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Youthful 4th XI Lose in Nail Biting Finish against Town Malling

1 Jun 2021 - Harry Robinson

Town Malling (TMCC) hosted a youthful Vine 4s that won the toss and elected to bat. Conditions were much improved from the previous weeks on a lovely Malling ground, and we made a steady start with the opening two TMCC bowlers keeping the run rate down with some tight bowling. Josh Haworth and James Thresher then upped the scoring into the half time turn before a leading edge from Haworth gave TMCC the breakthrough. Steve Bezuidenhout and Zac Schaeffer both looked to hit out but were well caught by a TMCC team that fielded well throughout. Leo Bezuidenhout made an enterprising knock of 31 before Tom Edge Alec Schaeffer and Andrew Schaeffer played cameo to the excellent Thresher who carried his bat and made a chanceless 74. 6-159 off the 40 overs looked competitive and so it proved. An excellent opening spell by Pete Thresher and Will Ansell had the TMCC team 1-14 after 8 overs with an Thresher excellent cutter taking one of the openers cheaply. TMCC then fought back strongly and at the drinks break were 1-84 (18 overs). Drinks however proved to be the turning point with Leo Bezuidenhout and Monty Thompson both bowling a heavy ball and after 24 overs we had TMCC 4-102 with the two top scoreres out. Needing 57 of 15 over TMCC went into their shells and we continued to chip away with James Thresher  and Alec Schaeffer  combining to remove three more wickets – including the opposition captain caught behind by  Alec’s brother Zac standing up to the stumps! The TMCC No5 however marshalled the lower order well and 19 off 18 became 6 off 6 and 4 off 2 with him hitting the winning 4 off the penultimate ball. The opposition were very complimentary of the spirit in which the game was played and were delighted with the competitive match – a good days cricket all round.