Match Report vs Hockey
30 May 2012@ St Fagans (Skipper and report Ed)
Cazh arrived at St. Fagans ready to play on the main square,
though the wicket was over to the far side making for a short
boundary into the trees. The toss was made; Hockey won and
decided to bowl first.
The cazh opened with the new partnership of Adam and Tim,
with the sun shinning down the length of the wicket the new
pink ball was hard to pick up though it was as difficult for
the bowlers to control. Coming to end of the first 4 overs
the casuals were on a health 23 without loss though apart
from well timed straight drive from Tim, the bulk of runs
had come from wayward bowling. Then Adam was caught out by
the first good ball of the innings, pitching middle ‘n’
leg and swinging back into the left hander trapping him right
in front lbw.
JF joined Tim at the crease with the captain slightly worried
after Jam divulged that he had scored a total of 22 runs batting
at 3 in his cash career. The runs kept flowing from Tim’s
bat with another 4 and rotating the strike, though Hockey
were doing a lot of the work keeping run rate up with extras
and sloppy fielding.
JF had the next good ball from their captain it rapped him
on the pad and was back in the hutch. Luvers was next to keep
Tim company, this coincided with a upping in the run rate
that the change bowling brought. The slow bowler coming up
the hill against the wind did not find his length early on
and sent a couple full toss (and ultimately no balls) Luvers
way, who smashed them over the mid wicket boundary, one of
these in particular was over Luvers head who still managed
to get enough bat on it to send it over the rope.
This partnership continue to up the rate with boundaries
coming in a flurry with Luvers swing the timber with aplomb
connecting sweetly with every ball and Tim driving well until
he brought the off drive out of the bag and missed one and
Bowesy for the first time failed in a casual shirt and was
bowled trying to heave a straight one. Tesh was in next and
looked to give Luvers as much of the strike as possible while
also whipping a couple of balls to the boundary when they
were in his area.
Tesh was bowled in the 15 over looking to get on with it and
cheese joined Luvers with neither managing to find the boundary
the running between the wickets became important which culminated
in an all run four. During this partnership Luvers reached
his second fifty of the season though was then promptly bowled
playing a loose shot.
The lower order although looking strong on paper failed to
fire and only put on 12 off the bat between them with Maria
and Gwion running hard in the last over.
Although not putting on as many runs in the final couple
overs after a great set up from Luvers, Tim and Tesh, a score
of 150-9 was par, the only slight worry was that on a track
that was medium paced and that had started to turn we had
an all pace attack.
Adam, lbw, 6
Tim, bowled, 26 (3x4)
JF, lbw, 3
Luvers, bowled, 51 (5x4; 3x6)
Bowesy, bowled, 0
Tesh, bowled, 14 (2x4)
Cheese, caught, 6
Winkie, caught, 0
Shagger, caught, 1
Gwion, not out, 0
Maria, not out, 5
The cazh went out to defend the total, Shagger was taking
the first over downhill with the new type pink ball that was
soft and pretty battered after the first twenty overs and
getting 10 wickets looked a long way off.
Shagger, off the short run up, started with a probing first
over and dealing well with the left/right combination keeping
them bottled up.
With the real speedsters coming down hill, the workman like
medium pacers where coming up the hill into the wind. Gwion
was on first and had a struggle with his length at first but
after a couple sighters the opener looked to paddle Gwion
around the corner but got a top edge and sent it straight
towards Shagger who took the spinning catch safely.
Shagger came back with a tight over topped off with a beauty
that knocked over the number 3 that looked that like he would
get the oppo off to a good start.
Gwion came back for his second over and with early set backs
Hockey looked to open up early with the new batsmen picking
up the length quickly smashed one with a baseball shot straight
back past Gwion but not past Luvers who took a great catch
with the sound of ball hitting the hand reverberating around
Cheese replaced Gwion coming up hill and after a full toss
first settled into a good rhythm. In the second over got a
leading edge with the ball not coming through as quickly as
the batsmen thought and cheese taking a dolly. With each ball
getting faster and faster cheese decided to bring the bouncer(!!!!)
out of the locker and surprised Sanjai with the extra pace
and bounce, the ballooned off the top edge with JF pouching
the catch behind.
With Shagger saving an over for the death on the skippers
request, Winkie took over and bowled through his four overs
and managed to more out of the pitch than any other bowler
and most of his dots were balls that were unplayable rather
a batsmen swish. This bowling culminated into the ball of
the day swinging into the batsmen then cutting away to take
the top of off. Then killed off the match by removing the
other opener who had been living on borrowed time, castled
by a ball that would have been too good for any batsmen.
Maria took the next spell from the road end and picked up
a wicket in his first over getting an in swinger through the
batsmen defences but then struggled as the skipper asked him
to move through his variations.
Gwion came back for another spell picking up his third bowling
the number 9 with a you miss, I hit approach.
Cheese had changed ends and after bowling wide finished the
innings picking up another caught and bowled.
Shagger; 3 overs, 0 maidens, 7 runs, 1 wickets
Gwion; 4, 0, 15, 3
Cheese, 3.1, 0, 6, 3
Winkie, 4, 1, 9, 2
Maria, 2, 0, 14, 1
Another great bowling display from the cazh, with the other
bowlers reaping the rewards from Shagger’s early pressure.
Cazh win by 95 runs.