Match report vs Blaina
20July 08@ Blaina (Skipper and Report Dan)
The team (bar Tickle) turned up at B&Q carpark in fine
mood and in ‘glorious’ sunshine. After a discussion
on directions the team set off in convoy, the way led by Winkie
Hood who apparently had no directions…after a few phone
calls en route the team found the ground easily…apart
from Tesh who’s sat nav took him on a journey to Abergavenny
extending his trip by 20 miles…
The ground looked lovely, flat wicket and almost as flat
outfield, however the sun which we had seen in Cardiff had
disappeared behind a large cloud…and the wind picked
up. The toss was negotiated and Captain Dan and team went
into bat. With so many batting collapses in recent times,
the Cazh were instructed to build a firm foundation, take
their time, see off better bowlers and bat for the full 40overs.
Shakey and Tesh opened the innings and continued to look in
good touch. The Blaina skipper and opening bowler looked pretty
sharp and liked to swing the ball in, he was to get his reward
in the third over, Tesh playing outside the line and was bowled
(2 ). 5-1-3overs…was this the start of the collapse…?
No, Shandy in at three, played solidly defending often, and
allowing Shakey to take the strike, the pair continued building
the innings. Shakey played some lovely glances for 4 and the
pair took singles were possible. In the 12th over Shandy perished
to one that managed to pierce his pad/bat defence (8 ) but
a very useful 46 run partnership. 51-2-12overs. Ming joined
Shakey and after 5 dot balls crashed one through the on side
boundary, followed by another 3 balls later. He carried on
where Shandy had left off and built another partnership of
34 before Richie was bowled through the gate for 16. 85-3-19overs.
The new partnership of Dewbs and Shakey began tentatively
with Dewbs going aerial early on. Dewbs was also eager to
run…but shakey’s turn of pace did not quite match
the young spider, turning down some potential 2’s. The
return of the oppo skipper into the attack battened down the
hatches for a while, but it was Shakey who was eventually
bowled for an excellent 39 and the score on the brink of 100.
99-4-26overs. He was replaced by the bouncy-newly-wed Stumpy.
He was able to match Spider’s enthusiasm to run and
the pair were soon taking on the fielders, and the more they
did it the more effective they became in flustering the oppo.
The injection of runs also gave the pair the confidence to
go for their shots and Goughy hit some lovely drives and pulls,
whilst Spider played some excellent deft touch late cuts through
third man. Spider nearly went down the plug hole trying to
evade a sharp throw in by one of the better fielders - Dewbs
leapt in the air and threw his limbs as far from his body
as possible the end result the ball hitting him somewhere
in the ‘box’ region! It was Dewbs who finally
went going for an ‘up and over’ caught at mid-off
for a new PB of 31, and a fine partnership of 62. 161-5-36overs.
Goughy was joined by Steve 'Old Man' O'Reilly with 5 overs
to slap it. Goughy reached his chanceless 50 soon after. Steveo
cracked his first ball for 2 and had to be reigned in after
nearly going for what would have been a suicidal 3rd (memories
of the first tour game of 2007…). Unfortunately he was
soon to be heading back to the pavilion after skying his third
delivery (3). 193-6-38overs. Goughy still going well was joined
by BA, BA remained solid and gave as much of the strike he
could to Stumpy, he was to unfortunately fall on the penultimate
delivery caught (5), bringing Winkie to the non-striking end
for the last ball – which was run for 2. Goughy finished
on an excellent 66 not out, winkie 0 not out, and the total
a superb 204-7. The first post 200 score of the season!
This did also bring about the long awaited 100 DNB for Captain
Dan who can now stop dreaming about not batting!!
Off to tea and the Cazh were treated to a Foxy style ‘death
by food’ tactic as the Cash attacked the marvellous
spread of sandwiches and many, many, many cakes (and fruit
!!) and felt rather stuffed as a result.
