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Match Report

2nd XI v Horrington (H)

Saturday, 4th June 2005
Somerset Cricket League
Division 3 NE

Chew welcomed Horrington to a blustery day at Chew Court in this Div 3 NE second XI fixture. Smithy lost the toss and we were inserted on a slow low pitch. the Horrington opening attack was not too frightening, but they bowled with accuracy and the scoring was slow to say the least.

The first wicket went at 17 off ten overs when Thomas the Pie was caught at extra cover for 10. Smithy and Oggy played a patient game until the drying wicket and change of bowlers brought an increase to the run rate. Both batsmen played shots all round the wicket against the luckless Horrington bowlers.

Smithy went first caught at backward square by a 14 year old girl, who was turning out for the visitors. (actually she was one of the best fielders on display) Smithy made a well constructed 63. Oggy went big until he was caught on the fence for 66.

CJ and Manny kept up the barrage and as we approached tea, the only question was whether we would get to 200. CJ was then caught on the long off boundary and things looked doubtful. But Manny and Chris Holley sneaked the three runs needed off the last over. 200 for 4 off our 45, not bad, but the wicket was getting easier by the minute due to the sun and wind.

After a top top tea from Pam we started the serious stuff, bowling out the opposition. Thomas the Pie and Mark Hooper opened up. Hoops bowled with consistent line and length and the Horrington top order had no answer as he picked up 3 for 8 off 5 overs. At the other end The Pie was slinging down his usual innies, outies and very slow slowies. So confused were the Horrington batsmen that he went for just 6 off 9 overs.

Holley took over from the exhausted Hooper after 14 overs with the visitors on 21 for 3. Chris bowled well on his return to cricket at Chew Court. Although he did not get any wickets he bowled a nice line and length with a good deal of pace. He nearly got one when Danny Gatton spilled a sitter at gully. Never mind Gatt, next time! The introduction of Sam Scragg turned the game completely our way when he had the Horrington top scorer caught on the fence by the Pie for 43.

After this set back resistance was futile as first Scraggo and then Tom Higgins took the next 4 wickets to leave the visitors out of luck at 112 for 8 with just 4 overs left. Danny Gatt made amends for his fielding malfunction with a wicket in his only over, but try as we might we could not get the last pair out. So a good win and 34 points in the bag.

Champagne moment, Smithy top edging a slow full toss on leg stump straight into the safe hands of a 7 year old girl at backward square. Top quality!!! Next week off to the seaside to visit Uphill Castle, I wonder if we will see any donkeys there?

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