Match Report vs Llanvapley
25 July 2021 @ Llanvapley (Skipper and report Rob)
After our opposition were unable to field a side, Fixtures
genius Shakes found us a game at 48 hours notice against Llanvapley.
We’d not played them for some time, but were pencilled
in to play them in August, a few weeks later.
A Yellow Weather Warning had been issued for South Wales,
so the Cazh arrived in bright sunshine, slathering on suntan
Due to technological reasons, the Cazh had 12 players with
Super Foxy rocking up to field like a demon before watching
With the Cazh significantly outnumbering their opponents,
they approached their Agincourt in the shape of a rural Powys
With the hillsides stacked with Welsh longbows, the Cazh
confidently plodded their way through the boggy valley unaware
of their imminent demise.
"Once more unto the breech, dear friends, once more."
The Llanvapley skipper was on hols, so a previous captain
brought back some old-school rules: a timed game. As skipper
Rob was late, touring the surrounding villages, Dan tossed
and appropriately lost it. The Cazh were in the field, not
really knowing what we were doing, so familiar territory.
We think we were to bowl for as many overs as we could before
430, so around 35-40 overs in 150 minutes.
30 minutes for tea
Bat for 90 minutes, then 20 overs after that.
All 10 wickets needed to be taken for the win so all results
were on the table, more options than we realised.
We started 10 minutes late, but that seemed to be forgotten.
Dan to open out from the Residential Houses End. With a 10
pint, bottle of wine, and only one shot hangover to deal with,
he proceeded to bowl 10 overs on the spin. Really settling
in to a lovely line in the 9th over. Before that, the wicket
was doing all sorts. Good or bad, it was kicking up or keeping
The batsmen had several deliveries get big on them, and Dan
was creating catching opportunities. Pabs and DaveW took their
catching chances. Dan’s third wicket was bowled with
the pitch ‘doing a bit’.
Pabs from the other end threw down 5 overs of off-spin, leg-spin
and doosras. Plenty of chances, mostly to Will, who had the
ball landing in front and behind him wherever he went in the
field but no luck for Pabs.
Goff to replace Pabs, who bowled 8 overs of mostly tidy stuff
- keeping the run rate manageable. Tesh took a catch of Goff
as the batsmen tired a bit. Goff came back at the end for
one over, running out of time before he could bowl his 10th
DT, after putting his feet up, came on to bowl some spinny
stuff. The wicket was drying out, so plenty of variety. They
seemed to mostly stick and pop up at a handy hitting height,
rather than slide on as his bowling usually would. The batsmen
were kindly giving us fielding practice. Sadly, we declined
the numerous catching opportunities. As usual, it’s
DIY bowling - so DT’s wicket came from one that kept
low and bowled their set batter.
Foxy and Tim came on for a few overs. Shah, looking comfy,
whacked anything and everything over, between and through
the Cazh boundary fielders, building his way to a decent score
of 93 not out.
Shakes came on for a few overs at the end as both batsmen
were opening up, with a chance taken by Tesh for his second
catch of the match off the new batsmen.
Llanvapley - 214/6 - 37 overs.
After a 30 minute tea, Tesh and Shakes opened up with a steady
start until Tesh (13) was caught off Squire, the first of
Squire’s three caught wickets. Will was out for 0 in
the next over, caught well at square leg with the fielder
diving to a well hit pull shot.
DaveW (5) and Rob (2) soon followed, caught and then bowled,
respectively. The opposition, having 4 quick bowlers and taking
all their catching chances, were well ahead at this point
with the Cazh eyeing up a tied game.
Dan (11) and Shakes (18) were now batting together, with
Dan going the Rishabh Pant route of batting to a draw by giving
it a whack. In the 19th over, Dan creamed one back at Shakes
who tried to dodge and weave but got clonked above the elbow
(and still went for a boundary). The game was suspended at
this point so Shakes could get an x-ray at the local hospital
- luckily it was bruising but it looked potentially worse
at the time.
A well fought draw with Shakes MOTM for salvaging a draw
(no result?) from the depths of defeat. We do it all again
at Llanvapley two weeks later. Hopefully a 40 over game and
with no trips to Neville Hall.
Cazh - 56/4 - 18.3 overs.
M.Stephens 18 n.o.
D.Lewis 11 n.o.