Knowing that we had done the hard part, the Cazh now had
to limit the runs. Winkie opened from the pavilion end (with
wind behind) and BA came from the rugby pitch end. The oppo
realised very quickly on that they should look to only defend
against winkie, as he was blisteringly quick (as Steveo found
out behind the stumps), unplayable at times. However, it was
BA who took the first wicket, after chucking in a half tracker
that was clubbed to the mid wicket boundary, delivered a beautifully
flighted delivery drawing the batsman into the stroke, a bit
of seam that took the off stump. 7-1-2overs. The pair bowled
brilliantly, Winkie with speed, bounce and movement off the
pitch, and Paul with variation and flight – there were
a number of deliveries which baffled the skipper and bowler
alike as to how a wicket wasn’t taken, one of which
was the infamous ‘flipper’ which for the first
time since BA’s 6for a couple of years ago, actually
worked (!) and bamboozled the batsman – it was more
luck than judgement that the ball didn’t hit the stumps!
Steveo put down a difficult catch off Paul, but Winkie got
his just deserts in the fifth taking out the off stump with
a fiery delivery. 12-2-5.
Shag and Tesh took over after 12. Shag started with two maidens,
Tesh struggled with his line early on but then had the batsmen
guessing as to what would come next. The pair continued to
ask questions of the batsmen, and they never really upped
to tempo until shag’s 6th over which took a bit of punishment.
After 24 overs the score was 99-2, but the batsmen were still
there and looking dangerous with 16 overs to go, a lightening
fast outfield, the wind dropped and sun came out.
Given the balance of the game, Porno declined the chance
to bowl at this time, so Shandy and Goughy were next to bowl.
Both started tentatively against the in-form batsmen, but
it was Goughy who took first blood getting the oppo skipper
out lbw (an honest decision by the umpire) who went for 55.
We felt we had got the big wicket and relaxed slightly, however
the game still could go either way. 125-3-28overs. The next
man in clubbed a couple of 4’s before Goughy again got
the breakthrough bowling the opener (41 ) first ball of his
fourth over. 139-4-31. With 65 required off 9 overs what we
didn’t want to see was a broad shouldered big hitter,
but that is what we saw coming to the wicket…However,
the cow-banger didn’t bang any cows for the rest of
Goughy’s over so maybe we had read him wrong…Goughy
picked up another wicket, bowled, next over (not CB), Shandy
had a chance put down on the boundary off Paul as CB showed
what he could do – carting one to cow corner very hard!
Shandy did pick up a deserved wicket spectacularly stumped
by Steveo!!!163-6-35. 42 required of 5 overs with CB still
in…Shag came back looking to stem the flow or get the
wicket….second ball to CB, a delivery short of a length
dispatched with a mighty blow out of the park towards the
road below…Dan shouted ‘FORE’ to which the
batsman exclaimed ‘no, that was six wasn’t it..?’!
Two balls later CB smacked one straight at Dewbs who somehow
managed to stop it (with a sound of breaking bones), the non-striker
pushed for a single, but Dewbs was able to fling the ball
in the vicinity of Dan who run out the non-striker. Fortunately
Shag managed to get his man (CB) last ball of the over, bowled.
The two batsman at the crease were of the younger variety,
Porno came on to bowl his two overs and Shakey bowled one
from the pavilion end. Shakey picked up a wicket bowled, and
final delivery of the match AF took a diving caught and bowled
to get them all out. 181ao.
A tremendous long awaited victory for the Cazh, which everyone
played a part in this very enjoyable match. Well played all,
a lovely day out against good opposition, played in excellent
spirit throughout. We batted as we know we can, we bowled
very well once again, and apart from the odd lapse, fielded
excellently also - Dewbs, AF and Shandy chucking themselves
around to save singles and fours.
Afterwards a pint in the clubhouse and then a swift one in
the Tredegar Arms on the way home. Marvellous!
A Hood – 6 overs 2maidens 7runs 1wicket
P Stephens – 6-0-23-1
D Lewis – 7-2-32-1
T Hirani – 6-0-36-0
S Gough – 6-0-25-3
S Hand – 6-0-39-1
A Furnham – 2-0-5-1
M Stephens – 1-0-2-1
M Stephens - 39 (8x4)
T Hirani - 2
S Hand - 8 (1x4)
R Holliday - 16 (3x4)
D Dewberry - 31 (1x4)
S Gough - 66no (10x4)
S OReilly - 3
P Stephens - 5
A Hood - 0no
D Lewis DNB
A Furnham DNB