Match Report vs Whitchurch
Heath 7 May 2017 @ Whitchurch Hospital (Skipper Darren
and report Ed)
First Sunday of the season saw us at the Hospital ground
against Whitchurch, with the captain for the day running late
from morning football Kimbo in familiar surrounding took the
toss and cazh made there way into the field.
Rich and Pete are not a bowling combination that you would
normally put together but that just shows what a maverick
captain freckles can be when he is awake. The first breakthrough
was not far way, with Richie bowling the taller opener with
one that riped back through the gate, throwing the ball up
there and letting the wicket do the work was the chosen attack
for both bowlers and they mastered it with these 12 overs
between them going for only 53 runs; great effort from our
part time spinners.
The Stephens brothers took up the mantle and started to probe
the technique of the batsmen, with Paul doing particular well
dealing with a very short leg side boundary. The lack of easy
runs started to play on the batsmen minds’ with Mark
bowling two victims, Pablo due to his social nature included
some other members of the team by getting the batsmen to squirt
one out to Cheese at point caught then giving a chance for
Will (slasher) to get some reward for all his bail bother
by bamboozling the batsmen to walk past the delivery.
The captain gave the chance for Cheese and Goff to bring
the innings to a close, they both approached this in different
ways. Cheese getting smacked for a huge 6 off his first ball
meant that he was playing catch up for the rest of his 11
balls. Goff was bowling just back from a good length meaning
that he was difficult to drive but the ball was not wide enough
to play square. The batsmen finally decided to take the risk
and planted him over mid on for a four off the final ball
of the innings but no whats this Shakey has leaped salmon
like into the air and plucked the ball one handed out of the
air. Leaving the cazh 228 to get with the bat.
I dare say about now you will be asking how did they get
to 227, unfortunately the cazh had to suffer a mauling in
the opening 8 overs. Goffy and Rob both bowled well but the
taller batsman had come out with the mindset to attack which
hindsight of the rest of innings served him well.
After tea, cazh started the batting innings sure in the knowledge
that the over by over score would be greatly in the Whitchurch
favour for the first 10 but if we could get back level 25th
we would be in a good shout.
Tesh and Kim opened from the first over it was apparent that
the cazh would be chasing the game with the wicket getting
drier over the course of the afternoon leading to more bounce
and some sharp turn. Kim & Tesh struggled to get to grips
with the bowling or the wicket with steady 50 partnership
off 15 overs.
Kimbo was a the first to fall getting bowled trying to get
on with it, Britpop joined Tesh at the crease but with the
oppo turning to spin had to force the issue straight away.
The drinks break was delayed until Britpop got out therefore
was delayed by two balls!! Britpop miscued a drive that looked
like it was going to drop safe until some young athletic type
managed to grasp the ball before it hit the ground.
Will walked out to the crease and with certain amount annoyance
from the rest of the batsmen timed one through the off side
straight away and with his usual amount assurance managed
to rotate the strike especially urgent during the last ball
of the over. The oppo decided to bring on the fourth change
bowling which turned out to be a pace bowler at the very start
of his career, Will looked to milk the bowling for the first
three overs when it came apparent that he might see more of
the bowler than was reasonable he looked to go big but instead
found deep mid-wicket.
With 3 wickets down the cazh were around 5 overs behind where
they need to be but still only required 8 an over with a batting
line up going deep with the once leading run scorer for the
club batting at 11, though I think its fair to say that Shakey
is more interested in driving cakes into his mouth then balls
to the boundary.
Cheese and Tesh tried to up the run rate helped with some
full tosses to short leg side but when they both got out in
consecutive balls it looked like the game was up.
With the required rate up to 12 an over the cazh innings
fizzled out though still going at a run a ball helped by some
super shots from Pete to the mid-wicket boundary. Cazh losing
by 40 runs.
For the first Sunday outing of the year reaching 180 and
getting 6 wickets is not a bad return.