Match Report vs Malpas
13 May 2012@ Malpas (Skipper and report Ed)
After last years thrashing the team turned up to the ground
with a certain amount concern that this was going to be long
day at the office. The captains walked out to the wicket with
the general conversion about lost games to the weather and
the like, though the conversion ended abruptly with the oppo
captain mentioning they scored 250 plus the day before. With
a gulp the coin was tossed and I lost only to find us inserted
into bat. Their captain then confessed that they had been
struggling for players and had a very scratch side out.
JF and Tesh took responsible for the new ball, the wicket
was pretty good but slow with a tennis ball bounce, JF started
by whipping one off the leg stump to the fine leg boundary.
The next 6 overs carried on smoothly with neither batsmen
looking trouble with the mix seam and swing. After a couple
of terrible balls from the lad bowling out swingers from the
pavilion end, he started one on leg and shaped it to middle
and off castling JF for a confident 17. Adam O on debut was
in at 3 had one whistle pass his outside edge, played a lovely
off drive for no run and then had a wild swish, top edged
and was back in the hutch to continue his scoring duties.
Luvers marched out to the wicket with girlfriend paying more
attention to the Manchester clubs scores than the cricket.
After a couple overs watching and waiting, Luvers hit two
fours in succession both back foot punches that were the shots
of the day.
A change in the bowling brought on a pupil from the school
that Tesh teaches at. Now I know we always talk about positive
encouragement rather negative reinforcement but I did think
this mantra would demonstrated by Tesh, with the first ball
down leg I though Tesh would nudge and take the one but no
he smashed it down to the boundary, well fair enough it was
down leg. Next ball straight though a bit short which Tesh
pumped over mid on for another four, hope I never have Tesh
as a teacher!!
A mini-me JB had taken over at the nets end, who was bowling
leg spin with the occasional wrong ‘un, the bowler started
well but by the time Luvers had taken him for couple of 4’s
and 6’s he lost any rhythm.
Tesh had still been slowly accumulating runs through Luvers
initial attack on the bowling though the leg spin had settled
back down into a rhythm now and after a couple of stock balls
sent down the wroung’un which Tesh did not pick and
was hit on the knee roll in front of middle and the dreaded
finger was raised.
This brought Bowesy out to the middle and after a slowish
start to this innings his first scoring shot was a massive
6 over the road at the pavilion end, which started a bit of
tit for tat between Luvers and Bowesy which saw them put on
60 runs in 6 overs, which propelled us to 136 - 3 off 21 overs
with Luvers getting his fifty as well. Once Luvers had reached
fifty he started paying the buffet bowlers a bit more respect
maybe eyeing up a maiden ton or after the 5th lost ball the
captain mentioned that we would have to bowl with what was
ever left. Either way Luvers played his first defensive shot
in awhile but practise makes perfect and was bowled for a
quick but classy 57 off 42 balls.
This left the cazh in unfamiliar territory of having a competitive
total with 18 overs to go 6 wickets in hand. Paul strode out
at 6, looking to pass the strike to Bowesy who was still putting
the ball where he wanted to occasionally finding the fielders
but general working in 4’s and 6’s.
Pablo got the only good ball of the day which kept a little
low and was castled for 8, bring Goff to the wicket, who got
rapped on the pad but had seemed to have survived his first
ball only for the dreaded finger to raised after we had all
Trev (Bambi) was walking out for his cazh innings with the
score at 174-6 a more comfortable position than many cas batsmen
have walked out to. Bowesy had worn down the oppo this time
and the fielding was very ragged which calumniated in the
Bowesy and Bambi enjoying a century partnership which included
Unfortunately for Bowesy he left himself stranded on 91 but
great knock though maybe more for concentration rather than
the threat of the bowling. Equally most of the batsmen can
feel themselves lucky as I think 4 of the top 5 were dropped
at least once.
JF – 14 (1x4), bowled
Tesh – 36 (6x4), lbw
Adam O – 0, caught
Luvers - 57 (6x4, 3x6), bowled
Pete B – 91 (9x4, 4x6), not out
P Stephens – 8, bowled
G Day – 0, lbw
T Bamber – 30 (3x4)
DNB – cheese, Shakey, DT
Cazh finishing on 277-6.
Now for the much talked about tea, not the delicious pastries
we were spoilt with last year though even so a good array
of sandwiches and cakes. I would say though 30% of the table
was taken up by some green stuff part of which was celery.
Quick food fact it takes more calories to digest celery than
it gives you back. Some of the casuals could not keep themselves
away this devil food; I can not even say they covered it in
mayonnaise. I have to say this is Adam’s second warning
about this type of behaviour and feel that any more of this
might need more serious sanctions.
After listening to Man city’s two goals in extra time
the casuals took the field to defend a massive total.
DT and Shakes took the opening overs with the wicket that
had dried out, was slow and had started to turn. Shakes started
nicely with two maidens thought the opposition made their
intentions clear with the opener attempting two reserve sweeps.
DT took the first three wickets bring the innings to life,
the first was a terrific stumping by Goff with the reserve
sweeper going for what looked like the “Dilshan”
and over balancing out of his crease; second was bowled with
the batsmen playing all around to a straight one, the last
was a ball that beat the batsmen in flight who pushed the
ball out to Bowesy in the covers. Shakey then joined the party
with two wickets, getting an lbw decision with the batsmen
playing back and then ripping one through the gate.
Adam had taken over from DT at the pavilion end and half
way through Adam’s second over Goff commented on something
that I for one had failed to notice, I think my mind had drifted
to the nights TV and takeaway, Adam was using a grunt to help
him propel the ball down the 22 yards that bit harder. Which
moved my thoughts to grunting tennis players and in turn grunting
female tennis players which was where the monica for Adam
was born, Maria (Sharapova).
Cheese was on for Shakey and was whipped for 4 off leg stump
a couple of times before their captain decide to smash one
through cover only to find the safe hands of Bambi at extra
cover and off he went plodding back to the hutch.
Adam, grunts and all had hit his straps and was bowling with
good pace and line which found him beating the batsmen defensive
push and clattering into the off stump.
The 9, 10 & jack batsmen started a procession of Russian
dolls with each one coming out smaller than the last. Cheese
bowled the first with kept slow and nicked the outside of
Maria had the next with a slower ball pegging back the top
Trevor rounded things up taking the last wicket with surprising
an inswinger where the height difference between bowler and
batsmen was about 2 foot!
Shakey – 6 overs; 2 maidens; 20 runs; 2 wickets
DT – 6; 0; 14; 3
Cheese – 4; 0; 16; 2
Maria – 5; 0; 10; 2
Bambi – 1.4; 0; 3; 1
No real excitement in the fielding we bowled straight and
caught the ones that counted.
Back to the clubhouse to discuss debuts made on the day; glories
and ignominies of the past and if it was possible to buy cheese
a saddle to ride the Great Dane back home with the oppo nowhere
to be seen.
Won by 206 runs but will be harder next year.