April 25th Staplefield v TWCC
May 2nd Streat and Westmeston v TWCC - Match abandoned
May 9th TWCC v The Mighty Greys
May 16th Lindfield CC v TWCC - Rained off
May 23rd TWCC v Bolney CC
May 30th Headliners v TWCC
June 6th TWCC v Xiles
June 13th TWCC v London Unity
June 20th TWCC v Lindfield
June 27th Henfield v TWCC Abandoned (early)
July 4th TWCC v Balcombe CC Rained off
July 16th Hurstpierpoint v TWCC 20:20
July 18th Cuckfield CC v TWCC
July 12th TWCC v Streat and Westmeston
July 19th Crescent CC v TWCC
July 26th Cutter's Choice v TWCC
August 2nd Hadlow Down and Moulsecombe Wanderers CC v TWCC
August 9th Warninglid CC v TWCC
August 16th Balcombe v TWCC
August 23rd TWCC v Parham CC
August 30th Ditchling CC v TWCC
September 6th TWCC v Staplefield
September 13th Bolney CC v TWCC
September 20th TWCC v Streat and Westmeston
September 27th TWCC v Brighton Beamers
April 30th TWCC v Wisley CC
May 5th Streat and Westmeston v TWCC
May 12th TWCC v Greys
May 19th Lindfield v TWCC
May 26th TWCC v Westbourne CC
June 2nd TWCC v Southwick CC
June 9th TWCC v Xiles
June 16th TWCC v London Unity
June 23rd Jevington CC v TWCC Cancelled - arson!
June 27th-30th Tour - Wimborne
July 14th Staplefield v TWCC - Cancelled
July 21st TWCC v Billingshurst - Cancelled, no team (50 over World Cup)
July 28th TWCC Single Wicket Competition
August 4th TWCC v Cutter's Choice Cricket Club
August 11th TWCC v Warninglid CC
August 25th TWCC v Sunday Seconds CC
September 1st Crescent CC v TWCC
September 8th Staplefield v TWCC
September 15th TWCC v Bolney - Cancelled
September 22nd TWCC v Streat and Westmeston
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
July 22nd Headliners v TWCC
July 15th TWCC v Staplefield - Match cancelled
August 26th TWCC v Warninglid - Match cancelled
September 2nd Crescent CC v TWCC
September 9th Parham CC v TWCC
September 16th TWCC v Bolney CC
September 23rd TWCC v Streat and Westmeston Match cancelled - rained off
September 30th TWCC v Brighton Beamers
2018 Captain's Report
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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Cuckfield CC v TWCC July 18th 2021
A very hot day. Very very hot, especially running about in full batting gear which is the situation Paul and Jim found themselves in after Brocky won the toss and chose to bat first. Cuckfield's well-deserved reputation for bringing on fine players as they progress through the age groups is well known, and this youthful side, skippered by the ever youthful Meader, proved to be no exception as S Hatt and A Sheldon set about getting the new ball to talk. In spite of probably being the pick of the bowlers, Hatt ended up wicketless, and it was Sheldon who nipped the bails off the top of Paul's middle stump with a delivery Paul failed to pick up in the shimmering heat. Up to this point Paul and Jim had survived pretty well largely by not engaging with the bowling, but with just 17 on the board and Paul walking off it became somehwat imperative to do something about scoring some runs. This thought was in Jim's mind when he went to sweep the slow bowling of Meader but his bat was nowhere near horizontal and the ball slipped beneatht the bat and onto his stumps. The reliable Tom Firth was joined first by Matt Edwards and then by the impressive new recruit Tom Harvey-Jones and the score began to advance as Cuckfield went through their bowlers in search of someone who might offer less of a challenge. Tom F was his usual self, making good decisions on his way to a fine 35 before he was caught off the bowling of Meader, and Tom H-J also very much looked the part before he was brilliantly caught at mid-off. However it was clear that there are no makeweights in Cuckfield's arsenal and the general standard of bowling remained high, and, indeed, too potent for TWCC's batters, with one exception, to endure for long as the overs ticked by. Edward it was who began to hit some big shots off his pads, and even, on several occasions, skipping down the wicket to create boundary-bound half-volleys which rocketed to the rope at mid-wicket/mid-on before he, too, was out, caught, for 40 priceless runs. Brocky, possibly just the man for this crisis, was run out for 0, and whilst there was some resisistance down the order from Tom R and Matt B the truth is that as a side we were, on the day, somewhat below par in the face of some good to honest talented bowling.
The Cuckfield reply to TWCC's 128 all out was emphatic. The opening batters, one of whom apparently opens the bowling and bats at 10 for the Cuckfield first team, soon had us flouting the Highway Code as 6's rained down on the Sunday traffic, and Tom Rydon's pace only added velocity to the ball as it made its repeated way down the hill to the roundabout. Phil was his usual quality self, predictably bowling the only maiden of the Cuckfield innings, but TWCC took no wickets at all as both openers retired on 50 to give someone else a go and the game was wrapped up in 17.1 overs. Matt Brock did force a couple of top edges that might (cough) on another day have been taken, but other than that there were few bowling highlights that stand out.
Cuckfield's young side were too accomplished in all departments for TWCC on the day. Our batting didn't progress very far, and the truth is that whatever total we might have achieved, one is bound to say that Cuckfield would have overhauled it. The home side were gracious in victory, and if there is a positive to take from this game it is to observe with local pride that the game, in the care of sides such as Cuckfield, is in very good hands.
TWCC won the toss and chose to bat first
TWCC Innings: P Hunter Bld A Sheldon 7; J Simon Bld Meader 13; T Firth Ct, Bld Meader 35; M Edwards Bld Meader 4; T Harvey-Jones Ct, Bld Hatt 3; E Bunn Ct, Bld Gordon 40; R Brock Run Out 0; T Rydon Bld Gordon 8; M Brock Bld Barker 12; G Cuthbert Ct, Bld Downey 0; P Steinke Not Out 0. Extras 6 (B2, LB2, W2) Total 128 all out (37.2 overs).
Fall: 1-17; 2-49; 3-55; 4-66; 5-66; 6-68; 7-98; 8-124; 9-128; 10-128.
Cuckfield Bowling: S Hatt 7-3-15-0; A Sheldon 5-0-11-1; Meader 7-0-29-3; A Hatt 6-2-9-1; S Sheldon 5-0-26-0; I Gordon 6-0-34-2; T Barker 1-1-0-1; Downey 0.2-0-0-1.
Cuckfield Innings: Conner not out (ret'd) 50; T Barker not out (ret'd) 50; J Downey not out 17; D Scar not out 5. Extras 3 (B1, W2) Total unrecorded, but enough, for 0 wkts off 17.1 overs.
TWCC Bowling: T Rydon 5-0-43-0; P Steinke 4-1-19-0; M Brock 2-0-21-0; M Edwards 2-0-16-0; T Harvey-Jones 2.1-0-15-0; G Cuthbert 2-0-13-0.
Cuckfield win by 10 wkts.
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Hurstpierpoint v TWCC July 16th 2021
TWCC, for precipitatory reasons, haven't played cricket for weeks on end, and indeed the last time they took to the field against Henfield the game was only a few overs old before it was abandoned as more rain fell. The Gazette ought to report that Ed did bowl someone out before the covers were fetched on, but other than that there was little to report from that outing.
Roll on to Friday 17th July and we find that Ed, our hard-working fixtures guru, had secured a 20:20 game, starting at 6pm, for TWCC against Hurstpierpoint CC, and, what's more, had arranged for some summer weather. However, it is only 20:20 and not proper cricket, so the match naturally doesn't merit the full Gazette treatment, other than to say how good it was to play something a bit like cricket and to have Joe P back in the fold, with all his energy and general gravitas.
Ed lost the toss (I think) and Hurst were batting, and their opening pair were clearly able and up for it. We did some bowling, and some fielding, and even some catching, and Hurst scored 138 in their 20 overs. Phil opened the bowling to great effect, and came back to take a wicket near the end and ended on 1 for 13 off four overs, Tom tried all sorts of innovations which, as a rule, are tried out in the privacy of ones home, Rob S got 2 for 9 in a fine couple of overs, other people bowled - oh yes, we met Greg who fielded like a ...er... fielder and who bowled pretty feisty stuff once his radar kicked in, and stuff happened.
Then TWCC batted, and Paul carved up their openers in a proper left-handed Jason Roy impersonation, and Joe, his opening partner, kept his end up. Paul scored his limit of around 30 in very quick time which set up a calmer chase with some truly good strokes out through the covers and the odd six behind square. Joe's eye was in and he pulled a few big runs before being bowled by a 14 year old, then Rob reached his proscribed limit with some elegant glances and powerful pulls. Edward top-edged a pull to somewhere behind leg or to the keeper, Jim flounced about and tried to serially run out both Jonathan and himself, and this pair took the score to the required 138 with a couple of overs to spare.
Too difficult with a wonky book from when Ed wasn't sitting there with the pencil. Maybe he shouldn't play at all, and then we could have perfect scorebooks for both inningseses.
TWCC win by getting the runs before they were out or the overs ran out. Er... 8 wkts? 1 run?
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TWCC v Lindfield June 20th 2021
Thanks again go to the TWCC Fixtures Department for arranging this replacement fixture following the waterlogging of Jevington's pitch. Indeed, whilst Twineham with its artificial wicket is always going to have an obvious wet weather advantage, the amount of rain that had fallen on the outfield in Twineham still made for a distinctly clammy fielding experience more or less throughout the game.
Matt Edwards, TWCC's VC, having proposed, and agreed upon, a classic Sunday friendly timed game, lost the toss and TWCC were asked to field first. Result!
Before embarking on the match report it is with some humility that the TWCC Dept. of Legal Affairs later admitted to falling short, on this occasion, with regard to the understanding of the playing conditions pertaining to a timed game. It seems that for 128 years TWCC have lived in ignorance of the proper way to play a Sunday friendly, and the too-simple aggreement whereby two-and-a-half hours are available for the side batting first to do with what they will within the number of overs serendipity sends their way, followed by, after what passes for tea these days, the side batting second having one hour and fifteen minutes plus 20 overs to have a crack at the arising situation, is a format that is wrong. TWCC has been fortunate indeed to have got by with nothing but friendly communication accompanied by a spot of active common-sense since 1893 and TWCC are surely big enough to know that they were given a bit of a lesson in how to organise a game of cricket.
Moving on to the game itself, which was a timed game with attitude, there were some considerable highlights, not least of which was playing at all during a week when the rain had only stopped that morning and which began again even as the stumps were drawn at the end of play. Lindfield in choosing to bat first, were either bluffing or were indicating that they had a strong side capable of winning with either bat and ball or both, and this did appear to be the case as the opening batters looked competent and skillful, particularly M Newcombe who seemed to have time on his side in his responses even to TWCC's trademark nippy opening bowling. Lindfield appeared to have a line up of youthful talent, combined with some well-honed skills of the third age, and it was going to be important to take any chances that might be created.
Matt took the direct route and bowled Lindfield's skipper, Bob Hopkins, in his third over and Ed, too, running in hard was troubling the batsmen every ball. Perhaps Lindfield's pre-match research was some comfort to them, and they may consequently have been hoping that TWCC's critical catching was going to be more England than New Zealand, but in this they were going to be disappointed. Ed, bowling with good pace, found the outside edge of Newcombe's bat as he fenced at the ball off the back foot, and Edward, at first slip, stuck up a "Though shalt not pass!" right hand and stopped the fiercely rising ball, knocked it about a bit, and passed it to Matt at second slip who took all the scorebook glory. Tremendous effort, and Newcombe was on his way.
Then, in the very next over from Ed, Edward did it again - only better. The edged ball, rocketing head high into the slip cordon, suddenly met its match in the meaty palm of Edward's right hand and the second sharp chance was cleanly taken. Ed's bowling brought the edge on these occasions, but he and other pacy bowlers often just have to accept that chances in the slips off their bowling are tough to hold on to, but on this ocasion Edward's reactions and solid grabbing duly rewarded the bowler. Proper wicket, proper cricket. TWCC generally make more chances like this than ever end up as wickets, and on this occasion these two catches, in removing Lindfield's top order batsmen, certainly swung the course of the match.
Ed and Matt, in their match-defining opening spells, took a further wicket each, clean bowling Edwards and and Moorton respectivley, and Lindfield were somewhat reeling on 5 for 34, and, with their most crickety, batty batsmen back in the pavilion, it was going to be difficult for the visitors to work their way up to a reasonable total from this position.
Phil's first-change bowling was, again, of considerable note as he had only one four taken off his bowling from the only slightly hittable ball in his entire spell, after which he bowled the perpetrator. There was one other dashed single and that was it. 5 runs from 6 overs, four maidens and one of his trademark bowled wickets where the ball just clipped the top of the stumps. Tremendous, and to have Phil there, often after the pacier openers have just set a tough enough challenge, gives batsmen no let up after they may have thought their day might have just got a little easier. Phil's remorseless line and length bowling continues to be a great asset for TWCC.
In other bowling Mikey was somewhat wayward, Jim had a few edged balls drop safe or pass through the slip area which on another day might have brought a breakthrough, and Graham found his way very well in this his first action of the year, but a progressively sticky Pierpoint and Barnett had decided to avoid getting out if they could.
Enter Tom, who had arrived a little late and so been denied an early bowling opportunity, who upped the ante, firstly providing a catch off a short ball to Mikey at square leg and then magnificently cartwheeling a stump to take two wickets for 20 in his truly fiery spell. Indeed, Tom's bowling must have come as a bit of a shock to the Lindfield lower order who may have been justified in thinking that the worst was over, but there he was, charging in and exerting extreme pressure at this late stage of the innings. Ed returned from the Downs End, but the Lindfield innings, quite legitimately extended into tea territory, didn't yield much more in the way of wickets or runs and in the end the declaration came from Lindfield after 45 overs with the visitors on 124 for 8.
With such a small total to chase it would take some particularly collapsy batting to make a game of it, and Paul and Jim (mostly Paul) took the score to 53 before Paul was caught at mid on/off/left/right/can't remember for a sparky 30 with four 4's. Jim, though no-one probably noticed, was also doing his best to hit out and get out, which he finally managed to do when he placed a falling full toss outside his off stump into the hands of mid-off with a slightly stodgy 19 to his name.
This brought the two Pearces to the crease and there followed a most entertaining display of sporty performance from them both. Much inter-generational banter mixed with dismissive hitting took the home side to an easy win with lots of time to spare. Mikey's classy 27 not out included the Gazette's nominated shot of the day; a clipped leg glance off a straight bat behind square for two. Tony, more hitty than glidey, scored the lion's share of the runs, ending on 40 not out with seven 4's and a big 6 in the mix. It was a treat to watch father and son enjoying their time together, but it is important to note that there was some fine batting going on at the same time.
This season has been notable for the excellence of whoever has the keeper's gloves on, and on this occasion Paul (Tony resigned after a few balls) kept up the good work. When one sees there were - ahem - 28 single wides (single as in with no additional runs being attached) it's clear nothing much got past his scampering, and this was a great effort and testament to his all round high-energy contribution to the afternoon.
It was the bowlers what won the day; Ed, Matt, Phil and Tom; but Lindfield's batting strength, full of potential, was stopped in its tracks by two great catches, one a shared event with Edward being the main protagonist, and one Edward's solo champagne moment which knocked the stuffing out of the Lindfield innings.
Lindfield won the toss and chose to bat first.
Lindfield Innings: M Newcombe Ct M Edwards (via E Bunn!) Bld E Howes 15; B Hopkins Bld M Edwards 1; T Hunt Ct E Bunn Bld E Howes 5; M Edwards Bld E Howes 11; M Moorton Bld M Edwards 1; J Pierpoint Bld P Steinke 4; J Barnett Ct M Pearce Bld T Rydon 19; T O'Brien Bld T Rydon 22; M Williams not out 9; T Richardson not out 2. DNB G Storer. Extras (...wait for it...) 35 (B5, LB1, W28, NB1) Total 124 (45 overs).
Fall: 1-18; 2-26; 3-27; 4-32; 5-34; 6-44 the rest not recorded.
TWCC Bowling: E Howes 12-4-34-3; M Edwards 8-1-22-2; P Steinke 6-4-5-1; M Pearce 2-0-12-0; J Simon 6-2-14-0; G Cuthbert 5-0-18-0; T Rydon 6-0-20-2.
TWCC Innings: P Hunter(†) Ct J Pierpoint Bld M Williams 30; J Simon Ct J Pierpoint Bld M WIlliams 19; M Pearce not out 27; T Pearce not out 40. DNB E Bunn, I Irvine, M Edwards(*), T Rydon, E Howes, G Cuthbert, P Steinke. Extras 12 (B5, LB2, W4, NB1) Total 128 for 2 (26.2 overs).
Fall: 1-53; 2-56.
Lindfield Bowling: J Pierpoint 6-1-16-0; T Richardson 3-0-14-0; T Hunt 7-0-27-0; M Williams 6-1-25-2; G Storer 2-0-17-0; J Barnett 1.2-0-15-0; M Edwards 1-0-7-0.
TWCC win by 8 wickets.
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TWCC v London Unity June 13th 2021
Assuming all keen Gazette readers, and there are no others, read last week's edition, they could be excused for believing that the website had failed to update so numerous are the parallells between this match and that of the previous week. Personnel may vary, but the difficulty of taking ten wickets on an artificial surface if batsmen fail to conspire with bowlers remains. This isn't to say that, within the narrative of the match, there aren't many triumphant performances to register, and some equally momentous failures to gloss over.
An air of bonhomie and goodwill to all pervaded the TWCC dressing room, along with several other airs, as Skipper Brock won the toss and condemned his opening batsmen to rushing about in the considerable heat of the afternoon, which cruel design was cuningly thwarted by Jim who arranged to be bowled by the second ball he faced. Paul, who had pounded the very first ball of the match through point for four, was then, happily, joined by another real batsman in the eager form of Jonathan and this pair went on to produce some proper batting in the face of some proper bowling from Unity stalwart Joe Driver. Care was needed to survive Joe's nippy out-swingers to these left-handers, whereas the less penetrating slow bowling from the Pavilion end was both the means to runs and an opportunity for the batters to get themselves out. Happily survival and scoring prevailed, and Paul and Jonathan took TWCC on to a healthy 53 for 1 before Paul edged a high-bouncing slow ball to first slip, which one-handed catch would have made any highlight reel if such things were a thing. 26 calculated runs (four 4's) from our long-time opener, and the scoring was well under way. Tom Firth, batting at No. 4, was only briefly involved on this occasion before Rob (R) made his understated way to the middle. It seemed, and a glance through the more recent archive entries confirms this, as if this might have been London Unity's first sighting of Rob. Unassuming in his body language, little did they realise that Rob's batting is a force of nature. Unity began by bringing the field in to the new man, and the new man calmly dumped the ball over their heads. A fluke, they thought. Maybe an opportunity? Bowl it again. 4 again. The penny was beginning to drop as Rob smoothly changed up through the gears on his way to a match-defining 66 not out (ten 4's, two 6's) and London Unity will certainly remember him next time. Meanwhile Jonathan was still there, also upping the ante as he took on the bowling in an increasingly forceful manner before he was out to a good catch at mid-on off a hard-hit ball. Coming in so early and, with Paul, working through the opening bowling, and then cashing in with four 4's and a 6, on his way to 42 was a great effort and a testament to his classy play.
Rob, increasingly dismissive of the bowling, was joined by Edward who continued on his undoubted upward curve in form as illustrated, not least, by the popular vote for shot of the day of a pull/hook off a short ball to square leg for four. Let us not dwell on other candidates such as Rob's wide leg glance for four towards fine leg, or Jim's heroic block of his first ball, or many other shots played by others, for Edward's four was a sight to behold and to enjoy. Then he was out.
Tom (R) went in to bat with his Dad - always a joy to see - and though neither of them was comically run out the vigour made for good watching from the home side's point of view as both Rydons finished the innings with their not out status intact. Tom's quick 9 and rotation of the strike with Rob, who continued the plunder to the end, secured a 200 plus total for the second weekend in a row.
Of note was the over rate which was pretty poor, with just 33 overs being bowled in two and a half hours, so it's just as well that the TWCC batters were able to score at a rate of over 6 per over, and to end up with 205 for 5 on the digiboard.
So. A fine total. 10 wickets required. TWCC's extensive range of fine bowlers. What could possibly go wrong?
Well, I could cut a long story short and disappoint regular readers who savour every piece of pith, but we'll see how it goes...
Ed and Tom, suppliers of the usual blitzkrieg, could be relied upon for a bit of sturm und drang, and it was Ed der das erste Wicket genommen hat whilst Tom, equally tight and fierce, on this occasion had to settle for just being plain devastating without getting a mention in the fourth column. First change, as is TWCC's way, brought no relief for the batters, and Phil, starting with a maiden, moved on to take 3 for 5 in his next 17 balls. Not that he ever went away, but Phil's back!
And so is Matt (E) who was back to his well-oiled self in his 6 overs during which Paul took a t-r-r-r-r-emendous catch in the covers. Jack Moore, keen keeper and powerful left-hander, drove a pacy ball from Matt over Paul some twenty yards from the bat, but Paul has arms that go higher than his head, and he pushed the ball up, kept his eye on the debris and clung onto the falling ball. A great wicket, and probably the main reason that Unity were unable, as the game progressed, to attempt to overhaul TWCC's score. Joe Driver, marooned, now had to consider whether or not the visitors should continue to loosely bat on with runs in mind, or whether to simply try to survive. Not that surviving was easy as first Brocky, with a high catch taken by Jim, and then Rob, holding on to a mincing catch off his own bowling, convinced the visitors to stop trying to make headway against the strong tide and to drop anchor.
It then got a little dull. Verging on very dull, though, as Brocky worked through the beauty pageant of bowling options at his disposal, we did get to see single overs from Edward, Tom Firth and lastly Paul who, when, after the third ball of the last over of the game had dribbled off Joe Driver's bat to irrevocably deny TWCC a win, flipped the ball past the advancing Joe leaving Jonathan to whip off the bails. The last chapter was written, and a draw had been acheived by London Unity.
Jonathan had once again had a great day behind the timbers, with 2 sharp catches and a stumping to his name. Just 2 byes is a credit to his agility and skill, especially given the frequent opportunities he has to fail. Pick of the bowling was undeniably from Phil who continues to deliver balls that clip the very top of the stumps from an awkward length which, when this control is combined with a bit of movement off the pitch, means that it's no surprise that he ended with the commendable figures of three for 18 off 8 overs.
Significant contributions were, on this occasion, from our main batting arsenal, but it is worth noting that TWCC's batting strength doesn't stop there, with Tom (R) only just getting going at tea, and with the likes of Ed, Matt, Brocky and Phil to come high scores are becoming an expectation not an aspiration. Let us hope that this potential is fully on tap as TWCC march on to Jevington next week.
TWCC won the toss and chose to bat first.
TWCC Innings: P Hunter Ct (slip) Bld McKenzie 26; J Simon Bld J Driver 0; J Rowland Ct D Ghashemi Bld McKenzie 42; T Firth Ct D Ghashemi Bld McKenzie 3; R Rydon not out 66; E Bunn Ct J Driver Bld D Ghashemi 33; T Rydon not out 9. DNB E Howes, M Edwards, R Brock, P Steinke. Extras 26 (B3, LB1 W20, NB2) Total 205 (33 overs).
Fall: 1-4; 2-53; 3-61; 4-105; 5-186.
London Unity Bowling: S Columbine 5-1-21-0; J Driver 7-2-18-1; McKenzie 7-0-46-3; M Driver 5-0-37-0; J Uren 3-0-24-0; M Daniels 3-0-32-0; D Ghashemi 3-0-22-1.
London Unity Innings: J Burke Bld P Steinke 22; M Cockburn Ct J Rowland (wk) Bld E Howes 3; J Caulfield Bld P Steinke 12; D Ghashemi Ct J Rowland (wk) Bld P Steinke 4; J Moore Ct P Hunter Bld M Edwards 5; J Driver St J Rowland 22; D McKenzie Ct J Simon Bld R Brock 6; J Uren Ct & Bld R Rydon 11; M Driver not out 6; S Columbine not out 0. DNB M Daniels. Extras 10 (B2, LB2, W5, NB1) Total 105 for 8 (42 overs).
Fall: 1-11; 2-30; 3-39; 4-44; 5-48; 6-59; 7-81; 8-104.
TWCC Bowling: E Howes 8-4-16-1; T Rydon 9-2-21-0; P Steinke 8-3-14-3; M Edwards 6-0-14-1; R Rydon 4-0-9-1; R Brock 4-0-16-1; E Bunn1-0-4-0; T Firth 1-1-0-0; P Hunter 1-0-4-1.
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TWCC v Xiles June 6th 2021
TWCC welcomed Xiles - regular and evenly-matched opponents, and a team with whom TWCC have shared some exciting games - to the Twineham ground which was bathed, now for the second weekend in a row, in glorious sunshine. In other exciting news TWCC welcomed their VC to the 2021 season; Matt is too valuable a player to have wasting his time prancing around on a football field. And a spot of Joe wouldn't go amiss either.
Xiles won the toss and put TWCC in to bat; the obvious way to achieve a win without having to bowl out the other side which is always a challenge in an afternoon game. Paul and Jim may have made a slightly slower start than is sometimes their norm, but at around 4 an over and with 10 wickets intact after 11 overs no alarms were ringing, and, with their trademark scurrying for quick runs, the good balls could be treated with respect without the run rate falling off too markedly. In the end Paul missed a straight one, trying to pull to leg, and was out LBW for a solid 25 (3 fours), with the score on 43. Jonathan, potentially capable as ever, on this occasion chipped a ball up to point and was caught for just 2, a missed opportunity of course, but of such events is cricket made. Enter man of the moment, Tom Firth, who, with Jim, continued with some gentle pressure on the throttle even as the bowling improved and the opportunities correspondingly dried up as Murgesan and Smith offered little to be getting on with. However, runs did come, and when Jim (77, 10 fours) ran out of left leg at the end of the 36th over these two had taken the score on to 162 for two. Some good running combined with plenty of boundaries had upped the run rate and a platform was there for the powerhouse players.
Shot of the day was Edward's clip to the square-leg boundary off his toes, in his 14 off 11 balls, and then Tom (F), hitting out, was caught behind off the classy Murgesan for another impressive knock of 61 which included 5 fours and lots of leg work which included a race to the same end with Edward that, somehow, didn't result in a run out. Brocky and Matt (E) added a few before Tom (R) came in to cream a couple of fours off his first two deliveries to ensure that the magic 200 was achieved. The innings closed, at the end of the two and a half hours, on 203 for 5. Respectable. Or sufficiently respectable. A good target to bowl at in any case.
After half time, and some healing hi-cal cookies courtesy of Matt E's footy conscience, It was time to see what Xiles had up their sleeves. They always come with a good range of abilities with bat and ball, and, there was, in the familiar form of David Hooper at No.1, the first notable challenge. David seemed comfortable, even against Ed and Tom R, until Tom's in-swinging pitched-up pacy deliveries proved too much for both openers in quick succession. Ed, wicketless though no stranger to maidens, was replaced by Matt (B) who soon homed in on his target and a calm catch by Matt E at mid-on was his reward. Spell of the day was bowled by Rob (S) whose 8 overs, 3 for 18 took TWCC well into the territory earmarked for the winning team, but, in the end, despite Brocky taking out Karthik Murgesan with an LBW, the last flicker of Xiles' ambition flickered and died and Hannant (56 not out), who had batted very well for the bulk of the game since coming in at No. 4, and Smith were more than capable of keeping their wickets intact in pursuit of a draw which dully arrived.
Winning the toss and bowling first is the clear way to go as a win is possible without the taking of 10 wickets, which is a challenge for any bowling attack, especially on an artificial wicket, if the batters have chosen not to go for the runs. One approach would be to allow a batting side to more nearly approach their desired winning total and thus encourage shot-playing, but with that comes the considerable risk that they might all of a sudden achieve their goal, and so TWCC, with their plethora of attacking bowling options really had to lean on the good balls getting through which didn't happen often enough, and which was especially difficult given the quality of batting that was holding the ground as the overs ticked by.
Another point discussed over a slightly soulless beer in the Oak's gazebo, which on Sunday evenings now seems to have a bit of an end of season feel to it, was the noting of the trend for sides without too many good bowlers in their ranks to open up with their less capable bowlers, thus hoping to sneak a few cheap overs out of the way whilst batters get their eyes in. TWCC, blessed with a stream of quality bowlers, can just go at it, and what a joy it is to see them at it. Hey ho - a draw, which would have been exciting if Xiles hadn't been quite so capable of not getting out.
Xiles won the toss and chose to field first.
TWCC Innings: P Hunter LBW Wilcox 25; J Simon ret'd hurt 77; J Rowland ct, bld Wilcox 2; T Firth ct wkt bld K Murgesan 61; E Bunn LBW Tully 14; R Brock st, bld Tully 4; M Edwards not out 2; T Rydon not out 9. DNB E Howes, R Saunders, M Brock. Extras 9 (LB3, W6) Total 203 for 5 (42 overs).
Fall: 1-43; 2-65; (Ret'd hurt 162); 3-186; 4-190; 5-193.
Xiles bowling: Tully 10-0-53-2; Wilcox 9-0-32-2; Murgesan 8-0-34-1; Smith 9-0-45-0; Vaz 6-0-36-0.
Xiles Innings: D Hooper bld T Rydon 17; Ash bld T Rydon 1; S Mcreadie-Ford ct Edwards bld M Brock 2; D Bailey c&bld R Saunders 25; D Hannant not out 56; P Stead bld R Saunders 1; S Vaz bld R Saunders 0; K Murgesan LBW R Brock 4; A Smith not out 10. DNB L Wilcox, P Tulley. Extras 20 (B6, LB4, W9, NB1) Total 140 for 7 (40 overs).
Fall: 1-22; 2-24; 3-56; 4-56; 5-65; 6-89; 7-97.
TWCC bowling: E Howes 9-6-14; T Rydon 9-4-18-2; M Brock 6-0-48-1; R Saunders8-3-18-3; R Brock 5-0-20-1; M Edwards 3-0-11-0.
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Headliners v TWCC May 30th 2021
Thanks to the TWCC Fixtures Dept. for arranging this game at short notice, and for, presumably, arranging for the sun to join us. It felt like the first game of the season in that unsatisfactory wet weather formats were unnecessary and we could just play a full game of cricket.
Paul and Jim opened up the batting for TWCC, following skipper Edward's winning of the toss, and sorted out a good solid start in the face of some slightly wayward bowling on a stoppy wicket. The ball kept a little low and had to be watched onto the bat, and straight balls had to be blocked. Or, of course, heaved across the line at. Some trademark quick running provided both some smart scoring and a run out, but if you have one then the other will happen now and then and, with 57 on the board after 12 overs all was well when the first wicket fell, as, with a solid middle order to come, Jim's quick 33 together with Paul's more cultured 29 goes down as a job more or less well done. And we had Tony at 3, so, with a platform in place, a short downhill boundary and lots of time in hand, what could possibly go wrong? Hmm... We'll gloss over a lobbed gentle poke to mid off - a sure sign of Tony not having had much time in the middle this season, besides, at around this point, the bowling became a little more tricky; from the uphill end Imzamam-ul--Haq(!) was bowling a great line and length, varying his pace very well with occasional speedy darts to watch out for, and, from the southern end Harwood offered easy balls to block if one blocked them, but if one had a go, and missed, the stumps would get into the game. And so they did as Harwood took four for 43 in his 9 overs. Arguably the better bowling was coming from the top end, but ul-Haq ended wicketless, and Harwood's slow-but-straight deliveries demanded attention that they didn't get as batsman after batsman missed or mis-timed the stopping, dying, ball. In the face of this bowling Tom (Firth) at No. 4 carried on his recent good work by properly waiting for Harwood's bowling to get to him before punching it through the off side, and his 27 accrued during this interesting phase were priceless runs. Mikey, oozing confidence built up over a winter of dreams, strode down the wicket to Harwood and simply missed a straight one - a sad event as it's no small thing to travel down to play a game of cricket, but it was pleasure to see him and he appeared to have enjoyed the day. Edward, revelling in his captaincy, set about playing a captain's innings at 6, and, indeed, fully looked the part as he watched the ball onto his big bat and smote a few fours, but as he made room to glance to leg he mis-stepped and trod on his stumps to be out for 12. Time for Tom (Rydon) to take his time and be the man. And he was absolutley proving what we know about his ability with the bat; waiting, watching, blocking unless sure of good contact, it was all going so well until he was asked to ignore yet another wide from the extraordinary Pulbert bowling from the stratosphere, and, as the ball emerged from re-entry to land 2m outside the off stump, Tom, at first, did the right thing and left it alone, then, when he risked another look, the ball was still there... just waiting to be spanked for four through point. Unfortunately, his self-denial in ruins, Tom swung mightily at the tempting ball, which he thin-edged to slip. This was, in a game of quirky dismissals, the quirkiest and most dissatisfying of wickets. Graham briefly settled the game down, and he was joined by Rob (Saunders) who pulled a couple of valuable fours to leg, but the score wasn't otherwise progressing and TWCC were all out some 20 minutes ahead of schedule for an underwhelming 143. So many might have beens... Jim's run out, both Pearces out for 0, Edward's hit wicket, Tom Rydon's nemesis delivery... it all made for an interesting low target for Headliners to deal with in their innings.
Tom (R) opened up the taps from the top end, and his in-swinging deliveries were an order of magnitude tougher to face than anything anyone had had to deal with up to this point in the match. He took out the clearly capable Medhurst with an LBW (who might have left the field with more grace), and then, after a couple of maidens, clean-bowled Harwood at 3. The Headliners, thanks to Tom's efforts, were, even with such a modest target to overtake, already falling behind in the game. Phil, pre-match favourite for a multi-wicket haul, was curiously wicketless at the end of his 9 over spell - it's often the bowler who commands most respect that gets it - but he was as economical as ever and probably produced wickets for the bowler at the other end. Jim, who found a bit of swing, benefited from an unlikely yorky-full-toss first ball to bowl Hadden at No.4, and then, with some excellent catching from Rob (S) and Harvey took another couple of wickets and the Headliners were, by the time the 20 overs began to count down, reduced to playing for a draw. Harvey, his first game for us and very welcome he is too, followed up a couple of rangefinding deliveries with a tighter line and removed, finally, the last line of Headliners' resistance as Barnet, who had been there from the first ball, middled a ball into the high grasping hands of Jim at square leg. Harvey followed this up with a caught and bowled and it was only a matter of time, of which there was plenty, for the remaining wickets to fall. Paul rattled Haq's stumps with a slower ball, and Rob, held back for the denouement, snicked the top of the stumps to take the last wicket of the day.
An early victory, once again proving the mantra that catches win matches, as does good bowling. And, not for the first time the standard of wicket-keeping was extremely high from, on this occasion, Tony, who only saw two bye events pass his nimble form and who was as solid as anyone could be with the gloves. It was a shame that neither Tony nor Mikey got a chance to show what they can do with the bat, and that Graham didn't get an opportunity to be a primary contributor though he was, as always, very effective in the field.
From an initial feeling of not having scored enough runs, TWCC's bowling, fielding and general approach brought the game around. TWCC's low total was, in the end, competetive on a slow wicket, and Tom's removal of the clearly capable Medhurst early on, and then the removal of Harwood at No.3, were conceivably the major turning points in the game, underlining, once again, how fortunate TWCC are to have Tom and other pacers in our arsenal. Headliners, cheerful and well-matched opponents for TWCC, were the losers on this occasion, as TWCC had been at our last meeting. A win in the sun, under the assured captaincy of Edward, was rewarded with some Harvey's back at the Oak, where the post-victory glow was further enhanced by a packet or two of Reggae Reggae crisps.
Proper timed game, or, in other words, cricket. Toss won by Skipper Bunn who decided to bat first.
TWCC Innings: P Hunter Bld Harwood 29; J Simon run out 33; T Pearce ct Haq bld Harwood 0; T Firth bld Harwood 27; M Pearce bld Harwood 0; E Bunn hit wicket bld Parkinson 12; T Rydon ct Medhurst bld Pulbert 14; G Cuthbert LBW Parkinson 1; R Saunders bld Hadden 8; H West not out 0; P Steinke ct Al-Haq bld Pulbert 0. Extras 19 (LB1, W17, NB1) Total 143 all out (34 overs).
Fall: 1-57; 2-57; 3-82; 4-82; 5-107; 6-111; 7-133; 8-134; 9-140; 10-143.
Headliners' Bowling: B Hadden 6-0-34-0; Islam 5-0-22-0; Imzamam Al-Haq 6-2-9-0; Harwood 9-0-43-4; Parkinson 4-0-23-2; M Hadden 2-0-3-1; Talbot 2-0-7-2.
Headliners' Batting: Barnet ct J Simon bld H West 16; Medhurst LBW T Rydon 4; Harwood bld T Rydon 3; M Hadden bld J Simon 13; Inzamam Al-Haq Ct R Saunders bld J Simon 2; Riz Haq ct H West bld J Simon 25; B Hadden ct & bld H West 8; Islam Haq bld P Hunter 5; Parkinson bld R Saunders 6; Talbot not out 0. Extras 8 (B5, W2, NB1) Total 90 all out (9 wkts) (31.4 overs).
