1st XI v Timsbury (H)
Sunday, 17th May 2015
National Village Knockout, Preliminary
Just as all the opinion polls predicted it was a neck and neck affair when local rivals Timsbury turned up at Chew Court for the opening salvo on the journey to Lords.
All week the pollsters had been studying the form and taking the local opinion as people staggered out of the Pelly and The Seven Stars, it was too close to call, one Timsbury torero commented “I threw me pitchfork at your dog to keep quiet” but enough about the local talent on offer!
The sun shone, the wind blew and everyone tried to pretend they could still move after league cricket the previous day for the respective warm ups.
Captain Clothier won the toss and without hesitation immediately asked the home captain what he wanted to do, being a nice chap Dash said he would bat and the away skipperagreed it was probably the thing to do and stuck Chew into the field for 2½ hours of leather chasing.
Order seemed the order of the day as ‘King’ Mondair and Hosier opened up…but who was this Hosier – slim, athletic, funny & talented? We realised Shaun had substituted in his son, Will I Am, so that he could enjoy the sun loungers & golf sand pits of the Algarve. “You’ll never win anything with Kids” one old timer was heard to comment as Chew took the field and youth certainly seemed to bow to experience as the runs started to flow faster than the Timsbury Flyer (last seen on Pensford Viaduct 1959 –thank you Dr Beeching). But Chew stuck to their task with Kenny convincing keeper Brinkworth not to use his bat and Char tricked Sagey with a half-track lollipop that was gobbled up with a full length tumbling diving catch in the outfield. Your correspondent was unable to identify the hero of the hour as he was too busy tumbling, diving and catching a ball to see.
Back in the game and young Fraser Thomas steaming in from the pavilion end Chew were up for the cup but Timsbury had other plans and Cracknell showed Olympian strength smashing his way to a brutal 82 not out with great assistance from ‘the other’ Brinkers and Strandy, setting Chew a formidable 255 for victory helped along the way with a careless 5 overthrows from Char who thought hit the timbers meant the sight screen at the far end of the ground. But that was for later, word is now out on the circuit that without a doubt the best tea in Wessex is to be found down the Magna and today was no exception – high quality crisps, fresh homemade sandwiches, scones with cream & jam, all washed down with summer fruits –There was nothing on offer that couldn’t have been enjoyed with 10 cans of apple based drinks.
Could Chew pull off the coup of the valley and keep the bragging rights for another year? Well it was chocks away and start the engine as Vile launched another assault on the away bowlers. Wheelie was heard asking Hector “Why do they can that Dave vile?” Hector replied “because he is violent to bowlers”. Elsewhere in the pavilion Baby Vile screamed with joy as she watched her daddy smite the mighty Timsbury bowlers from pillar to post for a vibrant 125. Ably supported along the way by Leo, Chew were in the driving seat. BUT a good catch here and an injudicious shot there and Chew needed a Herculean 46 from 5 overs.
A balanced approach is a worthwhile to tough endeavours so Youth and experience, the youngest and oldest players combined to set up a thrilling finale – first of all Lockey started to plunder 6s like he was back in the golden summer of his youth, not many remember his partnership of 86 with Doctor WG back in 1866 but this was its like, then young Will I Am joined the party hitting opener Ellis Hancock back over his head for a mega six and crashing him for four leaving 12 needed off the last over. Cometh the hour cometh the man and Lockey was hitting it for six again and so 2 needed 1 ball left.
Timsbury’s top spinner ‘The Cardinal’ fooled the old man with a juicy full toss and such was Lockey’s surprise at the delight on offer he was only able to knock it for 1 to tie the scores and send Timsbury through for losing fewer wickets. A great game played in a great spirit and credit to all who took part with many thanks to the umpires and scorer. The only thing missing was a Chew win.
The very best of luck to Timsbury in the next round, but don’t count your chickens as there is only one Charles Charlie Charles ‘Char’ #Thompsonout in Somerset!
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