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Match Report vs Cavaliers 30 June 2011@ Cathedral School (Skipper and report Dan)

On arrival at the sun drenched Cathedral school ground a shiny new pavilion greeted the Cazh (shiny being the operative word as fielding opposite you can’t pick up the ball against the windows/grey natural stone surround…). Stand in skipper Captain Dan tossed, lost and was inserted (to bat). JF and Tesh did the honours and began cautiously but steadily against one quick bowler who was moving it in and out with a hint of cut, and a slow bowler who was there or there abouts. Both played some delightful shots, JF hitting a 6 in the process and Tesh some lovely mid on drives that raced away across the boundary for four. After 10 overs the Cazh were on a firm foundation of 48 without loss. Only one real chance had been given – a drop by Jeremy at cover.

Looking to capitalise on the opening 10, Tesh tried to go large against another slow bowler, but missed the ball and was stumped (23). 55 -1 off 11overs. Kim joined JF but could only watch as JF tried to hit out…and was quite effective as he was caught at gully (23). Goff in next looking to beat his current season’s tally of 2, unfortunately not to be as he decided to leave the first ball faced - a straight one which hit top of off (0 – shiny and glowing). Gaz Thomas was next in and he and Kim began a forge a partnership against some slow but accurate bowling…a partnership that was short lived as Kim was caught next for 6. 70-4 off 16overs. Desperately looking to increase the pace and set some sort of defendable total, Steveo entered the fray and caused some entertaining viewing with a few slaps for 1 to fielders and a boundary. Gaz hit a good cover drive before being caught and bowled (13), bringing Paul in to bat. 82-5- 17overs.

Pushing hard…Steveo was soon to out to a despairing dive and as he realised he wasn’t going to make his ground whist backing up could be heard shouting ‘bugger’ as the fielder threw down the stumps (11). Gwion on instruction to ‘go hard’ – went hard and was bowled for another golden duck, with Winkie going in with a few ball remaining. The Cazh finishing on a below par round 100- 7. Winkie 2no and Paul 5no and Dan/Dion dnb.

There was talk of Steveo opening the bowling as a cunning plan to stop Steadman from using the pace of the ball to create singles, but the Cavs had other ideas opening with different batsman. Therefore BA opened from the non pavilion end and Winkie from the other. Didn’t get going to a brilliant start with 5 wides, but came back nicely. Winkie causing some issues with a bouncy opening spell taking the first wicket bowled. 14-1- 3overs. Paul was switched with Dion in the 5th over and immediately took a wicket bowled first ball up. 25-2-5 overs. Andy bowled through and was replaced by Shag. Dion was unable to take another wicket and the batsman looked to hit out – often in the direction of Tesh at mid/long on, but not often near enough or tall enough to stop it. Shag took the next and final wicket bowled. 73-3- 12overs.

Gwion took over from Dion and after finding his line bowled well even if the figures may suggest otherwise – everyone tried desperately in the field to cut of the singles and fours but the total was too low to defend against a solid cavaliers batting line up and no chances were given apart from A JF/Goff combo for a run out where Goff demolished the stumps without the ball anywhere near the gloves, but the batsman started to walk anyway...until he was called back by all players! The Cavaliers sailed to victory at the end of the 14th over.

It was then off to the Butchers, to have a butchers at the lovely barmaids supplemented with a few pints and many crisps…and the prospect of for the first time facing life in the Plate comp, but at least a chance of doing well in it!

Paul – 3.5-0-20-0
Andy – 4-1-12-1
Iain – 3-0-29-1
Dan – 3-0-17-1
Gwion – 2-0-23-0



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