TWBCC vs Laughton CC - Saturday 15th May 2017
TWBCC were back at home after a few weeks on the road and were looking to get back to winning ways after a tough game last week.
The Laughton skipper won the toss and selfishly protected his hangover by electing to bowl. On what was a gloomy afternoon, B Edwards and R Teague both struggled to find their earlier season form and were both back in the clubhouse after a few overs. It was now up to R Jefferies and C Wood to set the tone for the rest of the afternoon, fortunately for Teague and Edwards their embarrassment was saved as C Wood (59) cruised to his 50 from just 51 deliveries - playing a variation of delicate, soft-hand nudges and brutal, extra-cover slaps and down at the other end, R Jefferies continued his form from last week and kept the score ticking over neatly, the term 'partnership' being showcased excellently.
A skidding delivery caught Wood off-guard and his batting day was over, leaving behind a combined 82 runs between himself and Jefferies. The arriving G O'Brien (17) set off to make his mark in the game and some classy stroke work saw the run rate continue at a comfortable 5 an over. A cameo innings from both N Edwards (22) and C Greenall (25) combined with an injection of pace between the wickets from P Teague (2*), allowed R Jefferies (85) to expand his range of shots and up the run rate before he was dismissed with only 1 ball to go. It was up to F Fairbairn to see what he could do with the remaining delivery and unluckily found himself caught out inches from the deep mid-on boundary.
An all-round brilliant effort with the bat from the TWBCC middle order sent the lads in for tea with a very good 224-7 on the board from their 45 overs.
The drizzly day began to dry up as the Borderers fielders set up for their turn in the field. Another clinical opening partnership from J Freeman (10-2-19-2) and F Fairbairn (9-1-43-2) got Borderers off to flying start, Fairbairn getting himself a wicket with his first ball of the day after the Laughton opener edged his well aimed bouncer to Jefferies behind the stumps! The pressure and momentum generated by J Freeman bowling hoops from the top end limited Laughton to a run rate far below the required and Borderers felt themselves edging closer the that much deserved victory. C Wood (10-3-29-1) continued the tight and restrictive bowling while J Moor (7-0-56-0) had an unusually and unluckily expensive day from his end. It had seemed the Laughton No. 7 was cashing all his luck in at once as top-edges and miss-hits continually landed between fielders, but as a result the game momentum swung back into balance and it would be up to G O'Brien (3-0-36-1) to break the partnership.
Laughton required almost exactly 10 an over from the remaining 6 overs, but fortunately for Borderers the returning Fairbairn's pace was proving too much for the Laughton tail. At the other end N Edwards (5.4-0-19-1) showed his cool head and bowled dot-ball after dot-ball frustrating the batsmen to breaking point. And break they did. With Laughton needing 19 from the last over, Edwards stepped up and claimed the last two wickets in mature and calculated fashion.
Borderers won the game by 18 runs and claimed the well deserved spoils after a scintillating game in the new format against a great opposition.