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Match Report

1st XI v Evercreech (A)

Saturday, 25th August 2007
Somerset Cricket League
Division 1

The sun finally shone, and Chew set off for relegation threatened Evercreech looking to pick up some points in their effort to catch Wembdon at the top of the table. Stand in skipper Nick Beedell called correctly and chose to bat on a flat dry wicket which looked a batsman's paradise. The ball rarely does much at Evercreech, and with short boundaries all over the place, big scores are quite likely.

Chew opened up with the evergreen Iain Locke and the classy Mike Denning. Locky took off like a smacked horse and out scored Mike 2 to 1 for the first 10 overs. He even managed a big six over mid-wicket that The Burly Mondair would have been proud of. The score raced along at 6 an over and the Evercreech bowlers were changed at regular intervals without success. Only the wily Satterthwaite was in the slightest bit effective against the beast that was I A Locke.

The partnership was finally broken when Locky holed out to Harding on the not so deep long on fence. 123 off 20 overs must be something of a record for the first wicket this season.

"Dasher" Denning fell soon afterwards, caught behind for 38 and Chew had to start again after 23 overs. Bones and Oggie were at the wicket, the sun was beating down and the score should have been ticking over ready for a final onslaught. With a start like that 300 was on the cards. Sadly we went to plan Z and Bones was becalmed. Oggie tried to up the rate but the bowlers got on top and it looked like 300 was way out of sight.

Suddenly Bones got the bit between his teeth and began to find the gaps. As the overs ticked away the rate went up and Oggie went ballistic. Ken was due in next, but Oggie decided to cut out the middle man and launch a Mondair style assault on his own. 5 sixes and 8 fours later the Evercreech fielders were glad to see the back of him for 70. A top effort with shots all round the wicket, even into the annoying dairy that lies alongside one side of the ground. Ken did come in next and along with Bones and then Nick pushed past 250 and we ended on 265 for 6. Not bad, but we would have liked 280 - 300 just to be sure of the points.

After tea Ben Frawley and Rhys Thomas ( back for one last time because Rusty was enjoying himself at a wedding ) opened the bowling. The Evercreech not so secret weapon is Alex Chinnock. If you pitch it up to him on or around middle stump he hits you to Bruton. Not really a secret as everyone knows what he can do, but still, he did it all the same.

With Sealy scratching about at one end, Chinnock set about a one man rescue mission. Having said that he did survive a very close lbw shout in the second over. Hawk-eye had broken down again so we had no second chance to see it. Having survived that Chinnock smacked the brand new, top quality match ball straight over the dairy and into a giant pot of strawberry yoghurt. The remainder of the game was played with a tennis ball painted red.

While Sealy struggled, Chinnock amassed a personal fortune of 57 before Nick game the bowlers some respite and put Ando on down the hill. Immediate success as Chinnock was trapped plumb in front. Jim took over from a worn out Pie Thrower and also had success. Sealy bowled by one that kept low, he had made 23. Old Boy Neville Ingram lasted just an over before being caught low down by Bones for just 1 and Evercreech looked all at sea.

But to their credit they kept going and Atkinson with 37, Nupen 23 and the versatile Satterthwaite with 44 Not Out kept the game in the balance. Ando and Jim bowled well and when they were bowled out, it looked as if a close finish was on the cards, but Ben bowled Miller for 9 and with Chris Ough barely able to walk let alone swing the willow it was left to Thomas back on (up the hill again) to finish the game off which he did by bowling Ough first ball. The fielding was occasionally sloppy, but with a low sun and more weeds per square foot than farmer Palmer's paddock it wasn't easy.

Congratulations to everyone for a job well done. 35 points in the bag, but with Wembdon winning against Ilton we are going to have to do something special against them next week to win the Division. Like bowl them out for under 50 and knock off the runs for no wickets, no problem there then!. And now to the awards. The Champagne moment goes to He Man Master of the Universe Iain Locke for his six over Moo Corner. Top whack Locky. A Magnum of Swerve Tweako is on its way as I write.

The CJ Hole Numpty moment goes to Bones for dozing off at deep extra and dropping Satterthwaite when he was about to win the game, Oh yes and to Nick Beedell for missing a stumping two balls earlier when Sat was 10 foot down the track, Oh and also to Dasher for doing his impression of Paul Robinson and palming a six over the fence.

There were others who shall remain nameless, but you get the idea. The MOM goes to Oggie for his brutal treatment of the various Evercreech trundlers that were served up to him. Well done Oggie (about time too). Next week is the last game of the season, so stay tuned for the climax, it could be a bumpy ride.

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