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Match Report

2nd XI v Taunton (H)

Saturday, 28th July 2007
Somerset Cricket League
Division 2

Chew Seconds soundly beat lowly Taunton 3rds in this Division 2 encounter at Chew Court. Put into bat on a soft green top Chew opened with Rich Gatton and Sam Scragg. Sam failed to get going and went for just 4. This brought Danny Gatton to the wicket and the father and son partnership produced some good shots against an average looking attack. In fact the Taunton side consisted of 2 over 50's and 9 under 18's. A good advert for the youth policy if ever there were one. Sadly for them, the quality was a bit low and the Gattons took the score up to 58 before Danny went for an entertaining 27.

Next to go was Rich Gatton, who was given out bowled when the ball appeared to come back off the keepers pads. With the umpire at the bowlers end unsighted the decision was given by the square leg umpire. This caused some consternation on the Chew balcony as it looked a harsh decision. Rich was replaced by Sam Munday who went for just 3, Warren, still looking for his first big score this year went cheaply as well. At 103 for 5 with just 7 overs left we needed someone to go big, and Andy did just that. Racing to 50 in the next 5 overs he finally went for 64 trying to go for another 6 over long on. Matt Wells hit a quick fire 10 and then Charlie Thompson an even quicker 9 not out as the innings ended in comedy with a typical Yeates moment. See the Numpty moment for details of this.

After tea, Hooper and Thomas opened the bowling with everyone looking at the darkening skies, rain was coming for sure and it was just a question of whether the game could be finished. Well Hooper answered that question when he trapped the opener lbw first ball. A half tracker which didn't bounce. Hooper then proceeded to take 2 more wickets in his next 3 overs, one a classic leave alone by the batsmen to big innie, the ball hit off stump half way up. Thomas then got in on the act picking up a caught and bowled and then, with a fiendish slower ball, picked up another caught by Hooper at silly mid on.

All this left Taunton in total collapse at 27 for 5. Things got worse when at 34 Hooper took his 4th and final wicket when the batsmen edged an outie to Gatton behind the timbers. Charlie Thompson took over from Thomas at the tree end and bowled his usual mixture of long hops, half volleys and then the unexpected unplayable delivery. One of these hit Rich Gatton on the left eyebrow. This gave Rich a matching pair as he had been hit on the right one 3 days earlier. He then went off and got a plaster and a lid. Thompson not content with wounding his own keeper then took two wickets in three overs as he bowled one round the legs and then produced a Warnie moment with one that turned yards to take the edge. Rich, complete with helmet took the catch.

The other Sheik of tweak, Richard Yeates then took over from Hooper and he also bowled some pretty decent deliveries at the Taunton tail. Rain was in the air as the last wicket fell and within 15 minutes of the game ending it was really coming down. So, all in all a good days work, and a win that keeps the team hot on the heels of the leaders.

Todays awards: The Champagne moment is shared between Charlie Thompson and Mark Hooper. Charlie for an outrageous reverse sweep, and Mark for the big innie that uprooted the number 5's off stump as he stood there bat raised. Top efforts from those two. Both will receive a tanker load of Nerve Cliquoe Tizer. The CJ Hole Numpty moment goes to Richard Yeates for his impression of the Keystone Cops. Last ball of the Chew innings, Thompson edges to gully, no run. Yeates by this time is half way up the wicket. He turns and runs back just as the gully fielder unleashes a rocket of a throw. Yeates out by 3 yards, but the ball misses and goes for an overthrow. Yeates then has to run back up the wicket again as Thompson calls him for the overthrow. Classic, Buster Keaton couldn't have bettered it.

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