Match report vs Tintern
1 June 08@ Tintern (Skipper Goughy, report Andy Furnham)
Dark clouds were looming as we approached Chepstow after
our B&Q rendezvous and sure enough as we arrived it was
raining. Tintern was not looking quite as glorious as it can
with the weather and scaffolding making the Abbey look a bit
crappy. Dave told me in the car that once he was chased by
cows and had to jump over a fence so that put a smile on my
face. Despite the rain and pitch looking rather soggy (Rudry
like) we got changed and after Goughy won the toss and decided
to bat, the oppo walked out keen to get on with it. The rain
continued through most of our innings but it was never very
heavy and it wasn’t cold. At many places we would not
have played or certainly not started in it but away we went
and despite being wet it never became a farce.
The heavyweight partnership of Big Willy and Shakey opened
up and a fine one it was. Willy was mostly dealing in singles
(though he was trying to twat them) while Shakes was mostly
twos and fours. Willy went for 17 from the second ball of
the first change bowler. Smitty was sat next to me when he
bowled his first ball and made a comment along the lines of
“that is not the best bowling he had seen” or
words to that effect. The second ball came and Smitty said
“just twat it” and it then took Willy’s
bail off. 44 for 1 in the 11th with 31 balls and two fours.
Smitty then walked out and was next to go stumped for 11
off 15 balls including a four which was of course through
the leg side. The bowler was of course the same one that got
Will. 73 for 2 in the 17th with Shakes there on 36.
Andy Hood was at 4 and played the same bowler with plenty
of respect. Shakey then reached his 50 with consecutive fours,
a really top knock in the conditions; he put away the bad
balls expertly. He then tried one shot too many and was bowled
for 53 off the same bowler. 93 for 3 in the 21st over, 72
balls faced and 9 fours.
The main thing Shakey commented on was that it was not easy
out there and that he has now scored 3542 runs and when he
got to 11 he passed 3500. Funnily enough his fave shot on
this day happened to be the four through the covers that took
him from 10 to 14.
The next wicket fell at the same score with the first ball
from bowler number 5. The batsman was Andy H and the umpire
was D Thomas, the decision was LBW, the bowler said thanked
the umpire and I shall say no more. About a minute after he
sat back down Andy was heard to use the F word in quite an
aggressive manner, I think you can get the picture. 93 for
4 in the 22nd with Andy out for 2 off 10 balls.
It wasn’t much later when the next wicket fell. This
was a bizarre one. Jeff Clap was wonderfully in the team and
from his 6th ball hit it deep into the covers and called Rich
back for two with Rich it seemed heading for the danger end.
The throw though came back to the strikers end but Jeff was
looking the other way i.e. behind him to see if Rich was safe
by which time he was run out. If he had just ran he would
have got there easily, it was quite bizarre to watch and comments
of “that was fucking shocking” were to be heard.
Put it down to rustiness I think, at least he got a single
first. 95 for 5 in the 23rd became 95 for 6 in the 24th when
Rich was bowled by Dave’s friend with a mixture of bat
and pad before hitting the stumps. Rich had gone for 1 off
3 balls and we had gone from 73 for 1 in the 17th to 95 for
6 in the 24th.
Dan was in by now and had been joined by Goughy in an unfamiliar
role of number 8. Dan managed to twat two fours before his
self control got the better of him and he was bowled for 9
off 11 balls by Dave’s mate. I am sure you have a picture
of the Lewis shot in your head by now. 108 for 7 in the 26th.
At this stage we were in a spot of bother but a really really
great partnership of 55 was then put together by Goughy and
Dewbs. They really helped put us back in the driving seat
with a mixture of deft touches and through mid wicket slaps.
Dewbs eventually was run out for 21 when he was sent back
but at least he was thinking about it and now looks very comfortable
with a bat in his hand. 108 for 7 became 163 for 8 in the
37th so well done to you two. This brought Furny to the wicket
who managed a couple of singles and a four while Goughy continued
his Michael Bevan impression and abusing me at the same time.
He loudly said “lots of quick singles now then Andy”
firmly tongue in cheek and said to the oppo “well look
at him he is too fat to run quick singles”. One of the
fielders said “you can’t let him talk to you like
that” to which I replied “well it is a fair comment”.
