Match report vs Sevenoaks
09 August @ Wenvoe (Skipper Paul, report Goughy)
With just a score sheet and some very distant memories I
have been given the unenviable task of writing this match
Bottom line – We Lost
It was however a good and fairly contested game. Sevenoaks
batted first with Kim and Manish opening the bowling. The
first wickets were taken by Manish in the 2nd over a caught
behind (Smitty) and an LBW. 8-2 off 2. A great start but sadly
this just hastened their best batsman – Williams who
plundered 57 in a knock that saw him stumped off Pablo. I
seem to recall another close stumping an over or 2 before
Anyhow the 3rd wicket went down in the 5th over to Kim, who
had Elliot (first name Fred?) caught by Paul for 8. This was
a case of third time lucky as Paul managed to drop him twice
in the space of balls in the previous over! 17-3 off 5. As
this was a shield game each bowler had a maximum of 3 overs
and the Swain was economical at 3-0-10-1 with Manish even
more miserly at 3-0-8-2.
Next up was the (lack of) pace pairing of Dewberry and Gough.
Dewbs bowling because Brierley did not want to! In fairness
at this point Williams was in his stride and spanked Dewbs
for 33 off his 3. Gough at the other end bowled his brand
of quick arm nonsense and only got hit for 14. 68 for 3 off
The last bowlers up were the Casuals stalwarts in Winky and
Pablo. Williams continued to big bat the attack and he reached
his 50 before his demise – giving the odd chance but
the Casuals could not snaffle him. With some support from
Court and Allaway, Williams got the Sevenoaks total up to
116 for 6 off their 18. Winky bowled his usual tight lines
and went only for 3-0-15-2 with Pablo having a tougher time
and going for 3-0-31-1.
In reply to this large total the Casuals opened up with Brierley
and Gough. The first over went for only 1 so 116 needed off
17 (over rate – 6.). The first wicket fell in the 4th
over with Brieley going for 5. 17-1. With the run rate needing
to be upped Manish came in and went again in the 7th over
– a fine nick behind for 9. Manish claimed innocence
on this one but John F gave the finger anyway!
Next up for the Casuals was Pike who put on a fine 50 partnership
with Gough before he fell for 45 trying to up the ante. 80-3
off 13. With Pike falling in the next over, the collapse was
on and the ‘writing was on the wall’ and ‘the
duck had come home to roost’ and ‘the fat lady
was definitely warming up’…..OK enough platitudes
back to the game.
The next 4 overs were a mix of comedy running including a
3 run when Dewbs managed to hit the ball at his feet! Good
value and worth paying your £10 on the Casuals DVD.
The other comedy moment was Kim out sprinting one of the oppos
larger fielders and JUST winning.
In the end the casuals were 5 short of victory with Pablo
needing to hit a 6 for victory and only managing a single.
112-8 off 18.
A good game and actually quite exciting despite defeat. Another
team we can beat but it needs us to be on better form than
this with sharper fielding.