on the champagne and the flat bed of the Dreamliner waiting to sweep him off to Singapore – so that when the ball looped gently towards him at backward square leg,  a ball that was screaming from every stitch of its seam `catch me, catch me` - he opted to take avoiding action and turned and ran. The ball fell on the spot he’d occupied but a few seconds earlier. His excuse was a low sun, but it didn’t seem to get in his eyes as he watched the clock and eagerly made his getaway before the nerve jangling climax. Which there wasn’t. Jonathan showed exceptional glovework in a stumping and a run out, Matt came back on and took a couple of wickets – but really we had batted simply too well. 180 in the long grass was too tough a target and Beamers, who, to their credit, vigorously pursued the total all the way, came up 42 runs short with 3 wickets in hand. A proper cricket result: a draw on a day of warm sunshine as Twineham basked in an Indian summer. And so to the pub: just about bearable on the TWCC table, Harveys beer and laughter providing the necessary warmth. Another season gone, but a night at the dogs and of course the AGM with accompanying season’s figures to look forward to. Bliss indeed....

Scorecard
TWCC lost the toss and were asked to bat.
TWCC Innings: P Hunter ct, Bld G Young 70; J Trollope ct Young Bld M Renshaw 1; T Pearce LBW Bld N Chafy 25; J Rowland Bld R Benfield 40; R Packham Ct Eaton Bld G Young 0; E Bunn Ct, Bld Nicholls 22; M Edwards St, Bld Rigby 4; J Simon Not Out 6; J Panther    Not Out 4. TOTAL: 180-7. DNB: R Brock.
Fall: 7-2, 63-3, 102-1, 104-5, 156-6, 166-4, 170-7.
Beamers' Bowling: M Renshaw 6-0-14-1; R Siddon 6-1-31-0; N Chafy 6-2-24-1; G Young 8-1-37-2; A Eaton 4-0-31-0; R Benfield 6-0-24-1; R Nicholls 2-0-6-1; Rigby 2-0-6-1.
Beamers Innings: P Bailey LBW Bld M Edwards 9; R Rigby Ct Bunn Bld R Brock 49; M Moors St Rowland Bld Panther 0; G Blackadder Bld M Edwards 1; R Nicholls Run Out Simon 2; N Chafy Ct R Brock Bld P Hunter 56; R Benfield Ct P Hunter Bld M Edwards 3; G Young Not Out 1; R Siddens Not Out 0. TOTAL: 138-7. DNB: M Renshaw, and...
TWCC Bowling: M Edwards; 11-3-19-3; J Panther 7-1-12-1; R Packham 3-0-34-0; J Simon 5-1-22-0; R Brock 7-0-32-1; P Hunter 5-2-15-1.
Match drawn.

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End of Season Captain's Report Richard Brock
PLAYED 18  WON 10 DRAWN 2 LOST 6
(2014 P 16, W 8, D3, L 5)
My reviews in recent years have inevitably centred on the fragile numbers within the TWCC squad.  Last year it looked much better.  This year I’m delighted to say it’s stronger still.  Joe and Matt E have become firmly embedded within TWCC:  Paul C has played more, the return of our Czech international Honse has been very welcome and latterly Reese has come along and enjoyed his cricket with the promise of much more next season.  Unfortunately we’ve seen far less of Steve  – and we all look forward to his return, fit and well next season.  Phil has had his season curtailed by his hernia.  But generally, we’ve been able to put out full sides most weeks: barring the bizarre two weeks in September when we had 2 and then 3 players available at a time when we normally have a full squad to choose from.  The only disappointment has been that the youth of Twineham and Wineham have not fed through into the reckoning.  That is something I’d like to see and we must work out a way of getting our message across to the villages.  Whatever the quality of our players, it is numbers which are essential to the long term of the club.  But as we stand right now, things look good, but we must keep looking for new members. 
And so to matters on the pitch:  and it’s been a good season with some great highlights.  Head and shoulders above everything was George’s 45 ball 112 not out vs Wisley – a never to be forgotten day by all those lucky enough to witness it (those who didn’t spend most of the afternoon hunting the hedgerows and fields of Twineham for lost balls!) Who can forget the finish at West Chiltington: losing by just 3 runs on a 400+ runs day: even more intriguing when you add in `scorebookgate` .  Tom’s 15 off one legal ball must be a record of some sort!  It was an excellent tour, and because the 20 over match was competitive – and because of Jim’s memorable 60 -I have added this match to the averages.  And then Jim went and got the club’s only hat-trick of the season the following day!  A look at the batting performances show a return to form of James who had a wonderful season and the benefit of having Paul H available to us for more matches.  Meanwhile the bowling shows a really healthy spread of wickets: 7 bowlers getting into double figures.  We are very fortunate having so many players who are genuine all-rounders. On 3 occasions we’ve used 6 bowlers:  for the other 15 matches we’ve used 7 or more.  As you know I have always felt it an essential responsibility for me as captain to ensure everyone has the opportunity to have a real input into the match each Sunday, be it batting or bowling.  I think the figures show that to a very large part that has been the case this season.  Yes it’s cost us:  a more `win at all costs` approach would certainly have spared us a couple of defeats.  But that’s not the point – nobody wants to come along week after week to field all afternoon and not get a bat  So once again this year you will see that every regular player except Tom (and I’m really sorry Tom) has batted in more than half the matches in which they’ve played and – as mentioned – the spread of bowling has been very wide.
My thanks as ever go to every player: it is a big commitment to turn out especially when there are so many other ways of spending a summer Sunday – so my thanks should also extend to wives and girlfriends who also allow that to happen.  And I’m delighted that we’ll get a chance to thank the ladies – and have a damn good time ourselves – when TWCC go to the dogs.
Furthermore we love our annual tour and I think we’ve settled on the perfect venue: a country pub somewhere reasonably close, with a town but a short distance away so the boys can go out and strut their stuff.  Oxford and Cambridge are both favourites to receive an education from TWCC on what a good tour is all about so keep that weekend free:  Friday 1st July – Sunday 3rd July 2016.
And finally thanks from me on a personal note to everyone for being brilliant club members: sure I come to enjoy the cricket, winning is even better, a good individual performance the icing on the cake – rather rare things these days, cakes of that sort...but I love the spirit of the club and the team, the individuality of the players, the way we all gel and enjoy our cricket and our company together: TWCC is truly a `classless society` and it’s a pleasure and a privilege to be your captain.
Thank you all for your support.
Richard Brock, Captain, Twineham and Wineham Cricket Club  

The highlights....and the lowlights.....
Streat inflict our heaviest defeat of the season second game in, but we still win 3 out of the first 4 and go through to June in fine spirit.  Already Paul H and James have hit 50s and the skipper’s clearance of the tail enders at Moulsecoomb gives us our first and only fifer of the season.
 So to a new fixture: West Chiltington.  The team rallies brilliantly to raise £125 for cancer research, a silly yellow hat is awarded to people dropping catches and thus sits on most of the team at one point or another: meanwhile, W Chiltington set about our bowling to score 221.  James’82 and fine back up performances numerous others bring us to the brink of victory only to be thwarted at the last.  Headliners were blown out of the water by 4 wickets each for Phil and Matt Brock and then we went on tour.
Tour was excellent: Bournemouth: and Puddletown, where after winning the 20/20 with Jim’s 60, we drank in the Martyr’s pub, lived history and got caught in a thunderstorm.  Jim’s extraordinary weekend continued with a hat-trick the following day but we were well beaten.  Great tour though. Back to swat Staplefield and then watch George Hunter demolish Wisley by himself with his 45 ball 112 not out (8 fours, 11 sixes).    A brilliant last ball win at Warnham thanks to the magnificent pair of Robin and Joe rounded off a fine mid-summer.
Alex Rydon sadly holed out 4 short of his first ever century vs Streat – and we lost – and while great knocks from Rydon Snr and Tony saw us home at Crescent, unfortunately we failed to put out teams two weeks running in September, got smashed by Ashurst youth and couldn’t quite force the win vs Brighton Beamers.  
DIARY DATE:   TOUR to CAMBRIDGE Friday 1- Sunday 3 July 2016


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TWCC 2014 Season
Streat and Westmeston v TWCC May 4th 2014
Welcome to the new season:  regrettably we had to cancel the first game through lack of numbers, though the weather last Sunday was also lousy so maybe fate intervened.  Anyway our season began at Streat and Westmeston, the scene of plenty of good games between the two sides but not a barrelful of great memories for us:  I remember an early declaration with 200 up and getting thumped by 8 wickets, I remember many a man falling to Stan’s grenades, I remember James’ shocking refusal to walk and playing through guilt…..  Anyway we mustered 10 men, including the very welcome return to the fold of Paul Chatfield.  The skipper lost the toss and we were asked to field.  Our young muscular opener Matt Brock proved he’s added not just pace but also accuracy to his bowling during the winter and he clean bowled Streat’s numbers 1 and 3.  At the other end, Paul kept things tight.  But their no 3 Colin Mansfield put up resistance, as so often against us.  He kept his end going as all the bowlers chipped in to a regular fall of wickets.  He was finally run out on 66 to a  `keep a cool head` situation by Paul Hunter.  The only other player to make double figures made it to 24 – so actually when Streat finished with 127 all out, it looked better than it might have been.  Two wickets each for Matt B, Paul, Phil and Edward had set us up to win the match.  Unfortunately this is cricket and nothing ever goes to plan.  When James was out LBW to an straight ball half way up the pads for a golden duck, we took it as a set back.  When his fellow opener Paul was out next over for 2, we were 5-2 and trouble loomed.  But our batting line up looked strong – and so it proved as Jonathan and Tony got to grips with Streat’s attack.  They played good sensible cricket, plenty of quick singles, taking on the bad balls and mindful of Stan.  And their reward was the season’s first 100 partnership before Jonathan was clean bowled four short of his 50.  But Tony powered to his 50 and was ably supported by Paul Chatfield to make it 1 win out of 1 in this new season.

Scorecard
Streat won the toss and elected to bat.
Streat innings: R Mason Bld M Brock 0; C Mansfield  run out (Hunter) 66; J Barrs Bld M Brock 6; P Davidson Ct J Rowland Bld P Steinke 24; P Wise St S Rogers Bld J Trollope 0; N Wise Bld P Steinke 3; S Forster Bld P Hunter 2; M Porter Ct J Rowland Bld E Bunn 5; N Tombleson Bld P Hunter 3; S Spiegal Ct S Rogers Bld E Bunn 5; J Porter not out 4.
TOTAL 127 ALL OUT
TWCC BOWLING: M Brock 8-3-14-2; P Hunter 12-2-31-2; R Brock 3-0-18-0; P Steinke 8-3-15-2; J Trollope 5-0-34-1; E Bunn 4.1 – 2-10-2.
TWCC INNINGS: J Trollope LBW Bld M Tombleson 0; P Hunter LBW Bld S Forster 2; T Pearcenot out 56; J Rowland Bld M Porter 46; P Chatfield not Out 14.
TOTAL 131-3.
FALL: 3-1, 5-2, 105-4
DNB; S Rogers, E Bunn, M Brock, P Stainke, R Brock.
Streat Bowling: Tombleson 6-0-28-1; S Forster 5-1-16-1; P Wise 4-0-19-0; S Spiegal 2-0-22-0; P Davidson 4-0-9-0; M Porter 4.4-1-24-1.
TWCC WON BY 6 WICKETS

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TWCC v Greys May 11th 2014
Welcome to a sunny but chilly and positively windy day at Twineham as we turn up for our first home match of 2014 to discover the grass long, the cut grass still there and that the builder who has done sterling work rebuilding the pavilion had actually left the remains of the walls of the old pavilion behind, all over the floor. So while the pavilion looked good with a new wall, a new coat of paint and a new roof, it was spoilt by all the rubble strewn around.
Anyway onto the cricket. It was a strong TWCC side that turned out. Skipper Brock, keen to listen to Brighton fail to get to Wembley from 5pm onwards, won the toss and chose to field. Out to bat came a familiar figure: an Australian named Covill who has scored so many runs against us it makes the scoreboard tremble. He’s been back with the sheep for a couple of years but has now returned to civilization and he was clearly determined to pick up where he left off by bashing our bowlers all over the place. He and their skipper got off to a bit of a flyer – with Paul and Richard’s early overs loose.  But when Mr Covill came rushing down the wicket to the skipper, he was beaten by the sheer pace – or the misdirection – of the delivery which skimmed off his pads and onto the wicket.  Clean bowled it says in the book, and a big wicket on 49. But their skipper Biff Line continued to play well as did their number 3 until Paul Chatfield came on to bowl his first overs for TWCC for some 6-7 years.  He’d spent the week preparing, going through the motions, getting in the swing, and in his first over he clean bowled the number 3. Another useful stand was broken and the door swung open for a spate of wickets, led by Paul C. In just 6 overs he took 4 wickets - one a rare catch from Phil - and when he limped off at the end of his spell he was a happy man, if a slightly injured one.  Much as in the previous week the wicket-fest continued, and again it was fun in the sun for all the bowlers. Phil and James also picked up wickets as Greys slowly made their way to 123-8, failing to hit sufficient boundaries. The call went out to Edward to have a bowl. His first over was good. His second was sensational. The first three balls went for just a single before their number 8 wafted at a ball outside off and spooned it to James who leapt like a salmon to pluck it from the air. The next delivery Edward put in a mighty shot for LBW – and deliciously, the finger went up. The time was 4.30. The last ball of the innings was a hatrick ball. The field closed in. The warning went up:  drop a catch and you have Edward to deal with. He stepped up and their number 11, a Mr Southon, put his foot firmly down and swung through the ball. It went straight: straight towards Edward himself. And, joy of joys, he took it at waist height for only the second hatrick of his career. Great celebrations followed as the team left the field having bowled out a team once again in the 120s: 123 to be precise. Paul’s tea was full of flags and cakes which – erm – weighed heavily. And then, with the wind getting up and the chilliness factor rising, Paul and James went out to open our reply. And what batting it was; boundaries everywhere, which Greys had failed to achieve. Even a 6 for Paul. 50, then 100 came and went, and the partnership was unbroken as the final run was struck with James not out 47 and Paul not out 71. A comprehensive 10 wicket victory was ours – and Edward is ready to take 4 from 4 with his first ball in his next match.

Scorecard
TWCC won the toss and elected to field.
Greys Innings: Covill Bld R Brock 25; Line St S Rogers Bld Trollope 45; Malyon Bld Chatfield 17; BurgessBld Chatfield 2; Fenton Ct Bunn Bld Chatfield 0; Day Ct Steinke Bld Chatfield 4; Gallagher LBW Bld Steinke 5; Newland ct Trollope Bld Bunn 7; Sewell not out 5; Hoare LBW Bld Bunn 0; Southon Ct and Bld Bunn 0.
TOTAL 123 all out. Fall: 49, 72, 76, 78, 87, 108, 110, 123, 123, 123.
TWCC Bowling: P Hunter 8-0-27-0; R Brock 9-1-35-1; Chatfield 6-0-19-4; P Steinke 9-3-16-1; J Trollope 5-0-12-1; E Bunn 2-0-63; Pearce 1-0-3-0.
TWCC Innings: J Trollope not out 47; P Hunter not out 71.
TOTAL 124-0
DNB: T Pearce, S Rogers, J Simon, E Bunn, D Rogers, R Brock, P Steinke, P Chatfield.
Greys Bowling: Day 7-2-20-0; Hoare 6-0-26-0; Sewell 3-0-35-0; Newland 2-0-20-0; Gallagher 1.3-0-10-0; Southon 1-0-11-0
TWCC WON BY 10 WICKETS

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TWCC v Moulsecoomb Wanderers May 18th 2014
The day was warm and sunny: summer had arrived in beautiful Sussex. We were 10, bolstered from nine by a celebrity visit of Mikey in between globe-trotting and impregnating half the women of London. Richard won the toss and to the annoyance of most of the team, opted for the same formula which had brought victories in the first two games: bowling first. Opening bowling pair Matthew and Paul toiled hard but unsuccessfully as Moulsecoomb made hay in the sun: literally, as the ball was forced through the cut piles of grass on the outfield (our thanks to the council?). The opening bats powered past 50, 60 and even 70 before the skipper opted to bring on James to slow things down a bit. And in his first over it worked as he had their no 1 caught. (I’d love to tell you by whom, JIM but due to the inadequacies of the person copying over the book and struggling with  the not terribly difficult job of filling in the catches, I don’t have that information to hand!!!!) Phil then came on and made his mark, scything into their middle order with 2 wickets in a miserly spell. The match started to come back our way as the rate slowed and the wickets fell. A fantastic slip catch by Tony was another highlight, leaping high into the air for a one handed catch off a left hander. Good tight bowling continued to the end, aided by some excellent work behind the stumps by stand-in keeper Jim, and after being in trouble at 132-2, we did well to get them 168-8 at tea. Tea was provided by James. It was adequate, though lacked variety. So a decent score to chase down and Paul didn’t look comfortable. A couple of decent shouts for edges and then another strong shout. Umpire Brock Junior heard a noise, raised a finger and Paul was on his way. Word filtered out from the pavilion that he was not happy, hadn’t touched it. But this is cricket, and you accept what you’re given. Tony came and went in a flurry, Mikey the same without the flurry but Jim had a splendid knock of 19 and provided some necessary stability to take us onto 84. But we were still 85 runs short with just 5 wickets left as the 20 overs came up. James was our rock and onto him we clung. Edward joined him and together they put on a crucial stand of 50 before Edward was caught for 22. 36 runs required: time for the skipper to step up. Two balls later, it was time for Paul Chatfield to step up, with Richard meekly LBW on his second ball. Nervousness was evident on the field and off it, among the watching batsmen. Being young and silly, Matthew’s way of soothing his nerves was to kick a ball around. Unfortunately, he booted it rather hard at Paul, still simmering about that questionable decision – by Matthew. `F*** off you f***ing idiot` :  Paul’s anger was vented like a Kalashnikov at the hapless boy. The tension on the pitch was momentarily less than that off it. (I missed all this - Ed. But I've put it through... Don't ask me why - all I can think is that the Gazette's standards are getting more and more tabloid.) Paul stuck his head back into the scorebook, testily. Back on the pitch Paul Chatfield hit one of the finest sixes seen on the ground, back over the bowlers head to take us to the brink of victory. His not out 11 was crucial in support of James and the two of them brought us home, unhappily secured by two wides. But it was James’s magnificent 70 not out that was the innings that brought us victory, a great chase. So that’s played 3 won 3, a good start to the new season. 