Fall: 1-5; 2-14; 3-31; 4-33; 5-48; 6-73; 7-73; 8-82; 9-90.
TWCC Bowling: T Rydon 7-3-13-2; P Steinke 9-2-23-0; J Simon 6-2-24-3; H West 4-1-13-2; P Hunter 3-2-1-4; R Saunders 2.4-0-9-1.
TWCC win by... winning? How does this work?
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TWCC v Bolney May 23rd 2021
Cold again. Some rain later. Match re-aranged from a Bolney home game (thank you skippers) to Twineham, and a 30 overs per side format was chosen in the light of the weather forecast. Paul and Jim opened the batting after Bolney won the toss, and Jim was even less apparent than usual, and, unusually, so was Paul. Tony (26) and Tom F (38) sorted matters out in a partnership of 54 off 10 overs, then the powerhouse middle order got a chance with Jonathan (28), Edward (23) and then Rob R (38) piling on the runs magnificently as TWCC ended on 191* for 8. Highlights; Tom F's calm decision-making and selective scoring, Tony's straight 4's, Jonathan's slightly delayed cut to the point boundary, and Rob's repeated hedge-bothering to his square leg which included the only 6 of the game.
In reply Bolney didn't really get going at all, though the reliable S Bowles (20) and skipper D Bridge (31) did offer some resistance and application. TWCC's bowling attack was its usual potent self, this time enhanced by a fine opening spell from Phil who found his line and length immediately as he took out the Bolney openers in a 4 over spell of 2 for 8. Ed and Tom R were unusually unsuccessful, thought their spells were foreshortened as Edward and Tony's skills were in demand. Further short spells from Tom Firth (1 for 3), Brocky (1-16) and Jim (1-1) left the field clear for the highlight performance from Rob whose spell of 4 for 2 off 4.5 overs, including two wicket maidens, was only spoilt by Jim's infirmity in the gully area.
Of particular note was the best wicket-keeping on show all weekend from Jonathan which included two stumpings, one off Phil and one off Rob, as well as countless sharp work off good and less good balls, all which helped the home side to keep pressure on and chew through the Bolney wickets. A shame the day was so cold, but the shortening of the game did at least allow a result as the rain so ably forecast arrived just in time for us to get merely damp.
* There is a bit of Scorebookgate going on... Total on the day was 187, but the extras plus individual runs add up to 191.
Match re-arranged to Twineham from a Bolney home game due to waterlogged pitch, and a 30:30 format was agreed upon.
Bolney won the toss and fielded first.
TWCC Batting: P Hunter bld Madden 5; J Simon Bld Garside 0; T Pearce st Bushell bld Clemenson 26; T Firth st Elliott bld S Bowles 38; J Rowland ct & bld S Bowles 28; E Bunn LBW Moore 23; R Rydon not out 38; T Rydon bld Moore 1; P Steinke run out 0; E Howes not out 7. DNB: R Brock. Extras 25 (B14, LB1, W10) Total: 191 for 8 after 30 overs.
Fall: 1-2; 2-10; 3-64; 4-108; 5-115; 6-161; 7-163; 8-171.
Bolney Bowling: Garside 7-0-32-1; Madden 4-0-17-1; Clemenson 4-0-31-1; Bowles 8-0-63-2; Moore 7-0-32-2.
Bolney Innings: J Elliott st Rowland bld P Steinke 9; M Garside bld P Steinke 3; S Bowles bld T Firth 20; D Bridge LBW R Brock 31; B Clemenson bld R Rydon 4; N Bushell ct R Brock bld R Rydon 8; T Malik st Rowland bld R Rydon 2; G Sandwith bld R Rydon 0; J Moore not out 1; N Madden Ct & Bld J Simon 0. DNB B Griffin. Extras 5 (B1, LB1, W2, NB1) Total 83 all out (B Griffin retired).
Fall: 1-8; 2-13; 3-58; 4-71; 5-73; 6-80; 7-80; 8-81; 9-83.
TWCC Bowling: E Howes 5-0-17-0; P Steinke 4-1-8-2; T Rydon 3-1-3-0; E Bunn 1-0-5-0; T Pearce 4-0-26-0; T Firth 3-2-3-1; R Brock 3-0-16-1; R Rydon 3.5-3-2-4.
TWCC win by 108 runs.
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TWCC v The Mighty Greys May 9th 2021
Greys won the toss and put TWCC in to bat. Paul and Jim once again took on the opening bowling, and for once it was Paul who minded his P's and Q's whilst Jim ignored the MCC manual and bashed his way to a chance-ridden 28 off 19 balls. Totally inappropriate opening batting... Paul sadly retired with a gammy leg and a more circumspect 36 to his name, leaving the rest of the team to step up and do the business. Which may or may not have happened.
The problem was that The Mighty Greys became mightier as they ran through their bowling line up, and it might have been a good idea for the home side not to get out so often. There were good shots, boundaries even, people had their chances, but what was required, and this goes back to the Jim's gung-ho-ness, was application. In short, with some excellent bowling from the Greys, TWCC finished on 149 off 38.3 overs. It was more or less time for tea, so one couldn't deny that TWCC had perfectly matched the batting line up with the end of the allotted time, but another 30 runs would have helped. From the sidelines it certainly looked as if the Greys' bowling became more potent as the game went on, and Sewell (3 for 38) and particularly Ashton's 4 for 8 really were exceptionally good.
But let's not be downhearted! TWCC's opening bowling gave rise to the hope - nay, belief - that 149 might prove to be enough! Ed and Tom R were tremendous; charging in, ripping stumps out of the ground, giving chances to Tony's kneecap. 0 for 2 anyone? 43 for 4? Game on! Ed and Tom were devastating and they really could not have set TWCC up any better, especially with some excellent fielding from all and especially Rob Saunders in the gully whose determination saved several runs and kept spirits high and the game's trajectory in the home side's favour. But Ed and Tom couldn't bowl forever, and credit here must go to the skip who exposed himself as first change. Bowling to the hard-hitting middle order, and not to the tail, he came up with the goods in a fine spell of 3 for 31 off 7 overs as he took out the impressive Day (33) and then Burgess and Fenton for not much. Rob S struggled a little with his run up, but once sorted he was back on it only to run into the reality of how the Greys had managed their resources. Ashton, with Newland, confidently steadied the ship and calmly ran the overs down requring first five, then four then three per over (approx) as they struck out with increasing effect. Jim's economical three overs for 8 steadied the ship but then even a resurgent Ed and Tom R couldn't stop the Greys train from hurtling to a victory with 15 balls to spare. Ashton ended on 61 not out and, with bowling figures of 4 for 8 off 6.3 overs his obvious prowess with bat and ball was clearly the determining factor in this match.
This was a properly good game of cricket, hard fought and won by the better team. TWCC certainly needed at least 30 more runs, and this game was a wake up call - possibly needed at the start of a new season - for the batsmen to apply themselves with more care (note to self). Or, maybe, the opposition could provide worse bowling.
Greys won the toss and chose to field first.
TWCC Innings: P Hunter retired hurt 36; J Simon ct Edwards bld Newland 28; T Pearce ct Brasher bld Flynn 11; J Rowland ct Fenton (wkt) bld Sewell 9; E Bunn bld Ashton 10; T Firth bld Sewell 11; R Brock ct Day bld Sewell 19; H Karvay ct Hoare bld Ashton 4; T Rydon ct Day bld Aston 0; R Saunders bld Ashton 5; E Howes not out 5. Extras 11 (B3, LB5, W3) Total 149 for 9 declared (38.3 overs).
Fall: 1-46; 2-72; 3-92; 4-93; 5-113; 6-123; 7-139; 8-139, 9-149.
Greys Bowling: Newland 6-2-20-1; Hoare 4-0-32-0; Day 5-0-24-0; Flynn 7-1-16-1; Sewell 10-4-38-3; Ashton 6.3-1-8-4.
Greys Innings: Brasher bld Howes 0; Line bld T Rydon 12; Edwards ct Rowland (wkt) bld Howes 0; Day bld R Brock 33; Flynn ct Rowland (wkt) bld T Rydon 2; Burgess ct Saunders bld R Brock 2; Fenton bld R Brock 9; Ashton not out 61; Newland not out 19. Extras 12 (B1,LB4, W7).
Fall: 1-0; 2-0; 3-33; 4-43; 5-56; 6-61; 7-78.
TWCC Bowling: E Howes 11.3-1-50-2; T Rydon 10-1-25-2; R Brock 7-0-31-3; R Saunders 5-1-31-0; J Simon 3-0-8-0.
Greys win by 3 wickets.
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Streat and Westmeston v TWCC May 2nd 2021
To quote the Chuckle Brothers; "Oh dear oh dear." It became clear, after several near misses driving in the narrow lanes under the Downs, that refusing to engage the wipers on the grounds that doing so would only encourage the water was becoming an increasingly difficult position to maintain. No longer could this be passed off as a heavy mist, and if we'd known then what we knew later we'd have stayed at home and watched The Great Escape with a mug of tea and a hot water bottlle.
A delayed start was agreed, and, as possibly some of the more playable conditions passed us by, the two sides waited in vain for the clouds to break, but eventually, with TWCC having won the toss, Paul and Jim began to bat, and Streat and Westmeston began to do their best to bowl. Sadly, after a few overs, the ball became soapier than a bar of soap, especially the sort of soap provided free at the tabloid end of the B&B market which, let's face it, never seems to have being soapy high up on its list of priorities, the principal one of which is to cost less than the tea bags. And don't get me started on the "milk."
The poor Streat and Westmestoners had to get wet as well as cold, their bowlers in particular not seeing the funny side of Paul and Jim not getting out, and their attempts to dry the ball soon stopped making any difference. Jim, to his credit, did his best to give someone else a go which magnanimity characterises his general approach to batting, and in this he was as successful as usual which brought Tony to the crease in the 12th over with the score on 58. Tony's eye is almost permanently in and his first ball went for a strong straight four, and then he and Paul continued on apace whilst S&W, who were undoubtedly bowling in almost impossible conditions, did their best as waves of showers swept across the ground. Paul ended up on 29 not out with his four 4's and Tony, with a lovely straight 6 and then a next-ball-four off M Porter's third over, ended the game on 24 not out as abandonment hit.
One feels sorry for all players from both teams who made the effort, and especially for those who ended up doing nothing crickety at all. Particular mention, and thanks, must go to Ian whose commitment to TWCC gets the better of him every decade or so, only for him to find that there was nothing to join in with other than a bit of communal shivering. It is to be hoped that he won't succumb to another ten years of self-denial before we see him again.
Not a good day's cricket, which is a particular shame as playing Streat and Westmeston is invariably a pleasure, especially at their home ground which was kindly brought to us, as always, in glorious, though muted, Elgarama.
Better luck next time. Let's hope the weather sorts itself out.
TWCC won the toss and chose to bat first. Not that it mattered in the end, but this was to be a shortened PROPER game of cricket.
TWCC Innings: P Hunter not out 29; J Simon bld M Lea 20; T Pearce not out 24. DNB J Rowland, E Bunn, I Irvine, R Rydon, T Rydon, R Saunders, E Howes, R Brock. Extras 11 (B6, LB3, W1 NB1). Total 84 for 1 (15 overs).
Streat and Westmeston Bowling: S Lea 5-0-19-0; M Lea 7-0-37-1; M Porter 3-1-19-0.
...and that was it. Rain stopped play. Match abandoned.
Staplefield v TWCC April 25th 2021
In anticipation of the new season, here at the Gazette offices we've put a new ribbon in the typewriter and thrown open the shutters, but, sitting here with fingers numb from cold, we are reminded of yesterday's icy gale that swept across the plains of Northern Europe before taking it out on a bunch of cricketers in summer dress on Staplefield Common - it was freezing!
Skipper Brock both lost the toss and agreed to a 40 overs limited overs game, but, with Paul and Jim strapping on the pads and other asstd. items to take the edge off, expectations nonetheless remained high, even, oddly, after Jim ran himself out for 0 - six months' anticipation DOA.
Paul, suitably crickety and active, quickly accrued a few runs, then ducked a dodgy high ball/no ball and was bowled, then he wasn't, and then he was. At 14 for 2 was this TWCC headed down a dreadful path?
Of course not; TWCC bat to No 11! Tony and Jonathan, having been reminded, remembered how to play proper cricket and soon the Staplefield attack was dulled and progress was being made by the batting side; the outfield was hard and fast, and, once a shot missed the fielders, a boundary was guaranteed. Tony (who else?) was first off the line with TWCC's first six of the year, which he followed with another, and by the time Rosham, the pick of Staplefield's bowlers, pitched his left-arm-over deliveries into first Tony's (26) and then Jonathan's (24) stumps, TWCC were already well on their way at 77 for 4.
Edward and Tom F then consolidated the game, continuing on with Jonathan and Tony's excellent work, in a heartening partnership of 64, with both batsmen avoiding risk whilst plundering anything loose. Edward's 10 fours sounded meaty and middled as he waited for the ball to arrive and proper-cricketed his way to 49 (oh dear!) before being bowled by Sadler. Tom F continued on, his appropriate early care giving way to more expansive shot-making as he was briefly joined in the middle by a succession of TWCC batters, ending with Ed who stroked his way to 22 in a magnificent 9th wicket partnership of 55 when the 40 overs were up. Tom's 53 not out (8 fours and a six) is a great way for him and TWCC to start the season, and 213 on the board with such solid performances from Jonathan, Tony, Edward, Tom and Ed was a wonderful total to admire and defend. Staplefield's bowlers had a bit of a lean time of it, with Rosham and Sadler providing most of the teeth.
Tea was cold but over soon enough, and it was time to see how TWCC's total of 213 would match up with the boot on the other foot. It was soon clear that Ed and Tom R were more than up to the task, and their spells ended with the home side reeling on 35 for 5. Ed took 3 for 15 (2 bowled and an LBW) from his 6 overs, and Tom 2 for 16 (both bowled) including two in a row thus reawakening the hunt for the first hat-trick of the season (...) and the TWCC pace-setters had more or less secured a win from that point on. Matt B re-learned how to bowl after a couple of deliveries, and he hit the stumps on his way to 1 for 23, and Rob S did much the same, minus getting a wicket though he did have a few catches dropped, one particularly memorable for the usual reasons.
And here we come to a difficult subject. The Gazette believes it may have uncovered an attempt by our otherwise honourable Captain, to cover up a hat-trick! Hoping to slip it under the radar, modesty being one of his rare failings, an analysis of the scorebook appears to show that Brocky took his second wicket at the end of his second over, and then, much as he might try to conceal it, took another two with the first two balls of his third. Taking four wickets for just 2 runs and wrapping up the win clearly demands a serious mentioning in dispatches in its own right, but the bowling analysis does show three W's in a row... The home side's scorebook is unable to support further investigation as the scorers didn't finish all the batsmen's entries, and so the Gazette is appealing to witnesses.
The victory was delivered, three-in-three or not, by TWCC's skipper, who, even after his heroic spell, was generous enough to say that, in his opinion, "The openers won it" which made Paul and Jim feel a lot better, though it's possible he was referring to the bowlers.
The Gazette's lengthy campaign to eradicate limited overs games from Sunday cricket regard this as nothing short of a total vindication of our views, for in just the ninth over of Staplefield's innings the home side were 25 for 4 and there remained little point to a game that fizzled out with two hours to go. Were a draw to have been possible there would have been some point in Staplefield batting for a draw (something they appeared to do even though a draw was not an option), but this avenue of interest and enjoyment was denied both sides by the chosen format. As it happened Staplefield were all out and would have lost a proper game, but had normal Sunday rules applied there would have a least been some meaningful excitement up to the point when the last wicket fell. But fall it did, and TWCC are on their way.
Staplefield CC won the toss and chose to bowl first. 40 overs limited cricket (limited being the operative word).
TWCC Innings: P Hunter bld Bully 5; J Simon run out (Riz) 0; T Pearce bld Rosham 26; J Rowland bld Rosham 24; E Bunn bld Sadler 49; T Firth not out 53; T Rydon ct Riz bld Morley 0; R Saunders LBW Sadler 2; M Brock bld Sadler 4; E Howes run out (Sadler) 22. DNB R Brock. Extras 28 (B10, LB2, W9, NB7) Total 213 for 9 (40 overs).
Fall: 1-9, 2-14, 3-66, 4-77, 5-141, 6-143, 7-154, 8-158, 9-213.
Staplefield Bowling: Bully 7-0-28-1; Francis 5-1-19-0; Rosham 8-1-37-2; Pike (6-0-18-0; Morley 8-0-54-1; Sadler 6-0-44-3.
Staplefield Innings: James bld Howes 1; Asbo bld Rydon 14; Jools st Rowland bld R Brock 20; Maz bld T Rydon 0; Rosham bld Howes 6; Riz LBW Howes 4; Pike bd M Brock 9; Neil bld R Brock 33; Bully LBW R Brock 0; Rhys not out 0; Francis LBW R Brock 0. Extras 13 (B7, LB1, W5) Total 100 all out (28.2 overs).
Fall: 1-18, 2-18, 3-18, 4-25, 5-35, 6-63, 7-89, 8-92, 9-97, 10-100.
TWCC Bowliing: E Howes 6-1-15-3; T Rydon 6-1-16-2; M Brock 6-0-23-1; R Saunders 6-0-24-0; R Brock 2.2-0-2-4; J Simon 2-0-12-0.
TWCC win by 113 runs
TWCC v Streat and Westmeston July 12th 2020
So... July came in and TWCC hadn't dropped a catch all season! No one had been out! We had lost no games! Truly a season of firsts, including hearing the cry of "Sanitise!" every six overs which, sadly, reminds us all that any ups of 2020 need to be seen in the context of the many, many downs. However, in spite of the truly serious nature of the year's events, here were TWCC unlocking with the best of them, bent on unbending as we staggered into the shattered remnants of normality. Who better than our old friends from Streat and Westmeston, meeting us on the brightest and breeziest of Sundays, with whom to share an emergence into this exploration of new times?
There was a reassuring echo of times past as Skipper Brock lost the toss, and TWCC were asked to field first, indicating, curiously, that the visitors weren't too bothered about taking all TWCC's 10 wickets in pursuit of a victory.
However, those interested in a Streat victory were to be disappointed by the efficacy of TWCC's young bowling guns. Both Colins fell to an impressive Ed running in from the Downs End, and, as TWCC know only too well, a lot of runs had thus been taken out of the equation very early on with Streat 9 for 2. Matt E, steaming in from the Pavil...err...the Bombsite End, was unlucky in his first spell, though he did ultimately shiver the timbers of Streat's last man standing in a second spell later on. Tom R it was, who, replacing Matt, had Streat's No 3 caught at/from deep long on by Paul in a magnificent running-sliding-pouching demonstration of what clean-living can do for a man. Ed then took his third as Archie Bell failed to keep out what looked, from square leg, like an unplayable delivery and, in letters large, the writing was on Streat's wall. Merciless in his approach, Skipper Brock brought on Jim, Edward and Tony, and Tony it was who, with the ball jumping off a length, had Lee Masey caught behind by Jonathan who, as ever, made wicket-keeping look more straight-forward than TWCC's other options usually manage. Tom Firth, replacing Edward, found his range after an over and Jonathan's gloves wrapped themselves round a back-hand from J Heath to take Streat to 87 for 8. P Bradford pulled up short going for a quick single (I hope his rehab is going well), and then what passed for tea was thrust upon us as Matt took his one wicket of the day and Streat were 109 for 9 - effectively all out with Bradford seeing sense and not coming out to bat with his leg in bits.
An unusual tea it was, as the Editor found himself not only distant from his team mates (perhaps not as unusual as all that...) but also from anything approaching a sandwich or a slice of cake. Water; that's the fare to be found in this frugal world of expense-free journalism. Just luke warm water.
Paul and Jim opened TWCC's reply, and, well, there weren't many runs to score so there was a certain abandon as Paul tucked into his usual boundaries and even Jim managed to find the hedge, albeit with a bit less gusto, before he chipped one up to James Porter at mid-on. Mikey, his chopper sadly out of action and who had thus failed to make it down from London in time to field, went in at 3 and soon tucked into the bowling with a quick 25, 17 of which was scored before he allowed a dot to pass his bat; his 1,6,4,1,4 are there in grey and white for us all to enjoy, but fall he did as something happened involving a catch but I can't remember exactly what. Six-hitting Jonathan and Paul carried on the good work, Paul in the end bowled for 24 by the persevering J Heath, and Jonathan out to an excellent hard, low caught-and-bowled by Lee Masey. Edward, Tony and Tom Firth wrapped up the innings, with Tom hitting the winning runs as TWCC cruised to an easy win thanks, principally, to Ed with his early breakthroughs with the ball as he ended his first 6 over spell with figures of 3 for 12. Good stuff Ed!
A win for TWCC, but, more importantly, cricket was played, with both teams rather feeling their way into this new world. The practicalities of playing were soon overcome with a bit of common sense, though where the umpire at the bowling end can safely stand needs some careful thought. Maybe the umpire should stand several paces back, and, if the bowler has a straight run, move into position only after the run up's under way?
So, we're off. Thanks to Streat and Westmeston for sharing a game and for working through the processes with us. It's hard to predict what else 2020 might have in store, but hopefully there'll be more good and less bad.
(First game rustiness in one of the scorebooks to blame for errors. Please report mistakes to The Gazette and the archive will be rectified).
Street and Westmeston won the toss and opted to bat first
Streat Innings: C Mansfield Bld E Howes 4; C Marshall Ct T Firth Bld E Howes 5; I Tomlinson Ct P Hunter Bld T Rydon 12; A Bell Bld E Howes 0; J Hawkins Ct M Edwards Bld T Rydon 7; L Masey Ct J Rowland (wk) Bld T Pearce 11; M Lea run out E Howes 27; J Porter not out 16; P Bradford retired hurt 0; J Heath Ct J Rowland (wk) Bld T Firth 0; S Lea Bld M Edwards 16. Extras 11 (B1, LB2, W 7, NB 1) Total 109 for 9.
Fall 1-4,2-9, 3-18, 4-30, 5-38, 6-52, 7-85, 8-87, 9-109.
TWCC Bowling: E Howes 8-2-3-12; M Edwards 8-2-1-16; T Rydon 4-0-2-14; J Simon 3-2-0-1; E Bunn 5-0-0-20; T Pearce 5-0-1-13; T Firth 4-1-1-5; R Brock 4-1-0-11.
TWCC Innings: P Hunter Bld J Heath 24; J Simon Ct J Porter Bld M Lea 16; M Pearce Ct J Hawkins Bld M Lea 25; J Rowland ct & Bld L Masey 23; E Bunn LBW L Masey 3; T Pearce not out 8; T Firth not out 2. DNB T Rydon, M Edwards, E Howes, Rbrock. Extras 6 (B1, LB2, W 3) Total 110 for 5.
Fall: 1-29, 2-70, 3-72, 4-93, 5-106.
Streat Bowling: S Lea 4-0-0-22; M Lea 7-2-2-24; J Hawkins 1-0-0-16; J Heath 7-0-1-15; L Masey 4.3-0-2-30.
TWCC win by 5 wkts.
Cutter's Choice v TWCC July 26th 2020
Breezy, bright, with Simpson's clouds scudding over the well-groomed turf of St James' Montefiore; this was the happy prospect as TWCC players assembled for their third Sunday game of 2020. Cutter's Choice, cheerful well-matched opponents for us, won the toss and chose to bat first. Ed opened up with the ball, up hill and into the strong wind, which combination of hurdles may have been the reason for the lack of his usual penetration. Tom, however, not only had his natural excellent capabilities to hand, he also had a downhill run, a skidding slope-of-a-wicket in front of him, and a rear-quartering wind to help his late inswing to a right-handed batter in his favour, and he didn't waste the opportunity to excell; 7 overs, 3 for 18 rather took the sting out of the Cutter's Choice line up with two batsmen bowled and one caught by Matt by the end of his 7 over spell. Brocky took over from Ed and his awkward length soon had the batters in trouble and their No. 4 fell LBW to the Skip.
Cutter's Choice might well have thought that, some overs into the game, their batters might get some sort of a break, but there was to be no respite as they now had to face the likes of Phil and Matt. Phil tied the batters up in knots bowling uphill, and Matt took over the downhill pace from Tom. Ed took a fine catch off Phil, and Matt bowled the No. 6 Vidit, and then in an outbreak of proper cricker had Ian caught behind by Paul with the gloves. Cutter's Choice clearly weren't headed for a big total by this point, and so it was safe to bring on Mikey who dumfounded his critics (are there any?) by turning in a great display of seam-up bowling (2 for 3), and then George cleaned up the last wicket by trapping the No. 11 LBW. Cutter's Choice; 117 all out.
Tea... well, yes. Tea. No excess of calories on show, but at least there was lots of footy talk, thank goodness, and everyone was so busy with boring football that they forgot to spoil Jim's enjoyment of the test match highlights later on. Hooray for football!
Paul and Jim opened the batting for TWCC, and Ian and Nick took the new ball for Cutter's Choice and did what they could with a low total behind them. The bowling was tight and there was some swing about, and there were a few dots, but there was also the occasional loose ball and boundary, and a few of quick singles and twos before Jim played across a full toss and was out LBW. Paul carried on until his wicket-keeping caught up with him and his trademark scampering led to a hamstring injury, a suicidal swing and a miss. Mikey, in at three, took control and began to treat the bowling with some disdain as it became clear that even TWCC couldn't fail to overtake 117 to win. Brocky, promoting himself to No. 4, unselfishly turned up to work an hour early as he provided us all with a fine golden duck to cherish, and it was left to Edward and Mikey to continue the good work. And this they did; the outfield was fast and the ball travelled across it often in their partnership of 69; Edward with the straightest of bats clipping fours at will ending the innings on 21 not out, and Mikey taking the game by the scruff of its neck and just hitting the ball hard all around the ground. It was a big ground, with quite distant boundaries, but the ground was fast, so although there were no sixes, there were lots of fours, and 12 of them came from Mikey's bat. Hitting three final fours in a row off the luckless Sandeet, Mikey ended up on 62 not out and TWCC had won the day.
Toss won by Cutter's Choice, who chose to bat first.
Cutter's Choice Innings: Paul Bld T Rydon 4; Dave Ct M Edwards Bld T Rydon 10; Paddy Bld T Rydon 25; Ram LBW Bld R Brock 10; Nils ct E Howes Bld P Steinke 23; Vidit Bld M Pearce 18; Pat Bld M Edwards 7; Ian Ct P Hunter (Wk) Bld M Edwards 0; May not out 5; Sandeep Bld M Pearce 1; Nick LBW Bld G Howes 2. Extras 12 (B 4, LB 2, W 6) Total 117 all out (32.3 overs).
Fall not recorded.
TWCC Bowling: E Howes 4-0-17-0; T Rydon 7-1-18-3; R Brock 5-0-19-1; M Edwards 7-1-25-2; P Steinke 5-0-20-1; G Howes 2.3-0-10-1; M Pearce 2-1-3-2.
TWCC Innings: P Hunter Bld Vidit 16; J Simon LBW Bld Ian 17; M Pearce not out 62; R Brock LBW Bld Vidit 0; E Bunn not out 21. DNB T Firth, M Edwards, G Howes, E Howes, T Rydon, P Steinke. Extras 4 (LB 2, W 2) Total 120 for 3 (21.4 overs)
Fall: 1-25, 2-51, 3-51.
Cutter's Choice Bowling: Ian 6-0-20-1; Nick 6-0-26-0; Vidit 5-0-32-2; Max 2-0-13-0; Ram 2-0-13-0; Sandeet 0.4-0-13-0.
TWCC win by 7 wickets.
Crescent v TWCC July 19th 2020
Although I've promised brevity before, discerning readers have frequently been disappointed. But this time I mean it.
TWCC bowled first, and Crescent's Aksay and Eastwood got the home side off to a very good start as Matt and Ed failed to take wickets in the rain. Brocky and Tom took over and Brocky removed, first, both Cresent's openers and then their No. 5 in a three wicket haul, and Tom bowled Crescent's No. 6 in his third of his ten strong overs. Importantly the TWCC fielding performance backed up the bowlers' efforts - Matt (2), Mikey and, yes, Brocky, all took catches, and there were two top-order run outs; Ed's Clive Lloyd-alike swooping throw-down of the stumps at the bowler's end took out Cresent's No 3, and Rob, still capitalising on his lame duck display of yesteryear, stopped the threat of Gatford in his tracks. Honse then very competently mopped up the tail taking three wickets in his 5 overs - and, let's be clear - Br***y took a catch!
Cresent all out for 167. Not an inconsiderable total, but TWCC had a very long and capable batting line up. Notwithstanding this Jim it was who accompanied Paul to the middle after "tea", and some sprightly running soon saw the target coming well into range. Surprisingly Jim wasn't run out; it was LBW that got him thanks to his leg-side blind spot. Tony and Paul carried on the good work, and their partnership of 69 put the result in little doubt when Tony (four 4's, three 6's in his 57), in carefree unselfish mode, chipped up a catch having just cleared the boundary for a series of big-stride 6's. Paul continued on, with his mix of power and guile, to 61 before he was caught somewhere and it was left to Mikey, Edward and then Rob (check out this line-up!) to see the game off with little fuss with 6 overs to spare.
Thank you to Crescent for welcoming us in their happy way and for arranging for the rain again. We are well-matched sides, and on this particular occasion it was TWCC who came away with a win.
Captain Brock won the toss and chose to stand out in the rain.
Crescent Batting: Aksay Bld R Brock 35; R Eastwood Ct M Edwards Bld R Brock 37; A Spencer run out Ed Howes 0; G Stringer Ct M Pearce Bld R Brock 6; J Gatford run out R Rydon 2; N Hollands Bld T Rydon 9; M Lawson Bld H Karvay 23; M Newcombe Ct M Edwards Bld H Karvay 14; B Cook not out 5; S Wood Ct R Brock Bld H Karvay 5; R HAll not out 7. Extras 22 (that's a lot!) (B 8, LB 1, W 9, NB 4. Total 167 for 9 (42 overs)
Fall: 1-72, 2-79, 3-80, 4-94, 5-95, 6-114, 7-146, 8-146, 9-155.
TWCC Bowling: M Edwards 6-1-24-0; E Howes 5-0-29-0; R Brock 8-0-28-3; T Rydon 10-1-28-1; R Rydon 8-0-30-0; H Karvay 5-1-18-3.
TWCC Innings: P Hunter Ct, Bld B Cook 61; J Simon LBW Bld M Newcombe 15; T Pearce Ct, Bld M Lawson 57; M Pearce not out 13; E Bunn Ct and Bld Aksay 2; R Rydon not out 10. BNB M Edwards, T Rydon, E Howes, H Karvay, R Brock. Extras 10 (B 4, W 6) Total 168 for 4 (30.2 overs).
Fall: 1-40, 2-109, 3-150, 4-155.
Crescent Bowling: R Hall 5-1-14-0; M Newcombe 8-1-36-1; J Gatford 5-1-21-0; B Cook 5-0-39-1; S Wood 1-0-15-0; M Lawson 4.2-1-28-1; Aksay 2-0-11-1.
TWCC win by 6 wickets.
HD&MWCC v TWCC August 2nd 2020
A pleasant ride over into the Wild East heralded an afternoon's climbing in the foothills of Hadlow Down's cricket pitch. The home side's skipper whispered in the ear of TWCC's Captain Brock tales of less than a full strength side, and a mutual agreement emerged that TWCC should bat first.
Jim and Brocky opened, and faced some sharp in-dipping deliveries from one end and some less threatening slightly wayward bowling from all other quarters. Notwithstanding the absence of, let's face it, genuine opening batters in the traditional sense, Jim and Brocky managed not to get themselves out too early, though Jim did his best as he flailed, head up, on his way to 41 before being caught at mid wicket with the score on 79. Brocky, living less dangerously, kept the ball down and found himself still at the crease some hours later. Tony came in, watched a ball or two, and then began a Pearce onslaught which, on this occasion, came to a sudden end as he was caught out, a simple catch I seem to recall, for a dissapointing 13 after having hit a four and a six in quick succession. The Hadlow Down ground is small, hard, free-running and heavily sloped, and more often than not a push goes for either nothing or a boundary, so all knew that a high score would be required by TWCC whatever the home side's batting was like. Enter Ed, who obliged by taking the TWCC innings by the scruff of its neck as he set about finding the boundary over and over again as he nipped to a quick 65 before Brocky, now concerned about being overtaken by fast-scoring Ed, declared with 221 for 2 on the board. Brocky, 68 not out, carried his bat though you wouldn't have known about it such was his modesty as we sat down to a wonderful tea.
After the sumptuos feast Tom R opened up the taps from one end, and George Howes from the other, with Kevin Cooke (friend of old from Moulsecombe days) immediately finding Tom's pace and nip-back troubling. The wicket itself does have a tilt to it and so most deliveries jump into right handed batsmen at one end and away at the other - something of a compensation for the ease of hitting boundaries. George H was unsuccessful in terms of wickets, but Tom soon proved too much for the openers and for the match situation as he took two quick wickets, so he made way for Phil and George was replaced by Charlie H, who surprised himself after such a long lay off by clean bowling the home side's No. 4. After that Honse took a wicket courtesy of a one-handed running catch in the deep by Man of the Moment Ed, and all the time HD&MWCC's Josh Fake was piling on the fours on his way to a somewhat lonesome 77.
It wasn't the ground, really, for slow bowling as there was no protection at all, so Edward's bowling contribution was short. Mikey's spell however, seemded rather longer... He warmed up with an over that only went for four runs off the bat and then fully went to town with his second and last over which truly challenged the scorer's ability to cram detail into the book; 15 wides, 5 no balls, and a few boundaries in his 2 overs for 30 runs. It all helped the game move along of course, so much so that Brocky brought Tom back on and gave Ed back his proper job. Both TWCC's star bowlers thus ended up with their usual haul of wickets (4 each) and the game was soon over as Tom and Ed brought proceedings to an end in quick time.
HD&MWCC were not at full strength and it showed, but the application of a Sunday cricket approach to the game made the day enjoyable for both sides with all players having the opportunity to play principal parts.
With his 65 off just 40 balls, 11 fours, a tremendous one-handed running catch and then a bowling spell of 4.4 overs, 4 maidens 4 for 8 Ed must count himself unlucky not to be named Man of the Match.
A mutual agreement that TWCC would bat first.
TWCC Innings: J Simon Ct Browning Bld Moore 41; R Brock not out 68; T Pearce (Wk) Ct Smyth Bld Browning 13; E Howes not out 65. DNB M Pearce, H Karvay, E Bunn, T Rydon, G Howes, C Howes, P Steinke. Extras 34 (B 9, W 22, NB 3) Total 221 for 2 declared (35 overs).
Fall: 1-79, 2-107.
HDMWCC: Ryder 8-2-22-0; O Fake 9-0-59-0; Moore 5-0-38-1; Browning 10-0-68-1; Smyth 3-0-26-0.
HDMWCC Innings: K Cooke Bld T Rydon 7; S Lightly Ct T Pearce (Wk) Bld Trydon 10; J Fake Bld E Howes 77; C Sealey Bld C Howes 5; S Ryder Ct E Howes Bld H Karvay 10; F Chalkin C&Bld E Howes 9; O Fake Bld E Howes 4; J Trory Bld E Howes 0; T Moore Bld T Rydon 0; D Browning Bld E Howes 8; P Smyth not out 1. Extras 36 (B 3, LB 5, W 16, NB 12) Total 167 all out (35.4 overs).
Fall: 1-17, 2-17, 3-60, 4-81, 5-140, 6-144, 7-148, 8-148, 9-148, 10 167.
TWCC Bowling: T Rydon 7-1-20-4; G Howes 6-1-26-0; P Steinke 4-1-22-0; C Howes 5-0-11-1; H Karvay 5-1-21-1; E Bunn 2-0-21-0; M Pearce 2-0-30-0; E Howes 4.4-4-8-4.
TWCC win by 54 runs.
Warninglid CC v TWCC August 9th 2020
"All batters under 6'2" must wear helmets" was the WCB decree after the pitch inspection. Well, a number of players are over 6'2" and I'm ready to bet that they, too, were glad they had helmets such was the state of the hard and lumpy wicket. Protection from the heat, too, was an issue and it is a testament to the elite levels of fitness within both sides that no one actually passed out during the game itself. Whether it was a bout of generosity from the home captain to opt to field first in the extreme heat or just a heat-induced error of judgement, the upshot of Skipper Brock losing the toss was that he asked Paul and Jim to wrap up warm and enter the desert.
Paul's ongoing leg injury didn't kick in for a few overs, so initially the madcap dash was on as he impartially tried to run both himself and Jim out several times, but they survived both Paul's suicidal mindset and the absolutely crazy variable bounce from a hard uneven wicket with the ball finding the boundary a few times here and there and the score rattled along - helped particularly at one point when a quick single sparked off 4 additional buzzers! We love buzzers here at the Gazette - "Buzzers!!". In the end the bounce did for Jim who stood tall and blocked a rising ball in front of his chest, which he was expecting to see fall to the ground at his feet, but it had much more energy than that and became an easy lobbed catch to the bowler following through - a repeated method of dismissal throughout the game. An opening partnership of 42 which, with the difficult conditions, transpired to be the highest of the match, but the end of Jim was soon followed by Paul's wicket as he was, unsurprisingly, run out for a jaunty 30. Jonathan at 3 and Mikey at 4 didn't disappoint, though it was Mikey who took the game properly along with successive partners falling to the wicket's treachery. Jonathan caught behind, Edward caught at slip, Tom Firth bowled, Matt Edwards bowled all for not much as Mikey watched the ball well and spanked it when the opportunity arrived, accruing 8 fours to his name - proper batting in other words. Mikey's wicket, in the end, fell more to drinks than anything else as his concentration dipped after the short break and he popped up a caught and bowled to Mackie; out for 40 of the best. A very good innings in its own right, but especially so in the tricky circumstances.
