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Match Report

2nd XI v Belvedere (H)

Saturday, 9th July 2005
Somerset Cricket League
Division 3 NE

The sun shone down on Chew Court as we welcomed league leaders Belvedere to slug it out in the top match of the day in Div 3 NE. The wicket was dry and straw coloured and looked full of runs. No surprise when Belvedere won the toss and batted. Holley opened up from the tree end and was once again on target. Hoops, missing this week because of holiday commitments was replaced by the aging creaking Pie. The Pie's first over went for 12 which caused a few raised eyebrows. His second went for 8 which raised a few hairlines. 23 for 0 off 4, not the sort of start we wanted. Holley removed the dangerous Huxtable for 29 with a jaffa that did him all ends up. This caused some riotous celebrations by one or two of our fielders which didn't go down to well with Mr Huxtable.

Taylor and Cullick got their heads down and concentrated on the cricket and the score began to climb again. After 16 overs Belvedere were on 63 for 1 and looking good. Time to introduce our secret weapon, Richard Yeates. Rich on loan from the ones took over at the tree end and bowled his leggers at the bemused Belvederians. They were in two minds, whether to leave it for a wide or hit it for 4! After 6 overs Rich finally settled down and caused a few problems. First he had opener Taylor stumped for 49 and then bowled Tasker round his legs. At about this time Higgo had another fielding malfunction when he put down a sitter at point. The batsman Cullick was on 24 at the time, and then went on to make 68. Ooops!

Sam Kirk had a go from the pavilion end without success and then Bob Hurford came on from the tree end and although a tad expensive picked up 4 for 36 off 6 overs. The Pie came back and picked up Cullick for 68 before Chris Holley finished off his last 4 overs. The scoring throughout had been reasonable, and 225 for 8 was the final total. Good, but gettable.

After tea, the temperature seemed just as hot as at 2 pm so there was no respite for the Belvedere fielders. Rich Gatton opened with Captain Smith. Rich looked in good touch before spooning a leg side full toss to backward square for 21. Smithy plodded on chipping it here and there like a golfer with the yips. Chris Joyce came in for Rich and looked good from the off.

The scoring was good and the two set up the base for the big push which was to come in the last 15 overs. Unfortunately just as Warren and Chris were about to go after the bowling they got out. Warren bowled by one that crept and Chris edging to the keeper who clung on to the rebound. In strode "Stan" to give the innings the boost it needed. Unfortunately he had blow on the nose which sort of took his concentration away for a couple of overs. However his rapid 20 was just what we needed. Chris hole picked up a few singles before being run out from the boundary by a 53 year old fielder who "couldn't throw". In came Danny Gatton who played a couple of top shots before going for 14. We were scoring at the required rate but losing wickets too fast.

Next in was Rich Yeates. He plays everything to leg, doesn't matter where it pitches it goes to leg. The Belvedere bowlers found this out to their cost as Rich slammed 4 fours to the mid wicket boundary in just 3 overs. All down to the last over, 4 to win Rich at the crease. First ball a foot outside off stump, whack, straight through midwicket for 4, game over, wild celebrations on the Chew Balcony. 34 more points in the bag and closing in fast on the two front runners.

Champagne moment Rich Yeates' stunning catch at extra cover. We are now introducing a new moment to the report. The 'Numpty' moment of the day is given to the idiot who makes the biggest fool of himself during the game. This is awarded jointly to Higgo for his dropped catch (turn your hands round the other way Higgo!) and Chris Hole who strolled down the wicket to be run out from 70 yards. Shame on you two! See you next week for more welly whanging at Wells.

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