1st XI v Street (A)
Sunday, 19th April 2015
2015 picked up where last year ended; Kenny, Char & Vile bewildered in the Pelly car park before order was established and the eleven gentlemen of Chew set off down the road to Street. It turned into an easy journey through the backroads of Somerset without any detours down blind alleys (not the name of the local umpire).
A very weak sun was doing its best to raise the temperature whilst the local sign-writer, Will Patrons-Refrain, had been busy over the closed season – NO! Running, NO! Pushing, NO! Bombing, NO! Shouting, NO! Dogging, NO! Ducking, NO! Acrobatics, NO! Skateboarding, NO! Petting, NO! Swimming in the Diving Area, NO! Smoking, NO! Scouters, NO! Calling between the wickets (Mark & Gary!), THANK YOU! & Have Fun.
Dash won the toss elected to bowl hoping to exploit any juice in the track on offer. Filer G started out with an exhibition of line and length going for only 18 in his first 7 overs whilst Shaun ‘drop ‘em but stop ‘em” Hosier was soon into the swing of things making the home team feel like they were trapped in the cul-de-sac of no easy runs. The ball went like the weather and with the shine gone runs started to flow until King Kenny claimed two strikeouts in his first over. At the other end a shirtless Jamie Dawson would have looked more at home on Hollywood Boulevard but was delivering to order as he had been all night long. Street captain Trott came alive at the end of the innings punishing Char multiple times on to the roof of the nearby sports facility like something out of Minority Report for his later crime of smashing it the keeper first ball and standing there like a fox in the centre of the Thompson chicken coup with feathers in his mouth. Trott felt he was batting on the freeway and he remained undefeated for a valiant 96 out of a total of 208.
A ten gallon tea was enjoyed before CMCC set out in their pursuit of victory. A vile shot here, a blow out there and Row not troubling the scorer left Chew travelling down the avenue of despair but Dasher was on the drive with power and precision to complete a wonderful 50. Dave Blower went down the my way or the highway route to scoring with some gallant plunder before Filer G ended in a blaze of glory even though the pitch was bouncing lower than a byway in December. Along the way a comedy mix up meant it was one-way back to the pavilion for Mark.
Big thanks to Lockey for umpiring in the freezing cold dreaming about being back on the roller at Chew Court and to Joe Williams for a decent curry* in the Pelly to finish - he even managed to convince Wheelie up the lane for extra food, some achievement that!
*#Thompsonout had mildly spiced chips and gravy
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