The 3rds assembled to face Uxbridge, desperate to bounce back from the agonising defeat the week before against Hampstead.
On a sweltering day down at Bushy, TCC won a crucial toss, and inserted the opposition, who this time last year had blocked their way to a snore draw.
Uxbridge were soon on the rack with Bangs finding his customary swing and impeccable line. Thorners stormed down the hill with something to prove, and was soon wildly gesticulating towards the second team match muttering about some kind of message to Baggsy, having taken two early wickets. One of these was courtesy of a fantastic slip catch from Tom Cassady.
The wickets kept tumbling, and soon Uxbridge were 36-5 with Fergus King getting into the action, including a smart stumping by David “no-byes” Keightly.
There followed the most dull passage of cricket ever, and to save ourselves having to live through it, Uxbridge ended on 107 all-out off 54 overs, with Ferg nabbing a great 5-27. The fielding was much improved but in truth they didn't put us under much pressure
The target was promptly knocked off in 11 overs witha great 50* from A.Thorners. Unlike his bro, he had no message for Baggsy, but he did have one for Prydey, declaring himself in the running for leading run-scorer for TCC, a message we look forward to him delivering on..!!
Also not out was TC building on an excellent start to the season with another solid 49.
We won at a canter...the highlight being Cloughie's comeback shouldering arms, and Harry's TFC.
Time for Acton, in the cow field...!
Author: Nick Lockwood