The 2019 Cricket Week kicked off with a run feast served up between Twickenham and Redditch. Phil Nash (113no in 83 balls) was the star of the batting show, whilst Jimmy Hortle (82 in just 44 balls) was similarly brutal for the visiting Kingfishers (see here for the card).
Redditch pile on the runs
Redditch have been regular visitors to the Green over the years and one thing has always been a constant in their games; bat has well and truly dominated ball. 2019 proved to be no exception.
The Worcestershire side took first hit and plundered 298 before declaring in the 49th over. Hortle played the star turn, helping himself to 9 boundaries and 6 sixes in a quickfire 82. Liam Phelan (52 in 95 balls) and Steve Du Cros (47no in a much more rapid 29 balls) also made important contributions. James Bevan (35no in 19 balls) also sped things along nicely at the end.
Twickenham skipper Eugene Berger struggled to deal with the batting onslaught, with only the ever-consistent Harmeet Singh (3-59) keeping a lid on things. Indeed, Harmeet struck up a useful partnership with stand-in keeper Chris Wylde as the fifth XI skipper helped himself to three stumpings. Andy Donelan deserves a worthwhile mention in despatches; 2-7 in one over is a decent effort, too.
Wylde led the response for the Ts, opening up with fellow fifth XI stalwart Andy Donelan. Their contributions of 42 and 22 got things moving, as did Sanjit Sandhu's 28 (off just 16 balls), but they were just the starter to Phil Nash's main course.
Nash bludgeoned 17 boundaries as the Ts careered to their total with time to spare. Stu Amos (22) helped Nash out, and Brandon McCabe (35no in 20 balls) was also in full flow by the time Twickenham reached their target.
All in all, another excellent day. Bring on Singapore CC and Day Two...