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Match Report

1st XI v South Petherton (H)

Sunday, 6th May 2007
National Village Knockout, 1st Round

Chew Magna cruised into the second round of the Village Cup with a 110 run victory over South Petherton. Batting first Chew got off to a good start and despite losing Paul King for just 18, Nick Beedell and Andy Witcombe continued to score at a good rate.

After losing Witcombe for 17, the hard hitting Ken Mondair came to the crease, and produced a familiar Mondair cameo. Ken scored a quick fire 38 which included 4 sixes. After Ken was out Danny Gatton joined Nick but soon departed for 9.

In a final flourish, first Dave Filer (31, 6 fours) and then Neil Ogbourn (32, 5 fours) both scored quickly as Chew passed the 250 mark. At the other end Nick Beedell continued accumulating with quality shots all around the wicket. He reached the century mark with a sweep to deep square and was roundly applauded by both teams and spectators alike. Unfortunately he was out very soon after, caught behind without adding to his score. The final score of 270 was always going to be a big hill for South Petherton to climb.

After an Olympic sized tea served up by Pam and Marina, Chew set about the South Petherton batting with one eye on the weather as dark clouds began to roll in. Dave Filer and Rhys Thomas opened the bowling, and with Filer economical at the pavilion end Thomas picked up 2 wickets in quick succession as SP subsided to 23 for 2. Then a run out with a direct throw from Iain Locke put further pressure on the visitors.

The run rate continued to climb, and when Mondair replaced Thomas at the tree end he also picked up a wicket in his second over, and SP were beyond help. Some late hitting by their skipper did add some respectability to the score, but they were a well beaten side when Sam Kirk and Andy Witcombe polished off the tail in quick order, Witcombe picking up 3 for 12. All out 164 and victory for Chew in this opening Village Knockout fixture, was a satisfying result after two league defeats the previous day.

The Champagne moment must go to Nick Beedell for his classy ton. Top quality. A Magnum of Nerve Squeako is already winging its way to Nick on the Chew Valley Snail. The CJ Hole Numpty moment also goes to Nick for dropping the easiest catch behind I've seen this season, what a sitter, and off the captain as well.

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