As you can probably tell there was an excellent spirit out
Now I have had some very dodgy LBWs against me in my time,
the full toss at my waist that I edged into my box springs
to mind plus one against the old guy from Penarth which pitched
about two foot outside leg stump but let me tell you that
I was totally and most definitely out, in fact I could have
walked off before Andys finger and without wishing to sound
like I am making excuses it did keep very low but to be fair
to the pitch it didn’t happen very often and I still
should have got bat on it. 173 for 9 in the 39th and trigger
finger himself without a helmet strode to the wicket. 3 of
his runs later he popped up a caught and bowled to leave Goughy
not out on a superb 33 with two balls left for a grand total
of 178. The opening partnership and then Gough and Dewbs making
it look easy when it quite clearly wasn’t.
After tea and Shakey stocking up on Penguins to go on the
field with we went back out and despite it being very gloomy
the rain stayed away while we were in the field.
Dewbs opened up, with Jeff from the Abbey end. They didn’t
do our book and although I copied stuff off their book I can’t
give all the details. I do know that Dewbs started well and
Jeff is just Jeff. Rusty as a bowler he was most certainly
not. There was no record of the fall of wickets but Jeff took
his first wicket bowled and his second (worst over he bowled)
was a catch at short mid wicket by – wait for it-, trigger
finger Thomas who took an excellent catch over his shoulder.
To say he was relieved is an understatement. To say we were
surprised is also an understatement!!!
At the other end Dewbs was finding life a bit harder but
the ball was not easy to grip so Dewbs started struggling
with his length a bit. With the short boundaries, poor balls
were punished though he did beat the bat a lot as well. Dewbs
finished on 5 overs for 32.
Dave took over from Dewbs and despite the wet ball proved
he is a better bowler than umpire and continued to bowl consistently
well as he has for several years now. Will and Dewbs helped
Dave take his two wickets by making the catches look easy.
Jeff at the other end finished up with 8 overs 2 for 21. Goughy
took over from the Abbey end. At drinks they were 90 for 3
while we were 93 for 2 but they didn’t have anywhere
near the depth we had but the one opener was still there and
batting very well.
Goughys fast arm was doing the business though and he bowled
out two of them which indeed gave him wood. The quick turn
around and bowl from Gough was not seen at all (when he is
miffed) which will tell you that he was in control. He also
got in on the act when Dave did a good dummy for a caught
and bowled and Goughy covering behind Dave threw the stumps
down underarm from a fair distance for this poor kid to be
run out without facing after being sent back by the opener.
Goughy said he almost felt sorry for him, good fielding though
and by now you couldn’t see them winning even though
the opener was still there.
Shakes replaced Dave and took the opener with the help of
a catch at long off that Goughy made look easy. Applause rang
out as he walked off for a fantastic 89. This certainly meant
that we would win and they needed about 50 off the last 5.
Despite the odd blow from “Mutley” they were never
going to win and the captain always had Andy H and Dan up
his sleeve just in case. Will bowled 3 overs including a couple
of head hunters which caused a few comments from the locals
on the boundary though Mutley just laughed as Will apologised.
Rich also had a bowl and fared much better than his last bowl
against the strollers with a double bounce LBW and a caught
behind by Smitty to finish the game. The oppo were most impressed
by our keeper I should add.
What could have been a washout and a bit silly turned out
to be a decent afternoon of cricket where Goughy despite being
the day after his stag was in the thick of everything. Pity
the weather wasn’t better even if only to have more
tourists around and therefore more f*nny. There was one girl
who walked passed while we were batting and was spotted by
none other than AH. My eyes are no good but the question was
asked “how old do you think she is then”? Winkie
was obviously trying to cheer himself up after the LBW.
Pikey, it don’t matter if it rains, we can play anyway.
A rather fun afternoon all in all.
Dewbs 5-0-32-0 2 no balls
Dave 8-1-32-2 3 no balls
Gough 8-2-20-2 2 wides
Will 3-1-15-0 1 no ball
Shakes – 53
Goughy-33 not out
On the way home Dave told me about his camping trip as assistant
camp leader where he and brown owl or whatever you call him
had to sleep in the same tent as the scouts and one of them
was w*nking in his sleep!!! F*ck me I would be sleeping day
and night and taking sleeping pills!!!