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Match Report

1st XI v Fitzhead (H)

Sunday, 8th June 2003
National Village Knockout, Area S-Final

I set off from Long Ashton in pleasant warm sunshine, typical June day in fact. By the time I got to Winford it was coming down like stair rods. It rained like this for nearly an hour before the sun finally made an appearance. Luckily we had invested in some covers which kept most of the track dry. Without them, we may have had a reduced overs match, or worse still another expedition into darkest Somerset.

We agreed to play the 40 overs starting at 3:45, this would mean a late and possible dark finish. Locky lost the toss and we got put in. Standard play when the track is damp. Andy and Rich were back to open the innings, and things started slowly but safely. No risks taken in the first 10, but the scoring wasn't too hot. Andy picked up the pace as we approached half way and pushed us passed 50. Rich played his first big shot and was bowled off stump. Bung came in and scratched around for half a dozen before offering a simple caught and bowled. The innings was being dominated by Andy who by this time was approaching 50. The seamer's came off and on came a left arm spinner. Andy took to him immediately, crashing 30 off 2 overs. Those 30 were to prove decisive later in the game as things got tight. Ken came in to join Andy for the last 10 overs and they put on 60 for the 3rd wicket. They both played some great shots, but Andy in particular was seeing it like a football and scoring at least a run a ball. His hundred came up in the 36th over. The field scattered and in the last 5 over leapt up to 180. Ken was out just at the end which gave Ali the chance to see what he could do off the last 3 balls. Swish I think?

A big ovation to Andy who came off 121 not out. He played every shot in the book on a far from ideal track. Top performance Andy, get the jug in! Fitzhead came out knowing a slow start could be costly, so they were prepared to take a few chances on a wicket which was getting less certain as the game went on. Rhys and Chris opened up and generally kept things tight for the first 15 overs, but without taking any wickets. Iain came on at the pavilion end and bowled extremely well, keeping the ball up and bowling straight. He finally got the breakthrough with an lbw.

At the other end Chris had bowled well to keep the rate down during his 9 overs. Nick 'ello then' Beedell then came on from the drive end and the game changed round. The asking rate was getting up towards 6 an over and the Fitzhead batsmen had to play a few more shots. Nick was bowling well and picked up a couple of important wickets. Darren Burns and his partner were looking dangerous as they put together a stand of 45. But Nick with an outrageous slower ball and sharp caught and bowled separated these two and it looked in the bag for us. After Iain had finished his 9 Rhys came back on at the pavilion end to pick up an lbw before being slogged over the road for 6. Nick then claimed 2 more victims to finish with 5 for, before Ken came on and took the last 2 wickets in the 37th over. They were all out for 153 just 30 runs short. Those two massive overs from Andy had come back to haunt Fitzhead at the very end.

The circus rolls on in two weeks time. Against who, we know not at present. The Butleigh v Failand game was washed out. Who ever it is, we'll be ready to give them a tough test, this don't forget is the Avon and Somerset Area Final, so only 5 games to Lords then! By the way, we will be away to whoever wins that other semi final. I will be away for the next two games as I'm off on holiday to the South of Wales. I will be back with a report on the final though.

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