The catches have all gone to pot. I caught two, one off James and one off Matt. I stumped one off Edward's bowling. Tony caught one in the slips off Richard, James, I think, caught another one on the stretch at gully, and Paul took a tough high and long one at cow corner but I can't remember off whos bowling... Edwards?
Scorecard
TWCC won the toss and elected to field
Moulsecoomb innings: Kris Ct Wk (Simon) Bld Trollope 34; Pete Bld Steinke 50; David Bld Steinke 7; Zac Ct Hunter Bld Trollope 2; George Ct Trollope Bld R Brock 7; Morgan Ct T Pearce Bld R Brock 7; Simon not 0ut 7; Terry ct Wk (Simon) Bld M Brock 7; Joe St Wk (Simon) Bld Bunn 5; Doug not out 1; TOTAL 168-8.
DNB: S Bassam
Fall: 77, 84, 132, 139, 141, 150, 156, 161.
TWCC Bowling: M Brock 11-2-49-1; P Hunter 5-1-15-0; Chatfield 3-0-24-0; P Steinke 10-0-31-2; J Trollope 5-0-22-2; R Brock 5-0-15-2;  E Bunn 2-0-11-2.
TWCC Innings: P Hunter Ct? Bld ??? 3; J Trollope not out 70; T Pearce Ct, Bld Doug 14; M Pearce Bld Doug 1; J Simon  Bld McGowan 19; E Bunn Bld McGowan    22; R Brock LBW    Bld Zac 0; P Chatfield  not out 11; TOTAL 170-6.
DNB: P Steinke, M Brock.
Moulsecoomb Bowling: Pearson 4-0-17-0; Terry 6-0-14-0; Doug 5-0-19-2; McGowan 10-0-24-2; Morgan 2-0-16-0; Radmore 6-0-28-0; Zac 4-0-15-1.
TWCC WON BY 3 WICKETS

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Bolney CC v TWCC May 25th 2014
An unpromising Bank Holiday weekend’s weather forecast was proved wrong as the sun shone in the village of Bolney, with a chilly breeze requiring a sleeveless jumper for all but the hardiest. For the third time running the skipper won the toss and elected to bowl: something the Bolney skipper would also have opted for – so he said. It was a deliciously youthful opening pair: Matt Brock and Tom Rydon both racing in, showing off the extra pace each had gathered during the winter. And Tom was the first to strike: a rising ball popped up round the corner to the waiting Brock senior. Next Matt Brock struck in his 4th over: clean bowling numbers 3 and 4 in consecutive balls to leave a hat-trick ball. Unhappily this didn’t happen: but two balls later another fell and Matthew had a triple wicket maiden. 3 overs later Tom forced an uppish drive from opener Barry Griffin and Matt turned catcher: Bolney were in disarray at 19-5. There followed a good stand between 6 and 7: Bowles and Moore, which neither Phil, James nor Edward could crack. Finally it was left to the skipper, as some commiseration for being hit around the field, to capture Steve Bowles on 42: interestingly caught by Tom. 6 wickets down and only the Brocks and Rydons in the `how out` and `bowled` columns. Rob came on and kept that going: hitting one of their players with a bouncer and apologising profusely before finally getting a wicket in his 6th over, by which time Bolney had struggled to 91-7. Alex Rydon at the other end picked up another – before Matt was reintroduced to try to finish things up before tea. And blow me down, that’s just what he did: the last two wickets, both LBW, in four balls: the benefits of bowling straight brought Matt the first five-for of the season – and what figures: 7.5 overs, 5 maidens, 5 for 5. Anyone will do well to better those all season. He was duly thrust to the front to lead the team off five minutes before the allotted time where we enjoyed a wonderful Bolney tea in the pleasant sunshine, contemplating 98 for victory.    How easy and straightforward is this game of cricket! And a look at the book shows a complete bowling/catching line up of Brocks and Rydons. (Mind you they did comprise 50% of the team.) James and Steve opened the batting, Steve out for 3: 20-1, not a problem. James out for a good 25, 30-2, not a problem. A useful stand between Alex and Jim, 55-2, over halfway there, the sun still shining – I love this game. Alex out on 55 for an excellent and cultured 18 was an annoyance, Jim four runs later was a tremor. But Rob’s wicket on 63 was an ominous rumble. 35 runs short, 5 wickets down and a team of just 10. However Edward’s excellent early season form continued as he played a most mature and sensible innings, curbing every sprinting instinct in his body, to limit himself to run only a series of singles and thus inch towards the target with diligence. Tom fell quickly, Richard’s horribly thrown away wicket on 89 brought in Matt:  with just Phil left after that. But Edward took Matt under his protective wing and the two of them brought TWCC to victory by two wickets, with Edward at last unleashing the might with a 4 for victory. A triumphant day and every one of us down the pub, Edward showing off his toy helicopter in-between buying a jug for his hat-trick two weeks previously, a jug for Matt: a great day, four out of four, bring on Parham.
Scorecard
TWCC won the toss and elected to field
Bolney innings: B Griffin Ct M Brock Bld T Rydon 1; J Bushell Ct R Brock Bld T Rydon 0; Bushell Snr Bld M Brock 10; C Bunce Bld M Brock 0; J Flower Ct R Brock Bld M Brock 0; S Bowles Ct T Rydon Bld R Brock 42; J Moore not out 28; D Bridge Bld R Rydon 7; R Atkins Bld A Rydon 1; J Elliott LBW Bld M Brock 2; O Atkins LBW Bld M Brock 0; TOTAL 97 all out. 42.5 overs.
Fall: 3-2, 15-3, 15-4, 15-5, 18-1, 81-6, 91-8, 94-9, 97-10, 97-11.
TWCC Bowling: M Brock 7.5-5-5-5; T Rydon 4.1-1-14-2; E Bunn 5.5-1-10-0; P Steinke 8-2-15-0;  J Trollope 4-2-10-0; R Brock 5-1-25-1; R Rydon 6-3-6-1; A Rydon 2-0-11-1.
TWCC innings: J Trollope Bld J Flower 25; S Rogers Bld J Elliott 3; A Rydon Ct C Bunce Bld T Elliott 18; J Simon Ct Bushell Snr Bld S Bowles 5; R Rydon LBW Bld J Elliott 7; E Bunn not out 24; R Brock Ct S Bowles Bld J Elliott 11; T Rydon LBW Bld S Bowles 1; M Brock not out 1. TOTAL 99-7. 32.5 overs.   
DNB: P Steinke
Bolney Bowling: J Flower 10-4-19-1; J Elliott 16-3-49-4; S Bowles 6.5-0-28-2.
TWCC WON BY 2 WICKETS

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Parham CC v TWCC June 1st 2014
A quick report, drawn up from distant memories and a quick glance at the scorebook.
Richard won the toss, and elected to bowl. Looking at the analysis, no TWCC bowlers made much of an impact and Parham scored steadily throughout their innings. James, together with Tom Rydon, opened the attack. P Vander in particular managed to continue at some length, scoring 92 before being caught by Alex off the bowling of Richard. After tea TWCC made significant inroads into Parham's total, with James, Tony, and Alex all scoring good solid runs at just the right rate in the teeth of good bowling. Or, perhaps, maybe at just not quite the right rate as TWCC's supporting batsmen froze a little in the face of the reappearance of the Parham opening bowlers towards the end of the allotted overs, and runs dried up. Into the final over, and TWCC, from memory, needed about 4 or so to win, which we didn't get. Parham's bowlers were quick, though not particularly helped by the keeper standing up, which by and large he did well, but which led to a lot of byes - 15 in all, which, when added to the other extras, totalled a not insignificant 24! A draw therefore, TWCC fininshing one run behind the Parham score. Almost a tie - which would have been exciting. Mind you, it was quite exciting as it was.

Scorecard
TWCC won the toss and elected to field.
Parham Innings: P Vander ct A Rydon Bld R Brock 92; M Williams Ct. S Rogers(wk) Bld Trollope 0; S Brooks Ct E Bunn Bld P Steinke 39; A Wales Ct J Trollope Bld A Rydon 16; s Trott Ct E Bunn Bld R Brock 14; P Fraser Not Out 2; C Moody Not Out 3. Extras unrecoreded. Total 182 for 5. DNB S Forrest, J Forrest, J Mitchell.
TWCC Bowling: T Rydon 6-1-19-0; J Trollope 6-0-17-1; P Steinke 11-3-36-1; E Bunn 6-0-36-0; P Chatfield 6-0-33-0; R Brock 5-0-19-2; A Rydon 4-0-13-1.
TWCC Innings: J Trollope Ct, Bld Mitchell 42; S Rogers Bld Williams 10; T Pearce Bld Trott 48; A Rydon Bld Trott 33; E Bunn Bld Trott 9; J Simon Ct, Bld Williams 9; P Chatfield Run Out 1; R Brock Not Out 3. Extras 24. Total 181 for 7. DNB T Rydon, P Chatfield.
Match drawn.


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TWCC v London Unity June 15th 2014
I could pretend I’m in a terrible hurry and am therefore forced to make this report extremely brief: but I’m not. The fact is that such an abjectly average performance doesn’t deserve to use up any more computer memory than is strictly necessary. So here we go.
It was a warm but overcast afternoon: perfect for swing bowling. London Unity, a nice bunch of chaps, mostly regurgitated from the 1960s hippie generation, turned up, won the toss, put us in and – as convention dictates – provided the match ball. This ball, put in the hands of their extremely effective swing bowlers and carefully nurtured throughout, combined nicely with our ineptness with the bat to dictate the afternoon’s events. Steve and James got us off to a good start: playing sensibly and reaching 45 before James was clean bowled. After that... we cannot call it a middle order collapse: it was the whole team house of cards met hurricane Unity, with a tidal wave thrown in for good measure. The next four wickets fell for 0. Paul Chatfield and David Rogers showed some resistance, but everyone else failed to cope with a ball that swung wildly in the air, skilfully dealt by their bowlers. And so it was that 45-0 became an astonishing 48-6 and became 65 all out. Credit to Dave Rogers in particular for dogged defence that helped eat up almost 30 overs. Tea was very pleasant, despite the circumstances: tasty tuna sandwiches and a tray bake chocolate sponge by Kay, with Jim soaking up the credit. And so to the field. Mercifully briefly. Matthew clean bowled two early wickets for a glimpse of hope, a couple of other catching possibilities flew but not to hand – and their "all guns blazing" numbers 2 and 4 bludgeoned their way to victory. As Roy Hodgson might say `time to move on`.

Scorecard
TWCC lost the toss and were asked to bat
TWCC Innings
J Trollope Bld M Driver 18; S Rogers Bld J Driver 21; R Brock Ct wkt Bld M Driver 0; J Simon Ct, Bld J Driver 0; T Rydon Bld M Driver 0; M Edwards Bld M Driver 0; P Chatfield Bld T Roberts 9; D Rogers not out 3; J Panther LBW T Roberts 0; M Brock Bld T Roberts 3; P Steinke Bld T Roberts 1.
TOTAL 65 All Out (29.4 overs)   
London Unity Bowling: Collombine 5-0-26-0; J Driver 10-3-28-2; M Driver 9-6-4-4; T Roberts 4.4-2-5-4; J Clarke 1-1-0-0.
London Unity Innings
M Viles Bld M Brock 8;J Moore not out 25; A Gane Bld M Brock 4; T Roberts not out 29.
TOTAL 68 for 2 (12.4 overs)
TWCC Bowling: M Brock 5-0-23-2; M Edwards 4-0-17-0; P Steinke 2-0-10-0; R Brock 1.4-0-18-0.
London Unity WON BY 8 WICKETS.

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TWCC v Headliners June 22nd 2014
`I have never seen a catch like that: I thought he’d do well just to stop it` S Warne (Steph Warne, a local pensioner who happened to be walking her dog). The scars of the previous week’s destruction were still fresh, still seeping pus across the pages of the scorebook. So we needed a big performance to let the world know that TWCC was back: and mercifully, whilst it wasn’t huge, it was sufficient. The day was made for cricket: warm, sunny and delicious with the outfield properly cut for once. Richard lost the toss and we were asked to bowl: Matt and Tom worked well together with Tom taking the glory and making his dad very proud when their number two put up a catch and it was Rob who took it: the first time Rob had taken a catch from’s Tom’s bowling – aaah. Then to prove it wasn’t a fluke, he did it again for the number 1. And when Tom also encouraged the number four to tickle it behind to Steve, he was 3 wickets up and Headliners were 3 down for 30. Unfortunately both Tom and Matthew were suffering the leaden-footedness and butter-fingeredness of the slip cordon, who, refusing to make catches – including actually lifting a foot to avoid the ball – also refused to chase after the ball, time and again preferring to stand and watch it, or discuss who it was who actually should have caught it, rather than chase it. Sources inside the TWCB suggest that a full enquiry is going on into recent failures in the slips, with a view to a shake-up. Anyway after Tom’s spectacular opening spell, Headliners put together a good stand of 64. Archie McDonald came on for his full TWCC debut – he bowled well, showed a great deal of promise - but found Rob’s munificence restricted to those sharing the same surname, thus a dropped catch denying him his first TWCC wicket. Even more culpable was Matthew Brock, too deep in sulk to make the catch that would have given Archie his breakthrough. It took Phil to finally break through and Rob later clean bowled their number 5 who’s accrued 43. By this time Headliners were on 118 and still  with time on their side. But with the two who had put on the big stand out of the way, there was clearly an opportunity for some cheap wickets and so the skipper of course brought himself on. The first was caught reluctantly by his recalcitrant son, the second prettily removed the off bail but the third....OMG, the third. Their batsman, Ritchie, got hold the the ball good and proper and slog swept it towards the pavilion, like an exocet. Edward was there but it was going far wide of him. Until...he leapt athletically, leaving 25 years and 10 stones behind him, to not just get a hand to the ball, not just to stop the ball but to actually pluck it from the air and pull off one of the finest catches ever seen at TWCC. Think Banks/Pele and you’ll be close. It was remarkable – all the more so for the shenanigans behind the wicket but an hour earlier. And so it was that we got Headliners 8 wickets down for 151 at tea. And what a tea it was: Mrs Rogers laid out a spread worthy of Edward’s catch, enjoyed by all. James and Steve went in and frighteningly reminiscent of the previous week, their stand took them to the early 40s before James was caught. But in came Tony and the next few overs were rather bloody, as Headliners weakness in the bowling line up was somewhat painfully exposed as Tony very quickly clocked up 53 including 3 sixes and 5 fours. When he holed out, the score was 119 and we were well on our way. Archie had a bat and confirmed that we have an excellent new prospect in our ranks – as a bowler! Edward made a few and Rob took us home with a couple of big hits –including one which matched an earlier one of Tony’s that bounced off our shiny new roof: but Steve it was who was the mainstay of the innings, letting the bat throwers have their moment whilst he batted sensibly all through the innings: Geoffrey Boycott would have been very proud. So a good day, a comfortable win by 6 wickets in the end with just 26 overs bowled - a roof battered but unbowed, an incredible number of lost balls – but a good day’s cricket, nice to see Tom put his dad in his place with an excellent spell of aggressive bowling and especially nice to welcome Archie to the team, someone we hope will stay with us.

Scorecard
TWCC lost the toss and were asked to bowl
Headliners Innings: Barnett Ct R Rydon Bld T Rydon 16; Smith Ct R Rydon Bld T Rydon    1; Collins Bld P Steinke 27; Hollis Ct S Rogers (wk) Bld T Rydon 0; Neale Bld R Rydon 43; Wright Ct M Brock Bld R Brock    16; Pearson Bld    R Brock 1; Ritchie Ct Bunn (OMG) Bld R Brock 0; Harwood not out 6; Pareich not out 13; TOTAL 151-8 (39 overs).
Fall: 24,25,30,94, 118, 125, 125, 126.
TWCC Bowling: M Brock 9-0-31-0; T Rydon 9-0-38-3; P Steinke 7-0-31-1; A McDonald 4-0-26-0; R Brock 6-2-13-3; R Rydon 5-1-10-1.
TWCC Innings: J Trollope Ct Bld Ritchie    27; S Rogers not out 37; T Pearce ct, Bld Barnett 53; A McDonald Bld Harwood 0; E Bunn ct WK Bld Ritchie 14; R Rydon not out 8; TOTAL 152-4 (26.3 overs).  
Fall: 44-1, 119-3, 120-4, 142-5
DNB: D Rogers, T Rydon, M Brock, P Steinke, R Brock.
Headliners' Bowling: Ritchie 8-0-31-2; Pareich 2-0-21-0; Neale 6-0-22-0; Hollis 3-0-22-0; Harwood 4-0-31-1; Barnett  3-0-12-1; Pearson 0.3-0-10-0.
TWCC WON BY 6 WICKETS.

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Staplefield v TWCC July 13th 2014
Our first match for 3 weeks: and boy did it show. After winning the toss – one of those tosses a captain secretly hopes to lose as a good excuse for later failings – Richard decided to bowl. We were 10 and there were clear deficiencies: mainly in batting and bowling, but in fact it was the fielding which was to be most visibly lacking. Matthew and his father opened up the bowling and fair’s fair, did a good containing job. Matthew had their number one dropped – and dropped again – and dropped again. He then ran him out except the umpire decided the yard plus margin was too tight and the batsman got the benefit of the lack of doubt. Finally Richard got him but then a good stand developed helped by some frankly rather underwhelming TWCC fielding on a hot day on the beautiful village common. On numerous occasions fielders preferred to stare rather than chase, catching remained abysmal and it turned into a real slog. James and Edward offered 3 overs for 37 runs, but there was an encouraging spell for young Archie McDonald. But numbers 1 and 3 put on more than a hundred and we wilted. Finally Matthew returned to take 3 wickets but the damage was done. It was a good day for a nice long tea. But we had to return to the fray. The aforementioned umpire turned bowler and took the first 3 wickets to go with good tight mostly yorker length bowling. In the meantime Richard and James had a misunderstanding which led to James being run out, which was a shame because he was settling in on 20. Edward offered some decent defence for 23 – other than that it was really an opportunity for all the middle and late order batsmen to practice their defensive shots: which they did reasonably well and we lasted until 8 overs from the close before what had long seemed inevitable happened, and we were all out: the score – 81. Worst of all – just 3 in the pub for one of the finest pubs we visit – clearly the world cup final had more pull.

