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Match Report

1st XI v Hambrook (H)

Sunday, 1st June 2003
National Village Knockout, 2nd Round (R)

After last Sundays washout, we all welcomed some blue sky and warm weather to Chew Magna for our tough Village Cup match against Hambrook. Iain won the toss and batted. Everyone knows we are better posting a score than chasing, so the decision was an easy one to make. The Hambrook bowlers were a bit wild in the first few overs and Andy Witcombe handed out some stiff punishment to anything off line. Dick was a bit more circumspect, but the scoreboard raced along reaching 40 off 6. Dick got out and this brought Nicky to the crease. He immediately joined in the mayhem with Andy, striking one good length delivery into the trees at the drive end for 6. The Hambrook team looked a bit down hearted, and changed the attack to spin and pies. This held us up a bit, but Andy and Nick put on 50 before Andy was down the track sweeping a ball onto his pad for an lbw decision that surprised even their players.

As sometimes happens when one goes the other follows. Nick got a massive half tracking pie, he went back to cow it over the fence and chink, it bounced 3 inches off the deck and bowled him. Tough on him as he looked in top form. Ken came and went after one or two lusty blows, which brought Ali and Adge together. Looked a bit like 'Beauty and the Beast'. No prises for guessing who played who! But we needed a repair job, and they provided it. Pushing and flicking the ball around they ran well, and then in the last few overs, Ali in particular went aerial. He got to 50 off the last ball of the innings courtesy of a piece of sloppy catching from one of the Hambrook fielders who dropped a dolly. Ali usually looks better off the field than on, but not today folks, top innings from the Greek God.

A score of 205 for 4 was pretty good on a slowish track that had already had 90 overs on it the day before. But 5 an over is certainly gettable at Chew Court, especially with a fast outfield. The Hambrook innings started slowly and got progressively worse as the overs and the accurate bowling of the Chew attack kept them in check. Veteran pace man Duncan Read, only able to play occasionally these days, took the Hambrook top order apart with a display that reminded the crowd of yesteryear. The batsmen were tied down so well that they resorted to the long handle. The only sure outcome of this was the crash of wickets going down at regular intervals. Duncan took 5 for 11 off his 9 and the game was all but over. After the opening 18 overs Hambrook had been reduced to 35 for 6 and all that was left for them was some face saving slogging from the tail. Chris Holley and Adge came in for a bit of tap from the last pair, but it would have been a miracle if they had got any where near our score. Dick took a catch off Chris that went up several hundred feet from a top edge, and Trevor bowled up the last man to finish the game. Hambrook all out 118.

This was a top performance from everyone, we batted, bowled and fielded extremely well, and after Duncan's opening spell they were never in it. The next round is on Sunday 8th June at Chew where we will entertain Fitzhead. Hopefully to the same cabaret as Hambrook endured.

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