Match Report vs Rhiwbina
12 July 2011@ Wenvoe (Skipper Muff, report JR)
A mainly grey and overcast day had turned into a mainly grey
and overcast evening as the casuals arrived at Wenvoe and
went out to inspect the pitch. The marked pitch had obviously
been used at least once before and was thoroughly dry and
cracking to the extent that it wasn't so much a case of getting
a key in the cracks but putting your hand in them. It looked
ominous but actually played ok and had little impact on the
I am assuming we lost the toss because I don't know and we
were asked to field. Dan opened up from the pavillion end
with Nadders taking the new ball at the quarry end.
Dan started well but Rhiwbina twice managed to find a way
to the boundary in his first otherwise unblemished over. Nadders
first from the other was 12 balls long but only gave away
7 in total. Rhiwbina 15-0 off 2.
In the tight third the Cazh got the breakthrough the openers
deciding that there was an easy run when hitting the ball
straight to John F at mid off. Dead eye Furnham threw down
the stumps with a direct hit for an easy to call run out.
Rhiwbina 17-1 off 3.
Nadders' second was only 7 balls long and only produced 4
runs but also got Nadders a wicket, a mistimed pull being
swallowed by a greatful cheese at midwicket. Rhiwbina 21-2
Dan finished off his spell with good figures of 0-16 off
4 and Nadders bowled another 17 balls to finish his spell
of 1-34 off 4, with only his third over really being punished
with 14 from it. He also had a sharp caught and bowled chance
which would have removed the dangerous opener but failed to
get hands on it. Rhiwbina now 50-2 off 8.
DT and Muff took over bowling duties and the casuals fielding
standards plummeted. JR who had stopped one with his knee
early on and was nursing a sore leg, spilt a stop at mid off
which Muff (bowler) had to recover and then JR didn't get
down to another one he should have stopped. But worse was
to come, six drop catches in close succession. First one off
DT to Dan at long on, never looked like he could get there
but he did only to spill it when he got both hands to it.
Then John took over running in and calling for a ball lofted
to mid off from DT's bowling but it went down. John dropped
another on the boundary that thudded into his chest and may
have actually been a good stop and three runs saved. Muff
joined in the action running from midwicket for a ball spooned
up in the air but misjudging it and it went over his head.
John made it three for him before Muff did the hokey cokey
going in then out only for it to go just over his head again.
In the midst of this Muff also had a caught and bowled attempt
which nearly took his head off but he managed an excellent
impression of Neo in the matrix and dodged the bullet.
After 12 Rhiwbina were 71-2 and Gaz took two from the quarry
end to give Muff a break. DT finished 0-31 off 4 but should
probably have had 4 or 5 with the dropped catches. Gaz managed
to keep it tight enough until his last three balls went for
4-6-6 by the opener who was still there despite the catching
chances and putting together a big score. Gaz finished 0-28
off 2. Rhiwbina moving to 123-2 with four to go and looking
to set the Casuals a formidable total.
Foxy came on from the pavillion end and Muff returned to
finish his spell. Foxy was his usual wily old self and only
had 3 taken off his first over and got the wicket of the opener
for a score of 89 thanks to a Steveo stumping. Muff was tight
his his over (6 for it) and so they wanted to go after Foxy
but the old head came out on top taking another wicket again
thanks to a Steveo stumping. Muff again kept it tight with
the last and managed to pick up a wicket as Cheese gave a
master class in catching holding a high one on the stream
boundary. Foxy finished with 2-14 off 2 and Muff 1-25 off
Rhiwbina setting a total of 150-5 including 20 wides or no
balls but no byes thanks to Steveo who was excellent behind
Dan 4 0 16 0
Nadders 4 0 34 1
DT 4 0 31 0
Muff 4 0 25 1
Gaz 2 0 28 0
Foxy 2 0 14 2
The total looked formidable at 7.5 runs an over and Muff
grasped the nettle by sending in Steveo as a pinch hitter
with John F to open.
What followed was a master class in how to take a game away
from an opposition. The runs from the first eight overs were
9, 5, 9, 13, 11, 8, 13 and 9 with John and Steveo batting
with consumate ease and always putting pressure on the field.
There were lusty blows and there were classy shots but the
main feature was the fact that in those first eight overs
there were only 15 dot balls. There were nine boundarys and
everything else was hit for ones and twos as John and Steveo
never let the field rest. The two opening bowlers were reasonable
pace and good line and length but Steveo was on top of everything
and seemed to have time to punch every ball away even if it
didn't deserve it. Steveo scored four boundarys mainly straightish
drives on the onside whereas John was happy to hit the boundarys
anywhere he fancied. After 8 overs Casuals were 76-0 and well
ahead of the run rate.
Both batsmen had begun to tire and the lusty blows had diminished
in the last three overs which had seen Steveo call for water.
It was the change of bowler that did for Steveo. The dangerous
opening batsmen coming onto bowl, with only a short run up
and gripping the ball like a spinner he managed to make the
ball zip off the surface and was very difficult to get away.
Steveo got tucked up and was bowled for an excellent and never
more needed 31. Tesh joined John and luckily the change bowler
at the other end was one the Cazh could try and get after,
his first going for 9. Cazh 87-1 off 10 needing 64 off 60
Tesh got after the dangerous opener in the second lofting
a ball to mid on which the fielder failed to claim and bagging
Tesh four runs. The bowler got his revenge with the penultimate
ball of the over finding one of the cracks and the ball shot
through with no bounce to hit the stumps. Tesh gone for 7.
Cazh 95-2 off 11 (56 off 54)
Gaz came in the replace Tesh and despite having pulled his
calf John soldiered on never giving the fielders a chance
and always keeping the pressure on. Another 9 runs off the
next with a four for Gaz. Cazh 104-2 off 12 (47 off 48)
6 runs off the next including another boundary for John and
then Rhiwbina changed the bowling again. Cazh 110-2 off 13
(41 off 42)
The new bowler was punished early on by John and Gaz before
Gaz was caught for 10. JR joined John in the middle and lofted
his first ball towards the covers, luckily it fell safe and
two runs were picked up. 12 off the over Cazh 122-3 off 14
(29 off 36)
At this point it was being made clear that not losing wickets
was as important as the victory in the Casuals quest for a
place in the Shield. So JR tried to see off the dangerous
bowler but failed at the last being bowled for 2. Ed joined
John in the middle knowing we really didn't want to lose anymore
wickets. Cazh 123-4 off 15 (28 off 30)
10 runs from the next including a boundary for Ed took the
Cazh to within touching distance, 133-4 off 16 (18 off 24)
This brought the captain on. First ball was wide but then
the captain thought he had put a lid on the runs as three
dot balls followed. John decided this wasn't the case and
lofted a huge six over the mid off boundary which missed a
sleepy parky and his windscreen by about a foot. 141-4 off
17 (10 off 18)
8 off the penultimate over including a 2 and a 4 for John
and it was left to Ed to finished the run chase off the captain's
bowling. 149-4 off 18 (2 off 12)
The field came in and the first ball wrapped Ed on the pad.
Everyone went up but Nadders at umpire was unmoved, this didn't
make the captain any happier but the ball looked to be going
well down leg. Ed waited for one that was outside off stump
and cut to the stream boundary to finish the game.
Cazh 153-4 off 18.5 overs
John 79 no
Ed 9 no
An excellent and assured win despite the dropped catches
with stand out performances from John and Steveo.