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60's 'A' win a nail biter...

posted 26 Jun 2015, 14:44 by Bill Lawrence

Well, what a day we had at Kings Stanley (lovely facilities and tea), I lost the toss as usual and have only won 2 from 16 games.   Fortunately Somerset asked us to bat first which is what I would have done if we had won the toss.     We were short of our newcomer Rich Hodgkiss who had broken down on the M5, 2 new tyres required, AA in attendance.

Tony Sadler opened with Dave Durston who decided to put his leg in front to go lbw for 7.  Mike Pearson went out and scored 39 before he fell.   Tony Sadler fell just after he had scored a 50 and Bob Murray hit an enterprising 27.    By this time Rich Hodgkiss arrived and went in at no.6 only to be bowled first ball for a golden duck, definitely not his day.    We eventually got to 208 for 9, which we believed would be a winning total.

We took the field opening up with Mike Pearson & Tony Webb, at 20 overs Somerset were 37 for 2. Job done we thought.  However, a stand of 130 developed before the 3rd wicket went down.  We had gone to sleep in the field, Somerset were scoring at about 8 an over and we were biting our nails down to the quill.    

Fortunately Malcolm Davis & Roger Taylor bowled reasonably well and with Mike Pearson coming back for 4 overs at the end it came down to Somerset wanting 15 off of the last over to win– 4,2,0,4,wkt – Somerset needed 4 from the last ball to draw, fortunately only 1 was scored so we very, very nearly threw it away.    

A happy skipper in the end having scored 23 runs and bowled 9 overs for 6 runs.

Tony Webb