Twyford’s young team opened the batting with John Bance and Nick Ranger, but Ranger was soon walking back to the pavilion after being caught by Richard Jenson off Barry Kavanagh’s bowling for 6. Nick Moreland then joined Bance and the pair settled themselves in and kept finding boundary shots to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Bance was eventually caught by Mark Hodgson for 37 after bowler Martin Patrick teased a lob shot from Bance. Monty McKenzie made his first appearance for Twyford aged 13 and his diminuitive size was no hindrance to him, with quick runs and a boundary shot taking his score to 22 before being caught by Kerry Charles off Patrick’s bowling. The Twyford tail fell quickly, with Charles taking 5 wickets in 3.4 overs, leaving Twyford on 164 off 31.4 overs.
Penton’s openers Richard Jenson and John Hunter were quickly parted in the third over when Hunter was bowled by Tom Ducker for 3. Corbett Joseph joined Jenson and was lucky to be dropped twice by Twyford. Jenson hit 22 before Ducker took the bales off again, and Joseph fell in the same manner for 20. Kerry Charles was unchacteristically out early for 4 when he was caught off a high lob from Ralph Featherstonehaugh. Huw Rouse and Martin Patrick boosted the over the 100 mark, but the team were all out for 125 in the 38th over.
Next game at home to Langley Manor on Saturday.