Rogerstone away 3rd July 2005
- (author Steveo (actoor))
My dear brethren gather ye round and hear a tale of great
splendour, well befitting the annals of this here honourable
record of casual achievement.
Let us begin at the beginning
it was a cold bright dawn
that witnessed the gathering together of a hardy band of travellers
that Sunday, preparing themselves for the long arduous journey
that stretched ahead. The mood was somewhat reticent, possibly
due to the early hour, but also because some brothers had
already fallen by the wayside. Our young offender programme,
although largely successful, has its hiccups; Brother Scott
was unable to attend the gathering, detained, as it were,
by some other pressing engagement. Care in the community resulted
in The old 'Silver' Fox being dragged from his sick bed and
pressed into service
yet we were still to lose another
team mate, as the slick wristed young Furnham suffered an
oil leak on the way to the ground (at least that is what he
said!) and was unable to join us.
And so, 20 mins after setting off we finally arrived at the
distant ground of Rogerstone, where we rested up and waited
a short hour for the opposition to arrive.
It's a pleasant ground and in the sunshine, with hope in our
hearts -and a well won toss by the skipper- we took to the
field with the sturdy pairing of Gough and M Stephens to open
the batting. Mark appeared a trifle distracted, possibly due
to the fact that tea was still some distance away. He was
soon out to a catch for only the single run. Never fear tho'
for O'Reilly was called to the fray. Together these two young
willow wielders carved out a quick 60 - scalding the hitherto
amenable Rogerstone gang into bringing on a proper bowler
who scared the bejesus out of everyone. The big ol slack jawed
monster (meant in the nicest possible way - webmaster) whizzed
in a couple, tempting Plum to "have a go", leaving
him caught behind by an admittedly spectacular bit of acrobatics.
[Controversially, the batsman claimed to have a better grip
of the scoring total than either of the scorers - one of whom
was a somewhat demented ol git who couldn't add up the figures
in his own book, the other was from Rogerstone! - so Gough's
score of 19 was temporarily adjusted up to 23 to pacify him.
Full adjudication to follow.]
Meanwhile, back in the field of combat, O'Reilly fought on
as those around him fell. Laughing boy scored just less than
his brother when an in-swinging delivery of great vigour just
clipped the top of his off stump. Paul pondered his fate for
much of the afternoon. Hoody stepped up, and quickly down
again. O'Reilly bravely faced the evil G.Berry, smiting one
back over his head to run a 3. But sadly before he could repeat
the act he swished one off the slow bowler for a simple catch
at mid-off. His score of 43 made a modest contribution, satisfying
in that it included half a dozen Fours and a few well-run
Prior added 3 (bowled), Skipper caught for 0. It needed someone
to follow the O'Reilly lead, and sure enough, up stepped Big
Dan. Ably assisted by the mighty Muff, Shagger put on a much
needed 50 in splendid style (matching O'Reilly's 6 fours)
to Foote's legitimate 23.
At this stage the casual spirit was matched by Rogerstone
who offered us a couple of players. By the close "Pomy"and
Nick added a further 43, and the casuals had the odd experience
of only having umpires on the field (the Gough-O'Reilly partnership
once again!). Final score 205
THE TEA INTERVAL. Extensive, varied, a range of sandwich
fillings and cakes. With Paul off his food and Andy missing,
there was even some left! Highly satisfactory.
To the field. A good all round effort took the attack to
the opposition. The first fell quickly, a stumping off the
bowling of Foote. Then they held us up til, on 96, Skipper
brilliantly brought in O'Reilly who got Berry LBW on 40, quickly
followed by Trinder, bowled on 45 (S.O'R -4 overs, 2 W's,
16 runs). 4th wicket caught by Shagger of the borrowed bowling
of the guest Nick; Lewis followed up by bowling Peck on 16
(DL- 8 overs,1M,23r, 1W). now we were motoring and the next
to fall was off the bowling of Prior (7overs,0m, 54r,1W).
Meanwhile Paul S has given us 6 overs for the loss of only
17 runs. This is where we witnessed the enormous hitting power
of the mighty Berry, who seemed determined to get one over
the highest tree possible. However, muff was merely luring
him in, confident in his field support. Sure enough, eventually
the big schmuk (again, meant in the nicest possible way -
webmaster) launched a missile in the wrong direction
Foote was heard to exclaim 'that's out' with great confidence,
but the fielder was not put off
O'Reilly was firm on
the boundary, planted and ready, patiently tracking the ever
faster falling lump of concrete. Reader, fear not; it was
a jubilant celebration as all the team exhaled at last and
the ball was prised from the hands of the overcome young fielder.
The happy dance ensued.
But despite the glory of this deed it was not yet won. Foote
had more in him than his diminutive body might imply. Drawing
himself up to his full 5' he set about the bowlers with all
manner of nurdly nonsense until their will was sapped and
he had claimed a "fifer" to complete his happy day.
At the exciting end of play they needed more than they were
able to get, the mighty fielding effort at full stretch, the
oppo were defeated on 199 for 40 overs.
Now dear reader, I know what you are thinking. MVP. Man of
the Match. Surely there is much to consider
batting to his ability at long last; Muff avoiding the distraction
of his attentive missus to 'do his very best' or the all-round
wonder that was O'Reilly
well gentle reader, it is of
course for you to decide, but for my money, this was a tremendous
team effort! GO CASUALS!
p.s. muff wasn't allowed out for a drink afterwards.
Well. Before I edit this report, I will have to consult The
'Book' as I'm sure the author has himself got confused with
names and players..... or was there a pair of Berry's? Either
way the author seems to have spent a loooooooonnnnnnnnnnggggggggggggg
time reporting on one player - someone called O'Blimey, and
spent only minimal writing time on a superb (and potentially
record breaking eigth wicket) partnership (75) of Muff / Shagger
- a potential leathal (if not disturbing) combination.
Just for the record here are the exclued match facts:
The Casuals went from 61-1 of 9 overs to 66-6 after 12; then
160(odd)-8; 170(ish)-9 and 206 off 40overs.
Goughy stumped the opening bat in the first over (off a wide);
G Berry (fast bowler/big hitter) scored 40 (losing four balls
in the process) before O'Blimey somehow got himself between
the ball and the boundary plus prevented the ball from striking
the ground for a 'catch'; Foxy and Muff bowled a teasing line
in the last 8 overs before Muff got his Fifer off the last
ball of the game with the oppo falling 7 short.