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The three James' maintain winning streak
May. 17, 2009
On a wet and windy day in East Coker, All Saints notched up their third straight win of the season thanks to three notable performances.
The home side won the toss and inserted the visitors on a wet wicket in windy conditions. After the loss of J Trott with the score on 5, James Wallace and D Seward built a hard-fought partnership of 86, scoring only 3 boundaries (including a top edge over fine leg for six from Seward). Despite rain interruptions, J Wallace maintained his concentration and provided the backbone of the innings with an excellent 54. Brief flurries from the middle-lower order, including two sixes from Herbert (16) gave All Saints their highest total so far, and a very defendable 163-8 from their 45 overs.
In response, new club East Coker made a very positive start. S Trott and, in particular M Nunns were loose and struggled to deal with the wind, aiding an aggressive start with the home side reaching 50 in just the 11th over. Skipper Nunns replaced himself with James Herbert who proceeded to bowl an outstanding spell of 12 straight overs for just 17 runs, with one wicket. Most notably, he bowled his first 9 overs with figures of 1 wicket for 2 runs. Not only did this reduce the run rate, but it subsequently built the pressure and forced the run out of highly promising youngster J Morton (earlier claiming 4 wickets with leg-spin), who looked set to cut loose with his captain and knock the runs off with ease.
At this stage, East Coker needed 52 from the last 10 and, with Herbert finishing his spell, spinner James Trott and newcomer B Sunderland were going to have to bowl them. With East Coker captain Martin Kearvell looking ready to knock off the runs, he fell into the honey trap and as caught calmly by S Trott at deep mid wicket for 38. This looked to be the killer blow, but J Trott decided to finish in style by taking the last two in consecutive balls. His hat-trick came with a great catch from J Wallace and a simple, if nervy one from Nunns. He finished with 3-10 from 2 overs, and All Saints maintained their 100% record with victory by 27 runs.
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