Match report vs Barry
Wanderers 22 April 07 @ Hayes Point (Sully Hosp) (Skipper
Paul, report Muff)
The following is based on a true story although facts may
change for dramatic purposes and time has been compressed.
Contrary to the weather man the sun shone and the pitch looked
in good nick, if a little bare around the edges due to some
judicious pruning caused by the building work.
Skipper Paul having won the toss glanced at the wicket over
his shoulder and decided to bat.
First up Jonny Fand Spanky. Smitts seemed to be on a mission
putting bat to ball and running in the "indoor style"
which kept john on his toes!! Unfortunately Smitts couldn’t
keep it going and was bowled by a cunning straight one.
#don’t know the bowlers names, or the scores for that
matter as I don’t have the book!!!!!#
Next up, yours truly, with Paul’s words "I want
some runs off you this year" ringing in his ears strolled
manfully to the crease only to return to the pavilion a short
while later for 0.
At this point the cash were about fuck all for 2 so with
some work to do winkie was up. With new bat swinging The Hood
got the scoreboard ticking over at last and with John rotating
the strike (a euphemism for not hitting the ball off the square!)
the pair put on about 30ish before John was out for 18ish
of 10950 balls.
Sadly that was the best partnership of the innings as Steveo,
Paul, Tesh and Ash all perished after smacking lovely looking
boundaries. Meanwhile Andy H was looking good using the oak
tree he’s bought to punish any wayward bowling before
he too went after one too many and was caught for a splendid
40 (probably would have scored double that but couldn’t
lift the bat up after 20 overs!!!)
The next ‘partnership was Foxy and Matt D (Doc), true
to form, The Fox gave us the funniest moment of the innings
when stretching to make his ground the fielders throw came
off his bat and hit the poor bugger on the head! Now I know
this isn’t strictly funny but the refusal off the fielder
not to throw the ball near Foxy again for fear of killing
him most certainly was! Oh yes out for 2.
Last man Dan, determined not to be run out backing up for
nought, walks to the crease to join Doc. The Cazh hold their
breath. Then let it out again when he walks back bowled for
nought!(well at least you got to face one Dan!) leaving Matt
D stranded on 8no. 126 all out (Extras were 2nd highest scorer
in our innings with 24 ). Bollocks.
After what must be said was a disappointingly frugal tea,
the hungry mob were determined to make amends for the crap
we'd served up batting by bowling like the tigers we are.
To be fair we did bowl pretty well, Dan after one bad over
troubled both batsmen and picked up a wicket, Paul was cheap
and Andy Hood was tight as a ducks ass and as usual also picking
up a wicket. Unfortunately their first team captain was playing
again and once more took the game out of reach with a combination
of savage cuts, straight drives and a shed load of edges.
As several people pointed out he is human and does have his
weaknesses but once again we didn’t find them until
it was too late. Doc getting him caught on the boundary by
Dan for a well deserved wicket.
All that was left was for me to bowl some wayward crap to
bring about a swift end to the game, Barry winning by 7 wickets
with 18 overs to spare. Hopefully this was just a little rustiness
on our part and we can find the batting form that I know we
are capable of because that’s all were missing, our
bowling and fielding are good enough to see off anyone as
long as we can post a competitive total.