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Match Report

2nd XI v Taunton (H)

Saturday, 8th July 2006
Somerset Cricket League
Division 2

After last weeks heatwave we were back to normal summer weather as we welcomed Taunton A to Chew Court. The wicket having been rock hard and full of pace looked decidedly slow and low after the monsoon we had on Thursday.

Warren won the toss and we put them in, bit of a no brainer really given the state of the wicket and the ball we are using these days. I've seen a few Jaffas in my time, but I didn't think I'd end up bowling with one. The evergreen Dave Pattemore opened with young Cooper. Patte only got 6 as he tried to loft Stan back over his head and Sid took a good catch running round from mid off. Cooper lasted a bit longer before he to perished going for a shot off Stan, Mad Dog holding on at extra. 50 for 2 off 14 not a great start as Stan and the impressively quick Turner kept the scoring rate down.

Mad Dog Hurf came on at the tree end to try and get some turn, he was economical but didn't threaten. Thomas The Trundle had a go from the pavilion end, but due to a sore neck sustained in a nasty accident while playing penalty shootouts in the garden with Fraser, he was unable to bowl properly and had to come off after 5 overs. The Taunton batsmen Hoddinott, who had earlier survived a very close lbw shout, and Strugnell began to exert some pressure on the bowlers as the score mounted. Andy Witcombe back in the Twos for the first time since 1968 took over from TTT and Sid had a go from the tree end. Andy did manage to get Hoddinott lbw but not before the two batsmen had put on 89 for the third wicket.

Then in came Shaikh who joined Strugnell and the two of them really went after the bowlers in the final overs. CJ ran out Strugnell with a direct hit from just outside the Druids at Stanton, but Taunton ran out of overs and finished on a rather modest 203 for 4 off their 45. In most cases a reasonable score if the bowlers are up to it, as we shall see they weren't.

After a fantastically superb tea (provided by my wife) Andy Wit and Chris Joyce (2 games in a row) faced up to the Taunton attack. I know there has been a hosepipe ban in some parts, but these boys were spraying it all over the shop without a care in the world. Had the bowlers been on the spot 203 was defendable on this strip. Sadly for them they weren't and Andy in particular went to town. Chris supported while The Run Machine clubbed Trivella, Dalling, Crossing et al to all parts. In fact he got to 40 in boundaries alone before daring to take a single. Chris supported before going for a solid 34, caught at mid wicket off Crossing.

Charlie Thompson promoted up the order because, well why not, made a useful 9 before Stan Kirk joined Andy at the wicket. Stan's first task was to run a three which Andy really appreciated! But after that he settled in and the two of them took control with some steady batting. Bad balls were coming along more regularly than the Chew Valley Snail and it wasn't long before victory was in sight. Then Andy did a very foolish thing, we only needed 15 to win and he thought he was somewhere in the eighties, so he ran down the pitch to the spinner Jones and was stumped, for 98! More of that later.

CJ and Stan saw us home with 7 overs to spare and rain threatening. So six wins in a row and although we have dropped down a place we are still right in contention for the honours this season.

This weeks awards go to: Champagne moment, CJ Hole for his outrageous run out, direct hit from 20 yards, batsman, not a sniff, top quality CJ. Have you been reading Dierdre's fielding book again you sneaky thing? The CJ Hole Numpty moment goes to Andy Witcombe for his complete failure to calculate to three decimal places his exact score and run rate. what a numpty, stumped on 98 goes down as the worst this year. Having said that he did show, like we ever doubted it, that he still has bags of runs in him and we hope he's in for an extended run in the Two's, so don't tell Bones!

We're all off on tour now to somewhere near Bournemouth, hopefully my 1974 Toyota Rust Bucket XL will get me there and back in one piece, If I do make it back alive I expect there'll be more buffoonery from Butleigh next week.

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