Match Report vs Penarth
09 May 2010@ Penarth (Skipper Captain Dan, Report Muff)
On a fair but cold Sunday we all finally made it to the scene
of a few inglorious matches and were greeted by a bunch of
athletic looking yoofs wearing flip flops and shorts and an
old bloke. Hmmm.
Skipper Dan won the toss and put the oppo in and Winkie
and Dan opened the bowling against a left right combo. After
a fair bit of playing and missing and a couple of sharp chances
going down the openers got into their stride picking off anything
off line or short and helped by some rather comical fielding
got Penarth running.
Nads and JCB (good one Richie!) took over and both struggled
to find a rhythm against two set batsmen and with no chances
being offered drinks were taken with Penarth over 100 for
none it was going to be uphill from here.
D.T and Pabs up next and in the context of the game Dave
did a good job and with a little bit of luck could have had
both of the openers out. The lefty got his ton and duly retired
and the other reached his and promptly gave us the first wicket
of the day with a smart caught and bowled by Paul. With only
a couple of overs left they gave it a slap and Shakey on for
Pabs picked up the other wicket of the day Pabs being kind
to his brother and not dropping a simple one at midwicket.
Penarth finishing on 262-2 off the 40.
Good effort also by Scott behind the stumps who offered even
though he hasnt done it that often and all he got for his
troubles were two bruised hands and abuse.
And so to tea. Good spread, fair amount of cakeage, although
someone seemed to trouser all the chocolate rolls, good egg
sandwiches mind but still not a patch on Llanarth and a tidy
cup of tea set us up for the reply. Well, most of us as Richie,
Dave and Shakey were supposedly collared by the tea lady who
demanded that they stay and finish everything off. Where were
Mr. Cheese and Big Willy strode manfully to the wicket,
well Will did, Ed's trousers crutch hanging down to his knees
precluded any machismo on his part but made amends as he continued
his good form with his now trademarked shot 'the cheese slice'
and some spirited running as himself and Will put on a good
start against some tasty bowling. D.T came on to umpire and
got straight into the spirit of the game giving Will out L.B.W
for a nice 20 which made us laugh a little harder than Will
as Dave's finger moved quicker than any of us had seen any
of his body parts move before.
Shakey came in and looked rusty as it was his first meaningful
knock for a while and soon perished to a quick lefty bowled
for 2. Muff up and discovers the lefty is rather quick, the
ball smacking into the bat but mostly flying outside off which
he mostly failed to reach. The token old bloke came on to
bowl and tossed up some very slow “spinners” which
were infuriating to play but it didnt stop Ed reaching his
second half-century of the season before being bowled for
54. Shandy got stuck in and overtook Muff in about 10 balls
shortly before Muff was out caught behind for a boycottesque
Unfortunately Shandy went soon after with a quickfire 25
caught and bowled by the rubbish bowler who then got Nads
bowled for 3 and JCB 0 caught.
Paul with 12, Dan with 11 and Andy with 10 not-out offered
some resistance but when Dave was bowled for 2 we were way
behind, finishing on 173 all out in the 38th over.
Funnily i thought we batted ok and I think we should back
ourselves to bat first against some of these bigger teams.
Thats not a criticism of Dan who as usual does a bloody sterling
job for this club, just a thought [ED - in defense, I was
going to bat first but given the 'look' of the oppo, I thought
I'd make the game last past 5pm...]
Thanks to Andy F for his inimitable scoring and cheers for
the lift Will.