But TWCC weren't done! Oh no! They still had last week's top scorers lurking at 10 and 11 of all places, with, would you believe, Tom at eight and then Rob, yes - ROB at 9! And this tail end strength paid dividends altogether adding a further 90 runs, with a Rob straight 6, lots of 4's all round and as Warninglid's bowling faded somewhat the visitors powered to 199 all out. There was no real need to be all out, especially on such a threshold, but Skipper Brock wanted his tea and called for a run that Ed could only half complete before being run out.
The Lifestyle section of the Gazette has somewhat slim pickings these days, so we'll fail to discuss the sumptuosness of asstd. garage sandwich packs and sweaty buns, and move on with the game.
Warninglid's innings was begun impressivley by a pair of batters who knew their way around the game; youthful and keen of eye they made the most of any loose deliveries and quite a lot of some good ones too. Ed and Matt opened the bowling for TWCC and the score wasn't slow in getting going; if the ball missed a fielder it was 4, no question, as the hard ground took no pace off a rolling ball even if travelling uphill. In the end a good length ball from Matt jumped a little and a thick leading-edge lobbed up in Jim's general direction at square leg, and the impressive R Swinscoe's innings was over for 32. TWCC were in, and a further brick in the Warninglid wall was removed by a run out from backward point and from that moment Warninglid didn't really get going again, as Matt, Rob and Tom Rydon and Ed cleared up the game in competent style.
TWCC's pace attack; the out-and-out run-in-hard-and-bowl-quick trio of Matt, Ed and Tom, together with the astonishing out-and-out amble-in-off-two paces-and-bowl-quick from Rob, is a formidable force and one which it is hard for any opposing team to overcome, and this game was no exception as a glance at the bowling analysis will illustrate. We do have notable batters, of course, so it's not just the bowling that shines, and as TWCC field as well as any this TWCC side with its mix of youth and experience, a culture of commitment, led by a captain who knows his onions, is, in short, a formidable unit. With the new pavilion taking shape back in Twineham, and the side building its momentum and energy, this is a particularly positive and rewarding period to be part of TWCC.
Warninlid won the toss and decided to bowl first.
TWCC Innings: P Hunter run out (unsurprisingly) Cocker 30; J Simon C&Bld Acton 17; J Rowland Ct Nastys (Wk) Bld Acton 7; M Pearce C&Bld Mackie 40; E Bunn Ct Church Bld Acton 0; T Firth Bld Mackie 7; M Edwards Bld Mackie 4; T Rydon Ct Acton Bld Swinscoe 14; Rydon Ct Nastys Bld Mackie 21; E Howes run out (Brock) 24; R Brock not out 24. Extras 11 (B 1, LB 3, W 6, NB 1) Total 199 all out (38.4 overs).
Warninglid CC Bowling: J Acton 8-1-34-3; Church 4-0-18-0; Lake 8-1-46-0; Mackie 8-2-32-4; J Swinscoe 7-0-51-1; Clarke 3.4-0-0-14.
Fall: 1-42; 2-54; 3-58; 4-62; 5-84; 6-109; 7-125; 8-125; 9-160; 10-199.
Warninglid Innings: R Swinscoe Ct M Edwards Bld R Rydon 32; H Cocker Ct J Simon Bld M Edwards 14; M Nastys run out Simon 14; W Bridges Bld M Edwards 0; J Reilly Ct T Firth Bld T Rydon 4; C Mackie Bld R Rydon 0; J Acton Bld E Howes 17; M Church Bld R Rydon 6; R Clarke not out 1; M Blake Ct T Firth Bld E Howes 0; J Swinscoe Bld E Howes 0. Extras 5 (B 2, W 3) Total 93 all out (27.4 overs).
TWCC Bowling: E Howes 5.4-2-22-3; M Edwards 6-2-20-2; R Brock 2-0-25-0; R Rydon 8-4-4-3; T Rydon 6-0-2-1.
TWCC win by 106 runs.
Balcombe CC v TWCC August 16th 2020
We like Balcombe. Not only are Tony and his team very companiable, they also welcome us into their small shanty principality surrounded by rolling farmland and beer. One could live up there.
Tony, Balcombe's skipper, won the toss and chose to bat first, little knowing that we, as is often the case, have more potent opening bowlers than there are ends from which to bowl them. In Balcombe's favour was the weather forecast which, if it had been observed, would have meant that the only batsmen to have a go would have been their own and so, rather as in the recent test match, nothing of any consequence was likely to occur whoever did what first.
Now, if we report that TWCC were blessed with all three pacenators, regular readers don't really need to read on beyond this point, they'll know the score, or at least be able to make a good guess at it; Matt, Ed and Tom... what chance does an opposition have to avoid being behind the game after just a few TWCC overs?
Tom it was who had to cope with the paucity of ends, and in waiting his turn he gave up the opportunity to bowl with a dry ball and clean boots, for, by the time 11.5 overs had been bowled the rain got a grip and forced a bit of distant socialising under the rain-rattled Balcombe eaves. By that time (and of seemingly incidental interest compared to that shown in the rainfall betting that was engaging some), Matt, bowling with great rhythm and apparently easy pace, had forced a good catch from Brocky (I know!), and Ed, relying on surer accomplices, had clean bowled Balcombe's No. 2 and had their No. 3 caught behind by Jonathan in another outbreak of proper cricket.
Oh, alright... Brocky's catch... OK, it was pretty good. He had to turn and run looking over his shoulder as the ball threatened to fall to ground beyond his station at mid off, but, rather than provide an outlet for the usual banter, congratulations were in order and duly given.
So... the much heralded rain. Some weakened towards their sandwiches, some talked of an early bath, but after just 45 mins there we were again, trying to keep our feet down and the ball up. It was too slippery to run in hard, so Alex and Edward took on the bowling load and good fun it was too. Cat and mouse cricket during which the Balcombe cat found some tasty titbits here and there but all the time the TWCC mice were nibbling away at the batters foundations. Alex ended up wicket-free, but Edward, in an impressive 8 over spell, took 2 for 29 which warmed the cockles. His first wicket was all his own as he snuck a ball under/around the bat of Balcombe's No. 5, and his equally welcome second turned up thanks to Alex's surehanded catching running along just inside the hedge on the deep mid-wicket boundary. During this period mention must be made of Tom and Alex's fielding prowess. We're used to seeing Tom's excess of limbs do extraordinary things at several Hz, and he was equalled by Alex in his commitment to the cause facing hard-hit balls bounding towards them both down the hillside. I'm sure others performed fielding feats of equal excellence, but Tom and Alex's efforts stand out, as did Alex's knee following a ripping of the trouser on the knobbles. I suspect others will feel hard done by not being mentioned in fielding despatches, and, certainly, TWCC's general fielding prowess is as good as any we meet around the circuit, so let's just say other people fielded well too and move on.
Once the sun came out, as it did for the rest of the afternoon, and the run-ups dried out, Tom came on for a breif flurry, but the ball was clearly, by now, not really playing the game and Tom's length was somewhat of the same mind. However, pacey and intimidating he was and at some point he dived (again!), sliding across the slurry for a great caught and bowled as Balcombe's young No. 8 fended off a climbing delivery. Alex then held on to another catch off Tom's bowling somewhere else I can't remember where... point? In the covers? Somewhere over there I think. Rob Saunders took over from Edward and he, too, though full of heart as always, found the soggy ball difficult to control and was unable to take a wicket on the day.
One of the features of TWCC's time in the field on this occasion was the absence of any dropped catches, and it may surprise keen followers of TWCC to learn that this feature of the fielding performance continued to the end, including when a top edge off Brocky's bowling was heading safely high over the slips only for Tony to stick up a hand and snatch it out of the crickosphere. In his defense I don't think Tony knew much about it, but there it was, in his hand and we all went over and took a look at it just to make sure. Oh yes, and Brocky, bowling his usual teasing length, added another clean bowled to his burgeoning tally. And other people did things to. Lots of people did stuff - now there's a carbon-footprint-friendly Wisden in the making!
40 overs up, quick "tea" and Jim and Jonathan were out there, though not so's you'd notice. Jonathan, at least, had the satisfaction of quickly dispatching two fours and a six to and over the fence respectively, while Jim had no satisfaction at all that he can recall, apart from enjoying the view for the rest of the afternoon after he'd prodded forward offering a low chance to first slip. Jonathan, sadly, edged a ball (I think...) and was caught behind or in the slips, but with his explosive 15 off just 7 balls TWCC were off to fine start thanks to his keen eye and fancy footwork. A start which got even better when Jim was out, replaced by Tom who joined a purposeful Tony - back at his rightful place of No. 3 - though sadly Tom didn't last long.
TWCC 15 for 3... Ooo-err. Connoisseurs of the TWCC game might have been begining to think about the looming spectre of ... a...no... not a colla... shhh... don't say it... But Matt took care of affairs, settling the nerves, before he was caught doing something or other, which brought Alex in to share a long partnership with Tony who was calmly getting on with playing some cricket. What a treat for the spectators; both Tony and Alex aggressive, both intent on not getting out - patience mixed with exploitation of opportunity; more proper cricket. If a single was the only offer, a single it was, if a block was required, blocked it was, if a ball deserved it, a boundary it was, and the boundaries became more and more frequent as the target was hauled in with time to spare. Alex roared past his 50 with 6's clattering into the neighbouring estate, and Tony was approaching his own milestone when the end of the game got in the way.
Beer and probably some other wishy-washy pointless drinks were consumed, and we sat enjoying the day's last rays of still-warm sunshine, watching the shadows lengthen and feeling the end of tour vibe that has become associated with our visits to Balcombe. Tony (Rawbin) is the most caring of host skippers; he genuinely wants everyone to enjoy themselves irrespective of which team they play for, and that sense of being in the right place pervaded the day.
Balcombe won the toss and decided to bat first.
Balcombe Innings: M Ripley Ct R Saunders Bld E Bunn 31; L Waters Bld Howes 0; G Bolting Ct J Rowland (Wk) Bld E Howes 1; J Longride Ct R Brock Bld M Edwards 1; N Draude Bld E Bunn 6; G Elliott Ct A Rydon Bld T Rydon 19; D Ward Bld R Brock 48; T Waters Ct & Bld T Rydon 1; A Lorushaar Ct T Pearce Bld R Brock 6; L Bohm not out 13; T Rawbin not out 17. Extras 16 (B 6, W 7, NB 3) Total 165 for 9.
Fall (incomplete): 1-4, 2-14, 3-15, 4-35, 5-66...
TWCC Bowling: M Edwards 6-2-7-1; E Howes 6-3-5-2; A Rydon 8-0-46-0; E Bunn 8-0-29-2; T Rydon 3-0-10-2; R Saunders 3-0-14-0; R Brock 3-0-18-2; G Cuthbert 3-0-24-0.
TWCC Innings: J Simon Ct N Draude Bld T Waters 3; J Rowland Ct D Ward Bld T Rawbin 15; T Pearce not out 43; T Rydon LBW G Elliott 5; M Edwards Ct G Botting Bld L Waters 14; E Bunn Bld D Ward 15; A Rydon not out 64. DNB R Saunders, E Howes, G Cuthbert, R Brock. Extras 10 (B 2,W 7) Total 169 for 5.
Fall: 1-21, 2-25, 3-31, 4-54, 5-83.
Balcombe Bowling: T Waters 7-0-46-1; T Rawbin 2-0-20-1; G Elliott 5-0-24-1; L Waters 8-1-32-1; D Ward 6-2-15-1; M Ripley 2-0-15-0; Gordon 1-0-16-0.
TWCC win by 5 wickets
TWCC v Parham CC August 23rd 2020
Parham's first visit to us at home, and very welcome they were too - so much so that we provided them with a dressing room as big as all outdoors! If they want to come over next season at least we'll be able to offer them some shelter from the rain which would be nice. Skipper Edwards lost the toss, or, more positively, Parham won the toss, and they decided to bat first in a non-traditional limited over format game of 35 overs per side. No comment, regular readers will notice. No comment at all...
Mark Williams and Andy Wales of Parham, who we know from old, opened for the visitors, and Matt and Ed opened the bowling for TWCC, and all went well, really, for both sides as not too many runs were being scored but neither were there any wickets. After 5 overs Matt made way for Tom (Rydon), and here the game changed as Tom launched himself at the batters, going for the odd single here and there until in his fourth over he clipped the bails behind the hard-hitting Mark Williams, then following this up next ball by doing the same to Parham's No.3. On a hatrick! (Didn't happen.)
Ed finished his first increasingly economical spell, and Rob moved in - inexplicably going for 4 off his fist ball. Rob? Our Rob? He soon found his length, though the line was never in question, and fewer and fewer runs were scored as the two Rydons progressively took control of the scoring. Tom, by now, was in his sixth over of a possible eight, when he bowled the durable Andy Wales, and then immdediately clean bowled Parham's No. 5 to set up another hatrick! (Didn't happen). Tom wasn't done as he took his third wicket in the same over; a triple wicket maiden!!! How often does that happen?
Parham's well-paced start was behind them now, thanks to Tom's wonderful efforts as he removed the core of their batting strength, and the visitors achieving a fancy total looked unlikely, especially after Tom took a sixth wicket! Edward and George took over the bowling and although there were some leakages, just a few singles came from Edward's three overs at a time when Parham were hitting out which is to be commended, and George held his own filling in before the TWCC pace attack was recalled to do the tidying up. And this they did, with Ed and Tom working hard, though it was Matt who iced his and TWCC's cake by removing Smith thanks to a running catch from Rob at long on, and then immediately, the very next ball, having Lacil LBW setting up a third hatrick opportunity! (Didn't happen.) But Matt wasn't done, and in his next and last over he took a further two wickets as Parham finally succumbed, though, with only one ball remaining in their allotted 35 overs, one could say it was a perfectly paced demise. 141 all out, and Tom's 6 destructive wickets and Matt's 4 in quick time at the end had limited the target somewhat, but with four an over required, over in, over out, it was still a run chase that deserved some attention.
Notwithstanding the need for a good start Jim was sent in to open up the batting for TWCC, though this was somewhat mitigated by his sharing the honour with Tom F. Parham's bowling attack was well disciplined and tight, and just a few scampered runs came from the first few overs, when Jim and then Tom were out early on. Tony Pearce - the man for just this situation in that he wasn't afraid to block the ball if that was the right shot, but all the time knowing TWCC's best bet was for him to still be there when later opportunities arrived. I've never seen so many dots in Tony's column; 41 balls for 11 runs before the bowling pressure eased and he could get on with it. Before progress could be made, however, we have to report that after No. 4 Rob played himself in over 11 balls, scoring just one run, he forgot to do the next bit and was out caught behind. Clearly an opportunity missed, but here at the Gazette we do take some comfort in the knowledge that in this game Jim only scored one less run than Rob! That, too, doesn't often happen. Edward took over from Rob, but as the bowling was still tight and secure TWCC were falling behind rather, and after 23 overs the score was just 52 for 3. However, with Tony and Edward out there, taking the odd single along with an occasional boundary, the game was alive even if, with 12 overs to go, TWCC now needed 7.5 runs an over.
Time to move the game on, and Tony, taking stock of the situation, took a strong stance outside leg and swung at the pacy bowling of Mark Williams and hit him for three fours, bang, bang, bang. A game-changing moment, and Williams was off. Tony and Edward opened up as new bowlers were found, and Tony climbed into another half-century, hitting 16 off his last six balls before being caught behind for 66, generously leaving the coup de grâce to others. What a well timed effort in this tight game from Tony; just as significant a performance with the bat as Tom and Matt had delivered with the ball.
And then came Alex. A commanding 15 off his first 7 balls set the game up nicely for a close finish, and as Edward swung and finally missed a straight one, in came Skpper Edwards to partner Alex in some fine free-scoring positive cricket which brought the required run rate down to one a ball with two overs to go. Finally, after further inroads by these two chargers, Alex pushed a two off the first ball off the 35th, and last, over to see TWCC home.
As it happend, this limited overs game was exciting, and a do-or-die target did mean the game didn't ever drift, but here at the Gazette we like to think that just such an exciting game might have occurred were it to have been a traditional Sunday match with all the opportunities such a format allows for ebbs and flows of initiative - and there's the reason people call me old fashioned. That and the fact that I am old fashioned. Or...old... fashion never really came into it.
Thanks to Parham for making the trip over and for making the most of our wonderful facilities. This game was about Tom's 6-fer, Matt's 4-fer and Tony's 66, performances backed up by Edward, Alex and Matt with the bat, and let's not forget that opening partnership which in the end was as important, with Rob's further wonderful single, as any 8 runs scored elsewhere!
Parham won the toss and decided to bat first. 35 over limited over match, no draw! (.....). Weirdly, 8 overs per bowler.
Parham Innings: M Williams Bld T Rydon 36; A Wales Bld T Rydon 32; E Simpkins Bld T Rydon 0; H Smith Ct R Rydon Bld M Edwards 27; J Balchin Bld T Rydon 0; D Balchin Ct A Rydon (wk) Bld T Rydon 0; H Karim Ct J Simon Bld T Rydon 0; P Lack LBW M Edwards 16; P Fraser CT E Howes Bld M Edwards 6; S Huffer Bld M Edwards 9; S Forest not out 1. Extras 18 (B 6, LB 2, W 6) Total 141 all out (34.5 overs).
Fall: 1-61; 2-61; 3-72; 4-72; 5-72; 6-76; 7-125; 8-125; 9-140; 10-141.
TWCC Bowling: M Edwards 6.5-2-26-4; E Howes 8-1-30-0; T Rydon 8-1-22-6; R Rydon 6-1-20-0; E Bunn 3-0-10-0; G Howes 3-0-21-0.
TWCC Innings: J Simon LBW S Huffer 0; T Firth Ct S Huffer Bld P Fraser 6; T Pearce Ct (slip) Bld H Smith 66; R Rydon Ct Barr (wk) Bld P Fraser 1; E Bunn Bld S Huffer 27; A Rydon not out 23; M Edwards not out 11. DNB T Rydon, E Howes, G Howes. Extras 7 (LB5, W 2) Total 142 for 5 (34.1 overs).
Fall: 1-7; 2-9; 3-19; 4-96; 5-117.
Parham CC Bowling: S Huffer 8-1-22-2; P Fraser 8-1-26-2; M Williams 7.1-2-24-0; H Karim 5-1-20-0; P Lack 4-0-22-0; H Smith 2-0-22-1.
TWCC win by 5 wickets, or 1 run, or 5 balls.
Ditchling CC v TWCC August 30th 2020
Ditchling, having had the opportunity to stop there rather than merely to pass through on the way to Harvey's brewery, seems like a nice place, peopled, what's more, with nice people who play cricket. A new fixture (thanks Ed), and one that, given Ditchling CC's obvious stature, might well have proved to be a stretch for TWCC to give a good account of themselves if they had, as they sometimes do, their usual holiday-time resources to draw upon. However one thing this summer is not, is usual, and TWCC were able to field an excellent side, much as they have been able to do for most of this year compromised as it is in so many ways elsewhere.
Ditchling won the toss and asked TWCC to bat first on a worn and somewhat stodgy wicket. The established opening pair of Paul and Jim faced up to Heine and Kelly, Paul with his usual success and so, too, Jim with his. 25 for 1 when Tony came in at 3 and mysteriously he, just like Paul, seemed to have little trouble with the bowling as he tonked an overpitched delivery from Heine to the long-on boundary for four. However the stoppy surface did for Tony before he really got going as he went through with a drive and chipped one to mid off - out for 6. But never fear; Staplefield's here! Paul and Jonathan set to and batted, though in the interests of accuracy we have to report that Paul was dropped rather more than once. However, the scorebook doesn't show that sort of thing, and, instead, it has recorded a partnership of 50 that formed the backbone of TWCC's innings. The majority of the scoring, at that stage, was done by Paul whose energy at the crease somewhat strained his sinews, and he began to hit out in order to save ankle-work; pulling and, memorably, straight-driving the ball to the boundary and ending on 65 before being caught somewhere. Another fine innings and one that set TWCC on the path to a passable total in the face of both excellent pace and especially turny spin bowling.
Jonathan continued through the rest of the innings, never once, I believe, giving a chance. This certainly doesn't mean he didn't put much bat to the ball; he certainly did, with six 4's (I can't make the low-pixel-count picture of the scorebook completely reveal the data here...) and lots of characteristically busy runs. There were dots, but there had to be as the important matter in hand was to stay there and build a total. He was, in turn, joined by Edward (two 4's), Brocky (not so much), Rob (R) (a four and some bits) and then Matt who piled in with a six and two fours in quick time before being bowled by Robinson for 14. Tom, generally the man for some strong arm batting (though he can probably equally well accumulate given the chance) only had time for a two as he pressed on selflessly, and Ed showed his class at the end by being unable to terminally hoik. Jonathan, serene on his 48, stayed aloof from all this swinging, contenting himself with the odd smooth boundary, taking care to rotate the strike as the innings drew to a close at the end of the allotted 40 overs. A total of 184 for 8, which, in the face of some excellent bowling, particularly the pace early on from Heine and latterly from Porter, and then the middle overs of prodigious spin from Westgate and Middleton, was a total sufficient to give cheer to both sides; for Ditchling this was probably a total they are used to overhauling in their sleep, but TWCC know the strength of the bowling they command and, knowing that they generally field above their weight, the visitors approached the Ditchling reply with equal relish.
D Porter - he of the fast slingy bowling - opened for Ditchling and he was clearly a cricketer, but he had to survive the opening salvoes from Matt and Ed and then Tom before he could prove it. But survive he did, and prove it he did, though his colleagues at 2, 3 and 4 failed to join him for long as Matt's first over was a wicket maiden when he bowled Westgate for 0, and Ed knocked over the stumps of Ditchling's 3 and 4 in quick succession. The host side were 16 for 3 in the 10th over, which set TWCC up in a strong position indeed, and Matt and Ed finished their opening 6 over spells with Matt's figures showing 6-3-1-8 and Ed 6-1-2-13. Excellent stuff, and we still had Tom and plenty of other albeit more gentle bowling to come. However... TWCC were up against some good cricketers, and so it should be, and Porter and Ditchling's No. 5 Heine set about showing what they could do. They began to get on top of the bowling, and though there was little wrong with most of the balls served up, Tom and Rob weren't spared, and neither were, in turn, Rob (S) and then Brocky. Rob, as in the Saunders variety, finally did get through to the top of Porter's leg stump, but by then, after a great partnership of 138, Ditchling had caught right up with the game, and the hard-hitting Heine was still at the crease. With 17 required and four overs to go, Matt came back for his two overs, (taking two wickets with his last two balls) and then Ed for his remaining allocation, but with only 12 required off the last 2 overs the game was Ditchling's to lose. TWCC's hopes were briefly raised by this flurry of wickets towards the end, including one involving Tony starting off at deep mid on, chasing a high ball off a thick edge for a catch to his left. With his eyes on where the ball would land he was travelling faster than his legs could actually go, so his angle of lean increased as his outstretched hands neared the impact zone, when finally, as his tilt finally did become horizontal he subsided in a pile of limbs, one of which, when the knots were undone, finally emerged holding the ball! What a catch! Heroics aside (and it was a remarkable feat of mind over matter), Heine and Ackland calmly saw the home side...home. TWCC did take the game into the last over, and will feel that, somewhere, the scoring could have been restricted just enough to hold Ditchling to a draw, but hindsight is a wonderful thing, and for much of the Ditchling innings both batsmen were equally potent, so giving a single and defending one end wasn't an option until very late in the day.
TWCC send their thanks to Ditchling for their good spirit and general hospitality, and, perhaps we shall return, though we do need a top side again to be worthy opponents.
Whilst there is no doubt at all that Ditchling won, we have to report another outbreak of Scorebookgate; the TWCC innings doesn't quite add up with the extras and individual totals... No comforting ambiguity implied or desired - indeed the accounting errors may be in TWCC's favour for all I know.
Ditchling won the toss and decided to bowl first. 40 over proper match - 8 overs per bowler.
TWCC Innings: P Hunter Ct W Heine Bld A Westlake 65; J simon Bld W Heine 0; T Pearce Ct Cook Bld T Kelly 6; J Rowland not out 48; E Bunn Ct T Robinson Bld A Westgate 9; R Brock Bld D Porter 2; R Rydon Bld D Porter 7; M Edwards Bld Robinson 14; T Rydon Ct Middleton Bld Robinson 2; E Howes not out 3. DNB R Saunders. Extras 23 (B 12, LB 2, W 1, NB 3, Penalty 5) Total 184 for 8 (40 overs).
Fall: 1-25; 2-57; 3-107; 4-123; 5-139; 6-147; 7-166; 8-174.
Ditchling Bowling: W Heine 5-1-1-26; T Kelly 6-0-1-23; A Westgate 8-1-2-36; Middleton 8-1-0-27; S Ackland 3-0-0-20; D Porter 5-3-2-5; Robinson 3-0-2-17; P Cook 1-0-0-6.
Ditchling Innings: D Porter Bld R Saunders 78; A Westgate Bld M Edwards 0; T Robinson Bld E Howes 9; C Robinson Ct & Bld Howes 0; W Heine not out 77; C Nolan Caught P Hunter Bld M Edwards 3; J Nolan Ct. T Pearce Bld M Edwards 0; S Ackland not out 11. DNB H Middleton, T Kelly, P Cook. Extras 6 (LB 1, W 5) Total 185 or so for 6.
Fall: 1-0; 2-16; 3-16; 4-154; beyond this not recorded...
TWCC Bowling: M Edwards 8-3-3-19; E Howes 8-1-2-20; T Rydon 8-0-0-44; R Rydon 5-2-0-22; R Saunders 8-0-1-49; R Brock 2-0-0-24.
Ditchling win by 4 wickets.
TWCC v Staplefield September 6th 2020
A bright early autumn/late summer day saw Skipper Brock winning the toss for TWCC and he chose to field first. Pre-match-day negotiations with our opponents had borne fruit and Staplefield were kind enough to loan an eight-strong TWCC two excellent players in the persons of Rameez and Faisal, and there was, indeed, a festive international atmosphere to the whole day's play as Tamil banter resounded around the ground for many of the Staplefield side, as well as TWCC's very own Rameez and Faisal, were of Sri-Lankan origin. 10 a side.
This was the first occasion this season when so many of TWCC's usual key players opted for being somewhere else, including, amongst others, all three of their usual high octane opening bowlers. However, here at the Gazette we're unashamed Jim fans and don't mind admitting it, so the sight of him measuring out his 13-and-a-bit pace run up, unchanged for the past 50 years, warmed our hearts as once again we revelled in his new ball trademark economical line and length, occasional deviation and lack of wickets. Brocky, from the Steve Rogers end, completed the home side's somewhat sepia-toned opening attack and Staplefield found themselves being asked questions to which they had long forgotten the answers, and this experienced pair of bowlers rather kept the lid on the scoring, helped, it has to be said, by Staplefield's Idrees, batting at 2, never fully getting into his stride. Faizal, on the other hand, was very much up for scoring some chanceless runs, which he continued to do for most of the Staplefield innings. TWCC's own counter-Faizal it was, replacing Brocky, who took Idrees' wicket courtesty of a catch by Phil, which he followed up by provoking Fammy to lob a gentle catch to Brocky at mid-off. This brought Riz to the crease at No. 4 for Staplefield, and he and Staplefield's Faisal set about making a partnership of some substance. Jim, happy to have had the chance to roll back the years, was replaced by Honse whose first game this was for some weeks and who, whilst not immediately dipping into his box of magic tricks, did take a couple of wickets as the batters thought they'd better get on with it a bit. Indeed, with two wickets falling on consecutive balls, by first clean-bowling the forceful Riz and then having Rizvi caught behind by Jonathan, Honse found himself on yet another potential TWCC hat-trick (didn't happen).
With his shoulder begining to play up, TWCC's Faisal was replaced by Phil (whose shoulder seems to have repaired itself) who soon found himself, once again, in charge of proceedings as he first tied down and then removed Neil and, an over or two later, the long-standing Faisal for 56 thanks to a catch by Honse. Two more wickets for the evergreen Phil to add to his impressive stats. When Honse was through his influential spell of two for... er...well, no need to go into details... it was time for Rameez, who measured out a decent length run up, sorted out his ரேடார், and began to ping down some penetrating and ultimately wicket-taking deliveries. Modesty seems to be part of the Sri Lankan character as he said he "bowled a bit" but he did rather more than that and took a couple of wickets and kept an end lean through to tea. Graham and Brocky sorted matters out at the other end and the Staplefield innings closed at 170 for 8 off, it turned out, 33 overs. Staplefield's No 1, Faisal, had been intermittently supported throughout, and Staplefield had a good total in the bank, especially given the slow outfield, though without TWCC's bowlers taking wickets at crucial moments it could well have been more.
Tea, and once again, Tony showed that he would definitely be someone with whom to go on a picnic, with his Fortnum and Mason hamper brimful of caviar en croûte, truffle compôte and jugged narwhal, but Jim with his Argos flask of luke warm tea - hmmm... not so much.
Jim and Jonathan went in to bat for TWCC, and the bowling was intense from both ends, with Bull firing from the Steve Roger's End and Rasweet bowling medium paced left arm spin from the Concrete Slab End. As is usually the case Jim struggled to get going, though he did send a couple of strong drives off over-pitched balls to the long-on boundary, but shortly after that he succumbed to a fast off-stump yorker from Bull. Jonathan weathered the storm and, although struggling somewhat with an upper leg strain, set to with Tony in at 3 to respect the bowling and to not try and force anything from good balls of which there were plenty. And so it went on; a great partnership of 67 which settled everyone down, although as the available remaining overs dwindled the required run rate rose above 6/over with the bowling continuing to give nothing away.
Jonathan and Tony persisted, however, certainly scoring boundaries but also exploiting gaps in the field for ones and twos as the grass was long and the ball stopped in unusual places. These two took the scoring along, weathering the fast-paced left arm bowling of Ahmed, until Tony was out, one of his best 30's even though he often scores more runs, played-on from Riz as he tried to knock a rising spinning ball down through the gully area (I may have got this wrong, but I was the umpire so I wasn't watching properly).
This brought Mikey in; the perfect man for adding some momentum without requiring of Jonathan that he took risks. Mikey is a good batsman, no question, and his watchful cover drive for two was, for us here in the Gazette, the shot of the match, lifted as it was straight from page 1 of the MCC coaching manual. Mikey and Jonathan upped the rate nicely, though there were still plenty of runs required as the last few overs arrived, and Mikey was caught somewhere for 26 of the most valuable of runs given the evolving context of the game.
In spite of Faisal and Rameez saying that they "batted a bit" Brocky came in at 5, and, well, did a great job. One TWCC player thought Brocky's drive through the covers off a low full toss for four was the shot of the day, though a wide poll wasn't undertaken for fear of giving offence. Whatever the relative merits of any particular stroke(s), Brocky and Jonathan, who was still riding the pain of his strain, began to crack the ball about, with some strong shots - and in particular a number of hard square cuts for four from Jonathan's bat as he opened up, timing his acceleration to perfection. The two batters powered on up the scoreboard, until, with one over to go and one required to win, the Staplefielders came in, a single was duly knocked through a gap, and TWCC had another victory in their pocket.
Another great day's play, and a particularly good win against a capable Staplefield side. Jonathan's innings-long ...er... innings... was the backbone of the home side's run chase, all the more gratifying as, during the 2019 season he had many good starts and then got out, but here in 2020, a season during which he's playing more often, he's the batsman we all knew he was and his 78 not out secured him the MOTM award, though most who batted also played their part in chasing down a good total in this shorter than average timed game. TWCC also send their thanks to Staplefield not only for the fixture and for sharing a great Sunday's play, but also for sharing out their team. Faisal and Rameez seemed to have enjoyed their time on loan, and, well, everything's lovely.
Last of the home crowd to leave, the Gazette staff bid farewell to the Sri-Lankans, two of whom had a win under their belts, leaving them to enjoy the residual warmth of the day munching on some fruit, sitting out in the gloaming as the light made its last pass over the Downs. More prosaically TWCC went to the pub and didn't do anything like that.
Eagle-eyed, numerate and pedantic readers ought to avoid checking the scorecard below and get a life. Faisal, if you read this, I'm pretty sure you took a catch, but I don't know which or who... Sorry.
Toss won by TWCC who chose to bowl first. Proper cricket format. 10 players per side.
Staplefield Innings: Faizal not out 56; Idrees Ct Rameez Bld Faizal 2; Fammy Ct R Brock Bld Faizal 15; Riz Bld Karvay 36; Rizvi Ct J Rowland (Wk) Bld H Karvay 0; Neil Ct H Karvay Bld Steinke 0; Jules Bld Rameez 29; Joe Bld P Steinke 14; Bully Bld Rameez 6; Rhys not out 0. Extras 15 (B-8, LB-2, W-4, NB-1) Total 170 for 7 (2 hours 15 mins/33 overs).
TWCC Bowling: J Simon 7-1-18-0; R Brock 6-1-16-0; Faizal 4-0-22-2; H Karvay 7-0-43-2; P Steinke 7-0-29-2; Rameez 4-0-14-2; G Cuthbert 1-0-13-0.
TWCC Innings: J Simon Bld Bull 11; J Rowland not out 78;; T Pearce Bld Riz 30; M Pearce Ct, Bld Rasweet 26; R Brock not out 12. DNB Rameez, Faisal, G Cuthbert, H Karvay, P Steinke. Extras 11 (B 1, LB 3, W 6, NB 1) Total 171 for 3.
Fall: 1-22; 2-89; 3 unrecorded but around...150???
Staplefield Bowling: Bull 10-3-39-1; Rasweet 11-0-45-1; Riz 8-0-40-1; Ahmed 6-0-28-0; Idris 1-0-13-0; Reece 0.1-0-1-0.
TWCC win by 6 wkts.
Bolney CC v TWCC September 13th 2020
This can, and will, be a short write up. Regular readers will have seen this brave promise unfulfilled in the past, but in this instance all that's required is about 100 words about how great Brocky is and then we can all get on with our lives.
In brief, then, Bolney's skipper and Brocky decided it would be best if TWCC batted first, so Jim and Tom (Firth) buckled on their codpieces and set about their task. Bolney's bowlers struggled somewhat, and Jim and Tom found little difficulty in keeping out the good balls and scoring off the rest. The outfield was fast; short on the pavilion side and all downhill on the other, so, by the time they regained conciousness at drinks their opening partnership was intact and doing fine. Tom finally succumbed to the slow temptation from Steve Bowles, hitting a catch up into point, out for 59 (a maiden 50) with the total on 110. Well done Tom, plenty of running and good calling which really helps a total to build. Honse, up the order at 3, took the score along, with Jim, to 145 before he swished across a slow ball from Steve Bowles, to be out LBW for 13, which included two 4's. Steve, bravely bowling with the short boundary to leg for the right handers, was geting his usual wickets.
It was clear, given Jim's survival, that the bowling wasn't too challenging, and who better than Tony to up the tempo and take TWCC on to a monster score? He carefully watched his first ball onto the middle of his bat, shortly after which it was in the long grass at long on, and he watched his second into the left hand of the fielder at gully. Two balls faced - clearly a bit too hot for Tony out in the middle and his chair in the shade was calling. Edward, in at 5, demonstrated that we all have our strengths; Jim's is leaving the ball alone just outside his off stump, whereas Edward's is to hit the same ball for four. Which he did 7 times in quick succession before the first significant and most important Captain-y decision of the day was made by Skipper Brock, who declared half an hour early! On such an easy-scoring ground? Inspired or foolhardy? Edward not out on 29 in quick time, and Jim on 63 in Boycott time, the score was over 200, but, well...! Would this be a decision that lived in the anals for the right or the wrong reason? The right reason, of course, would be if TWCC lost the game for that would allow maximum persecution for years ("Brocky's Bolney moment"). The wrong reason would be if it proved to be a master stroke when insufferability would be the inevitable outcome.
We'd soon know, for after Bolney had manfully side-stepped the no tea regs by offering the visitors a crate of sanistized chocolate muffins (thank you Bolney!), Ed and Tom (Rydon) were plying their trade down and up the hill respectively, but, mysteriously, to no avail as the Bolney openers were clearly players and the score was rattling onwards and upwards. Playing Ed and Tom well is no mean feat and Skipper Brock's socks must have become a little hot and itchy - so much so that he brought himself on to bowl! Bolney on 56 for 0 and it was apparent that the home side had no fears about being able to chase down TWCC's score. And, let's not forget, whilst the TWCC Captain's declaration had given TWCC an extra half hour to bowl at Bolney, Bolney also had been given lots of time to go about running down just over 200 on a fast-scoring ground! Brearley-Brock or Botham-Brock?
