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Match Report

2nd XI v Clevedon (H)

Saturday, 17th May 2014
West of England Premier League
Bristol & North Somerset

Seldom has Chew Court been witness to an innings of such quality and skill as was seen there this weekend. Due to last minute dropouts the first team had taken Jamie Dawson and Steve Ive, so the Two's had to draft in last minute replacements Alex Minter (making his debut) and First Team number 4 Stu Watson who was due to be working that afternoon. As Stu was late, very late, in fact 2 hours late, Paul "Wheelie" Allen stood in for Stu going from third man to third man and saving at least 20 runs which proved decisive at the end of the game.

Before all this tooing froing Lockie had won the toss and asked Clevedon to bat first. Chew opened up with the Pie Thrower and his son. Bowling against the Clevedon top order was a big test for the young Fraser but he kept going throughout his first 6 overs beating the bat on more than one occasion. At the other end Pie Thrower senior picked up the early wicket of Jenkins for 4 before bowling his 9 overs straight off.

Andy Banks, Iain Locke and Will Hosier all tried their luck as the Clevedon top order got on top and the ball disappeared to all parts. We did pick up 6 more wickets with Lockie and Fraser picking up 2 each and Will Hosier bagged his first League scalp in his 1 for 26.

Clevedon finished on 264 for 7 with all the bowlers suffering somewhat.

After tea and with  "Watto" on board, who had turned up for the last 7 overs of the Clevedon innings, Chew set about this mammoth target. Things didn't get off to a good start as Pat Jones was caught at cover for 3 and then both Rich Gatton and then Paul King departed in a couple of avoidable run outs. Bones did make a decent 26 though which included some cracking cover drives. Lockie was joined at the wicket by Stu Watson, and then Lockie soon left, his laser eyes giving him trouble in the strong sunshine. At this point Chew were 63 for approximately 3 wickets with Lockie able to resume if his eye's got better.

Enter Stu Watson and Rhys Thomas, They put on 41 before Thomas wafted aimlessly at a leg side wide and was caught at backward square. (Numpty moment).

Stu however battled on and despite the slowness of the wicket he began to get the measure of the now wilting Clevedon attack. He smashed the ball to all parts in a display of stroke making not seen for many years at Chew Court. Lockie came back in for another go, but was cleaned out by DVG for just 7. Will Hosier joined Stu and made 5 including a boundary 4 to the point fence. He was then caught going over the top. Andy Banks was in next to try and help Stu to the 6 an over we needed off the last 9.

Well it didn't get anywhere near the 45th as the Watson onslaught continued, He passed 100 and with some mighty blows finished off the game in style with almost 4 overs to spare. One over went for 19 and there were plenty of others that were over 10.

One of the truly great knocks witnessed at Chew Court in recent years with Stu finishing on 136 not out.



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