The comparatively long journey to the outer reaches of the Wiltshire League Division 5 found the 2's in Oxfordshire at the beautiful Buscot Park ground in the middle of Lord Faringdon's estate.
A few changes to the line-up this week included Ryan Salter and Jake Paxton in his first game of the year.
The opposition won the toss and put us in on what looked like a typical English "green-top". Skipper Ali's pre-match advice was sound "play it off the front foot".
The Trowbridge openers began circumspectly as they accustomed themselves to the movement off of the pitch. Ali was his usual pugnacious self striking Buscot's opening bowler Heasman to the boundary on four occasions as well as an enormous six off of Brown which woke up the scorers! At the other end Ryan was playing himself in quietly but elegantly. They had reached 63 when Ali was unexpectedly bowled for 35 by Thompson who was serving up a selection of length balls, full-tosses and slower deliveries.
Meanwhile Ryan was starting to show his class stroking the ball with precision to the boundary and finding gaps in the field; the hallmark of all good players. At the opposite end things were not going so well and the middle-order, which did such a good job a week ago fell apart. Matt Dicker pulled a full-toss to square leg for 3, Adam Bolton was caught for 7 off of one that stopped in the pitch and Chris Dicker was caught behind off the glove for a duck from a delivery that lifted from a length. It was left to Dave Johnson to steady things and allow Ryan to show us what he could do. He now began to dominate the attack completely playing shots all around the wicket including a six off of Thompson and taking some very quick singles. Dave departed for 14 with the score on 135 allowing the entertaining Prabhu Vanniyar to join Ryan. Between them this pair accelerated the score significantly putting on 80 for the 6th wicket in just 13 overs before Prabhu was caught for 31 off of just 39 balls with four 4's and a 6 which exemplifies his free-flowing unencumbered style of play. Ryan was by now in the nineties and was joined by Tom Lloyd at no.8 showing the depth of our batting. In fact Tom struck four 4's from the first five balls he faced. With a hundred beckoning Ryan decided to go "Kevin Peterson" and launched left-arm spinner Capper to the long-off boundary where Able took a very good diving catch, so unfortunately he had to depart for a brilliant 96 with all in the ground including the opposition wishing him another 4 runs. Tom Lloyd & Jake Paxton took the score to 241 which looked more than adequate given that the ball was lifting from one end which would suit our notably quicker seam bowlers.
Buscot's bowlers all suffered somewhat but Thompson finished with 9-1-32-1 and young Zak Trevedi with 8-1-45-2.
The players then retired to the thatched pavilion for a sumptious tea - note family Robbins that you may have some competition!
Trowbridge started with Tom Lloyd and Harry Robbins: Buscot's batsman started very slowly.
Both Tom and Harry bowled quickly and accurately, Tom in particular extracting some alarming bounce at one end. Such was their dominance that they bowled 6 maidens (three each) in the first ten overs, Tom taking the wicket of Morgan caught behind by Ali off of a lifter. Harry's first 5 over spell was a remarkable 5-3-3-0 and Tom's 5-3-9-1!
Jake replaced Harry for his statutory break after 5 overs and from his first ball took the wicket of Able caught by Adam Bolton for 2 off of no less than 34 deliveries. Prabhu replaced Tom and accounted for Millar LBW for 1 with his fifth ball. Next batsman was Bouwers who looked as if he could hit the ball which he did almost from the word go. When he connected he hit the ball very hard indeed walloping five boundaries off of Prabhu. Jake Paxton was still having success trapping Capper (yes his name was Andy!) LBW for 8 and then having Sanjay Trevedi caught at slip by Matt Dicker for a "golden" duck. Chris Dicker replaced Prabhu and managed to keep Bouwers quiet bowling a maiden before the drinks break. Skipper Brown and Bouwers then put on a some very quick runs - 44 from 9 overs - hitting Chris for two sixes and even "G-Dawg" for a maximum! But it was the wily old "spinner" who had the last word when he bowled Bouwers for 47 from 44 balls which included eight 4's and a six. He also had Brown caught for 23 by Ryan who seemingly plucked the ball out of the air and took a great running catch.
Ali then brought back his seamers to finish off the tail. First of all Harry bowled Thompson for 11, then Morbey was run out by Tom Lloyd second ball and Prabhu finished things off when Zak Trevedi was given out LBW for 7.
Pick of Trowbridge's bowlers were: Tom Lloyd with 9-3-17-1 although he deserved more wickets given the pace and hostility of his bowling; Harry Robbins with 8-3-14-1 who bowled quickly as well; Jake Paxton with the excellent figures of 5-1-8-3, and not forgetting the club's leading wicket-taker Mr Graham Booth who finished with 5-0-23-2 and who accounted for both of Buscot's danger men.
So 100% record so far for the 2's - here's to welcoming Melksham at home next week.