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Match Report

1st XI v Ilton (H)

Sunday, 30th May 2004
National Village Knockout, 4th Round

This quarter final tie was always going to be a toughie as far as we were concerned. Ilton, star studded and expected to do great things in the league, and us without the Oz because of qualification rules, Trevor Chubb on holiday and yours truly nursing a knee injury. One consolation was we were told that two of their players were going to watch the play off final in Cardiff. So with teams about even we commenced battle. Locky won the toss and decided to bat. The wicket had yielded 400 plus runs the previous day, so why not make hay while it was still intact?

We made our usual 10 for 2 start and were in fairly serious trouble after 10 overs. Both Andy Witcombe and Rich Gatton failed, being dismissed for single figures. Mason and Price doing the damage. "Never fear Smithies here" came the cry from the dressing room. Our Olympic 400 meter runner strode to the crease to do battle. Warren then did his flat track bully impersonation and stoked the ball around handsomely, in a partnership of 40 plus with Nick Beedell. Nick went bowled for 24, but Warren kept going and was joined by the Burly Mondair. They also pushed the score along before Ken holed out for 24 and Warren was caught of Selway for 40. Time to rebuild, sadly Oggie didn't last long, but Capitan Locke and then King Buck did manage a few runs, taking the score passed 150 in the process.

Rusty and bones ran like hares for the last couple of overs and we finished on 181 for 8. Not world beating, but enough to bowl at. We knew their top order was the key. If we could get 3 or 4 wickets in the first 15 overs we would be in with a shout. Sadly for us they went off like a train. Selway and Oliver mashing the bowlers to all parts. The scoring rate was 7 an over off the first 6 and we needed a change. On came Nick Beedell and we enticed Selway with juicy long hop which he duly smacked to Andy Wit at deep square who took a tumbling catch. One or two words were exchanged at this point, about what I'm not sure, but it all ended peacefully enough. This brought Lee to the wicket. He too jumped on the wack it band wagon and began pummeling our poor bowlers as well ! Nick took a break and the Burly Mondair came on to immediate effect. Capitan Locke taking a great catch off an Oliver drive that went skyward. Lee followed fairly soon afterward LBW to Nick Beedell, and they were looking a bit shaky. From 60 for none they had "collapsed" to 120 for 3. They did have a long tail, but with so many runs in the bank so early, it looked like we would have to bowl them out to win. T. Goss hung around with his split bat and generally frustrated us by defending 5 balls then hitting one. Ash came and went for 7. He hit Nick miles up in the air. Under it long off was Warren. Now in anyones book, Warren isn't the safest pair of hands in the world. But fair do's mate, he took the steepler with a good deal of style. This was summed up by a comment from the Ilton balcony of "Oh, jolly good catch sir!" or at least i think that's what they said. Another went as Andy Mason chipped to long on, and a few nerves began to jangle on the Ilton balcony.

Then more success for us, El Capitan the merciful clean bowled Flitton for 0. This truly was one of the worst shots I have ever seen. And believe me I've seen a few. A great big hoik across the line to a straight one on off peg, chink, thank you very much. "It's that way to the dressing room." Sadly, the early run blitz meant it was just a matter of time before they reached the target. They wanted 9 off the last 8 overs, hardly a tough ask there. Gloss nicked and prodded, and "farmer" Matravers nearly edged to Ken at slip, but the ball fell just short. Then with one needed off 4 overs Gloss drove through covers to win the game.

A spirited defence by Chew, but we maybe needed 200 to have had a real chance. Never mind though we'll be back next year for more of the same hilarity.

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