Scorecard
TWCC won the toss and opted to bowl
Staplefield Innings:
Jake Ct S Rogers Bld R Brock 2; Amela Bld P Chatfield 29; Majid Bld M Brock 85; M Shrubb Bld M Brock 38; Jules not out 0; Harvey Bld M Brock 0; James G not out 20; TOTAL 201-5 (43 overs).
TWCC Bowling: M Brock 14-2-48-3; R Brock 8-2-22-1; P Steinke 8-2-20-0; P Chatfield 5-0-23-1; E Bunn 2-0-18-0; J Trollope 1-0-19-0; A McDonald 5-0-45-0.
TWCC Innings: J Trollope Run Out 20; J Riley Bld Bull 5; S Rogers Ct Wkt Bld Bull 2; R Brock Bld Bull 5; E Bunn ct, Bld Clarke jnr 23; P Chatfield Ct,  Bld Hutchence 3; D Rogers Bld Clarke Jnr 1; A McDonald Bld Clarke snr 0; M Brock Run out 1; TOTAL 81 all out (31 overs).  
Fall: 15-2, 34-3, 43-1, 45-4, 61-6, 69-7,76-5, 77-9, 81-8
Staplefield Bowling: R Bull 10-1-23-3; Hutchence 10-1-34-1; Clarke Snr 6-3-6-1; Clarke jnr 5-2-5-2.
STAPLEFIELD WON BY 112 RUNS


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TWCC v Wisley July 20th 2014
An input of much needed youth brought the average age of the TWCC side down from approx 60 to closer to 25: and on a steamingly hot day at Twineham that was very helpful. In fact, I should say how delighted we are to have more youngsters coming through the ranks: it’s great for them to enjoy their cricket among some wise old heads, and it’s good for the future of the team. So welcome to Will Reeves-Perrin and Charlie Baldock, both local lads, nice lads too – and both very good prospects. We hope they will continue to enjoy many games for TWCC. Our opposition were our friends from Wisley – a good bunch of lads who we’ve played for many years. In fact we had 12 players turn up: which meant a rotation during fielding – much welcomed by the older members – and the skipper opted to sit out the batting, thus depriving TWCC of an extra 0.75 runs based on his current average. Matt Edwards and Tom opened the bowling really well: good, pacy tight bowling and they picked up a wicket a piece, including Charlie’s first catch for Twineham. The field was alive with calls of `well done Buddy` - which is very much the happening cry in youth cricket, and whilst it left a few of the older members somewhat perplexed, it was noticeable that the youthful enthusiasm did spread throughout the team, especially in terms of chasing down in the field and encouraging bowlers and fielders: all very welcome. Unfortunately it did little to improve our catching, so shocking the previous week. Again, a couple of very catchable chances were shelled. But the bowling continued to be tight, the new lads Will and Charlie both bowled really well and Will took a couple of wickets, including that of T Richards, who played excellently for his 72. It was also good to see Jim turn his arm over again – and pick up the final wicket to fall. After two and a half gruelling hours in the heat, Wisley made 153: a fair score but certainly one which gave us hope: after all, we had our superstar no 3 Tony Pearce back – what could possibly go wrong? The answer to that question might indeed have been found at tea? It wasn't that it was poor. It wasn’t even disappointing. Perhaps uninspired is the right word - workmanlike maybe? Short on the always popular tuna sandwiches, piled with the always less popular cheese and pickle, plenty of cake but little imagination. Still, the only consolation was that none of this mediocrity would be shown in Tony’s batting, would it? James and Steve got us off to a solid start, reaching 30 before James was involved in his second run out in consecutive weeks, sending Steve back, replicating his own downfall of the previous week. Out marched Tony – a frisson of excitement went through the large crowd as we settled back to enjoy our swashbuckling big hitter take the game away from Wisley. His first ball was sensibly dabbed in front of him. The second however, he allowed to gently float onto the surface of his £450 MegaDrive and he obligingly angled the expensive face to guide the ball to second slip, where it was gratefully snapped up. 2 wickets in 3 balls and Tony back to finish the washing up. Will came in and showed great promise: another swashbuckler, but this one achieving something. He chanced his luck on a couple of occasions but hit one six splendidly out of the ground and over the road – so it was a shame when his innings was ended on 18. Once again in a good season with the bat, Edward held things together – putting on a sound stand with Tom, who also batted really well. Things looked up: the 100 came up, we were still in the match. But Edward and Tom went within two overs, and inspiring and very responsible late innings of for Joe and 6 for Charlie took us within a sniff of victory - but we fell short 5 overs from safety when Phil’s defence crumbled to a caught and bowled. A good game, a better performance that the last two, and great to have youth in the team: now we need to turn all that around into winning.

Scorecard
TWCC won the toss and opted to bowl
Wisley Batting: O Richards Ct C Baldock Bld M Edwards 4; A Fletcher Bld T Rydon    10; J Snelling C T Rydon Bld W Reeves-Perrin 3; T Richards Ct S Rogers Bld W Reeves-Perrin 72; J Snelling St S Rogers Bld J Trollope 13; M Kerrigan Not Out 25; D Evans LBW Bld J Simon 0; R Greer Not Out 13. TOTAL 153-6(38 overs)
TWCC Bowling: M Edwards 6-2-7-1; T Rydon 7-1-25-1; P Steinke 6-0-26-0; C Baldock  6-1-13-1; R Brock 4-1-10-0; W Reeves-Perrin 4-1-16-2; J Trollope 2-0-9-1; J Simon 3-0-20-1.
TWCC Batting: J Trollope Run Out 20; S Rogers Ct Wkt Bld Bull 2; T Pearce Ct O Richards    0; W Reeves-Perrin Bld Barrance    18; E Bunn ct, Bld O Richards 18; J Simon Ct, Bld O Richards 0; T Rydon Ct Mark Bld Tim 14; M Edwards Bld O Richards 0; J Panther Ct R Greer 8; C Baldock Not Out 8; P Steinke Ct& Bld    Tim 0. TOTAL 123 all out (33.3 overs).
WISLEY WON BY 30 RUNS


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Henfield CC v TWCC July 27th 2014
On an unenviable run of 3 defeats on the trot, TWCC arrived at the pretty ground of Henfield, unmissable situated on the main road into the town. One of Sussex’s oldest clubs, there have been some close matches in recent years between our two teams. It was another hot afternoon, and Henfield’s ground is a bowl, so when Richard won the toss he opted to bat. The team looked good to bowl, but not so strong in batting. Henfield’s skipper said they were strong – and what was good to see was how many youngsters there were on both teams. James and Steve made an excellent start, James pinging off fours across the parched grass. They made 53 before James was clean bowled. After that, everyone went in and made a good effort and Henfield sportingly put out a range of bowlers. We battled our way to 130, particularly notable was 16 by Charlie. So we finished about 25 minutes before our allotted time. It was about 60 runs short of what the skipper thought we needed: but we were short of two top end batsmen. So the total we did put up was a great effort. An excellent tea and out we went, determined to give it our all. We saw while batting that the pitch offered something to the pace bowlers: so Matthew Brock and Tom were asked to open up for us, and they gave us a fine start: each got an early wicket feathered behind to Steve’s safe gloves: and Henfield were 9-2. The door was pushed open an inch. However, Henfield’s number 4, T. Pain, lived up to his name by coming in determined to end the match as quickly as possible. A series of destructive shots, mostly 4s with a couple of sixes for good measure – and more than solid support from Henfield’s no 2 S Peacock – swung the game decisively back to Henfield in a rather dramatic blitz. The skipper turned to Jim and Matt Edwards. Jim, after a few months' lay off, showed last week he was ready, and slipped straight into the groove with his excellent swing bowling, immediately slowing down the onslaught, before applying paracetamol to the Pain with a perfect LBW. The stand had been 84 in less than 8 overs - but when Matt then followed to get Mr Peacock out to a Joe Panther catch, Henfield stood at 109-4. Still unlikely but our tails were up – and TWCC were fielding with excellence – chasing every ball down, firm throws, no silly mistakes – a team determined to give it their all. This was exemplified by the next two wickets – a good catch running behind him from Matt Brock off Jim – and then a superb "cool head" run out from Charlie, picking up and sending the ball in to Matt Edwards to take the bails off. And suddenly it was 111-6. In the post wicket huddles, the self belief was there. And when Matt Edwards made a good safe catch to give Jim another wicket, it was 116-7. Some late resistance from their number 8 put Henfield back in the driving seat, and another good catch from Matt Brock off Matt Edwards brought the score to 126-8. Unfortunately it was not to be – a couple of solid 4s finished the match – but this TWCC side should be very proud of themselves. They batted as well as could have been hoped, and in field they were magnificent: no catches put down, barely a misfield, and a great attitude, plenty of encouragement and a sense of self belief and a team determined to win: it made it quite intimidating for Henfield’s batsmen towards the end – and brought us within a whisker of an unlikely victory. Two narrow defeats in the past two weeks: our record this season is W 5 D 1 L 4: it’s a welcome season of enrichment  and adjustment, but I have no doubt that this is a team of great promise and spirit.

Scorecard
TWCC won the toss and opted to bat
TWCC batting: J Trollope Bld G Stewart 37; S Rogers Bld S Seaton 9; R Brock Ct, Bld T Pain 21; J Simon Bld B Ward 11; W Reeves-Perrin Ct, Bld T Pain 2; T Rydon Bld Mercer 4; J Panther Bld H Stewart 2; M Edwards Ct Seaton Bld Mehta 7; C Baldock Ct Seaton Bld H Stewart 16; M Brock Bld H Stewart 0; P Steinke Not Out 2. TOTAL 130 all out (40.5 overs)
Henfield Bowling: Mehta 11-1-38-1; 8-1-33-1; 6-1-15-1; Ward 6-1-13-1; 3-0-8-2; B Mercer 1-0-8-1; H Stewart 6-1-12-3.
FALL: 53-1, 61-2, 87-4, 94-5, 96-3, 102-6, 103-7, 115-8, 119-10, 130-9  
HENFIELD BATTING: A Scott Ct S Rogers Bld M Brock 1; S Peacock Ct J Panther Bld M Edwards 45; S Dale Ct S Rogers Bld T Rydon 0; T Pain LBW Bld J Simon 52; H Stewart Ct M Brock Bld J Simon 4; E Cleary    Run Out (Baldock) 0; P Ward Ct M Edwards Bld J Simon 5; J Seaton Not Out 11; B Mercer Ct M Brock Bld M Edwards 0; G Stewart Not Out 8. TOTAL 134-8 (17.5 OVERS)
TWCC BOWLING: M Brock 4-0-36-1; T Rydon 4-0-37-1; J Simon 5-0-27-3; J Trollope 1-0-15-0; M Edwards 3.5-1-19-2.
HENFIELD WON BY 2 WICKETS

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TWCC v Xiles August 10th 2014
As late as 12.00 on the day of TWCC's latest game Hurricane Bertha was still sheeting torrents of water down across the TWCC home ground. Some of us, morbidly glued to satelite images of the lingering storm, began to doubt the wisdom of saying it was on. But our Skip stood firm and sent endless "Yes - turn up!" texts to the doubters, and, sure enough, there we were at 2.00, basking in bright sunshine and looking forward to a full-length game of cricket.
Xiles were only 10 men, and so were we, so an evenly depopulated game ensued, begining with Xiles winning the toss and asking TWCC to bat first. Maybe they'd heard of our inability to take 10 wickets, but possibly had forgotten we only needed nine of them?
TWCC, with Paul and Jonathan returned to the fold, opened with Paul and Richard, who gave us a slow but solid foundation. Paul's long lay-off meant that he wasn't in full flow for a long time, but when he found his first boundary to take his tally to 20, finally overcoming the still-slow outfield, he was off. Then he was out.
Brocky's opening gambit went well, if you like that sort of thing, and it was with some sense of a good job well done when he was eventually caught behind for 16. The opening pair had lived with and seen off the wet outfield which had meant that, for these first overs, the ball didn't roll at all well towards the boundary and that the visitors were able to set a close field which limited the scoring opportunities. The Xiles opening bowlers were also quite a force, with Delap and Darshan bowling extended spells of often rapid balls, preventing much in the way of early scoring for the TWCC openers.
These two departures brought Tony and Jonathan to the middle, and the Pavilion Pundits sat back and enjoyed the show. Tony, characteristically flamboyant, took only two deliveries before hitting his first four, but we'll forgive him for this slow start as he went on to hit 66 with only 16 those runs not being boundaries. Jonathan, ever selective in his choice of precise shots, produced the innings of the day with a productive and extended innings of 74 not out. The outfield was drying out rapidly and Jonathan and Tony took TWCC to over 200, which doesn't happen as often as it should on our small ground. Charlie, in at No. 5, was unlucky to take an LBW blow - was this a golden duck? - and Joe and then Jim went in for a little while to join Jonathan who batted through to tea. TWCC ended on 213 for 5; Tony and Jonathan responsible for 140 of the lovely runs.
The tea was definitley one for those who like a fat and juicy sandwich, made with difficult-to-find (in my experience) unobtrusive yet contributory bread, and, though I didn't partake myself, equally welcome cakey stuff. Thank you, Jonathan, for persevering with the tea construction when, at the time, any glance outside would have seen the trees being shaken about in a gale of rain-filled wind.
So, tea taken, TWCC took to the field, and so began a memorable spell from Matt Brock from the Downs End. There also began a spell of sorts from Jim at the Pavilion End, in the hope that he might use the mighty cross wind to some advantage in the form a bit of lateral movement. Nothing came of this, so Matt Edwards came on to do the job properly, and the two Matts began to make inroads into the Xiles batters. One batsman of note, who could have stayed to offer some chance of approaching the home team's total, Plum from Oz, was brilliantly caught by Charlie, who seems to have a great pair of hands on him, in the gully off a rising ball from Matt Brock. Proper cricketer losing his wicket to a bit of proper cricket.
There followed nothing of note from the Xiles batsmen in terms of any attempt to win the game, perhaps unsurprising in the face of the TWCC total. The balance of their team was maybe behind their skipper's decision to field first as they had more chance of surviving for a draw than of scoring a defendable total if they batted first? What did follow was a great five-for for Matt Brock, which headline-readers might rightly surmise contained a magnificent hat-trick! How rare and memorable is a hat-trick? Pretty rare, though I feel Matt might get a few more in his burgeoning career. And pretty memorable too, judging by his father's endless repetition of a lucky five minutes sometime last century.
The end of the game was exciting, in its own way, but TWCC were to be disappointed in their efforts to take the last wicket, even with the impressive Joe Panther taking the ball for a couple of overs. The Xiles survived very well, a process sadly begun about fifteen minutes after the start of their innings, and not even a rampant pair of returning Matts could get through before stumps in the gloom of, it must be said, an early Autumn evening.
Were we downhearted? No; Matt had five wickets and a hat-trick to his name, we hadn't all been out and TWCC had scored over 200 runs. And how nice to sit around at the Oak afterwards, with crystal-clear Harveys in the jug, partaking of the social side of the game to some considerable extent.

Scorecard
Xiles won the toss and decided to field first.
TWCC Innings: P Hunter LBW bld Delap 20; R Brock Ct Wk Bld Darshan 16; T Pearce Ct, Bld David 66; J Rowland Not out 74; C Baldock LBW David 0; J Panther Ct, Bld David 9; J Simon Not Out 5; Extras 22. TWCC 213 for 5. DNB M Edwards, M Brock, P Steinke.
Xiles Bowling: Tulley 9-0-38-0; Delap 10-0-39-1; Darshan 10-0-37-1; Mat 5-0-22-0; Paul 2-0-27-0; David 6-0-33-3.
Xiles Innings: Hannans Ct, Bld Steinke 9; Plum Ct Baldock Bld M Brock 10; Tulley Ct Rowland (Wk) Bld M Brock 0; Campbell Bld M Brock 0; Hooper Bld M Brock 6; Ed Bld Edwards 2; Paul Bld Baldock 8; Tim Not out 16; Darshan Bld M Brock 4; Delap Not Out 23. Xiles 80-ish (no total or extras copied over...) for 8.
TWCC Bowling: M Brock 16-6-35-5; J Simon 2-1-7-0; M Edwards 11-3-21-1; P Steinke 5-0-10-1; C Baldock 3-0-9-1; J Panther 2-1-3-0; R Brock 2-1-7-0.
Match Drawn.

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TWCC v Henfield August 24th 2014
First of all the Gazette needs to explain why TWCC played Henfield again when we should have been playing Warninglid. Warninglid failed to produce a side on August bank holiday weekend, so the net was cast and, with some effort from the backroom boys, TWCC hosted a game with Henfield instead. Hooray for, and thanks to, James/Tony/anyone else involved for getting us a game.
With Skipper Brock toying with sharks in Sharm el-Sheikh, the lot of losing the toss fell to Skipper Pearce, whose good fortune was that Henfield elected to bat first, thus making all results possible without TWCC having to take 10 wickets. In a happy and positive mood, TWCC players, many in the fine flush of middle age, shook off any stiffness of limb and set about bowling to the remarkably young Henfield side. Skipper Pearce opted, in his choice of opening bowlers, for a blend of vigourous youth in Tom Rydon from the Downs End, and something else from Jim at the other. Tom's opening over produced a wicket (a happy knack of his) as the Henfield No. 1 served up a bit of catching practice to Jonathan in the covers. Tom continued with excellent economy for three overs, but then, as the Henfield batters really settled in, the run-rate began to climb and, though this attacking play produced a few chances for Tom, none resulted in further wickets. Jim, at the Downs End, started off in moderate form, and then neglected to bowl any worse as the overs ticked by, and Skipper Pearce found that Jim was still bowling at drinks, when a tired long-hop indicated the way forward. Rydon Senior, taking the Downs End from Tom, bowled with his usual fire, and the usual snicks and edges produced the usual oohs and arrs as third man and fine leg repeatedly failed to stop a series of unfortunate boundaries. 8 overs for 33 doesn't sound like Rob, and, indeed it isn't, for if we take off all the boundaries scored from repeated lucky fine contacts, we'd be seeing about 6 runs against his name. 

After drinks, Phil came on from the Pavilion End and showed us how to do it, removing the two set and prolific Henfield batsmen; first Hodgkin, caught by sleight-of-hand by Edward in the slips who, in the blink of an eye, weighed up a long chase to third man against catching it - and chose the latter; and then H Stewart, by bringing out an attacking drive from a ball just too short of a driving length, which skied up a straightforward catch to Jim at point. A third wicket followed for Phil and one for Edward as they bowled through to tea. Henfield, admirably captained by A. Scott, sent in a few of their capable future stars before Scott came in himself and pushed the total up to 188 for 7.
Rob, in charge of a faltering gas supply, selflessly fended off all the credit for a wonderful tea, and the game resumed with a strong TWCC batting side needing 189 to win. James and Steve, heading up the strength, faced a barrage of tight proper bowling arriving at some pace, and, though Steve succumbed to a good straight ball of full length, James went on to score 63 of the finest. Tony, in at 3, also took to the bowling, and his customary quick scoring was heading jugwards when James called for a run that was not available given the excellent fielding standards on show from Henfield. A true and fast arm and Tony was run out at the keeper's end for 44. This brought the ever-reliable Jonathan to the crease, where he stayed (still not out in 2014 I believe though I'm not bothering to check) to end on 47 not out. Edward, in at 5, was rather preoccupied by a horsey dinner (lasagne anyone?) and forgot to bat, which left Rob to join Jonathan for what proved to be a tighter finish than we all thought might be the case. The trouble was... it was getting darker, the bowling was getting tighter and faster, and the runs had rather dried up. Time for Rob, we all thought, and it was, but Rob chose to wait until the second to last ball before bothering to hit the winning runs; a straight 4 smacked back over the bowler's head.
This was a good game. Good containing bowling, good catches, good running(!), good batting and, for TWCC, a good result. The Gazette would like to highlight the uplifting attitude of the Henfield team and, particularly, their skipper, had to the game. Youngsters were given the ball never mind the score, they were encouraged in the field without too much in the way of buddying, they were given a bat and supported throughout. In particular Jordan, bowling left arm round, showed tremendous ability and he was unlucky not to get a wicket. In the end TWCC won the game, but Henfield could equally well have won it, and I don't think it would have mattered too much either way.
The Gazette would also like to record the first appearance of Robin Smith in the TWCC ranks. Robin didn't get to contribute an indivivual performace, but we look forward to the occasion when he does.
The usual bonhomie at the Oak followed, and James's jug is still behind the bar. In a modest queue with all the others.


