Andover's Ton up Taylor destroys Fawley

David Taylor took the Fawley bowling apart on Saturday

David Taylor took the Fawley bowling apart on Saturday

First published in Cricket

Fawley v Andover Skipper Mike Adams lost the toss and the town side were put into bat on a soft pitch and things did not get off to a great start when Max Souter was run out in the third over.

This was as good as it got for Fawley as Byron Haycock joined David Taylor and the pair started dishing out the punishment in their own separate styles - Taylor with powerful stroke play and Haycock with deft touches finding the gaps in the field.

Taylor crashed the ball to all parts bringing up an outstanding first hundred for the club in only 78 balls, finishing with 121, including 12 fours and seven sixes, which really knocked the stuffing out of the Fawley bowling attack.

Haycock worked the ball into gaps all round the ground and truly ran the fielding side ragged in bringing up a wonderful 93no, his first half century for Andover.

A few quick wickets threatened to derail the innings but some clever batting from Ed Duckworth at the end with Haycock guided the Vision Express sponsored side to a brilliant 270-6 off their allotted 50 overs.

In reply Adams threw the new ball to Duckworth, choosing to save himself for the middle overs, which proved to be a wonderful decision as Duckworth took a wicket with his first ball and went on to rip the heart out of Fawley's top order.

The young seamer ended with figures of 4-33 in a brilliant spell of pace bowling and wickets continued to fall at regular intervals.

Lanky medium pacer James Knight snared three wickets in a lively spell of swing bowling, while the remaining three were shared between Taylor, Souter and spinner Danny Foy who was a real handful on a pitch that was turning sharply.

The excellent bowling was well supported by some superb fielding with some sharp catches taken.

A truly outstanding victory was completed by 126 runs, with skipper Adams beaming at the end. “Losing the toss turned out to be a master stroke as my plan was also to bowl first. The guys really stepped up and set a level of performance to continue with for the rest of the season” he said.

Tomorrow Vision Express sponsored Andover host the dangerous Liphook and Ripsley at 1pm and also make their first appearance in this season's Twenty20 Cup on Sunday, hosting Fawley at 3pm.

Entry is free and the bar will be open.

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