Skipper is Cheddar's hat-trick hero

CHEDDAR won the toss and elected to bowl first in the local derby against Winscombe.

CHEDDAR won the toss and elected to bowl first in the local derby against Winscombe.

Winscombe's opening batsmen appeared in little trouble as they moved their partnership serenely on to 23 from the first seven overs.

However, nobody could have anticipated the carnage that was to follow. With the first ball of his fourth over, Cheddar skipper Terry Clark had the left-handed Jack Fraser caught smartly at first slip by Pip Nicholls. With the next ball the same combination accounted for Alan Hunt as Clark again found the edge.

Winscombe's number 4 Andrew Lund had to face the hat-trick ball and Clark did not disappoint as he had him trapped plumb in front to spark off scenes of manic celebration from the visitors.

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In some disarray, the often prolific South African Siya Sibya entered the fray to attempt to steady the innings. Clark had other ideas as he had him caught at midwicket for just eight and then followed this up by claiming a fifth wicket as he had opener Shepperd (12) leg before in his seventh over.

Cureton became Clark's final victim in what had been a devastating spell of 6 for 36 and when first change bowler Che Moore struck early, Winscombe had slumped to 54 for 7. Home captain Ian Fraser (46 not out) worked hard at giving his side's total some credibility as he and Bawden put together the only significant partnership of the innings. With Pip Nicholls and leg spinner Ollie Norris both claiming late wickets the home side's total limped to 122 for 9 at tea.

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Cheddar's fielding performance had been superb and was highlighted by two excellent catches from Gilchrist and a near immaculate performance behind the stumps from Luke Hunter including two sharp catches standing up to the stumps.

This could have been the sort of low total that is often awkward to chase, but Cheddar's opening pair made light work of the task as they batted positively from the outset. Such was their domination at the crease that Winscombe tried six different bowlers in a vain attempt to claim a wicket.

Hunter (53 not out) was first to his 50 and Norris (59 not out) matched him shortly afterwards. The two youngsters took their side over the finishing line in just 21 overs with a fine unbroken stand to cap a great day for Cheddar's senior side.

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