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Match Report

2nd XI v Bridgwater A (H)

Saturday, 29th July 2006
Somerset Cricket League
Division 2

Two successive defeats had seen the once all conquering Two's drop perilously close to the relegation zone. With four down, seventh place is not where you want to be. Today we welcomed league leaders Bridgwater A to Chew Court. The weather was gloomy and cool.

Chew batted first and Andy Witcombe and Rich Gatton opened up. The Bridgwater attack was pretty useful and runs were hard to find early on. However slowly but surely as the batsmen got their eye in the tide turned. Andy began playing his usual confident style, defending where necessary and punishing the bad ball. Rich on the other hand just did his Chris Tavare impression and bored the pants off all and sundry.

Andy went for a majestic 42 when he was bizarrely run out by the bowler, Rich was on 12 at this point. Suddenly and without provocation Rich woke up and smashed the unfortunate Skidmore for 12 off one over which also included two no balls. This opened the Gatton flood gates as he played with more authority and went after the Bridgy attack

Sam Munday who was incidentally suffering from Dengue fever throughout this match came and went for 2, Chris Joyce played his usual impeccable straight bat until missing a straight one for 18. No swearing on the way back as his outlaws and wife were there. All the while Rich plugged away before falling for 71. Warren got 10 before a mini collapse left TTT at the crease with Dierdre. The score was 175 and there were still 10 overs left. so some stout defending was needed. Now TTT and Dierdre are expert at this and held out for 5 overs while adding 20. Then Dierdre departed to a straight one and TTT went on the offensive. Sorry to say most of it ATL (across the line) but it was effective and pushed the score up to 218 for 8 at the end.

After a Warren inspired gourmet tea we set about the Bridgy openers. Mike Woolmore (any nicknames welcome as I can't think of one at present) and TTT opened up. Mike bowled his usual Bassett's, but I have to say some of his good ones really were and he single handedly reduced Bridgy to 21 for 3 in the first 6 overs. The opener was bounced out TTT taking a lollipop at slip. Then a stunning catch by Chris Joyce at second slip and a regulation one at first slip by TTT had the leaders reeling. TTT then removed the dangerous Wood's leg peg with an innie and we were well and truly on top.

More wickets followed as Mike picked up number 4 and TTT had another caught at short leg by a very brave Dierdre (we actually gave him one of those "I was very brave at short leg" stickers just to show impressed we were). So, Bridgy down and out at 32 for 6 and the points in the bag, or were they? As we all know its a funny old game and Roo the 9 foot 6 inch Bridgy captain had other ideas. He and the tail grafted their way out of trouble and began a series of partnerships that put doubt in a few Chew minds. Finally we got him for 54 when he was picked up at point by Andy Witcombe off Andy Banks.

The tail wagged in impressive fashion and batting all the way down we were still in a bit of trouble as they needed just 40 off the last 5 overs with the last pair at the wicket. Then number 11 had a huge swing at Andy Banks and launched a Ken style Saturn 5 at TTT who was dozing on the mid wicket boundary. Luckily a passing car woke him up and he ran 20 yards to hold onto the catch which nearly hit Mike Woolmore on the back of the swede. sorry Mike but I thought it was going to you hence my slowness out of the blocks.

So 35 points in the bag and a little further away from seventh place. The CJ hole Numpty moment has to go to Mad Dog Hurf for his swing to leg with 11 overs remaining, shame on you Bub, you know better than that. Champagne moment must go to Chris Joyce for holding onto a rocket at second slip off Mike Woolmore. The sharpest chance held this season by far. I'm off to my villa in Aston for the next two weeks, so see you when I return.

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