Match Report vs Barry
Wanderers 12 Sept 2021 @ Hayes Point (Skipper Rob,
When did I volunteered to write this match report! Anyway,
we arrived at overcast Hayes Point for another match against
our good old foes Barry Wanderers. On arrival I noticed our
skipper was in a deep conversation with theirs and it turned
out they had even fewer players than we did. We had 10 [Jimbo
to arrive later] and they only had 6.
For this reason it was agreed they will bat first and depending
on the game situation could bat twice. Lovers and DT opened
the bowling and fair to say their opener Neil took a liking
to Lovers’ short stuff as they raced to 40-0 after 6
overs. Lovers then bowled a full out swinger which Neil obliged
with a lovely looking cover drive. Unfortunately for the batsmen
it took the edge and went towards the second slip region towards
the Casual’s best fieldsman (ahem) who took the catch
low down. It was at this point, as my reward that I was asked
to do the match report [very harsh]!
Alex and Pabs were next to bowl. Now the next catch ended
up being a wonderful one handed grab by our skipper but it
really should have been a regulation catch. Alex bowled and
the batsman skied it to mid-off. We all watched the ball and
as the ball was coming back down our captain realised there
was a game of cricket happening, saw the ball coming down,
went around in a big circle, stuck his hand out and miraculously
caught the ball.
Alex soon bagged another, the batsman cut the ball to gully
and once again, unfortunately for him, found the Casual’s
best fieldsman who dived left to take a brilliant one handed
catch inches from the ground. Before long, Alex had his third
wicket, as the batsman scooped a catch to Lovers at cover
point whom moments earlier felt left out and said, ‘I
Pabs also got a wicket with another catch to Lovers this
time at cow corner. At the halfway of their innings Barry
Wanderers were 111-5. What was more remarkable were that all
5 chances given were taken. Could this be sustained?
It was Foxy to bowl the first over after drinks and lord
and behold another chance this time to mid wicket where SteveO
was stationary. After muttering constantly about catching
up with Dan on number of catches, a chance presented itself
and to everyone surprise, SteveO included he took the catch.
I think at this point they have run out of batsmen so the
batsman who was caught remained at the crease.
This was followed by two caught and bowl, one to Tim and
the other to the skipper. In total there were 8 catches and
1 bowled (also to Tim). Barry Wanderers ended on 201-9 off
their 40 overs.
And a few part timers
During now the normal BYO tea one of their players bought
over two containers of goodies of the sweet variety which
was greedily accepted by all the Casuals. It was raised whilst
we all stuffing our faces whether this was a ploy!
Anyway, on to the batting. My feeling is that this audience
would prefer the ‘less is more’ approach so in
conclusion we won by 9 wickets, yes that right 9 wickets.
Someone scored a hundred, an other scored 50, million overs
to spare. So all in all a very un-Casual like performance.
Oh, an opening partnership of 175 [second best I believe].
Kim 100 retired not out (6*6s)
Will 28 no
Rob 14 no