Match report vs Highway
Hurricanes 13 August 07 @ Blackweir (Skipper and report
The return fixture versus the Hurricanes was at Blackweir
which would rule out some bowling options as we all know Blackweir
is lethal with a quick bowler! On losing the toss Captain
Dan and the Cazh took to the field. Muff and Shandy opened
the bowling both doing very well, with Muff getting the first
wicket lbw. The next batsman in had a tendency to hit to leg
regardless of where the ball was pitched though each
time he connected well and Muffs second over saw 3 consecutive
boundaries one pitched leg, one middle and one off
which somewhat spoilt Muffs figures! Shandy,
was very economical, though was unable to get a wicket. 25-1-6overs.
Muff 3 overs-0 maidens- 16 runs 1 wicket
JR and Foxy were next to bowl JR a little worried
about the shortish leg boundary, but with a mainly slow/spin
attack there was no option a legside field was set
with four men on the boundary from long-on round to deep square-leg.
This wasnt needed however, as first ball JR got his
first wicket, bowled. 25-2. The next batsman took up the challenge
and began to hit towards the leg- side fielders and
succeeded to get a few through well Shakey decided
to charge in from the boundary for one of them which inevitably
sailed over his head, just clearing the boundary for 6
obviously if hed stayed put it would have been nestled
firmly in his massive gut (in fairness the light was never
good, and always difficult to pick up the ball). 39-2-7overs.
Foxy, in only his second appearance of the season (due to
rain and other Foxy commitments, such as taking on Councillor
Shakey over something or other council related
not a pie eating contest hes got no chance) took
a wicket also in his first over caught by JR at square
leg. 42-3-8overs. JR took his second wicket in his second
over stumped by Kim Thrush Swain (because
of his constant chirping behind the stumps). 50-4-9overs.
JR also made an excellent attempt at a caught and bowled which
was motoring, but at least stopped any runs!
At the half way stage the Cazh were still in a good position.
The second half of their innings, the batsman continued to
go for the boundaries and were aided by inconsistent line
and length by JR and Foxys remaining overs. 75-4-12overs.
Shag took the next over (needing one wicket to overtake Paul
for the first time ever as leading wicket taker wont
last long!) and took a wicket first ball caught by
Foxy at cover. There was another dubious catch behind wicket
not given, though Thrush said he didnt hit it,
everyone (bar the striking batsman and umpire) said he did.
No worries. 80-5-13overs.
Fredalo and Doc bowled the remaining overs. Fredalo fresh
off his best (and only) figures of last week, looked to repeat
the feat. Foxy was placed in second slip to stop the wides,
and was straight into action for the first 4 deliveries. The
over took a bit of a caning with 6s and 4s. Doc
managed to keep the runs down in his first over, as the boundary
fielders (and there were quite a few of them throughout the
game) did their job. Fredalo got the break through in his
second getting a caught and bowled. 115-6-16overs. Doc got
a wicket in his last over a good catch by Shandy at cover.
117-7-17overs. And Fred finished his last over with a catch
by Muff who made the catch look incredibly difficult, but
took it well behind his head after mis-judging the line. 130-8-18overs.
A big total, but worth a go. It wasnt helped in the
least by a heavy shower as the teams changed round, and the
light which was bad to start with going almost black!
Thrush and Shakey opened the batting, Shakey off the mark
with a lovely 4 to fine leg, but he was the first to fall
(8 ), chopping on a low one, onto middle peg. 10-1-20vers.
Big Willy was next up, needing just 19 for his 1000th Cazh
run. Both he a Kim batted well looking to dispatch the bad
ball. Conditions didnt help the pair as their batting
style is correct and not naturally aerial, but
the persistent drizzle slowed the outfield quite considerably.
However, the pair battled on and after 9 overs the Cazh were
in a better state than the Hurricanes had been at the comparable
point in their innings 58-1 (HH 50-4). The downside
of course was the Hurricanes had upped their scoring considerably
in the second half.
In the 10th over Big Willy reached his milestone (the clapping
and cheering for Will on the sidelines somewhat bewildered
the oppo fielders), but 2 balls later he was caught on the
boundary looking to increase the pace (19 ). 62-2-10overs
(still ahead). Doc was next in looking for 30 to pass his
milestone of 100 cazh runs, unfortunately he was to go in
the 11th to a very good catch at mid-off (1 ) the fielder
never looked as though he would get back to it but
did, just. 65-3-11overs (now behind!). Deji went in at No.5
(one of those who didn't get a bowl) and after playing a good
leg glance to get off the mark went in the 12th caught
(1 ). Shandy joined Thrush and the pair began to go for it,
putting on a partnership of 42, which included a 6 from Kim
to take him to his milestone of 10 Cazh 6s, and
Shakey giving a wide when Scott had actually hit it!
The 16th over saw the end of a good knock from Kim (41 )
as he was run out as the pair tried to take as many runs as
possible. 107-6-16overs. The bowling was pretty accurate and
the light was dark, but the plan was to run everything. Shag
was next in, and first ball faced, a double hit off the thigh/
knee helped the ball to the fielder and aid in the direct
hit that run Shandy out (14 )- not before Shandy had passed
his milestone of 100 Cazh runs. 107-7-16overs. Foxy joined
Shag and run the first single through cover. Next ball faced,
Foxy managed to half lose his balance and half trip himself
up on leaving the crease, after valiantly trying to keep upright
Foxy lost his battle and fell arse over tit (I realise
it should tip-just doesnt sound right) in
the middle of the wicket run out (1 ). 112-7-17overs.
The Cazh needed 19 to win off the last over
The indoor pairing of Muff/Shagger was reunited and the mad
scramble continued. The last over was bowled to a good line
and length, not allowing the pair to get the ball to the boundary,
on hitting through cover Shag set off, muff backing well up
the other end, on turning for the second the ball was almost
in the fielders grasp, a mis-field gave the slimmest
of opportunities of a third which was taken
resulting in Muff being fractionally run out (2 ). JR was
next and got a single, needing 2 6s off 2 balls Shag
was out next ball going for the yahoo (6 ) and
Fredalo came in for the last ball and got a single, JR and
Fredalo (1 not out). 120-9-18overs.
Another exciting game with a tense finish, this time the
Cazh doing the chasing, and again played in a good friendly
spirit. Well done all with many milestones reached!
Big Willy - 1000 runs
Shandy - 100 runs
Thrush - 10 6's