Match report vs Rhiwbina
12June 08@ Wenvoe (Skipper Goughy, report Andy F)
Dark clouds were hovering around Wenvoe but as Pikey was
absent they managed to mostly keep the rain off during the
game. Captain Gough won the toss and elected to bat so the
Tintern opening partnership carried on from where they left
off. Big Willy and Shakey both looking in fine fettle and
despite the usual Casual panic from the sidelines that we
were not scoring at ten an over, went along very well. We
were 37 off 5 with Shakey hitting the first pull shot Kim
had seen him play.
Shakey was first to go though, he had a life when on 16 but
couldn’t really make the most of that and only added
5 more before being bowled. 38 for 1 in the 6th over and job
done from Shakey with 21 from 20 balls. Manish was in next
and he and Big Willy added a superb 45 before Big Will was
run out going for his second. The fact that he dropped his
bat didn’t help and despite the usual jokes of the “QE
II turning” Will had also done a fine job with 28 off
34 balls. 83 for 2 in the 14th and a big score was on the
cards with plenty of wickets and good bats in hand. The highlight
of the partnership was the running (or at times lack of) including
some fantastic groans from both men making it sound like certain
type of movie that only I watch.
Smitty was in next and managed 4 off 8 balls when he popped
one in the air to cover. I would say taking one for the team
but I don’t think he would play any different anyway.
If Smitty didn’t come off there was a good chance that
Kim, Shandy, Goughy etc who were in next would. 96 for 4 in
the 17th and license to smack.
Manish had been going on quite nicely before flicking one
to square leg for an excellent 32 off 40 balls including 6
fours. This took us to 108 for 4 in the 18th with 16 balls
left. Those 16 balls brought 40 runs.
Over the past few years when scoring I have sat with many
an oppo when they are batting and I have to say we are one
of the worst teams for giving ourselves stick. However, when
it comes to Kim (who is as we know quite opinionated while
sat with his pads on) you can’t really argue as he usually
does what he says. He hit his first shot for 4 then went 1142.364264
and yes someone did moan when it was the one and only dot.
Shandy did everything asked of him at the other end with 8
not out off 7 balls and suddenly the game which was probably
out of reach for the oppo was now a no contest. 148 in 20
overs with Kim not out on 37 off 12 balls.
While batting the conversation included such topics as sex
with cats, being pissed on by a 14 year old and the Ebbw Vale
bum rub which I will revisit sometime soon. I have a feeling
Dan might edit this bit (ed - not at all...the pissing topic
was in reference to RKelly's alledged antics, sex with cats..not
sure where that came from...).
A quick turn around as the rain started and what seemed like
a mini tornado as they began their innings. Clayton who we
have come across before wasted no time trying to get after
Dan and the huge total. He hit two fours off Dans first over
even though they were decent balls. The guy at the other end
had a bat that was about 25 years old and I have a feeling
he wont be using it again. Manish opening from the far end
took a wicket from the last ball of the over with a combination
of crap bat, lack of power; maybe the wind and a cracking
catch from the captain running back from mid on. A really
difficult catch that made him very happy as if he had just
scored a goal at Wembley although I didn’t hear any
shouting from my distance. 9 for 1 in the second.
Manish did not concede a run off the bat until the first
ball of his fourth over (he bowled a wide in his first) and
finished on the superb figures of 4-2-5-1. Dan at the other
end went for a few but the extra pace meant he was easier
to get away but he got his reward by having the very dangerous
Clayton caught by Kim in the covers, that he would take the
catch was never in doubt. 16 for 2 in the 5th and the only
question was how many wickets we could take.
Andy H took over from Dan and Goughy from Manish and again
it was kept very tight with the odd wide being the only real
blemish. Our fielding was good (as the oppo said and that
we have faith in our bowlers and the keeper is sharp) which
was a most welcome change from some recent games. Shakey of
course entertaining with a typical “Shakey stop”.
Their skipper hit a glorious cover drive into the tennis nets
(this may have been the shot that Manish kept shouting “keep
going” to Kim as he chased the ball as still shouted
“keep going Kim” even when it had crossed the
boundary and so had Kim) but couldn’t keep out a beauty
from Andy who carried on from Sunday. 38 for 3 in the 9th
and Andy did the same not long after to make it 56 for 4 in
the 13th. The batter said afterwards that he is quick and
it’s a bit dark.
Goughy not to be outdone took a wicket with the first ball
of his third over bowled their number 3 for a well made 22
but coming down to try and smack the Goughster proved his
downfall. 56 for 5 in the 14th. They at this time suggested
they would be lucky to get to 80 but to be fair the next pair
did really well and saw it through to the end for them to
reach 92. They decided to try and give it a smack to reach
100 or at least get within 50 of us.
Rog and Dewbs bowled the last 4 overs between them as they
pushed on. Dewbs two overs were most interesting, the first
three balls went for a wide and I think it’s fair to
say they were as was one later in the over. The thing was
in the last over he bowled a ball that looked like the other
5 wides he bowled, but it turned big style into the batsman’s
pads. For them to reach 92 was indeed a decent effort.
In contrast to Sunday this was a really decent performance
from us. Some very good batting from Shakes, Willy and Manish
topped off with some outstanding stuff from Kim. Fielding
was excellent and bowling tight although we did bowl 13 wides
and one top drawer catch from Goughy. Dan had laid it down
that this was a must win and indeed we did.
Shakey 21 off 20 balls in 23 mins with 2 fours
Will 28 off 34 balls in 58 mins with 2 fours
Vyas 32 off 40 balls in 50 minutes with 6 fours
Smitty 4 off 8 balls in 10 minutes
Kim 37 not out off 12 balls in 16 minutes with 4 fours and
Hand 8 not out off 7 balls in 13 mins
Fall of wicket- 38-1, 83-2, 96-3,108-4.
Dan 4-0-27-1---2 wides
Vyas 4-2-5-1---2 wides
Hood 4-1-8-2---1 wide
Gough 4-0-17-1---3 wides
Dewbs 2-0-14-0---5 wides
Several members of the team who are very slim were absent
from the Wenvoe pub after because they went for food. Was
this an attempt to fit in with the more weighty Casz or as
someone put it “I think it’s by Candlelight”.
A very good performance tonight chaps.