Match Report vs Cardiff
Cavaliers 22 April 2012 @ Usk (Skipper Ed and Report
Right, where to start, where to start
Due to a miscommunication (fuck up) the Cavaliers and Casuals
were due to play Usk on Sunday the 22nd of April. The best
of a bad job was made and a 20 over competition was arranged.
We were due to play the Cavaliers first and then Usk directly
after but more of that later.
I’m not to sure what happened toss wise, I think Ed
won and off to bat Kim & the stricken Darren strode to
make battle with our familiar foes. Both made a good start,
Britpop hit a glorious cover swat for 4 and another quickly
followed, Kim opened with a 4 and steadily accumulated until
the end of the 4th over with the score on 25 when the heavens
Cups of tea were consumed with relish as we waited for the
rain to abate which it did after about 40 minutes. The groundsman
was not happy about us continuing on his square (are they
ever happy) but after a good team effort getting the covers
off without water spillage we started up our innings again
with a delay of about an hour.
Usk informed us that we would be facing 12 eight ball overs
from the recommencement making up the full 120-ball allotment.
After the resumption Kim went mad and smashed 92 not out,
he smashed loads of boundaries, a huge straight 6, hooked
a full toss for 6 and generally made hay whilst the Cav’s
fell apart. Darren made a fluent and timely 17 before being
castled. Ash was cut short by Kim’s ridiculous call
for a run after thinking about the call for about 3 seconds
before saying No very loudly followed by a yes, Ash had no
chance. Gareth got caught at mid off for 2, he middled it
mind but still out and Ed tried his best to get on with it
before getting a good one that hit top of off for 11.
Kim was then joined by our debutant for the day, Tim Cox.
He mainly dealt in singles giving the rampaging Kim the strike
but did hit a glorious lofted extra cover drive for 4. Tim
finished on 14 not out.
Our total was 158 for 4 (best score of the day) with 16 extras.
Dan and I opened up and in the first over Dan zipped in a
good one and bowled the opener. Ed caught the other opener
off me at extra cover. Dan bowled very well, 3 eight ball
overs for 7 runs and a wicket; I had 1 for 16 off 2 overs.
During Dan's spell a flip to square leg seemed to flummox
the flailing Swain who decided to stay down and look for 4
leaf clovers whilst winnkie sprinted 45 yards to ping in a
quick and accurate throw to run out their number 3 going for
a third run, a great throw.
Dion and Gwion (see what I did there) were up next, the Welshman
bowled his 2 overs for 16 and Dion ended with 1 for 21 off
3 overs with the batsman swinging and missing. Well bowled
Leaving Andy & Tim to see us home. Tim took 1 for 12
off 2 overs and Andy took 1 for 18 from 3 overs. Andy had
Steadman caught for 22 by Dan, yes I did say Dan in a catch
it or wear it situation. There was a notable miss field from
Dan with a viciously spinning ball and Gareth also has to
be mentioned as he dropped one of the easiest catches I have
ever seen spilled off his Mate Tim.
Cavaliers 92 for 6 from 15 eight ball overs.
A good win setting us up well for the second match against
But wait a minute !!!!
Match Report vs Usk 22
April 2012 @ Usk (Skipper Ed and Report Paul)
Right match 2 against Usk...Wait a mo what’s happening
here there is another Usk brainwave. He thinks that as Usk
will obviously brush aside the Hapless Cavaliers it would
be a great idea for Usk to play the Cavaliers next to set
up a “Final” against the victorious Casuals in
the third game.
We were informed this is how it would be and off Usk strode
into the field to bowl against the Cavaliers, leaving us to
the first sitting of tea presided over by 2 SS soldiers masquerading
as tea ladies. Only Casuals could eat (nothing wrong with
that), no Cavaliers waiting to bat were allowed to eat and
the Casuals were asked not to consume too much as they needed
food for the second tea sitting. You should have seen my face!
However the tea was lovely.
So, we had about a two and a half hour wait for our game.
It was freezing cold by this time and Gareth & Gwion promised
they would be home early as they thought we were up second
and they had to leave. 9 Players, no wait a minute, Britpop’s
back has seized up and he has to go as well. We have 8 players
for the 'final' after sitting in the freezing cold for hours.
The Usk v Cavaliers game looked like it could get interesting
after about 6 overs of the Usk innings. They were chasing
90 ish and a few wickets went down quickly but they did prevail
setting up THE FINAL
Well I wont go into too much detail but we got thrashed,
we lost by 66 runs.
I have to give notable mentions to Dan’s bowling taking
2 for 15 off 3 overs after straining his side at the end of
the first game. Andy bowled brilliantly getting 3 for 12 off
3 overs whilst the rest of us got dispatched to all parts
in varying degrees of brutality.
I bought a wicket and Tim took the valuable wicket of a huge
youngster who was smashing us to all parts caught very well
by Dion at deepish cover. We borrowed a youngster from Usk
and he took 2 wickets for us whilst playing for the oppo in
the same game. Kim took 2 good catches, Ash took a good one
off me, it was quite a big deflection
Usk 148 for 9 off 15 eight ball overs
Kim and Steadman put on 39 for our first wicket. What’s
that oh I forgot to mention Steadders had stayed on to play
for us and opened the batting and almost immediately pulled
a hamstring so couldn't run more than a slight jog and carried
his bat for 15 eight ball overs making 25 not out. Kim swatted
19, Dion got 9 and Ed got 12 leaving Tim not out on 7.
Casuals 82 for 3 from 15 eight ball overs, the only other
things to mention were a Dan girlfriend sighting and the appearance
on the field of a 3 legged black cat in our innings.
3-legged black cats are obviously not that lucky, either
for us or the cat.
A good day out and lots of cricket