Scorecard
Henfield CC won the toss and elected to bat first
Henfield Innings: H Chick Ct Rowland, Bld T Rydon, 0; K Akehurst Bld  Simon 1; D Hodgkin Ct Bunn Bld Steinke 60; D King Bld Simon 4; H Stewart Ct Simon Bld Steinke 76; Cleary Ct & Bld Bunn 2; E.M. Bld Steinke 0; Smith not out 8; Scott not out 23. Extras 16. Total 188 for 7.
TWCC Bowling: T Rydon 7-2-53-1; Simon 11-1-40-2; R Rydon 8-1-33-0; Steinke 8-1-28-3; Bunn 4-0-26-1.
TWCC Innings: Trollope run out 63; S Rogers Bld Chick 1; Pearce run out 44; Rowland not out 47; Bunn Bld G Stewart 0; R Rydon not out 9. Extras 26. Total 192 for 4. DNB Simon, R Smith, T Rydon, D Rogers, P Steinke.
Henfield CC Bowling: G Stewart 14-1-44-1; H Chick 6-0-26-1; J Smith 5-1-20-0; H Rogers 6-0-48-0; A Scott 11-0-32-0.
TWCC win by 6 wkts.

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Crescent CC v TWCC August 31st 2014
The ground, situated in such pleasant and convenient surroundings, saw a TWCC side convene comprising even more irregular players than usual to witness Skipper Pearce, in what many Health and Safety pundits now regard as likely to be his last game in charge (more later), win the toss and opt to put the youthful Crescent side in to bat first. A good decision that retained an element of control of outcome in the context of his own side being a rather unknown quantity. Talking of which Jim came on to bowl from the Yamuna River End, from where he bowled for a long time. A long long time - inevitable given the depth of available bowling at Tony's disposal. Phil opened from the South End and, together with Jim, kept the lid on Crescent's scoring to some degree if you ignore the sixes. Then Tony put himself on.
Charlie replaced Jim after 14 overs of slightly dull endeavour, and took three wickets. He also ran out the Crescent opener with a direct throw onto the stumps from mid-off, and charged in from the long-off boundary to take a really very good running catch off a skied ball. Charlie's the man.
The Gazette staff could spend time describing in detail all the incidents of the Crescent innings, but life is busier than that allows. Well, not my life, obviously, but I'm thinking of the readership. In short Jim bowled a long spell and took a couple of wickets and should have had at least five more, Phil opened and then came back at the end taking two wickets, Charlie took three - all bowled, Tony bowled someone out and Edward bowled too. The wicket was a pudding, no life at all, the occasional ball, cross-seam, stood up as it stopped, and it nibbled about a bit but not a lot. Batting wasn't easy, but Crescent had a side chock-full of young and able cricketers, and TWCC were right to feel good about keeping theCrescent total down to 177 for 9.
Dave and Steve Rogers opened the batting - nice for Dave to get to bat with young Steve - and Shot of the Day Nomination No.1 was Dave's on-drive for four. Between them Dave and Steve soaked up much of the early Crescent pressure, and after their wickets fell (Steve bowled, Dave caught) James and Tony continued to make an attempt on the 178 needed for a victory.
But it wasn't easy and it wasn't to be. James, in at 3, stayed at the crease to the end, taking his indivicual score to 50 off the last ball of the game, and Tony scoring a typically beligerant 31 (including 5 fours and a six) was out to a ball that stayed low and came in from outside the line of off stump.
With Tony's wicket there began the long business of survival - or was there another way? Mulling over his options in a one-man-huddle, Skipper Pearce came up with a master plan!
How about, he posited, putting Will Bunn (Will Bunn! - good to see him again) and Tom Simon (and Tom!) in up the order with instructions to just go for it. Hit out! Trust your eyes and whack it about! A good ruse, actually, as neither Will nor Tom would be likely to survive at the end of an innings if mere survival was by then the order of the day, but a quick 40 or so between them might see TWCC get to within striking distance with some overs to go. A plan!
Sadly, when Robin was out for 6, and Edward for 2, the Crescent skipper decided that it was time to put his strike bowler on; someone we'd not yet seen, just as Tony implemented his wily scheme. The hitherto unseen bowler proved to be rather quick. Will faced two balls before being caught (so at least he hit the ball), and Tom walked out to the middle, took a rough guard, got hit full on the heel by a first ball fast yorker, was given out LBW and had to be helped off the pitch by a relay of sympathetic onlookers. At this point some began to question the skipper's wisdom of messing about with the order and the Health and Safety Executive have been informed. To be fair Tony did come up with a positive angle after the complete failure of his plan, which was that at least no regualar TWCC players had been in the firing line and got hurt. Ice on foot, this wasn't much consolation to Tom, who then confined his activities to hopping up at the end of each over on scoreboard duty. One by one Tom lowered the number of remaining overs, Charlie kept the Crescent bowlers at bay for some time but succumbing in the end to an outbreak of very good off-spin, and then Jim just about survived with James soaking up the real pressure, and suddenly the match was over and was a draw.
Tony's homework includes quite a lot of revision about the LBW rules and 500 lines "I must not make rash and dangerous decisions."  His spell of captaincy has been much enjoyed by keen students of the game, and Skipper Brock returns next week to pick up the pieces.

Scorecard
TWCC won the toss and elected to bowl first.
Crescent Innings: T Garoghan Run Out (Baldock) 29; M Kidman Ct Wkt (Rogers) Bld J Simon 2; J Gatford (Jnr) Ct Baldock Bld J Simon 67; S Bolland Bld Pearce 5; Mirk Wood Bld Steinke 27; S Ford Bld Baldock 0; M(a) Wood Bld Baldock 6; M Lawson Bld Baldock 13; J Brooks Ct Pearce Bld Steinke 15; J Gatford not out 2. Total 177 for 9. DNB S Wood.
TWCC
Bowling: Simon 14-3-38-2; P Steinke 11-2-55-2; E Bunn 4-1-23-0; T Pearce 5-0-29-1; C Baldock 7.1-0-36-3.
TWCC Innings
: S Rogers Bld Brooks 5; D Rogers Ct, Bld (Unrecorded - their No.2 bowler) 5; J Trollope not out 50; T Pearce Bld Bolland 31; Robin Bld Wood 6; E Bunn Ct, Bld Lawson 2; W Bunn Ct, Bld Kidman 0; T Simon LBW Bld Kidman 0; C Baldock Bld M(i) Wood 2; J Simon not out 5. Extras 23. Total 126 for 8. DNB P Steinke.
Crescent Bowling: Brooks 6-1-14-1; No.2 7-0-30-1; Wood 7-1-15-1; Bolland 4-1-11-1; Lawson 3-1-5-1; Kidman 5-2-6-2; Ford 3-0-13-0; M Wood 2-0-12-0; M(i) Wood 3-0-11-0; Gatford 1-0-6-0.
Match drawn.

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TWCC v Bolney CC September 14th 2014
With the Indian summer showing no signs of letting go, it was a fine day that saw our friends from Bolney visit us once again at the Twineham ground, and Skipper Brock opted to bat first when the coin fell his way. TWCC had a good strong side out, including recent signing Archie McDonald who, together with Matt Edwards and Tom Rydon, contributed to bringing the home side's average age down to within reasonable parameters.
Paul and Steve opened the batting to some effect, but just not very much of one. Bolney's opening bowlers, comprising a certain Mr. Chaffey and Mr. Madden, kept the lid on things quite well until a wicket each brought Messrs Pearce T and Rydon R to the crease. The Editor of the Gazette didn't see much of this partnership as he spent most of it in adjacent fields looking for the ball, but it realised 99 runs before Tony was eventually out for 44. What a partnership! With two big hitters at the crease it was possible for them to push the good balls for one in the knowledge that any bad balls would still be punished by whoever was then facing - a difficult enough state of affairs for a defending captain with a full team who has to defend both the 1's and 4's, but it also has to be reported that Bolney took to the field with just ten men. Rob got through to his 50 in his usual chanceless and well-managed way at about a run a ball, and then opened out - stepping down the wicket to all-comers and repeatedly driving through the line of the ball to despatch it boundary-wards.
With not a gap in the field left un-punished,  Rob pounded through to his hundred in a total of 85 balls, going on to score 108 before leaving his crease once too often. By that time, Archie having been and gone, Richard had joined him to provide the means to keep the strike turning to make the most of Rob's fine form, and Richard powered on to a fine 29 not out at tea, with his team on 199 for 5.
There was another, non-cricketing, occurence worthy of note that has to be reported; during Tony and Rob's partnership, it wasn't just cricket balls that were flying over the boundary. What a sight! Apparently we saw something like all the surviving air-worthy Lancaster bombers in flight. What a shame that Edward, our in-house plane-spotter, wasn't about to witness the visitation. It was, of course, mostly a happy sighting, but it also felt that, although these are machines of yesteryear kept alive by goodwill and worthy thoughts, we were nonetheless seeing formidable weapons of war - shadows of a darker time.
On to happier things; Bolney's innings. Skipper Brock's approach was to first soften up the opposition in the form of his tea, and to then unleash the full force of Tony Pearce's bowling on the already struggling visitors. After two overs the Pearce experiment was deemed not to have worked on this occasion and it was time to concentrate purely on the pace of Matt Edwards and Tom Rydon. Matt and Tom had 8 overs each and they made them count! Tom (4 wkts) and Matt (5 wkts) produced exceptional spells of bowling. Absolutley irresistable, backed up (apart from one notable dropped chance in the slips that would have given Tom his 5-for), by some equally exceptional catching. Matt E, in particular, fielding at second slip, hung on to a reaction-catch at throat height that only a few people would have found possible to defend themselves from, let alone hang on to. Tony and Edward take some remarkable slip catches, and this was right up there with the best of those, coming, as it did, at some considerable pace from the arm of Rydon T.
Bolney, whose batsmen we know well and who are amongst the best we face, were unable to answer the TWCC pace pair on this day, and Matt and Tom were soon bowling at the lower order. There was, it must be reported, some marked dissent within the TWCC camp concerning the chosen approach to the game once the Bolney side was reeling at 6 wickets down for 30-odd runs, but the bowlers themselves can only be congratulated on being so good on the day. Archie and Phil replaced Matt and Tom, and soon Archie had his first wicket for TWCC, clean bowling the Bolney No. 8 to seal the victory. Another great prospect, Archie is very welcome into the ranks - fully local and ready to be part of our side, we hope, for years to come.
So, a game, really, of four individual performances! Rob and Tony scored 152 of our 199 runs, and Matt and Tom took 9 wickets. No side could easily overcome performances like these, and we look forward to meeting Bolney as we surely will on a day when we will probably struggle and they won't. A TWCC win, some great individual performances; Rob a glorious hundred as he looks forward to fully concentrating on TWCC with the remainder of his career, Tony - another power-score, Tom with 4 for 24 and Matt, a full 5-for at the cost of just 10 runs. Remarkable.

Scorecard
TWCC won the toss and elected to bat first.
TWCC Innings: P Hunter Ct Chaffey Bld Madden 4; S Rogers Ct Bunce (wkt) Bld Chaffey 3; T Pearce Ct Griffin Bld Elliott 44; R Rydon St Bunce Bld Bowles 108; A McDonald Ct Madden Bld Bowles 3; R Brock not out 29; J Simon not out 4. Extras 8. Total 199 for 5. DNB M Edwards, T Rydon, D Rogers, P Steinke.
Bolney Bowling: D Chaffey 14-1-56-1; M Madden 6-0-31-1; J Elliott 10-0-65-1; S Bowles 8-0-43-2.
Bolney CC Innings: J Moore Bld Edwards 2; D Chaffey Ct S Rogers (wkt) Bld Edwards 16; C Bunce Ct Edwards Bld T Rydon 0; J Elliott Bld (hit wkt) Bld T Rydon 0; N Bushell LBW Bld Edwards 13; N Ridgway Ct Hunter Bld T Rydon 1; S Bowles Ct Simon Bld T Rydon 0; D Breading Bld McDonald 11; M Madden Ct S Rogers (wkt) Bld Edwards 0; D Ridgway Bld Edwards 0; B Griffin not out 1. Extras 6. Total 50 all out.
TWCC Bowling: M Edwards 8-1-10-5; T Pearce 2-1-8-0; T Rydon 8-1-24-4; P Steinke 2-1-1-0; A McDonald 2.1-0-5-1.
TWCC win by 149 runs.

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TWCC v Streat and Westmeston September 21st 2014
Unbeknown to us, it was to be the last match of the season. The grass was long thanks to a negligent council, but the weather was warm – very warm for September. Skipper Brock lost the toss and TWCC were asked to bowl by a team which rarely bats poorly.... After Jim’s early wicket, we struggled as Streat’s 2 Christmas and 3 Green batted freely, despite boundaries being in short supply because of the grass.  Throughout wickets were hard to come by: 5 bowlers each took 1 wicket, including Archie getting his first TWCC wicket. Phil was particularly miserly but the score moved on unerringly until it passed 200 and finally came to rest at tea at 212-5: probably worth 240 on a cut field. We needed a good start to take on this mighty total – but lost James on 4 and Steve on 24. Tony went in and determinedly started hitting 4s and 6s: but when he was caught at slip for 24 we were 49-3, soon 50-4 and 55-5. Our tail was not as long as we’d have liked because Joe couldn’t bat: (a bit cruel, Rich! Ed.) and the total seemed unassailable. Dave Rogers joined Richard and together they slowed the pace – effectively killing off the match. Over after gruelling over passed, maidens came and went, an occasional single an oasis in a run desert.  Dave’s 2 runs off 88 balls define the difficulty the batsmen faced:  Stan’s grenades the only relief against otherwise accurate and tidy bowling.  But without doubt, the shutters went up and went up early. Perhaps the batsmen fell into a defensive stupor: or perhaps the impossibility of the task made no other option feasible. But one thing is certain - it was up to Streat to get them out and to their great credit, Streat pushed hard with minimal complaint, despite the dead-batting – or "ball tapping" – going on.  In the end, Dave was given LBW for 2 in what was undoubtedly a crucial match-saving innings. Matt came in and had a swish before the match closed with TWCC on 82 from 44 overs. Not an ideal match on which to finish the season, but that’s cricket.

TWCC lost the toss and were asked to field
Sreat Innings: N Buttler Bld J Simon 10; D Christmas St S Rogers, Bld R Brock 43; N Green Ct Edwards B Steinke    53; P Davison Not Out 49; W Hawkins Ct Panther Bld McDonald 27; H Freeman Ct & Bld Panther 7; J Hawkins not out 5; TOTAL 212-5 39 overs.
TWCC BOWLING: M Edwards 8-0-34-0; J Simon 7-0-28-1; R Brock 8-1-44-1; A McDonald 5-0-62-1; P Steinke 9-0-25-1; J Panther 2-0-13-1.  
TWCC Innings: J Trollope LBW Bld Hartfield 3; S Rogers ct Green, Bld C Hawkins 13; T Pearce Ct Green, Bld Hartfield 24; R Brock Not Out 23; J Simon Bld Hartfield 0; E Bunn Ct, Bld Hawkins 3; D Rogers LBW Bld Christmas 2; M Edwards Not Out 3; TOTAL 82-6 (44 OVERS). DNB: A McDonald, P Steinke, J Panther (injured).
Streat Bowling: M Hartfield 7-0-29-3; C Hawkins 8-1-24-2; J Porter 7-3-7-0; S Speigal 6-2-5-0; H Freeman 3-2-1-0; J Hawkins 4-2-2-0; D Christmas 5-3-2-1; W Hawkins 3—1-3-0; P Davison 1-0-4-0.
FALL:  4-1, 24-2, 49-3, 50-5, 55-6, 74-7.    
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TWCC 2013 Season
TWCC v Brunswick Village April 28th 2013
Welcome 2013, a new season, great things expected, a fight to get more players but most importantly, some fine cricket in prospect.  And my, wasn’t that the way of things?  To have such quality unleashed so early in the season can only make us lick our collective lips with what’s to come.  So the details….
An ailing skipper walked slowly out to the middle, in the process forgetting to explain to the opposition’s captain the bit about a declaration (should it come to it), and proceeded to lose the toss.  Great start - and they put us in too.  However, as the sun shone but weakly, being huddled in and around the pavilion seemed like a better option than being asked to battle against a chilly wind out in the open. Steve found it hard to shake off the winter break and went early, as Brunswick’s opening pair found pace and length.  But James and Tony settled in and gradually got on top of the bowling.  A slow start; 17 off 10 overs, soon developed into an invigorating stand: 90 off 20, 140 off 25 – all the way through to 178 off 28.3.  By this time Brunswick were digging deep into their bowling line-up and Tony in particular was giving it with both barrels. His extraordinary knock included 8 fours and 8 sixes as he powered to 3 figures. James was more measured, but it was heartening to see him in such excellent form as he found his feet and then batted confidently to 71.  This second wicket stand put 176 runs into the TWCC coffers.  It was while Tony was peppering the surrounding fields - and our newest player Howard Adams was manfully fetching every ball he hit – that the omission of the declaration bit of the welcome came to the fore.  We were fast approaching 200 with half an hour left.  However when James was caught, and Tony limped off with `protectingmyaverageitis` on 109, a more sedentary style returned, coinciding with the return of the opening bowlers.  Matt Steinke, Jonathan, Howard and Dave Jones all had time in the middle, which was good news.  We finished on 209-4 from just 35 overs.
After Mrs Pearce’s excellent tea (contract is still available Jan….) we led off with the young gun and the wise old head. Matt Brock, who has bulked out over the winter, sped in ferociously from the far end, bowling with venom and the accuracy that often deserted him last season.  He had a played-on with his third ball, another clean bowled in his second over and another bowled in his fourth over. Meanwhile Dave Jones tempted their number 3 to feather a ball to gulley where Howard took it well and Jonesy then had another victim clean bowled.  In the meantime, Matthew’s great spell continued with a well taken catch in the covers by Jonathan and a wisp of an edge for a caught behind for 2 in 2 balls and his second fifer for TWCC.  Well done the young gun.  Suddenly Brunswick were 13-5.  Howard joined the party with two wickets and though he didn’t get a wicket, it was great to see Phil turn his arm over for 5 overs.  Brunswick’s only meaningful stand came courtesy of numbers 10 and 11; the overs ticked away and the score passed 50, but the home side’s fiunal secret weapon was James who finally broke the stand and Brunswick were all out for 54, a win by 155 runs for TWCC.
Many thanks to all those who turned out, especially Howard, formerly a Streat league player who now lives in Staplefield and really enjoyed his day with us and is promising to turn out reasonably regularly, and of course to Dave Jones, who broke his retirement on the first opportunity!!
 
Brunswick Village won the toss and elected to bowl
TWCC Innings: J Trollope Ct Nunn  Bld J Stevens    71 (72); S Rogers Bld Gretton 1 (15); T Pearce     Retired hurt 109; J Rowland Ct, Bld J Stevens 2 (5); M Steinke not out 4 (11); H Adams Bld Stevens 0; D Jones not out 2 (5). Fall: 2-2, 178-1, 202-4, 204-6.
DNB:  D Rogers, M Brock, P Steinke, R Brock
Total 209-4  (35 OVERS)
Brunswick Village Bowling: J Stevens 10-3-31-3; R Tomsett 7-2-22-0; Green 6-0-44-0; Shreeve 3-0-23-0; Funell 3-0-27-0; Barrs 3-0-30-0; Caplin 3-0-21-1.