Well... there's little add that the scorecard doesn't show. Brocky removed both well organised openers, the first LBW to his 4th delivery, then he bowled a maiden, then he set up another hat-trick two-in-two moment*, then a double-wicket maiden with, yes, yet another hat-trick opportunity* followed by another wicket that doesn't appear in the bowling analysis but no doubt will once Brocky gets his hands on the book. 6 for 17 off 6 overs... An inspired bit of bowling that completely removed the spectre of the home side successfully chasing down TWCC's total. It mustn't be forgotten that Phil who had replaced Tom at the low end of the ground, did what Phil does, and calmly took some much-needed middle order Bolney wickets, and, Brocky aside, wickets were proving hard to take. Phil's trademark line and length, much suited to a perfectly lively Bolney wicket, brought him the welcome rattle of ball onto stumps, and then, almost immediately another - dare I say it? - Captain's wicket in that Brocky had only just moved Edward to short mid-on for Phil when Monty Patel chipped an on-drive up to him in that close position, and Edward stuck up his right hand and held onto a catch. Two for Phil, but Bolney, unlike TWCC had 11 players, and there remained two wickets to take. Honse and Edward tried, but it took another skipperly moment to bring Tom and then Ed back, and Ed it was who bowled Bolney's skipper an unplayable ball that pitched on middle and took the top of off, and then he won the game with just a few overs left bowling the resilient Madden with a fast yorker. Two for Ed, much needed, and he has often shown that his second spell, bowling at the tail (and at the stumps), does force a result.
There were plenty of good performances on the day; the Bolney openers certainly posed a threat in the home side's reply to TWCC's 203, and, though it is a fact that much of TWCC's long and potent batting line up never got to the middle, those at the top did set up a reasonable platform, and Tom Firth's maiden half century was great to see. Ed's 2 for 18 off 11.5 overs was clearly a wonderful bit of bowling and it was his spell at the end that won the game, Phil's two wickets also needed to be taken when momentum could have swung either way, and Tom's energy running up hill and down, though wicketless on the day, was notable together with other bowling performances from Honse and Edward and another excellent day for Jonathan behind the stumps with a catch and a stumping to his name. A negative amongst all this success were the 7 catches that had been dropped by TWCC; a not infrequent occurence. The Gazette won't mention names because the culprits know who they and, more importatnly, everyone else knows who they are too. But of course this latest TWCC win is certainly Brocky's win; first with the declaration without which Bolney would not have been bowled out, some excellent field placings posted throughout, and all this gooey wonderfulness topped off, of course, with his remarkable spell of 6 for 17.
Lastly and as a footnote really, but I didn't see where else I could put this other than at the end, this game is a perfect illustration of why playing timed cricket, with a draw a possibility, is the best format for our Sunday games. If this had been a limited overs game the result would have been certain about an hour and a half from the end of play, but play would have continued with there being no point to it. As it was, this game was still alive and exciting for both teams until Ed took the last wicket, and it was very close to the end before he did.
TWCC batted first by negotiation. Proper cricket format!
TWCC Innings: J Simon not out 63; T Firth Ct, Bld S Bowles; H Karvay LBW S Bowles 13; T Pearce Ct, Bld Levensen 4; E Bunn not out 29. DNB J Rowland, R Brock, T Rydon; E Howes, P Steinke. Extras 35 (!) (B 14, LB 1, W 14, NB 6) Total 203 for 3 declared (34 overs).
Fall: 1-110, 2-145-, 3-150.
Bolney CC Bowling: Maddon 4-0-31-0; M Patel 8-3-20-0; H Patel 6-0-32-0; S Bowles 7-0-5-2; C Levensen 6-0-29-1; J Moore 2-0-10-0; B Byrne 1-0-7-0.
Bolney Innings: N Bushell LBW R Brock 31; C Vacher St J Rowland Bld R Brock 30; S Bowles Ct J Rowland (Wk) 1; B Clemeson Bld R Brock 0; G Byrne Bld P Steinke 1; M Patel Ct EBunn Bld P Steinke 6; H Patel LBW R Brock 0; D Bridge Bld E Howes 15; G Sandwith Bld R Brock 9; J Moore not out 11; M Madden Bld E Howes 1. Extras 18 (B 6, LB 7, W 3, NB 2) Total 123 all out (44.5 overs).
Fall: 1-5, 2-62, 3-62, 4-63, 5-73, 6-73, 7-80, 8-92, 9-121, 10-123.
TWCC Bowling: E Howes 11.5-4-18-2; T Rydon 8-1-30-0; P Steinke 9-1-31-2; R Brock 8-3-17-6; H Karvay 5-3-6-0; E Bunn 3-1-2-0.
TWCC win by 80 runs.
TWCC v Streat and Westmeston September 20th 2020
Another fine September afternoon saw a ten-strong TWCC play host to their old Streat and Westmeston friends, and with neither Skipper Brock nor Skipper Edwards present, Skipper Howes took up the mantle, won the toss and chose to field first. Brocky was playing but was unable to make the start time, so TWCC gratefully accepted the temporary help of S&WCC's Stewart Lea.
Tom opened from the Pavilion End and Ed himself from the Steve Rogers End, and Ed it was who took the prized wicket of Colin Mansfield whose outside edge off a rising ball carried comfortably to Tony fielding at gully, and Tony doesn't miss those however hard they come, but it was a good catch in any circumstances. Colin was a good wicket for the home side to nab early, and Tom soon followed it up by clean bowling Baxter who didn't really get going. After this S&WCC began to settle down to business as Butler and Christmas kept their wickets intact and began to accumulate some runs.
Tom (Rydon) and Ed were replaced by Rob (Saunders) and Brocky, and, with the pace off, Christmas and Butler began to score more freely, and whilst Brocky's natural awkward length kept his analysis healthy, neither bowler were amongst the wickets on this occasion. Jim managed three overs before his hamstring warning light came on, during which spell Edward made a sharp chance at first slip look much easier than it was - removing Butler for a dogged 31 as he nudged at a rising ball outside his off stump.
Phil, following on from Rob, did a Phil; 5 overs, 3 for 6, and S&WCC were in trouble. The first of Phil's wickets was a caught and bowled as Christmas skied a top edge back to the bowler, and in his second over Phil had Griffiths caught by Jim at shortish mid-wicket and then - the very next ball - had Owen LBW. Two in two! Again! *
Tom (Firth) took over from Jim at rather short notice, and began a valuable spell at the very end of which he provoked a catch out of Brocky at mid-on after which there was, naturally, much celebration, some even for Tom who was bowling well. Phil had decided he had had enough and Tom (R) was closest and came on for one more over before tea.
S&WCC hadn't got away fast, had made some hay after Tom (R) and Ed's opening spells, and then been knocked back by wickets in the heart of the innings which stopped the total ever making much overall progress, and 121 was never going to be competitive.
In reply Jim and Tom (F) settled down to seeing off the opening bowling, with the total benefitting from some wayward balls - 27 extras in the innings is a lot. Some fast running and watchful play took the total to 60 before Jim fell to a gloved catch behind off a leg-side ball from the impressive Wolff. Tony at 3 moved proceedings on characteristically quickly, especially benefitting from some less penetrating deliveries being served up, and with 6 fours and a six to his name before being caught for 32 there was little the visitors could do to save the game having posted such a low total. Jonathan and the bat-carrying Tom (F) did the necessary. Tom's unbeaten 32 was the backbone of the innings, and, with Jim's 22, Tony's quick 32 and Jonathan's coup de grâce contribution of 12 which included a wonderful, calm, deliberate square cut off a very slow ball from Stan for four, TWCC were the easy victors.
Skipper Howes won the toss and chose to field first. Proper cricket format, albeit seasonally shortened).
Streat and Westmeston Innings: C Mansfield CT T Pearce Bld E Howes 0; Butler Ct E Bunn Bld J Simon 31; Baxter Bld T Rydon 1; D Christmas Ct & Bld P Steinke 44; J Porter not out 23; Griffiths Ct J Simon Bld P Steinke 0; Owen LBW P Steinke 0; C Wolff Ct R Brock Bld T Firth 14. DNB L Maysey, S Lea, S Spiegel. Extras 8 (LB 4, W 2, NB 2) Total 121 for 7 (36 overs).
Fall: 1-1, 2-11, 3-52, 4-88, 5-89, 6-89, 7-121.
TWCC Bowling: T Rydon 7-3-15-1; E Howes 6-2-10-1; R Saunders 6-0-36-0; R Brock 5-0-16-0; J Simon 3-0-10-1; P Steinke 5-1-6-3; T Firth 4-0-22-1.
TWCC Innings: J Simon Ct C Mansfield Bld C Wolff 22; T Firth not out 32; T Pearce Ct J Porter Bld L Maysey 32; J Rowland not out 12. DNB E Bunn, R Brock, T Rydon, R Saunders, E Howes, P Steinke. Extras 27 (B 8, LB 1, W 17, NB 1) Total 125 for 2 (23.2 overs).
Fall: 1-60, 2-101.
Streat and Westmeston Bowling: S Lea 1-0-11-0; G Owen 4-0-24-0; D Christmas 6-1-25-0; C Wolff 6-0-18-1; L Maysey 5-0-25-1; S Spiegel 1.2-0-13-0.
TWCC win by 8 wkts.
* Please refer to previous write ups
TWCC v Brighton Beamers September 27th 2020
There was an edge to the wind, coming, as it now was, from the general direction of Iceland. It felt like the real start of autumn and so was, once more, clearly the season to spar with Brighton Beamers, and whilst both teams were somewhat dribsy and drabsy as they drifted in, it wasn't long before play began.
There may or may not have been a toss, but as the Beamers were less numerous than TWCC, the visitors batted first and faced up to the fearsome TWCC opening bowling attack personified on this occasion by Ed and Tom (R). It was cold, and some effort was required to get the blood pumping, but pump it did and metabolisms were further enlivened by a catch at mid-off off Tom's bowling by none other than the Skip himself! (Oh - the power of an exclamation mark - no more need be said.) That was Tom's wicket in the middle of an extraordinarily economical spell, whereas Ed chose the more secure option of clean bowling Siddens.
Both openers gone, then both openers off (batting/bowling).
Matt, available again (not sure where he's been) and Charlie took over the bowling, and whilst Matt was his usual most capable self he was wicketless by the end of his spell, but Charlie, on the other hand, with his slower deliveries proving a temptation to the batters after having faced nothing but pace for so long, provoked the kind of naughty shots that end up as wickets. The first of these was a strong pull to square leg, where Phil tumbled to his right and, with two strong hands, held on to a great sharp catch. That's two catches held and no drops! Next to go, thanks to another fine catch by Tom (R) at, I think... deep mid off (though this may be a misplaced memory) as a skied ball hung in the air just long enough for Tom to run round and make it look easier than it was. It was the sort of catch that only those with young legs can make look easy, because unless you get to where the balll's going to be it's not a chance at all. Charlie - 2 for 12 off five overs!
If the Beamers thought life was going to get any easier as the bowling changed again they were going to be disappointed as Skipper Brock gave the nod to Rob and Phil. It's hard to imagine a better pair of bowlers to come on at any stage in a game, let alone when the Beamers' total was somewhat struggling at 4 for 46 with 22 overs already having gone by. Rigby and Edwards-Lunn, Beamers' No 4 and 6 respectively, were showing some resilience and intent, but Phil's steady targeting of the stumps off a difficult length brought its usual reward as Rigby's middle stump found out, and Rob's extraordinary pace and lift with a "run" up even shorter than Phil's somewhat dumfounded the visitors' middle order even though on this occasion his spell ended wicketless.
Rather than leave this next comment as an aside for the last paragraph, it's worth bringing to the fore the excellent general fielding performance from TWCC. Runs were hard to come by, not only because the bowling was tight, but also because the fielding was restrictive and fleet, and catches were all held. On many occasions a lesser side would have allowed a single where TWCC stopped any run at all, and where a batsman might have been forgiven for thinking there was a two on, it was kept to a single, and over the course of a whole innings this commitment really pays off. Also of note, while we're on it, is how well Tony kept wicket; just 2 byes all game and it's unlikely these were especially his fault. Many times did he nip round to the leg side, or grab a swinging ball, always encouraging the bowlers and generally doing the keeper's job very well.
Brocky and Tom (F) filled in the last two slots in the bowling analysis, and very well they did too. Brocky clocked in to the wickets column first when he bowled Edwards-Lunn, one of the more successful batters, and Tom (R) took another catch - which may well have been the one I described above... I can't be bothered to rearrange the description of Tom's catches, and cannot, either, recall his first catch if the one outlined above was this, his second, one, so let's just move on. Brocky's bowling 2 for 6 off three overs - hard to argue with that, much though many try. However, all was not lost for the visitors, with 100 for 7 on the board, and with three wickets in hand they might yet hope to progress a little further before tea.
Which brings us to TWCC's latest hero.
There's some evidence to suggest that Tom Firth's line and length are a bit off for the first few balls, and then he gets better. And better. By the time he got to his fourth over he'd had 11 runs scored off his bowling, and he was to be hit for a couple more at the start of his fourth, but after that it was all change as he first bowled Beamers' No 9, then, the very next ball, had Renshaw out for a golden duck caught behind by the excellent Tony with the gloves. "Golden duck"? Does that not mean... not two in two? Not a... a... another... hat-trick opportunity? The Beamers' No. 11, Richards, got to the middle, the field closed in for yet another hat-trick moment, but did anyone truly believe? Tom ran in, bowled a shortish ball that rose off a length just outside the off stump, the ball was gloved by Renshaw and Matt pocketed a catch in the general slip area! After all the many possible two-in-two moments TWCC had experienced in 2020, finally we had a proper real live hat-trick! At one stroke Tom had wrapped up the innings, and the Beamers were all out for 107.
Tea was the usual mixture of dicey cardboard sandwiches and hamper envy, after which Jim and Tom (R) began TWCC's reply. It would be fair to say the batting wasn't explosive, but the bowling was generally tight, especially from Chafey who got his reward in the 20th over when Tom knocked the ball back to him for a caught and bowled. Out for a steady 20 with 3 fours, and the total on 81, Tom, with Jim, had managed four an over which was more than sufficient a rate to get the modest job done. Tony, obviously capable of knocking off the required 27 runs in a couple of overs, first rehearsed a few swipes across the line bang in front of the stumps, before executing the same stroke to a live ball and was bowled for 0 - a good job he'd been so involved in the game as the keeper, for his batting forte was never explored nor enjoyed. Ed joined Jim with the score on 83, and left him there with the score on 86, having been bowled by the leg-spin of Rigby for 1 which is a shame for Ed's fully capable with the bat as we know.
Edward joined Jim, and they took the score on to 91 before Jim's chance-ridden innings was finally brought to an end by a good catch off a bad shot at deep square leg. Jim's 8 fours and a six were made possible by a mixture of reasonable shots and dropped catches, and whilst a total of 107 was unlikely to have been a score TWCC couldn't overhaul, his 47 runs were nonetheless valuable however lucky he was to stay in for as long as he did. Brocky's 4 took him joyfully onto (apparently) an average of over 50 for the season as long as he didn't get out, when he got out - caught by Briggs off the bowling of the tricky Rigby. Edward stroked a couple of fours and stayed not out as Rob, coming in at an unlikely No 7, gently pulled a four off his first ball for four to give TWCC the win.
The Beamers never really got going with the bat, though Rigby's 23 and Edwards-Lunn's 28 at least helped them to a total of over a hundred, but 107 was never going to be enough. However, the Beamers have played TWCC for long enough to know that a spontaneous collapse cannot be ruled out from more or less any situation, especially with the (too) late introduction of Rigby whose bowling was so successful, but on this occasion there were no dramas and the day's play goes down as an easy win for the home side.
If this proves to be, with autumn's rains upon us, the last game of the season, at least TWCC have Tom's hat-trick to cheer them through what is likely to be a difficult winter ahead.
But we may all be back next week!
Not sure there was a toss, but Brighton Beamers batted first. And TWCC fielded first.
Brighton Beamers' Innings: Blackadder Ct R Brock Bld T Rydon 12; R Siddens Bld E Howes 7; N Chafey Ct P Steinke Bld C Howes0; R Rigby Bld P Steinke 23; C May Ct T Rydon Bld C Howes 8; T Edwards-Lunn Bld R Brock 28; W Howarth Ct T Rydon Bld R Brock 10; R Benfield not out 4; W Briggs Bld T Firth 4; M Renshaw Ct T Pearce (wkt) Bld T firth 0; J Richards Ct M Edwards Bld T Firth 0. Extras 9 (B 2, LB 2, W 2, NB 3) Total 107 all out (38.4 overs).
Fall; 1-21, 2-23, 3-31, 4-46, 5-78, 6-98, 7-100, 8-107, 9-107, 10-107.
TWCC Bowling: E Howes 6-0-15-1; T Rydon 6-3-10-1; C Howes 5-2-12-2; M Edwards 5-1-14-0; R Rydon 5-0-20-0; P Steinke 5-1-12-1; T Firth 34-0-12-3; R Brock 3-1-8-2.
TWCC Innings: J Simon Ct Blackadder Bld R Rigby 47; T Rydon Ct & Bld N Chafey 20; T Pearce Bld W Briggs 0; E Howes Bld R Rigby 1; E Bunn not out 11; R Brock Ct Briggs Bld R Rigby 4; R Rydon not out 4. DNB T Firth, C Howes, M Edwards, P Steinke. Extras 22 (B 3, LB 3, W 8, NB 8) Total 109 (25.4 overs).
Fall: 1-81, 2-83, 3-86, 4-91, 5-105.
Brighton Beamers' Bowling: M Renshaw 6-1-17-0; G Blackadder 4-1-24-0; N Chafey 6-2-8-1; W Briggs 5-0-30-1; R Rigby 2.4-1-11-3; T Edwards-Lunn 2-1-13-0.
TWCC win by 5 wickets.
Captain's Review of the 2020 Season
Played 12, won 11, drawn 0, lost 1 (2019: P16, W10, D3, L3)
Well this has been the most extraordinary of seasons. When players of the future TWCC look back on 2020 they will read part of the history of the nation, and part of the history of our club. The coronavirus pandemic stopped us playing until July as the country went into lockdown. Then suddenly, unexpectedly, we were told we could play. We enjoyed a socially distanced net – which was mostly the opportunity to see each other and enjoy a beer together - at the ground in July. Then on 12th July the season restarted. Strange additions to the rules: we couldn’t go inside any pavilions, we had to use hand sanitiser every 6 overs, there was to be no body to body contact – so wickets could only be celebrated by the slightest elbow bumps, victories the same. And horribly…we had to take our own individual teas. The better prepared brought flasks of tea- but the virus ripped out a tradition going back hundreds of years: the cricket tea. Yet the desire to play cricket had fermented during lockdown. When we finally got back on the field of play, two and a half months later than usual, we were buzzing with uncapped energy. And wow: didn’t we convert that into good cricket!
Our results this season have eclipsed all other seasons. Putting aside the extraordinary nature of the season we managed to play 12 matches and lost only 1. Our squad has been strengthened by more regular appearances from a number of players including Tom Firth, Mikey and a happy return to fitness for Phil. We’ve had some extraordinary individual performances: Tom Rydon ripping through Parham, Richard doing the same against Bolney, Tom Firth’s maiden TWCC 50 vs Bolney – and his hatrick vs Brighton Beamers. And Ed finally letting his batting side come to the fore – whilst still helping clear out wickets against Hadlow Down and Warninglid. We’ve seen far more of Jonathan and he’s led from the front for the batting – 78* vs Staplefield was the season’s top score. How’s this for a stat: we’ve had only 5 noughts all season!! As captain, week after week I’ve had the privilege of looking through a team of fine batsmen and a stable of thoroughbred bowlers. There has been one unfortunate side effect: the top order has been so successful that far more frequently than previously, later batsmen have been unable to get a bat. I have tried to balance things so that everybody gets either a bat or a bowl, but on occasions that hasn’t been possible for which I can only promise to try to address things next season. But I can’t apologise for people doing what I ask of them so successfully! My philosophy – perhaps even more so in this season – has always been to ensure everybody gets a good game of cricket – I think that’s far more important even than the result. A short season and some sensational performances have stymied me to an extent in terms of batting.
And through all this we’ve been living TWCC history, for during 2019, and with a particular act of generosity, funding was in place for a much-needed new clubhouse, which was just as well as a winter storm then ripped the roof clean off the old pavilion, damaging struts, doors and window frames. The old building was beyond repair and, with the presentation of a magnificent donation, a team went into action to prepare for, plan and oversee the construction of a brand new pavilion. Throughout the year that team – led brilliantly by Paul Hunter, and including Edward Bunn, Jim Simon and Jonathan Rowland – has worked ceaselessly, dealing with the council planning department, the planners, the local councillors, the local residents and the pavilion supplier and a local builder. At every turn Paul has faced difficulties and frustrations – but he has shown extraordinary dedication and determination to keep pushing until, in August, we saw the remains of the old pavilion fully demolished and the new one erected weeks later. Over the winter it’s being kitted out and next year we will have an official `opening` day. I should also add that, in addition to one major donation in particular, Paul also managed to secure a £10,000 grant from Rampion, the energy company which has substantial works in Wineham, a sum most gratefully received and which has further helped the project to reach fruition.
It is hard to overstate the amount of work Paul in particular has put into this. The club owes him enormous thanks. The same for those who’ve worked with him. Every hurdle put in their way they’ve dealt with. They’ve dodged, weaved, sewn a little magic, sprinkled a little fairy dust – and the result now stands proudly ready for the next generation. Paul, Edward, Jonathan and Jim: thank you.
We will have a pavilion to be proud of, and through an act of, yes, great financial generosity, but also, and not missed, a generosity of spirit, this historic club will have a clubhouse which will enable it to play the magnificent game for years to come, to attract new players, something for the club and the villages of Twineham and Wineham to enjoy.
Last season I said I would reintroduce the Player of the Year Award – to be done fairly, points awarded after each match. That went to pot as we struggled simply to get matches on. I will bring it in next year . But there have been enough matches for me to award it this year. As I said earlier there have been many stand out performances, and many excellent seasons for players. But one man has stood out. One of the assault bowlers, somebody I’ve also made my `go to` guy to clear up the final two or three wickets. And he’s shown that – given the opportunity – he’s also pretty handy with a bat. Oh…and he can catch! The TWCC player of the year goes to Ed Howes. Congratulations Ed.
We sat at home and kept safe. We locked down.
At last, we played cricket. A winning run that stretched until August. No tour obviously, but big wins all the way with our batsmen putting in a series of challenging targets and our bowlers rifling through the opposition. Paul’s early season 61 vs Crescent helped secure the win, along with 57 fron Tony. Richard and Ed’s season’s best partnership of 114 helped see off Hadlow Down, Tony and Alex Rydon chipped in to help us past Balcombe, Tony’s 66 and Tom Rydon’s sixfer blasted aside Parham. Our only defeat came at Ditchling, despite good knocks from Paul and Jonathan. Jonathan kept his form the following week with a season top score of 78* vs Staplefield. Against Bolney, there was a very classy opening century stand by Tom Firth (maiden TWCC 50) and Jim Simon and Richard took a sixfer before Ed cleared out the tail. We finished up with wins against Streat and Brighton Beamers, lost a match to the weather and decided against playing in October because even in an extraordinary season that would have been super weird!
Next season will be very exciting. We will move into our lovely new clubhouse – if restrictions allow by April. Our intention is to hold the official opening during the season, involving WAGS, friends of the club. And – again Covid dependent – we will tour.
Gentlemen, it has been a testing season – testing mostly because we have been deprived of so much cricket and the fun, friendship and bonhomie that goes with it. But as ever it has been a privilege to be your captain, it continues to be a great honour and I have to say that what this wretched virus has done is show us all how we value everything that Sunday cricket offers us. Thanks to an expansive donation, a gift that has made a long wished-for pavilion a reality, that is something that will be available to us all for many years to come.
TWCC v Streat and Westmeston September 22nd 2019
Weather iffy, but ultimately no problem. Brocky won the toss and TWCC fielded first. Ed, then Matt opened, both with the usual fire. Ed took the first wicket, LBW, and then Colin Mansfield and Murray Barnes rather settled in, Colin in particular playing like a man in an end of season groove. First change brought on Rob who climbed in with two wickets, clean bowling Colin (can't remember details... sorry) and then, causing Murray to glove a classic short fast ball through to Jonathan behind the timbers. Colin's 53 was the meat of the Streat & W innings up to this point and with him gone there seemed to be little danger of the game getting away from TWCC. Hah!!!
Jim offered his usual humdrum stuff, and Brocky bowled his testing length and line taking a wicket as Jonathan held on to a very high ball running to mid-wicket, but all in all, TWCC had the visitors just where they wanted even though Archie Bell seemed worryingly capable of making trouble. Honza, Hugo and Graham bowled a few overs, and it was Honza's fault that TWCC ended up facing 198 to win because it was he who held on to a difficult high, long catch to get rid of Rob Eastwood off Graham's bowling that brought Harry Freeman to the crease at No. 7. Oh deary me. Oh deary deary me...
With T20 disregard for the bowling, Harry strode about the wicket, getting the balls into his arc and smacking them into his choice of field. Honse had a valiant and nearly successful crack at hanging on to what would have been a flat six at straight mid-off, but Harry was too much for the home side, and Archie was doing his own bit of damage too. Poor Ed came back on to get his figures mauled and, to his credit, so did Brocky albeit with less in the way of damage, but there was little TWCC could do and the score shot up from 120 for 5 in the 29th over to 197 when tea arrived at 36 overs after Harry had his 50 off 26 balls.
With some wounds to lick we settled down to Rob's signature smooth gourmet sandwiches backed up with decadent brownies and virtuous fruit, but with the light always an issue at this time of year it was soon time for Jim and Rob to head the middle and after 12 overs one of them was keeping up with the required run rate of around 5 an over. Rob was on a masterful 41 (Jim 13), and all TWCC needed was for Rob not to get out, which was a shame. Having been in no trouble, and with him and Jim running about pretty well, Rob tried to knock a fuller ball down to short leg for a single to keep the strike but John Hawkins' off-break did turn and it beat Rob's bat and a bail was removed. Veteran TWCC fans felt a little ill at this point.
Jim followed soon after Rob to a skiddy faster ball from Harry Freeman, and Jonathan made a quality 11 before hitting a ball up into Archie Bell's hands in the covers (is that right? Can't remember if I remember that or I'm making it up.)
Matt looked truly excellent with the bat, and a consecutive brace of powerful back-foot punches to the cover-point boundary stay in the mind. Edward, as usual, was in little trouble, but then he played an uppish shot, which brought Brocky to the crease. Often Richard comes in to bat with a skipper's mix of defiance and winning intent and this was one of those occasions and a half-forward drive through mid-on that burst through the fielder's hands and still made it the boundary for four, was, along with Matt's cover-point square drives, a contender for TWCC shot of the day. Tom F, who with Brocky, put on an initially win-threatening 38 runs at a reasonable rate, once again looked super reliable with the bat, and he has been, in all roles asked of him, a great asset over the season. Brocky fell for 26, though, after the attempt at a win had subsided and the game was more or less safe. In and out came and went Ed, and it was left to Hugo to survive a ball and then, with the game safe, to stride down the wicket and clip an excellent single to get off the mark. Tom finished his thoroughly crickety innings of 15 with a couple of runs and off we went to the pub.
After Colin's excellent start to the game for Streat, and then Archie's and, particularly, Harry's onslaught at the end of their innings, the target for TWCC was always going to be a toughy. Rob set about it in good heart and with great style, but in spite of his, Matt's, Brocky's and Tom's best efforts there just wasn't time to get near Streats total.
Let's hope this game wasn't the last of the season, but the forecast for Sunday looks less promising the closer we get to it...
TWCC won the toss and opted to bowl first.
Streat and W Innings: Innings: C Mansfield Bld R Rydon 53; N Buttler LBW E Howes 2; M Barnes Ct J Rowland (Wk) Bld R Rydon 15; R Eastwood Ct H Karvay Bld G Cuthbert 14; C Marshall Ct J Rowland (Wk) Bld R Brock 10; A Bell not out 31; H Freeman not out 50. DNB J Hawkins, L Maysey, J Porter, S Spiegel. Extras 22 (W 7, LB 3, W 12) Total 197 for 5 (36 overs).
Fall: 1-26, 2-65, 3-82, 4-96, 5-120.
TWCC Bowling: M Edwards 6-1-26-0; E Howes 7-2-50-1; R Rydon 4-0-23-2; J Simon 4-0-15-0; R Brock 5-0-20-1; H Karvay 4-0-16-0; H Riley 4-0-24-0; G Cuthbert 2-0-13-1.
TWCC Innings: J Simon LBW H Freeman 13; R Rydon Bld J Hawkins 41; J Rowland Ct A Bell Bld J Hawkins 11; M Edwards Ct R Eastwood Bld L Maysey 19; E Bunn Ct A Bell Bld J Rawlins 2; R Brock Ct L Maysey Bld M Barnes 26; T Firth not out 15; E Howes Ct & Bld L Maysey 0; H Riley not out 1. DNB H Karvay, G Cuthbert. Extras 18 (B 6, LB 2, W 9, NB 1) Total 146 for 7 (36 overs).
Fall: 1-62, 2-62, 3-78, 4-82, 5-104, 6-142, 7-143.
Streat and W Bowling: C Marshall 4-0-24-0; R Eastwood 4-0-17-0; H Freeman 5-2-14-1; J Hawkins 7-3-20-3; S Spiegel 7-3-20-0; L Maysey 7-0-19-2; M Barnes 5-1-15-1.
Staplefield v TWCC September 8th 2019
It seems like a few years have passed since TWCC last played Staplefield, which is a shame as the fixture is a very good fit in terms of cricket, location and prevailing good-naturedness.
Skipper Brock won the toss for TWCC and he decided that the best way to enjoy the lovely late Summer sun was to soak it up in the field. On this occasion for some reason this was going to be a limited 40 overs game.
Tom, in his last appearance before heading off for old archives new, and Ed opened up for what has become TWCC's signature give-nothing-away-and-look-out start to a game. With Matt (where's Matt?) in the side as well many a game has been favourably set up by the opening bowlers denying opponents anything like a fast start, and many teams often never get going as a consequence. Tom, although he occasionally lost his grip on the new ball and sent down the odd high full toss, zeroed in as he does and his was the first wicket, clean bowling Bull for 1. Ed, with no wickets on the day, was just as penetrative and economical, though no wickets came his way. At the end of their spells Staplefield were just 17 for 1 off 11 overs. Tremendous stuff which went a long way to shape the outcome of the day.
Upon first change Brocky and Phil took up the challenge of bowling to the now free-swinging batters, and although runs did begin to flow as Staplefield had to do something about a score, the home side's skipper fell LBW to a full toss from Brocky. Sawrey and Moufeed were beginning to play strong shots for fours, though several boundaries were delayed if not always saved thanks to the way Graham seemed to regard his limbs as broadly expendable. He's clearly from the footier end of the sporting spectrum and doesn't shy away from putting a shin or two in the way of things which is to be commended if not recommended.
Jim replaced Brocky in the hope that the scoring rate would be changed, as indeed it was with Jim's first two balls going for 10. Then Jim hit a bit of a purple patch as his fibres realised they were still hanging together and a flurry of wickets followed; all caught, two by Jim and one each from Hugo and Tom. The wicket, which hasn't been mentioned yet, was the main factor in this game; quite bobbly and slow with the occasional shocker of a bounce. Hitting out through the ball brought the vagaries of the pitch into play and leading edges and scuffed strokes began to take their toll on the Staplefield innings which, from 86 for 2 fell to 99 all out (9 wkts) within a few overs thanks to a much-deserved bowled wicket from Phil (8 overs for 20) and then with a quick-fire two more from Hugo. Hugo took a wicket with something like his third ball in ten years, and produced a mixture of off-spin and seam-up that was simply too much for Staplefield's lower order, and he finished with 2 for 3 off 1.4 overs. Good stuff.
Staplefield all out for 99, early tea and lots of contented lying about watching the shadows creep across the perfect village green towards the perfect village pub.
But stumps had to be stirred, and Paul and Jim wandered out to face the bowling and the wicket. Paul had little trouble, as did Jim until, with the total moving along nicely (25) he swung through a ball that was too short to drive on this holding surface and lofted a catch to mid-on where young Yousef held on to a dipping ball very well. In strode Joe who also seemed to have little difficulty as his true eye allowed him to swing balls off his legs (and stumps) to the leg-side boundary; quick runs, the score moving up and up to 61 for 3, no problem; good innings, just the job.
Graham came in at No 4 to help Paul along, and the pacy Fawny was brought on to shake up the TWCC reply. Although Paul's thrusting front-foot drive to the mid-off boundary off Fawny was the Gazette's Shot of the Day, the very next ball rattled his timbers and he was out for a 32 very valuable runs. A fine performance from Paul, as ever, which left TWCC in just the sort of winning position from which only TWCC could lose.
In came Hugo - unphased by his return to the sporting top drawer - and he looked as good with the bat as he had been with the ball. He, too, stroked Fawny to the boundary for a fine four through cover point, but then he and Graham both fell to the well-controlled spin of Razzak.
But, with the batting order having been influenced somewhat by events, TWCC had two key players up their sleeve. Firstly, Edward, with a lifetime's study of the MCC coaching manual in his locker, set about sending the ball into the hedge, and secondly little did Staplefield know but this self-effacing gentleman, sidling to the middle, was none other than the doyenne of Sussex cricket Tony Pearce himself. Tony and Edward ooh'd and arr'd their way through TWCC's nervous 90's, and although Tony was out for a quick 12, Edward, renowned as TWCC's finisher, and Ed ran through for a bye to win the game for the visiting side.
We retired to the Victory to lick Graham's wounds as we sipped an array of well-earned drinks beneath an intriguing blue plaque on the wall above the door. As if by some divine alignment of the heavens a shaft of the low sun clearly picked out some small white writing; apparently on this very village green in 1964 an unknown player had achieved an all-bowled hat trick! What a shame no more could be learned about this miracle of cricket, but of course we raised a glass to this uncelebrated unknown and concentrated on England losing the Ashes before our very ears.
Thank you, Staplefield, for a very nice game played in great spirit, and we hope the fixture is repeated in 2020, when cries of "Big swing, no ding!" will once again be heard ringing round the village.
TWCC won the toss and opted to bowl first.
Staplefield Innings: R Bull Bld T Rydon 1; R Prevett LBW Bld R Brock 13; Sawrey C&Bld J Simon 16; Moufeed C&Bld J Simon 45; R Razzak Ct H Riley Bld J Simon 3; N Sadler Bld P Steinke 2; Fawny Ct T Rydon Bld J Simon 1; R Hutchins Bld H Riley 2; R Hutchings Bld H Riley 0; Yousef not out 0. Extras 16 (B 8, LB 1, W 4, NB 3) Total 99 for 9 (all out).
Fall: 1-7, 2-29, 3-86, 4-90, 5-91, 6-93, 7-93, 8-94.
TWCC Bowling: T Rydon 5-2-11-1; E Howes 6-3-6-0; R Brock 6-0-36-1; P Steinke 8-0-20-1; J Simon 4-1-13-4; H Riley 1.4-1-3-2.
TWCC Innings: P Hunter Bld Fawny 32; J Simon Ct Yousef Bld R Bull 11; J Panther Ct Bull Bld Fawny 13; G Cuthbert Ct x Bld Razzak 1; H Riley Bld Razzak 5; E Bunn not out 11; T Pearce Ct x Bld Abdullah 12; E Howes not out 0. DNB T Rydon, R Brock, P Steinke. Extras 10 (B 6, LB 4) Total 100 for 6 (24.4 overs)
Fall: 1-25, 2-61, 3-69, 4-69, 5-74,6-98.
Staplefield Bowling: R Bull 5-0-18-2; N Sadler 5-0-23-0; R Razzak 6-3-13-2; Fawny 5-0-23-2; R Hutchings 1-0-7-0; Abdullah 1-0-0-1; Yousef 0.4-0-1-0.
TWCC win by ... scoring more runs in a few less overs than available and by not being all out before they got there. 1 run? 4 wkts? 15.2 overs? I don't know, it all seemed very clear yesterday in the pub.
Crescent CC v TWCC September 1st 2019
For once TWCC's visit to the Horsdean Bowl didn't coincide with an early Autumn squall and the skippers tossed with the prospect of a 38-42 over draw-possible match being uninterrupted by rain. Skipper Brock won the toss and chose to bat first, relying on a runs-on-the board-and-take-10-wickets approach to win the day.
Jim and Mikey took to the field of play, and it was with some relish that Jim tucked into Mayer's first ball, smacking a four through the covers, his hopes high for more of the same, please, from the Crescent bowler. Sadly this was just a loosener and Mayer soon served up over after over of pacey balls on or just outside the off stump and from then on Jim could only manage leaves, blocks and the odd edge. Mikey, exclusively batting at the other end and having also found an early boundary in his classical style, pulled out of a shot and dollied the ball to mid-off. If, once committed, he'd followed through with the full beans he'd have lived to fight another day, but on this occasion his race was run. In came Tony who took up residence at the South End whilst Jim continued to just about survive against the constant threat of Mayer. In the end Jim's natural ability came to the fore and he was cleaned up by a fuller ball on the off stump that he simply missed. In came Tom, and perfectly respectable batting ensued but he was out LBW, Brocky dug in, but was bowled by his opposite skipper, and all the time Tony kept up the scoring when he could. On this wicket length was everything as the bounce was variable and a straight ball was to be feared, but Tony had a strategy that was backed up by the ability to be able to apply it. His approach was very crickety; advancing down the wicket to meet the ball often on the full and either pushing for crafty well-placed singles and twos or taking on full shots for fours and a couple of sixes. Joined in the middle by John, the brothers Pearce patiently progressed through the available overs whilst also mixing in calculated aggression as possibilities presented themselves. Tony, having managed his crease so well and in the process making Mayer look considerably less dangerous than had Jim, eventually missed a slow ball from Cook and was stumped for 66 runs which, in the context of the game being played on such a slow and awkward pitch, was a priceless contribution to the TWCC cause.
