Match Report vs Monkswood
29 May 2011@ Monkswood (Skipper and report Ed)
With the grey skies and showers turning into downpours it
was with a certain amount of intreperdation that the team
made there way to the ground from Monmouth, Baltonsborough,
Abergavenny, Swansea and even of few from Cardiff. On arrival
the cazh were to find an oasis within the torrent weather
with only slightest amount drizzle. Ed won the toss and elected
to bowl first partly because of the overcast condition and
partly due to the collapse last week.
Dan and Paul opened the bowling with Dan coming up the slight
slope at the road end; his opening spell was brisk and accurate
with neither opener looking to attack just nurdling down to
third man. Due to the lack of attacking verve it was decided
to spell Dan in the hopes of picking up some wickets late
Paul was on at the pavilion end and bowled well for the first
4 overs then tried too much in the last of over of the spell
and got sprayed around a bit.
Mr. Harry Harris made is his first appearance of the season
and really attacked the stumps though probably a bit too straight
though the batsmen rarely put leather on willow and when they
did only to find Tommo (Goff’s nephew) and Dan up to
the task at square leg and short fine leg.
Shakey took over from Dan at the road end and bowled a good
off side line with the batsmen regularly finding fielders
due to Shakey immaculate field placing. After a couple of
overs Shakey decided to mix it up move to leg side field though
still bowled a off stump line or so it looked from deep square
At drinks Monkswood were at 87 for no loss though no break
through yet, I felt that the cazh had held on to the reins
well with good fielding backing up the bowlers.
After dinks Tommo took over the bowling at the pavilion end
with a brisk medium pace, started with a maiden and continued
from there. He was driven a couple times though the covers
but bowled his extended spell well.
Shakey continued his spell and finally got the break though
with the number two batsmen chopping on and as they say one
brings two with the other opener tickling one behind well
caught by Ash, though so faintly that only the young ears
of Tommo at cover picking up the nick. The batsmen walked
though later confined in Dan that he was not so sure, bad
luck mate as the umpire was not about to give it!
The bowling continued to plug away though strangely the batsmen
never really attacked and singles where given where maybe
we could have strangled harder.
Both Ed and Nipun bowled a couple of overs nothing given
away though no real chances until a mix up between the batsmen
saw the number 4 run out by miles with a good throw from Tommo
and Ash taking off the bails this time rather than obliterating
Dan and Paul came on to finish the innings and while again
the batsmen where stuck just trying to keep Dan out they went
after Paul and lazy fielding took the gloss off his figures
though he did bamboozle the number 5 and clipped his off stump
for a deserved wicket.
Monkswood finishing on slightly more than par 182-5
D. Lewis; 7overs – 1 maiden – 16 runs –
P. Stephens; 8 -2 –43 –1
M. Stephens; 8 –0 –52 -2
H. Harris; 6 -0 -23 -0
T. Nichols; 6 -2 -22 -0
E Stewart; 3 -0-12-0
N. Lal; 2 -1- 5 -0
Tea was ok; not enough cake or variety in the sandwiches
though the spring rolls and samosas were a welcome change
Cazh started their reply with Britpop and Easy against a
couple youngsters who kept a good line with both batsmen trying
to find their feet; this did not make for fluid start to the
run chase and culminated with Easy not getting enough on a
back foot shot and the ball rolling back on to his stumps.
Ash walked out and pretty much walked straight back after
an ungainly heave to leg and was bowled.
Goff was next out of the hutch and picked up where Easy
and Britpop had left off, prodding and probing but not finding
the gap. After a couple of overs Goff decided he was not going
to die wondering and started to go after the bowling, a couple
of play and misses later he caught one on the toe end of his
bat and was out caught in the covers. After 10 overs the cazh
were struggling on 9 for 3.
Napalm joined Britpop, who was still struggling but kept
on plugging away. Napalm got the pace of the pitch from the
off and started putting the bad ball to the boundary and getting
that all important single at the end of over. I must say that
I think that Napalm has the ability to find a single from
any where though strangely not two’s!
The opening bowlers finished their spell and the first change
came on with Britpop looked to lose the shackles of the first
15 overs unfortunately his first expansion shot was miss-timed
and was caught.
This left the cazh on 30 for 4 off 15 overs, and although
I did not think that we would bowled out, I though that the
run chase was a forlorn hope. Out came Tommo for his debut
with the bat, to a raucous fan fare of East Londoners who
it would seem came down early for the harvest (as it turned
out it was the Day family).
The next four overs wandered past with the cazh moving to
54 for 4 off 19 overs with Napalm picking off the bad ball
and Tommo quietly accumulating. Then I don’t know what
happen either Napalm wanted to get home for Britain’s
Got Talent or the drinks were not to his liking as in the
next 7 overs went for 77 runs. I do not think that I can do
Napalm’s batting justice just to say it was an awesome
attack on the bowling, one of his 5 sixes hitting a tree on
the edge of good sized boundary about 40 foot up with at least
3 ricochets around the woods, this culminated in three lost
balls! I thought that some of his best shots where the clips
off this legs that raced away to the boundary, even up the
slope. Not to forget Tommo’s contribution to this partnership
hitting a six himself and rotating Napalm back on strike when
the ball did not reach boundary.
The partnership was broken when the ball finally found Napalm’s
top edge and looped up to the keeper, if he had calm down
he would have cantered to a maiden hundred but it’s
just not in him. The fall of the wicket left cazh on 143 for
5 off 26 overs with the partnership between Napalm and Tommo
finishing on 113 off 12 overs.
This left just enough time for Tommo to reach his fifty and
as it turns out his maiden fifty (as he has to retire at 30
at his age group); great knock well paced and complimented
Shakey smashed the forth ball of the 33rd over for 4 over
the midwicket boundary and the cazh won by 4 wickets with
7 overs to spare.
C.Ryde; bowled 1
D. Britton; caught 7
A. Akbari; bowled 0
G. Day; caught 1
N. Lal; caught 83
T. Nichols; Not Out 52
E. Stewart; bowled 13
M. Stephens; Not Out
D. Lewis; P. Stephens; H. Harris - DNB
The day finished with the Stephen’s discussing how
they would redevelop the Monkswood ground if they won the
lottery and recognition that Mr.Lewis had a certain resemblance
to Uncle Brin.
Great effort from the team with everyone playing their part
though it was hard to overlook look Napalm’s knock,