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Middle order complete double over Evercreech
Aug. 21, 2010
All Saints celebrated their fifth league victory of the season today, also completing the double against bottom side Evercreech. However, as usual, it was hardly plain sailing.
With a green wicket presented to the teams, Nunns had no hesitation in opting to bowl having won the toss. With scores above 200 each week on the notoriously narrow ground, Saints were braced for a tough job, but despite stuggling with line and length early on, the opening bowlers struck before too long. Opener Belcher played on to perhaps Nunns' first straight delivery, and S Trott cleaned up the other opener more convincingly. Nunns took two more wickets to leave the visitors reeling, and Trott nearly added a fifth but the skipper couldn't snap up a sharp chance at point. Atkins replaced Trott and continued in a similar vein, picking up two wickets with the aid of some excellent catching by F Wallace at long on. Wallace needed to make amends after a costly four over spell, despite a wicket and a maiden, going for 35. No doubt his second catch in particular went some way towards it.
After Wallace's four overs, Nunns brought himself back and struck immediately to remove the dangerous number 6. He completed his five wicket haul in a wayward final over, clipping the top of leg stump with a full bunger t end with figures of 5-24. Atkins meanwhile took his third wicket to finish with 3-32 and see the home side bowled out for a well below-par 129.
It's fair to say the response didn't quite go as planned. Having knocked off a similar total for 2 wickets down in the return fixture, Saints found themself 4-23 in no time. S Trott made 16 despite being dropped twice, nearly run out and caught off a no ball, but Cole went for 2 chasing a wide one, and the usually reliable J Trott and M Nunns reistered a duck apiece. J Wallace, in excellent recent form, and Ron Seward set about the rebuilding period. Between them, they overcame the bowlers and put Saints back in a strong position. Wallace survived a ball in the eye from the wicket keeper while seemingly on his way to 50, but was run out fr 35 attempting a quick single that wasn't there. It really wasn't there as no shot was played, and it was a truly disappointing end having worked hard to be in a strong position with a partnerhip of 63. Unfortunately, R Seward followed soon after, top edging to square leg for 18.
The two new batsmen were P Atkins and D Seward, needing another 37 for victory. Atkins played his best knock of the season, in the face of some threatening swing bowling and with a nervous dugout behind him, he blocked the good balls and despatched the bad ones. However, with victory at hand, he chipped to 3-catch P Belcher at mid wicket for 25. So it was up to Fraser to swing back into the good books and he did so hitting the final four runs with just 9 balls to go.
So an excellent fifth win for Saints, and still hope of overtaking their nearest rivals Wembdon, with victory against them in the final league match.
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