1st Team - Report
Date: Saturday 16th June 2012 - Start Time: 13:00
Twyford won by 8 wickets
Division Two Cherwell Cricket League
No Let Up For Marston
Long Marston 1XI suffered their second heavy defeat in as many weeks at the hands of early pace setters Twyford. With key players back and a stronger team out than the week before, captain Peter Toovey once again lost the toss and Long Marston were put into bat on a damp wicket. A solid start from openers Wareham and Toovey was broken when Wareham (9) edged behind, 2 balls later and Long Marston were in real trouble when Beesley (0) lost his off stump. Miscampbell (1) was to be dismissed in similar fashion just over an over later, as Long Marston lost 3 wickets in 10 balls. A brief stage of rebuilding was ended when Toovey (23) mistimed an aggressive shot straight to mid on, and Storey (0) was to follow for a second ball duck moments later. This sparked another mini collapse as Slade (1) and Adams (0) both lost their wickets cheaply in quick succession. First team debutant Chris West (14) stayed with Mike Lyons (21) as Long Marston tried to rebuild their innings, however once their partnership was broken the last two wickets fell quickly again, as Twyford bowler Kumbar Hussain finished with figures of 6-39, and Long Marston had been bowled out for 83. Despite a strong start to the Twyford innings, with Peter Toovey picking up a wicket with the second ball of the innings, and again in similar fashion a few overs later, Twyford attacked the Long Marston bowling attack and made short work of the small target. With Z Hussain and T Hussain both ending up 37*, it took just over 15 overs for Long Marston to be put out of their misery and Twyford to win by 8 wickets. Another disappointing performance both in the field and with the bat, means that Long Marston need a victory at home to struggling Sandford St Martin next week to propel themselves back up the table, and look to find some form in the fight for promotion, and avoid being dragged into a relegation battle.