John continued on, with Ed, Honse and Hugo (new to the side - welcome Hugo!) but the fluency was gone and it became a matter of continuing the innings through to garner as many runs as possible; it was clearly going to be a low-scoring match and every run could be vital. After John was out for a valuable 18 (also stumped, bowled Cook) it fell to Hugo and Malcolm, and, lastly, Phil to eke the very last possible run out of the 42 overs. The innings closed on 145 for 9 and TWCC had done what they could. Tony's 66 runs stood out starkly as a tremendous effort on a difficult wicket.
Crescent's bowling exploited the conditions very well as one might expect, and their grip on the game was only unlocked, really, by Tony and John.
After the characteristically excellent Crescent tea, for once eaten outside sitting on the grass as opposed to in the shelter of the pavilion, it was time to see what sort of total 145 would prove to be.
The answer, for the first 20 overs, was that it looked like a perfectly good total. Ed's first spell of just 6 overs for 10, with a chipped catch to Honse at short mid-wicket, set the tone, and John, shimmering in once again for TWCC like he'd never been away, set about achieving the incredible figures of 7 overs, 5 maidens 1 for 2. The runs were not flowing, which made many TWCC batters, if you can call them that, feel a whole lot better. Tom and Phil took over with the ball and the home side continued to struggle as they fell behind the game as the overs passed by. Tom, initially slipping about in the dusty crease, managed to find a way and homed in on the stumps getting his reward with 2 for 9 off his first four overs, one of which wicket was the dangerous Spencer who looked as if he could take Crescent on with some conviction. The rest of Tom's spell was not helped as some edges went begging and, often, continued on to the long-stop boundary. Oh, and there was a 6.
Phil's tight line and length was, as ever, difficult to face and his four overs for just 6 runs at a time when Crescent were looking to score was key to the way the afternoon played out. As was Jim's total misjudgement of what was, in retrospect, a catch at long-on which he thought was falling a lot shorter than it eventually did... Do Specsavers run a Sunday side? (Sorry Phil/team Ed.)
However, with Jamie WIll and Matt Lawson at the crease a Crescent renaissance began to manifest itself and it was, in the face of a reducing required run rate, time for a TWCC change-up and one member of the TWCC team thought Mikey should have a bowl. And no one can deny that he does make things happen; his first ball was excellent, and there may have been others, but after two overs Brocky brought himself on, fresh from his five-for (fer?). Brocky would sort us out!
Well, wickets did fall, ultimately, thanks to Ed's return following on from Tom's long spell of 2 for 34. Crescent's skipper fell to a perfect delivery from Ed that trimmed the left-hander's off bail from a perfect length and the home side's afternoon became tricky from this point on. Brocky, beginning his spell at a time when Crescent were definitely still going for the win was initially expensive, but Ed's wicket unbalanced the batting and Jamie Will, trying too hard once his main partner had left the field, missed a straight one from Brocky and it was game on, once again, for a TWCC win. Crescent's afternoon became all about resistance and Ed's second wicket of his second spell, and Brocky's second wicket took TWCC to within a whisker of an away win, but the dead bats of Cook and Mayer denied such a result and the game ended in an exciting, yes exciting, draw. Ed ended up with four for 18 off 10 overs; a great performance, matching with the ball what Tony achieved with the bat.
Once again the validity of a draw-possible format is clear; more results remain possible for longer than when a strictly score-based game moves through various stages towards a climax, and there are few nicer sides with whom to share an exciting draw than the happy chaps of Crescent. This has become a regular fixture and one to which I'm sure both sides look forward each year.
TWCC won the toss and opted to bat first.
TWCC Innings: J Simon Bld Mayer 10; M Pearce Ct Partridge Bld Newcombe 4; T Pearce St. Hollands Bld Cook 66; T Rydon LBW Newcombe 6; R Brock Bld Lawson 8; J Pearce St Hollands Bld Cook 18; E Howes Ct Morris Bld Partridge 9; H Karvay run out 1; H Riley Bld Partridge 7; M Gasson not out 1; P Steinke not out 0. Extras 15 (B 4, LB 1, W 10) Total 145 for 9 (42 overs).
Fall: 1-11, 2-27, 3-42; 4-67; 5-111, 6-121, 7-129, 8-139, 9-144.
Crescent Bowling: Mayer 10-4-19-1; Newcombe 8-3-28-2; Singh 8-0-24-0; Lawson 8-0-31-1; Cook 5-0-20-2; Partridge 3-0-018-2.
Crescent Innings: J Morris Bld J Pearce 4; N Hollands Ct Karvay Bld Howes 0; A Malby Bld Rydon 7; A Spencer Bld T Rydon 7; J Will Bld Brock 43; M Lawson Bld Howes 34; M Newcombe Bld Howes 6; A Singh Bld Brock 3; S Partridge Bld Howes 3; B Cook not out 0; R Mayer not out 0. Extras 15 (B 11, LB 3, NB 1) Total 119 for 9 (38 overs).
Fall: 1-1, 2-16, 3-16, 4-29, 5-101, 6-111, 7-119, 8-119, 9-119.
TWCC Bowling: E Howes 10-3-18-4; J Pearce 7-5-2-1, T Rydon 9-1-34-2; P Steinke 4-0-6-0; M Pearce 2-0-21-0; R Brock 6-2-24-2.
TWCC v Sunday Seconds CC August 25th 2019
The hottest day of the year saw TWCC welcome another Crinder first date in the shape of Sunday Seconds CC. "Hot" doesn't really do justice to the gruelling oven-like conditions, and it was no surprise that the visiting skipper decided upon winning the toss to bat first thus keeping his troops merely luke warm in the pavilion whilst TWCC were obliged to take life on in the full furnace.
Ed and Tom did the honours with the new ball, and this time it was Ed who took the glory, starting off his 6 over spell with a wicket maiden - a high catch to Charlie who, although he looked a bit wobbly when finding himself under a high ball, nonetheless held on to it well when it arrived as he often seems to do. He has no need to worry - he's streets ahead of most TWCC catchers... Tom was feeling the heat, gasping for breath and turning all sorts of unlikely colours (good job he's off to Scotland for a bit of recuperative frost and rain), and on this occasion his wickets column remained bare. Ed's second wicket was a sharply caught catch at first slip by Tony off a shorter ball, and his mixing of short and full deliveries caused constant uncertainty in the Sunday Seconds' ranks and he ended his 6 over spell with 2 for 17.
When the time came for bowling changes Brocky put himself on from the Downs End and he began as he meant to go on with a tight maiden over, and Jim's first over brought out another good catch from Charlie at deepish cover. Both Brocky and Jim suffered the odd boundary as the Sunday Seconds' middle order showed its power, however the obvious difference between the two bowlers was that Richard took lots of wickets for not too many runs and Jim didn't. Brocky's bowling was perfect in line and, particularly, length as the ball seemed to dip and then lift from just short of a length and Jonathan, standing up behind the stumps, was taking the ball shoulder-high. It all looked very good and yielded figures of, in his first 8 over spell, 3 wickets for 27, and there was more to come.
Honse, still recovering from a long-standing injury, and Charlie bowled a few overs though both were unable to take a wicket on this occasion, and the aggression from the visitor's middle order batting line-up continued unabated even though wickets were falling. Brocky brought himself back for an over to avoid the Sunday Seconds' total getting away on this hot, hot day, and, indeed, took a further two wickets for just 3 runs ending with a well-deserved five-for 30, including a stumping from Jonathan and a good catch by Ed. Sunday Seconds at tea were 156 for 7. The over rate wasn't fast, with two drinks breaks and a few lost balls, but the weather was definitely a factor in how it limited springs in steps from all concerned. Not that all were concerned as the Sunday Seconds team were gathered close to TMS and we all, whether immediately or in relayed commentary, kept tabs on how Stokesy was setting about the Aussies at Headingly. When the moment came, an over or two before our tea, players from both teams leapt and cheered as the unlikeliest of results became first a possibility and then a reality. Amazing, though not, of course, real cricket like ours.
Tony's tea was gratefully received, not only because it was tea, but also any time out of the sun was very welcome. Tom began to return to a healthier shade of pink, and the England line-up was debated over excellent sandwiches and slices of cake.
Jim and Mikey strapped on the usual equipment and Jim began a characteristically dogged marathon, whilst Mikey, after stroking a fine four, sadly yorked himself and his afternoon was over before it had even begun. One Pearce out, another in, and Tony began with a 4 and carried on from there as slow long-hops were carted to the square leg boundary and, with Jim trying to give Tony the strike when he could, the score climbed from 5 for 1 to 105 in the 17th over when Tony was given out played on to his pads. A reprieve was offered, in true Sunday friendly fashion, but Tony, true sportsman that he is, said he'd been given out and would go and sit down in the shade. Of course he already knew that the game was secure given that he'd personally knocked 62 runs (ten 4's, one 6) off the target of 157.
Jim, still plugging away, was joined by Jonathan, and whilst the bowling as it sometimes does actually got better for a while, they both managed to remain in place and take the total onwards and upwards without too much difficulty. How good to see Jonathan have some extended time at the crease given that his recent innings have been somewhat short-lived for various bizarre reasons in spite of him looking so secure. Indeed, it was a somewhat freak incident that led to his downfall on this occasion too as he spun round to whack the slowest of dobs to the fine leg boundary - we all admired the shot, the umpire signalled four and then someone noticed that there were bails on the ground; he'd stepped on his stumps. However his excellent 24 (two 4's, one 6) had helped push the total up to 143 and there was little for Edward, the power house in at 5, to do beyond watch the ball onto his bat and off again a few times. The field came in with just one to get, Jim demonstrated a bit of agriculture to cow corner, and the game was over; TWCC 159 for 3, a home win by 7 wickets.
Heat. Sunday Seconds being a good lot who we'd like to see again. Stokesy. More heat. Harveys - these are the lingering memories of the day. The season unwinds, there's another notch on the TWCC stump, and all's well with the World. Apart from the obvious, of course.
Sunday Seconds won the toss and opted to keep cool.
Sunday Seconds Innings: B Larder Ct C Howes Bld E Howes 0; G Harris Ct C Howes Bld J Simon 14; C Grantham Ct T Pearce Bld E Howes 16; Kenny Rogers St Rowland Bld R Brock 54; C McLachlan Bld R Brock 16; F Sweating Ct & Bld R Brock 4; Keith Rogers Ct E Howes Bld R Brock 10; G Smith Bld R Brock 26; T Grantham not out 1. DNB P Meader, I Gordon. Extras 15 (LB 4, W 7, NB 4) Total 156 for 7 (33 overs).
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-24, 3-45, 4-66, 5-84, 6-99, 7-155, 8-156.
TWCC Bowling: E Howes 6-1-17-2; T Rydon 6-1-24-0; R Brock 9-1-30-5; J Simon 6-0-28-1; H Karvay 4-0-34-0; C Howes 2-0-19-0.
TWCC Innings: J Simon not out 54; M Pearce Bld C Smith 4; T Pearce LBW C Gratham 62; J Rowland hit wck Bld T Grantham 24; E Bunn not out 3. DNB T Rydon, H Karvay, C Howes, E Howes, R Brock. Extras 12 (B 2, W 10) Total 159 for 3 (31 overs).
Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-105, 3-143.
Sunday Seconds Bowling: C Smith 4-0-32-1; P Meader 6-0-28-0; K Rogers (Kenny or Keith?) 3-0-19-0; G Harris 6-1-25-0; C Grantham 4-2-8-1; I Gordon 4.4-0-22-0; T Grantham 4-0-22-1.
TWCC win by 7 wickets.
TWCC v Warninglid CC August 11th 2019
After a week of gales and rain, bar a couple of light squalls the afternoon on game day was dry and bright. TWCC were up against a typically capable but only nine-strong Warninglid team, but although they were short in number they looked long enough, as always, on ability. Warninglid, with their characteristic sprinkling of league players are always a side to be reckoned with. And, look out! Warninglid's John Swinscoe arrived on a Moto Guzzi! What a player he must be!
Given the absence of several regular players, Skipper Panther had done well with assistance from all around, to draw together an excellent TWCC side including, for the first time this season, Jonathan R and President Jones. There was a brief chat between skippers in the middle, with tree explanations and vague boundaries no doubt part of it, and a sort of no-toss agreement that TWCC would bat first emerged. No problem.
Paul and Jim togged up and off they went, seeing off a sequence of bowlers and even scoring some runs. With Paul scoring a bit quicker than Jim - naturally, given their relative abilities - the runs built nicely as this athletic pair scampered many quick 1's and 2's as well as making the most of any poorer balls. Drinks at 20 overs came and went with the score on 106 for 0, and a good platform had been set.
Jim was the first to go to a swinging full-length ball; 49 his personal contribution to a first wicket partnership of 117, then Paul was caught on 65 shortly afterwards with the TWCC total on 125 for 2. This left a useful 14 overs for the TWCC collapse - but keen observers of this phenomenon were to be disappointed as, whilst batters did come and go, runs were accumulating all the time. Charlie swiped a cool 19, then Mikey -TWCC's very own Jason Roy - looked dominant but was undone somewhat by the strong southerly wind that stalled the ball into Reilly's capable grasp at long on; out for 14. But these runs all add up, and Jonathan's 9, Dave Jones' 2, and even George's single run might have proved to be important by the end of the day. But there's more; Joe had kept back plenty of power for the end of the allotted 40 overs, and his own 16 (three quick 4's), together with Tom's 10 and Ed's 16 added a powerful punch to the end of the TWCC innings that took the score up to an impressive 216 for 8. Five of those eight wickets fell to the excellent John Swinscoe, he of Moto Guzzi fame, who bowled a simple but clearly effective line and length that proved too tempting or too good in equal measures. Did I mention his Moto Guzzi?
Everything in Joe's master plan had worked out; TWCC's good base to the innings with wickets in hand had left an opportunity for the rest of the team to swing the bat - especially as the 40 overs played out, and Paul's (second) tea of the season probably tasted better to the home side than it did to the "'Lid."
TWCC's time to bowl and Joe had a plan for this too. A good plan, and that plan was to open the bowling with Phil. How good to see Phil back hurling the ball down from two paces, finding that length that is all his own. Did Warninglid's crack batters get on top of Phil's bowling? Of course not! And neither were they finding anything simple about facing Tom from his favoured Pavilion End. Phil's perfect awkward length gave Warninglid just 12 runs off his 6 overs, and Tom's in-swinging guided missiles in both his spells cost just 20 runs off an allotted 8 overs during which time he took 2 top order wickets. Tom's bowling, especially into the prevailing wind which seems only enhance the swinging penetration he achieves, is truly in a purple patch. Ed, held back until after Phil's excellent spell, also gave nothing away as is his wont which must have been a worrying surprise to the visitors, and his 8 overs for 28 with 3 wickets to his name (including his own running catch somewhere in the outfield off his own bowling and a sharply taken catch at mid-off from Phil) simply meant there was little hope for Warninglid unless something radical occurred. But all TWCC could offer in this vein was a few creaky overs from Jim followed by somewhat better-oiled offerings from Joe, Dave and George which did give the scorer something to do, but not enough to bring anything like hope to the visiting side. Great to see Dave getting a wicket thanks to a high-energy sprint to mid-wicket from Jonathan, and Tom's calmly taken but tricky catch in the deep also gave George something in the wicket's column. Mikey's one over of spin deserves a mention; more or less all the deliveries landed on the short stuff, and his 1 for 1 off 1 is now nothing short of a worry for the rest of the season.
Warninglid were all out in the 34th over, some 74 runs short of TWCC's 216.
A well-paced batting performance followed by some great bowling from TWCC's A-list with Ed and Tom removing 5 top order batters between them, canny skippering from Joe combined with excellent all round performances from the whole side sent us to the pub with little need for further cheer.
Toss negotiated due to Warninglid having 9 players, TWCC batted first. 40 overs game, no nice draws available. Some weird Last Man Stands thing was agreed. It did happen but nothing much came of it which is just as well as I've no idea what was going on but I know it wasn't cricket.
TWCC Innings: P Hunter Ct Clarke Bld Blake 65; J Simon Bld Frankham 49; C Howes Ct Mackie Bld Swinscoe 19; M Pearce Ct Reilly Bld Swinscoe 14; J Rowland Ct Mackie Bld Swinscoe 9; D Jones Bld Swinscoe 2; J Panther Bld Swinscoe 16; G Howes Ct Blake Bld Parsons 1;
T Rydon Not Out 10; E Howes Not Out 16. DNB P Steinke. Extras 15 (B 6, LB 1, W 4, NB 4) Total 216 for 8, 40 overs.
Fall: 1-117; 2-125; 3-154; 4-166; 5-169; 6-174; 7-175; 8-192.
Warninglid Bowling: Blake 8-0-34-1; Acton 7-1-30-0; Clarke 6-0-46-0; Mackie 3-0-21-0; Frankham 8-2-26-1; Swinscoe 6-0-32-5; Parsons 2-0-18-1.
Warninglind Innings: J Reilly Ct C Howes Bld T Rydon 8; J Frankham-Eade Ct P Steinke Bld E Howes 21; M Nastys Bld T Rydon 0; C Mackie Ct & Bld E Howes 29; A Parsons Ct P Hunter Bld J Simon 9; R Clarke Bld E Howes 1; S Acton Ct J Rowland (Wk) Bld D Jones 35; M Blake Ct T Rydon Bld G Howes 20; J Swinscoe Bld M Pearce 3. Extras 15 (B 2, LB 3, W 10) Total 142 all out 33.5 overs.
Fall: 1-9; 2-11; 3-39; 4-50; 5-53; 6-78; 7-120; 8-127; 9-142.
TWCC Bowling: P Steinke6-1-12-0; T Rydon 8-2-20-2; E Howes 8-0-28-3; J Simon 4-0-16-1; J Panther 3-0-28-0; D Jones 2-0-16-1; G Howes 1.5-0-15-1; M Pearce 1-0-1-1.
TWCC win by 74 runs.
TWCC v Cutter's Choice CC August 4th 2019
Every time I begin to write up a game I mean to be brief. But all too often, for my RSI and busy readers alike, TWCC games are so action-packed that it would be an injustice not to go through the afternoon's play in all it's exciting detail. On this occasion, however, this ambition of mine should be perfectly possible to achieve.
Cutter's Choice, or CCCC as it seems a shame not to refer to them as, are a side new to TWCC, but they assured us that their innoculations were up to date and were a very jolly and pleasant group of players with whom to share a somewhat grey Sunday, so on we went with CCCC batting first.
Ed and Tom R opened up, and whilst both were their usual ebullient selves, on this occasion it was Ed who got the maidens and Tom who took the wickets. I wasn't in a position to see quite what Ed was doing with the ball though it was clearly something good, but fielding in the slips was a perfect place to see how Tom's inswinging fast pitched-up deliveries were doing the damage. Jim dropped a sharpish chance in the slips, but Tom ploughed on and his reward was an LBW and a bowled 2 balls later. It looked to me as if facing either of these two was tricky indeed.
To return to my ambition; (I'm overdue a trip down the road to see Joffra again) notable other events are as follows:
Phil's return! Phil - he of the fast arm and reverse cap, back where he belongs in a TWCC shirt and in the wickets column. 5 overs for 14 and a bail-trimmer bowled wicket. Welcome back Phil!
Graham's catch! Out at long on, a high swirling catch that he judged perfectly and held on to in front of the pavilion (shed). What a goody.
That was it, really, as far as I can recall, and here we are at tea! Ed's tea; coronation chicken and Guinness cake - how good is that?
TWCC's batting can be dealt with even quicker; we had 187 to overhaul, a target somewhat larger than might have been possible if we'd bowled Ed and Tom for 20 overs each, but there it was on the scoreboard, large as life.
Edward at 4, stayed and scored - the only one of us who looked good for any length of time. Jim and Tom opened, and Tom stayed for long enough to be noticed, Jim and Brocky not so much. After that only Edward with 42 runs to his name made any headway against some perfectly respectable bowling from the CCCC bowling outfit. I don't think the bowling was such that we couldn't or shouldn't have made a worthier effort, but there it was; we weren't going to overhaul the target of 187 in spite of Edward's excellent performance, and it became clear that we needed to hold out for a draw which the TWCC middle and lower order contrived to do. Asstd. Howes' did their valiant best, backed up by Honse and Rob S, but it was Graham and lastly Phil who absorbed the last ball of CCCC's 42 overs to safely bring home a somewhat lose-y feelingy draw.
Cutter's Choice proved to be the better side on the day, and TWCC came somewhere near second place.
Scorebook does not record who won the toss, but Cutter's Choice batted first
Cutter's Choice CC Innings: Paul Bld Steinke 7; Nigel LBW Bld T Rydon 22;
Rajat Bld Rydon 0; Dave Ct & Bld Saunders 13; Paddy Ct Cuthbert Bld Karvay 36; Ian Bld C Howes 27; Abs not out 35; Saff not out 16. DNB Andy. Extras 31 (B 6, LB 2, W 22, NB 1) Total 187 for 6 (35 overs).
TWCC Bowling: E Howes 7-2-19-0; T Rydon 7-0-27-2; P Steinke 5-0-14-1; R Saunders 6-0-36-1; R Brock 4-0-28-0; H Karvay 2-0-15-1; C Howes 2-0-16-1; G Cuthbert 2-0-25-0.
TWCC Innings: J Simon ct Ian Bld Andy 12; T Rydon LBW Saff 14; R Brock Bld Saff 5; E Bunn LBW Paddy 42; E Howes Bld Afzal 2; H Karvay Bld Afzal 4; R Saunders Bld Ian 2; C Howes Bld Rajat 7 G Cuthbert not out 3; G Howes Bld Rajat 0; P Steinke not out 3. Extras 22 (B3, LB1, W 18) Total 116 for 9.
Cutter's Choice Bowling: Andy 6-0-29-1; Saff 11-1-27-2; Afzal 8-3-12-2; Ian 10-4-26-1; Paddy 4-1-12-1; Rajat 3-1-5-2.
TWCC Single Wicket Competition July 28th 2019
It takes, on average, three to four years for TWCC to forget what playing a single-wicket competition is like. What madness! But what fun!
There were notable and much-missed absentees, but plenty of the usual suspects were present; Mikey Pearce, Honse, Graham, Brocky, George (Howes), Matt Edwards, Joe, Matt Brock, Tom Rydon, Tom Firth, Tony Pearce, and Ed. Twelve good men and true.
Brocky, who had clearly been lying awake for weeks (some say years) planning this event, had devised a new format for the competition, and, much to everyone's surprise, it was entirely successful. The play revolved around an initial league: 4 groups of 3 players, two of whom would go through to quarter-finals/knockout stages, and anyone unlucky enough to come last in the initial group stages would take part in the Plate Competition via semi-finals/final knockout rounds. 12 balls to be bowled by each bowler, no byes to the keeper allowed but you could run off a wide. One further, and ultimately decisive rule played its part; lose a wicket and you lose 6 runs, but stay in to fight on.
TWCC's very own tribute to the 50 over World Cup! Was Bet Tony interested?!?? Oh yes! Folding money was blowing about in the mid-summer breeze like confetti.
First round results
Grp. 1: Honse & Mikey through, Graham out.
Grp. 2: Brocky & George through, Matt E out.
Grp. 3: Matt B & Joe through, Tom R out.
Grp. 4: Tony & Ed through, Tom F out.
Well... Someone has to lose, and Matt E and both Toms being out twice proved decisive, whilst Graham was concentrating on the Plate Competition...
1. Brocky v George: Brocky scored a solid 13, showing even more commitment than normal by running a lot of quick runs, and George bowled a steady tight line without taking a wicket. T'other way round George, in spite of having top-scored in the first round, suffered an early wicket from which he didn't recover. Brocky through.
2. Ed v Tony: Both were out once, but Tony's the wiley one and chased down Ed's 10 by the 11th ball. Both were out once, which, in spite of tight performances from both players, proved a more challenging backwards step to overcome for Ed than it did to the old hand.
3. Mikey v Joe: It could be said that this was a tense match up, and, indeed, it proved to be a close-run thing. Mikey, one of our very best batters but who seems to have forgotten how to bowl up against Joe of the swinging bat and balls. Indeed it was ball 1 that Mikey contrived to hit straight to a fielder (no idea, now, who or how) and started on -6 with only 11 balls left. But he did come back. Straight back - second ball hit for 6! This was full-on modern cricket, and Mikey continued to build an innings over the next 10 balls, ending on a very respectable 25 runs. But Joe had a secret weapon; Mikey's bowling. With 5 wides and a no ball, Mikey gifted Joe 6 runs and bowled an extra over, and Joe's total climbed steadily until he needed a single off the last ball to go through. Just one run. Odds-on Mikey would bowl a wide, but he didn't, and Joe couldn't get a bat on the ball which went through to the keeper. No byes was the rule = no run. Mikey goes through. Just.
4. Honse v Matt B: Matt B continued his great form with the ball, taking Honse's wicket too often to allow an injured Honse any chance when it came to his turn to bowl. Matt needed less than no runs to win and did. A shame for Honse as his is just the sort of game that can do well in these tight and unpredictable situations.
1. Mikey v Brocky: Decided, in the end, by a catch. Mikey scored a very solid 21 without being out, with only two 4's in the mix thanks to Rich's brave use of the slower ball. He's a smart one, that Skip, and with Mikey's unpredictable bowling to come, he may well have been able to get into the final of his dreams... 15 off the first 6 balls, he was on course until a smack to Ed at short cover ended up in a remarkable catch which impressed us all tremendously, including Ed himself when he realised he had the ball in his hand. 13 runs for Rich to get off just five balls was just too much, especially as Mikey forgot to bowl any more wides. Mikey through.
2. Matt B v Tony: Nothing but Pearces and Brocks in the semi-finals; dynasty cricket. Exuberant youth versus the sagacity of experience. No, more than just sagacity; Tony is, of course, an excellent all round sportsman so Matt was up against it. But he was up for the challenge, scoring steadily, and with three 4's he ended up on 22. That was a strong challenge indeed, but Tony spun the cogs in his head and, in reply, of course came up with 23 runs in reply. Why wouldn't he? No wickets at all in this match, Matt bowled perfectly well, batted even better, and came up just short. Tony through; it would be a Pearce's name on the trophy. On Tony's trophy.
Playing out the Plate
In the remaining matches in the Plate, if you were out you were out, and thus, by extension, if you overhauled the desired total batting second, you won. Tom F faced all 12 balls of quality pace bowling from Matt E, ending on a very creditable 16, but it was Matt who stroked a four off Tom's 7th ball to play his way into the Plate final. Sadly for Graham, in the other semi-final, Tom's well-honed pacey skills resulted in his being bowled first ball, leaving Tom with the tricky business of surviving one ball from Graham to win. Tricky also, it would have been, for the count-backers to decide who would go through to the Plate final if Tom was also out first ball... but Tom's single off Graham's first ball earned him his place in the final and the back-room stat boys could relax.
Plate Final: Matt E v Tom R. Who'd have thought it - Matt and Tom, quality players both, in the plate at all? But such are the vagaries of the Single-Wicket Competition and here they were in what was to be, as with many match-ups on this day, a very close and interesting game. Matt batted first - don't forget when a wicket fell that was it; sudden death of the cruellest variety - and batted for all 12 of Tom's offerings, ending up with an impressive and challenging 18 runs to his name. Tom offered no wides or weirdnesses; he just bowled good, honest, tight balls which Matt did well to score off. Pads on, Tom had a tough task in front of him; score 19 runs, against Matt, and don't get out. Which is what he did! He needed a single off the last ball, and got it, just like that. Either could have won, both played well, but Tom it was whose name will be scribbled onto some sort of miscellaneous cracked crockery with a blunt felt pen sometime in the next few years.
Which brings us to the climax of the day... The Pub! Oh, apart from the final of the single-wicket competition.
Single Wicket Competition Final
A Pearce-off. Pundits would pay good money, surely, to see how Mikey's lifetime of intimidatory back garden experiences played out, and here we were, in the TWCC Single-Wicket final, witnessing the Pearce inter-generational throwdown showdown.
Mikey batted first, and with so much at stake, both Pearces were a little cagey. Tony bowled no wides, and Mikey declined to hit out until Tony's sixth ball went for four. Another 4 the next ball, but only another 8 runs in all to take Mikey to 21. And Mikey's bowling arm was not behaving as he'd like... Tony took his time, waiting for the wides, and a no ball, and then, in the conclusive meat of the game, balls 7, 8 and 9, were struck for three 4's in a row; bang bang bang, taking him to 27 (5 runs ahead of his target of 22) with three balls left. But this wasn't the Plate; if Tony was out he'd lose 6 runs. A dot ball, then on the penultimate ball, Tony stroked the decisive single that took him to 28 so that even if he was out on his last ball he'd be on 22 - one more than Mikey, who in spite of his heroic batting efforts, came second on the day.
Edward and James are previous serial winners of this much-cherished trophy, but it is Tony's name that appears most often in recent years, and it will be there again in 2019. Thanks to Brocky for coming up with the format and tea, and congratulations to all who took part and to Tony for showing, once again, that class will out.
TWCC Tour to Wimborne Minster June 27th-30th 2019
For such a small cricket club, TWCC’s ability to tour year after year is truly astonishing – as are some of the events which unfold! This year, in Rob’s memorable phrase, we dipped into the same river for a second time. 12 months on from our 125 tour to Wimbourne, we were back. Joe was declared tour captain, a title he treasured and used (and frequently overused) in all available situations, though he was very restrained when selecting himself in the batting order – he went as low as 5 against Bournemouth!
Dave and Joe set off from Brighton, Tom R and Ed from Wineham and Edward, Jim, Matt B and Richard from Twineham. We were heading for an 11.30 round of golf and the weather was fantastic –warm and sunny. The course – Queen’s Park in Bournemouth – was in the town’s outskirts. By the time we actually got underway, the weather was yet hotter and more humid. The `players` started off: Jim, Tom, Ed and Joe. The rest jumped into a pair of golf carts and began the humiliating process of teeing off in front of the clubhouse. Fortunately, despite the quality of the course, nobody was on the balcony watching. The course turned out to be a ball-eater. There was nothing between the fairways and thick impenetrable rough and once a ball either rolled or was powered into any part, it was gone. For most of the once a year hackers, the numbers of lost balls headed into double figures. It was, for most, a dispiriting process. Though the professionals were smacking the balls off the tee, the process of getting the ball into the hole was frequently interrupted by the infernal rough. Jim was making the least heavy work of it, as Ed and Joe tried to chase him down. In the other group, the heat, the frequent waits for dog walkers and the general lack of regular golf all took their toll – and when the par 3 9th hove into view after 3 hours, it was decided it would be the last. Edward won the inevitable betting on that hole and then it was into the buggies and off to a cold beer. But the other group continued on – losing an exasperated Tom at the 15th. Finally the group of 3 finished the course with Jim the victor. Temperatures by mid afternoon were in the high 20s, and the beer slipped down a treat.
With that the two groups headed to Wimbourne and the Kings Head Hotel. We were greeted by the lovely Rachel, over whom Richard slavered rather too lasciviously and was duly fined. We met up in the hotel bar and after a couple of beers, headed to the nearby Prezzo for dinner. We then headed to Weatherspoons, were joined by Tom Firth and 8 became 9.
The following day, after a hearty breakfast at the hotel, it was tennis on the nearby grass courts. We had plenty of racquets, but were hampered by a lack of balls until the helpful coach supplied a few and we were off. What he didn’t have that would have been handy was a lawnmower, but we decided to brave the jungle. It soon became clear that the legendary `5 racquets` and Ed were the guys to beat. They generally made fewer error than others- but generally everyone had a good game, most won and lost occasionally and for an hour and a half we raced around the courts on another glorious day. But it was like a swingers BBQ and such was the chopping and changing of partners that there were no official `winners` - so that title remains vacant. At lunch, the boys decided to try a first visit to the legendary Rising Sun where they found beer at £1.95 a pint – which is a good start for any pub. Apres beer, they purchased a set of boules and we all headed to the park. These were not the metal boules beloved by the French – they were plastic and very bouncy and - when thrown around the parents and children at the end of school time – it made for a rather entertaining spectacle. Boules went long and short, on the path, under tables, through the children. Richard beat Ed in the singles, only to then lose his prize money to Joe in a one-off gamble. Jim and Tom won the doubles. Relief was offered by the shade of a lovely oak tree as temperatures hit the 30s. By the time we were done the school was empty and it was time to head back to the hotel, meet up with the newly arrived Rob and make our way to Bournemouth CC for our first game of cricket.
And so to Bournemouth Cricket Club – the vast centre of cricketing power in Dorset. It was a hot afternoon when we rolled up, by this time we were 11 with the VERY late arrival on tour of Matt E. We were starved of cricket and we were ready to go - in a `pop into the bar first` sort of way. Joe won the toss and elected to field. Bournemouth had rallied around to pull together a team – including an out of sorts first teamer, a few coaches and others. The first two batsmen looked young, lean and keen. But with Rob tearing in from one end and Jim letting the ball weave its crazy flighted way down the wicket at the other, these guys found it hard to get away and failed to get the pinch-hitting score they were clearly hoping for. In fact, with the regular two over rotation spells of the bowlers, it wasn’t until the third over that the first boundary was struck, and in the 4th over, with the score on a mere 16, TWCC made the breakthrough when a run out was exceptionally delivered – though the book does not say who was responsible. 4 overs later, the score had more than doubled as the powerful opener Luke Matthews got into his stride. But Matt kept the pressure on at the other end with an LBW of their number 3 Palmer. TWCC tails were up and – considering the heat and beer – the bowling and fielding was looking really impressive. Tight bowling continued with Ed and Matt Brock – and another run out brought BCC to 72-3. There was a dangerous looking combination as the dangerous Owen Jones joined Matthews – and it took the wily old timer Brock Snr to float down one of his slower balls to encourage Matthews to sweep and dink the ball to the keeper. 106-4. After that, Bournemouth batted sensibly, another run out ensued, but they got to 132-5 after 20 overs. Surely that could be overhauled….
Joe eschewed the previously tried and tested tour batting line up selection process – involving pulling names out of a pint pot – for something new and exciting. He chose it himself. Well that was never going to work! Tom Rydon opened up with Richard and they never quite got onto the same wavelength. Richard scooped the ball up in the air, within 6 feet of the crease, whereupon a scrum of fielders dived for it, but were prevented from catching it by the skilful shielding of the ball by said batsman. Imagine his surprise then to turn back to his crease and see the young Rydon standing there, the only person to have engaged in anything slightly pursuant of progressing the match – namely, by taking a run. Dave Rogers was next in – he also made 1, Tom Firth 2, Joe 2, Matt Edwards 9 and suddenly the score stood dangerously close to a wipeout on 36-5 – which became 36-6 when Tom surrendered his wicket for a valiant 17. Not for the first time, Rob showed us the way to Respectability Road and the next 3 batsmen also joined the happy band of batsmen actually batting. Rob smacked the ball to all parts for 25, Jim stroked it gracefully for 19 and Matt Brock clubbed it for 10. Their combined effort took us to 93-8 and 115-9, though in truth they were assisted by the comedic bowling efforts by some of BCC’s bowlers keen to impersonate their peers and team-mates. In the end, the defences buckled at 115 when Matt was clean bowled, leaving Ed wishing for more – surely he’d be higher up the order for Balcombe -and we lost by a gaping margin, which will go down in the book as 17 runs.
BCC were very good to us, a nice bunch of chaps with whom we socialised afterwards over beer and hot dogs. We laughed when one of them got hit on the head by an `incrediball` and we generally enjoyed sitting out at a huge and lovely ground on a gorgeous evening. What we lost on the pitch we won back off it. They tried to sign up a few of our star players – but the prospect of 120 overs in the searing heat of the day was less than enticing. (Anyway they only actually wanted Rob and he was already prostituting himself elsewhere on the Saturday). As the sun set it seemed like the right moment to take our leave. We said our thanks to our great hosts, were invited back at anytime and left in excellent spirits.
TWCC VS Bournemout Cricket Club 20/20 28th June 2019
TWCC won the toss and elected to bowl
BCC Innings: J Coombs Run Out 6; L Matthews Ct Keeper Bld R Brock 43; J Palmer LBW Bld Edwards 6; O Jones Run Out 48; D Rani Run Out 11; F Oldfield Not Out 8; B Thompson Not Out 2; TOTAL 132-5
FALL: 16-1, 38-3, 72-2, 106-5, 128-4
TWCC Bowling: R Rydon 2-1-11-0; J Simon 3-0-26-0; M Edwards 2-0-15-1; M Brock 3-0-18-0; E Howes 2-0-9-0; R Brock 2-0-10-1, J Panther 2-0-15-0, E Bunn 3-0-18-0.
