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Match Report

1st XI v Ilton (H)

Saturday, 10th May 2003
Somerset Cricket League
Division 1

The visit of last seasons runners up was always going to be a tough game, even though they came without the great Bert Horner who had returned to Illminster. Locky won the toss and after much deliberation decided to bat. The Bowling was good, but not really threatening, Richard and Andy made steady progress. Then as often when the run machine gets too confident he gives it away. After a useful 28 Andy had a big swing and missed. The Bung went in 3 and played a glorious on drive before heaving across a low one for an lbw(7) Rich was still there playing the anchor as the score crept up towards 100. In came the Oz, keen to score some runs after last weeks duck. They both batted steadily without taking risks on a slow wicket assisting neither bat nor ball.

Somewhere in the middle we got bogged down and off 10 overs we faced 8 maidens! As we approached the 40 over mark Rich and Greg started to play some shots and the field began to scatter. Richard in particular played some great stuff, one four off the back of his bat passing slip was the highlight. The Oz chipped in with a few lusty blows and the score climbed to 180. Rich got 86 before cutting to cover point. Ken came in and ran up and down a bit before we ended the innings on 183 for 3. At tea the rain came in and it looked a bit doubtful for a while. But we stayed out and got a good start when Jason tempted the opener into launching a cover drive miles up over extra cover. Rhys sprinted 50 yards before diving full length to take the catch in the fingers of his left hand inches above the turf (well something like that anyway). Chris Holley was bowling with good pace on the slow track but without much luck. At the other end, Jason in his carpet slippers was having trouble standing up and was replaced after 4 overs of Bassetts.

On came Greg and he immediately removed the dangerous number 3 with a yorker on middle stump. Greg bowled a good line and length with good pace down wind and rain. Chris finished after 7 overs without success and Rhys came on for at the drive end. Two long hops and two wickets later we were making inroads into the Ilton batting. Catches taken by Jason and Andy Witcombe. The Oz kept pounding in and picked up another wicket before it all went a bit quiet. The Ilton opener was still there and although scoring slowly looked set. Locky came on and bowled 4 overs and had a big shout for a catch behind given not out. The score climbed slowly and the partnership passed 50. At 120 for 4 with 60 odd to get off the last 10 overs the game was in the balance.

Enter Greg with 3 overs left of his 12. He came back and immediately broke the dangerous partnership that was developing. A simple caught and bowled. This was followed by another C&B when he plucked a straight drive out of the air that was really travelling. Then next ball a caught behind to Richard closed the game out. Chris Holley came back on at the drive end trying for the wicket he deserved. Oz picked up yet another with a catch to Ali at mid on. Ali leaping like the proverbial tin of John West and landing like a tin of Dulux.

Chris finally got his wicket, Rhys catching the opener on the fence at long on. Ilton had collapsed from 120 for 4 to 133 all out in 5 overs. Oz picked up 6 for 23, top performance to go with his 37 n.o. The points were Chew 34 Ilton 9.

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