Casuals vs. Clytha – 11
July @ The Moat
(match report author - Shakey)
What a glorious day and what a nail-biting game. A pity only
10 Cazh were available but the oppo only mustered the same
and it meant more Tea all round – never a bad thing.
More about Tea later.
I assume the game started on time and that we lost the toss.
Anyway, I finally arrived late in the 20th over of the Clytha
innings, missing two allegedly excellent but unlucky spells
by Shagger (6-1-21-0) and The Supreme Andy F (6-0-25-0) with
balls flying off the edge to the boundary with unerring accuracy.
Steveo and TH were thrown into the fray and the ever-consistent
Horse responded with a wicket in a tight spell (6-0-18-1).
Clytha were accumulating but with the size of the ground it
wasn’t quick enough, reaching 92-1 in the 24th over.
Clytha got a move on and Richie paid the price with an expensive
over. Paul struck back, bowling the other opener in another
tight spell. Shakes, burdened with two fez (fezzes?) and after
a brush with the cows in the adjoining field on his way to
the ground, accounted for the number 4 batsman to leave Clytha
on 125-3 in the 27th.
A dangerous stand between Andy Norman and the number 5 realised
47 quick runs before the number 5 was out. He wasn't just
out – he was only stumped by the surprised Steveo off
JC in the 33rd over!! Incredible
The scoring picked up at the end but wickets fell consistently
on a pitch offering considerable lift. Paul finished on 6-1-29-3,
accounting for Andy Norman (68) with the help of a Shagger
catch at mid-wicket, and the Clytha innings fell away at the
end as they closed on 187-7 off the full 36 overs.
A calm start to the Cazh innings (Easy bowled for 10 in the
4th) was awoken with the arrival of Mr O’Reilly, fresh
from his keeping exploits – 8 byes but a stumping. His
innings lasted a mere 12 deliveries but included some daring
smiting. After two early 4’s the 6th over of the match
was despatched for 24 with the each of the last four deliveries
hit for 6 over midwicket. The Cazh wanted more and cheered
enthusiastically from the boundary. Alas the brief stay couldn’t
last and two balls later Steveo was out for a rapid 34, leaving
the Cazh 50-2 in the 7th.
With the ball darting all over the place and the lift from
the pitch increasing as the Clytha bowlers pitched it in short,
Andy H and Shakes had a midwicket conversation and decided
to get on with it before they were either killed or out. 40
runs followed rapidly for the 3rd wicket, both hitting a six
each as the Cazh maintained their early momentum. Shakes was
bowled for 25 and was quickly followed by Richie (7) and Jeff
(2) before winkie also fell for a vital 22 in the 19th over.
Casuals 120-6, ahead of the rate but losing 4 wickets in 4
TH and Paul had to steady the ship but they didn’t
just pat it around. They both kept playing shots against some
dangerous bowling. TH’s second straight six off one
of their quicker chaps, after his arse had hit the ground
taking evasive action the previous ball, will live long in
the memory. The Horse perished (22) with the score on 160-7
in the 25th after an excellent 44 run stand. But Dan and Paul
maintained steady progress by taking the singles on offer.
Then disaster struck. Paul (20) smacked a doughball straight
to a fielder with the score on 177 and we needed 10 more to
win. Enter the Supreme Andy F. Clytha knew this was the last
Cazh batsman – which he was. But they also thought he
couldn’t bat – although he can. Andy F did his
usual early innings dabs and Dan his usual air shots. The
Clytha fielders edged closer and closer to the bat of Andy
F as the tension and pressure mounted. But in the 33rd over
a rank long-hop was smacked to mid-on for 4 by Andy F with
his only scoring shot. The close-in fielders could only dive
for cover as the Cazh won an excellent game on a beautiful
summer’s day by one wicket.
But then the day got even better. Following the first presentation
of the Fez to Steveo in the beer garden, the Cazh were invited
to take Tea. There was lots of it, including something called
salad I believe (we left that to the Horse and the members
of the team who use a belt to keep their trousers up rather
than their gut in), and it was extremely good. Then Clytha
turned up and wondered where their Tea was? Well most of it
was in my belly and that of the fellow Cazh. Apologies to
Clytha for nicking their Tea, but double Tea did make the
day that extra bit special. A Cazh classic.