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Match Report

2nd XI v Wedmore 2 (H)

Saturday, 18th June 2005
Somerset Cricket League
Division 3 NE

Chew Magna Seconds welcomed Wedmore to Chew Court on the hottest day of the season so far. Cloudless skies and soaring temperatures indicated a long and hot day in the field for the team losing the toss. Needless to say we all staggered out onto the pitch cursing Smithy and his dodgy two headed coin. Due to Hoops forgetting his boots, and Chris Holley on first team duty, Ando and the Pie opened up the bowling. The pitch was slow and low and although not easy to play strokes on, the ball didn't do much off the wicket or in the air.

The Wedmore openers looked more than capable until a moments lapse in concentration led to to Cave being run out by Ando from first slip. Despite this set back they continued to play big shots at every opportunity. This led to several half chances and eventually one went to Oggie at extra cover who held on. In fact two more went the same way before Wall came in shored things up (pun most definitely intended). Hoops came on and took some punishment early on before settling back to his usual line and length. From 65 for 5 Wedmore slowly dug themselves out of the hole they had dug for themselves. The score climbed, the sun got hotter and hotter and we had more drinks breaks than a Wimbledon final.

Hoops made the breakthrough having Puddy caught at slip by Ando. Higgo took one on the swede whilst nodding off at mid on (for a few seconds we were a bit worried, then when we saw where it had hit him we were all much happier), the Pie then picked up the Captain, Foster with a C&B and only Wall hung on in there. In fact so resolute was he that he batted right to the end finishing with 63 not out. This turned out to be a match winning innings. Had he gone cheaply then their total may well have been around 175 and not the 205 they finally got.

After tea the temperature was still way up and Smithy and the Pie headed out to do battle. The bowling was a bit Bassetts, and therefore hard to get a bat on some of it. However, any balls that went passed the fielders usually went to the boundary due to the super short outfield. The Pie played a poor shot ACL (that's across the line to you non jargon people) and got cleaned out for 13. Smithy went the same way coming down the track and we were 25 for 2.

Chris Joyce back in the team after 6 weeks on holiday came in next, and with Oggie they started to get on top of the bowling. What was needed was a good 50 stand. Well we got 21, then Chris was given out lbw for 18. Ando joined Oggie and for a few overs at least it looked like it might still be on. Oggie mashed a big six over the screen and just when it seemed they were going to set up the victory Oggie went bowled off his pads (for the 27th time in his career) Ando was then caught for 21 and the game was up.

CJ, Manny and the tail did their best but we ran out of overs and finished on 170 for 9. Hoops played a few Caribbean shots towards the end to finish on 18 no (career best), but the highlight of the last few overs was Paul Allen's innings. Paul (Wheels to the team ) had offered his services when it was obvious at the start that we one short. He ran 28.6 miles going from fine leg to fine leg in 100 degree heat. He stopped 5 certain boundaries, and his stand of 7 with Hoops was a joy to behold. Even though he failed to trouble the scorers he had the time of his life out there in the middle. Good on ya mate you deserve it.

Champagne moment, Wheels' nought, closely followed by Higgo's frontal lobotomy. See you all next week for some more high drama in the terrible two's.

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