Match Report vs Glamorgan
Centurions 1 June 2017 @ Llantwit Fardre (Skipper Dan
and report Rob)
Toss: the changing room was undecided beforehand. So Dan
loses the toss and we're put in (potentially bat in gloom)
and everyone looked unhappy, even though they were undecided
30 seconds earlier. Good Cazh attitude!
Pitch – wicket looks good. Outfield looks good. Last
year, Tesh’s face was tested with varying skimmers and
shooters on the boundary, so it was a pleasure to see him
stood in the same spot.
Dan opened the bowling. Dan on his shorter than usual short
run, which seemed to do the trick as they were struggling
to get much, with a mostly good line. Oli having the odd tester
to get him warmed up. Dan bowled the opener 4th ball, and
we were away!
Pete T opened at the other end, with the ball moving about
loads. Some swishing by the batsmen, with some runs scored
and one catch taken, but unlucky to not get more chances through
to the keeper and Darren at gully. 55-1 / 8. A good start.
On come Shakes and DT to tease some more wickets. With both
bowling outside off, the oppo only had the short boundary
in mind. A good tactic, as he managed to bat through most
of the game for 26 runs. Along the way he had a few pop up
to fine leg and between fielders across the pitch, but was
eventually skittled by DT playing across it. The other wickets
were a combination of snaffled by Oli as they popped off a
top edge, and the in-field.
The last four overs were bowled by Rob and Neil. Rob bowling
Yorker / low full tosses at eager batsmen and getting hit
regularly. Neil had them confused, but the pre-meditated shots
worked, with some Cazh fielding allowing a few through. Neil
managed to run their other good batsmen out in the last over
with some comedy running and good fielding by Neil and Oli.
Some consistent pressure resulted in Glamorgan Centurions
restricted to a reachable target of 131/8 off 20 overs.
Batting – brief!
Tesh and Rob opened the batting. Tesh got a ripper first
ball, swinging in to the pads and glancing through to leg
stump to be bowled first ball. The quick bowler was especially
good on an uneven surface.
The other opener was an off spinner, who was getting some
turn. Kim was sweeping / pulling him to the very long boundary
for 2’s, with Rob getting more luck on the shorter boundary.
Run rate – 58/1 off 8. On target.
New bowler, first ball – Kim (21) finds long-on bringing
Oli to the crease. Both the new bowlers were difficult, one
with some pace and bounce, the other skittling though at a
trickle. This bowling was much more effective, as Oli, Rich,
Neil and pretty much everyone chipped up a catch with the
ball sticking. Rob (31) eventually bowled by a straight one,
swinging across it.
The last few wickets fell whilst I was taking off my pads,
which took me about 3 minutes! Calypso. The only chink of
sunlight being the thought of ‘Twinkle Toes’ Thomas
strutting out to the crease. Sadly, the Cazh collapse –
6 wickets for 13 runs, although impressive in its speed, wasn’t
total and he survived again for a prestigious DNB. Cazh 78-8
- a loss by 53 runs.
We retreated to the Hollybush Inn for some crisps sprinkled
with beer dust, and 4(?) packets of pork scratchings, once
we’d figured out how to open the beer garden door.