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Taverners Trophy 2014 - CP Bigwood v Higgs & Sons – 19.05.2014

Higgs & Sons emerged victorious against CP Bigwood in the opening match of this season's Taverners Trophy with a nine wicket win.

Batting first after winning the toss, CP Bigwood got off to a flyer, carting Tim Swallow's first over to all parts of the ground. Swallow had taken four wickets in the corresponding fixture last season but appeared to be suffering from early-season 'yips' as Higgs' season got off to a disastrous start.

CP Bigwood's openers were untroubled, although some tight bowling from Geoff Kettle and Doug Houghton did help to reduce the run-rate slightly. Higgs finally had a new batsman to bowl at when Swallow was brought back into the attack to speed up the dangerous Mike Comley's inevitable passage to retirement at 35. It was Swallow who had the last laugh though as he claimed two wickets in his final over. Both caught in the deep by Kettle's safe hands, who had previously endured a torrid time in the outfield. CP Bigwood number 4, Rory Daly, may feel slightly aggrieved however, departing shortly after being struck by a wild throw from Higgs' fielder Alastair Dolman. Daley did appear shaken up following the incident but Higgs were adamant it was not part of their game plan for the middle order man. A bit of magic from part-time off-spinner Richard Griffiths ensured Higgs remained in contention with an invaluable wicket-maiden, although Joe Jobson's fluent 35 not out helped CP Bigwood post an imposing 158-3.

With the light fading and Higgs requiring ten an over, Nick Moxon came out swinging, bludgeoning his way to a 35 retirement. Following the opening onslaught, Higgs were always ahead of the rate and CP Bigwood found wickets hard to come by. When the first wicket did fall though, it was worth the wait - John Forest taking a brilliant catch off his own bowling to dismiss Griffiths, who was struggling to find the middle of his bat. Joe Cowles and Rhys Linnell kept Higgs on course despite a spirited fielding performance from CP Bigwood. There was one moment of brilliance when a certain four was miraculously saved. However it took several throws for the ball to end up in the sanctity of the bowler's hands and Higgs were able to run four regardless.

Doug Houghton capped off the impressive run chase with two huge sixes from the final two balls off the inviting bowling of Jobson; Higgs & Sons finishing on 161-1 with three overs to spare.

Match report written by Joe Cowles

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