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Match Report

1st XI v Evercreech (H)

Saturday, 2nd August 2003
Somerset Cricket League
Division 1

After the midweek deluge, the wicket at Chew looked decidedly soft for this important mid table clash. Both teams were looking over their respective shoulders at the clubs lower down, and wondering whether they were safe from the likes of the quickly improving Ilton and Taunton Outcasts. With Kilve doomed to certain relegation, a run of poor form over the last 5 games could drop any one of 4 clubs into the dreaded second relegation place.

Locky tossed up with a stand in Evercreech captain, who on winning the toss decide to bat! very odd choice looking at the aforementioned strip, which had anyone performed the "Boycott key test" would probably have lost the whole bunch. The Creech rely heavily on the two Wood boys for a lot of their runs. As we saw to our cost in the previous game when they scored 200 between them. Chris Holley is out with a poorly foot, so I had the chance to open up with the Oz. With moisture in the wicket, a bit of cloud cover and new ball we got quite a bit of swing, although not much movement from the wicket. The Creech innings started slowly and I took the first wicket, bowling the opener with an "innie". This brought the other Wood brother to the crease. Mike had started slowly, but Darren tried play big shots from the word go, and played and missed 3 or 4 times an over.

Greg bowled a tight line with some good pace and got through Darren Woods defence for an lbw. Neville Ingram came in and then went, caught in the gully by Ken off Gregg. I had another miss driving to Bung at mid off and then a farcical run out which included some mis-fielding, poor calling, bad throwing and finally the ball hitting the wicket. Then with the last danger man, Chris Ough at the wicket, Greg produced a joke slower ball which had Chris in all sorts of trouble. He got his bat stuck behind his pad, and even though he had several seconds before the ball hit the stumps he was like a bunny in the headlights.

With the skipper gone, Oz and I had finished our overs and Evercreech were 67 for 6 off 24 and right up against it. Jason came on from the pavilion end and bowled his usual brand of Bassetts, but picked up a wicket caught at mildly silly mid off by Stan. After 3 overs Jason took a break, and Ken came on with Barby taking over at the tree end. Er sorry I mean Locky. They both bowled well and we picked up the tail with a few more runs than we would have liked, but from 67 for 6 there is rarely anyway back.

After tea, wonderfully supplied by Rhona, and Florence (creep, creep) We set about the easy task of knocking off the runs. As the day wore on the clouds melted away, the wicket dried up and batting became much easier. Bung and Dickie went out and got us off to a good start before Dickie went for 19, Bung went on to yet more top jug avoidance with 43 before the Oz and Ken settled down and knocked off the remainder. Ken going on to 50 before Greg let Stan have a go at hitting the winning runs. The highlight of the batting was Bung's massive 6 off Steve Pore's first ball, waist high full toss dispatched many a mile into the paddock. Ken hit one of his exocets through the trees at the drive end, and Gregg with his new bat played a couple of sumptuous drives off back and front foot. Without Satterthwaite the Creech bowling was a bit under powered, but overall this was a top performance all round from the team, and pushes us up the table and away from the scrap developing below.

Next week we entertain Street at Chew Court, they will certainly test us a bit more than the Creech, we are back on a roll so watch this space for what looks like a cracking game.

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