1st XI v Congresbury (H)
Saturday, 14th May 2016
Bristol & District Cricket League
It was all change down at the court with last week’s heroes this week’s villains – Hosier and O’Connell dropped and Wheelie unwilling to stump up the bail bond to release them.
Captain Dash won the toss – we’re batting. Hang on, the sun is shining, the wicket is flat and we are bowling. The Congs get off to a steady start against TJ and FilerG, who was putting in a decent spell in the raging inferno that Chew Court had become.
50 for none became 67 for 3 as Watson starting working through his list of victims for the day – the first a good grab at midwicket. The sun continued to burn brightly over the valley and the Chew attack thought these were to ideal conditions to test Dickie’s wicket-keeping skills with 301 wides (sorry 31). The wickets like the wicket dried up in the heat and The Congs were 170 for 3. Back to Watson – strike, strike, strike – 3 more victims back in the pavilion and the visitors finished on 212. A competitive total on a tricky pitch. FilerG, DEAL and Junior WSG all snared a wicket or two but is was Watto with 3 who took the plaudits along with 2 more catches, surely he was done for the day?
Tea with summer fruits was taken. A fine association between Mr Kipling and Mrs Cher Hosier…wraps, ham sandwiches that wouldn’t have looked out of place in the gardens of Buckingham Palace, spicey chicken wings for CCC#TO, jaffa cakes with oranges – something for everyone. Indeed, 3 were in the frame for spectators and match officials that enjoyed the tea the most…Wheelie was rubbing his tummy ‘I don’t think I could eat another bite – then demolishing another sausage roll, Chairman Miao in full umpires coat attire was back for 3rds and Hector inquiring who was that lady that made the tea?
Back out on the field of play The Congs were on the attack with left arm firebrand Nick ‘Doc’ Doherty striking twice with some late swing. Chew fought back through WattoLegend and Vile, both completed fine fifties and at 139 for 2 Chew were cruising. Wattolegend however doesn’t like ‘easy’ wins and decided Vile needed a rest in preparation for the big cup game the next day. A crisp drive up to mid-off who was sheltering a little deeper than necessary, a loud clear call of ‘Yes’ from Vile – but concrete feet from Wattolegend. Vile was halfway to the pavilion by the time the bails were removed – cursing the mother ship that took Watto’s forebears to the convict colony down under all those centuries ago.
Unhindered and free from guilt WattoLegend continued to engage the real enemy sailing to a breezy 85 not out and the man of the match award (a free can of Thatchers Gold – sometimes the opposition think all 11 Chew players get the award). CCC#TO stayed until the end and victory was secured with 4 wickets and 4 overs to go. All that was left to enjoy was a ton of apple based drinks down the Pelly and the promise of more cricket in the golden sunshine in the village knockout the next day.
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