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Match Report

1st XI v Timsbury (A)

Sunday, 10th June 2007
National Village Knockout, 3rd Round

Chew travelled to near neighbours Timsbury for this Village Cup semi final clash. Timsbury were last years beaten finalists and sure to provide tough opposition. The home team won the toss and surprisingly decided to bat first on a green strip under humid cloudy skies.

Opening the bowling from the top end was Gary Filer with The Pie coming up the hill (again). Gary's first ball was the highest no ball that anyone had ever bowled, clearing the batsman by a good ten feet (without bouncing) and racing away to the boundary. 5 for 0 off 0! Not a good start.

However, this only served to lull the Timsbury openers into a false sense of supremacy, as Garry sent down a torrent of innies, outies and general unplayablies (no such word, but it sounds good) to such effect that off the 5th ball of the over he induced an edge to Nick Beedell who took a good catch low down. The Pie trundled up the hill off his long run and got immediate success having the other opener caught behind with Nick this time standing up (the humiliation of it!). 6 for 2 off 2 and Timsbury were in shock.

Three overs later and they were 9 for 3 and had yet to hit a run off the bat. Gary had just uprooted the number three's middle stump as he tried in vain to hit an big innie. The miserly opening burst carried on from both bowlers until in the 13th over Timsbury finally scored a single off The Pie. In The Pie's 8th over he got hit for 2 fours and the crowd (300 plus) went mad. Still after 18 overs the score was just 28 for 3 and Gary still had not conceded a run off the bat. This is surely a first in the history of CMCC?

Dave 'Rusty' Filer came on down the hill and had varying success with a combination of seam and off spin. The Timsbury score climbed past 50 and the crowd settled down for the expected comeback. Chew's response was to bring on another part time Pie Thrower in the shape of Andy Witcombe. Easy pickings for the Timsbury middle order? No way Jose, Andy picked up four wickets in 6 overs for just 28 and took the wind right out of the Timsbury sails.

At the other end, 'Sheepie' Anderton was struggling up the hill in the tropical conditions, but still putting the ball in the right areas. He also bowled tightly and returned figures of 1 for 36 off his 9 overs. Rusty took over for the last couple up the hill and picked up the last 2 wickets as Timsbury were bowled out in the last over for a measly 138. The crowd were clearly not happy at this and headed straight for the bar. But with Stella at 2 a pint who could blame them?

After a huge tea (which included ice lollies, I only had three though) Chew came out to face the Timsbury opening attack. Lloyd Davis, a bit sharp and pretty straight proved an interesting customer as he got up quite a head of steam coming down the hill. Rich Gatton and Bones had opened up and took no chances early on, despite Rich being subjected to an 80 mph beamer which nearly finished his career (in modelling, and I don't mean Airfix). Rich was bowled for 8 and Bones hung around for a few more overs but was picked up at gully trying to slash at a wide one.

Nick Beedell went the same way and then Gary Filer was given out lbw (by a former 400m Olympic athlete, no guesses!) In strode The Burley Mondair, in a bit of a bad patch by his standards, and he went first ball, yorked. The crowd went mad and Chew were looking as decidedly wobbly at 45 for 5. All Chew's hope now rested on the ample shoulders of Dave Filer and Andy Witcombe. They set about the repair job as the over rate began to climb towards 4. Between them they added 43 for the 6th wicket putting us firmly back in control. Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the bar (for yet another ice lollie) Andy was out, bowled by one that got up later than Bones. Back in the cart and with only Lockie, Gatt junior and Sheepie between me and another last over disaster, I set off for the lollie tent again.

Have no fear sport fans, Lockie may be old, slow, bereft of any shots, but he does have one thing, err err, yes that's it, stickability! This he showed in spades as he prodded, poked and finally succeeded in getting off the mark. At the other end Rusty, jigging around like a frog on a string, was looking calm and collected as he began the fight back. The two of them picked up runs where they could and just about kept up with the rate, until Rusty picked one up and deposited it over the boundary for six! Not to be out done Lockie did the same two overs later and Chew were within striking distance.

The Timsbury attack looked to be fading and the crowd were on the edges of their seats as the last over came upon us, two to tie and three to win. Under the rules of this competition a tie was enough as we had lost less wickets. Rusty, being a great scholar and reader of rules knew it and after scampering two singles just patted back the last two balls to take us to victory.

Now to the awards; The Champagne moment goes to Lockie for his outrageous six over square leg. The CJ Hole Numpty moment goes to me for not taking a single picture for the website. What a plank, and for which I humbly apologise. My camera was yards away, but I was so caught up in the game, I didn't even think of it until 5 overs from the end. The Man of the match is shared. Firstly Garry Filer for his unbelievable opening spell of 9 over 6 maidens 2 for 10 (none off the bat) He shares it with... of course Captain Rusty for playing the ultimate Captain's innings. Top performance you Filers, pleasure to be in the same side.

So with energy levels refilled we will all be back at it this weekend when The Ones go to Purnells and the Twos take on Butleigh at the Court.

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