Monday 17 August saw Team Trethowans once again take to ‘Fortress Cadnam’ for the penultimate match of the cricketing season against Southampton Property Association.
In a match reduced to 16 overs per side Trethowans were tasked with batting first, and duly unleashed the opening partnership of Jon Laidler and Andrew Campbell. Trethowans amassed 46 runs for the first wicket, Andrew retiring at 26 not out and Jon playing some textbook shots at the other end. There was no let up for the SPA bowlers with James Braund peppering the ball all over the ground in a quick-fire 21, more than ably supported in a fine partnership with Alice Biggar. As the innings drew to a close, valuable late cameos from Toby Knapman, Sarah Wicks, Chris Whiteley and Simon Rhodes led Trethowans to an imposing total of 96.
With the light fading, and despite SPA fielding some keen, and very able, cricketers, Trethowans were confident that they could defend their total. Toby and Andrew opened the bowling and took a wicket each, putting the SPA team even further onto the back foot. In the endeavour of further asserting their dominance, Trethowans brought on their strike-bowling duo of Simon Rhodes and Mike Watson, who toyed with the SPA batsmen, bowling with laser-like precision and again picked up wickets. At the half way stage, the general consensus was that the game was in the bag, that view being cemented in our minds when Sarah ‘the steam-train’ Wicks sent a further batsman’s stumps flying. Unfortunately, SPA had hidden their star player somewhere in their lower order, and this wicket brought him into the game – hitting his first ball for 6, and generally showing a bit of class in taking SPA to victory with an over to spare.
On this occasion, Trethowans were first-place runners up. However credit must be taken for the great levels of enthusiasm and effort put in by the team throughout, particularly with our fielding. Bodies were sprawled all over the place in order to save every last run
Big thanks must also go to Charlotte West and Elin Thomas for the great job they did scoring.