Match Report vs Tintern
01July 2012@ Tintern (Skipper Ed, report Adam Offshore)
Seeing as we only played one game throughout the whole of
June, I would suspect that most of the team were not overly
confident on a full game, especially with the clouds looming
over the small, picturesque ground at Tintern with the ominous
yet amazing looking Abbey in the background.
Everyone seemed amazed that I was able to turn up to this
game, even though I was not playing (not sure where these
opinions manifested from!) with SteveO (who kindly took the
place of PeteObee at the last minute!) gracing us with his
presence at 14.05 with his woolly hat on and locks of grey
hair coming out the sides!
Toss was won by the stand-in toss skipper Pablo, who to DT's
disappointment decided to bat first (I guess he wanted a rest
after the tea that would come later).
With the sun peeking through and warming up the ground slightly,
JF and Tickle opened the batting, giving us a reasonable opening
stand of 21 from 6 overs, unfortunately 2 quick wickets fell,
Tickle fell first for 12 off 19 balls, quickly followed by
Pablo 2 balls later for a duck. Richie then came in for I
believe his first game in a while and provided a stand of
13 runs with JF for the 3rd wicket, before he was snatched
at deep square leg (even though on this ground DEEP is not
really the word!) while trying to pull the ball out the ground.
SteveO then bounded in to what we all hoped would be an entertaining
innings and with a boundary 4 off his 3rd ball, he gave us
hope. Unfortunately as with most Casz innings these sometimes
don't go our way and another 4 wickets fell for 30 runs. Being
64-7 at the 22nd over, it seemed that an early tea was on
the cards. HOWEVER, if a captain's innings was ever called
for, now was the time and Cheese did not disappoint, hitting
any loose deliveries to the boundary which was richly needed.
He held a stand of 26 with Shakes, which brought in Winkie
who to begin with was just happy rotating the strike so that
our amazing (his request) captain could continue to hit the
maximums to what was the be the inning's highest total of
40. Good hit skip!
DT then nervously walked into the middle, while the rest
of us wondered how long he would last (I think SteveO guessed
5 overs) and also whether he was a better batsman that Pete!!
I will leave it there.
DT surprised us all and gave a brilliant rear-guard defence
while Winkie took over the senior batman mantle. Winkie ending
on 27 off 33 balls and DT 3 off 20 balls NOT OUT!
We must thank Cheese for his contribution which got us to
a respectable total of 149 off 37.4 overs, especially on a
track that produced a lot of uneven bounce.
JF, caught, 14
Tickle, bowled, 12
Pablo, bowled, 0
Richie, bowled, 11
SteveO, caught, 6
Goff, LBW, 0
Ash, bowled, 3
Cheese, bowled, 40
Shakes, caught, 8
Winkie, LBW, 27
DT, NOT OUT, 3
To everyone's surprise I joined in with the tea, but I did
not care as I was hungry!! A nice addition to tea on this
occasion were the coronation chicken sandwiches .
Knowing the state of the track, we were confident in our
bowling that we would be able to defend 149.
Winkie and Cheese opened up the bowling and did very well
to keep their batsman on their toes and unable to pick up
runs off the bat. Three wickets fell quickly in the space
of 9 overs for only 15 runs, two bowled for Winkie and one
bowled for Cheese. Unfortunately our magnificent skipper is
actually human and snuffed a simple, in my opinion, caught
and bowled chance. However, both continued bowling miserly
with each ending their spells on decent figures, especially
With the pace bowling over, Cheese's only options were the
slower bowlers (yes Tesh this includes yourself!). DT was
first change and immediately decided giving the opposition
some runs, thinking it would be fair, was the way to go and
went for 12 off his first over. Tesh, being told he must bowl
seam, continued from the other end and started well keeping
it line and length. Within the period that DT and Tickle bowled
two more wickets fell one after the other (1 run between them),
a bowled for Tesh and a catch by skipper Cheese (you just
cant keep him out of it) for DT. By the end of Tickle's spell,
the score was 40 for 5 after 14 overs, knowing that a win
was well within scope.
JF then came on for what was his one and only over which
not only wielded two wickets (good on him!), an LBW and a
hard catch by Richie (bet he was relieved after previously
dropping one in the same position of deep square leg) which
removed their opener who had been in for 66 balls to only
get 26 runs, but the over also went for 13 runs, so skipper
Cheese felt that that would be good enough for JF and took
Pablo and SteveO the bowled tight lines and lengths and mopped
up the tail for another 13 runs. Pablo getting two bowled
wickets and SteveO snatching a wicket caught and bowled which
seemed to surprise everyone.
Cazh win by 53 runs (I realise I have missed out on a couple
of dropped catches, but I can't remember when that happened
and who did it!)
Winkie, 5 overs 6 runs, 2 wickets
Cheese, 4 overs 11 runs, 1 wicket
DT, 6 overs 34 runs, 1 wicket
Tickle, 4 overs 22 runs, 1 wicket
JF, 1 over 13 runs, 2 wickets
Pablo, 3 overs 5 runs, 2 wickets
DT, 2 overs 3 runs, 1 wicket
Good all round performance from the team with runs from most
of the team and wickets shared round to all. However, I would
say that MofM is our skipper Cheese, well done fella! If I
have left anything else out, speak up!
Drinks at the pub next to the ground, with most of us deciding
to walk there, while some lazy sods drove the 100 yards.