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Match Report

1st XI v Brompton Ralph (A)

Sunday, 11th May 2003
National Village Knockout, 1st Round

The biggest problem with this cup tie was finding the ground. Set in 20,000 acres of un-inhabited rolling farmland the pitch was not actually in Brompton Ralph but just outside. Finding a needle in one of the numerous haystacks I passed on the way would have been easier. However once we were there it was worth the journey. The ground is almost unique in that it has a high voltage electricity pole at long leg. Also a hump at backward square which hides all but the tops of any fielders lurking in that quarter.

The playing surface is a credit to the groundsman. In fact it would put many first class grounds to shame. Well we arrived in dribs and drabs to find the square under water. A heavy storm had just deposited 2 inches in 10 minutes. Play was impossible for 1 hour, which at least gave Andy and Ken time to find the ground. Asked where they had been, the reply was "We went everywhere before we got here" To which the classic repost was "Well why didn't you come here first then you ...... " Thanks Trev for that piece of Adge wisdom.

The match was reduced to 30 overs per side. Chew batted first and Rich and Warren opened up against some wayward bowling. Both batsmen put on quick runs before Warren pulled to mid wicket and was caught. Andy carried on in the same vein, the scoring rate never going below 5 an over. Wickets fell but the rate just kept going up, Ken occupied the crease and pushed and whacked as the fielders went to the fence. The score climbed over 175 and finally ended on 203 for 4. Bob came in for the last 3 balls after a quick dozen from Trevor Chubb.

A rate of 6.5 an over was tough for Brompton, and when Trevor had the opener caught at mid off by Iain for 9 we took an early advantage. However the other opener was looking good and the runs kept coming at an increasing rate. A dropped catch by our 400m sprinter looked like it might prove costly, but wickets fell at the other end with the introduction of Duncan Read. Then as the pressure came on Brompton there were some crazy run outs and the game was effectively over. They crashed from 64 for 2 to 147 for 9 at the end. Largely thanks to a spirited knock by the number 7 who must have scored at least 40. Ali came on to bowl the last couple of overs and wished he hadn't, dispatched by the aforementioned number 7 to all parts. Bob and Ken finished the innings and we all departed to the bar a job well done.

Our thanks go to Brompton Ralph who put up a good show under testing conditions. The ground was a pleasure to play on and the tea was top drawer. We look forward to a return to darkest Somerset in the years to come. Lets hope they don't move ground.

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