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Match Report vs Barry West End 1 May 2011@ Barry Island (Skipper Muff, report Ed)

Change of venue for this game Wenvoe was not ready so it was down to Barry Island for the first time this season.

Muff lost the toss and the Cazh where inserted into bat, it was off to the changing room with the big questions of the day being contemplated; is the toss of a coin really 50:50 and which Middleton sister is fitter, Kate or Pippa.

Kim and John where set to open and after the first two overs, Kim had a thrash at wide one only to catch the ball with a toe end and loft the ball towards mid on for what appeared to be a simple catch. Now over the last two seasons I thought I had seen all manor of fielding exploits from Steve-O’s expletives to JR’s fielding with anything but his hands but this was new, their captain after a quick calculation on ball speed and height decided the ball was coming on too quick and felt the better part a valour was a kick the ball down out of the air and then field the ball, the bowlers face was a picture and Kim got his first run.

The partnership continued to put away the bad ball, on a surprising fast out field and run the singles well. With the score at 74 without loss the first change come on and in the first over Kim eyes lit up over a slow waist high full toss only to sky it. The keeper was quickly underneath it only for it to bounce out of his gloves and Kim to survive again. JF moved up to a near faultless fifty with only one real chance given and that was to the kicker from earlier. Kim was close behind reaching his fifty and at 117 off 19overs for no loss, the Cazh where looking at a big score.

At this stage a nagging off spin was bowling from the pavilion end and after reaching fifty both JF and Kim looked to open up only to be out caught for 53 and 64 respectively.
These two quick wickets brought Will and Britpop together looking to capitalise on an excellent opening partnership. Unfortunately Britpop, Steve O and JR could not get to grips with the wicket and were out in single figures. Will had kept himself going through the tumble of wickets by pushing the singles and hitting the rope when the bowler’s length varied.

This run of wickets left the Cazh on 160 for 5 off 31 overs, the Cheese joined Will at the crease and with the platform set by the top order decided to throw the willow around and managed to connect with a couple to up the scoring rate. Will after holding the middle overs together decide to open up only to get a toe end and loop one up and was out caught after a solid display that deserved the chance to punish the bowling.
The Cheese was still cowing everything and surviving where others had not been so lucky. Ash came to the crease and rotated the strike well, only to be bowled by one that kept low.

Paul was next out of the hutch and after the Cheese tried his hardest to get him run out only to survive due to the poor fielding, he rotated the strike well for the cheese to hit a lofted on drive (ok it was a slog but it was the only one that went vaguely straight) to reach his fifty off the last ball of the innings. The Cazh finished on 231 for 7 with 71 coming from the last 8 overs after the hard graft had been done by JF and Kim at the top of the order.

Kim – 64 bowled
JF – 53 caught
Will – 27 caught
Britpop – 4 C&B
Steve O – 3 caught
JR – 5 Lbw
Ed – 53 not out
Ash – 11 bowled
Paul – 3 not out
Dan and Muff - DNB

The tea as always was excellent with a particular mention to the mini scones.

Dan and Paul opened for the Cazh with one of the openers looking useful and trying to get on with it. Dan went for couple of fours from very good drives but with Dan keeping it tight from one end it allowed Paul to use all his variations and pulled the more aggressive opener into a false drive that spun to JR at point who took a good catch. The frugal bowling continued with only 37 being scored off the first twelve overs, during which Dan cleaned up the number 3, bowled.

Muff and Steve O took over the bowling duties with the former starting his spell with a maiden and followed up the good work of the openers only conceding 20 runs off his eight. Steve O was going through his unique actions at the other end and after the first two overs drifting to the leg side brought his line back nicely bowling his two victims and conceding only 10 runs of his last 5 overs.

JR and Cheese took the final stint, JR kept his patterned double bouncer in his pocket and instead got one to jump off a length, the batsmen got a thick top edge and Ash made no mistakes taking the ballooning ball. With all the other bowlers giving the Cheese lots of runs to play with, he decided to bring in a second slip then preceded to bowl everything down leg but did manage to buy a wicket with Will taking a good catch at Mid off.

Dan; 8 overs – 1 maiden – 22runs, 1 wicket
Paul; 8-2-20-1
Muff; 8-1-20-0
Steve-O; 7-0-22-2
JR; 4-0-18-1
Cheese; 5-1-28-1

Barry West End closed on 145 for 6 with the elder opener batting through for a hard fought if not exciting 43.

With the Cazh happy with their display, it was off for a drink and the charm offensive to secure a fixture for next season. All was going well with gentle ribbing over dropped catches and missed opportunities, for Kim to go a step too far and call the keeper, who had dropped a sitter, incompetent which with in the context of the banter seemed harsher than calling him crap. Oh well good game, good display and good tea.

Caz won by 86 runs



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