Match Report vs Cardiff
Hockey 14 July 2011@ Wenvoe (Skipper Muff, report Paul)
With hope rather than expectation we arrived at Wenvoe to
battle Cardiff Hockey in the Willow League Cup Semi Final
on a clear-ish muggy evening.
It became apparent that they only had 9 men at the toss and
when they won Captain Muff expected us to be chasing the leather
round the park. But wait, they asked us to bat! A massive
surprise considering only 9 fielders were there to be joined
by their big lad after 3 overs.
Anyhow Kim & Stevo opened up the fray; it was notable
that there was no ball forecasting of how many balls Steve
would last. This probably was down to Steve’s recent
performances but also due to Dan still being in the changing
shed when the innings started, Dan is normally the one who
asks the inevitable question ‘How many then?’
[ED - that's slanderous] Steve started smashing them from
the off, He was first out for 21, the score was 36 and he
was dismissed by the 19th legal delivery of the day having
hit 5 fours and a single. Kim retired at 25 hitting 4 fours
and a six, I can’t quite remember when he did but he
and Osama provided a great start that the rest of us did our
best to fuck up.
The cheese was out next for 1, then JR for 2 both bowled
and then Dion was run out for 1. Goff and Gaz were then both
bowled for 5 each and we had gone from 66 for 1 to 77 for
7 in the space of about 5 overs, I forgot to mention that
Shagger also got a golden duck, now I was getting my pads
on at the time but Dan said he played a straight defensive
shot while other more mischievous cads indicated a hack across
the line [ED - not true - it was straight forward defensive...that
was missed]. I can’t comment, I didn’t see it
but I trust you Dan.
I joined Winkie in the middle to try and salvage some respect
from an awful collapse, in this period by the way 2 of their
bowlers performed well bowling straight and full, Bowler bowled
his 2 overs for 8 runs taking 2 wickets and Hawker had the
remarkable figures of 2 overs, 2 maidens 3 wickets for no
Andy and I put on 24 in about 5 or 6 overs before a leading
edge to point did for me for 13 and Muff joined Andy scoring
off as many balls as possible before being bowled for 12.
Kim returned from his exile to hit 6 off 3 balls leaving him
31 not out and Andy on 9 not out.
After a blistering start we scrapped to a disappointing 125
for 9 (the wickets lost need to be noted in the cup) off our
18 overs, 8 byes, 1 leg bye, 15 wides and 1 slightly controversial
no ball making the exras total 25!
To the field, Gaz opened with an excellent first over going
for 2, Muff admitted afterwards he deserved another but at
least he would be blameless in the carnage to follow. JR’s
over went for 11 with a wide and a 4 in his only over before
we started bowling in 2 over pairs.
Steve and Dion were the next pair, Steve was consistent going
for 15 and 16 in his 2 overs and Dion had a good 1st over
going for 3 and then 11 off his second with 2 fours. By this
time 1 of the openers retired on 25 and at the end of the
6th over they stood at 60 for 0.
The next pair were Ed and I, cheese didn’t get too
much praise on the day but I think his 2 overs and mine were
where we started to put a bit of pressure on the batsmen.
Cheese finished with 2 overs for 9 runs going for no boundaries
and I got 2 for 6 off my 2 overs. Our keeper had an excellent
game, Goff got both mine stumped, the 1st one was after the
batsman got frustrated after 4 dot balls and the reverse hack
he tried did not come off and he had swung himself out of
his ground, the 2nd was I think the slowest ball I have ever
bowled. He came charging down missed it after I had chucked
it a little wider and he was out by miles. The score was now
75 for 2 off 10 overs.
50 needed of 8 overs, their 2 best players were in and our
fast bowlers were next up. Sanjay and Jones their ‘big
lad’ are their best players and Andy and Dan had to
contend with them. Andy’s 2 overs went for 7 for no
wickets, there was an edge that eluded Goff and an excellent
4 by Sanjay over the bowlers’ head but he bowled a much-needed
miserly spell. Dan was unlucky to go for 16 off his 2 overs.
Sanjay hit him for a six just short of Penelope’s garden
from a blameless ball and then there was the catch, Dan got
Jones to loft one firmly to cheese at extra cover that just
squirmed away from him. We had dropped 3 catches up to this
point but this was probably the one that was going to do for
24 needed off 4 overs, Kim and Muff were our last pair. Sanjay
& Jones were still in, Kim’s first went for 8 but
the 5th ball was smashed low back to him and Jones was caught
and bowled for 14 slitting his bat in half in the process.
16 needed off 3 overs, Muff’s over went for 6, for
some reason they didn’t seem to be going for it full
throttle, 1’s were not being turned into two’s
and they didn’t seem to be that troubled bit the pressure
was building [ED - I think Jones was carrying an injury].
10 needed off 2 overs, Kim bowled a great over going for
3 runs, he angled it past the right handers and they played
and missed at 3 balls, 3 dots at this stage were priceless
and we had a sniff to make this very interesting.
7 needed off the last over and Sanjay on 22 (remember you
have to retire on 25), the 2nd ball saw Sanjay charging down
the wicket to swipe as hard as he could and he missed it and
the Cockney sparra whipped the bails off. We had 2 new batsmen
in with 4 balls to go and the 4th ball was caught by Kim at
long on with the batsman going for a slog, we had realised
at this point that they would win on a tie as they had lost
3 to win and 2 to tie (win) from 1 ball, Muff’s excellent
calm over claiming 2 scalps ended with a squeaky bat pad dribbler
to short extra cover for a single and the Casuals were in
the 2nd Cup final in our history to be played on the 4th of
August at the Cathedral School against Chartered Trust