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Match Report

1st XI v Street (A)

Saturday, 10th July 2004
Somerset Cricket League
Division 1

Our visit to Street is always a tough fixture. We cast our minds back to last season's debacle when we were bowled out for 42, all be it by some top drawer bowling. This year we were desperate to respond, especially after last weeks humiliation at the hands of the Creech. We arrived at the Victoria Ground with light rain falling. The Grump, er that's the ump, looked very doubtful as to whether we would start on time. We in fact started 30 minutes late at 2:15. It's important to get off to a good start when you are playing against a table topping side like Street.

So 0 for 1 wasn't really what we wanted. The unlucky victim was Warren who chased an away swinger from Higgs, which after all isn't as rare as rocking horse poo. Next to go was King Buck, pushed up the order to play straight, see off the new ball and build from there. Ali went for a big drive, the ball stopped, and went 30 feet straight up only to land in the hands of Bubbles Bartlett. So there we were, 10 for 2 again. If I have to write 10 for 2 any more this season I'll explode!!! At about this point in the proceedings it rained fairly heavily, and we came off for about 30 minutes. The Street covers did a reasonable job of keeping the water off the pitch, but there were a few damp patches here and there. After the resumption, Gregg and Nick dropped anchor and we crawled along at 1 an over for the next 10. Gregg went for his first really aggressive shot and was bowled by Higgs with one which kept a little low. Poor Oz, missed out on the Twenty20 the previous night, fell in with some bad company, and then scored 3 off 10 overs. Not his best weekend this year. In came the skipper who lasted 4 overs and got 0. Fell for the Higgs 3 card trick just like the 400m runner.

Meanwhile Nick was pushing it around nicely and had got into double figures, we had got to 40 for 5 and looked capable of maybe 125. Jeff Griffin joined Nick just as Higgs and Bradshaw had finished their 12 overs. Jeff didn't last long as he dragged on a legger from Keast. It was now a twin spin attack and Bubbles Bartlet joined Keast to try and finish us off.

After Jeff had gone, the burly Mondair came to the crease. He didn't last too long either, as he was adjudged to have been caught behind off a Keast legger. Strange one this, as there seemed to be no noise, but the ball turned a shed load before being caught at the wicket. The Grump was adamant, and Ken had to go. Nick went next, bowled by a similar delivery to that which had accounted for the Oz. Still he had lasted 20 overs for his 22 and we were now poised for the last ten, and with a couple of wickets in hand, we might make 100. In came Oggie, who looked good, picked up a couple and then pushed a little hard at a Bartlett half volley. His 3000 bat caught the ball right in the middle, and it rose majestically to great height, and no mean distance either, for he was caught on the long on boundary by the Street Captain. How he hit it that far with just a push no one can say. Had he really given it some welly, it might have made Shepton Mallet. Now we were looking a bit sad, as Bones and the Thomas the Pie scrabbled together the last 20 runs to get us to 90. The Pie was caught at slip going for a wipe at a Keast half volley, which mysteriously wasn't quite there when the bat was. All out 90 off 44 was a pretty feeble score on a fair wicket. Of course we could say we were up against good bowlers, which was true, but the fact remains we were well below par once more in the batting department.

After tea we needed a quick flurry of wickets. This of course never appeared. What did happen though was any poor balls were punished without mercy. Some of the shots weren't in any coaching manual I've seen, but they were certainly effective. We did get a couple of wickets. One opener went LBW to the Pie, and Ken got the other inducing a skier to Ali at mid on. We also dropped two catches, one low to Nick off the Oz, tricky one that was, and one which hit Bones on the shin at Mid off before he had time to wind his hands up. Generally we threw the towel in long before the end, when Thomas the Pie bowled two overs of leg spin, and the Oz let one through his legs for 4. This wasn't a very professional performance by the team, though I think a slight improvement on the Creech game.

Next up its Minehead at the Court. We are now in the bottom 3 and in a real fight to stave off the trap door to division 2. We have the talent, but at the moment, the application is away on holiday. Lets hope it comes back soon. Another match which might be worth a look is the cup quarter final against PSJ which is on Wednesday at PSJ, a report will be coming up soon.

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