Sunday August 21 … The TWCC T20 XI reach the National Finals 2016 after a wonderful recovery to win in the Regional Final …
back l-r: Julian O’Riordan, Fred Florry, Paddy Sadler, Marcus O’Riordan, Dave Smith, Jorge Ehren, Sam Stickler;
front l-r: Sean Griffin (coach), Alex Williams, Will Stickler, Rob Sehmi, Chris Williams (captain), Michael Waller.
In a game of high drama once again, TWCC beat Frocester CC (West of England Champions) on Sunday 21/8 to reach the National Finals Day at Derby billed for Tuesday 6 September 2016. They came from behind in a palpitating finish to take victory in the Quarter Final at Pounds Close, after the sensational win over Preston Nomads in the Area Final two weeks ago.
Frocester won the toss and batted, but, although they started in a big rush with a six in the first over and plenty of boundaries, they slipped to 55-4 after seven overs … Paul Muchall and Tom Wand added a rapid 37, each man getting into the twenties, but Marcus O’Riordan starred with 3-19 off his four overs, and, from 92-4 Frocester tumbled to 107-8, and, although the tail wagged a little, they ended on 128-9 from their 20 overs. Skipper Chris Williams took 2-14 in his 4 overs, a miserly and useful spell, and Dave Smith’s 4 got him 2-25 and a run out. The target was 129 at around seven per over … And then the sky greyed over and it rained.
A long wait, during which discussions about re-playing on 28/8 (the Reserve Day) took place, when, finally it was agreed to restart. The three key home bowlers, led by Muchall, with 3-15 from his four overs, broke through, and suddenly the cream of the batting was gone for very little. 14-3 from just three overs soon became 29-4 before Michael Waller stood firm, partnered by Will Stickler, one of the heroes of the previous Round, and these two carefully added 28.
Stickler was the man to go, and the crucial partnership between Waller and Smith began, with 72 needed from a little more than 9 overs. Smith was the man of the moment, striking 8 fours and a six in a whirlwind not out 58, which, with Waller, turned the game on its head and took the Wells side into the Finals … The partnership added 74* without the pair being parted, and ‘Lightning’ Smith’s fifty-eight took just 32 balls. This represented a most determined recovery and a staggeringly good win.
Huge congratulations to Chris and his team.
read more on the news item page re last Round (Stato).
Tunbridge Wells Cricket Club warmly welcomes new members.
Widely acknowledged as one of the most picturesque grounds in the country, The Nevill is a marvellous place to play cricket. We have a comfortable pavilion with a well-stocked bar, so even if you are a non-playing member you can just call by and take in some cricket while relaxing over a cool drink. E.W.Swanton referred to the venue as “no mean contender for the most delectable English Cricket Ground” citing “this glorious rhododendral splendour” on one June visit.
The Adult Summer training is every Tuesday at the Nevill starting at 5.45 and running as late as the light allows. All playing members wishing to play adult cricket are welcome including any players wishing to join. We may use both the nets and the grass nets. If the weather during the Tuesday has been wet, please check that the training is on by texting in the first instance 07973 694435. There is a facebook page which is updated for those using this facility. The main point of contact is Dave Smith who will be coaching, or Alex Williams (click here).
The Ladies train at the Nevill on a Thursday evening and this starts from 6pm; please contact Andrew Cloke for details.
TWCC is a Clubmark and Community Focus Club as designated by the ECB/KCB.
Kent County Cricket Club come here annually and play One-Day matches and at least one 4-day County Championship game.
Click here for a brief review of last season
Click here for a little history