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Match Report vs Highway Hurricanes 04 July 2011@ Heath Park (Skipper Cheese, report Winkie)

To understand some of the subtleties of this report (yes subtleties – yes I know, not something usually associated with the Caz) you need to remember where this match was being played, namely Heath Park. - this being the home to the majority of dog lovers in Cardiff.

Woof! The toss was lost and the Caz prepared to bowl. Nadeem looking a little skittish (could this be something to do with dogs?) smoothly ran into bowl, good length ball, slight swing in the air, firm drive back in the air from the batsmen, caught, first wicket down.

Second over from Dan only yielded 3 runs – their batsmen looking to play aggressively but good bowling well supported in the field keeping the runs down. A dropped catch in the slips by Winky looked like a real missed chance but the ever sprightly* Goff quickly recovered the ball to throw down the wickets for a run out (6 for 2). (*Definition – surprisingly quick for an old codger)

Woof (Growl?)! Nadeem comes into bowl again with great accuracy and late swing he has the batsmen in trouble – rewarded second ball of the over by another wicket. Further barking from the side-lines spur him on to greater efforts and another wicket whilst Dan plugged away at the other end with little luck. Me thinks we may have found a device for ensuring Nadeem bowls accurately – the Caz need a dog for a mascot!

Wickets were falling in quick succession and with the oppo short of men captain Ed courteously offered that they can have a last man stand. Woof! The Thomas twins were first change and wickets continued to fall with Dave picking up 4 bowling a good length on tight lines. Anyway to cut a long story short it looked like the Hurricanes were going to be all out for about 40 but thanks to some diligent batting at the end from J. Evans (25) they posted 82 all out with one over wasted.

Afzal 4-0-18-3
Lewis 4-0-18-0
D. Thomas 3.4-1-11-4
G. Thomas 3-1-14-1
Hirani 2-0-6-0
Dafydd 2-0-7-0
Swain 2-0-7-0

Quick comment on the ball should be made – started as a nice shiny new ball (as many do) but turned pretty much into a kids softball inside an over which probably goes someway to explain some of the relatively low scoring – the pitch actually played pretty well for the Heath.

Woof, WOOF! The Caz went out to bat in pretty confident mood, although choosing an untried opening partnership in Adam and Winky. Both struggled to get the ball away with Adam falling first to a straight one (that did swing a bit and did keep a little low – welcome to batting for the Caz Adam!).

Next in was Goff in very consistent form this year (so he was out for 0). Next in was Tesh who looked to be positive form the start playing aggressive drives which paid dividends – meanwhile Winky having got frustrated tried to go over the top but miss timed and was easily caught. Next up was Ed in similar form to Goff (at present) who failed to trouble the scorers)

At this point the match could have gone either way with the Caz on 20 for 4 off 8 overs but Kimbo strode to the wicket and an unbroken partnership saw the Caz home with 6 overs to spare. Woof, snarl, gnash, lots of barking (and that was just the oppo!)

Winky 3
Adam 1
Goff 0
Ed 0
Tesh 31 Not Out
Kim 36 Not Out

Another Caz victory in the face of adversity...and a pleasant evening for all. We retired to the Grape and Olive where after much munching of the local potato snacks surprise surprise a couple of old Caz were spotted and encouraged to get back in touch (Dewbs and Jamie Bannister) – both I am sure would be more than welcome back on the manicured fields.



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