Teddington 1st XI vs Ealing 1st XI, 14th May, 2016

After a fantastic start to the season in week 1, week 2 saw us back at Bushy Park to host an Ealing side who had amassed a huge 377 runs the previous week.  On winning the toss JK invited Ealing to bat first in the hope that the rain that had fallen all week would offer some assistance to the new ball bowlers.  Jack Sever bowled nicely early on and was rewarded with two wickets but could not find a partner in crime from the other end.  Morton was pummelling the bowling to all parts and raced to a chanceless hundred.  Robbie White provided Morton with the necessary support and the two had put on 156 before Tim got White to nick one behind and give the Ozzie his first wicket of the summer.  Runs continued to flow and none of the 6 bowlers had any answers for Morton who was soon raising his bat for the fourth time of the afternoon and celebrating a belligerent double hundred.  Ealing finished on 363-6 with Morton finally falling on the last ball of the innings for a league record score of 232.

For the second week in a row we would need something special to chase down the 300+ total.  The skip came and went and it was Twiney and Fear who picked up where they had left off the week before, taking advantage of anything slightly off line.  We were well ahead of the rate when Tom went for a very entertaining 72.  Tim came in and wasted no time in adding to his nine sixes from week one.  Not yet being that familiar with the home ground and knowing a small lob wedge will get you over the rope when hitting to the 3rd XI pitch Tim tried to hit the ball to the moon and in doing so unfortunately failed to make connection and was stumped.  Regular wickets fell but James Fear stood strong and reignited the chase with a huge slog sweep over the scorebox.  We needed 11’s for the last 10 and despite all his efforts no one could stay with James long enough to make a telling contribution.  We finished on a very respectable 330-9, securing 2 bonus points in the process despite losing and James ended up with a brilliant 126*.  A few lessons learnt with both bat and ball and lots of positives to take forward.

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Teddington 1st XI vs Twickenham 1st XI - 7th May, 2016

The league campaign began on a sunny Twickenham Green.  Having lost the toss, we were asked to go and graze in the outfield first.

We got off to the best possible start with Hannah nicking off Berger with his first league ball of the summer.  Twickenham's two new recruits, Middlesex Academy player Manuwelge and Gloucester Academy player Lezar steadied the ship and took advantage of some indifferent bowling.  Chimp got us our second when he trapped Lezar in front with the score on 96.  One Lezar replaced another as MYCC YC Marc Lezar came in and instantly increased the run rate with some powerful hitting down the ground.  Manuwelge went about his business picking up anything slightly off line being particularly destructive to anything that strayed leg side.  DK got on the board by dismissing Lezar for a well-made 72.  An onslaught came in the remaining overs which pushed Twickenham's total past the 300 mark, Manuwelge finishing with a very impressive 138*.

305 was the target, a daunting one you may think, but the four that batted had other ideas.  Twiney and Keightley J got the side off to the best possible start and the score had raced to 121 before JK was dismissed for 57 (52 balls) in the 17th over.  Twinners followed him back soon after for a composed 62 (70 balls).  It then simply became the Pear and Armstrong show.  Both latched on to everything and anything they could and simply didn't bother running.  Multiple boundaries each over became the 'norm' and the houses across the road were taking a pasting!  Armstrong got to his 50 first and Pear was raising his bat the next over.  I am not sure what was discussed at the end of the 34th over but I would suggest by what followed it must have been something along the lines of 'let's go home'!!!  We fast forwarded to 297 in the 42nd over, 8 to win, Armstrong needing 6 for his maiden TCC hundred.  A towering 6 into the houses was followed by a monster hit into the industrial estate, Armstrong 106* (9x6's and 6x4's), Pear 64* (8x4's) and an emphatic win for the team.  A great team effort all round and a fantastic start to what promises to be an exciting year!!

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