Match Report vs Barry
Wanderers 16 September 2012@ Wenvoe (Skipper and report
As some of you might have seen on the forum from Richie’s
post, first up things did not go well. 70 for 7 at 2:25 though
this was not our nadir this happen 25 minutes before at 35
With all due respect I will gloss over the top 6 batting
performance, JF; Britpop; Tesh; Richie will all be annoyed
at the way they perished. JR had a rush of blood to the head
but not the legs as he attempted a suicidal second. Steve-o
had a horrible dismissal losing a full toss in the background
and getting bowled.
Now there are some batsmen in our squad that are a joy to
watch in full flow but Shandy is not one of them…. I
jest Shandy’s cover drive is one of the shots that would
go into a fictional composite casuals batsmen, straight away
a pitch that had looked like a minefield was turned into a
flat track. The run rate increased dramatically with Shandy
finding the boundary boards and Pablo who had now arrived
at the crease providing a steady presence.
Shandy finally went caught and bowled after providing an
invaluable 31, then it was the captain’s turned to face
the music three balls before drinks after winning the toss
and deciding to bat.
114 balls later the casuals were all out for 135, with some
great early defensive work by Pablo before being caught at
midwicket trying to get on with it. Cheese was bowled in the
penultimate over trying to slog one to cow. Foxy had JR like
rush of blood and was run out trying to get Winkie back on
strike for the last over.
Considering where we were it was not a bad finish but we
were still around 20 to 25 runs short of a par total.
Tea was as good as always though I must say there was a certain
lack of relish in the attack of the sandwich laden table and
it was hoped this malaise would not continue into the bowling
The first 16 overs of our fielding innings were fairly straight
forward with Winkie getting glanced and edged behind square
with annoying regularity with no joy; cheese had slightly
more fortune after softening the batsmen with a full bunger
bowling him with a slower ball the next delivery.
Then we had the over of the day from Pablo though he was
not the star of it, Shandy at square leg had started prowling
determine not to give away a single. The batsmen shovelled
one off his hip and for all the world looked like it was going
to be a single down to Richie at a deep 45°, Shandy had
other ideas, making up the ground and took a great diving
one handed catch. This brought in Mr Fenton, would had a look
at the first one and heaved the second one to mid-wicket with
Tesh covering around to stop two but to everyone’s amazement
the ball never reached him as between the bat and Tesh was
the figure of JF who had leaped salmon like into the air and
had taken the catch.
Two wickets in three balls and the casuals were in the hunt
and the effort from all eleven did not diminish unfortunately
the flow of wickets did and Pablo after double wicket maiden
to start, did not pick up any more though finished with the
figures of the day (8 overs 4 maidens 7 runs 2 wickets) and
Richie, Foxy, Steve-o and Tesh all bowling tidy spells but
not getting the breakthrough.
There were however two run outs with cheese and Jam combining
to make the most of a mix up between the batsmen and Britpop
swooping onto the ball from mid on with steve-o delivering
the coup da grace with the batsmen trying to pinch a single.
The Wanderers completed their chase with three overs to go
with the number 4 hitting the winning runs after completing
a watchful half century.
A game of what ifs and if onlys; a pity that two great catches
had to go down to losing cause but I thoroughly enjoyed myself
and there is not much more to want for a slightly dreary Sunday
afternoon in September.