Match report vs CBBies
22July 08@ Wenvoe (Skipper Goughy, report Rog Bannister)
Both teams arrived to the hallowed ground and were greeted
by glorious sunshine. I think the skipper Goughy lost the
toss and the CBBs put us in to bat.
The Shakey-Hand duo opened up and batting against some good
straight stuff started relatively slowly...first runs coming
from a shot we all love to see Shakey play, his patented dab
which trickled for four. The pitch seemed to be playing quite
well for Wenvoe, with more bounce than usual. The opening
spell went by without much to shout about, the score 20/0
off 5. Just when we thought that the opening batsmen had seen
off their openers without trouble and were finding some confidence,
Shandy was bowled immediately after thumping two fours, scoring
9 in total.
This brought Roachy to the crease, with the run rate looking
a touch slow. First ball he decided to try to kick through
midwicket, with the ball coming off the winner. Roach took
a breather for a while and the rest of the team were debating
whether or not to go on with some magic spray. In the end
no-one did and JR got to his feet. The next debate amongst
the team was whether or not a runner should go out there for
JR, but he decided for us when he took a quick single...foot
mended! JR wasn't out there much longer though and was bowled
for 1. Score after 8 overs was 35/2.
This brought Ming in, fresh from telling us which dead actresses
he wanted to have his way with. After his first few balls
defended, Rich twatted a certain four towards long on only
for Shakey to show his best piece of fielding to date by stopping
it at the non-strikers end.
Shakey was going along nicely until he didn't quite get hold
of one, stuffing it down the throat of point. (16). 39/3 off
9. Halfway stage and we simply hadn't scored enough. Dewbs
entered the fray and fresh from his PB on Sunday, immediately
started taking singles and rotating the strike with Ming(e).
The pair hung around until the 14th over when Dewbs was bowled
by Clarke for a hard worked 7. 58/4 off 14.
Manish came in at no 6 and tried to up the run rate. After
a few singles, he too succumbed to Clarke and was bowled for
4. 72/5 off 16. Our old foe Imran bowled the next, and I think
its fair to say bowled an over of 'shit', but managed to bag
Rich (played on) who made a solid but a touch slow 18, and
also got Winky (again luckily) also played on after getting
a quick fire 3. 78/7 off 17.
The last over also saw a wicket, with the batsmen looking
to go for it off the last ball. Dan was run out going for
one too many, scoring 4 in the process. Goughy finished not
out for 7. Final score 88/8 off 18.
Shakey.........18 (26 balls)
Andy H.........3 (3)
Goughy gave the team a stern talking after taking the field
and it was clear we needed to bowl well defending a small
total. Winky opened up from the pavillion end and was his
usual self really, getting some good carry, putting it on
the right spot and making life difficult for the batsmen (One
of whom was large, and the other a borderline dwarf...it may
have just been distorted with the size range..). Manish opened
up from the other end and got the breakthrough in his first
over, Mini-Me top edging one high, with Goughy running in
from behind the stumps to take the catch. After these two
finished their three over spell the score was on 19/1, Winky
going for a very tight 2 runs off his three.
Shagger took over from Andy and DT from Manish with the batsmen
seeming to be finding their feet. In Dan's second over, it
came good for him and he got two wickets in a row. Both bowled,
the second perhaps having more pleasure due to the fact it
was the 'vocal' player who fielded near the tennis courts
for 18 overs. After he went I said to Dewbs he didn't look
very comfortable taking his stance to which he replied "Rabbit
in the headlights".
In the mean time, Goughy had swapped the gloves and pads
with Manish who took over behind the stumps. In Dan's third
over, their batsman hit it towards Roachy who performed a
diving stop. The non-striker shouted yes, then changed his
mind and sent the striker back, who returned to his crease.
At the same time, Roachy had fielded the ball after rolling
around and returned it to Manish. Manny then took the bails
off as the striker went for a wander cos he assumed the ball
was dead. After an appeal, and the square leg umpire asking
if it was a genuine appeal he gave the batsman out, much to
his annoyance. He was not a happy bunny and threw his bat
and pads around a la Steve-O when he got to the boundary.
His own fault...shouldn't have gone for a wander (ed - debate
followed as to 'in the spirit of the game'....still on going?)!
The two bowlers finished their spell with the score on 53/4
Rog and Goughy bowled the final 6 overs, with the CBBs behind
the required run rate all the bowlers needed to do was keep
it tight. They went for 3 each off their first over, Rog missing
two cathing chances but Goughy bowling Imran in his. Imran
wasn't too happy either, calling our keeper a gobby twat to
which Johnny F replied which one! Rog went to start his second
over after a discussion with Goughy and Dan, the tactic being
to let their number three take a single and bowl at their
tail. Rog ignored this and decided to bowl him instead. After
16 overs the score was 66/6, the CBBs requiring 23 off two.
Goughy and Rog tied the game up by restricting their batsmen,
Roachy taking a good run out in the 17th over, and Goughy
getting two more bowled to leave them 78/9 after 18, 10 short.
Andy. H - 3 (overs) - 1 (maiden) - 2 (runs) - 0 (wickets)
Manish - 3 - 0 - 16 - 1
Dan - 3 - 0 - 17 - 2
DT - 3 - 0 - 15 - 0
Rog - 3 - 0 - 12 - 1
Goughy - 3 - 0 - 10 - 3
Amazing spell from Andy really set the tone for our time
in the field. Casuals win by 10 wickets, we all go to the
pub and eat crisps, salty pig rind and drink beer.