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Match Report

1st XI v Peasedown St John (A)

Saturday, 31st July 2004
Somerset Cricket League
Division 1

Chew dropped closer to the relegation zone with another poor performance against mid table Peasedown. The game was played in stifling heat on a flat wicket which helped the batsmen rather than the bowlers. Captain Locke won the toss and after much deliberation decided to bat. Although a few eyebrows were raised by one or two unbelievers, I for one thought this was a good decision. We knew that Peasedown were missing there opening bowlers, and with the weather, the look of the wicket etc I thought it was a good call. Things looked good for the first few overs as Dickie and Andy Wit put on 25 for the first wicket. Andy hit an enormous 6 over mid-wicket which took ten minutes of crawling through a hedge before it was found. Things looked good. The bowling was very average and we looked likely to get on top if things went to plan. At this point the plan backfired a bit, as Dickie was run out backing up. A bit of a freak event, but it does happen. Especially when you are at the bottom of the league.

In came the Oz who hadn't scored a run for weeks and looked a bit edgy. The scored moved up to 51 for 1 off 12 and then all hell let loose. First Andy was run out as the Oz turned down a single to square leg. In came the Burly Mondair. Just the sort of track he revels in. Flat, not much pace or bounce and cafeteria bowling. Ken lasted 1 over before being bowled round his legs. Oggie went for a Golden Dabbles next ball, caught at slip and we were right up the pictures. The Oz and Bones consolidated for about 4 overs adding 3 runs before Oz let a straight one go and was cleaned out for 7. we had gone from 51 for 1 off 12 to 58 for 5 off 18.

Ali and Bones tried to settle it down, but their partnership was still less than 20 went Ali went for a biggy and was caught at slip off a rebound from second slip. Things definitely weren't going our way today! Captain Slog joined Bones and they set about a repair job which lasted 20 overs as they put on 50 runs. Then just as the overdrive button was pushed we lost both of them in 4 overs.

Still they took us to 120 and deserve some credit for that. After they went Sam Richards, promoted up from the two's came in and whacked some impressive quick runs off the jaded PSJ attack. Sam went and it was up to me and Danny Gatton to see out the last 4 overs to get to the 45 mark. We put on a rapid 11 in 2 overs before I was bowled by a straight one. Still we managed to get to 160 even though we had an over left.

The PSJ batting is very top heavy. 3 quality Indians and Mike Denning who always seems to get some against us. We needed quick wickets in the first 10 overs to stand any chance at all. Mike duly obliged with an edge off a Thomas pie which just carried to gully. Sadly Ken didn't hang on. Chris Roy and Denning looked to punish anything off line and the score mounted rapidly. Roy the went lbw to Gregg. The score at this point was 42 off 9. we needed to get some more wickets very quickly or we were history. Sat Lahiri looked ominous as he set about me and the Oz, and Mike was whacking anything over pitched over the in field. Sat tried to hit Iain over the top and only succeeded in finding the safe hands of Oggie at extra. The score was 74 for 2 off 18. The next batsman didn't last long as the Oz bowled him off the pads for 9. 83 for 3 off 22. We were just in the hunt, but the fox was fast disappearing over the hill to Bath! Whatever Iain tried, which ever combination, we couldn't take another wicket. The ball, often hit in the air evaded our clutches. We fielded quite well, but it wasn't our day, and Mike went passed 50 before finishing the game off with a huge 6. PSJ won with 7 overs to spare which just shows how average our batting had been. I'd say we would have needed 220 at least to have had any chance in this game.

4 games to go now. We are just 2 points ahead of second bottom. Burnham are bottom and look doomed already. In our favour, we do have to play both the bottom teams, so it's in our hands. If we win those two games, we will almost certainly survive. Lose them and we will be condemned to the second division. Its up to us to turn it around. This starts next week against mid table Wellington, a team we are well capable of beating. After that it's Ilton away. I wonder if we might get some rain that weekend!

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