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Match Report

2nd XI v North Perrot (A)

Saturday, 24th June 2006
Somerset Cricket League
Division 2

An early start is required to reach the picturesque ground of North Perrott. We set off at 12:15 sharp. Smithy and I decided to take the cross country route. Armed with a detailed map of the area we made it as far as Somerton before Smithy's map reading skills failed. Looking for a left turn to Martock we were approaching Curry Rivel from the North East! After a few detours and a couple of "do you know where we are Smithy?" followed by "Errr not quite " we reached what is the best ground West of the Pecos.

The wicket was flat, hard and had little grass, the bounce was unbelievable. In short a batsmans paradise.Smithy lost the toss and guess what, yes right again, we were in the field. Under blazing sun we set about the Perrott openers. Thomas the Trundle uphill into the wind (again) and the express pace of Jimmy Turner down the hill (all of 1 in 200) The openers were decidedly wary of the Pies outies and innies and rarely saw anything from Jimmy such was the pace. The Pie dropped yet another toughie at slip. Low down and travelling he managed to get one finger to it, ouch, still a bit blue today.Thats my excuse and I'm sticking to it

So, after 20 overs our hosts were 48 for 0 on a shirt front. Surely the assault would come? Well it sort of did. Andy Banks came on for the Pie and Mad Dog Hurf took over from Jimmy T. Bob bowled well and although runs did come a little faster not enough to concern Skipper Smith. In the last few overs a few more chances were taken and wickets did fall. Charlie Thompson took a stunner on the long on fence running fully 20 yards to catch the opener The rate accelerated in the last 5 overs, but the reintroduction of Jimmy T quietened things down a bit.

193 for 5 on the best wicket in Northern Europe is poor in any ones books. 250 minimum I would have said. After a massive tea in the splendid new pavillion we watched as Dickie and Smithy went out to face the Perrott bowlers. The bowling was friendlier than the tea ladies and although Warren got his now customary 2, Rich and Lucas Chard (up the order for no apparent reason) carefully set about the luckless Perrottonians. Lucas renown the world over for his attacking style smashed a quick 34 before being caught at long off. Its worth saying a this point that the fielder was the only one within 3 acres of the ball but Lucas managed to pick him out with pin point accuracy, top effort Charley!

This brought Oggy in and with Rich they steered us to a comfortable victory. The wicket was flat, the outfield quick and the bowling cafeteria. I think they'd be still there now if the umpires hadn't called time. Rich ended up with 83 no and Oggy 43 no. Oggies maths a bit suspect as he tried to win the match and get 50 at the same time, trouble was he was on 42! back to school Oggie.

So 30 points in the bag and just the tricky journey home. Set off with Smithy again, this time he had the map the right way up, but we still managed to get a bit lost somewhere between Butleigh and Butleigh Wooton, still we did see lots of rabbits and hares and badgers etc etc, even thought I caught sight of Johnny Morris up a tree but it must have been a mirage.

So to the awards: The Champagne moment goes to C. T's great catch in the deep, the CJ Hole Numpty moment is shared again, firstly Deirdre who dropped a sitter at mid off, the sort of catch you see 12 year olds take. and also Smithy for getting out to a wide for the third time this year. He was lucky to reach it let alone play a shot. See you all next week when we'll all be fighting over who isn't umpiring while the England game is on.

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