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Match Report

2nd XI v Portishead (H)

Saturday, 14th May 2011
Bristol & District Cricket League
Senior Division

Chew Magna came back from the dead in this Second Eleven fixture at Chew Court this weekend.

Batting first on a dry strip, the home side were surprised at the quality of the visitors bowling. Were we playing their first team by mistake sang the crowd?

Bowling with accuracy and pace, Chick and Walker were soon amongst the wickets as first Simon White was caught at point (0) anf then Warren Smith also caught (4). Sam Scragg and Andy Witcombe soon followed and at 43 for 4 Chew looked in trouble.

Rich Gatton was still playing a rear guard action when he was joined by number 6, Barnacle Thomas. The Pie Thrower promoted up the order for no apparent reason.

These two (combined age of 106, and I'm 38, honest) battled away for 15 overs putting on 47 before Rich was bowled trying to accelerate the rate with overs running out. He had batted 38 overs for 57, a truly mind numbing performance, but one that paved the way for the glories that followed.

The Pie Thrower put the pig up, to cover (15) and then the tail was exposed. Joe Williams 6, Banksy a rapid 9 and Ali Heron (1) completed our miserable score of 128 all out.

After a 35 tea, Portishead set about the Chew attack looking for an early finish. Thomas and Williams, the well known Welsh opening attack, found little joy in the now dead and lifeless track. (take note curator, we are not on a water meter).

Although Joe managed to winkle out the openers, the score was rising and Chew looked doomed. At 76 for 4, all of which fell to Williams, the Portishead wheel simply fell off. Batsmen came and went. Each one of them looked very capable, until they played the get out shot.

Williams plugged away, and sure enough wicket followed wicket. Joe had 5 in the bag went Anthony Cutler came on and bought one with a full toss. The book reads: R Chick, Ct Adge, Bowled Adge, 4. The catcher was Adge Chubb who sprinted 3 yards to pouch the catch behind the keeper.

Game on then, and as Joe Williams continued to cause havoc in the Portishead lower order the unthinkable suddenly became a possibility. Like rabbits in the headlights, the batsmen froze until giving away their wicket as if in some bizarre suiside pact.

Adge Cutler was replaced by Andy Banks who immediatley had Francis caught at the wicket. 10 to win, last pair at the crease. Joe completed his 15th over finishing with a mightily impressive 7 for 48.

The Pie Thrower was wheeled out for one last go and amazingly bowled the number 11 first ball. (lucky he did as it was unlikely that he could have completed the over)

Portishead were as sick as Parrots, Chew were over the moon. What a turn round. Defending 128 at Chew Court is tricky, but against a far superior side has to go down as the biggest come back since Lazarus.

Top marks to Rich Gatton for a dogged 57, and champagne on its way to Joe Williams for a great spell of bowling which ultimately won us the game.

Champagne moment; Chalky Whites catch a mid on. Looked for all the world like Jonty Rhodes at his best.

The CJ Hole numpty moment goes to Chalky White for his atrocious swipe outside the off peg that got him caught at point. What a plank. See me in my study Mr White.

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