Match Report vs Wick
27 August 2018 @ Wenvoe (Skipper and report Rob)
The heavens had opened the day before, and the days before
that, yet an early morning pitch inspection confirmed the
game was ON. After inspecting the freshly cut wicket, it was
agreed, by Shakes, that “150 could be a good score”,
“what could possibly go wrong” and that it looked
like a bowling track. Agreed, we’ve seen more collapses
than a Weatherspoons on Giro day this season, but the skipper
fancied the batting line-ups chances. As the Brigadier and
Steve were late, the toss was uncontested - the Cazh are batting!
Will G and Alex opened, with both scoring at a rapid rate,
matching each other, both hitting big 6’s. Will G was
dropped in the 40’s and then made up for it by hitting
a 6 and 4 to go past 50. There were three or four drops, plus
several that landed between fielders who could have got there,
but both ploughed on. 105/0 15 overs.
The usual opener Collis, who arrived late, came on first
change, but the runs kept coming. Alex cleared mid-on to get
to 50, but was then dropped by the bowler. Alex thanked him
by hitting him into the graveyard and clearing a house towards
the pavilion. Wick had taken the pace off the ball and this
created chances. Both openers fell to catches by Collis off
Thomas’s bowling. 182 / 2 25 overs.
Will MW and Luvvers were now batting together with the runs
continuing. After peppering the houses with 6’s, Luvvers
was skittled for 31. Will MW had unusally been watching Luvvers
from the other end, but he now took over. Wick had figured
out the multi bouncing filth was working best, and Steve (1)
got one early (bowled) to bring Rob (11 no) to the crease.
236/4 34 overs. Some good ball counting and better striking
allowed Will to hit 60+ in 6 overs with a wide range of power
hitting, until he too was caught for 80, leaving Rich to not
face two balls.
What could possibly go wrong? Well, nothing as it turned
out. 314 / 5.
Will G 86
Will MW 80
Rob 11 no
Rich 0 no
Luvvers, as the designated paceman, opened up with 4 overs
of swinging skimmers, with few runs scored. In the 4th over
he got the opener with one that swung and seamed and kept
a bit low. Pabs replaced him and got a wicket with his 4th
ball as the opener hit one hard at extra cover, that was somehow
caught by skipper Rob one handed to his right, much to everyone's
Shakes was plugging away at the other end, and finally got
his man in his last over, bowling Collis who had scored a
quick 28 off the spinners. Pete on next, with the batsmen
looking comfortable, with their captain playing nicely. The
slow pitch helping him tick along, but the rate was creeping
towards 10 an over. Dixon was batting in binary, scoring only
0’s and 1s until Pete got him LBW playing across it.
72/3 - 16 overs.
Tim and Rich came on to bowl 5 a piece. Aberdeen was run
out by a fielding mix-up, then Rich immediately bowled their
captain for 83 in the 28th with the ball dying on him. He
then bowled the number 10 and had 9 caught, popping a catch
to Will MW, who had been furiously warming up his bowling
arm for weeks. Rob and Will MW to bowl at the end, but sadly
the last man was out caught by Alex off Rob, leaving the number
11 stranded and Will unbowled. 173 all out - 37 overs.
Luvvers 4 3 1 8
Shakes 8 0 1 45
Pabs 8 0 1 35
Pete 5 0 1 27
Tim 5 0 1 18
Rich 5 0 3 36
Rob 2 2 1 0
Luckily for some bowlers, the scorers chose not to mark down
many of the wides and no balls, but the extras column was
kept busy with 6 overs bowled in extras between the sides.
All 7 bowlers took at least a wicket, with 5 of the bowlers
getting a wicket in their last over, which just shows it’s
worth lulling a batsmen in with some filth.
A good game of cricket, which could have been very different
if they’d taken a few of their chances. The battle for
a winning season continues. So, off to the pub where everyone
can stare at the phones, have a pint and eat their bodyweight