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Match Report

2nd XI v Bridgwater A (A)

Saturday, 27th May 2006
Somerset Cricket League
Division 2

Our one and three quarter hour journey from Chew to Bridgwater can best be described as "hell on wheels". After driving through heavy drizzle for most of the way and despite claims from the Bridgwater captain that "it's fine down here at the moment", we were unconvinced that weren't on a wild goose chase to end all goose chases. But just when we had given up hope we turned off the M5 and into Bridgey and lo and behold the rain stopped, well almost, just a a few spots here and there. We had arrived 15 minutes after play was due to start and so we agreed on a 41 overs a side game. Chew won the toss and put Bridgey in on what looked like an allotment that had been let go for several years.

Ando opened up with Sid and although Ando was on top form we were unable to get a breakthrough for 17 overs. Sid dropped the odd one short and kept disappearing over mid wicket, Ando was generally too good for the Bridgey top order and they just defended him as best they could. He did find the edge a couple of times, but some plank at first slip kept dropping it. However he did get some luck in his last couple of overs when he had the impressive Wood caught hooking for 38 and then cleaned out the next two batsmen who looked decidedly wary of his pace, on what can only be described as an unpredictable track with dandelions and clover all over it.

Stan came on at the tree end while the Pie came on at the houses end. Both bowled a good line and kept chipping away at the Bridgey batters with 3 wickets between them. Sid came back for a final burst and picked up the seventh wicket while Kit Barrington 83 next month ran down the track and slogged the Pie into a nearby beech tree. What humiliation for the former pace man who is now limping in off 4 paces after his knee exploded against Butleigh.

Their total of 139 for 7 was certainly gettable with the array of stars we had at our disposal, so after what can only be described as the biggest tea I have ever seen (I'm still eating the cakes even as we speak, doggy bags were provided) we set about the Bridgey bowling attack. The attack it has to be said was pretty good and we crawled along at a snails pace picking up the odd run here and there. At 32 for 0 we were looking good, at 36 for 5 we were sunk. Our big guns spiked as they were all sorted out by the Bridgey bowlers who it has to be said were all under 17.

The tail wagged slightly with Sid looking good at 17 no, but we came up short at 109 all out. We trudged the half mile back to the pavvy and set about the tea once more. If only the Gadds had been here! Well stuffed again, but with better weather forecast surely our fortunes must change? Champagne moment: when the yob fell out of the oak tree after smoking too many funny cigarettes. The CJ hole Numpty moment must go to Oggy who after moaning for ages he felt unwell decided to show us he really was unwell be honking in the nearest hedge. Quality!

Back next week for more Magna mayhem against Welly at the Court.

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