TWCC Innings: R Brock Run Out 1; T Rydon Bld A Humber 17; D Rogers Bld N Pack 1; T Firth Ct Matthews Bld N Pack 3; J Panther Bld Jason 2; M Edwards Bld Jason 9; R Rydon Bld F Oldfield 25; E Bunn Bld J Coombes 6; J Simon Ct, Bld Thompson 19; M Brock Bld Palmer 10; E Howes Not Out 2.
TOTAL 115 all out
FALL: 3-2, 5-3, 17-4, 19-5, 36-1, 36-6, 69-8, 72-9
BCC Bowling: too many confusing impressions going on.
BCC win by 17 runs
Back at the hotel, we changed and headed out to the Rising Sun, to see if its legendary status as Wimbourne’s number 1 night-time venue was still valid. Alas, it was not. The pub had a live band but was relatively quiet. So TWCC did what we do best. We simply sat around a table, all 11 of us, and drank beer, chatted, laughed and enjoyed each other’s company. Inevitably the evening got slightly more riotous the longer the night went on and more cheap beer was swilled. Suddenly karaoke was the order of the table, led by Matt E – who took it worrying seriously - with the rest joining in. The evening went on into the early hours when 8 of us piled into the local kebab shop on the way back to a sultry night in the hotel.
The following day promised to be the hottest of the weekend: temperatures were threatening to reach 34 degrees. Four brave golfers – Ed, Tom F, Matt and Joe – decided to hit the same golf course as Thursday. Rob headed off for a 20/20 at Sherbourne. The rest – Matt B, Edward, Dave, Tom R, Jim and Richard – went to the Bournemouth golf centre for a challenging 18 holes.
The course was very different from that being faced by the fearsome 4. While they were once again facing the dust, the rough, the noisy road and sirens of the Queen’s Park course, the 6 were surrounded by dinosaurs – with real dinosaur sounds – purple, green, red and yellow balls and excited toddlers as they were treated by Edward to a round in Bournemouth’s premier crazy golf course. The challenges for both groups were substantial. The grass boys faced searing heat and 6000 yards. The dino boys faced a course where the obstacles included a 2 foot water jump and a 3 year old girl wandering across the championship fairway. Frankly, details of the grass boys` round are sketchy – other than Matt suffering from hay fever. They turned up at dino park at lunchtime red and sweaty. Once the waiter had thrown a club sandwich at them, they recovered and showed enthusiasm to take on the dino course. Game on! Teams of 3 were organised with a team prize and an individual title to fight for. But interestingly, it wasn’t long before the team ethos kicked in. According to the rules laid down by the TWCC golf rules committee, once a ball has been played in crazy golf, it can’t be picked up. So if – during the course of your round – your ball sidles up to another, you are within your rights to thwack your opponents ball out of the way, as long as you hit your own first. During the morning, this had been an important tactic, willingly employed by all, and frequently with great glee. But as the `team ethos` kicked in during the afternoon, teams worked as one. Joe’s careful reading of the carpet like fairway (well, actual carpet) proved a boon for his team-mates. Dave’s wily experience from a lifetime of golf helped – but only a little! Edward’s sage advice about how to jump the 2 foot ditch was listened to – though mostly ignored by the hapless players who accompanied him. They opted to drive the 15 foot hole like they were on the first tee of their morning course and whilst the balls cleared the gap, they then ricocheted off the rocks protecting the hole and bounced into the nearby dino pond! Joe fished out first one, then another, then another as team Bunn collapsed into a melt of testosterone. The young guns team of `TomTomEd` were putting their golfing prowess to good use as they tiptoed their way carefully through the bumps, jumps and crafted curves of the dino course. But this match was always going to be decided on the 17th – the fearsome hole which in the morning had seen Tom Rydon forced to retire after 15 shots because of the length of the queue building up on the tee behind him. Team Bunn – and in particular their leader – displayed a previously unknown condition – dyscalculia. As Edward missed the hole, went round the hole, left the course, got stuck in a gulley – all in rotation - and his shot count tipped into the 20s – his condition seemed to make him unable to count above 13! Finally we escaped the blazing sun and over a beer on the balcony, the scores were totalled. The boys did well, Joe, Matt and Richard did less well but by 1 shot – the wooden spoon went to team Bunn, and they duly treated the rest to a pint.
Back at the hotel Dave announced he had to leave early for family commitments. Joe was convinced he’d left with his cricket bag in his car and got all silly and fretty. Big mistake! The wind up lasted 2 hours before Joe’s cricket gear – including his less than fragrant box – appeared in various decorative places in the hotel dining room. In the meantime the boys played a few games of shoot, warming up for a proper cards sess later that night.
The Saturday night provided us – and Wimbourne – with the spectacle of `shit shirt night`. A very loud group – vocally and visually – gathered in the hotel reception. A picture paints a thousand words so hopefully the editor of the Gazette will get the hint. There was a little kerfuffle about the curry which had been booked, Joe – tour captain and therefore God – insisting that Richard had broken a tour pledge by not booking RimJim. It was one of a number of savage fines handed out during a fines session at the Rising Sun. Others to suffer were Rob and Matt – late arrivals, Codgers – non attendance, and virtually anything that entered the minds of Joe and the fines manager Tom R. The kitty was well stacked. So too was Ellie, the manager of the Rising Sun who promised to judge our shit shirts. But in the end she decided there was something more important than tickling the fancies of a collective Jackson Pollack painting so the honour of deciding the worst shirt went to some bloke in the pub, who very good naturedly played along, took the photos and decided Tom Rydon’s Arsenal shirt was worst. Ed’s newly bought rose tinted shirt was judged the most wearable – a shame in itself on SSN. It was a funny, chatty night, supping our cheap pints, the sort this club is best at. The curry, when it happened, was excellent – a restaurant far excelling RimJim and almost empty apart from us. We headed back to the Rising Sun – again struggling to regain its former glory – and after a few more beers, returned to the hotel. A poker school ensued – 8 players with Rob having a suspiciously masterful knowledge of the rules. Little good it did him – he was one of the first to go. As the hours fell away, so did the players until by around 2am, Matt B, Tom R and Richard called it quits and agreed to pocket their winnings. The following morning we packed up and left Wimbourne for Sussex.
We rolled up at The Victory in Staplefield on a baking summer lunchtime to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of one of Sussex’s most beautiful villages. And we then bombarded – to Jim’s great concern – our fellow drinkers with live TV coverage on mobiles of England vs India in the CWC semi final. Great fun! We were joined by Honse before the short trip to a sun-baked Balcombe ground where Joe lost the toss and we were put in. Joe, who by this time was suffering from captaincy fatigue and really making very little sense, tried and failed to explain the rules – but we can reveal that the match was a 40/40 `hybrid` which permitted a draw.
Joe decided to put himself as wicket-keeper. He opened up Matt E and Tom R and in the first over Matt clean bowled their opener. The pair of them then continued with the tidiest of spells that finished with them having conceded just 29 runs off 10 overs for the 1 wicket. A double change brought Richard on up the hill - who enticed the second opener to lob a catch to Tom Rydon – and Ed down the hill, who continued with the miserly bowling, and during his 5 wicket spell took a clean bowled wicket of – wait for it – I Tremble - for just 10 runs. Richard meanwhile got another fortunate catch and a clean bowled and Balcombe were in trouble at 58-5. But Joe had in his control, bowling greatness – an array of talent only rarely available to TWCC captains. Next on were the combination of Honse and Matt Brock. Now Honse bowled well and tight and took a wicket. But Matt was awesome. Opting to go without a full run-up, the occasional and oft erratic young gun rifled the balls down the hill, with great accuracy and to devastating effect. Over the next 6 overs, he clean bowled 4 Balcombe players, including the last 2 wickets, leaving him sitting on a hat-trick. The Balcombe innings petered out to 109 with the scorebook showing the Brock surname 7 times in the bowling column.
Tea was taken and very good it was too, with fresh fruit, cake, sausages and quiche. Quite excellent. Jim and Tom Firth refused to overindulge because they were the chosen ones – the TWCC openers. They were facing the bowling combo of T DeCastro and D Decastro. Jim took his time, feeling his way into the innings, despatching any loose balls. Tom however didn’t. A fine batssman on his day he was clean bowled for what looks – and I’m sure he will confirm – like a golden duck by T DeCastreo, a talented but not unduly fearsome opening bowler. His 0 in the scorebook has a suspicious dot in the middle of it! Anyway no problem, Tony, the tour refusenik, had deigned to show his face and proposed to do the same with his undisputed talent. However, after two dot balls, he too was clean bowled by the same bowler. Possibly he was still reliving the Gladys night concert which had – outrageously – taken precedence over tour! Thank God we had a tour captain who can whip the ball off his legs and send it whizzing to the short legside boundary. But wait! Two short overs passed and the OTHER DeCastro sent down a straight ball and Joe was traipsing off, also clean bowled for 0. The jubilant DeCastros were threatening to wipe out the whole team. At 16-3, Edward went in to stop the rot. He was given out shortly afterwards for LBW but refused to walk. The umpire was in a difficult situation. This was a small Sunday match, a friendly, and he had a man refusing to walk. He relented and decided to accept that Edward had edged the ball – then gave him out for LBW shortly afterwards. But the let off had gave Edward time to watch Jim play his strokes and start to restore respectability. When Edward finally agreed to let the umpire retake control of the match, Matt Edwards made his way in with the game delicately poised on 62-4. But the high drama ended there because through shots that were smooth and elegant Jim and Matt took the game away from Balcombe and brought it home. No other wickets were to fall, sixes started to rain down including the final shot which won the match, a fine hit by Matt. Tony managed a bit of last minute tour betting, depriving Jim of a pint of Guinness on the outcome of the CWC. Then we sat and enjoyed the Balcombe hospitality overlooking the beautiful Sussex countryside before taking our leave at the end of tour 2019.
It was a quieter tour than normal. But it was fun – a lot of fun. It’s great just being with a bunch of guys you really like and really get on with. There was a huge amount of piss taking, fun being had, mischief being made and even some half decent cricket. The shape of future tours was discussed, but one thing came out clearly – tours R Us – we do them well and will continue to do so.
Balcombe vs TWCC, Sunday 1 July
BCC won the toss and opted to bat
Balcombe CC Innings: J Deansfield Bld M Edwards l0; G Deansfield Ct T Rydon Bld R Brock 16; M ElliottCt E HowesBld R Brock 20; N Rawbin Bld M Brock 18; I Tremble Bld E Howes 0; D Decastro Bld M Brock 0; C Hurst Ct M Edwards Bld H Karvay 11; T DeCastro Bld M Brock 15; A Rawbin Bld M Brock 5; T Rawbin Not Out 0; C DeCastro Bld M Brock 0. TOTAL: 109 ALL OUT
FALL: 0, 35, 57, 57, 58, 69, 88, 102, 109, 109.
TWCC Bowling: M Edwards 5-2-8-1, T Rydon 5-1-21-0, E Howes 5-1-10-1, R Brock 5-0-13-3, H Karvay 5-0-26-1, M Brock 6-0-21-4.
TWCC Innings: J Simon Not Out 51; T Firth Bld T DeCastro 0; T Pearce Bld T DeCastro 0; J Panther Bld D DeCastro 0; E Bunn LBW Bld A Rawbin 8; M Edwards Not Out 31. DNB: R Brock, T Rydon, H Karvay, M Brock, E Howes. TOTAL: 115 – 4
FALL: 11-2, 11-3, 16-4, 62-5
Balcombe Bowling: D DeCastro 5-1-13-1; T DeCastro 5-1-16-2; A Rawbin 5.3-1-29-1; T Rawbin 2-0-16-0; I Tremble 2-1-8-0; M Rawbin 4-1-11-0; N Elliott 5-1-14-0.
TWCC Win by 6 wickets
TWCC v London Unity June 16th 2019
Rain for days... would the game be on? And rain all Sunday morning too, but the faith of Skipper Edwards, who at 09.00-o-clock-hundred-hours was buttering up his sandwiches and had a vested interest in showing faith in the forecast, was rewarded when with an hour to go the clouds parted, shadows began to appear and a strong wind began to dry off the grass. It would be a slow outfield, but game on!
Matt, found himself as leader of a remarkably and inspiringly youthful TWCC side, and when he won the toss he chose to bowl first. Matt himself and Tom R opened up the taps in great style, with Matt, at first, struggling for line running into the wind with a swinging ball and Tom flying in from the Downs End. Within two overs Tom, whose energy never flags, had his and TWCC's first wicket - another clean-bowled for Tom, and Matt piled in with three straight maidens, the last of which ended with a twotrick. None of the Unity batters were finding it at all easy to get the ball away, and skipper Edwards was able to keep a tight field in place with Unity on 19 for 3. Joe Driver did manage to both survive and score a few runs, but the wicket was pacy, the ball was swingy and the bowlers were swinging it. Reese was chipping in with some good leg-side takes and the overall fielding performance, undoubtedly helped by the youth of the home side, was restrictive and unforgiving.
First change brought Honse and Joe into the attack, and the situation was perfect for them; Unity were on the defensive having lost cheap early wickets, and the slower pace brought out the high-bounce of the artificial surface which conditions often provoke batters into unwise and elevated strokes (I should know, Ed). Joe's middle over of five was a wicket maiden as Pitcher failed to keep the ball down and Matt took the catch (covers?). Honse, whose first over was a maiden, followed that up by bowling a tight line with his deliveries bouncing at an awkward height that earned him a three-for; two caught (Matt again and Josh) and a clean-bowled. Unity were crumbling somewhat, not ever really recovering from the 8-over opening spells of Matt and Tom. The situation called for a calculating approach to batting in order to recover from a slow start, but the visitors found it hard to get the ball away without giving chances and taking risks. Joe Driver was approaching the game in the right way for the situation, but he found himself somewhat alone and was then out for a dogged 18, and it was left to McKenzie in at 9, when the bowling was less penetrative though still hard to score from, to knock up a quick 32 before being out, caught (Ollie), off the bowling of Josh. Unity all out for 104.
After an early tea Jim and Mikey P faced up to the in-ducking swing of Joe Driver, which was typically tight and difficult to score off, but, on the day, neither Driver took a wicket though both were, as always, economical. However, whereas the TWCC opening bowlers had the batters pinned down from both ends, Unity's Caulfield was, on the day, rather expensive and Jim and Mikey started off like trains; Jim's Pacer to Mikey's Bullet. Hitting four 4's and three 6's Mikey took TWCC to 56 (Jim on 10...) in the eighth over before he was out, stumped, hopping down the wicket to McKenzie's slow spin with a grand 46 to his name.
Chasing low totals has often been TWCC's downfall, largely because the first innings total may be low for a reason - in this case the slow outfield - but with this start in the bank it was going to be difficult for Unity from here. But Unity have played TWCC before and knew what to do; bowl slowly and watch the batters get themselves out. McKenzie was their man for the job and he delivered slow, awkward length often wide balls that need hitting and need hitting on the up and straight to fielders. That often does it.
Jim fell quickly, caught in the covers. Then Ollie. Then Tom F. TWCC 66 for 4. However, and happily for the home side, that was bad as it got as Josh and Reese set about the business in hand, and although Reese was out for a calm 10 the game was won soon enough. Josh was showing his cricketing pedigree with bat as well as ball, and Edward stood tall and cracked a couple of pulled fours for another not out score (average building nicely). To finish the game off Josh, who had a train to catch, gently leaned on a straight ball and stuck it into the Jones Stand over the toilet complex. Josh's 23 not out in quick time saw the home side to the win.
Unity were up against it this time; a fixture that is generally very closely fought and which, historically, Unity have often won. On this occasion, with Matt and Tom setting the bowling tone leaving the middle order subject to excellent extended spells from Joe, Honse and Edward, Unity never had enough runs. The fielding from the home side was excellent, and lots of catches, some simple, some hard (Honse's catch at mid-wicket and Ollie's at long-on stick in the mind and others probably should too but that depends on the mind in question more than the excellence of the catch), stopped any sort of total building from the combined bats of the Unity team. Mikey and Josh's runs took us over the line, though the line wasn't too far away in the first place.
TWCC won the toss and chose to field first.
London Untiy Innings: M Driver Bld M Edwards 1; Dean Bld T Rydon 7; J Driver Ct M Edwards Bld H Karvay 18; A Gane Ct H Karvay Bld M Edwards 0; A Pitcher Ct M Edwards Bld J Panther 3; J Caulfield Ct J Pieters Bld H Karvay 8; J Moore Bld E Bunn 11; Cockburn Bld H Karvay 2; D McKenzie Ct O Foulger Bld J Pieters 32; S Columbine C & Bld J Pieters; M Driver not out 0. Extras 18 (W7, NB3, B4, LB4) Total 104 all out (36.5 overs).
TWCC Bowling: M Edwards 8-3-14-2; T Rydon 8-3-10-1; H Karvay 7-1-24-3; J Pieters 5-0-24-2; E Bunn 3-0-14-1.
TWCC Innings: J Simon Ct M Driver Bld McKenzie 11; M Pearce St, Bld McKenzie 46; O Foulger Ct M Driver Bld McKenzie 2; T Firth Ct J Driver Bld McKenzie 5; J Pieters not out 23; R Packham Ct, Bld McKenzie 10; E Bunn not out 8. DNB M Edwards, H Karvay, J Panther, T Rydon. Extras 5 (W3, NB2) Total 110 for 5 (20.1 overs).
TWCC win by 5 wickets.
TWCC v Xiles June 9th 2019
No Brocky, no Matt - what were we to do? Call in the Panth of course! Fixture fixer, part of the future of TWCC - who better to steer us through another Sunday afternoon?
Joe took Xiles' skipper of their ten-man team out to the middle and, showing a full understanding of the best of TWCC traditions, lost the toss. TWCC were asked to bat first and thus it was that Jim and Edward walked out to see what was what.
What it was was pretty tight, that's what it was. Jim will freely admit that he often finds it as hard to score off good bowling as he does off any other sort, and, after a long hop outside leg which did go for four he found it difficult to do much other than keep the ball out. Edward, after generally playing straight and true and looking secure, scored 8 solid runs before playing a strong shot to a straight ball, missed it, and was bowled.
Tom Firth and Jim then went about survival mixed in with some stroke play, notably from Tom. Adopting a realists approach to the scoring rate they ran well and pushed the score on to 48 before Tom sent a catch out into the infield and was caught out for a fine 25. Xiles' openers were more plain accurate in length and line than they were penetrative, more economical than dangerous as long as TWCC were prepared to see them off and carry on from there. In that regard, of course, the bowlers did a fine job of restricting the score right from the off and a low first innings total looked likely. The outfield, greened up from recent rain, was slower than in recent games, and even well-struck balls were pulling up, hence there were many twos and even a well-run three off Tom's bat.
Xiles' first change bowlers were, on the day, more troubling than their openers. Tony's slow, turning balls were benefitting from the bounce that looping balls find on the artificial wicket, and this phenomenon took care of Reese, again falling short of his undeniable potential, as he forced an uppish shot that had him caught for just 1. Joe joined Jim and there was much running about and the total began to increase as Joe's true eye came good once again. Karthik, Xiles' best bowler on the day, came on from the Pavilion End and, with pace belied by a languid approach, his swing and good line made it even harder to get the ball away. Having successfully kept Karthik out, in the end Jim fell to the slow bowling of Tony as the need for acceleration became ever clearer, deploying a shot that on one previous occasion had resulted in a glorious towering six but which this time saw the ball evade all the physics going on and softly bump into his leg stump. 93 for 4, with three-quarters of an hour to build up a competitive total.
What we needed was someone like Rob Rydon to come in and show off his wares, but unfortunately although he looked like Rob, walked out like Rob and had Rob's bat, he was also a Rob suffering from a bout of some unmentionable virus that had, we gather, rather spoiled his weekend and had his underclothes running for cover. He was wan and clearly so ill that he started off with three fours, followed it up with a couple more and, oh, some sixes and quickly got himself up to another fifty at which point we all clapped exuberantly. He took the plaudits, succumbed finally to a good ball from Karthik who had been suffering from Rob's cultured onslaught as much as the next man, only to find that his half-century had controversially been revised down to a mere 47. What, though, was undeniable was that he had at least given TWCC a defendable total and a chance. Others did share centre stage with Rob, and their role of staying out there was more important than all the runs they didn't score. 152 on the board at half time... could go either way, a bit like Rob's cup of tea.
Now, TWCC have, even without Matt, a formidable bowling unit. Ed, himself feeling a bit UTW, ran in hard and shook 'em up. Rob Saunders, though, took the first considerable chunk out of the visitor's batting expectations by dismissing the evergreen Hooper, caught and bowled, courtesy of a leading edge. Xiles' No. 2, Stead, was the first of Ed's two victims as Rob (R) casually took a sharp catch in the slips, illustrating how many more wickets Rob himself might have taken for TWCC over the years if he'd been able to field in the slips off his own bowling. Rob caught another catch off Ed's bowling somewhere I can't recall as I must have been looking at something more important at the time. The game was moving on; Xiles' target wasn't high, but they were losing wickets at a healthy or unhealthy rate depending on your particular allegiance.
Xiles' No 3., Bailey, who had been excellent in the field, was even more potent with the bat, and he was completely un-phased by good and bad balls alike, hitting them hard to the boundary and, now and then, over it, but he wasn't being helped much by his batting partners as they came and went. TWCC's reliably excellent ground-fielding was keeping the scoring down by denying Bailey the strike as much as possible and, thanks to a smart run out from Honse at mid-wicket, the visitors' task began to look a little tougher as each over passed by. Reese behind the timbers was once again underlining how his availability has such an impact on the game as he dived about, stopping many byes and nudging balls into Rob's face.
Tom (R) , who replaced Rob (S), must have come as a surprise to the Xiles. One might expect, first change, to enjoy a bit of relief but, much like when Karthik came on for the Xiles, Tom's pace and general energy quickly showed the visitors that they weren't going to have an easy time of it. Bailey resisted for some time on his way to an excellent 55 (top score of the match) but in the end a fast yorker from Tom took him out of the mix and the balance shifted towards TWCC again. But, oh dear, here came TWCC's nemesis; Karthik! He looked every inch a cricketer whilst fielding and, particularly, bowling, and now he was confirming his all-round ability as he set about ticking off the runs required. If Karthik stayed in Xiles would win, unless TWCC cut the ground from under him by taking wickets at the other end.
Joe, replacing Ed, found his good length which Karthik only now and then got hold of, and Joe bowled Xiles' No.8 - another wicket down. Meanwhile Tom was still running in hard, and he followed up an unusually eccentric over of wides and no balls with some of his better stuff, and, with only a handful of runs required for Xiles to overcome their target of 144, he stuck a fast yorker in at the base of the stumps - another wicket down. Only one more wicket required for the TWCC win, only a few runs required for an Xiles win, only a few overs left. Karthik still in with Xiles' No.10; their last man.
With the game needing a positive move from the skipper, he took himself off. Karthik facing... dangerous, but this was Honse Time. Guile. Mystery. Prestidigita... oh! It's all over! Honse's first ball was top-edged by the in-form and calm Karthik to Rob (S) at square leg! Xiles all out for 134, Nine runs short.
What a good game. With all results possible until one suddenly occurred this was an exciting low-scoring match-up of two equal sides, both with strong performances popping up in unexpected places through the bowling and batting orders. Rob's gutsy runs got TWCC a total to work with, and the home side's bowlers and a general attention to fielding when all runs mattered won the game for TWCC.
Xiles won the toss and chose to field first.
TWCC Innings: J Simon Bld Tony 27; E Bunn Bld Luke 8; T Firth Ct Paul Bld Tony 25; R Packham Ct Luke Bld Tony 1; J Panther Ct Bailey Bld Karthik 27; R Rydon Bld Karthik 47; C Howes Bld Karthik 2; T Rydon Bld Dan 0; H Karvay LBW Karthik 1; R Saunders Ct Tony Bld Bailey 5; E Howes not out 0. Extras 10 (LB2, W7; NB1) Total 143 all out (38.3 overs)
Xiles Bowling: Luke 8-1-27-1; Claude 8-1-19-0; Tony 9-0-46-3; Karthik 11-0-37-4; Dan 2-0-22-1; Bailey 0.3-0-0-1.
Xiles Innings: Hooper C&Bld R Saunders 1; Stead Ct R Rydon Bld E Howes 0; Bailey Bld T Rydon 55; Hartley run out (H Karvay) 6; Hales Ct R Rydon Bld E Howes 1; Claude Bld T Rydon 8; Karthik Ct R Saunders Bld H Karvay 38; Luke Bld J Panther 2; Dan March Bld T Rydon 5; Tony not out 0. Extras 18 (B9, LB5, NB4) Total 134 all out (9 wkts) (30.1 overs)
TWCC Bowling: E Howes 10-2-24-2; R Suanders 7-1-39-1; T Rydon 8-1-37-3; J Panther 5-0-29-1; H Karvay 0.1-0-0-1.
TWCC win by 9 runs.
TWCC v Southwick CC June 2nd 2019
Another new fixture for TWCC, and for Southwick too, presumably. Everyone arrived in good time, apart from TWCC. Skipper Edwards didn't win the toss, though he maintains he didn't lose it, but in any case the visitors ended up batting first on a bright and breezy early Summer's day with the outfield hard and fast. Any well-struck ball was likely to make it to the boundary.
Tom and Ed opened up the bowling for TWCC and Southwick's Hyde and Higgs certainly made the most of the conditions, though Higgs fell to what, from mid-on, looked like and unplayable in-cutting perfect length ball from Tom that nipped onto the top of the off stump. Ed's figures suffered somewhat from Hyde's free-swinging bat, with one over in particular going for five 4's, but he took a new aim and jammed the ball just short of a length into the batsman's body and, sure enough, Hyde chopped the ball down onto his stumps. The Southwick batters, in general, looked - and indeed were - more than capable and the TWCC pace of Tom, Ed and then Matt was being absorbed and reflected with some competence. However, although there were boundaries, our main three opening bowlers are so imposing and relentless that wickets fell, and the scoring slowed after having somewhat raced to 53 for 1 after 7 overs. Ed took a second wicket with a catch to Matt that may have been truly stupendous but which I'm afraid I can't recall, and Matt smartly bowled Southwick's No. 4 for a duck and, lo and behold, with a bit of manipulating of the field taking care of Crathern's potency, suddenly that was more or less it. Honse took care of Crathern with a high-bouncing slow ball that spooned up a chance to Mikey at short point which he made look easy because it was. Hyde's 31 and Crathern's 41 were Southwick's only scores of note and soon, after Honse's excellent two-wicket spell, Mikey and Edward were bowling in a Brockian mop-up operation. Edward took two for 4 in 7 balls, and Mikey, whose bowling analysis looks like someone dropped a kitten on to a Windings keyboard, also took a wicket with his modern approach to bowling. A few catches here and there and the visitors' innings was, having at one point looked like TWCC might be facing a large total, suddenly all done and dusted before the urn was hot enough for tea.
So, a quickish turn around and Jim and Joe squared up to Southwick's best on an empty stomach, and, miraculously, survived the awkward session before tea. As it was Joe's tea I guess it was the lure of the washing up that made him surrender his wicket so soon after the restart as he swished across the line to be plumb LBW. Such a shame because he clearly has a great eye and playing straight would truly sort him out and give him and TWCC lots of runs.
Jim was joined by Tony whose season is really only beginning, and we were treated to some vintage Pearce action. And, as it happened, to some contemporary though nonetheless classic stroke play from Pearce the Younger after Jim gloved a loopy catch to the keeper from a wide ball down the leg side. With the total on 46 for 2 Jim hit some solid shots including six 4's in his 27.
Time for the Pearces to do the business, and they did - all over the pitch. Mikey's 17 may not sound like much but the Gazette Shot of the Day epitomises their stand of 59 together, father and son. The shot in question wasn't either of their 6's (one each to long-on), nor one of their many 4's, but was Mikey's delayed gentle push for one, deliberately placed behind point, rotating the strike and producing a mature run off a good rising ball outside the off stump. A connoisseur's shot, just a single, but the two were happy to work for each other and play the proper cricket that won TWCC the game. Mikey's innings was ended in spectacular style by a caught-and-bowled from Hyde who clung on to a beautifully timed straight drive from Mikey's bat that, had it not been stopped, would have been a one bounce four if it was going to miss the umpire's head. Unlucky to get out for a thumpingly good shot, but it was a great catch so all aficionados were happy even if Mikey's innings was stopped in its tracks.
Rob (S) and Reese fell to the slow bowling of Walker but there was little to do after this other than for Tony to continue on his merry way, ending on 63 not out, and for the game to end with a four from Edward and a win for TWCC.
Another new fixture against a side who, at one stage, looked as if any score was possible, but it was the courageous bowling from TWCC's pacers that won the game as the visitors' middle order and tail were exposed early leaving Honse, Edward and Mikey to strut their stuff to good effect. It would have been a slightly different game had Southwick opened their bowling with their opening batsman, Hyde, for his pace and control when bowling was only brought into play late on in the day, but with Tony's 2019 form blossoming nicely and TWCC's notorious batting-depth, the result would most likely have been the same.
Southwick won the toss and chose to bat first.
Southwick Innings: J Hyde Bld E Howes 32; A Higgs Bld T Rydon 7; W Barber Ct M Edwards Bld E Howes8; D Noakes Bld M Edwards 0; L Crathern Ct M Pearce Bld H Karvay; T Preston LBW Bld M Pearce 16; G Manvell Ct R Packham (wk) Bld H Karvay 0; A Walker Ct T Rydon Bld E Bunn 5; M Johnson Ct T Pearce Bld M Pearce 2; L Smith Bld E Bunn 0; D Fields not out 0. Extras 17 (W13, NB4) Total 123 all out (32.1 overs).
TWCC Bowling: T Rydon 7-1-33-1; E Howes 9-1-56-2; M Edwards 5-1-12-1; H Karvay 5-2-10-2; M Pearce 4-1-12-2; E Bunn 1.1-0-4-2.
TWCC Innings: J Simon Ct Wk Bld L Crathern 27; J Panther LBW Bld L Smith 7; T Pearce not out 63; M Pearce Ct & Bld J Hyde 17; R Saunders Bld A Walker 6; R Packham St Bld A walker 0; E Bunn not out 5. DNB T Rydon, M Edwards, E Howes, H Karvay. Extras 4 (W4) Total 129 for 5 (25.5 overs).
Southwick Bowling: L Smith 4-1-21-1; L Crathern 6-0-29-1; D Fields 5-0-39-0; J Hyde 6-2-19-1; A Walker 3.5-0-18-2.
TWCC win by 5 wickets.
TWCC v Westbourne CC May 26th 2019
A let down for all tea enthusiasts, Bolney couldn’t find enough people who wanted to play us, and so, once again, Joe found himself on Crinder and he came across Westbourne CC who were up for a game. It's always interesting when we play a team unknown to us as there could be a complete competence mismatch on the cards, but in this case the teams were well matched both in their abilities and in the way they chose to play the game.
In the absence of Skipper Brock (too much work or too much holiday or both) TWCC ran out for Skipper Edwards who had won the toss and chose to field first.
Matt opened with himself and Tom R and the game followed a familiar TWCC pattern; not many runs scored, with plenty of edges and some chances not being taken off a Rydon's bowling. A couple of catches (Joe and Rob) did go to hand off Matt's bowling, but Tom was, once again, unlucky in that several chances were dropped, hard, or fell safe.
After 17 overs the TWCC openers were taken off with the score on 64 for 2. The game could go either way from there, especially with Westbourne's Turner now swinging freely and connecting well.
Ed and Jim came on first change, and whilst Ed's pace kept a lid on the scoring Jim's slower deliveries found the middle of Turner's bat for a couple of big sixes to cow corner. Jim had the last word immediately after the second six when Turner dragged a cutting ball from outside off onto his stumps. After that the run rate was slowed again and not many runs were accumulating until, as the end of the game approached, Westbourne opened the taps and began to score off Joe and Honse. Harland-Jones was run out for 38 by Mikey taking advantage of some confusion, but this only brought Lucas Evans to the crease whose youthful true eye took a liking to the bowling. Honse took a wicket with his first ball of the game, but the visitors' middle order was fearless in attack and the runs flowed to the end of the innings, with 20 coming off the last over including a 6 to finish. 189 for 5. A total not too unapproachable in itself, but it was some 30 runs more than it could have been. We hadn't seen Rob bowl and Westbourne's bowling attack was unknown...
After a very good communally produced tea suddenly it was time for Paul and Jim to put on most of their protective equipment and see what was coming down the track.
Dean Kehagics (worryingly pronounced somewhat like Khawaja) opened with some strong, cannily varying, pace. The Twineham wicket was lively indeed as it had been all afternoon and playing forward was the way to go until the ball popped up and shot past at chest height. Magil, opening from the Pavilion End, was also lively though more consistent in pace and, for an over or seven matters progressed well. Paul, as ever the more competent batter, was taking advantage of the less good balls whilst Jim was pleased to see that at least someone was finding that there were any.
Jim fell, far too soon for his principle fan, to a remarkable catch from teenager Lucas Evans; the ball was slightly full and Jim drove it, poorly but with moderate contact, over the offside ring towards the empty spaces at deep-ish wide mid-off. Running from cover, Evans twisted and turned, writhed almost, to catch up with the ball as it fell towards the ground, and, diving full stretch and clinging on with just the tips of his outstretched right hand he came up with the ball. So remarkable was the catch that Jim joined in the rush to congratulate him on the catch. Oddly, Evans was unsure what a 6' 3" helmeted bat-wielding madman he had just caught out was doing chasing him around the outfield, but he seemed to recover well enough to bowl later. 30 for 1 (Jim 4...) (A good 4 mind you.)
Mikey, confident as ever, came and went which was a shame but it happens to the best of us, which brought Rob to the middle. Ahh... Paul and Rob. Time to relax and enjoy the glorious game. Good running, Paul stroking the ball well, Rob assessing the conditions whilst pushing ones and twos; this would show Westbourne what we had in our locker! Look! A calmly pulled 4 from the middle of Rob's blade. All the time in the world. Oh! Whilst it is gratifying to see that Rob's copy of "Jim Simon's Cricket for Dummies" is clearly still lingering in the Rydon's smallest room, perhaps it should have been made more clear that the chapter "Wafting outside the off stump" was intended as satire. Rob, uncharacteristically, went through with a shot to a ball that wasn't quite there and chipped a catch up into the covers which was, again, well taken. Oh deary me. Oh dear oh dear oh dear.
Edward. The 2019 Edward. Oh yes! The ball coming on, strong clunks for four - here we go. Paul meanwhile stroking 4's, 2's (I know!!) 1's and soon, there he was, another 50 to his name! I don't know if Paul tweaked something when celebrating his 50, but in doing so he became aware that he was somewhat unprotected in the lower stomach/upper leg department but, after a dash to the pavilion and with order restored, he settled back into his rhythm of getting low, playing the ball right under his head and trying to shut Mikey up at Square leg.
Oh, look out Edward! Leg spin. Swish across the line. Swish across the line. I'm not sure if the umpire should try to pass on advice, but when the official in question is such an authority on batting it proved to be too hard to keep it to himself. In any case Edward was encouraged to play straight and, within reason, this is what happened and indeed it wasn't the leggy that did for him. 16 good runs from Edward but he was caught behind off Descir and TWCC were 106 for 4. Paul and Edward's partnership was a fine 56 and the game was finely balanced and, possibly, the WASP was moving in TWCC's favour.
Reese! Good old Reese. The swagger, the timing, the confidence to take guard and club his first ball out of the middle of the bat for a straight four over mid-on. What a way to start his 2019 season, and he and Paul carried on the good work. In general the required rate was beginning to climb a little; that flurry of runs at the end of the Westbourne innings were telling, and here came the visitors' secret weapon. Not only did Evans take 33 runs off Honse and Joe when he came in to bat, and not only did he stop Jim's maiden century with his crazy catch, but he ran in, did a Thommo flick and whizzed the ball down like a ... like a ... Oh I don't know. Something like a ... speedy thing.
Evans came on when the score was 126 for 4 with TWCC needing 64 off 13 overs - about 5 an over, but the outlook changed as he trapped the impressive Reese LBW and bowled the impressive Joe (ever-eagle-eyed pulling to leg). The outlook was looking less winny and more draw-losey all of a sudden, and with Kehagics returning for four overs Westbourne were pushing for victory. Kehagics it was who finally did for Paul, bowled just four runs short of a great century and just 2.3 overs from the end of the game. Paul often comes up with a disproportionate number of runs in any TWCC innings, and this was no exception. On this occasion he scored a wonderful and chanceless 96 (14 fours), batted for 41 overs and always seemed to be in control. He survived an early LBW appeal (the Gazette asked the umpire for an interview after the game but he had left early by the back gate) but it was noticeable how he got his nose down towards the ball and played it late, watching it all the way onto his bat. If there were any shots played in the air they were few, and Paul, instead, relied on not hitting on the up to stay in and on the slick outfield for his runs. Paul 96, the rest of his team 66.
With a win still a possibility, Skipper Edwards came in at No. 8 and, notwithstanding the pace of Evans and Kehagics, his correct technique saw him take the game forward, particularly with a straight-batted back-foot glance wide of gully for four, but he was out for 13, the third victim of the irrepressible Evans. To win TWCC needed 17 off the last 2.2 overs - but 8 wickets had fallen. A win was unlikely and so Honse's usual "You shall not pass!" batting style was called for and it was delivered. Ed's mission was to stay there at all costs as Tom, capable though he is, was a wounded man at No.11.
