The 2nd XI welcomed rivals Richmond to Bushy Park for the hotly anticipated local derby.
With both sides sitting on 15 points after an indifferent start to the campaign, a vital 10
points was up for grabs.
Having chased successfully the previous week, Teddington won the toss and inserted
Richmond. After Matt Swann (1-36) had used up his full allotment of beamers in his first
over, him and Elliot Hannah (1-40) set about tying up the opposition batsmen. Hannah
picked up one early, with a delivery full of both flight and guile that was edged through to
the keeper Baggs. Rennison also produced a champagne moment in the field with a very
casual direct hit run out. In what were very good conditions to bat in, the side did well to
restrict the opposition to 245-8 after their 45 overs. Johnnie Smith produced a particularly
good spell of bowling at the death to pick up 2-45 in his 9 overs whilst Thorndyke also
carried on where he left of the week before with 2-53.
The response started well for Teddington, with Pryde and Elliott settling in well. Elliott (46)
was then trapped low on the pad, deep in the crease and right in front of all three, giving
the umpire no option but to send him packing. This did nothing to deter the run chase as
Osmond (30), Rennison (24) and Baggs (15*) played in an aggressive fashion to ably
support the imperious Pryde, who carried his throughout the innings for yet another
hundred. In the end the side won comfortably by 5 wickets with 11 balls to spare and have
now started to build some good momentum going into the middle part of the season and
the change in format. With plenty of room still for improvement, the side should be very
excited about reaching its full potential and making further positive strides up the league
Author: Tom Elliott