Brunswick Village Innings: J Foreman Bld M Brock 0; J Marlow    Ct Adams, Bld Jones 3    ; C Nunn Bld M Brock 4; J Funnell Bld  M Brock 1; G Shreeves Bd Jones    0; Stevens Ct Rowland, Bld M Brock 8; L Maysey Ct S Rogers, Bld M Brock 4; K Barrs Ct S Rogers, Bld Adams 2; S Caplin     Ct Rowland, Bld Adams 2; D Green     LBW Bld Trollope 13; R Tomsett not out 7.
Total 54 ALL OUT  (29.2 overs).
TWCC Bowling:  M Brock 10-3-21-5; D Jones 6-4-4-2; H Adams 7-3-10-2; P Steinke 5-1-8-0; Trollope 1.2-2-1

TWCC win by 155 runs

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Streat and Westmeston v TWCC
May 5th 2013

T`was  a chilly day tucked in behind the Downs away at Streat: but the ground looked as inviting as ever, and, though the skipper lost the toss, the result of us being put in was not a bad one. James, back to good form, and Steve, not in any sort of form, opened up and Steve departed soon after for 10. Suddenly a triumvirate of Rydons appeared in the order: celebrated by both mother of, and grandmother of. Had they stayed they’d have seen a fine contribution from all three in bat and field: but there was a touch of glory-hunting about the Rydon supporters and they stayed only to see each member of their family bat: then they buggered off. As it happened the Rydon 3 all batted very well: except Rob got out for 49! The Rydon 2 departed without witnessing a fine contribution from the final pair of Howard and Phil. The lower/middle order decided not to play at all, preferring to unnecessarily bolster Stan Speigal’s wicket-taking record. Howard and Phil however put on a stand of 26 and gave us a very respectable 171 for 8.  
Good early breakthroughs followed a very decent tea. Opening for us, Jim struck twice, Phil once and we were well on top, hunting for victory. But Colin Mansfield, so often our nemesis, got his eye in and proved difficult to shift and Streat started to work their way back into the game. But after a couple of ineffective overs, Rob found his mark and skittled out 3 batsmen in the next 3 overs, and, when friendly defector Howard Adams, once of that parish, now ours, took the all-important wicket of Mansfield, it was left to James to scoop the glorious final wicket and victory by 71 runs was ours.

TWCC innings: J Trollope Ct Forster, Bld Church 25 (42); S Rogers Ct Mansfield, Bld Berrick 10 (35); A Rydon Ct J Porter, Bld Berrick 24 (24); R Rydon Ct, Bld J Stevens 49 (53); T Rydon Bld Church, 11 (18); E Bunn Ct Mansfield, Bld Spiegal   5 (12); J Simon run out 5 (12); M Steinke Ct M Porter, Bld Speigal 0 (3); H Adams    not out 22 (20); P Steinke    not out 12 (9)
TOTAL 209-4  (35 OVERS)
Fall: 22-2, 55-3, 83-1,105-5, 129-4,135-6,135-8, 145-7  .
DNB:  R Brock
S&W Bowling: Berrick 11-2-34-2; Forster 8-1-22-0; Porter 1-0-14-0; Mansfield 7-0-34-0; Church 10-0-36-3; Speigal 6-0-24-2
Streat innings: Mayston Bld P Steinke 6; McKenna LBW J Simon 0; C Mansfield    Ct T Rydon, Bld Adams 52; Dillon Bld J Simon 0; Church Bld R Rydon 23; Porter Bld R Rydon 0; Forster Bld R Rydon 0; Berrick Ct A Rydon, B Adams    11; J Porter Ct T Rydon, B Trollope 0; S Speigal not out 0
TOTAL 100 ALL OUT  (29.2 overs)
TWCC Bowling: J Simon 6-1-19-2; P Steinke, 6-1-13-1; T Rydon 4-0-23-0; R Rydon 5-0-14-3; H Adams 5-1-11-2; Trollope 3.2-0-12-1
TWCC win by 71 runs

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TWCC v Mouselcoomb Wanderers May 12th 2013
After a week lost to rain and player shortages, it was good to get back on the cricket field to take on our old foes from Moulsecoomb. The skipper lost the toss but was asked to bat, something which had produced two wins out of two so far this season. Did Moulsecoomb know what they were letting themselves in for??? They did after Mikey and James got the 50 up, and they did even more when Tony replaced Mikey and imposed himself on the game in the manner that perhaps only he can. Eight 4's and four 6's rattled off the expensive lump of willow as he powered to 80. John Riley chipped in with 16 and Edward and Richard walked 9 runs to leave a respectable – and we thought unobtainable – 188-4.
But Moulsecoomb have not been playing us for years without being able to show their mettle. After Phil and Howard failed to breakthrough with the ball Moulsecoomb hadwickets intact but were behind the run rate. In an attempt to keep the game alive the unusual bowling combination of M Pearce and J Trollope was introduced. The run rate increased – rapidly - but two wickets were indeed snapped up as the batsmen raced down the track to feast on the balls being lobbed at them. Mikey then had two more batsmen out to catches from Edward and Howard, but, by this time, the required rate was around 5.5 an over and with the no 3 batsman Radmal well in and starting to hit boundaries easily, a decision had to be taken: push on recklessly for an unlikely victory, or hunker down for the draw. So it was our new Wineham signing of Jonathan Bodansky, he of the Hambledon sweater, who came to our rescue. Having been callously overlooked for batting, he showed his impressive cricketing heritage with a fine – and mercifully mean - spell of bowling, the perfect counter-balance to Richard who was trying hard to lose the match with a very ordinary first spell of the season at the other end. With 18 required off the last 2 overs, a draw looked certain. But Radmal’s 6 off the hapless skipper's penultimate over of the game pushed the balance Moulsecoomb’s way. As Radmal faced up, with 9 required and just 4 balls to go, Jonathan bowled the bravest ball seen at Twineham for many a long year. A floated slower ball, against a man sniffing victory on 63. It floated its way past the swish of the bat and removed his bails. Brilliant! Moulsecoomb still had a shout, needing 6 off the last 2 and 5 from the final ball, but they finished 3 short and a draw was a great result celebrated by both teams.
SCORECARD
TWCC lost the toss and batted
TWCC Innings: J Trollope Ct Cook bld Durral 24;M Pearce ct Hunton Bld Durral 32; T Pearce Bld Lizdee 80; J Riley Ct, Bld LIzdee 16; R Brock not out 5; E Bunn not out 4. TOTAL 180-4. DNB: H Adams, M Gasson, P Steinke.
Fall:  13-2,  136-1, 175-3, 177-4.
Moulsecoomb bowling: Codery 6-0-26-0; Smyth 6-1-24-0; Radmal 9-0-41-0; Durral 7-0-33-2; Lizdee 5-0-35-2; McGowan 4-0-13-0.
Moulsecoomb Innings: K Cooke St T Pearce Bld M Pearce 39; Codery ST T Pearce Bld Trollope 17; Radmal Bld Bodansky 63; Hutton Ct Bunn Bld M Pearce 17; Swander t Adams Bld M Pearce 23; Smyth run out (Adams) 12; Durral    run out    0; Dowler not out 1; Mytone not out 2. TOTAL 185 - 7.
TWCC Bowling: P Steinke 6-1-12-0; H Adams 8-0-23-0; Trollope 7-0-22-1; M Pearce 9-0-60-3; Bodansky 8-0-32-1; R Brock 3-0-18-0.
Moulsecoomb won by 3 wickets

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Bolney CC v TWCC May 26th 2013
TWCC vs Bolney, 26th May 2013
A beautiful and hot day in Bolney TWCC won the toss and the skipper opted to bat - influenced by the weather, but also by recent results against Bolney, who have not put out strong sides. Paul and James opened up steadily, Rob came in – the nemesis of Bolney – and cracked a quick 54.  John Riley added a nice 33 but little else shone apart from a nice 14 by Tom Rydon. A well fought 174, surely defendable??  The game was tight: wickets were hard to come by. Paul got the initial breakthrough, but then Phil and Rob bowled really well – and with the game so fascinatingly poised, the skipper was disinclined to take his foot off the neck of the batting side.  Wickets were coming steadily, but a good 6th wicket stand was crucial to Bolney. Two late wickets brought fresh hope, and it was a great finish; TWCC standing round the bat, pressure on, but Bolney had enough overs in hand (a total of 46 available) while Twineham had been all out 8 minutes before their time and therefore only batted for 37 overs. So Bolney squeezed home in a good exciting game. (I seem to remember this game with less fondness, suffering a broken toe...ed.)
SCORECARD:
TWCC won the toss and elected to bat.
TWCC Innings: P Hunter Bld A Bennett 18; J Trollope Ct S Bowles, Bld J Bowles 14; A Rydon Ct S Bowles Bld J Bowles 0; R Rydon Ct Tyler Bld A Bennett 54; J Riley Ct D Tyler Bld  N Ridgway 33; R Brock Bld A Benett 0; E Bunn LBW A Bennett 0; T Rydon Ct J Moore Bld Adby 14; J Simon Bld A Bennett 10; D Rogers Ct A Bennett Bld Adby    3; P Steinke not out ? TOTAL 174 all out (37.3 overs).
Fall: 33-1, 38-3, 50-2, 131-4, 147-6, 147-5, 147-7, 163-9, 173-8, 174-10
Bolney Bowling: A Bennett 19-8-57-5; J Bowles 7-0-36-2; M Madden 5-0-35-0; J Collins 2-0-22-0; N Ridgway 3-1-13-1; S Adby 1.3-0-2-2.
Bolney  Innings: J Moore Ct A Rydon Bld P Steinke 22; D Tyler Bld P Hunter 6; S Broster    Bld P Steinke 31; S Bowles Ct A Rydon Bld R Rydon 10; S Adby Bld R Rydon 0; J Collins Bowled R Rydon 18; N Ridgway Bld P Steinke 60; A Bennett not out 31; M Madden run out 0; J Bowles    not out    0; TOTAL 177-8.
TWCC Bowling: P Hunter 11-1-37-1; P Steinke 22.5-7-56-3; R Rydon 12-1-56-3.
Bolney won by 2 wickets


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Parham Park v TWCC June 2nd 2013
TWCC vs Parham Park, 2nd June 2013
A controversial decision to bat first by the skipper after winning the toss - based on a strong batting line up and a belief that if we could get early breakthroughs in the Parham batting order, we could bowl them out!  Hmmmm…. Our strong batting line up then displayed its strength; 7 batsmen got in - but also its frailty: none went on to make a big score. Parham did have an excellent opening bowler who seemed to get faster as the afternoon went on, and he bowled for most of it! A good, if slow start, from Paul and James was thrown away by disappointing middle order performances before Edward and Matt Steinke dragged us back to a respectable 139 all out. Unfortunately the hoped for early breakthrough never happened: instead there was a late breakthrough, just one more after that, both thanks to fine bowling by Matt who had an excellent game: and then a series of fine hits and balls not going to fielders – and the ongoing problem this season, injuries. Phil completed just one over, we had a long line up of people wanting to field in the slips…. it was one of those days:  probably the wrong call to bat first, but a nice day out in the country.
SCORECARD: 
TWCC won the toss and decided to bat. By "TWCC" I mean Richard.
TWCC Innings: P Hunter Ct Wales Bld Trott 18; J Trollope Ct WK Bld Trott 23; T Pearce Bld Trott    0; J Riley Ct, Bld Huffer 10; S Rogers run Out 17; J Simon Bld Trott 0; R Brock    Bldd Jones 19; E Bunn not out 18; M Steinke Ct Robinson Bld Mitchell 15;P Steinke run out 2. TOTAL 139 all out (45 overs).
DNS (show!)  M Pearce
Fall: 43-1, 47-3, 54-2, 60-4, 62-6, 97-5, 103-7, 137-9, 139-10
Parham Bowling: S Trott 16-3-26-4; B Meaden 9-4-23-0; B Huffer 5-1-12-1; S Fraser 8-2-18-0; N Jones 6-0-21-1; J Mitchell 3-0-19-1. 
Parham Park Innings: Vander LBW Bld M Steinke 22; Robinson Bldd M Steinke 44; Nettleton    nut out 45; Huffer not out 14. TOTAL 143-2
TWCC Bowling: J Simon 6-1-19-0; P Steinke 1-0-4-0; M Steinke 11-2-38-2; P Hunter 4-0-19-0; J Trollope 2-0-20-0; T Pearce 2-0-14-0; J Riley 2-0-17-0.
Parham won by 8 wickets


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TWCC v London Unity June 16th
Perhaps we should start off with the injury list: or maybe not because that would be too depressing. Safe to say it left us without Phil and Tony unable to run: throw in a bit of Father’s Day and we were a newish line up. It was welcome to Bob Gates, welcome back to Jonathan Bodansky and George for the first time this season. Matt S bowled well but unluckily as Unity started very slowly. Newboy Bob got a couple of vital early breakthroughs and with an hour gone, Unity had scored barely beyond 30. Matt Brock and Jonathan kept the pressure on and the wickets coming: 3 wickets for Matt.  But despite all this we couldn’t quite bowl them out and by the end they’d reached a respectable 142-9. Very gettable. A tea of finger rolls from the skipper went down spectacularly badly (well, they had to be used, they were already a day old from the previous night’s BBQ), but spirits were high that a victory was nigh. Unfortunately nobody had told James who made just 6 from an otherwise revitalised season. And it went downhill from there! No scores of real note until we persuaded Tony to go in at 8 with a runner. He scored 27 and saw out enough overs to allow Jonathan – with a feisty 15 – and Matt S to hang on for a poor draw. 
SCORECARD
London Unity won the toss and elected to bat
J Driver: Ct M Brock Bld Gates 10: Burke LBW Bld M Steinke 12; Cockburn    Ct Trollope Bld Bodansky 2; M Driver Ct M Steinke Bld M Brock 8; Roberts Bld M Brock 14; Wilks Ct Gates Bld M Brock 5; Murray Ct R Brock Bld Gates 15; Williams    Bld Gates 22; Columbine    not out    5; Clarke not out 1. TOTAL 142-9.
Fall: 24, 26, 37, 37, 84, 95, 99, 123, 139
TWCC Bowling
M Steinke: 9-5-13-0; B Gates 9-0-32-3; J Bodansky 5-1-8-1; M Brock 11-0-54-3; J Trollope 5-0-21-1; M Pearce 1-0-12-0.
TWCC Batting: J Trollope Ct,  Bld Driver 6; R Brock Ct, Bld M Driver 12; M Pearce Ct, Bld Driver 8; G Hunter Ct, Bld Driver 0; B Gates Ct, Bld Colombine 8; E Bunn Bld Roberts 1; J Bodansky not out 15; T Pearce Bld Roberts 27; M Steinke not out 0. TOTAL 83-7
DNB: D Rogers, M Brock
Bowling: Columbine 9-0-25-1; J Driver 10-0-9-3; T Roberts 9-2-26-2; M Driver 7-1-16-1; Wilkes 2-1-1-0; Williams 2-1-2-0; Clarke 1-1-0-0.
MATCH DRAWN


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TWCC v Headliners June 23rd
The entry for this game comes with just the bare facts, and not all of them.
Not sure who won the toss.
TWCC Batting
P Hunter Bld Holden 75; D Rogers Bld Richie 6; Rob Rydon Ct, Bld Neale 25; J Trollope run out 13; J Rowland not out 62; S Rogers not out 20. TOTAL 210-4.
DNB: J Riley, R Rydon, A Fiedosiuk, D Jones, P Steinke.
Headliners' Bowling
Proctor 7-0-13-0; Carter 5-2-18-0; Richie 7-0-55-1; Pharek 2-0-19-0; Neale 7-1-40-1; Holden 4-0-36-1; Parkinson 3-0-27-0.
Headliners' Batting
Barnett Ct S Rogers Bld P Steinke 5; Collins Ct Gates Bld D Jones 37; Holden not out 51; Neale ct R Rydon Bld Jones 3; Norbury LBW Bld Jones 0; Warlow Ct Trollope Bld P Hunter 2; Pareky run out 4; Ritchie Ct P Steinke Bld Jones 1; Proctor Bld Riley 1; Carter LBW Bld Riley 2; Parkinson Bld Hunter 8. TOTAL  127 ALL OUT
TWCC Bowling: B Gates 5-1-16-0; P Steinke 7-2-12-1; A Fiedosiuk 3-0-28-0; R Rydon 5-0-12-0; D Jones 7-0-28-4; P Hunter 4.4-0-19-2; J Riley 2-0-1—2.
TWCC WIN BY 83 RUNS


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Poynings v TWCC June 30th
No write up, presumably Richard not involved as Edward bowled.
POYNINGS INNINGS: Z Donovan LBW Bld D Jones 57; S Jenner LBW Bld Bodansky 1; A Edwards Ct, Bld Bodansky    1; A Barnes not out 78; M Cutress Ct W Brookes (sub) Bld Bunn 66; GWT Bld Bunn 3; W Brookes not out 19; A Brennan Bld Bunn 0.
TOTAL 250-6. DNB A Brookes
TWCC BOWLING: M Steinke 7-1-32-0; J Bodansky 8-1-36-2; J Trollope 2-0-20-0; P Steinke8=0=30-0;  D Jones 8-0-74-1; J Riley 2-0-15-0.
TWCC INNINGS: J Trollope Ct W Taylor Bld Edwards 146; S Rogers    LBW Bld Zanovan 8; J Riley Bld Zanovan    5; J Bodansky Ct WK Bld M Cuttress 6; M Steinke    not out 43; D Rogers not out 0.
TOTAL  226-5. DNB: P Steinke, D Jones.
Fall: 25-2, 54-3, 77-4, 82-5, 225-1. 
POYNINGS BOWLING:  Edwards 8-0-57-1; Zanovan 8-2-21-2; M Cutress 8-2-13-2; M Prodger 8-0-39-0; S Jenner 3-0-37-0; Wallace-Taylor 4-0-27-0; Brennan 1-0-24-0 .
POYNINGS WON 40 0VERS MATCH BY 24 RUNS