Ed faced up to Evans for the final over. Two dots. A wide. Another dot. "We didn't come all this way for a draw!" came the sledging, but Ed held out for another dot. Four balls bowled. Survive the fifth and a.... Doh! Bowled! One ball left, in came Tom with the pride of TWCC resting on his shoulders. Evans was all fired up and his aim was true but Tom survived the last ball and the game ended in a draw.
A balanced game between two well-matched sides, albeit that Westbourne didn't face the bowling of both Rydons. Let's hope we can tempt Westbourne back if a gap in the fixtures appears. After all, now that they are inoculated against our facilities, they have only to fear our cricket.
TWCC won the toss and elected to field first.
Westbourne Innings: J Malley Ct J Panther Bld M Edwards 9; S Malley Ct R Rydon Bld M Edwards 18; J Stockley not out 41; W Turner Bld J Simon 36; D Harland-Jones run out (M Pearce) 38; N Suckling Ct R Packham (Wk) Bld H Karvay 1; L Evans not out 33. DNB S Descir, D Kahagics, B Bently, M Magil. Extras 13 (B2, LB3, W7, NB1) Total 189 for 5 (36 overs).
TWCC Bowling: M Edwards 9-1-27-1; T Rydon 8-1-35-0; E Howes 8-1-36-0; J Simon 5-0-31-1; J Panther 4-0-30-0; H Karvay 2-0-25-1.
TWCC Innings: P Hunter Bld D Kehagics 96; J Simon Ct L Evans Bld D Kehagics 4; M Pearce Ct Turner Bld M Magil 0; R Rydon Ct Harland-Jones Bld M Magil 10; E Bunn Ct Wkt Bld S Desi 16; R Packham LBW L Evans 12; J Panther Bld L Evans 10; M Edwards Bld L Evans 13; H Karvay not out 0; E Howes Bld L Evans 1; T Rydon not out 0. Extras 13 (B4, LB2, W5, NB2) Total 176 for 9 (43 overs).
Westbourne Bowling: D Kehagics 13-2-38-2; M Magil 9-1-37-2; B Bently 9-1-34-0; S Desi 6-0-34-1; L Evans 7-0-27-4.
Lindfield v TWCC May 19th 2019
Here at the Gazette we remember with some embarrasment last year's Lindfield fixture, not because TWCC were all out for 77 but because that was the write up entrusted to their then intern, Pete Tong, who wrote such monumentally mis-judged tosh that the Gazette, I fear, is still recovering from the almost terminal drop of circulation.
This, however, is a new season; Pete's long gone to write for the Mail, and this report will have none of the pseudo-gothic flummery that did nothing to disguise the fact that last year TWCC, batting first, were 77 all out. Surely this year would be different?
-Skipper Brock won the toss and decided that TWCC would field first.
TWCC are blessed with a fine selection of youthful opening bowlers. On this occasion Matt E and Tom R it was who opened up, and, well, the afternoon was largely going to be all about batsmen not scoring runs and getting out whilst they didn't. Matt's figures of 8 overs for 10 runs, including 6 maidens with a wicket (Ct & Bld) in his fourth over says it all. From the other end Tom, in his first over, bowled Lindfield's No. 2 and he went on to take two further wickets in his spell; one sharply caught behind by budding wicket-keeper Panther and one safely gathered in by TWCC's specialist mid-off in the shape of Brocky. Both catches remarkable in their own way. Well - in the same way, as it happens.
Reeling at 4 for 20 it was with some relief that Lindfield welcomed the first bowling change as, with a spell of 6 overs 3 for 11, Tom was taken off so he could concentrate even more on throwing himself about in the field. Lindfield's Hopkins (No. 4) and Kalser (No. 6) possibly felt that the pressure might be coming off and that they could relax a little. But, oh no!, it was another opening bowler who came on in the shape of Ed, and Hopkins was soon out LBW and Kalser was clean-bowled (I just typed clean-bowelled which is quite a different thing and is, thankfully, now difficult to prove). Ed wasn't finished, and his third wicket was thanks to another catch by Tom R. Tom was everywhere on the field, leaping about. Both Toms, and a few Matts and, actually, all TWCC's fielders gave a fielding performance that was very good indeed including, yes, hanging on to all the catches! Tom (R) would have it that he dropped a catch at third slip, but that he got a hand to it at all was remarkable as he was horizontal at an altitude of several feet and travelling towards point at the time.
Matt B, a rarity in the fold but always eager and energetic, bowled five smart overs with only a little rust creeping in whilst he was remembering how to do it, and 12 runs off his 5 overs was a great way to start his 2019 season.
Honse bowled his usual mystery balls for two wickets (more great figures Honse); one bowled and one a catch taken by Joe whose 0-15mph performance is surely second to none. Another good catch - and what do catches do? Catches make for early tea, though Jim, who was hit for 6, spurned TWCC's new found confidence in catching by bowling the culprit next ball and ending the Lindfield innings.
The ball both swung and moved off the pitch, particularly downhill on the sideways slope, so batting wasn't easy and Lindfield's 90, especially if regarded in the light of TWCC's 2018 performance, might not prove to be as easy to overhaul as some might think.
Thank you to Lindfield for their tea (and general hospitality), and, with grey skies looming the early tea meant TWCC could begin their reply before any poor weather might breeze in.
Batting on the Lindfield slope is quite tricky. The home side must be used to it, but add in a bit of movement in the air and a good length ball is a dangerous thing. Over- or under-pitched deliveries can be dealt with, but on a good length and line, well, maybe 90 was a pretty good total? Jim played back to a ball landing about 8" outside the off stump and which in his mind was about to be punched into the off side, but it jigged across inside his bat and onto his pads; plumb LBW. Lying awake at night Jim now plays forward to all balls like that. Over and over again...
With Jim gone someone else clearly had to occupy the crease without scoring and Skipper Brock set about this task with dogged determination and was almost completely successful through to the end of the game, only spoiling it right at the end by hitting a couple of fours and undoing all the good work.
Joe, who had been using his true eye to swipe balls to leg for three fours, rather hoiked one to mid-on and was caught, which brought Edward to the crease. Edward, fresh from an average-building not out the week before, looks more and more like the heyday Edward of yore; the Edward correct in defense, strong in attack is amongst us once more. Not that running is anasthma to Edward (there's always the opportunity for a quick single at the end of an over), but with ten 4's and a 6 to finish the game which took him to 53 not out, most of the running was done by the fielding side dashing off into the praries to get the ball back. Brocky and Edward, in a partnership of 72, took TWCC to victory. The Gazette's prized shot of the day award goes not to any of the big shots, but instead it goes to Edward's off-the-face-of-the-bat leg glance for a single to fine leg. It may have been the last ball of the over, but it was nonetheless a classy, crafted stroke. We do like a leg glance here at the Gazette, probably because no one in the office can play it.
Last year it was TWCC that didn't really compete, and this year it was Lindfield's turn. TWCC's bowling was especially mean, and the fielding backed it up, but it was difficult to gauge what total would prove to be a good target. The challenges of batting on a sideways slope are being more fully understood by TWCC on each visit and the feeling that both sides have is that the fixture is competitve, and is certainly enjoyable, so we look forward to seeing how the chips fall in 2020.
TWCC won the toss and Richard chose to field first.
Lindfield Innings: W Fuller C&Bld M Edwards 5; L Kaye Bld T Rydon 0; C Burton Ct R Brock Bld T Rydon 1; B Hopkins LBW E Howes 18; M Manwering Ct Panther (wk) Bld T Rydon 1; J Kalser Bld E Howes 12; T Richardson Bld H Karvay 14; J Armand Ct T Rydon Bld E Howes 4; M Cook Ct Panther (wk) Bld H Karvay 1; A Parsons Bld J Simon 18. DNB R Green. Extras 15 (B-9, LB-1, W-3, NB-2) Total 90 all out (32 overs).
TWCC Bowling: M Edwards 8-6-10-1; T Rydon 6-1-11-3; E Howes 7-1-19-3; M Brock 5-0-12-0; H Karvay 3-1-9-2; J Simon 3-0-13-1.
TWCC Innings: J Simon LBW T Richardson 2; J Panther Ct, Bld R Green 17; R Brock not out 9; E Bunn not out 53. DNB T Firth, M Edwards, T Rydon, E Howes, H Karvay, M Brock. Extras 10 (B-5, W-4, NB-1) Total 91 for 2 (20 overs-ish).
Lindfield Bowling: R Green 9-2-26-1; T Richardson 4-1-21-1; M Manwering 2-1-10-0; L Kaye 3.1-0-24-0; J Armand 1-0-1-0.
TWCC win by 8 wkts.
TWCC v Greys May 12th 2019
A warmer day than of late, some light cloud, bright low Sun at the end of play. Greys won the toss with Skipper Panther in charge of proceedings, and TWCC were invited to strap on the pads and prepare to face the music. Paul and Jim - becoming a regular and comfortable pairing - overcame pace, bounce and swing from the Downs End and something less life-threatening though accurate from the Pavilion End so even Paul's scoring was slow. The Greys' openers, however, remained wicketless until Paul let one through from Ashton bowling round the wicket; bowled for 16 with the score on 32 it was shame that Paul didn't himself benefit from the hard work of seeing off the opening bowlers. Tony, whose arrival did indeed coincide with a relaxation of intensity from Greys, capitalised in his usual nonchalant way, though, sadly, on this occasion not for as long as he or TWCC would have liked; three 4's and a 2 adding up to 14. However, our prudent skipper had a plan for this loss; if one Pearce happens to fall by the wayside, we had a spare! Mikey's first ball was a good straight one so he simply leaned forward, waited for the ball to get to him then presented the full face of his bat and the ball rocketed up to mid-on. A shiver ran through the fielding side. Mikey then settled to his task; timing, patience, good shot-selection, fast hands belying the ease of stroke, the ball was sent to into the long grass and down the road. There has been some recent thought in the TWCC boardroom concerning whether we could use chicken wire to reduce the time spent looking for balls, but the question now is; do they make chicken wire 20m high? Mikey was as at home picking up 6's as he was singles and Jim did his best to ensure Mikey had the strike; blocking the last ball of an over, nudging the first or second ball for a single leaving Mikey to keep up the scoring pressure. Greys, in true, honourable, Sunday style, allowed a total to build by holding back their, as it turned out, best bowler in the shape of Flynn (worryingly nicknamed Hat-trick), and Mikey's score passed fifty in no time. Jim, to no-one's surprise when Flynn did come on to bowl, was clean bowled with an unplayable (it says here) fast in-swinger that nicked the off bail. Out for 33, present for many more than that with the score on 154 for 3..
Mikey quickly followed Jim to the pavilion but with a tremendous 77 (six 6's and six 4's) appearing against his name - what a great performance, and a pleasure to watch from the middle as opposed to the lot of his team mates who had to admire it all from a selection of nearby fields whilst looking for balls.
Tom Firth enjoyed a brief visit to the middle but failed to keep a ball down - a victim of not having played any cricket yet this year, and out came Edward strutting like a man completely confident in his sandwiches. Mysteriously Edward seemed little-phased by the pacy swinging deliveries from Flynn, and Joe, too, looked to be in little trouble until Edward's quick single was quicker than Joe's; an exonerating similarity to a previous incident a couple of weeks before. Honse and Edward finished off the innings, with Honse keeping out the good balls of which there were plenty whilst Edward's keen eye saw him in little trouble on his way to a useful 14 not out.
TWCC were done on 186 for 6, possibly a few runs short, but with tight bowling..? Talking of needing a few more runs the next man due in, curiously, was Rob Rydon at No. 9 who would have surely obliged if he hadn't been overcome with modesty during the batting order parade.
Grey's opening bowlers, Ashton and Newland, kept it very tight for their first spells, and Flynn's late appearance was a master-stroke from the visitors as he put a brake on scoring at a time when TWCC may have thought they could power on to a decent total. Still, 186 has proved to be enough in the past (although is that only when it's TWCC that have to get them?).
Edward was keen that I should mention his tea and, indeed, his sandwiches, a tea's primary litmus test, were excellent and copious. However I believe he's set the bar worryingly high by making 4 loaves-worth and not the usual three. Mind you I didn't spot a couple of lavish three tier home-made sponge cakes... but maybe I held back too long and others got there first? Instead I found myself clutching a lemon finger which was also delicious.
What TWCC needed to do, when they took to the field, was to contain Greys much as the visitors' opening bowlers had TWCC. Enter Ed and Tom, our two young tearaways, and there we were; 15 overs in, not many runs on the board and Greys were falling behind. Flynn was clearly quite a player; never in trouble and it needed to be a good ball for him not to send the ball spinning to the boundary, but good balls were what he and Line were getting. Tom, it was, who took the wicket of Line courtesy of wicket keeper Tony Pearce. A fast rising ball, an audible click, and all of us, including Tony, watched the ball pass him by to his right. Then, as if it had been a trick all along, he quickly reached behind him and snaffled the ball in his right hand glove. All it needed was for him to quickly slip the ball into his pocket and look about as if mystified and we would all have thought it was what he had intended all along.
This left Flynn still at the crease where he was joined by a sequence of partners who might reasonably have thought that their opportunities to score would increase when Ed and Tom finished their spells, but little did they realise that TWCC still had tight bowling up their sleeves in the shape of Rob and Jim both of whom continued to tie the scoring down. Rob produced, as usual, several chances of varying difficulty, some spurned and some falling safe. In particular he was alternately passing the outside edge and pushing shorter balls up into the batsmen, and it was the rising ball catching the splice that produced the chances, but he was, on the day, wicketless albeit economical. Meanwhile Jim trundled in and managed to get some movement off the pitch and in the air and took three wickets for not much, and this first-change pair left affairs in a safe place; 88 for 4 after about 28 overs (the Grey's book is not clear on bowlers' spells), and one of those 4 was the dangerous Flynn who in the end let a straight one through.
Time for Edward and Joe to begin the wrapping up as 100 runs were still required by Greys and they were 4 down. Edward proved slightly expensive as he struggled to find his length, though he did take a wicket by cleverly endangering Jim at square leg who decided he ought to catch a ball rather than have it take his head off. 5 down, 5 to get. Joe took two of them, one bowled, one a catch from Tom at point, but that was it wicket-wise and a possible win was morphing into a likely draw. But then Mikey's one over was rather costly, and as the forceful Ashton (47 not out) and Newland (27 not out) got the taste for runs even a draw was becoming less and less likely as Joe and Honse's deliveries were knocked about a bit. In the end these same two batters saw Greys home with an over or two to spare even though Ed and Rob came back right at the thankless end.
Notes: The ball (Newbury) was somewhat bowler-friendly as it seemed to swing a lot (perhaps too much?) and this was something of a swing-bowler's day, with economy possible if sacrificed in the honourable pursuit of inclusion. Mikey's exuberant 77 was the TWCC innings of the day, backed up by Jim and Edward, and Flynn, Ashton and Newland it was who saw Greys home. Regardless of the result the game was played in the good spirit both sides enjoy and a result one way or the other was, perhaps, the best outcome as it allowed both graciousness and magnanimity. It was also nice to meet another Twineham resident who may be (easily?) persuaded to join us for the odd game during the season, and since we generally do play odd games Mark should fit right in.
Greys won the toss and chose to bowl first. Match format; traditional Sunday timed cricket.
TWCC Innings: P Hunter Bld Ashton 16; J Simon Bld Flynn 33; T Pearce Bld Sewell; M Pearce Ct (long-on) Bld J Meek 77; T Firth Ct (point) Sewell; E Bunn not out 14; J Panther run out 8; H Karvay not out 2. DNB R Rydon, T Rydon, E Howes. Extras 19 (B7, LB1, W10, NB1) Total 186 for 6 (40 0vers).
Greys Bowling: Ashton 8-2-14-1; Newland 7-1-13-0; Burgess 6-0-38-0; Sewell 9-0-74-2; Flynn 7-2-21-1; J Meek 3-0-15-1.
Greys Innings: Line Ct T Pearce wk Bld T Rydon 11; Flynn Bld J Simon 43; J Meek Bld j Simon 4; Maxwell Bld J Simon 16; Fenton Bld Panther 12; Edwards Ct Simon Bld Bunn 4; Brasher Ct T Rydon Bld Panther 0; Ashton not out 47; Newland not out 27. DNB unrecorded. Extras 20 ( B6, LB2, W9, NB3) Total 189 for 7 (39 overs).
TWCC Bowling: E Howes 8-1-28-0; T Rydon 7-0-26-1; J Simon 7-0-18-3; R Rydon 6-1-21-0; E Bunn 3-0-25-1; J Panther 5-0-22-2; M Pearce 1-0-17-0; H Karvay 2-0-20-0.
Greys win by 3 wkts.
Streat and Westmeston v TWCC May 5th 2019
Streat and Westmeston - we all like a bit of Streat; the friends we see twice a year regular as clockwork, the timeless majesty of the Downs that run across our Wealden Summer; this is just one of several games we enjoy playing in front of some of the most prestigious country houses belonging to Sussex's finest families; Streat itself, Parham House, Twineham.
On the day, the ground was hard, and the wicket - more central than in recent visits - was lighter and dryer than at any time in recent Mays. Streat and Westmeston won the toss and batted first. In our form (and standard) of cricket it is something of an advantage, it seems to us here at the Gazette, to field first as that allows a team a win without having to go through the difficulty of taking 10 wickets in the course of half an afternoon. Batting second a side are in control of either chasing a total, of holding out for an honourable draw, or of losing if that's what floats your boat. All possible results are in the hands of the side batting second, though in the end it comes down to Harvey's in any case, so nothing too serious is at stake unless the pub chills its beer.
Matt and Ed were given the lovely, shiny, glowing, pristine-seamed new ball (my Precioussss) and their performance set the tone and established the pattern of the day's play. Curiously, typically and unfairly neither of these two opening bowlers took a wicket. Curious and unfair? Curious because the wickets of Colin Mansfield and Matt Porter were certainly under threat, and unfair for the same reason as there was no lack of effort from Matt or the usual penetration we've seen from Ed. Typical? Well, the Gazette frequently notes that sometimes the better the bowling, the greater the care and respect that bowling receives. Higher order batters are often more concerned with seeing off the opening bowlers without getting out than with particularly doing anything about scoring runs; such is the subtle balance that is cricket. So it was on this occasion; Matt and Ed each bowled a straight 8 overs, with 4 maidens each, for a combined total of just 27 runs. Matt going for just 9 runs in this spell is truly outstanding, and both could probably have just carried on all afternoon, but Skipper Brock (welcome to Richard for his first game of the season) has a mighty arsenal at his disposal that includes the young firebrand Tom R.
Tom, ever hard-working and fully commited to enjoying his afternoon, charged in and if the Streat and Westmeston batters thought their afternoon was going to get any easier they had another think coming. Rob Saunders, in his second game, came on first change from the Downs End, and, though still a bit stiff early on, it was he who took TWCC's first wicket; the clear-headed Matt Porter missing a good ball of an awkward length and being bowled. Meanwhile Colin Mansfield was continuing with his trademark strong-minded innings, and he was joined by James Porter who, as with his brother, looked every inch a cricketer. However, you can't ignore the primeval force of Tom Rydon and he it was who quickly trapped James Porter LBW for a duck, and the somewhat uneven pace of this Streat wicket then began to manifest itself. Colin had demonstrated that the quality most desired by batters on the day was that of patience, and he continued to exhibit just that as he was joined first by John Hawkins who was run out, sadly for him, on 0, and Terry Garoghan who was clean bowled by Tom as he quickly took his second wicket of the day before being rewarded in the usual fashion by being taken off.
Joe and Honse took up the bowling duties, and both were destined to continue TWCC's excellent day with the ball. Both dropped on to a good length and line and were difficult to play as the slighlty slower-paced deliveries seemed to hold up on this early-season wicket. Joe's bowling, indeed, held up so that a sequence of extremely difficult chances were offered to mid-on where one of our best fielders was repeatedly just unable to cling on to the ball. In the end, however, Colin Mansfield, as he opened up the taps with tea approaching, skied the ball towards Jim at long-on who so totally misjudged a simple catch that he had to resort to a last second one-handed grab that ended, mysteriously, with the ball somehow sticking to the inside of his right hand. The end to a fine innings from Colin whose 41 was hard-won and extremely valuable in what was clearly going to be a low-scoring game. Not many further runs were added as Joe and Honse continued to be difficult to get away. Honse's variations, his guile and wiggly bowling, were a treat to witness and he ended with fine figures indeed of 5 overs, 2 maidens for just 4 runs at a time that the hosts were trying to hit out.
Streat and Westmeston restricted, then, to 94 off, as it happened, 37 overs.
Low-scoring matches can be tricky to win, as some experienced TWCC... err... observers (for a moment I was going to say "fans!") will know. A chasing side in these circumstances requires patience and application, which should, of course, be no problem for TWCC?
In the first over Paul was trapped LBW by a full length ball from Matt Porter's left arm over pacy bowling. It did pitch in line, straightened slightly down the slope and would have hit the stumps, so Umpire Howes (I think it was) gave it out and Paul walked off to face his disappointed fan-base and some tough interviews with the waiting press.
TWCC 0 for 1 - a sign of a tough journey ahead?
Jim, widely regarded as the team Number Two, after a few loose balls to score off found it progressively harder to get the ball away from Porter, though Hawkins' bowling was easier to survive and from which is was possible to safely nudge the odd single. Tony, in for his first game of the season, scored a couple of twos with his customary nonchalence, then was caught...in the gully? At point? He was caught anyway; TWCC rattling through towards their easy target were 2 for 16 but, well, another 79 runs would surely be no problem!
Joe, in at 4, did manage to push the score along a bit, and a nervous and clearly misguided air of calm settled over the ground when no TWCC batter had been out for some minutes on end. But then, in spite of appearing in his own head to be in little trouble, a slower Porter ball did for Jim who went through with a nothing shot and toe-ended it back to the bowler for a simple catch. TWCC 3 for 28 - but only another 67 needed! With all that batting to come! No problemo!
Enter Rob Saunders (surname mentioned to help analysts in years to come) who found it hard to ignore that little red ball hovering in the foreground but not actually... quite... getting to him... and he fell for 3.
TWCC 4 for 39. No problemarooni!
Joe and Matt - they'll bat well together! Joe's looking goo... 5 for 39. No problemaroonioso! Only 56 needed.
And then, believe it or not, as the bowling pressure was relaxed and conditions improved, the Sun came out, the wind dropped, the swallows began to sing and the wagtails pranced and scampered over the outfield and the pattern of play became all crickety and lovely. Matt and Honse started to push the ones and twos from the now less troublesome bowling, indeed there were a couple of boundaries as the score inexorably climbed towards the target total, and then, with his first really agressive stroke, Matt struck a four between gully and point to take TWCC to their second win of the season. Great, mature play from Matt and Honse; lots of twos, lots of singles, no trouble, no need for Ed to wander in and hit the winning runs.
Low scoring matches can be fun, though Streat and Westmeston were about 50 runs short of making it too tough for their visitors. TWCC, however, are more than capable of making any score over 70... 60...50... any score look tricky. There is generally a reason that a side doesn't get many runs, and in the case of Streat it was because TWCC's bowlers ran the day; the opening spells of Matt and Ed, followed up by Tom, Rob, Joe and Honse (plus Brocky's Bonus at the very end) denied the host's batsmen any sort of easy ride. Only Colin's 41 and Matt Porter's 19 really added much to the first innings total, and that was never going to be enough. Important innings from Colin Mansfield for Streat, and from Matt and Honse for TWCC were the batting highlights, but on the day the depth of TWCC's bowling ws the difference between the two sides.
TWCC look forward to seeing Streat at home - though not too soon as there's a whole season to enjoy in the meantime.
Streat and Westmeston won the toss and elected to bat first. Proper village cricket timed format!
S&W Innings: C Mansfield Ct J Simon Bld J Panther 41; M Porter Bld Suanders 19; J Porter LBW T Rydon 0; J Hawkins Run Out (Simon) 0; T Garroghan Bld T Rydon 0; W Baxter not out 8; L Maysey not out 8. DNB; I Anthony, C Marshall, R Griffiths, S Spiegel. Extras 18 (B10,LB2, W4,NB2) Total 94 for 5 (37 overs as it happened).
TWCC Bowling: M Edwards 8-4-9-0; E Howes 8-4-18-0; T Rydon 6-1-20-2; R Saunders 5-0-17-1; J Panther 4-2-8-1; H Karvay 5-2-4-0; R Brock 1-0-6-0.
TWCC Innings: P Hunter LBW M Porter 0; J Simon Ct & Bld M Porter 11; T Pearce Ct J Porter 4; J Panther Ct & Bld J Porter 17; R Saunders Ct Baxter Bld Maysey 3; M Edwards not out 24; H Karvay not out 31. DNB E Howes, T Rydon, R Brock, E Bunn. Extras 6 (B1, LB2, W3) Total 96 for 5 (30.3 overs).
S&W Bowling: M Porter 7.3-2-16-3; J Hawkins 5-0-17-0; L Maysey 7-1-22-1; J Porter 5-3-9-1; I Anthony 3-0-13-0; S Spiegel 3-0-14-0.
TWCC win by 5 wkts.
TWCC v Wisley CC April 28th 2019
Sunny, hot, rainy, cold, windy, calm. Grass good to moderate thanks to no rain for weeks, a Friday cut by the Council and a second cut by Edward on Saturday. Wisley's skipper and TWCC's own Skipper Edwards combined to agree to a limited overs format game of 40 overs per side.
Wisley's T Richards had been watching too much IPL and is obviously very good in the first place, and he took TWCC's first over of the season for a cool and somewhat dispiriting 23. That Ed then conceded only a further 4 runs in the next 4 overs is quite something. Tom, opening from the Pavilion End, had somewhat less of an immediate challenge in the form of Swan, and, together with excellent strike-management from Skipper Edwards and the TWCC side, the Richards first over onslaught was stifled very successfully. Tom and Ed finished their opening spells with very good figures indeed with Tom taking his first 2019 wicket. However the next three Wisley batters were all thoroughly capable, and TWCC's bowlers were consistently being deposited in the hedge for the whole of the remaining 40 overs. The ground really was running fast, and once a ball was past a fielder it was generally four. Joe and Matt took over from Ed and Tom to good effect with Matt taking one of the day's rare wickets thanks to a sharp catch by Paul at point. The Gazette should mention the welcome appearance of Rob Saunders whose first spell for TWCC was a welcome blend of pace and movement, and he was rewarded with an LBW. However, as Wisley opened their shoulders the runs began to flow and the total climbed. Jim and Honse, and then the returning Tom, bowled well, though the odd ball was sent to the boundary, the Wisley total cleared the 200 mark and ended, after the full 40 overs, on 212 for 3. Historically anything over 200 is a fine batting total at the Twineham ground, though the conditions were unusually fast for the time of year.
Thanks to Paul for tea - starting us off in fine style complete with CC sandwiches and labels. With a possible further 40 overs to play before it got dark Wisley quickly took to the field as Paul and Jim strapped on their pads and other assorted paraphenalia.
T Richards opened from the Downs End, some pace and the occasional yorker being served up, and Wilson from the Pavilion End contrived to present Paul with his perfect hitting balls as he pocketed 18 runs from his first over, and a further 14 from the second, the roadside hedge, and indeed the road, being his favoured target areas. He calmed down, and was then out to a good in-cutting ball from T Richards that snuck between bat and pad onto his leg stump. Jim ploughed on; the odd four, pushes for 2, quick singles... Oh dear; poor Joe. If the Gazette could offer an unbiased opinion on his run out it would. Joe sent a thick inside edge to square leg, Jim set off shouting "Run" and "Yes" and "Yes Joe" and "Run" as the fielder struggled to get the ball to hand, and for a difficult few moments Jim and Joe discussed this developing situation at the batting crease. Repeated analysis has shown that (a) it was a tight a call for a run, (b) it would have been a run if Joe had set off when the call came, (c) that it was Jim's fault that a run was attempted, (d) Joe's deserved appearance at No. 3 was too short-lived, and (e) Jim would have bought Joe a one-time-offer jug if he'd gone to the pub. Joe had looked very good in the nets and it is sad that he didn't get to bat in this game. (Sorry - Ed).
Jim, chastened though still sporadically suicidal in running terms, was joined by latecomer Ryan who, from the first, batted with confidence and energy. Boundaries galore, 6's galore, lost balls galore it was a galorathon. Never in trouble, pretty much always on strike as Jim's bat nudged the singles, Ryan rocketed to 50. Jim wasn't, as it turned out, ultimately given out by Umpire Panther but only because he was at square leg at the time - but he bat-toe-ended a lobby catch to leg slip off a wide ball down the leg side. Ryan continued his rocketing and, with 10 fours and 6 sixes, found himself with a century in the bank. He retired at that point, leaving TWCC with 42 to get. No problem, obviously. Not for TWCC!
Honse was caught off the bowling of Ramesh, and Edward's slim form was given out LBW having been mistaken for Jim by Umpire Panther. Tom provided a match-securing 21 at the right time, and though he perished before the end, Matt and Ed saw TWCC home.
A few welcome closed-season signings in Rob (great spell and excellent first ball of his TWCC career) and the Greens (Ryan's 100 and his Dad's cheery presence - sad he didn't get to bat or bowl) are good signs for the season. TWCC thank Wisley for making the trip over. It's always good to see them and to share in all that is cricket and we look forward to their visit again next year. The bat, in the hands of players from both sides, was the winner on the day, with Wisley showing the way and Ryan making the hay.
Wisley won the toss and opted to bat first. Agreed format 40 overs/side.
Wisley Innings: T Richard Bld T Rydon 32; L Swan LBW Saunders 16; Ramesh Ct P Hunter Bld Edwards 36; J Snelling not out 37; J Haddow not out 66. Extras 25 (B 13, LB 2, W 7, NB 3). Total 212 for 3 off 40 overs. DNB R Geer, Shiva, Kernigan, J Richards, C Wilson.
TWCC Bowling: E Howes 5-1-27-0; T Rydon 7-0-21,1; J Panther 5-0-23-0; M Edwards 8-2-22-1; R Saunders 8-1-53-1; J Simon 5-0-31-0; J Karvay 2-0-13-0.
TWCC Innings: P Hunter Bld T Richards 38; J Simon Ct J Richards (or Rupert?) Bld Shiva 24; J Panther run out 1; R Green retired 100; J Karvay Ct, Bld Ramesh 3; E Bunn LBW Ramesh 4; T Rydon Ct J Richards Bld Wilson 21; M Edwards not out 3; E Howes not out 2. Extras 14 (B 6, W 8,). Total 213 for 6 (plus 1 retired) off 27 overs . DNB R Saunders, M Green.
Wisley Bowling: T Richards 7-0-32-1; Wilson 5-1-44-1; J Richards 5-0-38-0; R Geer 2-0-30-0; Shiva 3-0-29-1; Ramesh 3-0-16-1; Ellis 1-0-7-0; Swan 2-0-10-0.
TWCC win by ... How do you say it in limited overs cricket? 1 run? 3 remaining wickets?
TWCC 2018 Season
2018 Season's Report
PLAYED 14 WON 5 DRAWN 5 LOST 4 CALLED OFF 4 (2017 P 17, W 8, D3, L 6, called off 3)
It’s been a slimmed-down season in the life of TWCC. 2 years ago we scheduled around 22 matches a year. We took this down partly because of our own struggles filling the team sheet in particular in the holiday period of late July, early August – and partly because other teams were facing difficulties raising teams to play us. So last year we scheduled 20 matches (played 17) but this year we dropped to scheduling 18 matches but ended up playing just 14. Whilst we managed to field full sides on most days, it is – by common consent – too little cricket! Once we’d toured, we played just one match in July and August. Two of the matches fell victim to unfortunate rainstorms during an otherwise baking summer – the rest we had removed from the schedule. It’s encouraging that this is a trend we can reverse.
Our numbers are better. We are securing a greater number of players we can call on to play occasionally – and we have one or two in the wings who we hope will become more regular – namely Graham Cuthbert and Rob Saunders. Our cricket continues to be highly competitive and hard fought, yet friendly and richly enjoyable – and that makes people want to play for us. I’m convinced playing cricket for TWCC is a really good way of spending a Sunday afternoon – and I’m pleased to say that most times, most people get a bat or a bowl, which is crucial for full involvement. So with all this in mind, we will be aiming to increase the number of matches we play this coming season, particularly filling some of the gaps in July and August.
And what a season it’s been – one of the most memorable in recent history for the number of highly exciting matches going right to the wire. Greys, Bolney, Jevington, Exiles, Bournemouth, Balcombe – and a number of others highly competitive, with great performances. A great tour – a really great tour – which marked our 125 anniversary in suitable style – and a mostly glorious hot summer.
I’d like to thank Matt for his excellence as vice captain. He knows the club and the players and has the perfect touch on the tiller when he’s in charge. I think he felt the strain in September when matches were on but numbers sparse but well done to him for getting teams out and turning out great team performances – not to mention some excellent individual bowling performances. My thanks also to Joe who took to fixtures secretary like a fish takes to a hook: it looks fun and attractive at first, but then you can’t escape it. Well done Joe for taking it on and especially for those late matches you found us – Jevington and Headliners. Thank you also to Paul for his excellence in keeping us in the black and looking after all things financial and to Jim for his brilliant website and write ups – I think I speak for all of us to say his reports are brilliantly entertaining for us and also for the away teams who also enjoy them. Thanks also to our President Dave Jones for continuing to look for unlikely ways to finance a new pavilion and to our oldest and most revered player Dave Rogers without whom no tour would be complete.
Congratulations to Jim for accepting the invitation to step up to opener, and making a huge success of it. If TWCC had a player of the year, we’d look no further because his performances were magnificent for their `openingness`! We’ve also seen some great individual performances especially with the bat – Paul’s 100 vs Crescent a spectacular example – and some great partnerships – Jim and Rob’s 188 vs Bolney comes to mind. The season was full of champagne moments – Matt Brock’s 4 to win the match vs Balcombe, the winning draw vs Exiles, beach cricket in Bournemouth….
I am sorry to report that Malcolm Woodall who turned out for us a couple of times has died – my condolences to his family. It was also a year when we lost Roger Hole, formerly the captain of Albourne and Sayers Common, well known to all.
Finally I’d like to say I continue to love captaining the side, I’m loving my cricket as much as I ever have and for that I have you all to thank: a bunch of guys as diverse as you could ask for, cricket loving, fun loving, piss-taking, belly aching, whinge, whine, gloriously life on the line, one for all and all for one – you’re a great bunch.
Richard Brock – Captain, Twineham and Wineham Cricket Club.
SEASON HIGHLIGHTS – AND LOWLIGHTS
Early batting form for Tony as we draw with Streat, an exciting `anyone could win in the last over` draw vs Greys, a closer defeat than we deserved at Lindfield, followed by a 20 run win vs Bolney where Ed and Matt bowled us home.
A bit of a hammering vs Jevington though their sportsmanship allowed us to get within 17 runs, a fantastic match vs Exiles which we put down as a winning draw – who can forget Paul’s extraordinary catch running in from the boundary in the last over. A convincing win vs Unity took us to tour, which was all round brilliant. Aside from great nights out, we had a last ball win vs Bournemouth CC and the cracking win vs Balcombe from Matt’s 4. Our only other match in July was a good hiding from a revitalised Headliners team at baking Cuckfield.
A terrific win at Crescent thanks to Paul’s 100 and his great stand with Tom Firth contributing his fine 47, a cliff-hanging loss v Parham, and finally tight draws against Bolney and Beamers.
TWCC v Brighton Beamers September 30th 2018
A last sunny Sunday to see the season out, TWCC and the Beamers gathered once more to share the spoils of another encounter. This final fixture is often particularly enjoyable as the two sides are well matched in terms of ability and share an understanding of what cricket is about.
Beamers won the toss and chose to field first. Sadly, Siddo, a regular Beamers stalwart, pulled a calf muscle before the game even began, leaving him short of fun and the visitors short of a fielder not to mention a serious performer with bat and ball.
Skipper Brock, who, in the interests of giving as many players as possible a turn at something generally puts those who are less bowly in at the top of the batting order and vice versa, took the opportunity to mix things up. In TWCC’s case this policy makes less difference to the overall batting performance than many pundits might expect as we can all bat even if we can’t all bowl, so there was little risk and much to be gained by asking Tom Rydon and Joe to strap on the protectives and head out to the middle.
And, to coin one of those awful cross-pollinated knee-jerk phrases from elsewhere, what’s not to like? We know the yoof have good eyes and hand/eye co-ordination from somewhere north of 1990, so there was little to be surprised at in Tom and Joe’s flurry of boundaries and sporty runs. These are the sort of performances it’s easier to produce when there’s time to spend (if not to waste - Ed) in the middle, and it was a joy to see. A certain amount of comfortable lounging began to occur in the pavilion, and conversation began to range freely from not mentioning the Ryder Cup to definitely not mentioning the Ryder Cup, as Jonathan prepared his spread and steeled himself to wrestle with the cling film. A Wodehousian mellow peace and Indian Summer contentment reigned as Capt. Brock, no doubt subject to some sort of Pavlovian response to the comforting sound of rattling crockery, rang for Rowland and suggested an unscheduled tea all round from the comfort of his executive recliner.
