Match Report vs Barry
Wanderers 2 September 2018 @ Hayes Point (Skipper
and report Rob)
With weather threatening, the Cazh arrived at the familiar
surroundings of Hayes Point to face Barry Wanderers. After
the win against Wick, talk was of the ‘possible’,
‘likely’ or ‘we’ve already bloody
done it’ winning season. So would the result even matter?
The sun came out and the pitch was the standard uneven, flat(ish)
wicket we’re all familiar with.
Skipper Rob, who had been trying his best to dig the opposition
captain and groundsmen for some insight, won the toss. Steve
and Goff, the opening bowler and keeper, were late, so with
memories of the early season spectacular collapse in mind,
and quickly forgotten - the Cazh are batting.
Luvvers and Rob opened the innings, with some tight bowling
at one end, especially when Rob was facing. The increase in
noise from the side-lines signalled that the stragglers had
arrived. Luvvers picked up the pace and went aerial towards
the pavilion, where The Big Smoke was holding court with his
witty repartee. Goff had time to lean out the way, catch it
or let it hit him. Somehow, he did the full range and got
whacked on the shoulder, much to everybody’s concern
for his wellbeing. He nearly got hit twice more, but Goff
was just quick enough to dodge them – shame.
Luvvers picked up the pace (with extras chipping in) until
the 16th over, when Rob was bowled by Parry, bringing Will,
and last acknowledged batsmen, in. 87/1. The rate actually
slowed a bit and it was after the drinks break earlier in
the season that we collapsed, so what would our newly discovered
form bring us? Both batters opened up, with Luvvers going
past 50. Both batsmen were going along nicely, assisted by
‘One-to-Come-Will’ and some clean hitting by both.
Will was out LBW playing across one from Sachin in the 30th
(164/2) with Steve the next man in.
Every ball was now a scoring shot as Luvvers had picked things
up, getting his century in 30 overs, before falling C &
B to Omar in the 33rd for 114. The bowler didn’t have
time to get out the way and stuck out a hand, with it somehow
sticking, bringing Rich to bat. 187/3.
Here’s a copy and paste paragraph for future match
reports. Edit as appropriate:
“Steve had been looking [good / bad / ugly] swishing
away with some 1s and 4s, but was bowled, with the ball keeping
relatively low to Steve’s bat.” Goff the next
man up. How many balls would he survive? After [insert 1-5
here] swishes. He blocked [1-5], tapped [1-3] singles before
having a mad rush down the track to be stumped (again) off
his [1-5] delivery.
This left Shakes and Rich to score a few at the death to
get us from 202/4 to 214/4 off 40 overs.
1. Luvvers C&B 114
2. Rob Bowled 13
3. Will MW LBW 29
4. Steve Bowled 14
5. Rich NO 6
6. Goff Stumped 2
7. Shakes NO 7
9. Pete O
After the usual tea demolition job, the Cazh set out to defend
their 200+ total. Goff and DT to open, with the danger man
Blundell opening. The pair started well until Dave struck
in the 6th over, the ball turning off the slope bowling Tillbrook
for 11. 30/1.
This set the pattern for the game, with Blundell batting
nicely, with varying partners helping him out. Goff had been
bowling well, with edges and misses not carrying until his
last over. Will, with mobility issues (for 5 balls an over,
at least) had wandered from 1st to 2nd slip. Perhaps this
was a show of confidence in Steve’s ability get across,
but it was Will who dived to his left and clung on to a flier,
catching it between his fingers to dismiss Parry. Normally
this would be worth a champagne moment nomination, but Goffy
getting wacked stands out! Next ball, Goffy bowls Bevan for
a crispy golden duck to set up a terrible hat-trick ball that
deserved a wide. 47/3.
Bowling change, and it’s Shakes and Pabs time. The
book is wrong, so piecing it back together; Shakes struck
in his second over, with Omar hitting it back at him C&B.
77/4. The opener carried on, scoring well, with the game still
in the balance. In his last over Pabs bowled two men to put
Barry on the back foot, with the opener running out of partners.
Pete on next with Rich and Tim at the other end, with Blundell
picking up the rate. Nawale hung around for a 54 run partnership,
until Pete had him caught by Dave for 14. The result hung
in the balance, until Blundell skied one to Rob on the boundary,
caught just short of his century for 94. 162/8 with Barry
needing 53 runs off 7 overs.
Three overs later Pete had Williams caught by Will for 0
leaving Rob or Will to get the last man. Would Will finally
get a bowl? The last batsmen tested Will’s character
by chipping a dolly to him off Rob’s bowling. Will took
his third catch to win the game. 165 all out.
With only warm beer on offer, the Cazh buggered off to The
Merry Harrier to drink beer and eat crisps and chips.
1. Goff 6 1 25 2
2. Dave 6 0 25 1
3. Pabs 6 0 36 2
4. Shakes 6 0 19 1
5. Rich 3 0 20 0
6. Pete O 6 1 25 2
7. Tim 3 0 12 1
8. Rob 1 1 0 1