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TWCC Tour 5th, 6th, 7th July
Tour report goes in unedited. The Gazette accepts no responsibility for the grammar or punctuation.
NEW ALRESFORD, HAMPSHIRE: 5-6-7 JULY 2013
In keeping with our recent policy of touring close to home, Hampshire was to be our venue:  we were ten:  five boys:  Mikey, Matt Edwards, Joe, Alex and Matt Brock – and five old gits:  Richard, Steve, Tony, Phil and Edward.  We met at the Swan Hotel in New Alresford, on a beautiful afternoon:  beers were taken before the game and a new system of batting selection was opted for for the 20/20:  all the names were put in a glass and the names pulled out in batting order.  Tichborne Park was the venue:  beautiful and huge ground, with covers!  We were the walking wounded even before the match:  the queue for the behind the bat positions started with Edward (weight), and went on to Tony (hamstring), Joe (knee), Phil (age), Mikey (laziness).  Tichborne lost the toss but Richard asked them to bat:  for a small club they have a remarkable selection to choose from including a very strong league first team, two other teams and a women’s and youth section.  Three of their team came from their women’s section  of which more later.  The skipper was swayed by his vice captain’s advice to take out the slips, who were in for the first two balls, and opt to save runs because it was clear Tichborne were on the attack.  Balls 4 and 5 from Matthew’s opening over then flew into the vacant slip area!  The batsman who benefitted went on to make 64 and dominate the innings.  Phil bowled nicely for a couple of wickets, Richard was on a hatrick, and a couple of wickets for `Stan` Bunn saw them reach 150 for the loss of 7 wickets.  The uniquely chosen batting order had put the 3 party animals in at 1, 2 and 3.  Matt survived 2 balls, Mikey was out first ball:  whilst Joe made it to the second over before being bowled by the first ball from one of Richborne’s women cricketers!  Only the second such TWCC cricketer in history to be out to a woman, and the first ever to be clean bowled  (the other was Tony Pearce, but he was caught).  Tony and Steve then made unbelievably hard work of more bowling from 2 other women and the odd guy, each reaching 43 off endless overs, before allowing Phil a bit of a thrash:  he and Alex saw us home on 100-6:  but in a 20/20 match that’s a loss. 
So it was a swift drink at the clubhouse:  and rushing back to the hotel in time for supper before the 10pm deadline:  we cleared them out of ribeyes!  Some of the rest of the evening falls into the `what goes on tour, stays on tour` category -   suffice to say  the boys fell out and Mikey got told off by his dad.  And so it was, a relatively early night, ready for a big day ahead.
The breakfast was a delight:  a very full, full English setting up a morning’s beer and rugby at South Winchester golf club, where Steve had booked us front row seats for the Lions match.  Bookmaker Pearce offered the odds:  and as the Lions swept Australia aside, the Brocks took Tony for a few quid and Alex won the score forecast.  We decided to hire buggies to help us round the course on a sweltering afternoon:  but the round still took 5 and a half hours.  Matthew destroyed a rubbish bin and the side of another buggie with his driving.  The boys and Phil walked it:  Joe joined Richard and Matthew’s buggy, so Richard hung off the side:  only to get thrown off as Matthew slammed on the brakes:  very funny!!!!  We arrived back to see a grotesque sight:  an over 60s masked ball at the golf club:  with one wrinklie in a cat mask approaching men with and saying `meow`!  We could not get out of there fast enough.  
That evening, the boys left in a cab for the delights of Winchester, on its busiest night of the year, a music weekend festival.  The rest of us went for a curry to the local Bangladeshi restaurant:  which was delicious.   Then Tony, Steve, Matthew and Richard headed into Winchester to join the boys.  At the end of an eventful evening, we met up with four street pastors, who forgave us all our sins and got back to the hotel in the early hours.
Sunday started with another fantastic breakfast:  then it was on to tennis.  Four teams:  and the winners,  in a 3 way tie, Joe and Matt, the Pearces and the Brocks!  Edward went to catch a train but it didn’t turn up, or it left early or something like that. 
And so it was onto the cricket:  after checking out of the hotel which provided great service and good value, we were on our way to Fair Oak, north of Eastleigh.  We were lucky the team was still there:  they thought the game was due to start at 1pm, whereas we turned up for a 2pm start.  Anyway, it was another huge ground:  you could barely see the pitch from the boundary:  and more covers.  Another club with a number of teams:  but a nice bunch as it turned out, very friendly and welcoming.  Richard won the toss and was encouraged, strongly, by the team to bat on a baking afternoon.  Mikey and Steve opened and Mikey was immediately in great form, stroking balls to the boundary with aplomb.  The next four batsmen, Tony, Richard, Matt and Edward (golden duck) added very little:  it was left to Joe and Phil to add a bit of respectability to supplement Mikey’s magnificent 64.  They let Edward back for a second go because we only had 10:  and he did better! We made it to 140 all out, in the 38th over of a 40 over match.
A very pleasant tea in a pristeen new clubhouse was followed by some very solid batting from Fair Oak.  But we fought hard, and though some of the fielding was – frankly – ludicrously poor with fielders letting the ball run away before thinking about running after it;  Phil took 3 quick wickets to bring us within reach of bowling them out.  Unfortunately we simply didn’t have enough runs on the board and they reached their target in the 25th over, with 3 wickets in hand.   But it did feel close from 125 onwards.  Tony bowled a good spell:  and Joe picked up his first TWCC wicket to get us closer still.  Highlights:  apart from Mikey’s batting, which was full of style:  Tony’s catch at gulley which defied age and injury as he sprung to pluck it from the air one handed.  Also their batsmen who took advantage of the aforementioned fielding, and ran six runs whilst we sauntered to retrieve a ball in the vast outfield:  only to discover it had just about crossed the boundary!  No credit to us but it was very funny.  And Phil’s hatrick ball:  which was close, but wasn’t quite. 
After a welcome pint in the local pub with the opposition, we headed for home:  reaching Sussex at about the same time as we’d normally finish at Twineham.  It was a great tour, eventful, some of which can’t be mentioned in a tour report, but a great TWCC tour, and our thanks go to Steve for organising it.

SCORECARD TWCC V FAIR OAK
TWCC won the toss and batted
TWCC Innings: M Pearce    Ct,  Bld Rennison 64; S Rogers    Bld J Salmon 6; T Pearce Ct,  Bld Salmon 4; R Brock Bowled Salmon 0; M Edwards    LBW Bld Scutts    9; E Bunn Bld (1st ball) 0; J Panther Bld White    19; A Rogers Stumped, Bld Scutts 1; P Steinke Ct, Bld Salmon 17; M Brock Ct, Bld White 4; E Bunn not out 12.
TOTAL 140 ALL OUT (38 OVERS)
Fair Oak Bowling: M Hunt 6-0-20-0; Plowman 5-1-26-0; White 4-0-23-0; Salmon 6-1-10-4; Bass 4-0-19-0; Scutts 7-1-18-3; Hide 3-2-2-0; Rennison 2-0-5-1; S White 3-0-18-2.
Fair Oak Innings: Hyde Bld Edwards 16; Showgrave Ct T Pearce, Bld M Brock 9; J Bass Bld Phil Steinke 35; A Bass    Ct M Pearce, Bld T Pearce 41; R Goodyear Ct Edwards Bld P Steinke 15; J Salmon    not out    18; M Hunt Bowled (?)Steinke 0; J Plowman Ct M Brock Bld J Panther 4.
TOTAL 147-7 
TWCC Bowling: M Brock 6-1-47-1; M Edwards 5-1-27-1; M Pearce 1-0-12-0;P Steinke 7-1-34-3; T Pearce 6-1-19-1; J Panther .3-0-3-1
Fair Oak won by 3 wickets


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TWCC v Staplefield July 14th
As the summer set in, Staplefield were the visitors to our humble abode.  They seemed to like it too:  they took root at our wicket and moved in, whilst not moving on.  The two Matts kept `James E and Asbo` nice and quiet and took the openers – a father catching for son for Matt B.  Jim and Phil then took over bowling at `Jools and Shrubby` and still the pace was slow – really slow – and to cut a long story short, two and a half hours later and with the help of `Jon, Ant and Dom` they had reached 104 for 8 wickets.  Tea was a joyful occasion, spirits bright, we could almost taste victory. 
However – soon we were to choke.  None of the first 5 made it to double figures and at 38-5, we were in big trouble.  However, Steve came to our rescue with a battling 41:  and with Edward also making useful runs, they delivered us to the brink of victory:  89-6.  What could possibly go wrong….Well in a word: everything.  Loss of nerve affected Jim, and far more culpably the skipper, who was guiding us home and advising first Phil and then Matthew not to hit out, keep calm and pick off singles – when he had a terrible swipe, two runs from victory and an inspired catch was taken by a delighted Staplefield fielder.  It was a great game but a gutting defeat. We’d been ASBO’
No Scorecard avaialable. I wonder why?

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TWCC v Wisley July 21st
A joy to welcome our old friends from Wisley: on a hot and sunny afternoon in Twineham. Wisley won the toss and opted to bowl and it was the legendary opening partnership of Dave and James to start off for us.  Dave backed out early to make way for two fine stands: one between James and Jonathan R, and then Jonathan took it on with John Riley. Edward and Matt S joined in the runfest as we powered our way to 235-5. Wisley were struggling. Put in the field, wickets were hard to come by: Matt and Matt worked hard for just one wicket. Phil and Tom each bagged one but it was James and Jonathan B who each took a pair who opened the prospect of victory. But the ten men of Wisley held out and so we went to the pub and drank beer.
TWCC INNINGS: J Trollope Ct ??? Bld Newman 53; D Rogers    Ct Newman Bld Crispin 6; J Rowland ct wkt Bld J Richards 72; J Riley Ct Crispian Bld Crispin 44; M Steinke Not out 15; E Bunn not out 28.
TOTAL 225-5 (41 overs).
DNB: T Rydon, J Bodansky, M Brock, P Steinke, R Brock, P Steinke, D Jones.
Fall: 32-2, 78-1, 147-3, 172-5, 235-4.
Wisley Bowling: J Richards 11-3-23-1; Crispin 10-2-42-2; O Richards 5-1-32-0; T Richards 6-0-46-0; Newman 3-0-34-1; Kerigan 6-0-42-0.
Wisley Innings: Kerrigan Ct Rowland Bld  M Brock 9; T Richards Ct J Rowland Bld T Rydon    54; McCarty Ct M Steinke bld Trollope 34; J Snelling Bld P Steinke 6; Newman Bld J Bodansky 13; Leggett    Hit Wicket Bld Bodansky 4; O Richards not out 16; K Adanki St Riley  Bld Trollope 9.
TOTAL 170-7.
TWCC BOWLING: M Brock 12-1-36-1; M Steinke 7-1-33-0; P Steinke 5-1-14-1; T Rydon 3-0-14-1; E Bunn 2-0-10-0; Trollope 7-1-23-2;  J Bodansky 4-0-30-2.
MATCH DRAWN



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TWCC v Henfield July 28th
Grim forebodings swept the county as Henfield’s visit to TWCC approached. A friend of a son’s mate who went to Hurst told his teacher’s colleague who mentioned something that was overheard in the courtyard and made its way to Phil that Henfield were coming to avenge last year’s batting festival. They started off well: they won the toss! After a slow start, when they were kept in check brilliantly by Paul and Matthew, and Paul it was who scythed through the top of the batting with 3 wickets, backed up with fine catching. Phil took 3 more: it was carnage: and Mikey came to the party later with a couple of wickets too. But M Rutherford made a half century setting up a reasonable total of 144 all out on the stroke of tea. It was very gettable, but the good start never happen as Steve was bowled for just 2. However then a great stand of 68 between Paul - having an outstanding game - (33) and Tony (32) took us halfway home. But then the rot set in: aided it must be said by excellent tight bowling. So the next big stand didn’t happen. The middle order all found their feet then lost their wickets. Before we knew it the chase for glory turned into a fight for survival. When Matthew was out, we were 20 runs short against still good bowling. Their last bowlers figures of 9-4-7-1 showed that our efforts to win simply ground to a halt: and then our attempt to shut up shop lasted two and a half overs: 3 balls from the end, when Phil inexplicably left a ball to allow it to hit the middle stump unhindered. The match was lost, our 12 months of glory disappeared and we were continuing our run of despair in 2013.
Henfield won the toss and elected to bat
HENFIELD INNINGS: A White Bld P Hunter 11; C Griffiths Ct S Rogers Bld P Hunter    0; B Mercer Ct P Hunter Bld P Steinke 13; F Stanley Bld P Hunter 1; P Pheasant Ct T Pearce Bld P Steinke 10; M Rutherford not out 53; S Welby Ct J Riley Bld M Pearce 4; M Colgatge Bld P Steinke 3; M Pye Run out 5; S Griffiths Run out 1; W Lees Ct R Brock Bld M Brock 22.
TOTAL 144 ALL OUT (43.2 OVERS).
TWCC BOWLING: M Brock 8-3-19-1; P Hunter 6-1-14-3; P Steinke 10-3-22-3; R Brock 8-0-30-0; M Pearce 5-0-31-2; J Trollope 4-0-21-0.
TWCC INNINGS: P Hunter    Ct ??  Bld Pye 33; S Rogers Bld Griffiths 2; T Pearce Bld Pye 32; G Hunter Bld Rutherford 3; J Trollope    Bld Pye    8; J Riley LBW Bld Lees    12; J Rowland Ct ?? Bld Pheasant 11; M Pearce Ct ??? Bld Pheasant 11; M Brock Ct Wkt Bld Pheasant 0; P Steinke Bled Pheasant 3; R Brock not out 2.
TOTAL 131 ALL OUT
Fall:  7-2, 75-3, 81-1, 82-4, 104-5, 104-6, 123-8, 123-9, 131-10
HENFIELD BOWLING: Pheasant 11-2-33-4; Griffiths 4-0-29-1; Colgate 2-0-10-0; Pye 8-1-28-3; Rutherford 3-0-19-1; Lees 9-4-7-1.
TWCC lost by 13 runs


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Warnham v TWCC August 4th
It is a regrettable fact that some matches this season have suffered from a rather brief write up: brought on by the sloth of the matchday reporter, leaving the match reports to pile up for weeks. This however is an exception: mainly because the author remembers the match rather well! We pulled together 9 men for a match against Warnham – new opponents – and in view of our numbers, we agreed on 35 overs per side. The skipper won the toss and elected to bat on a beautiful day, at a lovely ground surrounded by trees and a good outfield. Richard pushed himself up to open with Paul: and against good accurate bowling Paul bowed out on 3. Tony came in and continued his somewhat mediocre mid-season form (by his own extraordinarily high standards) before Steve joined Richard and took the score into 3 figures. Richard got his first 50 in many seasons and finally bowed out on 76, his highest score for the club, in 25 years!!!  It was – by any standards – an excellent innings with 9 fours and he could have gone on to achieve….well – he didn’t! Steve and Matt Edwards took things on and we finished on a creditable 157-6. Warnham are a good team and their openers powered to 50 before Phil broke the partnership. Their number 3 – D Smith – was a batsman of some quality. He made an easy 50 before retiring. Matthew Brock and Matt Edwards both bowled with some ferocity on a good wicket. We were behind the rate but not that far. The skipper, relishing the day, came on and took a wicket with his first ball and then a good catch from his son. Matt E mopped up another at which point the retired no 3 returned and saw them home. It was an excellent game, good sporting opponents who gave us a fielder throughout and in the end only a narrow victory for Warnham.
TWCC INNINGS: P Hunter Bld J Dear 3; R Brock Bld J Dear 76; T Pearce Ct Parker Bld D Smith 15; S Rogers    not out    24; G Hunter Bld J Dear 0; M Edwards Bld S Collins 12; M Brock not out 0.
DNB D Rogers, P Steinke
TOTAL 157-5 (35 overs)
Fall: 18-1, 71-3, 126-2, 132-5, 157-6,
Warnham Bowling: J Dear 10-1-26-3; M Dear 4-0-23-0; D Smith 7-1-21-1; T Tarrant 4-0-24-0; M George 4-0-14-0; M Dear 3-0-19-2; Collins 3-0-19-2
WARNHAM INNINGS: M Parker Bld R Brock 54; S Collins St S Rogers Bld P Steinke 17; D Smith not out 51; Bailey Ct R Brock Bld M Brock 0; G May Ct G Hunter Bld R Brock 18; H Dear Ct E Bunn Bld M Brock 1; Matt G    Bld M Edwards 0; I Javiant not out 6.
TOTAL 161 -6  (33 OVERS)
TWCC BOWLING: M Brock 8-1-27-2; P Hunter 3-0-26-0; M Pearce 5-1-13-0; P Steinke 7-1-17-1; M Edwards 6-0-30-1; R Brock 3-1-18-2; D Rogers 1-0-2-0
TWCC lost by 4 wickets


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TWCC v Warninglid August 25th
After a gap of 2 weeks: once when we couldn’t raise a team, once when we couldn’t find opposition: we welcomed Warninglid to our humble abode. And this was a great game: a strong opposition, in batting and in the field, a really hard competitive match but played in a great spirit. And it was a very youthful TWCC team: a joy for the captain who suddenly had young cricketers able to run after the ball, full of vigour and energy. Warninglid started well, strong attacking batsmen, giving the young openers Matt E and Tom good competition. But dad knows best: and Rob came on to get a wicket with his first ball, well taken at fly slip by Matt E. But still the resistance continued. We thought we had it when Dave Jones took a stunning catch off Matt Brock, but it was a no-ball! Hard to tell who was most disappointed, bowler or catcher. But Dave was not to be denied. Brought on he showed he was every bit the match of Rob as he took a wicket with his first ball: courtesy of Rob’s catch. And the unbeatable combination of Jones/Rydon gave him his second wicket, as TWCC made inroads into Warninglid’s batsmen. But still they came, good bats all. Two wickets from Tom – finding his feet after a slippery opening spell - helped but still they powered their way to 194-6. The tea was something to behold. The Rydon family pulled out all the stops and most of the fruit in Mid Sussex to produce a show-stopper, without doubt the season’s best, setting new standards for teas yet to come. The Red Arrows flypast missed tea by minutes, but the thought was there!  Clearly 194 would be a difficult target.  Richard put himself in to open with James, and it paid off:  keeping up with the rate and a stand of 44 before James lofted one on 29. Tony also lost his head on just 17: so it was left to Rob to come in and push on as Richard put down anchor and eventually bowed out on 28. So as the family watched (having done the washing up), Rob and young Alex piled on the runs, taking us to within 38 runs of victory. Rob was then caught but Alex played a blindingly mature innings and with good support from Matt E saw us home on a day of almost 400 runs in beautiful weather: a really good victory against a competitive but very sporting side. A really good day’s cricket, and at last, TWCC back on the winning side.   
WARNINGLID INNINGS: A Vaughan Ct M Edwards Bld R Rydon 19; J Reilly Ct M Pearce    Bld R Brock 63; M Nastys Ct R Rydon Bld D Jones 24; C VaughanCt R Rydon    Bld D Jones 5; D Tingley Ct M Pearce Bld T Rydon 24; M Cocker Bld T Rydon 1; A Parsons not out 16; E Patton not out 4.
TOTAL 194-8
Fall: 45-1, 88-3, 109-4, 156-5, rest not noted…..
TWCC BOWLING: M Edwards 5-0-22-0; T Rydon 7-0-35-2; P Steinke 5-0-25-0; R Rydon 6-1-15-1; M Brock 6-1-22-0; D Jones 4-0-29-2; R Brock 4-0-30-1
TWCCINNINGS: J Trollope    Ct Hopkins Bld J Patton 29; R Brock Ct Nastys Bld E Patton 28; T Pearce    Ct Acton Bld E Patton 17; R Rydon Ct E Patton Bld D Tingley 56; A Rydon    Not out 39; M Pearce Bld Pratt 1; M Edwards not out 6.
TOTAL 197-5 (37.4 OVERS)
Fall:  43-1, 75-3, 109-2, 157-4, 165-6
WARNINGLID BOWLING: C Pratt 10.4-0-46-1; J Acton 9-0-25-1; T Hopkinson 6-0-38-0; E Patton 6-0-37-2; D Tingley 3-0-24-1; H Cocker 4-0-24-0
TWCC won by 5 wickets