Then Joe was out for a strong 21 comprising four 4’s and a lot of productive dashing about - good to see Joe given license with the bat and to have seen him scoring freely - a great start for TWCC; 35 for the first wicket. Ripping off the apron and revealing that he was fully padded up and probably had been since he got up, Jonathan strode to the middle and showed what he was about. He deftly defended using the middle of his bat, watchfully assessed each ball as it came down, was demonstrably completely solid in defence - and then missed one on its way to the stumps. 2018, for a man of Jonathan’s ability, has not, after a good start, been a vintage year for him with the bat. Never mind – at least he’s one of the young ones with plenty of time to shine in seasons to come. And he’s a great glove man.
Matt, as ever, showed he can bat, though Rigby’s slow leggy tennis-ball bounce was his early undoing as he contrived to play a shot to a wide ball down the leg side, take his bat away, then put it back, then take it away again, then turn it round in his hands and lift a dolly catch up from the back of the bat into the keeper’s gloves. One of those strange dismissals...
Tom R, meanwhile, was continuing to demonstrate that he's not just about bowling and fielding. Classic stroke play rose to the surface, the MCC coaching manual had clearly been his bedtime reading for much of his life. Cultured fours, quick singles, all fine stuff, ultimately undone by a catch somewhere, 27 runs his contribution to the TWCC total.
Honse, with a bit of time to bat, and then Graham wearing his new TWCC badges with pride, occupied the middle with clear intent, both producing boundaries and scampering through for singles, but Graham was out (5) caught and Honse was run out (8) with the score needing a bit of pepping up as maidens had too often begun to reward the Beamers’ bowlers.
Enter pepperer Ed – ever a star in the nets – who brought his swinging ways to the fore and upped the general air of intent. A quick-fire 25 was just what TWCC needed as the home side had become a bit bogged down, and then he mistimed (not sure about this; I just made that up – Ed) (but it might be true?) a ball to somewhere and someone caught it somewhere it says here.
Jim, then, quickly, Rob ambled and hobbled respectively to the middle with only one Captain’s instruction ringing in their ears; “Don’t faff about we need 175.” This was quite a tall order as there was not much time to go with just over 100 on the board. Needless to say this target was missed by some margin as one of the two batters in was Rob. Beamers, in the interests of helping their hosts up to something reasonable, had been generously providing balls to keep the TWCC middle order happy, and here was a number 9 with an injured leg – so they left the bowling alone; what could possibly go wrong?
4,6,4,4,4,1,1,6,4,6,3,1,2,4,1,3,6,6,4, 3 that’s what could go wrong. Now, although I had to retake my maths O-level all those years ago and that was when I could count, after several goes at the sum I make this 73 – not 67 as it says in the scorebook. Another instance of a poor batsman getting diddled by the scorers if you can call them scorers. I have altered this in the book, along with the total up by 6 to balance the books. Then I noticed that 23 extras had been summed up to 31... What’s going on? What was TWCC’s actual total? 206? 204? 212? We’ll never know without taking a look at Beamers’ book. Let’s hope the total they were chasing was correct.
In any case, Rob’s innings set the game alight. He played with the confines of the ground, endeavouring with each shot to gauge the drag of the grass or, in five cases, the height of the trees in order to get the boundaries without losing the ball. One six, a towering pull off his legs, was a perfect example of his miserly approach to ball-consumption as, instead of finding a field somewhere near Billingshurst, he contrived to catch the midriff of the poplar tree so that the ball benignly dropped back into the field of play so it could quickly be recycled in his blistering and chanceless innings. I truly believe this shot pleased him more than any other, and there were plenty to choose from.
Jim contributed in a small way by running about like Usain Bolt’s grandfather when he was told and giving Rob the strike when he could, and the 8th wicket partnership either approached or passed the century depending on whether you can add up or not. I can and I make it 103. Beamers could do little to stem the flow, even after they realised they had to deal with a proper batsman in the middle and chose bowlers to match. Brocky’s disappointment was clear to see as his No. 9 ignored his demands for 175 and helped the total over 200 and then some. Not sure how much by, but something like a few runs here or there. Or extras. Or, well, wha’ever.
For me, carrot cake wins the day. Yes, there were coronation chicken sandwiches which normally secure the coveted tea-time No 1 slot, to say nothing of the asstd. ham, cheese, and egg usual suspects, but when cake’s that good all else matters little. However I’m not sure I saw anyone go for a coprolite? But thanks to Jonathan for all the work.
So – something over 200 in the bag, the Beamers bat a bit like TWCC so it was certainly within reach, but TWCC do have a 3-fold youthful blistering pace attack. Matt and Ed lined up their respective off stumps and prepared to open fire, Jonathan changed gloves and hunkered down behind the timbers and the arc of incompetence settled down in the hope that it wouldn’t come to any of them. And for a while it didn’t, but pass the bat it did, pass the stumps it did, pass the boundary not so much, unless you count Matt’s opening loosener which was cut powerfully for 4 by the impressive Rigby. Ed also bowled really well from the Downs End, and both men were noticeably making a full effort, charging in hard and generating a lot of pace. The TWCC home wicket is, really, too bouncy for pace bowling as good length balls often lift over stump height, and deliveries that would catch the top of the stumps need to arrive at the batsman at half-volley length. However, notwithstanding this caveat/excuse, it was Ed’s fourth over, a wicket maiden, that brought about the second demise of Briggs, the first having ended in a high reprieve. Brocky’s redemption came in the shape of a much more difficult low, hard chance at mid-off. The fast-travelling ball dipped to shin height to Richard’s left, he stuck out a couple of hands, and when the dust settled there it was, stuck fast. One of the best catches of the season so far, and the smile, morphing over the next two hours into a smirk, never left Brocky’s face for the rest of the day and it’s probably still there.
Matt, fruitless on the day, bowled really well as he always does, but as for wickets, that one for Ed was it for the Tornado Twosome. But TWCC have Typhoon Tom!
There’s something about Tom that strikes us here in the Gazette; he’s completely driven by the need to burn calories. He sprints about the place, he chases balls in the field like a collie getting round behind the sheep, he walks by running slowly as if in a dressage competition, and when all this energy finally gets focussed into bowling he charges in hard and truly winds up the pace. Which increases the shame felt by the more unreliable slip fielders... By Jim. He gets his hand to the ball, but, these days, that’s as far as it gets as the ball suddenly seems to have more of Newton’s apple about it than for other fielders. Surprisingly, given how gazelle-like he is in the outfield, Jim seems to find himself in the slip area quite often, but really he shouldn’t be there as Honse, Ed, Matt, Tom and many others will testify. Mid-wicket/mid-on, somewhere deep, that’s his natural position as long as the ball doesn’t come his way in the air. In his defence, and we often see things from his point of view here at the Gazette, he does say that he used to be a good catcher, but we can't deny that his faculties are no longer his strong point.
One wicket for Ed, none for Matt, none for Tom... all this pace and near-misses/drops... Time for (here comes another inexplicable American nonsense) a change up! Change up? Why up?
TWCC’s change, up, down and sideways came from Phil and Joe.
How good it is to have Phil back in the side, plying his wily trade along his own spartan corridor of uncertainty. He did for Rigby, still there on 60 and helping the Beamers towards their target of whatever it was, with a rising ball off a good length just outside the off stump finding the thinnest of edges that Jonathan, standing up, took cleanly in chest-high gloves. Beamers looked as if they might have needed Rigby to stay, but they still had the obvious prowess of Chaffey (another Chaffey?) on their side of the equation, and they only needed around 70 or 80 runs with plenty of time and wickets in hand.
But TWCC had the mercurial Panther – elevated into skipperdom as Skipper Brock had left for an early bath. Some days Joe seems to not easily find his line and length, but on this occasion the true JP showed up. Teasing length, tempting pace; that’s what undoes many batters, and it’s what did for the Beamers, starting with a truly outstanding catch by Matt in the covers. Fielding quite tight in order to pounce on anything like a single, Matt dived full length to his left to cling on to the lowest of catches in one hand. The ball had been struck hard and was heading to the turf, but Matt’s tall frame helped him to go forward and low and there it was, another one of the great catches of the season – two in one game; roughly equal to the number of great drops.
Not content with just one wicket, Joe took another in the next over by clean bowling Blackadder and then again in the next by having Esson caught behind by Jonathan. This brought Rob Nicholls out to the middle, a fine batter down the order, and with Chaffey still there on 53 the visitors’ ambitions still veered towards victory.
Honse replaced Phil for a few overs but at this point Beamers were really going for the runs and, through no fault of his own, the visitors’ total was beginning to rise too fast and so Phil returned as Joe’s partner to see if TWCC could guarantee a draw and maybe snatch a victory.
Six overs to go, Chaffey and Nicholls in the middle, about ten-per-over the required rate for the Beamers, and they were scoring at that rate as, by now TWCC only had 10 fielders to play with (as, indeed, it has to be said, the Beamers had had for the entire match). (Good point – Ed.)
TWCC needed to see the end of Chaffey’s innings as he powered along into the 70’s. And, lo, the scorebook says “Chaffey, Bld Panther, 72.” Bowled Panther; his fourth, a fine match-drawing performance. Phil took a last wicket as the Beamers’ inclination to reach 200-plus fell away and the match ended in a happy draw. Happy because it was a fair result, both teams had had fun unless your name is Siddens, we had seen a fine performance from TWCC’s No 9 (on this evidence he could possibly bat a little higher up the order?), Joe took 4 wickets, others all bowled/batted well, we’d seen some excellent examples of how to catch and all three results had been possible right up until near the end of the game.
The end of play has come in this TWCC’s 125th anniversary year. Now it’s time for Brocky to come up with some play-on-numbers that gives him top spot in something or other at the AGM, so see you all at the Oak.
Beamers won the toss and chose to field first.
TWCC Innings: T Rydon Ct Chaffery Bld Rigby 27; J Panther Ct Briggs Bld Renshaw 21; J Rowland Bld Chaffey 2; M Edwards Ct Wk Bld Rigby 5; H Karvay Run Out 8; G Cuthbert Ct Briggs Bld Eaton 5; E Howes Ct x Bld Eaton 25; J Simon Not Out 15; R Rydon Not Out 73. DNB P Steinke, R Brock. Extras 23 (or 31 depending on many imponderables) (B12, LB1, W6, NB4) Total 204, or 206 or 212 for 7.
Beamers' Bowling: M Renshaw 8-1-32-1; Chaffey 8-3-16-1;S Esson 5-3-5-0; R Rigby 6-3-8-2; Eaton 5-0-45-2; Blackadder 6-0-69-0; Briggs 2-0-18-0.
Beamers' Innings: Rigby Ct Rowland (Wk) Bld P Steinke 60; Briggs Ct Brock Bld Howes 15; Chaffey Bld Panther 72; Riches Ct Edwards Bld Panther 1; Blackadder Bld Panther 4; Esson Ct Rowland (Wk) Bld Panther 7; R Nicholls Bld Steinke 14; Richards Not OUt 0; Renshaw Not Out 0. DNB Eaton. Siddons. Extras 18 (B7, LB3, W5, NB3) Total 191 for 7.
TWCC Bowling: M Edwards 10-0-40-0; E Howes 8-0-20-1; T Rydon 6-0-40-0; P Steinke 8-1-21-2; J Panther 7-1-34-4; H Karvay 3-0-28-0.
Match drawn in the dark.
TWCC v Bolney CC September 16th 2018
A lovely September day, the ground basking in warm sunshine, expertly cut by Edward in absence of the council – and a number of players suffering from the summer drought. Not rain, but cricket, something that will be addressed next year.
So TWCC fresh from their last ball defeat at the hands of 9 man Parham, began how they meant to go on – they lost the toss. Skipper Brock was asked to bat by Bolney, and decided that he and Jim were the ones to open proceedings. Yet another decision that got away, as he chipped a ball back to Dave Chaffey in the 8th over. Little were we to know that that was the only TWCC wicket we would see fall during the course of the afternoon. Rob came in to join the sound and sensible Jim – and he batted, well, soundly and sensibly too. With a minimum fuss, these two disciplined and talented batsmen stroked the ball around the ground, the scoreboard purring quietly. It should be said the running was gentle in nature – if not languid – but Rob was coming back from a triple ligament severance horror and Jim’s somewhat leisurely running has long been the subject of discussion in this forum. Anyway, not even tongue in cheek humour should be allowed to draw attention from the enormity of batting that was underway. Two chanceless innings took the score to 60 after the first hour and continued at a run a minute through the welcome drinks interval and into the last hour. It was then that the pair started to open up, yet do so without throwing caution to the wind. Jim passed his 50 with a single, Rob with a 4 – but it was not our swashbuckling Blue who swatted away the game’s first 6, it was Jim. With half an hour left, the score passed 150 and there was a heated argument on the sidelines about the adherence to that ancient TWCC tradition of not telling the batsmen their score. Skipper Brock argued they should be told. Vice Skipper Edwards argued against, and garnered the support of the majority of the feet-uppers in the pavilion. So they continued. Rob in fact displayed the remarkable ability to count his own score whilst going along – and was only out by 1. He also told Jim he was in his 70s – something he helped to pass by with a quick single going for 4 overthrows. As the last over began, Rob was graciously trying to get Jim on strike, Jim was powering into the 90s – the score was above 200. But centuries were not to be, Jim finished on a career best 93 not out, with Rob languishing on 83 not out. The score was 209-1. It felt a very secure platform.
Tea was provided mainly by Matt’s nan, and very nice it was too, homemade brownies and lemon drizzle cake, lovely….
And so it was as the clock approached 4pm, we took to the field determined to skittle out Bolney. But before that we had to sort out one little problem: who was to keep wicket? Joe bravely volunteered – we will find out how bravely later. Matt and Ed opened up, and looked good and fast. In his second over, Matt flattened the middle stump of one of the openers, followed up in very similar fashion in his third over. Ed followed up with a sharp ball which resulted in the batsman sending the ball high in the air. If there was any calling it was quiet – and confused. Joe’s name rang out but it was Ed who ran forward and completed a caught and bowled. Bolney 28-3 – which became 28-4 after Ed bowled their number 4 next over. But Bolney’s 5 and 6 – Elliott and Steve Bowles – settled in and looked secure straight away. The openers had no joy over the next 6 overs and so Charlie Howes was brought on to see if he could weave through their defence. He couldn’t. Tom Rydon looked good, had a hard chance shelled in the slips (Sorry, Ed.) and was bowling fast. Good job Joe had gloves on…. Oh. Joe took a fast ball on the finger and rolled around, his face gnarled by the agony which surged through his hand. He got up, manfully, only to receive another ball, this time on the end of his middle finger, in the same over. That was it. As his regularly used finger swelled up with blood under the nail, Joe called it a day and headed for A and E – where he was diagnosed with a fracture. Matt took over and looked comfortable behind the stumps .
But none of this drama helped take wickets. Honse was unlucky (sorry, Ed), the skipper had a hard skier dropped but otherwise bowled appallingly, and all the time, Bolney powered on. With 20 overs left they were on 66-4. Ten overs later they were on 133-4, following a rather expensive over of 16 by Edward, encouraged by the skipper to `lob it up` - but not that bloody much!!! Anyway, the process of trying to take 6 wickets suddenly changed to one of not throwing away the match. Bolney impressively brought the rate down to below 8 an over with 6 overs left – so the openers were asked to return and save the day. Which they did. The scoring rate fell dramatically as Elliott and Bowles struggled to smack Matt and Ed away with the ease they had Richard and Edward. With the reins tightened, Matt removed Elliott for 86 in the penultimate over and Bolney finished on 186-5 – match drawn. We retired to the Oak with both teams satisfied.
Bolney won the toss and asked TWCC to bowl
TWCC Innings: J Simon Not out 93; R Brock Ct and Bld D Chaffey 6; R Rydon Not out 83. TOTAL 209-1
DNB: M Edwards, E Bunn, T Rydon, J Panther, E Howes, H Karvay, C Howes, P Steinke.
Bolney Bowling: Patton: 8-0-27-0, Madden 5-0-33-0, Chaffey 7-3-16-1, Bowles 10-0-49-0, Lake 2-0-15-0, Garside 4-0-28-0, Clemonson 2-0-16-0, Martin 3-0-22-0.
Bolney Innings: L MartinBld Edwards 8; A Lake Bld Edwards 5; M Garside Ct & Bld Howes 8; B Clemonson Bld Howes 3; B Elliott Bld Edwards 86; S Bowles Not out 52; O Bridge Not out 0. TOTAL 186-5
Fall: 9-1, 18-2, 28-3, 28-4, 184-5
TWCC Bowling: M Edwards 9-2-30-3, E Howes 10-4-28-2, C Howes 3-0-23-0, T Rydon 4-1-12-0, H Karvay 4-1-13-0, Brock 5-0-39-0, Bunn 3-0-30-0.
Parham CC v TWCC September 9th 2018
A breezy cloud-flickering late summer afternoon greeted TWCC for the customary late start over in Parham savannah country. We knew we didn't have 11, but we should have had 9, but where were we all? Eventually, well after time, eight of us arrived, a coin was tossed and Parham chose to field first, partly because we were still short by one Phil and they had a full nine. Nine plays eight - lots of gaps in the field to exploit.
Sadly, the first gap found was between the place where Paul thought a fast ball from left-armer Mark Williams should have been, and the top of the middle stump which is where it was. Unusually the ball had slightly plugged just outside leg, stood up a bit and jagged right, and then lobbed down on to the stumps. This was over No. 3, Paul having taken all the deliveries from Williams whilst Jim plotted a dull course through the less threatening but nonetheless tight bowling from the West End. Paul, and then Tony, manned up to deal with the pace and movement of Williams, who then, sadly for him, pulled up with an injury and he was out of the attack leaving both ends now safe for Jim. A pattern of play developed; Tony hitting runs and Jim was happy to take the odd bigger shot on but otherwise give the strike to Tony to make the most of the gaps in the field in a strong partnership of 76. Eventually a mis-timing occurred (from memory?) and Tony was caught off Forrest who cheered up a bit from that point on. We'd seen a quickfire 60 in true Tony style; fast hands and well-timed blows sending the ball scurrying for the safety of the rabbit holes. Jonathan! He of the careful late shot-making, an honours graduate from The Watchful Batting Academy of Thoughtful Crick... oh. How did that happen? Bowled P. Fraser who continued to present his constant mild-swinging deliveries (in the end for 16 straight overs!) His bowling was quite easy to hit, but also to miss as Matt, too, found out after a couple of great off-drives for four. Meanwhile Jim ploughed on playing the tortoise role to everyone's hares; not everyone's cup of tea, and more adventurous shot-making would be good, but at the same time we were only 8-strong and there was some merit in just staying there, and he was scoring as well as occupying - which brings us on to SCOREGATE (Groan... Not again...).
OK. Picture this; slow lobby bowling from the Parham House End, just the sort of bowling that one winds up to hit with an almighty swoosh of the bat, but it just doesn't get to you and then it rolls under where the bat was at one point in its arc and rolls on to hit the bottom of middle stump. We've all been there. So Jim was very very careful, pointedly placing his bat in line with the direction the ball was eventually going to come from if it was straight, and doing something unspeakable to it if it wasn't. Only on this one occasion he waited and waited for a ball that was straight and then quite gently swung through the line at more or less the right time and there the ball was in the long-on long grass. Indisputedly a 6. But, this 6 does not appear in the scorebook! Nor in Jim's batting analysis, in Mitchell's bowling analysis or, forensics assure me, in the scratch-and-sniff bit on the right-hand side of the scorebook! Come on!!! Where's Ed's sure touch? So, Da-DAHH, what was TWCC's score? Let's leave this for a moment and get on. It's unlikely to matter much in the end.
Joe, swiper of boundaries and runner of quick runs had time to do his thing, and he did for a bit, but then checked his stroke for a ball that, again, took its time to arrive, and he was caught at mid-off I think it was - a quickfire 9. But TWCC didn't really need quickfire so much as occupancy, which is where Jim comes in.
Talking of coming in - here's Mal. He can play. And he did, calmly not over-hitting the ball into the large gaps for fours, Jim giving him the strike when he could and another fruitful partnership of 33 evolved, but Mal, eventually, fell for the slow bowling of Mitchell and lobbed a catch to mid-off. (Er... they can't all have been to mid-off, these catches, but, well, we're just not going to get too bothered by all that detail stuff here at the Gazette.)
Honse came in, ran three quickies with Jim and then it was time for tea. Jim heroically failed to make much of the last over, and even the last ball was un-troubled on its way through to the keeper but, here at the Gazette, we feel we understand that a certain fatigue had crept into Jim's frame and the power of his mind had become somewhat dulled over the previous two and a half hours, and it's not as if there was much there to start with.
TWCC all done, the last pair at the crease, the scorebook showing 182 for 6. But... was that right? Would it matter? Fine bowling from Williams (as ever), a huge spell of 16 overs from P Fraser, a wicket from the 9 overs of Forrest who clearly gives up his Sunday's with joy in his heart as he loves the game so much, and all in all, probably quite a reasonable fielding performance considering the runs that the inevitable gaps in the field will yield with only seven outfielders to play with.
Great tea (thanks Parham); once there's coronation chicken sandwiches you can't go wrong - at least not until you're back home near the facilities. Sun out, sitting on the grass, the wind in your ha.. blowing about, tea to drink. That's a Sunday - and not many left now in 2108....
Back onto the field of play. Matt opened the bowling for TWCC in great style, whizzing the ball down, exploiting the variable bounce and stickingstoppiness, a performance that Joe backed up really well with some truly consistent bowling. Matt took two quick wickets, including that of Andy Wales the Parham skipper who normally stays around and scores lots of runs. Andy's departure brought Vander to the crease who came in swinging with great effect. Matt suffered most, and Joe not so much, and Joe finished his spell of tight bowling with his head held high.
Honse time. Here it was, at Parham, that Honse once brought out his full range of wizardry, but this time it somewhat eluded him, though he did get the wicket of the buckle-swashing Humphries in his 5 overs. Mal, he of the calculating bat, came on to see what he'd do with the ball when Matt finished his first spell of 2 for 44 off 10. And what he could do was more than hold up an end in this difficult period for TWCC as Parham's Williams had come in to join Vander in the middle. Two big-hitters in at the same time in a crucial phase of the match. 15 overs to go, TWCC had restricted Parham well to 100 for 3 off 22 overs. With only 8 fielders plus the occasional loaned fielder when circumstances allowed (thank you Parham), this was good bowling and fielding by the visiting side.
However, here we all were, two stroke-makers in the middle, 5.5 runs/over required. And TWCC only needed to take 4 more wickets to win. Could be exciting. Could be tight.
Talking of tight, Jim tried to bowl but another limb fell off, so Matt had come back on and he and Mal saw the game through. Matt took another wicket (Tony caught it somewhere) and Parham needed quite a lot of runs. Ten overs to go, over 6 an over needed. And we had Mal and Matt bowling. But - what's this, lots of 4's from the bat of Williams? Never mind, the Parham No. 6 wasn't finding it easy to score, so we could give the single away and close in when necessary. No problem.
Three overs to go, and Parham still needed 32 to win - this was a fine restrictive bowling and fielding performance from TWCC. No more wickets seemed likely, but a sacrificial run out proved critical in that whilst it took P. Fraser off the field it gave Williams the strike! Oh no! But Mals' bowling well, just 9 off his penultimate over, and Matt's last went for just 6, leaving 17 to get off the last. Exciting, but should be a draw. A four off the first ball, an extra (wide or no ball can't remember) no worries because Mal then bowled four dots! 12 to win off two balls. If Williams could bring that off then he and Parham deserve to win because that's just pretty good. And it was. Williams smote the first ball off a good length and line over Honse at long off, and the next ball went into the field over long on. 12 scored, Parham win by one run off the last ball! No one was too upset because it had been fun.
But - hang on? SCOREGATE!!!! Was the TWCC total 182? Or had Jim been given a four in the book instead of a 6 in which case the TWCC score should have been 184? Or was the 6 simply missed off altogether which makes the TWCC total 188? And forget the triviality of the result; most importantly here at the Gazette we wonder if Jim scored 53, 55 or 59?
Who knows... and once again the importance of accurate book-keeping is clear. It looks like it might have been a draw as it's hard to believe that the total was correct given that it wasn't, but on the day Parham were chasing 183 to win and they did it, and very exciting it was too.
Parham CC won the toss and elceted to field first
TWCC Innings: P Hunter Bld Williams 0; J Simon not out 53*; T Pearce Ct, Bld Forrest 60;
J Rowland Bld P Fraser 0; M Edwards Bld P Fraser 15; J Panther Ct, Bld Mitchell 9; M Davis Ct, Bld Mitchell 21; H Karvay not out 3. Extras 21 (B10,LB1,W4,NB6) Total 182* for 6.
Parham CC Bowling: M Williams 4-2-10-1; P Fraser 16-1-56-2; Forrest 9-2-33-1; Mitchell 7-0-46-2; Humphries 4-1-11-0; J Fraser 2-0-14-0.
Parham CC Innings: A Wales Bld Edwards 16; T Higginson Bld Edwards 3; A Vander Ct Pearce Bld Edwards 62; R Humphries Bld Karvay 27; M Williams not out 62; P Fraser Run Out 0; S Forrest not out 0. DNB J Fraser, J Mitchell. Extras 8 (B1,LB3,W1,NB3) Total 183 for 5.
TWCC Bowling: M Edwards 14-2-60-3; J Panther 8-0-23-0; H Karvay 5-0-39-1; M Davis 9-2-50-0; J Simon 1-0-7-0.
Parham CC win* by 4 wickets.
Crescent CC v TWCC September 2nd 2018
Horsdean Amphitheatre, historically difficult to find for some of us, home to the pudding wicket and, in recent seasons, monsoons. On this occasion though the game was played on one of those wonderful early September days with warmth in the Sun but a tinge of Autumn unease in the shade lending a tingle of tension to the air. TWCC’s opponents, Crescent CC, are a hospitable and likeable team who enjoy their cricket just as much as TWCC. Good matches often arise, and wins ebb and flow between the well-matched sides on a regular basis.
In the absence of Skipper Brock, TWCC were led by Skipper Edwards who waffled through his excuses about the toss-fudge, but it all seemed like a good idea to him which was fine; TWCC shook out their aches and pains and took to the field.
The first of the problems facing Matt was that TWCC only had 10 players, and it was only through his dogged persistence that we had enough players to take on the fixture at all. It has been some time since any cricket was played by TWCC so those who could make it were especially grateful for his refusal to give up on conscription. Also thanks must go to those who made that special effort to be there, particularly Tom Firth who could have done with some settling-in time as he’d only moved into a new flat the day before. We were also joined by a couple of stalwarts who have graced the side over the years, namely Il Presidente Jones and the legend that is Phil, plus Mal Davis who is new to the Gazette though he may have played for us before. In any case, welcome to him (let’s hope he’s up for more as he clearly wasn’t new to the game) and thanks to all for turning up.
The game: Ed and Matt to open the bowling for TWCC, and a great job they did. TWCC were also pleased to give Paul the gloves, and that role proved to be no problem at all for him.
Ed ran in from the Sea End and had little luck though the fact that he bowled three maidens in his spell of 8 overs for 22 illustrates that there wasn’t much wrong with his efforts. Matt, on the day more fruitful than Ed, ran in especially hard extracting some genuine pace from himself and even from the stodgy wicket, and took 4 for 24 off 10 overs. There was some variable bounce, but there was nothing wrong with the results. As Joe pointed out, full of admiration for Matt’s efforts, “Wow, look; you’ve sent the off stump cartwheeling out of the ground!” And indeed he had. And he proceeded to take a further three wickets in a great spell that reduced the home side’s expectations at an early stage.
Jim, having passed a late fitness inspection in 1994, replaced Ed and soon found a reasonable length and line, and, following on from Ed and Matts excellent work, the score continued to be held in check to the point where, with some canny field placing, the batters appeared to become slightly frustrated. Even though the boundaries were short the scoreboard was only gently ticking over as the overs passed by. Jim took two wickets despite his knees, one of which was a first for him in his entire career, namely a stumping achieved as a result of some excellent work from Paul who took to the gloves like a fish to a fishing net. Matt took himself off just before he became liable, and Joe took over and his one wicket, again involving Paul who took a sharp catch behind, was the last that TWCC were destined to take. From this point the shortness of the boundaries, the proximity to the end of the innings, and the late order capabilities of Newcombe and Hirmanshu combined to cause a certain ruffling of numbers on the scoreboard. TWCC’s performance in the field was excellent throughout, and although Crescent's rate of scoring did climb towards the end, the increase started quite late and from a low point. Newcombe (59 NO) and Hirmanshu (35 NO), batting at 8 and 9 respectively, certainly did the business as the innings reached the end of the 42nd over giving TWCC a total of 161 to chase – very competitive.
As mentioned the Crescent batting highlights came towards the end of their innings, although the opening series of batters showed plenty of ability albeit they faced some really quite tight bowling which limited their scores. 10-man TWCC fielding highlights were spread wide, with plenty of charging about from the youth and some more-or-less directional falling over from higher up the age-scale (although Jonty Jones at cover point skipped about like a 60-year-old). Paul's wicket-keeping was well-nigh faultless, and with the ball keeping as low as it did to only let four byes through (which was a single event) was remarkable. Star of the bowling was undeniably Matt with his 4 for 24, though all played their part particularly Honse, Phil and Mal who had to bowl their overs to set and capable batsmen as the innings closed. How good it was to see Phil back, let's hope his return led to no injuries and that we see him once more as the regular he should be.
Crescent's signature delicious tea was gratefully consumed, although the visitors’ appetite was somewhat compromised as they digested the 161 scored by the home side. That was going to be difficult to overcome...
Paul and Jim padded up first, though Jim needn't have bothered - his only contribution to the TWCC innings being that he made sure Paul got to the middle in one piece. A leg-glance was Jim’s downfall as, instead of a tip-and-run single to fine-leg, he found the thinnest of edges giving a leg-side catch to the keeper. Bustling in at three came Joe, deservedly up the order and who ran well and even played some classic defensive shots albeit after the opportunity to play the actual stroke had passed him by, but on this day his innings wasn’t to last and TWCC were 16 for 2.
Paul needed a proper batter with whom to share a partnership. But this was TWCC. Proper batter? Unlikely, the crowd thought, but there was one lurking modestly at number 4 in the athletic form of Tom Firth. Just as well; nearly 5 runs an over required for the remaining 32 overs – quite a challenge.
But, oh what a joy it is to report on such an excellent period of play; judicious stroke-play even broke out for some balls at a time as the two TWCC scamperers mixed quick runs with boundary hits. And they just kept going. And going. They even survived three overs of the kind of high-altitude leg-spin from Wood to which we often succumb! Paul passed his 50 with 8 fours and a six behind him, while Tom wasn’t shy of forcing the ball to the boundary either, and they kept going. And going.
Crescent’s bowlers, far from being inaccurate, were nonetheless going for lots of singles, a 4 here and there, and even the odd 6 from Paul as the partnership continued to flourish and the TWCC score passed the half-way point to the required total, and then the hundred, and TWCC dared to dream as all they needed to do was to keep going with just a little acceleration. Dangerous thought, to try to hit out and disturb the natural pace of the innings, but Paul and Tom took it in their stride as the bowling side tired and they themselves began to think the visitors might do it. 12 overs left with 62 to win was, however, no mean target, but more quick running brought more quick runs. Could they?
6 overs passed, 6 overs to go, 23 still to get, and Ed made his big mistake. He mentioned that Tom was on 47. How daft was that? Scorer’s curse; Tom played across a straight ball from Gatford and was bowled! Disaster! But what an innings; 7 fours, the rest all singles – what a testament to application as well as skill in keeping the good ball out and scoring when he could. I hope Tom was glad he’d made the effort to travel down; I know the rest of the team were.
Paul was still out there, getting his second wind as the evening progressed and the temperature fell, but TWCC still needed this dratted 23 runs to win. But never fear, Honse’s here. Oh. Never fear Matt’s here... oh; run out. Never mind, let’s call it a sacrifice to give Paul the strike and ask Dave to go in and hit a glorious four all along the ground to the mid-on boundary and push a quick single to give Paul the strike before being stumped off the bowling of Gatford. 5 immense runs in the context of the game from the President.
Crescent weren’t holding back, but Paul was still there, full of beans, with Mal to see TWCC home. Mal duly played out the end of an over to leave Paul on strike for the 38th and last over, TWCC needing just 3 runs for the win...
The field spread once more; just two in on the single. Paul could do nothing with the first ball. Or the second; he played it dead back to the bowler, biding his time. 4 balls left, field unchanged.
Ball three; Paul stroked the ball out to deep mid-off, an easy single, but a real push for two! A fumble, and Paul was back on strike! Three balls left, scores tied! Field all in; stop the single...
What single? Paul must have known he was on 96! A pull for 4! A win! Paul’s 100!!! Jubilation from the TWCC ranks, and with congratulations from the Crescent lads for Paul (and Tom’s) efforts a memorable game came to a close.
What a win. A proper game and a great return to cricket after such a long Summer lay off. A century from Paul, coming in the last over after hours of concentration and application, with a confident patience even as the balls left were running out in the last over. And he had kept wicket too – a real testament to his fitness, especially as Tom and Paul ran 48 singles between them.
It probably doesn’t do to analyse the scorecard too heavily... but it can’t be ignored that Tom and Paul scored 147 of TWCC’s 165 between them, extras chipped in with 12, and Dave and Joe added the other 7. No one else scored anything, though Mal, Ed and Phil no doubt could have if called upon. However, a win’s a win and it may have been because of the length of the truly great 3rd wicket partnership of 123 from Tom and Paul that others were denied something of an opportunity to join in, but, well, it’s all history now, and worthy history at that. A great day’s play, good spirits all round, and on we march to the next game.
No one won the toss and TWCC bowled first.
Crescent Innings: Morris Bld Edwards 19; Eastwood LBW Edwards 7; Kidman Bld Simon 15; Bousfield Bld Edwards 14; Gatford Ct & Bld Edwards 1; Pomfrett Ct P Hunter (Wk) Bld Panther 1; Will St (P Hunter) Bld Simon 3; Newcombe not out 59; Hirmanshu not out 35. DNB Lawson, Wood. Extras 9 (B4, W5) Total 161 for 7 off 42 overs.
TWCC Bowling: E Howes 8-3-22-0; M Edwards 10-3-24-4; J Simon 8-1-18-2; J Panther 5-0-32-1; H Karvay 4-0-23-0; P Steinke 5-0-22-0; M Davis 2-0-17-0.
TWCC Innings: P Hunter not out 100; J Simon Ct Kidman (Wk) Bld Lawson 0; J Panther Bld Lawson 2; T Firth Bld Gatford 47; H Karvay LBW Gatford 0; M Edwards run out 0; D Jones St (Kidman) Bld Gatford 5, M Davis not out 0. DNB E Howes, P Steinke. Extras 12 (B2, LB1, W9) Total 165 for 6 from 37.4 overs.
Crescent Bowling: Hirmanshu 7-1-33-0; Lawson 7-1-25-2; Wood 3-0-13-0; Newcombe 7-1-32-0; Morris 8.4-1-37-0; Gatford 5-1-22-3.
TWCC win by 4 wickets, or 3 if you think having only 10 players deserves mentioning.
Headliners v TWCC July 22nd 2018
Well... Another day in the life of TWCC...
TWCC won the toss and chose to bat first.
TWCC Innings: P Hunter ct McAteer Bld Islam 26; J Simon Bld Riz 37; T Pearce Ct S Medhurst Bld McAteer 53; J Rowland Ct O'Reilly Bld Riz 4; J Panther Bld Reg 15; M Edwards Bld Reg 0; T Rydon Ct S Hollis Bld Riz 9; E Howes Ct S Medhurst Bld Riz 0; G Cuthbert Bld Riz 0; C Howes Not Out 4; R Brock Ct Barnett Bld Reg 13. Extras 25, Total 191 all out (31 overs).
Fall: 1-48; 2-119, 3-136; 4-136; 5;165; 6-166; 7-166; 8-173; 9-177; 10-191.
Headliner's Bowling: Islam 6-0-48-1; Lynch 5-0-29-0; McAteer 5-1-36-1; Riz 8-1-33-5; Reg 6-2-22-3; O'Reilly 2-0-10-0.
Headliner's Innings: Barnett Bld Panther 49; Holles Ct T Rydon Bld C Howes 78; McAteer Bld T Rydon 9; Collins Not Out 35; Lynch Not Out 4. Extras 18 (B2, LB 4, W 4, NB 8) Total 193 for 3.
Fall: 1-100; 2-119; 3-182.
TWCC Bowling: M Edwards 6-0-22-0; E Howes 7-0-40-0; T Rydon 8-0-38-1; J Panther 7-0-37-1; R Brock 3-0-16-0; J Simon 3-0-13-0; G Cuthbert 2-0-12-0; C Howes 1-0-6-1.
Headliners win by 7 wickets.
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.
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.
Sunday 1st July 2018
TWCC vs Balcombe CC
TWCC were given the choice and opted to bowl
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Unity Bowling: Caulfield: 4-0-28-0; J Driver 9.1-2-35-1, Williams 6-0-33-0.
TWCC Win by 9 Wickets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.” 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.
“Yes?” asked Einstein, who liked nothing better than a tricky problem. “You have an idea that might help?”
“Yes. We decided...”
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TWCC 2017 Season
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 HIGHLIGHTS – AND LOWLIGHTS...
Thumping victories over Wisley, Streat and Greys, a hattrick for the skipper vs Greys but a big defeat vs Lindfield
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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....
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.