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Cup & Midweek Matches Results 2010
Date  Venue

Opponents
Score

TWCC

Score

CCC Cup Opponents Result
09 May 2010
The Nevill
217 for 6 wkts
221 for 6 wkts
Dartford CC I XI
TWCC won by 4 wkts

   The Sunday began in gloomy, overcast greyness, but the skies gradually cleared and brightened, the late afternoon being blessed by surprising sunlight despite the bitter temperature. The CCC Cup Game was thus able to fully take place.

   Dartford won the toss and batted at The Nevill, and Chris Lawrence broke through as the score slipped to 16-2. Skipper Garry Cook and young Mark Lewis-Ranwell settled in on a friendly surface, and played sublime, controlling cricket as the fourth partnership developed. Exquisite placement from Lewis-Ranwell marked his progress, while Cook (54) was brutally forceful at times, yet the joint effect produced 133 runs from 27 overs, and provided a solid platform from which to build further. Ross Allen assisted as 45 runs came in 26 balls, while Lewis-Ranwell moved serenely towards three figures. With six balls remaining, the century was duly attained, sportingly applauded all around the Ground, and, moments later, the innings closed, setting the home XI 218 to win. Lawrence finished up with 3-27, while young Chris Williams achieved two run-outs from mid-wicket.

   The reply was given a brisk start by Evert Bekker and Alex Williams with 46 runs coming from 53 balls, but Dartford hit back to haul in the score to 74-3 after 16 overs. The game had reached a turning point when the home batting changed the match : Bekker was joined by Mark Alexander as 124 delightful runs were added for the fourth wicket. Alexander crashed nine trademark boundaries en route to a bristling 64 from 74 balls, whilst Bekker anchored the chase with a pathfinding knock of immense intent. The run-in required just 20 from seven overs, but two wickets were needlessly lost as the target came into sight, Bekker striking the winning runs to reach an unbeaten 91 as the victory was achieved.

   The match was played out in excellent spirit by both sides, and Richard Cutts' team will now play Blackheath CC on 23 May at The Rectory Field in the second round of the competition.


Date  Venue

Opponents Score

TWCC

Score

ECB Cup Opponents Result
16 May 2010
Dulwich CC
167 all out
113 for 2 wkts
Dulwich CC I XI
TWCC win on faster runrate

   Travelling to South London for the First Round meeting with Dulwich in the ECB Cup, Wells won the toss and put the home side in to bat on a wicket which looked grassy and potentially difficult. With rain in the air, there was always a little in it for the attack, and Richard Cutts marshalled his resources profitably as the total was held to an all-out 167 from 39.1 overs.

   The Dulwich innings was startled as Chris Lawrence (2-8 from 7) removed both openers while the score moved to 25, but Richard Farrow (50) anchored the effort despite further inroads from Evert Bekker (2-27). At length, a sixth partnership of 53 held up the bowlers, Farrow being assisted as Chris Lester (42) provided support and some big hitting, but Wells came back strongly. Two run-outs, a direct hit by Cutts and fine work from Fred Florry to put out Lester, rounded off the last aggressive flourishes, and Oli Priestman (3-25) wrapped up the remainder to leave Wells with 168 to make.

   The onset of rain was a constant threat, but Bekker again played a major Cup innings in the time available. Alex Williams, fresh from his new bowling role, assisted Bekker to give the chase a fine start, with 60 runs being posted from seventeen overs. The equation after 20 overs was always going to depend upon runrate, and the accent therefore focussed upon acceleration whenever possible. A second wicket was captured as the rain closed in, and the last over before the play was halted produced eleven runs with Chris Williams rampant as ever grabbing nine of these. Bekker came in with an unbeaten 53, which included 5 fours and a six, from 88 balls faced.

   The Umpires found that the runrate was sufficient to see Wells through, and the match was not restarted. Excellent hospitality was provided by the home side, and the game was played throughout in the required good spirit.


Date  Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents

Score

CCC Cup Opponents Result
23 May 2010
Rectory Field
189 for 9 wkts
140 all out
Blackheath CC I XI
TWCC won by 49 runs

   Wells won the toss and batted, but made a better job than their Saturday counterparts as they put together a competitive and well-structured 189-9 in their 45 overs on a pitch which always gave something to the bowlers.

