Match Report vs Whitchurch
27 May 2012@ Whitchurch Heath (Skipper and report Ed)
As I drove in past the medical wing and behind the chapel,
a sight met me that made me think that I needed to retreat
a couple of hundred yards and check in to the medical wing.
The vision of a certain Mr. G Davies in whites had met me,
though after a quick chat it turned that he found a new home
With another sunny day booked and the track looking as flat
as a pancake, I won the toss and decided to bat allowing most
of the cazh to recline in the shade.
Britpop and I opened the first looking to hold on until his
kids arrived and the second looking for a bit of time at the
crease. Whitchurch opened up with a young a left armer from
the scrub end and normal from the chapel end. Neither was
particularly quick and after their first two overs the length
and line started to wavier with Britpop hitting a stylish
cover drive and me carting them through point.
After 8 overs the score was a health 43 with out loss and
the first change came on with a shortish run up and general
relaxed air I thought this was going to be more of the same
medium pace stuff. I knew I was wrong when the arm came over
and about a second later Britpop registered the fact, 0.8
seconds before the yorker had hit his toe right in front of
Tesh battled through the next five balls while I though
about Boycotts old saying “the best place to face fast
bowling is from the non strikers end.”
I counted badly in the next over and took a single off the
last ball and had my off stump reeling by the third ball from
the rather quick gentlemen plying his trade from the scrub
This brought JR to the crease for his first knock of the
season and he set about what JR does best playing out the
more dangerous bowlers ready to tuck into the ‘lesser’
bowlers. The next couple of overs a game of cat and mouse
ensued with Tesh and JR looking to pick up runs where they
could while keeping their wicket intact, with drinks on the
horizon and JR having done the hard he was out caught trying
club the ball away to the on side.
With Tesh and Trev at the crease run rate graph started on
an upward curve moving the ball around and hitting the boundary
with the bad ball. Tesh looking settled but then did his normal
getting himself out and pushed a forward defence into the
grateful arms of the bowler.
Goff strolled out with everyone in pavilion loudly applauding
his arrival at the crease; this pair continued the steady
approach with Goff getting more fluid in his driving as the
innings progressed. After reaching 98 for 4 off 25 overs,
there was an upsurge in runs with the cazh racing to 136 for
4 off 28 overs. This was mainly due to the massive number
of wides coming from one end. After the 2nd legal of what
end as 11 ball over, Pablo decided to only give wides for
ones that did not land on the strip and Goff was doing his
back in trying to reach the ones that did.
Nearing the next drinks mark of 30 overs Goff got expansive
with his driving and was out caught for a fine 35. Ash joined
Trev at the crease but with good bowling tying them down any
shot that beat the infield need to be made the most of, one
quick single produced a wild throw from the field and the
batsmen were quickly on to it but misjudge the second over
throw run and Trev was run out by a good 10 foot.
Maria was in next, Ash and him rotated the strike well until
the opener sneaked one through Ash’s defences bring
Shakey away from the tea table he was hovering around.
Maria clipped one to the long boundary and galloped off down
the wicket looking to get full value for the shot pulling
Shakey through for 3 after which he was told in no uncertain
terms that that was not on and either put it to the boundary
or settle for a single.
Maria was caught looking for that elusive boundary and Stephens
brothers joined together for the last two overs.
With Shakey having to battle out a maiden in the 39th over,
Pablo went after the bowling in the 40th scoring 8 including
a particularly good square drive for four.
Cazh finishing on 190-8, great score but would it be enough
on such a flat wicket.
Cheese; 30 (5x4), bowled
Britpop; 16 (2x4), lbw
Tesh; 12, c&b
JR; 7, caught
Bambi; 27, run out
Goff; 35 (5x4), caught
Ash; 15 (2x4), bowled
Maria; 10, caught
Shakey; 6 (1x4), not out
Pablo; 8 (1x4), not out
Tea was excellent with overflowing plate of warm sausage
rolls as the centre piece with enough sandwiches for 6 each
followed by carrot and lemon drizzle cake though for once
taking on much needed fluids was the order of the day with
sunny still out it was going to be a sticky second innings.
Maria and Pablo opened from the hospital end and scrub end
respectively and started off well trying to keep the run rate
low and increase the pressure on the batsmen. This worked
in the first couple overs we put down a couple of chances
nothing straight forward but on our day they would have been
After 10 overs, the oppo had reached 52 with both batsmen
looking to get into their stride.
DT got the first breakthrough in the bowling the steadier
opener and then bamboozling the number 3 who played down leg
with the ball hitting middle. The hat trick ball was stoutly
defended and with everybody thinking he would never have a
better chance at a hat trick with Gareth facing.
Shakey continued the flurry of wickets with good thinking
from Ash waiting for the batsmen to over balance before whipping
off the bails.
DT struck again in his next over getting the number 5, who
had missed the fielding, with Maria taking a catch with an
unnecessary but highly amusing hitch kick.
Suddenly from the 57 without loss Whitchurch were 66 for
4 off 16 overs though the drinks break came just at the wrong
time for us, as it allowed the batsmen to settle and the bowlers
The first overs from both bowlers after the break were in
sharp contrast to the ones that the proceeded those, neither
DT nor Shakey could recapture the rhythm from the first spell
and the batsmen started to look for runs after 10 minutes
early battling just keep there wicket intact.
Bambi took over from the DT and started with his stock in
swinging ball that had the batsmen floundering for the first
3 overs unfortunately then the opener who had kept his wicket
during the pre drinks mayhem floored the accelerator and went
after everything hitting a couple sixes and even his mishits
finding the rope. Though Bambi kept his head and got one past
the bat after the batsmen had left his crease and Ash behind
the stumps did the rest, finally we had the batsmen who had
scored 113 of there 176 runs (we dropped him on 0 as well).
Bambi bagged another in his last over pitching the inswinger
in the right area and hitting the middle of leg.
After a couple of fruitless overs from me, Pablo returned
from the chapel end and got stuck into the tail enders with
Goff snaffling an excellent catch at a kind of short mid off
that was pasted him before he reeled it in. Pablo bowling
his next victim who did not get the bat anywhere near the
ball before it clattered into the stumps.
Maria had replaced Bambi storming in from the scrub end polished
off the number 8 comprehensively beating him on the front
foot and taking the out side of the off stump.
With 1 wicket left and 5 runs to win, the caz closed in to
make the finale as tough as possible for Whitchurch though
the number 10 had different ideas and smashed the first ball
for 4 in the 37th over and then hit a lovely cover drive running
through on the miss field that the shot had produced.
Cazh lost by 1 wicket
Maria; 7overs; 1 maiden; 23 runs; 1 wicket
Pablo; 7.3, 2, 30, 2
DT; 6, 0, 27, 3
Shakey; 7, 0, 40, 1
Bambi; 6, 0, 43, 2
Cheese; 4, 0, 14, 0
I do not think I will bore you by going into the if onlys
Great knock from Goff and with the help of Bambi after JR
had steady the ship after a good start. The spin twins Shakey
and DT brought us back into and no one posting terrible figures
on what was a batsmen track.