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Match Report

1st XI v Hinton Blewitt (A)

Sunday, 2nd May 2004
National Village Knockout, 2nd Round

After Saturday's gloom, Sunday was a much brighter day altogether. The wicket was still pretty damp at the start of play, but both sides were keen to get the game played. Chew won the toss and batted. Oggie and Bones opening up for the second time in 2 days. Again they started slowly, but Oggie gaining confidence against some fairly useful bowling, began to find the middle of his very expensive willow. Bones on the other hand played across a shooter and was LBW for single figures.

Andy Witcombe limped out and promptly hit the change bowler Jenson for 3 sixes in 4 balls. The score doubled and we were on our way. Both batsmen pushed the rate up as Hinton tried in vain to stem the tide by changing the attack every other over. Oggie went for 29, plumb LBW. Andy carried on to make 43. The burly Mondair came, blasted a couple of monster sixes then was caught on the fence trying for a repeat. The ball went up so high it appeared briefly on the radar at BIA. As the Hinton attack wilted under the onslaught Rich Gatton joined Andy at the wicket and they and the tail extracted maximum runs in the last 10 overs to leave us on 192 for 8.

The Hinton batsmen looked good at the start. Playing very correctly and steadily they pushed the score slowly along until Rusty Filer from the pavilion end got one to bounce and Ello Nick at slip took the catch. This sort of opened the floodgates, well at least a large sluice. Blewitt's batsmen came and went as Rusty bagged 3 for 18 off his 9. Tidy stuff from the Harptree pace man. On next came Terry Chubb from the pavilion end. He grabbed another with 1 for 4 off 5 and then it was left to Nick Beedell to mop up the rabbits. He duly obliged with 6 for 14 off 7 overs. This included one hapless Blewitt batman who fell for the old slower ball routine. This involves Nick steaming in (from 8 yards) and delivering, with a grunt that wouldn't sound out of place on the centre court, a ball of unbelievable slowness. The batsman swings wildly at the ball only to see it trickle into his stumps a good 4 seconds after he played his shot. This happened just the once in this game, but it never fails to impress. Hinton were all out for 84, with Chew old boy Steve Croucher blocking madly in search of a losing draw. Sorry Steve, wrong competition.

Our next game is in round 3 and should be against our old rivals Butleigh. Those with good memories will know we lost out to them in the area final last year. Time for some revenge me thinks. See you soon.

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