   This was an innings where team effort outstripped individual achievement, there being five scores made of between 20 and 30, and just two serious partnerships, yet the total effect was to mount a score of testing proportions overall. Gregor Paterson (29) and Mark Alexander (24) added 51 for the fifth wicket, while the same run score was put together by Simon Routh (26*) and skipper Richard Cutts (28) for the seventh stand. One or two of the home attack came in for some punishment, but generally it had been a very even contest by the halfway stage.

   The chase saw Wells make some serious inroads into the batting line-up despite a pedigree effort from opener Stuart Fern. The score plunged to 49-4 after seventeen overs as Chris Rainger (2-35) and Chris Williams struck, with vital assistance from Evert Bekker (1-4). Fern stood in lone defiance on an undefeated 33 at this point, being joined by William Hickman in an attempt to stem the tide. Shortly after reaching a noble half-century, Fern was removed by Fred Florry, and Wells worked away at one end while Hickman held the other. There was a real fightback for the last three wickets, but the job to be done was too great, and the home innings tailed away to 140 all out with Hickman carrying out his bat for an undefeated 40 with four fours and two sixes from 56 balls faced. Fern and Hickman aside, the other batsmen added 36 between them, while the losing margin was just 49 runs. Bekker came away with 3-24, while Florry snapped up 2-36. There was a visibly distinctive spirit to the Wells XI, for whom the win was a notable all-round team effort, which sees them safely into the draw for the third round of the CCC Cup.


Date  Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents

Score

ECB Cup Opponents Result
06 June 2010
Martin Grove
215 for 8 wkts
216 for 6 wkts
Lordswood Sunday Cup XI
Lordswood won by 4 wkts

   Wells won a useful toss at Martin Grove, but a rain delay of 45 minutes changed the nature of the conditions, and runmaking was peculiarly laboured when the innings finally got underway.

   The visitors' openers took thirteen overs in posting 34 runs, then both got out, and progress was again slowed by the miserly Kevin Masters (six overs for nine runs) while Lyndon Lockhart (4-32) did the damage as the score crept to a lugubrious 78-3 after 25 overs. At last the Wells batsmen broke free, led by 18-year-old Sam Stickler, who had battled through the doldrums from the number three position. Chris Williams (38) gave vibrant support, and these two batsmen crashed 71 from eleven overs, followed by Stickler and Theo Burley (21) hitting up 74 from 42 balls as the acceleration at last took place. Stickler and Williams were responsible for six fours and seven sixes, Stickler and Burley another seven fours, the former swashbuckling 78 out of his 92 in boundaries. The 200 was passed in a flurry of shots, and the re-calculated 37 overs brought a total of 215 for Lordswood to attack.

   The knowledge of the target was a great advantage to the home side, but some wayward early overs from the opening bowlers lost Wells the initiative as Paul Richards smashed 28, with Jon Prince 12, in the first four overs. The visitor's bowling options had been curtailed by availability, yet the following ten overs conceded just four-per-over while four good wickets were captured, and the game was in the balance. Peter Stock (55) and Nathan Moore (44*) now gave Lordswood the advantage in a battling partnership of 67 for the fifth wicket, while Moore and M.Wilson saw their side home after a fright as Fred Florry (3-38) dug out another two batsmen along the way. Just nine balls were left unused as the chase passed the required total, and Lordswood were through to the next round.

   A very good match was well-won in the end, and Wells will be left to reflect upon several aspects of the outcome after having done so much to set up the win. Once again, the spirit shown in the battle was exemplary, and both sides deserve praise for the manner in which they conducted themselves.


Date  Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents

Score

CCC Cup Opponents Result
13 June 2010
The Nevill
208 for 7 wkts
196 all out
Shenfield CC
TWCC won by 12 runs

   A marvellous limited overs Match, which used up the full 90 overs, finally went with the home side after numerous vicissitudes, and an enthralling struggle was well won in the end as TWCC go into the Draw for the last eight as a result of their 12-run win.

