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Match Report vs Tredegar 14Jul 2013 @ Tredegar (Skipper Cheese, report Shakey)

The summer of 2013 threw up some weather surprises as we endured our hottest spell for 10 years. No snow, no rain, you could see the slopes of the surrounding valley such was the lack of cloud on the only flat bit of grass in Tredegar. There wasn't even any wind so the extra 3 jumpers weren't required!

The cazh batted first with skipper Ed and Tesh watchfully getting through the opening overs but when he found his feet the cheese began to open up. Some of the shots were brutal in their intensity with numerous balls witheringly despatched to the boundary. The pitch appeared flat and the outfield was lightning due to the lack of rain so Ed cashed in and Tesh joined the party too. At 10 overs the stand was worth 40, at 20 overs it had powered on to 109 and only in the 25th over did Ed perish lbw for a sparkling 94 ( a six and 15 boundaries) and an opening stand of 142. He deserved a ton.

Will came and went scoring 12 before debutant Jim joined Tesh. It was then that Tesh cut loose, as the cazh added 73 runs in the last 10 overs of our innings. Jim was run out for 15 and Paul added an undefeated 5 but a tiring Tesh carried his bat for 90 with 9 boundaries and we closed on 242-3.

The Tredegar innings got off to a good start, even though signs of turn were evident, as the cazh leaked runs too easily - perhaps partly as we only had 10 men. That couldn't excuse the number of wides which grew throughout the innings. The introduction of Paul helped to stem the tide and he picked up the opener at 77 in the 14th over. Shakes had the other opener stumped by Will with the score at 105 in the 18th over and it was clear that Tredegar could overhaul the stiff target. The runs kept on coming. Stu Harding got his first wicket for the club in the 19th over but by then the score had already moved on to 121.

After his batting heroics cheese finally came on and bowled their captain with a Jaffa as they seemed to finally wobble at 174-4 in the 29th over. But we just couldn't maintain the pressure we needed and the extras grew and grew. Although Tesh claimed a late wicket Tredegar reached their target in the 39th over thanks to a fifty from the number 5. At times their victory appeared in doubt but 38 wides and no balls proved our undoing.

We will search for a win next year and must remember to take thermals. We won't have warm weather two years in a row.


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