Having had a number of weeks called off due to rain, players from Tunbridge Wells Borderers were praying to make use of their match fees this week.
Borderers welcomed back Emmerson Wood, the better looking Wood brother, into the ranks, and it was Emmerson who picked HIS favourite end and left the upward slope and head on wind to Ferg 'The Aussie' Fairbairn. But it was Ferg who made the first breakthrough. Following a rank full toss, Ferg bowled a leg stump jaffa of a yorker to dismiss the Forest Row opener in fine style. Wood followed, bowling a short ball and allowing the other opener to play a fend to the wicket keeper that even Keaton Jennings would be proud of.
As wickets tumbled under the steady arms of Josh Moor and Nick 'No. 1' Edwards, Forest Row found themselves 47-5 off 22 overs. Then, on came Callum 'The Teletubby' Wood. He took the vital wicket of the oppositions strongest batsman. Gone for 46 after a hard hitting innings, Forest Row didn't have much left in the tank, and were dismissed, once Fairbairn finally got his favoured choice of ends, for 102 of 37.2 overs.
After some fine Borderers teas, featuring houmous and pitta bread for the first time, Rob Teague and Callum Wood opened up. Like a shorter, plumper Alex Hales and a leaner, lankier Jason Roy, they went full steam ahead and hit boundary after boundary. The unfortunate U15 Forest Row bowler showed great promised, but was likened to Steve Harmison with the yips and bowled to Teague's and Wood's strength of slapping the ball over cow corner. It was remarkably only once that Wood got himself into a disagreement with a bowler, but having seen the runs off in only 9 overs - yes, 103 for 0 off 9 overs - he really didn't get much of a chance.
And there we had it. Forest Row, full of confidence after bowling TWBCC out for less than 50 at their home ground, were demolished.
Man of the Match - Callum Wood for an outstanding batting performance and bowling well, taking a key wicket.
Cricket was very much the winner, but TWBCC took the 30 points and climb to 4th in the table.