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Match Report

2nd XI v Failand & Portbury (H)

Saturday, 1st August 2009
Bristol & District Cricket League
Senior Division

A win in this game would ensure the Second XIs survival in the top flight of B&D Second XI cricket for 2010. They were currently hovering just above the relgation zone but with a slight safety buffer. That said, the poor run they were in needed to be reversed as it was still possible to get dragged into the bottom two.

The game was delayed for an hour at the start because of persistant light rain and drizzle, but with the covers on the groundsman was confident of play as soon as the forecast sunshine arrived.

Well it never really did, and so under grey skies and the odd spot of rain, Richard Gatton and Warren Smith opened the batting after Chew lost the toss.

Warren went for 1, caught brilliantly at slip off Day. Iain Locke made a patient 14 and Tom Harding (asleep again at the wicket) was run out for 3.

Jamie Dawson joined Richard Gatton and the two of them brought some solidity to the batting as Gatton continued on his way to 52 before being bowled off the back of his bat. Dawson once again failed to control his eagerness to score at a run a ball and perished with a head up wild swing which brought a chorus of moooos from the pavilion balcony.

Captain Jones flickered briefly with his own suicidal tip and run routine but went for 14 and left the tail exposed.

Sam Savage went for 0, Andy "The artist formally known as" Banksy went for 2 and some old Pie Thrower dredged up from Upton Chutney 3rds went for 13.

The last pair managed to survive to the end with Max Tanner whacking the last ball for 4.

140 for 9 on a slow low bog didn't seem enough with a much reduced bowling attack, but F&P who arrived late and in dribs and drabs were not up for the fight.

The Chew opening attack, aggregate age 103, kept the openers in check and began the process of whittling away at the batting order.

After 24 overs the visitors were struggling at 50 for 4 with Rhys Thomas taking 4 for 25 of his 12 and Iain Locke 0 for 25 off his. Just goes to show what a couple of old timers can do if they bowl line and length. Yawn yawn heard it all before...

Captain Jones and Banksy took over and 4 more wickets fell in the next 11 and a half overs with Pat picking up 3 for 31 off 6 and Banksy 1 for 34 off 5.3.

Only 9 wickets had to fall as F&P only had 10 men up until teatime when another player turned up and asked if he could bat? Answer, no mate, sorry but you should have been here 3 hours ago.

The only F&P batter to trouble the scorer was Astle who compiled a thoughtfull 45. He looked good, but lacked support and with the asking rate climbing to 7 and 8 an over he ran down the wicket to a Jones pie and was stumped.

Points make prizes, and it looks now as if the Two's will be safe in the top division for another year.

The Champagne Moment must go to the slip who caught Wazza, top effort high to his left off a fizzer that was doing at least 40 mph. Poor old Warren, could be turning into Bob Hurford if he gets anymore of those.

So a Magnum of Derv Cliquo is on its way to F&P for that.

The CJ Hole Numpty Moment is shared between Tom "yawn yawn" Harding who turned up in his PJ's, went to sleep at the non strikers end, and was run out by 3 yards trying a quick single to 3rd man. Well not quite but you get the drift.

Tom shares it with Rich" run machine" Gatton who managed to bowl himself trying a sweep shot. Well done Gatt, top effort.

Both unfortunates will be receiving a crate of Loser Lager, a creation that is even as I write brewing in my garden shed. Good luck with that lads and I'd get an extra roll of Andrex in if I were you.



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