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Match Report vs GE Healthcare 25 July 2011@ Wenvoe (Skipper ?? no one has owned up and I can't remember, report Shakey)

We lost to GE healthcare for the first time in our history after nine straight wins. It has to be said plainly and there is no pretty way of saying it. So how did it happen?

GE batted first against an experienced bowling attack of Winkie, Nadders, Paul, Dan, Shakes and DT. The bowling was ok without scaling any heights and we only dropped one catch. Each bowler took a wicket, except for Winkie who claimed 2-10, and we only conceded four boundaries as GE never quite accelerated away. To be fair their opener batted well for his 33 but the 20 extras we gave away were sloppy and allowed them to reach 88-7 off the allotted 18 overs – probably a little more than we should have allowed them on a typical low Wenvoe track.

As is usual for us when things go horribly wrong it was the batting which proved our downfall.

With Darren, GazT and Nadders all falling cheaply we had an awful start to leave us reeling at 14-3. GE bowled straight with some alarming swing and it was working. Tesh and Paul set about rebuilding the innings and took us up to 32 in the eighth over when disaster struck. Paul carved a shot down to the vacant third man boundary for what looked like an easy three. But while he jogged to the supposedly safe end for his third the keeper gathered a decent throw, turned and aimed the ball at the stumps 22 yards away. It was a direct hit and Paul was run out.

Shakes and Tesh looked to run hard and, aided by some occasionally wayward bowling, succeeded in upping the run rate. But disaster struck again when Shakes miscued a shot to wide mid-on and another direct hit ended the 20 run partnership off 3 overs. 52-5 wasn’t good and it got a whole lot worse when top-scorer Tesh (17) fell with no addition to the score.

With Winkie bowled by a yorker our problem was keeping wickets as the run rate was fine. Dan hit our second, and last, boundary to keep up the impetus but the avoidable run out of Dave and a catch to point from an injured Richie took us to the brink of defeat. Dan was the last man out bowled as we capitulated for 73 off 15.2 overs leaving Muff not out.

GE played reasonably throughout and bowled some good deliveries amongst the bad ones. They deserved to win and we deserved to lose.



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