Match Report vs Sully
Spartans 3 May 2010@ Sully (Skipper and Report Captain
Another sunny day – it’s a miracle! Can’t
remember if the toss was won or lost but the Casuals were
fielding. In a unforeseen change of plan the overs were restricted
to 6 per bowler which was fortunate as the Cazh had a few
options…it was Captain Dan and JcB (new nick name Digger)
that opened up Dan coming down the hill and Digger coming
up. There was a very short boundary on the side opposite to
the pavilion and down the slope was always going to be difficult
to stop the 4’s. The pair started well, Digger’s
first 4 overs were maidens, the last a wicket maiden with
Pablo taking a catch at mid wicket. Dan took a wicket in his
3rd over bowling the batsman who had pulled something in the
previous over and required a runner – which added much
hilarity as he kept forgetting not to run. 21-2 off 12overs.
Things were looking rosy.
Change of bowler brought on Steveo and Dev. Steveo took a
wicket in his second over caught by Ash behind the stumps.
Dev toiled away without success and was punished once an over
with a boundary, but there were some very good deliveries
mixed in. The opener and no5 looked comfortable and started
to pick up the tempo. 78-3-22overs.
Muff and Pablo were the next pair to bowl and Paul took the
wicket of the opener (51) caught by Muff in his second over.
Unfortunately that brought in another batsman who looked to
hit out, both Muff and Paul took the brunt of the abuse from
the no5 aided by the new batsman. The fielding again this
year was a below par and singles were turned into 4’s
near the short boundary on the slope. 153-4-31overs.
The last 9 overs were shared between Richie, Pikey and Kim,
each bowled well with out reward, and the Cazh were helped
out by the no5 retiring hurt on 104 (he’d allegedly
been injured before he started…). Kim took the two remaining
wickets with the last 2 balls of the innings both bowled.
The Spartans finished on a large total of 228-6.
Shag – 6 (overs)-0 (maidens) – 13 (runs) –
Digger – 6-4-4-1
Steveo – 4-0-24-1
Dev – 6-0-32-0
Muff – 4-0-32-0
Paul – 5-0-55-1
Richie – 3-0-18-0
Pikey – 3-0-12-0
Kim – 3-0-28-2
No tea was had as the Spartan’s had a deal with a local
restaurant – the Seashore Grill, near the Captain’s
Wife pub and the Cazh were promised a plentiful tea after
the game. So it was a quick turn around before the Cazh openers
– Kim and Britpop strode to the middle. By this time
the wind had picked up and when the sun went in – it
was bloody freezing, some of the Cazh took the move of watching
from the pavilion whilst the rest trudged to the closest but
distant boundary edge, exposed to all the elements - effectively
sitting in the middle of an open field at the seaside in a
gale. However the Cazh manned up...and put on n all the clothes
they had, padded up, scored, umpired or worked the video camera
to take their minds off the cold. Comparisons were made to
Pentwyn..."Muff asked a local if the weather is always
like this up here the reply was no, sometimes it rains!"
The Spartan’s opened up with a swing bowler down the
hill and moonball bowler from the sea end. The moonball bowler
looked like every ball should have been smacked into the sea…however,
his length was spot on and took the first wicket of Kim in
the 8th over, Kim stranded on the crease trying to smack it
and was bowled (12). Watching from the sidelines Muff came
in and knew exactly how to play this bowler…right up
until the point he tried to tw*t it, mistimed it and put it
right down the throat of the mid wicket fielder (9). Pikey
was in next and did exactly the same thing 2 balls later (0).
The Cazh had now lost 3 of their top 4 batsman in the 10th
over for 34.
After beating the batsmen for pace the devastating moonball
bowler was taken off, but the next bowler took the wicket
of new batsman Richie 1st ball (2). 47-4-13overs. While all
this was going on Britpop was busy defending and trying to
find the middle of his bat. Next in was Steveo. Steveo started
unusually with four singles, but once his ‘eye’
was in he started the clubbing. Darren continued taking the
singles and giving much of the strike to Steveo. The score
began to increase and by the drinks break at 20 overs the
score had reached 103.
Not wishing to put Steveo off as he was approaching his half
century the Cazh stayed quiet during the drinks break, knowing
he was better off being blissfully unaware...after the restart
Britpop began to increase pace and hit a 2, Ash thinking Darren
was Steveo (they looked vaguely similar given the multiple
layers) shouted well done Steveo and started to clap..until
the rest of the team pointed out his mistake. The hairy warrior
now knew that he was very close to 50 got jittery and he began
to ‘think’ about what he was doing which was destined
for failure. However, 3 overs later he managed to sneak the
final single required for 50. With the score on 131 after
26overs Steveo was finally out bowled (56) and an excellent
partnership of 86.
Paul joined Darren and lasted 3 overs before being run out
for 3. Ash was next in and survived 4 balls before being the
next victim (0). Shag next up started with a 4. Britpop not
realising he too was nearing his maiden half century began
to hit out, unfortunately he fell 5 runs short bowled. An
excellent innings and just what was required. Dev joined Shag
and hit a few good square cuts for 4. The partnership lasted
24 runs before Dev was run out (13) going for a 2nd run when
the ball was already in the fielders hands. Lastman Digger
came to the middle and scored a 4 before Shag was caught for
12, leaving the Cazh all out for 177 in the 38th over.
Both teams were joyous to be out of the freezing cold, and
made their way to the Seashore Grill, where, as promised the
biggest tea of the season was provided – hot and cold,
meats, pasties, pasta, sandwiches, quiche, chicken wings,
cakes and salad (which was the only thing that was left!).
A good game once again against the Spartans in a good friendly
atmosphere, the only thing dampening the mood was the bitter
cold (and another loss).
Kim – 12 (b)
Darren – 45 (b)
Muff – 9 (ct)
Pikey – 0 (ct)
Richie 2 (b)
Steveo 56 (b)
Paul – 3 (ro)
Ash – 0 (b)
Shag – 12 (ct)
Dev – 13 (ro)
JB – 4 no