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Match Report

1st XI v Taunton Outcasts & Radiac (H)

Saturday, 22nd May 2004
Somerset Cricket League
Division 1

The Outcasts arrived at Chew Court having lost two of their best Players to rivals Ilton. It seems Ilton are fast becoming the "Chelsea" of the Somerset League. They have more new players than you could shake a stick at. Well without Mason and Lee, the Outcasts looked a shadow of the team we played in the knockout final last September. I'm not sure who won the toss, but we batted first. Dickie opened with new man Jeff Griffin. Jeff only lasted 4 overs before edging to the keeper. The Outcast bowling was on the spot early on and runs were generally hard to come by. Dickie went for a patient 18 trying to pull. He gloved it to the keeper. This 18 included a top quality cover drive that Boycs would have been proud of.

Greg and Andy settled in against the change bowlers who looked decidedly poorer than the opening ones. I could see Andy's eyes getting bigger and bigger as he thought of the run feast to come. Unfortunately for him after 3 boundaries off 4 overs, he played round a straight one. We could all see the disappointment on his face as he came in. A big score was there for the taking on this the first hard wicket of the season. Top effort form curator Lock.

Well Greg and the Burly Mondair started re building our innings and slowly but surely the score climbed. Ken got to 27 before going LBW. Ali came and went for 2 and then in the last 10 overs the Oz woke up and savaged the poor Outcast attack in a most Mondair like way. He clubbed the hapless bowlers to all parts, passing fifty and then the magic ton. No one was spared. The last 5 overs cost the Outcasts 50 runs, and from looking likely to get 175 we ended up on 200 exactly with the mighty Oz 116 not out. Oggie, supporting, did a fine job racing up and down with quick singles when the Oz wasn't smoking fours and sixes everywhere.

201 to win on a shirt front. Even without Mason and Lee it was still on. Danger man Neil Glynn, stylish left hander and Outcast run machine over the last 10 years was the key to their top order. Backed up with other good players, we needed to be on form to get a result out of this one. It started well, with the Oz removing Jackson with an LBW shout. Gilleat went to an innie and the Outcasts were 18 for 2 off 6. Then Glynn and Hewton settled down and began to reconstruct before a crucial passage of play took place. First Hewton went to a Thomas off cutter, bowled for 30. Then the prized Glynn, caught behind by Dickie off another Thomas cutter. From looking at 6 an over off the last 15 with wickets in hand the Outcasts were looking down that familiar barrel.

Kenny came on and restricted the runs even further. Two catches off his bowling by Oggie and Benny confirmed our strong position. Lockie with a direct hit from 25 yards ran out Hewton for 13 leaving the tail needing to score at 9 an over off the last 6. Lawrence put up some resistance hitting Gregg for two consecutive fours and generally putting bat to ball, but a catch by Benny at mid off put the visitors out of their misery. The final batsman failed to come out because he had damaged his hand fielding an Excell missile earlier in the piece. This went along with his broken wrist and damaged fingers on his other hand. Not a good week then for Mr Williams?

The impressive Lawrence ended 22 not out as the Outcasts totalled 167. A good win and some much needed points. Next week we have the pleasure of a visit from PSJ, and then the mighty Ilton in the Village KO. The rumour on the street is that a certain Mr Doss is on his way to Ilton. If this is true, then there might be some bowling averages taking a severe pounding next weekend. See you soon for more jollity from CMCC.

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