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Match Report vs Highway Hurricanes 24 July 2012@ Wenvoe (Skipper & report Shakey)

Another glorious day gave way to a glorious evening and captain Shakes did the decent thing, winning the toss and electing to bat.

Second ball of the match and Adam wished we hadn't as he was caught at leg gully skying a hit to leg. In came Britpop to join Johnny F. The partnership started well with 26 coming off the first 4 overs including a six from Jam to Goff's Fence (as it is now so named). Then all of a suden progress stopped with 13 coming off the next 4 overs which were actually tighter in length and line.

With Highways bowling all their team we just had to be patient and wait for the new bowlers. When they arrived Jam and Daz made hay with a large collection of 1s and 2s to the boundary areas. Sure eough thescorigrate creepe u we bean to threate the par 140 score.

As Jam reached the 40s (so to speak) his fitness began to tell but Britpop stepped up and started to clatter the ball to more effect and boundaries became more common. The 100 stand came in the 16th over. Jam reached his fifty a little after that, as did Britpop a few minutes later with a sweet straight drive to the boundary before he was finally bowled for 51 attempting another heave. So ended a 121 run partnership which had started slowly but gathered pace just at the right time. A couple of off drives for four from Jam brought the innings to an end closing on 137-2 with JF 65*.

Chasing a par 138 Highways quickly got in to trouble with winkie bowling a tight and penetrative line. He clipped the off bail of batsman 2, the top of middle for batsman 1 and leg stump for batsman 3. His spell of 4-1-5-3 gave us the start we needed and allowed the skipper to rotate the bowling. Kim picked up a wickt bowled, Dave also a wicket bowled and Shakes completed the sequence bu thir number 5 as hitting well an accumulating wth some good running which put us under pressure.

They wanted 40 off 4 and then 16 off two. Shakes came back and went for 7 leaving Dave to defend 9. Dave basically won us the game with the dot balls interrupted by one wide and two wickets, one a good catch in the deep from Kim. An exciting last over victory has been rare this season so it was rehearsed again in the pub after. Dave's ballet skills were an obvious highlight. Eight of us bowled in preparation for the cup semi to come!



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