Match Report vs Cavaliers
4 July 2017 @ Cathedral School (Skipper Dan, report
Goff - mystery back problem.
Rob - cut knee / gravel scrapes / arguement with a van.
DT - Twinkleitis.
All - general lethargy / unfitness / thinking about the Butchers
Rourke’s Drift, The Alamo, Stalingrad, Omaha Beach,
Llandaff Cathedral. Blood, sweat and tears were shed - mostly
by SteveO as his hair got fluffy.
Sun Tsu Dan won the toss and we were fielding. Ever the optimists,
we were set an early game target of losing by 15 or less,
guaranteeing us 2nd place in the league. Reach for the stars!
Sun Dan and Earl DT Haig opened the bowling, with some really
good pressure. The pitch had a good pace and bounce, with
run scoring difficult if the ball was pitched up. With a huge
boundary towards the Cathedral, and a quick outfield, fielding
was difficult, but the Cazh started well in the field with
their blitzkrieg, in their face fielding - it won't catch
on. In Sun Dan's third over the batsmen had a swish to a lifting
ball, with Will of Orange adjusting well and taking a high
one-handed catch. 13/1 off 5.
On to bowl come Shakes Nelson and Pabs Wellington, continuing
the good pressure. The Duke of Pabs bowling led to green helmet
cutting a ball low to Darren Custer at slip, who got to it
but he couldn’t hold on. Finger bruised! Got to take
those vice-skipper! The last ball of Horatio Shakes first
over saw the batsmen move down the pitch, with Will Orange
whipping off the bails for a great stumping – quick
With the batters playing straight throughout, one is hit
back at Admiral Shakes quite hard. He manages to get a hand
to it, which we soon discovered to be his left wrist. Shakes
stayed down, and just before he got some stick the team realised
he was genuinely hurt, so bit their lip. A kindly opposition
spectator took him to A&E to get x-rayed, revealing a
bruised wrist. Probably saved a run.
The Duke of Pabs got a man caught on the drive at extra cover
/ mid-off, with Rob Montgomery taking it to his left as the
opposition started to pick up the tempo. With some more expensive
middle overs, the rate was now at 7+ an over.
Goff Kitchener had said he wasn’t fit enough to bowl,
which was later challenged by Goff (sign of madness disagreeing
with yourself?) saying he was prepared to give it a go. But
as he didn’t bowl, it meant we had a lack variety in
pace i.e. no pace once Dan had finished.
With the increase in shots played, the outfield got harder
to field on. Rob Monty got one on the left knee fielding a
drive at mid-off. Saint Rommel had a couple bobble in front
of him, and anything that passed you was fetched from the
A well accumulated total by the Cavaliers, with some tidy
bowling by the Cazh. 150 to win, 134 to ensure second place.
Cavaliers: 149/5 (20 Overs)
D. Lewis 4 0 14 2
D. Thomas 4 1 14 0
M. Stephens 2.2 0 13 1
P. Stephens 4 0 25 1
T. Hirani 3 0 29 0
S. Burke 1 0 26 0
S. O'Reilly 2 0 26 1
Tesh the Great and Field Marshall Owens opened the batting,
with Tesh starting well in the first over with some nice shots,
but got bowled by the last ball of the over with a ball that
swung in and seamed a bit. This brought Orange Will in to
bat. Both batters were finding the boundary, which quickly
put all the fielders on the fence. Some of the boundaries
now became easy 2's with some good fielding by the 7 men outside
A 94 run partnership put the Cazh in a good position, with
8 an over needed from the last 6, when Will was caught, popping
up a simple catch, with Rob falling in the next over, caught
at mid-wicket. Darren Custer was out without troubling the
scorers, which was the beginning of a collapse not seen since
the Fuzzy Wuzzies were put to the sword by Gordon of Khartoum.
Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Sadly, we only had the Leckwith
Boycott. Up to the crease steps Sergeant ‘SteveO’
Jones. To his credit, we were pushing to get runs. However,
tapping the ball directly at a fielder and shouting yes, no,
no, yes whilst not moving isn't going to keep the board ticking
over but will guarantee run outs. In what must be a variety
of broken records, Sgt Jones managed to run out 4 batsmen
in under 2 overs. Being kind, you could say only 2 were his
The first run out was Goff Kitchener, which was a genuine
run-out pushing 2's to the outfield, it was just a shame it
was Goff who was out as he was on 20 at the time and going
along nicely. Pabs looked like he gave up as he was so far
out, with him and Steve stood next to each other. I can barely
remember Dan and Saints run-outs as we were all laughing so
hard. At least SteveO has form, so the batters had their pads
on and ready to go. Even DT had to bat for a few deliveries
ruining another glorious DNB opportunity.
As the Cavaliers had front loaded their bowlers, we were
actually in with a shout of, perhaps not winning the game,
but at least of losing by a close enough margin. Luckily,
we were short but Dan had got his sums wrong, so 2nd place
was salvaged! A quick shower so SteveO could lather himself
up and put his rollers in, then to the Butchers, where Rich
nearly had a fight with a man who thought Rich was pointing
at him, but he was pointing at an old rugby poster.
Cazh: 132/8 (20 Overs)
T. Hirani Bowled 4
R. Owens Caught 39
W. Mason-Wilkes Caught 42
G. Day Run Out 20
D. Britton Caught 0
S. O'Reilly Not Out 9
P. Stephens Run Out 0
D. Lewis Run Out 4
S. Burke Run Out 0
D. Thomas Not Out 0
M. Stephens DNB
Final injuries / cause / remedy:
Shakes - suspected broken wrist - dropped C&B. Attended
A&E. Bad bruising / swelling.
Darren - stubbed finger / dropped catch. Required finger splint.
Told to catch one.
Will - bruised thumb & nail - popped off a length. Manned
Rob - bruised left / good knee - fielding. Hobbled and moaned
SteveO - fluffy hair - disagreement with Tesco Value shampoo.