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Match Report

2nd XI v Belvedere (H)

Saturday, 14th July 2007
Somerset Cricket League
Division 2

Second placed Belvedere came to Chew Court looking for more points to boost their promotion push. Instead they came away after a poor display with just 13 points and a small dent in their push for division one. Chew lost the toss and were put in on yet another soft green strip. The old guard of Witcombe and Gatton opened the batting and looked comfortable against a weak attack that bowled both sides of the wicket.

Witcombe looked solid until chasing yet another wide one, managed to find the edge, and was picked up by the keeper who made a lot of ground to his right. Tom Harding came and went lbw failing to get a stride in to a length ball on off stump. Warren Smith, still looking for some consistency failed again making just 2. Sam Munday was in next and looked good, playing his usual array of expansive shots before falling for 25. All the time this was going on Richard Gatton was occupying the crease at the other and and accumulating slowly but surely.

After Munday had departed, Kirk and Yeates both went for ducks and we had a mini collapse until Jamie Doyle joined Gatton at the wicket and the pair added 68 unbeaten for the 7th wicket. A score of 202 for 7 was pretty impressive on a slow low track, but we were helped quite a bit by the 37 extras that Belvedere sent down. Richard Gatton deserves a big hand for his anchor role. He finished on 81 not out, carried his bat and gave us the chance of a good score. Had he gone early then 150 might well have been a more likely figure.

After tea, a sumptuous affair dished up by my wife, Chew set about the dangerous Belvedere openers with Hooper and Kirk. Both bowled tight lines and Kirk picked up 3 wickets in just 9 overs as the visitors slumped to 21 for 3 after 8 overs. Hooper doing his slowed down impersonation of Glen McGrath picked up another and Belvedere were well and truly up against it at 43 for 4 off 13 overs. Richard Yeates took over from Kirk at the tree end and picked up the dangerous Burgess first ball when the batsmen tried to whack him over the paddock. A silly shot that cost him his wicket and Belvedere any chance of winning the game.

The rest followed without much of a fight. Alan Locke took over from Hooper at the pavilion end and bowled a good line and length and the wickets came at regular intervals. Locke picked up 4 for 30 off his 11 overs and it just remained for Thomas to take the last one with nearly 7 overs still to bowl. A Good victory for the seconds and skipper Andy Witcombe was well pleased with the all round performance.

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