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Match Report

2nd XI v Westlands (H)

Saturday, 19th May 2007
Somerset Cricket League
Division 2

Chew Magna welcomed Westlands to Chew Court for the first time in 10 years in this 2nd XI Division 2 encounter. Westlands relegated from Division 1 last year and in a rebuilding period fielded no less than 5 juniors. Chew won the toss and decided to bat on a soft and green wicket. The first ball of the day was a big long hop which Richard Gatton whacked to the deep cover boundary. The bowling, almost exclusively done by the juniors, was patchy to say the least, and Chew should have got a big total here, but one or two rash shots, a couple of loses of concentration and we were struggling to avoid being bowled out for under 100.

Enter Charlie Thompson, coming in at number 6, Charlie played his best innings to date scoring 47 not out and looked destined to get his maiden league 50 when he ran out of partners. Earlier, Rich Gatton 30 and Sam Munday 14 had given some promise after Sam Scragg had been bowled second ball. However the big guns in the middle order failed and Chew slumped to 123 for 7 before a partnership of 26 between Thompson and Thomas restored some respectability. The main reason Chew scored slowly was the accurate bowling of Matt Boucher, formidable adversary of yesteryear who has now taken to a kind of fast off spin. His 12 overs 2 for 18 was the difference between 150 and 180, which would have been a very competitive score.

After tea kindly served by Rachael Witcombe, Munday and Woolmore set about the Westlands openers. With a stiff breeze blowing the bowlers found the line hard to find and the Westland openers got off to a fast start. Woolmore did manage to find a way through, but with 40 on the board, defending a low total sometimes means the captain needs to change things to try and keep the batsmen on their toes. To this end he brought on Thomas from the tree end, but replaced him immediately with Thompson and his leg spin, Thomas then took over from Woolmore from the pavilion end. The run rate settled down a bit as the bowlers found some consistency, but wickets were needed if Chew were to have a chance. Thomas finally broke through, but this only allowed the afore mentioned Matt Boucher to come to the crease. What followed was a master class from the 41 year old former Premier Division all rounder as he controlled the strike as wickets began to fall around him.

Thomas picked up 3 more and Thompson one as Westlands looked in danger of collapsing. But Boucher held it together and although having two pieces of luck when he was dropped twice, once on 42 and then again on 57, he went on to complete a match winning 84 not out and steer Westlands to a winning position. Sam Munday came back at the tree end, but without success, and with the scores tied, Alan Locke had the number 8 well caught at cover by Mike Woolmore. Sadly it was too little too late, and Chew were well beaten in the end, with 8 overs still to go.

The Champagne moment goes to Charlie Thompson for his big six over long on. The CJ Hole Numpty moment is shared by the whole team (except for Charlie Thompson who was outstanding ) for poor shot selection, bowling pies and dropping lollipops.

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