Match report from Saturday 26th May 2018. By Chris England.
Nearly four hundred and fifty runs were scored in a competitive drawn match at WSL last Saturday.
Twyford were asked to bat by Waltham St. Lawrence and opening bowlers Malliff and Zadrozny bowled well without getting the break through. The Twyford openers pushed on steadily. The first wicket came when England had Burr trapped LBW. With England continuing to tie up one end the pressure was mounting on the batsmen who had only just passed the hundred mark after thirty overs but with wickets in hand.
England picked up another quick wicket and Waghorn got in on the act with a brace to give WSL real cause for optimism with the visitors 115 for 4. However this brought Twyford skipper Shiva Nagam to the crease to join the belligerent RobinThompson who was gaining in confidence reaching 50. Having already dropped four catches, the fielding side went on to drop several more. Waltham soon had few bowling options and the visitors capitalised, especially Shiva who dispatched anything loose with ease. His rapid 73 n.o. turned the game and spurred on Thompson who had been there from the start to achieve a dogged and determined century off the last ball of the innings. Twyford amassed 230 for 4 on their 45 overs. WSL had handed the initiative to the opposition due to woeful catching and inconsistent bowling.
Waltham needed to start well and make inroads into the large total. However, the Twyford skipper soon proved his all rounder capabilities by generating lively pace. But it was Billapati who bowled Philp for 4 and from then on a steady flow of wickets had the hosts very much on the back foot. Even the in form Sree Venkata could only make 15. Something of a middle order collapse followed with the returning Kenny Simpson and Andy Malliff yielding their wickets without troubling the scorer.
Waltham looked in serious trouble at 76 for 5. However, Chris Waghorn was well established and when joined by Ravi Sainani, the pair soon started to take the challenge to Twyford. The pair put on a superb 112 partnership, despite Ravi batting with a bruised hand, to give WSL a serious chance. Unfortunately, both batsmen fell in quick succession and the task proved too much. Chris England and Pramod saw out the overs and bring the game to a fitting result of a draw with WSL on 208 for 8, just 22 runs short.