   Wells won the toss and batted, moving briskly to 61 from 15 overs before Alex Williams and Will Stickler both fell at the same score, ushering in a phase when the visiting spinners exerted control. The runrate slumped, and five wickets fell en route to 112 before a captain's knock from Richard Cutts, partnered by Simon Routh (23), saw 72 runs added for the sixth partnership in 12 overs to restore the tempo and give the score substance and respectability. Cutts continued to power the ball about, reaching a pivotal undefeated fifty from the final ball of the innings while receiving help down the list. The 45 overs had produced a good start that was then pegged back, followed by a spectacular recovery, which left a target of 209 to make to win the encounter. The Shenfield groundwork was exemplary throughout, although the damp outfield often restricted the stroke value as the ball drew up short of the rope, thus emphasising the all-run options that had latterly been taken up.

   For sustained excitement, few innings can have produced the level of committed brinkmanship that now followed. The openers put up 49 before a double strike slowed the rate, but J.Weber (55) and Jack Kliber (43) ran away at more than four-per-over while adding a match-defining 102 for the fourth partnership. When, at length, Oli Priestman beat Kliber with his final ball, the equation was tilting decisively to the visitors, with 43 required from five overs and six wickets in hand. Weber went lame at this point, and the dreaded 'runner' appeared, shortly followed by the inevitable run-out administered by Will Stickler, who added another soon after just for good measure. Cutts had already held the only catch of the innings, and Fred Florry, who had fielded like a man possessed, now added a third run-out. The fieldsmen gave of their very best, and this, allied to some wonderfully-controlled bowling, turned the scale. Mark Smith came into the attack to snap up 4-18 as the innings completely faltered, the planned strangulation finally succeeding, and, in all, the last seven wickets went down for 30 runs as the overs ran out.

   A great match, played out in true Cup spirit, thus worked for the home XI, who had just enough runs in hand to exert telling pressure throughout the chase. There were heroes aplenty, but the Wells bowlers were collectively well handled and gave of their utmost to secure the win. It now remains to discover from the Draw who, and where, the Cup XI are to play in the Quarter Finals, which must be played off by 4 July.

 

Date  Venue

Opponents
Score

TWCC

Score

CCC Cup Opponents QF Result
04 July 2010
Arden Field
197 all out
182 all out
Finchley CC I XI
Finchley won by 15 runs

   The home side elected to bat first upon winning the toss, but the Wells attack posed immediate problems, with Chris Lawrence (4-17) near to his very best form. Simon Routh, behind the wicket, bettered his Saturday haul by one, netting five catches to go with his trademark stumping. Eleven victims in one weekend must be close to a record of some kind.

   At 82-4 from 20 overs, Finchley were not making the headway their reputation suggested, although skipper Joshua Knappett, badly missed first ball, was ominously getting settled in at this stage. Fortyfive runs for the fifth stand, followed by fortyeight for the sixth, showed the heart of the home effort, with Knappett comfortably past his fifty, but the bowlers kept on breaking through, and thirtyfive overs saw the score at 165-6. Knappett was finally taken four short of his hundred at 194, and Wells erased the tail to bring the home innings to a close at 197 from 40.1 overs in a tremendous effort.

   The semi-final place beckoned if the visitors could just reach 198, but the front four once again were removed with barely a shot in anger, and it fell to Evert Bekker and skipper Richard Cutts to repair the damage from 36-4. So well did these two respond that 74 runs were safely added in 13 overs, and the home side were up against it, with Wells past the halfway mark in the chase . Bekker was first to go, at 110-5, but Cutts now went on to notch his second consecutive Cup fifty, in partnership with Sam Stickler, as the score reached 141. Finchley next took three vital wickets, including the fifty-maker, to send the score reeling to 145-8, yet all was still not over.

   Routh rallied the tail, Lawrence again to the fore, and gradually 34 runs were added before the home bowlers could breathe easily again. The Wells fightback took them to within 15 of the win before the attack finished things off, and a grand match was completed in the favour of the home XI, who now go on to the CCC Cup semifinals.

   This was the best Cup run enjoyed by TWCC for a great many years, and was a tribute to the captain, team and organisers that they went so far.

 


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