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Match Report

1st XI v Brent Knoll (A)

Sunday, 3rd August 2003
Somerset Junior Cup, S-Final

The day had finally arrived, the chance to play once more on the hallowed turf of the county ground, Taunton. To get there all we had to do was beat a team in the division below us. Forgone conclusion you might think? No way Jose was this going to be a walkover. We had heard all sorts of tales of their formidable batting line up and were prepared for anything. The weather could not have been better, wall to wall sunshine and temperatures into the high twenties. The wicket looked good too. The day before we had played on a pudding at Chew, this was quite hard and pretty flat. So big scores were in the offing.

Locky lost the toss and we got put in. This was probably what we would have done as there was still a bit of dew on the ground. Nicky Beedell and Andy Witcombe opened up, and Nick hit the second ball from Baghawatti for 6 over long leg, top shot that. The run rate was good at 5 or 6 an over for the first 6, then disaster, Andy called for a dodgy single was run out by a direct throw from backward point. This brought Ken to the wicket, and he immediately set about the Brent Knoll attack. In fact both batsmen played some superb stuff. Careful in defence, but hitting the bad balls to the fence. Ken as he does, stepped into a couple of big half volleys and smashed them over the trees at the pavilion end, and Nick also rocking back dispatched a couple of short ones through mid-wicket.

The rate slowed in the last 5 overs, mainly I think due to heat exhaustion, but by now we were well over 100 and on our way to a good score. Nick after passing 50 was finally run out looking for a second which Ken didn't fancy. Greg came in and was run out first ball! but that got Ken, who had also scored 50, to the strikers end and he dispatched the last ball over deep square for 6. Our total of 150 looked pretty good, but we knew it wouldn't be easy as they had a lot of batting. This was borne out when Baghawatti smashed Greg for 6 and the 4 off the first 2 balls. This guy looked class, but he was playing lots of big shots and we felt it was just a matter of time before he gave us a chance. This he duly did, and we spurned it! Oz dropped a straight forward C&B. Things looked bleak, the score passed 50 in 7 overs and we were up against it.

Iain brought me on from the tree end in a hope of tying things up a bit, but with only 3 fielders on the one its difficult. Then a piece of luck. Baghawatti tried to hit me over long off, and mistimed the shot. The ball looped up to Duncan who took the catch 5 yards in from the boundary. After all the celebrations for that wicket were over, we were handed the next one on a plate. Dave Luff, scorer of millions of runs in his time thought he could take on "muddies" rocket propelled arm. A straight forward one to the square cover boundary seemed for a couple of seconds to be a two. Dave turned for it, was sent back, failing to get his bat over the line before the "muddie" propelled grenade landed right in Dickies gloves beside the stumps. Dickie did the necessary and BK had lost two in three balls. Game on you might say.

From there on in the game swung to and fro. Ken came on and took a wicket, but went for the occasional boundary as the temperature rose. I was replaced at the tree end by Duncan for the last 2 overs, Ken carried on at the pavilion end. Then a dropped catch at cover and a 6 and a 4 off Ken brought BK right back in it. Then another drop, this time a skier out in the deep at midwicket, it seemed we were throwing it away.

The last over, 11 to win, Duncan to bowl it. First ball went for 2, the second for 2 then a wicket, bowled off peg. Surely it was over? The next ball went for 1 then 2 more, 4 needed off the last ball. Duncan bowled one right up there and the batsman could only drive to long off for 1. We had won an exhausting contest by 3 runs. A great performance by all the players under extreme pressure, no one wants to lose a semi final, especially by such a small margin.

I must thank all the supporters who came down and cheered us on, and also to Brent Knoll CC who played a great game. Well off to Taunton we will go, whenever the game is? We think it might be Sept 14th, but there again it could be the 7th. Watch this space for details. They may well be a coach, so if you want to come and support us, please get in touch and reserve your seat. Its twenty odd years since we have been there. Congratulations to Lockie on a job well done.

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