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Match Report vs Barry Athlectic 26th September 2010@ Baltonborough (Skipper Dan, report Cheese)

After a good win at the Wanderers a buoyant caz team arrived at Barry Athletic looking to finish a difficult season with a final victory. Athletic were put into bat and the cazh actually did a bit of catching practice...

Winkie opened from the far end with a niggling line just out side off just short of a length. In his second over he found the outside edge twice only to see it fly through the slip cordon and evade Dion’s desperate attempt coming around from fine leg. Although driven through the off-side a couple times Winkie returned his normal impeccable figures and not for the first time this season was the best bowler from either side but did not pick up that elusive wicket.

Dion opened up from the near end and after struggling with his line started a steady spell with the obligatory bad ball an over being dispatched to the boundary. In his fourth over the batsmen had wild air shot missed and was bowled. A breakthrough that the caz were hoping capitalise on. Two overs later Dion snared his second victim with a good catch by Kim at deep mid wicket. Dion finished his spell without conceding another boundary.

81 for 2 off 16 overs

DT and Dan took the first change honours. DT was swept for 4 off his first ball and from then on probably bowled slightly too straight and was taken for runs mainly on the leg side. DT toiled away managing to induce a false drive from the commanding looking number 3, Shandy on his return match dropped one that he would take 99 times out of 100. DT got his wicket in his final over tossing the ball up outside off with the batsmen trying to cut got a thin top edge and Steve-O took an awesome low catch going away from him.

During DT’s spell Winkie was constantly winging the ball back in from mid-off, the batsmen decided to take Winkie on one too many times and through a ricochet off DT the number 3 was run out, a bit fortunate on reflection due to a generous umpire but we have had a few the other way so I’ll take that one.

Dan started off at his frugal best conceding only 11 runs off his first 3 overs, then just at the start his fourth over there was a batsman conference and Dan’s next 5 overs went for 42. Shakey did a sterling job at deep mid off but the batsmen just took a liking to Dan and went after everything.

With score being 180 for 4 after 30 overs the death overs where not going to be for the faint hearted and Pablo and Goff stepped up to the plate.

Pablo taking over from DT, kept a tight line with the batsmen struggling to get him off the square, in the end the pressure told with the batsmen chipping one to Dan at mid wicket. Pablo bowled the majority of his remaining overs at the only bunny in their line up.

This meant that Goff was left pitching his wits against the set batsmen, he took at bit of a mauling in his first 2 ½ overs then picked up a reward for his perseverance bowling the number 5.

Barry Athletic finishing 240 for 6, not that the score reflects it but the bowling and fielding was not bad it was a more a good batting display from the oppo, especially the singles between the boundaries.

Bowling Figures
Winkie: 8 overs – 0 maidens – 35 runs – 0 wickets
Dion: 8-0-40-2
DT: 7-0-47-1
Dan: 8-0-53-0
Paul: 5-0-20-1
Goff: 4-0-33-1

Tea was ok not the best I have had there but nowhere near the worst of the season, not enough crisps though.

Ed and Kim opened up for the caz with personal goals probably at the fore, more than the improbable run chase.

They started off well hit a couple boundaries in the opening overs which was made easier by the square reaching the boundary on one side. Partnership continued well reaching fifty in the 11th over. Then the first change was introduced and the quality of the bowling dipped although the spinner that came on the near end had the unusual ability to bowl with either arm which confused Dan when calling out the action to the left and right hand combination. Kim looked to up the rate and aim for the two sixes that he needed to go past the current record but not for the first time this season, mistimed a full toss swat and was out caught.

Shandy was next in and had to start learning how to bat again and the rate slowed with Ed slashing wildly at the other end. In the 17th over Ed’s time was up and sent one straight to point and was out caught, Steve-O was in next and after a couple out of character singles got the dreaded straight one and was out bowled.

At drinks the caz were 86-3.

Shandy had got himself into the groove by this time and had hit a couple of trademark cover drives. Shakey on the other hand was struggling after his heroics in the field had made his back flare up. Annoyingly for Shandy just as he was looking to open up was out caught for a classy 16. Goff was in next and the fast bowler had him on the hop straight away and finally stepping back to one too many and was bowled.

Pablo was in next and looked to drop anchor to stop the spate of wickets, though there was nothing he could do to help Shakey who after managing 8 overs decide enough was enough and retired hurt.

Winkie joined Pablo in the middle only to see him shovel a simple catch to mid wicket.
Dan was next out of the hutch and as normal decided that attack was the best form of defence and hoisted the biggest 6 of the day into the private car park at least 30 feet over the boundary rope.

Winkie joined Dan in his attacking freedom, thus starting a partnership of 45runs in 8 overs (57 total partnership) with Dan hitting 3 huge sixes.
Dan in the end tried to fetch one from too far outside the off stump and was caught in the deep.

Winkie only lasted one over more being caught behind and DT could not continue his batting prowess from earlier in the season being bowled first ball. Dion being left stranded on 4.

Caz all out for 146

Ed; caught 39
Kim; caught 28
Shandy; caught 16
Steve-O; bowled 2
Shakey; retired hurt 2
Goff; bowled 1
Pablo; caught 0
Winkie; caught 21
Dan; caught 38
Dion; not out 4
DT; bowled 0

In the end like a lot of this season we lost to a team with a bit more quality than us.



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