Match Report vs Llanarth
27 July 2010@ Llanarth (Skipper and Report Captain
The return of the sun was a welcome sight, even if it was
swelteringly hot and muggy. The majority of the Cazh were
on time, apart from Opener Britpop, so when the toss was lost
and the Cazh inserted Lovers took Britpop’s place and
opened with Cheese. Llanarth’s team consisted of a couple
of first teamers, a couple of older players and the rest 16/17
year olds and a 13 year old. The field was gorgeous, but the
wicket started well, but started to break up quite quickly.
Cheese started with a single, and Lovers started with a 6.
Unfortunately Ed’s innings was cut short after just
6 balls as he played at a wide one and was caught (1) at slip.
10-1-2overs. Goff joined Gareth and played a ‘holding’
position or not hitting any runs tactic. However, this was
partially due to the bowler swinging in a mile and was seaming
as well. Gaz interjected with a couple of 4’s.
Lovers was looking good until he chipped one to mid off (29)
in the 10th over. 39-2. Britpop had by this time turned up
and made his way to the middle. He and Goff battled along
until the 13th over and Goff unleashed with 3 4’s in
succession. Darren then had an altercation with a wasp who
had made Darren’s glove his home whilst he was waiting
to bat, the wasp waited 10 minutes before deciding to unleash,
stinging Darren a number of times on the hand. Britpop battled
on, and hit a lovely cover drive before being bowled for 9
in the 17th over. 66-3. Steveo was next up and worryingly
had been suggesting whilst on the sidelines that he had been
watching a bit of cricket on tv and was thinking of trying
to nurdle rather than slap…however, it was Goff who
was next to fall bowled for 21. 66-4-18overs.
Top nurdler, Shakey was next in and watched as Steveo tried
hard to emulate him. It was Shakey who took on the good bowler
coming down the hill and hit a lovely cover drive for 4, but
two balls later chipped one to point (7). 81-5-20overs. Paul
joined his Steveo, hit a boundary, before going onto blocking
mode against a leg spinner who was getting bounce up the hill.
Steveo perished shortly after being caught (3). Shag next
in. The Cazh were looking in a sorry state, so Llanarth brought
on a bowler who I assume had never bowled before as he proceeded
to bowl a 13 ball over. The problem being that he did occasionally
bowl a straight one…In his 2nd over, it was going the
same way as the first, but Paul got frustrated and played
at a wide one and was caught behind (5). 98-7-24overs.
Winkie joined Shag and the pair tried to at least get to
a defendable total, until Dan tried a defensive prod against
the returning opening bowler and found the ball popping back
to the bowler (14). 118-8-29overs. Andy F and Winkie tried
to stay there for the remaining 10overs prodding an poking
the ball around, until Andy H played on a low one from down
the hill (9). Richie last man in decided to go large from
the off and was caught first ball top edging it to mid wicket,
leaving Andy F beached at the other end. 140ao. At least the
total was pushed up to a sort of defendable total, though
no one was happy with their batting display.
Ed – 1 ct
Gaz – 29 ct
Goff – 21 b
Darren – 9 b
Steveo – 3 ct
Mark – 7 ct
Paul – 5 ct
Dan – 14 ct
Winkie – 9 b
Porno – 9no
Richie – 0 ct
And top scorer extras with a handy 32.
Tea was taken and cleared before the Cazh were back out on
Winkie opened down the hill and struggled with the large
foot hole that had appeared at the crease. With the line a
little wayward, the batsman had a swish and managed to get
off to a flier taking 13 off the first over. Shag bowled up
the hill and evened it out with a maiden. Winkie found his
line and length in his second and tempted the batman into
a drive which he nicked and was excellently (if a little surprisingly)
caught by Steveo behind the stumps. A wicket maiden. Shag
got the next wicket first ball of his second over a ball rising
sharply and again taken by Steveo! Suddenly the smiles were
retreating on the boundary. 13-2-4overs. Andy and Dan bowled
superbly and halted the big number 3 from scoring (although
the book says he started with 2 4’s and apart from the
1st over only Dan got hit for a 4 in the first 12 overs….strange)
anyway, after 12 overs Llanarth had only managed to score
Lovers took over from Andy and Shakey from Dan. Gaz started
with 2 maidens, whilst Shakey started with 2 deliveries that
defied belief, the ball pitched, bounced high and turned about
3 foot. This was going to be interesting. Infact he managed
to get an edge which was taken by Steveo, but not given. The
2 overs later the big number 3 looked to have been run out
by a sharp piece of fielding from Ed, taken by Steveo, but
the oppo’s chairman umpire didn’t give it. This
prompted Gaz to put in an effort ball and managed to strain
his side and had to be replaced. Which was a great shame as
he was bowling very well.
At drinks Llanarth had struggled to 50. It is here that the
scorebook looks to have been stuffed a bit with an over being
attributed to the wrong Stephens brother. Either way, Paul
started with a maiden, and Shakey started with a wicket caught
by none other than Steveo! This brought in a batsman we would
have liked to have kept in, but Shakey’s following over
he could resist taking the caught and bowled. Paul continued
to bowl very well and got his reward with Richie taking the
catch at mid on. This brought in the a big teenager who clubbed
a couple of 4s to cow corner.
On asking how many overs Shakey had left the reply was 2
from the scorers which couldn't be true, but was taken so
Shakey finished his 9 over spell. Goff took over from Paul
and Ed from Shakey. Both bowled very well, and the fielding
continued to be excellent restricting the scoring shots. Ed
was hit for 2 6s by the big number 3, but come back with a
wicket maiden getting the teen. Suddenly Llanarth were struggling.
With 4 overs remaining Llanarth required 22 for victory. Winkie
came back on and fist ball bowled the big number 3. The game
was well and truly on. Ed followed up by bowling the No8.
With 11 required from the last 2 overs with 2 wickets remaining,
the Cazh had to continue their fine bowling and fielding performance.
Unfortunately Captain Dan misfielded a top edge down the hill
and spun away from his hands for 4. Bollocks. The final over
5 was required. Ed took on the job, and the young batsman
squeezed 3 singles. 2 for a win from the last. The field was
shifted slightly but the batsman rocked back and clipped a
match winning boundary to finish the game. Defeat snatched
from the jaws of victory, though given the score the Cazh
would not have bet on such a nail biter.
After playing in games where we have won of the last ball,
however frustrating it is to lose in such a way, hats off
to the young lad who won it for Llanarth and will surely remember
it for quite a while.
The Cazh must be praised for a fantastic bowling and fielding
display, everyone gave 100% and never stopped chasing down
the ball and putting their bodies on the line.
A friendly game on a superb ground.
Well done all.
Winkie – 8-3-28-2
Dan – 6-2-10-1
Gaz – 4-2-6-0
Mark – 9-1-37-2
Paul – 5-1-19-1
Goff – 3-0-10-0
Ed – 5-1-27-2
11 extras (6 wides, 5 byes)