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Match Report

1st XI v Wellington (H)

Saturday, 14th June 2003
Somerset Cricket League
Division 1

As our regular reporter is away sunning himself with the family in Wales, it falls to me to write this week’s report on the roller coaster that is our season so far. At long last we had a day of uninterrupted sunshine to brighten the spirits. After our two dismal displays in the previous two fixtures, we welcomed our old friends from Wellington to Chew Court.

Mr Locke duly won the toss and chose to bat on a good looking track, his was partially due to our like for like veteran replacement Duncan Read, who was still stuck in the airport waiting for his bags. Duncan was informed by telephone to take his time, as we were confident of a steady start after the Street debacle but at 7-3, Duncan was encouraged to get his arse into gear, while our captains leg was twitching at 100 bpm. Dickie was undone by an innie and bowled, Bung was unluckily to be caught by a man signalling for bus at Square leg and Andy was the final insult as he tried to pull but failed to get much on it and lofted a dolly to mid wicket.

A quick glance at Lockie, who had already decimated his packet of fags and was starting on mine, saw a man that could not face the embarrassment of another humiliating score. It was down to our overseas middle order, consisting of an Australian, an Indian and an Egyptian to settle Lockie’s nerves. They duly obliged against Wellingtons change bowlers. The Oz looked steady and played some neat stokes in a total of 36 before being adjudged LBW. While Kenny Mondair with that tree stump of a bat was in complete control at the other end dispatching anything off line to the boundary. This pairing put on seventy odd to the relief of our captain and we had moved on to 97-4 in the 28th over when the Egyptian was summoned. Kenny continued his assault on the Wellington attack and passed fifty while the Egyptian was scoring the odd run here and there. At 180 the Egyptian fell after driving unsuccessfully down the ground and was caught within spitting distance of the boundary. Posh Tim was next to the crease and also next back to the Pavilion after a rather brief appearance. Duncan fresh from the poolside in Minorca hit some hefty blows while Kenny Mondair, who batted brilliantly became only the eighth Chew Magna batsmen to score a 1st team league hundred with 102 no. Chew finished on 209-8, which was very achievable despite the heroics from Ken.

After a delightful tea provided expertly by Rachel and Catherine, Chris and Greg set about our task with limited early success. Greg broke through to reduce the visitors to 35-1. Chris was rested for Duncan, who although not at his best worked hard to restrict the runs. Wellington’s Oz rode his luck early on with a chance put down in the gully of Greg. This looked as if it may prove costly as the score advanced towards 100, however the introduction of our Rabbit specialist at the tree end had an immediate effect. Muddy made short work of the Oz, as the Egyptian caught a full-blooded drive in the covers. Not long after Muddy was at it again with some accurate bowling, not usually Muddy’s speciality, the prolific Wellington No 4 edged a ball that ricocheted off Kenny’s ample belly and into the hands of the Bung. Greg, not to be outdone was ably assisted by the Bung when the Wellingtons No 1, who had just passed his fifty but had become bogged down, played a chancy shot and was impressively caught in the covers. However during this time the score had been moving along at a steady pace and the game was set for nail biting climax. Wellingtons No 7 gave us a fright, as he hit the ball sweetly out of the middle of the bat for several boundaries. Chris Holley was brought into the attack after some tight effective bowling from captain Locke. Fingers, who had struggled earlier in the day from the tree end took up the challenge with gusto, and bowled a disciplined line picking up three quick wickets. Duncan finished of the tail to leave the visitors 16 runs short. An encouraging performance from the lads, which we will require again next week, when we travel to in form Cheddar.

Report by Ali Buckingham

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