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Match Report vs Cbbies 18 June 2009 @ Wenvoe (Skipper and Report Jam)

The CBBs won the toss and on a fairly gloomy evening decided to bat first. I didn’t mind too much as we’ve done better chasing lately and it meant we would also get to use the new ball.

‘Swinger’ Bannister opened the bowling and immediately settled on a line & length with a bit of shape so that their best batsman Darren Mogridge could only play out a maiden. Paul continued the pressure from the other end which led indirectly to a wicket when Hunt played a good shot to mid wicket, only for Dan to field the ball smartly to his left, transfer the ball to his right hand and throw down the stumps with a direct hit from about 25 yards with Hunt straggling to get back but about 2 yards short of his ground. A magnificent piece of fielding from Shagger, and not for the first time this season.

Mogridge and new batsman N Rushby put together a steady partnership without any real fireworks. Paul tied them down pretty well bowling his 4 overs for a miserly 11 runs and Shag, who replaced Rog after 2 overs, was unlucky not to take a wicket.
It was Iain ‘Dion’ Warwick who made the next breakthrough with the prize wicket of Mogridge, the spinning ball well held by Pikey at point. Not a bad wicket to get as your first for the Casuals. Congratulations, Dion!

Another wicket fell to a run out in the next over: the ball squirted into the slip area, the non-striker called the run but Rushby was on his heels, enabling the skipper to come in from gully and throw down the stumps at the bowler’s end with another direct hit.
Iain then followed up his first wicket with another in his final over (a wicket maiden), this time caught by Paul at mid off and the CBBs were reeling at 59-4 off 16. This was a brilliant spell from Iain who found the edge on numerous occasions and finished with figures of 2 for 10.

The 17th over was bowled by Tesh who had previously bowled two overs for 8 runs and he continued to bowl another good one here but he was let down in the field when a couple of easy stops went through for 4s when they should have been singles. He did have the consolation of a wicket, caught & bowled, however. 71-5 off 17.
Rog came back to finish his spell, taking two wickets in the 18th over, one bowled, one lbw. 73-7 off 18.

The remaining batsmen then tried to up the ante and the last two overs brought them 25 runs as Tesh lost his line a bit and the Casz fielding was not as sharp as it could have been, allowing them to turn singles into twos as they ran everything. CBBs final total: 98-7 off the full 20 overs, about 10 more than they should have got, but still gettable.

J Bannister 4-1-20-2
P Stephens 4-1-11-0
Dan Lewis 4-0-22-0
I Warwick 4-1-10-2
Tesh Hirani 4-0-33-1

Johnny F and Manish opened and were going along steadily until Manish, who had seen very little strike, hit a leg side full toss straight to the square leg fielder who held a good catch above his head. A foot higher and it would have been 4 runs – that’s cricket for you.

Kim came in and scored freely early on but was undone by a loopy spinner that just clipped the top of leg stump as Kim looked to hit the ball into orbit. Easy came to the crease looking for his first run of the season, but he’ll have to wait a little longer as he was out lbw hit on the back leg right in front. 40-3 after 9 overs.

Next batsman Pikey continued his recent run of good form as he and JF kept the board ticking over for the next few overs, not taking any risks but taking ones and twos and putting the bad balls away to stay up with the rate. We were 73-3 after 16 overs, needing 26 to win off the last 4.

The 17th over brought an enforced change of bowling and Pikey took a real liking to him, taking 14 runs off the over including 2 boundaries, one of which was a superb cover drive, easily the shot of the day.

12 needed off three and a no-risk policy was adopted against Mogridge who had started to turn the ball sharply. The batsmen milked him for four singles plus a couple of extras and so we needed 6 off two. JF hit a two back over the bowler’s head and then, in a lapse of concentration, was bowled trying to run the ball to third man, ending a 55 run partnership with the Pikester.

Paul was almost bowled first ball, but survived and a bye was taken. With three needed to win off the last over, Paul got to the pitch of Mogridge’s first ball, thus negating the turn, and smacked him back over his head for four and a much needed victory for the Casuals by 6 wickets, with Pikey unbeaten for a well played 29.

J Furnham – bowled 35
M Vyas – caught 0
K Swain – bowled 16
C Ryde – lbw 0
J Pike – not out 29
P Stephens – not out 4



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