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Match Report

2nd XI v East Huntspill (A)

Saturday, 25th June 2005
Somerset Cricket League
Division 3 NE

Chew Magna Seconds set off for East Huntspill with maps to guide them supplied by Captain Smith who must have thought we would all get lost. Well despite the maps most of us did. Finally we found the ground which was a mile down "Merry Lane" The farmer whose yard we turned round in didn't look to merry to me, but he did lower his gun while we were talking, which was nice. The ground was hidden away amongst several thousand fields that looked exactly the same, but despite a long outfield the track looked quite reasonable (for us bowlers).

Smithy did his duty, won the toss and put our hosts in on the terror track. Well despite 7 inches of rain the previous day it played very well. Holley steaming in from the hedge end extracted some life as did Hopps waddling in from the other hedge end. The Huntspllians had no answer, but despite playing and missing 4 times an over the score climbed slowly. Hoops did get a wicket, but came off complaining of a sore back. Holley bowled very well. but was probably too good as he remained wicketless after 9 overs.

So after 20 overs the score stood at 42 for 1, time to slow it down and bring on the Pie. The Pie trundled away from the hedge end doing his usual innies and outies which the Huntspllians seemed most confused by. So confused that they either missed them or hit them up in the air. The Pie finished with 5 for 15 off his 12 and retired to deep square leg for a rest. No sooner had he done that when a Smithy long hop was wacked straight to him. Needles to say he dropped it claiming it had come out of the hedge. Smithy from the hedge end could sense a 3 for, as the Huntspill middle and lower order got younger and younger. He did get his 3 for 11 as his last victim came out in a buggy pushed by its mother. Higgo at the other hedge end also picked up his usual 1 for not a lot as he cleaned out the last man aged 12 with a straight one. Huntspill's 82 looked a tad low even on this shirt front.

After a super tea, the Gatton's strode out to make history as only the 23rd Father and Son opening partnership in the history of Somerset League Cricket. I've researched this very carefully and defy anyone to prove me wrong. Well Dickie looked every inch the batsman he is, (old) err no, sorry Dick that should be experienced. Rich took to the lower standard like a duck to water and was soon playing and missing just like the old days. In between times he did play the odd streaky shot off the edge. With Son Danno at the other end sniggering into his short sleeve, the opening partnership grew into a useful proportions. Truth be told spots fans, they both looked as solid as a rock. Danno stroked one extra cover drive to the fence like a seasoned pro. At the other end Rich was taking the bowling apart with ease.

The opening stand of 54 secured the game for us and despite Danny going for 20 and Chris Joyce (drunk in charge of a cricket bat) a duck, Manny went out to help Rich past the winning post.
Rich ended with 40 not out and we won with days to spare. More points in the Two's pot. Who knows at this rate, we might be pushing for a promotion place. Champagne moment was Manny shaking his gloves off to take a top edge off the Pie that must have gone up 50 feet. Nobody thought he'd get the gloves off in time let alone take the catch. He did both. Top effort Manny. See you next time for more tales from the twos.

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