Match Report vs Cross
Keys 06 August 2017 @ Cross Keys (Skipper Dan, report
Pontymister & Cross Keys (Pontkeys) BBQ afternoon
On arriving at the ground I was slightly dubious as to whether
my sat nav had directed me to the correct destination for
my 350th Casz outing. 13:45 and not a sniff of our players
.... only a pungent burning smell in the air ....
The sight of Mark and Paul, whilst not welcoming, was at
least re-assuring that either I was at the right place or
indeed we were all lost.
A spongy, soft and rather muddy looking outfield awaited
us as and after winning the toss Dan decided to put the opposition
in and then have a chase.
Rob, looking decidedly at odds with himself was muttering
that he wouldn’t be able to drive home if he still felt
as rough as he did .... obviously the drive there hadn't registered
as being a problem .... !
Dan opened up from the (non) pavilion end with Pete having
the honour from the pavilion end. Dan removed their #2 (bowled)
third ball without troubling the score and finished his opening
four over salvo with figures of 5-1 which included 2 maidens.
Pete taking a wicket in his second over (#3 bowled for 3)
to leave Pontkeys on 29 for 2 after 8.
Choccy Cheese popped up from down the south west to take
over from Dan and produced an excellent four over burst taking
a wicket in his third over (#4 bowled for 21) ending his spell
with figures of 10 for 1 (including a wicket maiden). Pete
had finished his six over stint and been replaced by Pabs
and by the end of Paul’s 2nd over the oppo were 71 for
3 off 16.
Tim replaced Ed and by drinks PontKeys had lost their 4th
wicket (#5 for 17) caught by Rob off Paul ‘s 4th over
– 89 for 4 off 20
Tim continued for a couple more overs after drinks with Shakes
taking over whilst Pabs bowled through his 7 – not before
removing their #6 batsman – caught by Alex in Paul’s
• Paul should’ve had another wicket in his spell
but the #1 batsman was put down at mid off whilst on about
50 something .... some say that the fielder at mid off whould’ve
been put down as well but the author feels that a little to
Richy took over from Pabs and Pontkeys #1 batsman decided
that he’d help himself to some pies .... by over 28
they’d amassed on to 123 for 5 .... by the end of over
34 that had risen to 163 for 6 with Shakes removing their
#7 (bowled) for 22
Thankfully that was it for Richy with Dan returning from
the pavilion end to finish the innings off with Shakey.
Their #1 batsman got to his 100 and retired around the 36th
Both bowlers taking wickets in their final overs with Shakes
bowling the #9 batsman for 1 and Dan bowling their #8 for
The Pontkeys innings closing on 183 for 9 (including the
retirement) off 40
D Lewis - 7 (overs) 2 (maidens) 15 (runs) 2 (wickets)
P Obee - 6 - 0 – 39 - 1
E Stewart - 4 - 1 – 10 - 1
P Stephens - 7 - 1 – 40 - 2
T Bluff - 4 - 1 – 17 - 0
M Stephens - 8 - 0 – 21 - 2
R Holliday - 4 - 0 – 36 – 0
Tea was a variety of individually purchased BBQ food –
hotdogs with onions, burgers, cheese burgers, bacon rolls
(but they’d run out of bacon) and something else which
I can’t remember – squash and tea/coffee –
see the tea topic
and so to bat ....
Rob and Alex were the opening pairing for the Casuals.
The first over was seen out with just a leg by coming from
it ... in fact the open bowlers first 23 deliveries were dots
and balls 25 to 31 were dots as well with just a single coming
from the 32nd delivery. He’d let himself down with a
6 off his 24th delivery.
Anyhow back to the order of the game ... the second ball
of the bowlers #2 was dispatched by Alex for six .... a large
six .... well over the safety fence protecting the road.
At the end of the sixth over the score had reached 27 –
26 coming from the 2nd bowler and just the leg bye from the
The 3rd bowler was an interesting choice – the opening
batsmen who scored 100 and then retired about 4 overs from
the end of their innings .... he came on and bowled straight
through 8 overs.
Anyhow back to the order of the game ... Rob was the first
batsman to fall with the score on 86 in the 18th over –
an excellent opening partnership with Rob bowled for 20.
Alex was joined by Will at his usual #3 spot. One run later,
but still in the same over Alex fell (caught) for a swashbuckling
59 which included 4 sixes and 6 fours.
Jas was next in and fell caught without troubling the scorers.
– the casuals 93 for 3 off almost 22 overs.
Ed joined Will at the crease and the pair set about building
Jas’ dismissal came in Armstrong’s last over
... quite a day for the first teamer ... 100 runs, retired,
8 overs, 2 maidens, 3 for 15 ...
The pair steadily built the partnership over the next 5 overs
adding a further 16 runs to leave the Casz on 109 for 3 off
They then upped the pace taking 50 off the next 5 overs before
Ed was run out for a very well crafted and eventually quite
Richy in next at number 6 joining Will who was very well
Will allowing Richy to ‘see how it was done’
took 13 off the next over meaning that the Casz only needed
11 to win.
With 8 coming from the 34th over it was left to Richy to
pick his favoured cow corner to seal the win with a boundary
and leave Will with a superb 48 not out.
The Casz winning by six wickets (185/4 off 34.2 overs)
R Owens - 21 (bowled) - (3 x 4s)
A Bywater - 59 (caught) – (6 x 4s & 4 x 6s)
W Mason-Wilkes - 48 not out – (2 x 4s & 4 x 6s)
J Singh - 0 (caught)
E Stewart – 41 (run out) – (2 4s & 3 x 6s)
R Holliday - 6 not out (1 x 4s)
D Lewis – DNB
P Obee – DNB
P Stephens – DNB
M Stephens – DNB
T Bluff – DNB
A very rare occurrence for the Casz ... an excellent win
!!! (and a new ground for me to play at in my #350)