Match report vs GE Healthcare
0 June 07 @ Wenvoe (Skipper Paul, report Winkie)
The scene starts with two characters usurped straight
from a Samuel Beckett play - are they here to play, to watch
or deride? They have brought a friend
her name is Stella.
Many a man has fallen foul of the charms of aforesaid Stella
and these two were not to be the exception
"Richie & Pikey (aka Fox2) 2007"
Before we get onto the excitement of the cup quarter final
thanks to Richie and Pikey for providing so many with an evenings
entertainment fuelled by an excess of Stella - thanks also
for scoring. Not sure which one it was but shouting "Run
you fat lazy C?!t their running five" loud enough to
be heard in Cardiff at the opposition's Captain, whilst he
was chasing down a cover drive off one of our batsmen, and
getting a laugh from his team mates has got to be a first.
Anyway on with the game - Pabs won the toss (?) and elected
to put the oppo in. Stephenson and Gibbs opened the batting
in true test match style taking ten over's to score 38 before
Pabs cleaned out Stephenson in the eleventh. Our early bowling
was tight with Manish and Bagpuss opening:
Manish 2 overs, 2 runs, 0 wickets
Bagpuss 2 overs, 3 runs, 0 wickets
Manish was unlucky not to pick up a wicket or two - where's
Stumpy when you need him? To give him credit the Ashman had
a go, and although he failed miserably he shouldn't feel bad
(17 extras out of 69, ok nine were wide's and
one a no ball).
Next up to bowl were Shandy and Jaffa (Brierley - just in
case you didn't see him nick all the jaffa cakes!)- a useful
combination as it turned out - continuing to keep a check
on the run rate and unlucky not to get a wicket between them:
Shandy 2 overs, 5 runs, 0 wickets
Jaffa 2 overs, 5 runs, 0 wickets
Most bowlers get two overs in a cup game but the captain
was working (I reckon) to a careful plan - the shitest bowlers
as designated by "going for the most runs in one over"
would only get one each
. Special plaudits in this category
(please note: this does not qualify said bowlers as the shitest
to have ever bowled for the club now or in the future, any
similarities to any other bowler is mere coincidence and should
be considered such) go to the Teshticle and that actor/director
whose name you can't quite ever remember
. Better luck
Mr Tickle 1 over, 12 runs, 0 wickets
Steve O? 1 over, 8 runs, 0 wickets
Harsh - but fair?
Captain Pabs broke the opening partnership and Deji ably
supported at the other end although struggling a little with
line (due to excess swing? Always a good excuse!), he too
was rewarded wit a rare wicket:
Pabs 2 overs, 3 runs , 1 wicket
Deji 2 overs, 12 runs, 1 wicket
Bringing up the rear, Winky and Radar were given the duty
of bowling at the death. Radar bowled off his very short run
- even shorter than mine! (no puns!):
Radar 2 overs, 4 runs, 1 wicket
Winky 2 overs, 8 runs, 0 wicket
Total 69 runs for 3 wickets
It looked like an easy total on a reasonably good wicket
with an occasional extra bit of bounce
Jaffa and Steve 'O opened the batting with much excitement?
Why? Was it because of the quality of stroke play? The pace
of the bowling? No merely the merriment instilled by Stella
and the thought of Steve trying to connect with the new club
which he did (more merriment) on more that one occasion.
It was the usually dependable Jaffa -presumably who had run
out of juice (due to having to bowl) who fell first - trying
to glance to leg getting a thin leading edge to slip (Bowled
1 - yes by the fat £?$% who couldn't run!). Reilly quickly
followed bowled by Fitzgerald (amazing what a hernia opp can
do) for a healthy 15.
Great things were expected of Manish
(Golden D 0)
What do you need when things look like they are going a little
pear shaped? Someone in form perhaps? someone averaging in
the fifties perhaps? Someone with a Goweresk touch perhaps?
Well we had just the man in Mr Tickle - consistency he had
- not a care in the world. A string of 0's and only needing
1 run for his casual career ton. Hah ye of little faith! A
fluent knock of 23 not out accompanied by the lusty blows
of Radar for 19 not out saw us home with seven overs to spare.
Semi's here we come
PS Pikey - definitely you in the picture - how old are you?