And, remarkably, that was it for 2013 - rain and cancellations put paid to the season! Roll on 2014

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TWCC 2012 Season
TWCC v Moulsecoomb Wanderers May 20th 2012
Welcome to a new season: and at last we’re under way after 3 weeks of disastrous weather. The outfield bore witness to the torrential downpours: it was cut but cut long and piles of grass were everywhere. But it was dry and that’s the main thing. Those of sound memory will recall that last year’s home match with Moulsecoomb turned in almost 500 runs. No chance of that this year with the silage piled up on the outfield. Richard won the season’s first toss and elected to bowl: a canny combination of hoping the outfield would continue to dry, hoping to use the cloud cover for the bowlers and forgetting what he usually did after winning the toss last season. So Matt led the way from the Downs end and Jim at the Pavilion end. But wickets were not easy to come by, any more than were runs.  The openers batted well, thwarted by the long outfield and thus restricted to below 60 in the first hour. In that time Jim made the only breakthrough; a catch taken by Matt at short square leg. Matt himself missed a hard caught and bowled, and it took Paul to show him how to do it as he came on and snapped up the other opener. Still Moulsecoomb batted well, with great solidity, but suffering a dearth of boundaries because the ball simply didn’t reach as it ploughed through the long grass. Richard took the only other wicket to fall and Moulsecoomb’s total of 142 actually represented something close to 200 in normal conditions. So a good score on which to ponder as we enjoyed the tea Moulsecoomb themselves provided, left over from their Saturday team’s abandoned match.  
Paul and James opened up for us:  briefly. James’s innings lasted 4 balls when he was given LBW to the pacey Ganesh, coming in from the Downs End. But Paul and Tony then put together a useful stand of 53 before Paul was bowled. Edward didn’t hang around, he scored 3, when Richard went in to witness Tony’s gay abandon, knocking sixes over into the cow field. He can’t say he wasn’t warned: another big shot was dropped on the boundary, but he proceeded to hoik yet another in the same direction and this time the fielder held onto it. So 56 for 4, and a few concerned looks crossed Twineham faces. But Andrew, Jim’s brother-in-law who flew 30 hours from Australia just to make this match, was pushed up the order to help him stay awake, and he dug in with Richard to push the score along. Between them they had at least 6 catches dropped but they continued to prod and push and added 51 for the 5th wicket, before Andrew departed on 137, with TWCC just 6 runs short of victory. And six wickets in hand. So no worries there then…..Erm.  Well actually…… Moulsecoomb brought back Ganesh and, including Andrew’s wicket, he took 3 wickets in 3 overs for just 1 run – and even that was a wide. Those to fall were Sam Trench, a friend of Sam Simon’s who had earlier showed remarkable prowess in the field, and Matthew who had earlier bowled well. But neither could stand up to Mr Ganesh and In the midst of the carnage Richard also was finally caught and Jim followed him as Sherwin at the other end posted two wicket maidens. We were down to our last pair: and one of those was Matt who had strained his back bowling. But having wisely been refused permission to go home, and instead being introduced to the healing properties of Deep Heat, he was shoved out to do his best. Moulsecoomb were now alive with self-belief: four runs to get, and the previous five wickets had gone for just 2 runs. TWCC were on 139 for 9 with Matt and Honse needing to save the day.  It was a collapse worthy of `the good old days` but thankfully Honse added a single and Matt had enough movement restored to divert the ball to leg for a single and then the precious final two runs. The whoops that went up from the pavilion told the story: the great escape from an immensely large self-dug hole.

SCORECARD
TWCC won the toss and bowled
Moulsecoomb Innings: M Hunton C&B P Hunter 37; C Pullen Ct M Steinke Bld J Simon 20; K Radnall not out 34; D Sherwin Bld R Brock 20; P Longman not out 16.
TOTAL 142-3 41 overs
TWCC Bowling: M Steinke 8-1-20-0; J Simon 9-1-31-1; P Hunter 6-0-20-1; M Brock 7-0-24-0; H Karvay 4-1-12-0; R Brock 4-1-13-1; A Smerdon 3-0-21-0.
TWCC Innings: P Hunter Bld Radmore 20; J Trollope LBW B Ganesh 0; T Pearce Ct, Bld Bowen 53; E Bunn Ct, Bld Bowen 3; R Brock Ct Longman Bld Sherwin 22; A Smerdon Ct Gibson, Bld Ganesh 20; S Trench Ct Hunton Bld Ganesh 0; J Simon Bld Sherwin 0; H Karvay not out 1; M Brock Bld Ganesh 0; M Steinke not out 3.
Total 143-9 35.3 overs.
Fall: 1-1, 54-2, 86-3, 86-3, 137-6, 137-5, 138-8, 138-10.
TWCC won by 1 wkt.

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Bolney CC v TWCC May 27th 2012
A beautiful, sunny, energy-sapping afternoon beckoned as we arrived at Bolney: thus the temptation was to bat first and leave the running to our hosts, who appeared to have a few younger players in their ranks. And as the coin fell favourably and glistened on the straw coloured pitch, such temptation was mighty appealing  to the skipper who is not averse to enjoying the luxuries provided by Bolney, which include two match umpires and scorers, and thus the opportunity to simply chat and watch the cricket! But the call of duty over-rode these frivolous distractions: we bowl well and chase well. Thus TWCC applied the sun cream and took to the field. Ten men, with our eleventh, Rob, held up by some half an hour by a fracas at the golf club. Matt and Jim opened the bowling and in that first 55 minutes they effectively won us the match. They didn’t get a wicket: but the stranglehold they applied through excellence in line and length was such that at the end of their 17 overs, with almost an hour gone of the two and a half hour innings, Bolney were 32-0. Backed up by fine fielding, Dave Rogers in particular constantly cutting out singles to square leg, the miserly pair conceded just 3 fours. If Bolney hoped to take advantage of our first change bowling attack they were in for a disappointment: Rob had arrived and set about his work bowling downhill and took a wicket with his second ball. Two more followed in his spell and Bolney failed to make up the lost ground, with Rob and Richard also keeping things tight. James was brought on and carved open the lower middle order with his off spin, taking four wickets in four overs including two clean bowled, a sharp stumping by Steve and an LBW.  And with Honse also keeping a tight line, time ran out for Bolney with 8 wickets down and just 107 on the board.
So Bolney’s excellent tea tasted even better and was certainly well deserved, especially because most of the fielding had been done by ten men: Rob’s arrival had been followed swiftly by Paul’s departure from the field, a pulled calf muscle caused by chasing a ball: this from our cycling friend who has, quote; "never been fitter!" So Paul was put at number 11 with Steve and James opening. James' innings was an improvement on last week when he was LBW for 0. This week he was LBW for 2, but his contribution to the match had already been crucial with his 4 wickets. George Hunter was next in and the fun began, with George not the sort of lad to hang around aimlessly. His first shot took an edge and sky rocketed straight up, and was dropped. He followed this with two big fours and a huge 6 - swatted over fine leg from well above his head - before finally being caught on 19, with TWCC already on 49. Dave came and went with the score still on 49, but Rob, and soon Edward, steered us home safely in the 18th over with 6 wickets in hand. The Harveys best at the Eight Bells tasted mighty fine after an impressive win. 

SCORECARD
TWCC won the toss and opted to bowl
Bolney Innings: J Moore    Bld J Trollope 39; D Tyler LBW Bld R Rydon 9; S Bowles Ct S Rogers Bld R Rydon 17; N Ridgway Bld R Rydon 0; M Swaine Bld R Brock 2; J Little St S Rogers Bld J Trollope 16; B Griffin not out 10; D Flower LBW Bld J Trollope 0; J Little Bld J Trollope 4; M Madden not out 0. TOTAL 107-8, 41 overs.
TWCC Bowling: M Steinke 9-1-13-0; J Simon 8-2-18-0; R Brock 8-0-27-1; R Rydon 8-2-21-3; J Trollope 4-0-6-4; H Karvay 4-0-15-0.
TWCC Innings: J Trollope LBW Bld M Madden 0; S Rogers Ct J Flower Bld J Little 19; G Hunter Ct M Swaine Bld M Maddden 19; D Rogers LBW  Bld D Flower 0; R Rydon    not out    30; E Bunn not out 19. TOTAL 108-4, 17.5 overs. DNB: J Simon, M Steinke, H Karvay, R Brock, P Hunter.
Bolney Bowling: D Flower 4-0-18-0; M Madden 5-0-34-2; Jake Little 5-0-18-1; Josh Little 3.5-0-31-1.
Fall: 16-1, 49-3, 49-4, 76-2.
TWCC win by 6 wickets.   

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Parham Park v TWCC June 3rd 2012
Diamond Jubilee Sunday: and whilst millions thronged to line the Thames to see the Royal flotilla in pouring rain, little were they to know where the true excitement lay: forty miles to the South at Parham Park. Bypassed by the rainclouds, with occasional outbreaks of sunshine, it was a game that would ebb and sway more than any of the hundreds of boats taking the Royal salute. The pitch was green, damp and definitely one on which to have a bowl. We ("We?" Ed.) lost the toss and sure enough we were put in: and Steve and James looked solid enough for the first six overs against two bowlers with good pace: but runs were clearly going to be hard to come by. Ground shots pulled up indecently short of the boundary: indeed only 3 of our players were destined to reach the rope. Steve’s departure, clean bowled by S Huffer for 6, was the start of an unhappily frequent early procession back to the pavilion. He was followed by Tony, caught and bowled for just 6, playing through early as the ball held up. 16-2. James followed one run later, another early season LBW for him and when young Alexander Rydon’s impressive defence was undone by the same bowler, we were 22-4 and the first hour was almost up. Honse’s stout rearguard lasted 26 balls, but it offered neither a run nor eventually sufficient defence to prevent Mr Huffer taking his 5th wicket, with the score on 28. Edward and Jim succeeded in making some progress: indeed Jim’s ten (plus a leg bye) in one over added 25% to our score, rocketing us from 31 to 42 at the end of the 24th over! Back at the pavilion, the order was rapidly being changed: Rob, nestling anonymously at ten, was shoved up to go in at 8, and he took over when Jim was caught and bowled to the slow spin of Jones for 13. The following five dot balls were really the last that Parham will have enjoyed of their bowling. In the remaining 18 overs of the innings Rob cut loose, superbly controlled but determinedly fierce and intent on getting us out of our mess. Which he did. Edward stayed with him for a stand of 53, Dave Rogers played an invaluable role holding up one end for a stand of 48: and it was nice that for the last over, father and son Tom held centre stage together as we moved to 147-8, with Rob on a remarkable 88 not out, including 9 fours and 5 sixes. The game had turned on its head and I suspect Parham wondered quite what had happened in that last extraordinary hour. Tea was most enjoyable and not only because it was an extremely handsome spread!
So it was over to the bowlers to get to work on a drying pitch. Tom Rydon earned his opening call up by taking a wicket clean bowled in the first over, a great start. But after that the game swung again as Parham put together a strong partnership bringing them to the last 20 overs needing 90 odd. Jim had a the number 3 caught behind by Steve, and James clean bowled their number 4: but this brought in the talented left handed bat Williams, who has already scored 2 centuries this early season. He and Andy Wales, the number 2, pushed on keenly and with 8 overs left, their target was 54. Once again it was Rydon to the rescue: not dad this time, but youngest son Alexander. He clean bowled Wales and got Williams caught in the deep by an excellent sliding catch from Edward. Game on. Meanwhile, Richard took two wickets in two balls from his penultimate over, one an outstanding catch from Steve. We went into his last over needing two wickets. The fourth ball was gloved to Tony at slip: leaving one man, two balls to face. The last ball popped up off the bat but flew forward, between the waiting silly mid ons and offs, to safety. An excellent match, what Sunday afternoons are all about: every team member played a big part, it was played in great spirit and could not have been closer: long live Queen, country, cricket and TWCC!!!

SCORECARD
TWCC lost the toss and were asked to bat
TWCC Innings: J Trollope LBW Bld S Huffer 4 (30); S Rogers Bld S Huffer 6 (12); T Pearce Ct & Bld S Huffer 6 (6); H Karvay LBW Bld S Huffer 0 (26); A Rydon Bld S Huffer 2 (15); E Bunn LBW Bld D Huffer 17 (41); J Simon Ct & Bld N Jones 13 (11); R Rydon not out 88 (63); D Rogers run out 2 (17); T Rydon not out 1 (3); R Brock DNB.
TOTAL 147-8. Fall: 10-2, 16-3, 17-1, 22-5, 28-4, 44-7, 97-6, 145-9.
PARHAM BOWLING
S Huffer 14-3-26-5; M Williams 7-2-9-0; T Meader 10-2-43-0; N Jones 5-0-22-1; D Huffer 5-0-19-1; J Mitchell 2-0-21-0.
PARHAM Innings: A Wales    Bld A Rydon 66; B Huffer Bld R Rydon 0; E Roffey Ct S Rogers Bld J Simon 22; G Bolton Bld J Trollope 1; N Williams Ct Bunn Bld A Rydon 23; S Huffer Ct S Rogers Bld Brock 6; N Jones Ct R Rydon Bld Brock 0; P Meader not out 4; J Mitchell Ct T Pearce Bld Brock 0; J Coleman not out 0.
TOTAL 132–8
TWCC BOWLING
T Rydon 6-0-35-1; E Bunn 3-0-13-0; J Simon 9-3-14-1; R Rydon 6-3-7-0; H Karvay 3-0-14-0; J Trollope 3-0-11-1; A Rydon 4-0-21-2; R Brock 4-2-14-3.
Match Drawn

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TWCC v Xiles June 10th 1012
As I sit here surveying the water-stained scorebook, the joints still creaking, listening to 5 Live talking about West Sussex having had 60mm of rain in the past 24 hours,a month’s worth in a day and of flooding on the road between Henfield and Upper Beeding - some 5 miles from where we yesterday stood out for 150 minutes in the cold, unrelenting rain - I am left to wonder `why?` Why did we do it? How did we allow things to go so far? Never before have we played in such appalling weather and hopefully never will again. I have also just received Jim’s photos of the ground under water this morning and I am now convinced that there must have been a catastrophic and collective loss of commonsense.  (I seem to remember that there was a distinct lobby whose mantra was "Let's Go Home." Ed.) But it was all worth it because we remain undefeated this season and the TWCC juggernaut that was slow to roll is now moving ahead smoothly, with our traditionally superior early season form ensuring that once again, we have entered June undefeated in 2012.
So let’s try to explain how things came about. Jim was voicing his concern in the morning: the water table at the ground was still high, one area of the outfield was borderline; but the morning was dry. We turned up and the cloud was high, the Downs were clear. There was no reason not to play cricket if we decided to completely ignore the weather forecast, which we did. Richard won the toss and decided to bowl, but from the moment their opening batsmen strode out a light drizzle started. It was the sort of stuff we’ve played through many times. Jim bowled well from the pavilion end but Matt struggled with his footing from the far end and bowled just 4 overs. Edward replaced him and got the breakthrough; a looped catch caught by Tony who made the 5 yards he had to cover look like an army assault course – still suffering he claimed, from the football match he’d played 10 days earlier!! The rain then started to fall more heavily and unremittingly, but not quite hammering down which would have taken us off. So we continued to bowl: Phil turned his frozen shoulder to start the thawing process and of course got a wicket. Richard got a couple of wickets, but their opening bat Hooper hung around, building an innings in the most testing of conditions. The ball was holding up in the wet and boundaries were very rare; they were scoring at little more than two an over. We got through most of the two and a half hours with everyone getting a bowl, two good runouts from Matt and Honse before the innings was wrapped up five minutes early by the clean straight bowling of newcomer John Riley, who picked up two wickets in 3 balls. Xiles all out for 107. Tea was very very welcome.
The rain starting falling more heavily during the interval but credit to Xiles, they went out to field without complaint. James’ attempt to influence the umpire, Phil, by warning him off the LBWs which have caused his first 3 departures this season, failed; Phil gave him out LBW for 1! After that Tony came in and decided it was all or nothing: and whichever way it was, it was going to be quick. He struck a hugely impressive 89 including 6 sixes and 9 fours and took us to the brink of victory before he holed out. The target was met in the 19th over and we were thankfully done shortly after 6pm. Many thanks to everyone on the team for sticking with it, well done also to Xiles. The weather forecast for the rest of June is for lots of rain: next time, we’ll stay at home.

SCORECARD
TWCC won the toss and opted to bowl
Xiles Innings: Hannant Ct T Pearce Bld Bunn 12; Hooper Ct J Simon Bld Trollope 52; Blakeston run out (M Steinke) 0; Kumar Bld P Steinke 4; Petche Bld Brock 2; Hales Ct Trollope bld Brock 7; Leslie run out (Karvay) 2; Chidwick Bld J Riley 2; Tulley Bld J Riley 0; Wilcox not out ?
TOTAL 107 all out, 40.3 overs.
TWCC Bowling: J Simon 8-1-18-0, M Steinke 4-0-17-0, E Bunn 4-0-5-1, P Steinke 3-1-6-1, R Brock 9-1-16-2, J Trollope 4-1-17-0, H Karvay 4-0-13-0, J Riley 2.3-0-8-2, T Pearce 2-0-7-0.
TWCC Innings: J Trollope LBW Bld Tulley    1; S Rogers not out 11; T Pearce Ct ??? Bld Blakestone 89; J Riley not out 1.
TOTAL 108-2, 18.1 OVERS.
DNB: R Brock, E Bunn, J Simon, M Steinke, H Karvay, P Steinke
Xiles Bowling: Leslie 5-1-33-0, Tulley 5-1-15-1, Chidwick 3-0-27-0, Wilcox 4-0-25-0, Blakestone 1.1-0-2-1
Fall: 1-1, 104-3.
TWCC win by 7 wickets.

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Henfield v TWCC July 1st
Who would have guessed when we turned up to the picturesque ground at Henfield that history would soon be folding us in its bosom.  We were an unusual team for Twineham:  we had youngsters for a start.  Peter and James Raward are both youthful and local and therefore of great interest to us.  Mikey also slipped almost unnoticed into the changing room for his first outing this season (I’m not sure if there’s a writing style that defines sarcasm). Richard lost the toss on a green wicket which had survived another week’s inclement weather and was asked to bat. James overcame his LBW nightmares and opted instead to get out early to a catch. Tony came in, his £450 Murray Goodwin plank still warm from its 89 the previous week. All I can say about the innings is that he picked up exactly where he left off the previous week: with a four. That was followed by 13 more 4s and 6 sixes as he and Mikey took the score from a struggling 51-2 onto 180, when his bruising and battering flurry finally ended with a sharp stumping.  Mikey succumbed to LBW after celebrating his 50, Edward got a golden duck! Enter John Riley, another recent recruit we’re hoping will nail his colours to our nonexistent flagpole: he took up the running with 58 and was joined by the aforementioned Peter Raward who batted with incredible technique and power. Together this pair drove the score past two hundred, deep into declaration territory and beyond to the realms of unreasonable scoring expectations. It was a captain’s dilemma. To welcome aboard two players of such quality, keen to allow both to reach their 50s: yet by doing so meant effectively killing off the match for the opposition. Anyway, the batting was quite glorious and as we powered past 300 the record books beckoned, so we played out the innings. John scored 58 with 2 sixes and 8 fours, Peter 66 with 4 sixes and 9 fours and a new TWCC record score of 327 was posted for the loss of 9 wickets. Henfield’s quiet grumbles were understandable, but such is the need to attract and keep good cricketers that, occasionally, the future needs to be paid greater attention than the present. Anyway, as the Marquis de Sade discovered, pleasure and pain are inextricably linked: so for all the fun we had whilst batting, we were made to pay when in the field with Mr Hills, the number two bat, skilfully defying all our bowling efforts almost until the last. By the time he was out, for 14, there were not enough balls left to take the remaining wickets. Credit should go to their opener and their number 3 who put in attacking performances but with one end closed down, we were hamstrung, and some rather ropey catching didn’t help. The match was drawn, but let the bells ring out that we have a new record score and the nice electronic scoreboard at Henfield proves it.

