The Authentics got off to a winning start on a beautiful sunny day against Teddington 2s. James Pyman got his captaincy off on the right foot, winning the toss and electing to bat first on a good wicket.
Debutant John de Bhal opened with Tics stalwart Tom Oliver, and they got the Tics off to a strong start with some positive strokeplay and excellent running, buying themselves some overthrows on a very abrasive and uneven outfield. De Bhal fell first with the score on 27, caught behind for 19, followed shortly after by Rob Wight, thanks to an excellent grab at 2nd slip. Jake Duxbury and Oliver took the score to 80-2, until Oliver nailed a long hop straight to point to fall for 38. With Luca Ignatius falling shortly after, at 100-4 the Tics were looking in a little bit of danger of squandering the start.
However, new man Alex Thomas settled the nerves with a few early cover drives, and then Duxbury took the leading role in their partnership worth 95 for the fifth wicket, full of pinched singles and two and putting away the bad balls when they arose (AT becoming the first member of the bomb squad 2021). Duxbury fell for an excellent 64, followed by a flurry of wickets including Thomas for 46 as the Tics tried to hit out at the end, finishing their 40 overs on 220-8.
In reply, Teddington got off to a cagey start against an opening attack of skipper Pyman and Jamie Dare, turning the strike over and patiently waiting for the bad ball to stay within touching distance of the required rate – and on such a small ground two set batsman could easily go large. Jamie Dare was not a man to be denied though, and the locksmith lived up to his name, switching to round the wicket and cleaning up Elway for 16 – 40-1. The introduction of Owen Marshall from the other end accounted for the other opener, Dare cleaned up Smith to finish his 8 overs, and the famous Tics squeeze was on. Debutant Humphrey Gibbs, bowling in tandem with Marshall, kept the pressure on from both ends and backed up by the fielders in the ring, wickets started to fall – Hinde bowled by Marshall, Gibbs picking off Lord and Grenall (and running out the Teddington skipper to top it off). At 108-7, Swan hit back with 31 off 23, and a few nerves started to show as chances went down, but Ben Jones saw him off with that most dangerous ball, the just below waist high full toss, and he followed up with the last two wickets to bowl Teddington out for 187.
Overall a tidy first outing for the Tics in 2021, with good performances from Duxbury (who followed up with 87 for the Blues in BUCS on Wednesday) and the debutants, and thanks to Teddington for being excellent hosts as always. The Tics’ season continues on Saturday 24th April, away to Horspath CC 2nds.