Match Report vs Abercarn
22 May 2011@ Abercarn (Skipper and report Ed)
After 20 overs we had Abercarn 93 for 6 and there was a really
energy in the field bowling was quite economical and there
had been only one dropped chance. Unfortunately 3 hours earlier
Ed won the toss and elected to bat first, 10 minutes later
when the captain came into bat we the score at 12 for 4 he
started to regret the decision only to drop further to the
nadir to 18 for 6.
The story of the top order will not last long as they did
Napalm got bored after the first over and skied one to mid-on;
Martin got one that jumped on him and gloved it in front him
for self preservation and was caught by the wicket keeper
running in front; Will tickled one behind while trying to
keep them out; Steve after looking very accomplished decided
to leave one and was castled; Pete got a great yorker first
ball and back in the hutch.
Ed and Goff came together with the score on 18 for 6 after
6 overs with a hill to climb, then the best player of the
day for the cazh, the opposition captain, made his first good
decision and brought on the change of bowling which allowed
Ed and Goff to easy the cazh embarrassment. This was until
Goff eyed up a full toss and smacked to the very long leg
side boundary and picked out the only fielder and was well
Paul joined Ed and runs kept on trickling in until Ed was
out for one than moved away caught his outside edge.
Stephens’ came together in the middle and almost blows
as Paul was run out. I will let Mark and Paul have their say
on this and stay out of the way!
Dion was in at 10 and continue his good batting form rotating
the strike well only to put too much into one of the drives
and drag his foot out of the crease and was well stumped.
Foxy lasted only a couple of balls until he was cleaned up;
Shakey left stranded not out.
Napalm; 1 caught (mid-on)
Martin; 1 caught (wicket-keeper)
Will; 5 caught (behind)
Steve; 7 bowled
Ed; 49 caught (behind)
Pete; 0 bowled
Goff; 7 caught (deep mid-wicket)
Paul; 3 Run Out
Mark; 4 Not Out
Iain; 5 stumped
John; 0 bowled
Total; 92 all out
The opposition captain was curious if we wanted tea at this
stage and was informed in no uncertain terms that cazh would
be sitting down for tea.
Tea was fantastic from white and brown sandwiches to the
vogue of the season so far, half scones with jam and cream.
The batsman argued the reasoning behind their dismissal but
none more vehemently than the one involving the Stephens’
brothers (quite car on the way back!). On the plate of discussion
was goats cheese not being cheese (don’t get me started)
and brown not being bread.
After a very long and slow tea, the cazh took the field feeling
that if we made inroads into their batting that we could gain
back some respectability and then who knows, this is when
their captain played his next trump and reserved their order.
Paul opened the innings bowling to a bit of a bunny but kept
it tight. Dion took the other end and with the bunny looking
to get his first run on the board pushed the ball to Steve
at extra cover and set off, the non striker quiet rightly
did not see this as a run but could not turn the onrushing
batsmen back and Steve put in a good throw which Goff, making
his season debut at wicket keeper, gathered and took off a
Paul followed by pulling the remaining opener into an expansive
shot and quick work behind the stumps from Goff saw him stumped.
This had Abercarn wobbling on 0 for 2 off 3 overs; Dion continue
to pile on the pressure bowling the number 4 leaving Abercarn
19 for 3 off 8 overs.
Will and Foxy was the next bowling partnership. Will made
a good start with a maiden and kept the pressure on allowing
only the odd single. Foxy was not so lucky, pitching slightly
short and invariable getting spanked through cow despite the
best efforts of Martin sweeping on the leg boundary. Foxy
did bowl the ball of the day pitching outside leg to take
the top of off with the batsmen beaten by the flight and turn.
Abercarn on 33 for 4 off 10 overs
Shakey and the new boy Steve were up next and both bowled
well to a spread field, with Steve after a nervey start getting
the number 3 to chop on out for 49 bad luck mate know how
it feels! This was followed up by Shakey enticing a false
shot from the new batsmen into the massive hands of Napalm,
after the batsmen got some ‘encouragement’ from
Though this was the end of the cazh resistance and Martin
and Pete were given the death overs and their final balls
were despatched in the same way with a loft drive over the
top to bring the game to a close.
Paul; 4 overs – 2 maidens – 11 runs – 1
Cazh lost by 4 wickets
Not the greatest performance by the caz but the spirit in
the field was good and well done to Goff behind the stumps
for keeping the chat up for 20 overs.
And as Shakey will not let me forget, yes he did beat me
to a ball in the field!!