SCORECARD
TWCC lost the toss and were asked to bat
TWCC Innings: J Trollope Ct R Wadey Bld Mehta 6; S Rogers Ct T Hills Bld Mehta 15; T Pearce St T Hills Bld Scott 108; M Pearce LBW Bld Scott 50; E Bunn Bld Scott 0; J Riley LBW Bld Mehta 58; P Raward Ct T Hills Bld Mehta 66; D Jones Bld Mehta 0; J Raward not out 6; H Karvay run out 0;
TOTAL 327-9
DNB:  R Brock
Fall: 16-1, 51-2, 180-3, 180-4, 193-5, 297-7, 297-8, 326-6, 327-10.
My apologies to Henfield, we don’t have their bowling figures, which I’m sure looked good for messrs Scott and Mehta.

Henfield Innings: C Scott Ct J Trollope    Bld J Raward 31; T Hills Ct P Raward Bld J Riley 14; C Griffiths Ct P Raward Bld D Jones 49; R Wadey not out 16; J Henderson not out 1. 
TOTAL 124-3.
TWCC Bowling: J Trollope 5-1-19-0; M Pearce 3-1-10-0; J Raward 5-3-12-1; R Brock 6-2-11-0; H Karvay 5-1-30-0; P Raward 4-1-8-0; T Pearce 2-0-6-0; D Jones 6-1-18-1; J Riley 2-1-4-1.
Match Drawn.

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TWCC tour to Kent July 6th to 8th
T’was an odd start for a tour:  the golf party departing from The Castle at Hickstead consisted of just 3 people:  Steve, Honse and Edward.  The rest were recovering from work or actually working.  Hence it was just 3 who took on the incessant rain to battle their way round a modern golf course of Kent, or should that be Kentish golf course, and allow Steve the privilege of winning, whilst all the time believing that the chance of cricket that afternoon were nil.  However, the late arrivals set off from Sussex with the windows and sunroofs open as the skies cleared.  After meeting unexpectedly in a motorway service area, Tony led Richard in a big circle along some of Kent’s narrowest lanes, blaming the satnav for his own directional inadequacies.  Finally we met up traditionally: at a pub near the ground, where Tony, Mikey, Matt Edwards, Matthew and Richard joined the party.  One pint in the Kings Head and one grumpy landlord later and we arrived in glorious sunshine at East Sutton, to find Jonathan waiting for us.  We were 9 and we were ready for cricket.  The ground was huge, in lovely open countryside and completely flat.  In traditional tour style, we were offered the choice rather than a toss, and we opted to bat: the belief being that if we struggled, at least we’d be in the pub quicker.  And struggle we did:  Matt and Mikey showed a peculiar reluctance to run singles, each scoring 2 fours each and no more, despite the  forceful urging to them to damn well run.  The indolent pair departed to leave Jonathan to score a notable single:  notable because it’s all he did score.  It was left to the unlikely combination of Honse and Tony to put us on track:  Honse with an excellent 19, Tony with an even more excellent 103 not out, his second successive century, and this in a 20/20!   Several balls were lost as Kent’s countryside was peppered:   7 sixes and 10 fours give an idea of the brutality of it.  But it wasn’t without blemish as a resentful Edward and the scorebook attest.  Matthew Brock came in at 8 with a useful 10, shaming the slothful openers and we finished on a magnificent 182 – 7 on a beautiful summer evening.   East Sutton started their reply in fine form:  for the first five overs they were up with the rate with some hard hitting, though Matt Edwards finally got rid of both openers.  But the tour’s secret weapon, unleashed for the first time since Devon, turned the match.  That weapon was the bowling arm of one Edward Bunn:  two wickets from 3 overs.  Eight of the nine team members bowled:  and most of it was very tidy, preventing East Sutton from breaking away again.  3 catches from Matthew Brock helped and by the end of their 20 overs, they had reached 120-9, a victory for TWCC by 62 runs.

 

SCOREBOARD

TWCC opted to bat

 

M Edwards                              Bowled Biddle              8

M Pearce                                 Ct ?  Bowled Skinner               8

J Rowland                                Ct Bowled Jeramy                    1

H Karvay                                 Bowled Biddle              19

T Pearce                                  Not out                                    103

S Rogers                                  Run Out (Trajett)                      4

E Bunn                         Run out (by T Pearce)              0        

M Brock                                  Bowled Mitchell                       10      

R Brock                                   Not Out                                   8

                                                                        TOTAL          182-7

 

 

 

East Sutton

 

F Kember                                Ct M Brock     Bowled M Edwards     37

B Cox                                      Bowled M Edwards                             15

R Kember                                Bowled R Brock                                  0

B Tragett                                  Ct Rowland, B Bunn                             4

L Mitchell                                 Ct M Brock, B Bunn                            11

 H Stainer                                 Ct M Brock, B M Pearce                     1

C Keay                                    Run out (M Brock)                               10

B Wren                                    Bowled T Pearce                                  2

A Biddle                                   Not out                                                22

V Arnold                                  Not out                                                2

J Knott

                                                                                    TOTAL   120-9

 

TWCC Bowling

M Brockl 2-0-21-0, M Edwards 4-0-28-2, R Brock  2-0-16-1,E Bunn 3-0-7-2,

 H Karvay 3-0-6-1, J Rowland 3-0-15-0, M Pearce 2-0-13-1, T Pearce 1-0-6-1. 

 

TWCC won by 62 runs.

 

We spent an affable hour with our opponents in the Queens Head, immediately next door the less well populated and aforementioned Kings Head before racing breakneck through the lanes of Kent to our hotel, which appeared on the surface to be far too good for us:  nice rooms, a pleasant welcome, pool, darts and good beers: everything we dream of and can’t usually afford. It was a quiet evening, a few enjoyed a meal in the nearby Chinese restaurant.  There was nothing more of note and we went to bed.

 

Breakfast was similarly quiet.

 

Mid morning, some of the squad played tennis, with the handpicked left/right duo of Tony and Jonathan avoiding the children and non-players to scoop the glory!   Arriving back at the hotel, we were joined by the late risers and our numbers were boosted by the arrival Dave Jones and Paul from Sussex and Steve and James Taylor from Wales: and good it was to see them all. Pints were sunk ready for the next match and we headed towards the village of Borden with warnings of rain within the hour from Mr Happy Hunter.  Borden’s ground was smallish, especially behind the stumps, but pleasant and bowl shaped.  Again the choice was offered and thinking another such batfest would be out of the question, Richard opted to field first.  We were 13 but that would be too many for the ground, so Mikey and Tony sat out first in a rotation of fielders whilst the idea of drawing lots for batting seemed foolishly risky so Brock and Brock volunteered to miss out on the batting. Matthew made the breakthrough having an opener caught by Matt: and James Taylor shook off the travelling cobwebs with the second wicket.  But a strong stand developed between Borden’s opener Millen and their no 4 Sharp.  It was the turn of Dave Jones to take centre stage.  He took 4 wickets, 2 clean bowled and cleared out Borden’s middle order.  We lost just 10 minutes to rain (added back) and with plenty of sensible and tight bowling, we restricted Borden to 177-7, an excellent effort.  The tea should have a paragraph all to itself.  Clearly a huge effort had been made by Borden and our thanks to them and especially the bevy of wonderful wives who went to an enormous effort on our behalf.  It was a spread the like of which we’ve never seen before.  Sandwiches, pork pies, pasties, salads, cold meats, pasta, fruit, cakes upon cakes:  a feast of epic proportions.  Could that tea be to blame for Paul’s 5 before being clean bowled?  I don’t know, but the result was that Tony came in and picked up where he left off less than 24 hours before.  Borden’s `Stan` failed to weave a magic spell but it was their previously competent left hand pace bowler Higgins who suffered most.  He was hit for three sixes on the trot by a rampant Pearce, each one requiring an agonising delay whilst the ball was searched for, declared lost and a new one found.  During each search Mr Higgins wilted not a little but enormously: so much so that by the time the last couple of balls were brutally clubbed for four for 30 from the over, he was but a broken man, incapable of emotion.  As Tony powered past 50 and 60 a third successive century beckoned.  But it was not to be:  his enthusiasm went beyond the bounds and he danced down the wicket to be stumped by approximately 8 yards, on 67.  He would later blame the spikes he was wearing for his downfall, which sounds somewhat incredulous and worthy of a tour fine.  An altogether more sensible batsman in the form of Jonathan took over:  and with others playing bit parts, we got home comfortably to win by 4 wickets.  Mr Higgins did not recover.

  

SCOREBOARD

TWCC asked Borden to bat

 

Millen                           Bowled D Jones                                               87

Harwood                      Ct M Edwards, B M Brock                              4

Sanders                        Ct M Edwards B J Taylor                                 10

Sharp                           Ct J Taylor       B Jones                                    45

Sutton                          Ct M Pearce    B Jones                                    2        

Jacques                        Not out                                                            13      

P Noakes                     Bowled R Brock                                              4

C Rose                         Bowled Jones                                                   0

A Harwood                  Not out                                                            3

C Higgins                   

D Hargreaves                         

                                                                                    TOTAL   177-7

 

TWCC Bowling

J Taylor 7-0-22-1, M Brock 7-1-33-1, H Karvay 6-0-22-0, S Taylor 5-0-13-0, M Edwards 4-0-24-0, D Jones 7-0-41-4m R Brock  4-0-1631. 

 

P Hunter                                   Bowled  Higgins                       5

S Rogers                                  Ct A Harwood, B Hollands      12

T Pearce                                  St , B Hollands             67

J Rowland                                Not out                                    44

M Pearce                                 Bowled Harwood                     3

E Bunn                         Bowled Millen              14

M Edwards                              Bowled Millen              2        

J Taylor                                    Not out                                    11      

                                                                        TOTAL          178-6

Fall:  5-1, 36-2, 103-3, 123-5, 162-6, 164-7

 

Borden bowling

Hollands 7-0-46-2, Higgins 6-0-55-1, C Rose 5-0-30-0, T Harwood 6-0-13-1, Millen 4.1-1-12-2, Sharp 1-0-7-0.

TWCC won by 4 wickets.

 

The Saturday night was a traditional tour night.  We had a few beers with the opposition at their local, before heading back to our delightful accommodation and heading straight for the bar.  Soon the team was involved in a cut-throat game of killer on the dartboard to be followed straight afterwards by killer on the pool table.  Time was getting on and there was a move by the Welsh contingent for the local chippie whereas the rest went with tradition and headed for the local curry house, with Edward on dangerous form relaying his stories of staff at Indian restaurants he’s known over the years.  We all met up back at the hotel around midnight and the poker started:  Honse, the shark, crashed out, and as the rest gradually blew their chips, it was down to the eventual winner to scoop the reward:  but unfortunately there was quite a bit of beer swilling around down throats, on the carpet, elsewhere: and thus the author can’t remember who won, but it wasn’t Tony which is the main thing!

The following morning, after another delicious full English breakfast and a good old natter, we settled up with the hotel, headed to Harrietsham:  and continued straight through it, into more Kentish lanes, following brown signs to a lovely country pub.  Typically when you follow brown signs, the pub will be horrendously expensive and so it proved.  But boys being boys, the youngsters needed refuelling:  it had been well over an hour since their huge breakfasts.  So the boys tucked into full roasts, while the rest of us put down a couple of pints sat around the inglenook fireplace, with the fire providing much needed warmth on a cold grey day.  Half way through the session, the heavens opened:  and the rain continued for the next hour.  What could James have been thinking as he made his way through the deluge to join the tour for the match at Harrietsham?   Well, by the time we got to the ground, the sun was out and it was really warm: but the pitch was saturated.  Much tutting, pursing of lips, shakes of the head: it didn’t look good.  But then somebody realised that the reason the strip was under water was because it was so closely cut:  so they cut another strip and it was game on.  The teams agreed a 25 over match: and TWCC opted to bat, given our confidence from our previous two matches.  And it looked like a good decision.  Against a good bowling attack, Paul and James put on 44 for the first wicket:  though rather slowly.  In fact, very slowly.  It took them 11 overs of a 25 over match to get there.  In hindsight however, it was a very reasonable effort because most others found the pace of the attack too hot to handle.  In traditional tour style, the battling line up was reshaped so everyone got a bat: and that helped not one jot!  Apart from Paul’s 43, only Tony got into double figures:  aside from extras which accounted for 28 of our final total of 109-8.  Not our finest hour.  And then it started raining.  We took to the field in the rain which became heavier and heavier:  the only blessing was that Harrietsham’s opener wasn’t hanging around.  He finished on 88 not out as we struggled with the conditions and the `endoftouritis`.  The match finished with TWCC defeated by 8 wickets and sopping wet into the bargain.

 

 

 

 

 

SCOREBOARD

TWCC opted to bat

 

J Trollope                                 Ct  B Khan                               6

P Hunter                                   Ct  B  Mohan                           43

S Taylor                                   Bowled Wilson             2

D Jones                                    Bowled Khan                           2

T Pearce                                  Bowled Thomas                       19

M Brock                                  Bowled Mohan             1

J Taylor                                    Not out                                    9

J Karvay                                  Bowled Mohan             1

E Bunn                         Bowled Thomas                       2

S Rogers                                  Not out                                    1        

                                                                        Extras               28

                                                                        TOTAL          178-6

Fall:  44-1, 47-3, 55-4, 85-2, 90-5, 92-6, 101-8, 106

 

Harrietsham bowling

Puthoor 5-0-8-1 Ahmed 4-1-8-0, Khan 5-0-25-2, Wilson 4-0-30-1, Thomas 4-0-11-2, Mohan 3-0-16-3.

 

HARRIETSHAM

 

Puthoor                                    not out                          88

Hutchinson                               LBW B R Brock                      16

Smith                                        Bowled J Taylor                       3

Mohan                                     not out                                      2

 

                                                                                    TOTAL   113-2

 

TWCC Bowling

M Edwards 3-0-19-0, M Brock 2-0-19-0, J Trollope 2-0-33-0, R Brock 4-0-31-1 J Taylor 2-0-6-1, E Bunn 0.2-0-5-0.

 

Harrietsham won by 8 wickets

 

 
After the match, a couple of cars went to the local social club for a quick pint with the opposition: and then we were off, a gloriously brief whip round the M25 and home in an hour.  How welcome was that at the end of a tour weekend.  It was great fun as ever, brilliant to get in 3 games, well done to Steve for organising it, and well done for all club members for supporting it .

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TWCC v Wisley July 22nd
After yet another week lost to rain, our favourite opponents made the trip down from Wisley to our humble HQ:  determined to play cricket, come what may.  Neither team were at full strength, so a 9 a side, 35 over match was agreed.  Richard won the toss and opted to bat, knowing that even in his 9 he had a number of match winning big hitters!!!  With 50 on the board, everything in the world looked good.  James and Steve were showing good composure and moving along at a gentle pace. Unfortunately the shout went up from the skipper to `move things along a bit` or wordsd to that effect.  Steve took that as `race down the wicket recklessly and get stumped`.   Unfortunately, his demise led to a TWCC middle order collapse.  How can that be I hear you ask, when the great Tony Pearce was next into bat?  Well, the great Tony Pearce was clean bowled second ball, the first time this season he has completely and utterly and ruinously failed and let down his team with scant regard to the match or his team-mates.  So we therefore have to forgive him I suppose.  Anyway what happened next is best put in figures:  the next 5 batsmen to go in and out scored:  1,1,0,0.  It was only a spirited stand by Jim and Richard at the end which got us to 116-8 and still in with a chance.  However, this Wisley team has a couple of new players: including the son of Big John, who has played against us for many a year.  His son is a very solid bat: and though there were a couple of catches put down, the opener Kerrigan and young Richards stayed put at the crease.  However, they were falling behind the rate:  but when pace gave way to spin, they took advantage and started smacking the boundaries.  In the end, with both protecting their wickets, Wisley finished as deserved victors by 8 wickets.

 

Scoreboard

TWCC won the toss and opted to bat

 

J Trollope                                 Bowled Gear                            41

S Rogers                                  St WK, B Kumar                     19

T Pearce                                  Bowled Kumar             0

D Rogers                                  Ct  Bowled Kumar                   1

J Riley                                      Bowled Abbey             1

M Brock                                  Bowled Abbey             0

J Simon                                    not out                                      22

D Jones                                    Bowled Gear                            0

R Brock                                   Ct  B Gear                               13

                                                            TOTAL          116-8

 

Fall:  50-2, 50-3, 55-4, 63-4, 76-5, 83-6, 85-8, 116-9

 

Bowling:  J Richards 4-1-10-0, Kerrigan 7-1-31-0, Kumar 7-1-11-3, Abbey 4-0-16-2, J Richards 5-0-29-0.

 

Wisley

 

M Kerrigan                                          Not out                                                49

G Snelling                                             St S Rogers B R Brock                        9

T Richards                                            Not out                                                49

                                                                                    TOTAL   117-1

 

TWCC Bowling

J Simon: 7-1-10=-0. D Jones 7-2-14-0, R Brock 6-0-21-0, M Brock 6-0-24-0, Trollope  4-0-21-0. J Riley 2-0-21-0. 

 
Wisley won by 8 wickets

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TWCC v Henfield July 29th
If anyone finds Richard Brock hanging by his bollocks from the posts at Horsham Rugby Club, could they please cut him down…..

 Well now, before writing this match report, the author should declare an interest:  he was central to one of the noteworthy events of the afternoon.  However, he has taken soundings to ensure he enbraces the various interpretations of what occurred and has written what he has no doubt is a very fair appraisal of events!

So we turned up on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.  Henfield won the toss and asked us to bat.  James, showing a return to form in recent weeks, and Steve led off for us:  but against an ordinary bowling attack, Steve snicked a ball to the keeper on just 14.  Tony Pearce, struggling for mid season form after his glorious early season innings, once again failed to impress.  A four and a six seemed to show him back to his best: then he was caught.  It brought to the wicket John Riley, cementing his place in the TWCC middle order after a number of impressive performances, including of course 58 vs Henfield but a month ago.  John clearly had a taste for the bowling:  and was soon into a brilliant, hard hitting, clubbing innings.  With James showing finesse and occasional ruthlessness at the other end, the two of them shared a wonderful stand of 122 against the hapless Henfield, who, let