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Match Report

1st XI v Evercreech (A)

Saturday, 31st May 2003
Somerset Cricket League
Division 1

If I remember correctly, we played Castle Cary last year when the Bath and West Show was on. This meant sitting in a 4 mile traffic jam to get passed the Show Ground. This year the fixture abacus paired us with Evercreech, which for those of you without a map to hand, is directly opposite the Showground entrance. Thanks computer. To avoid the traffic I took a scenic route via places like; Doulting, Cranmore, Batcombe, Westcombe and Stony Stratton, finally emerging from what looked like somebody's drive into the back of Evercreech. Total mileage 73.2 miles, at least that's what the trip computer said on my new Ford Focus (complete with 2 bumpers) When I asked the others how the traffic was by the Showground they said "what traffic? flew straight through" - Top planning there then?

Anyway, back to the cricket. The sun scorched down from a clear blue sky, even the Oz thought it was warmish. Locky lost the toss and they batted on a dry firm wicket. The bounce at Evercreech is always low, and even Brett Lee would have had difficulty extracting any life from the pitch we played on. Greg and Chris opened the attack and after 8 overs they were 42 for none. Chris took a breather and I came on for a trundle down the hill. We managed to peg back the rate and even pass the bat on a few occasions, but no chances came our way. M Wood as usual looked to crash anything off line, and frequently succeeded. Finally after 18 overs with the score at 64 I tempted the opener to nibble at a straight one and he went caught behind to Rich. Sometimes one wicket leads to another, however in this game it just led to an increase in the scoring rate. Darren Wood joined his brother and after settling in for an over or two started playing some big shots. After Greg and I had finished our 12 Muddy came on from the pavilion end and Chris came back down the hill from the car park end. By now Martin was approaching 50 and Darren wasn't too far behind. This looked ominous for us. Any bad balls were dispatched and the rate went up and up. Martin finally went for 88, but Darren pressed on and was out off the last ball of their innings for a chanceless 105. The final score of 244 looked a tall order on a wicket which was showing signs of wear and tear. We knew Satterthwaite would be the best of the bowling, but their attack was limited after him. Well last ball first over we were 0 for 1. Andy got a jaffa and lost his off peg. Rich and Greg steadied the boat, but with the asking rate going up to 5 then 6 an over we had to put bat to ball.

Both Rich and Greg got out to Steve Poore, a quality purveyor of pies, who looks like you could smash him to Batcombe and back every other ball. Such is the speed of his deliveries the batsman must wait an eternity before swishing across the line and watching the ball gently bump into the stumps. Steve, who by the way once played a few games for us, ended up with 4 for 49 off his 12 and M Ough at the other end, also chucking up an unbelievable assortment of Bassetts that would make Muddy seem like Glen McGrath bagged 3.

Everybody did their best, but after Greg and Rich had gone it was just a matter of time. The swishing and missing continued, and a few holed out on the fence before we succumbed at 136 all out. A fairly dismal response I would suggest. After a beer or two, we headed back to the Queens. I thought the roads should be clear by now and headed out towards the Showground entrance, only to find half a dozen tractors and caravans pulling out just in front of me. Another detour ensued taking in the delights of Dinder, the Horringtons and Green Ore. The car is now fully run in.

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