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Match Report vs Barry Westend 21 July 2013 @ Barry's Island (eventually) (Skipper Ed, report Shag)

After the Wenvoe ‘travellers’ decided to leave an eviction present by driving over the Wenvoe square, Ash did well to book the spare pitch at Penarth. However, another demonstration of cock ups from Holmview booking management company, the Cazh arrived at Penarth in glorious weather only to find that there was a treble booking. By sheer luck it was found that Barry Athletic’s game had been cancelled due to lack of opposition, so the Cazh and West End trooped down to Barry’s Island to battle through the traffic on the fine summers day.

The game started at 2.45 and it was decided that it would be a full 40overs – I think everyone was relieved, especially when Cheese won the toss and decided to bat...a few of the West End’s more senior players didn’t look quite as pleased.

Winkie and Steveo opened the batting, and began at a pace – Steveo getting off the mark with 3 4s. After 4 overs the pair had put on 28 and off 8 overs 46. Winkie was predominantly scoring through the thirdman and covers mostly in 4s and singles, after Steveo’s electric start he was unusually restricted to singles. After 15 overs the score was motoring along to an 81 opening run partnership, and Winkie just one away from a half century, a big Cazh score looked on the cards. But as followers of the Cazh will know, a collapse is always potentially just around the next corner, with the quicker of the two opening bowlers just about to finish his spell, Winkie unfortunately got caught in the covers one short of the milestone. Steveo had done well to keep out the straight one until the 17th over, but his luck or judgement failed and he was bowled for a well made 41.

Tesh and Richie were the next pair in and both in fine form, Tesh coming in off the back of a 40 over 90 the week before, confidence was high. However, averages were reduced significantly with both going in successive overs – Tesh well caught and Richie bowled. 96-4 off 20overs. Stu had partnered Rich for a brief time and continued with Cheese. The pair battled to steady the ship against slow but accurate bowling, the run rate dropped but no more wickets fell for the next 10 overs. Cheese was the main run maker whilst Stu was solid in defence at the other until he was caught in the 30th over for 9 and the Cazh on 139. Looking to up the quick singles....Shakey made his way out, so Ed countered this by hitting boundaries including a 6 over the long harbour side boundary. He was caught in the following over for a well made 35. 144-6 off 31overs.

Shag joined Shakey and began with 2 4s and a 6 into the carpark (fortunately missing all the cars). Shakey continued to rotate the strike until he was finally caught in the 35th over for 20. 178-7. Pablo was next out and continued to score runs, after another couple of boundaries and 6 from Dan – his luck ran out and he was bowled for 26 in the penultimate over. Porno making a rare appearance due to a late withdrawal stepped in for the last over, he and Paul finished unbeaten on 5 and 12 respectively and the Cazh finished on what looked to be a winning total of 211-8.

Winkie – 49ct
Steveo – 41ct
Tesh – 1ct
Richie -2b
Stu H – 9ct
Ed – 35ct
Shakey – 20ct
Dan – 26b
Paul - 12no
Andy F – 5no
Extras 9

The tea that Paul had made for the ‘home fixture was spread out over the pool table – which included 7 types of cake so everyone was happy!

Dan and Ed opened the bowling, Dan’s first 4 overs went for just one run, whilst Ed struggled to find his length early on but picked up the first wicket in his 3rd over. 20-1 off 6overs. Dan bowled his spell straight through and caused the batsmen quite a few problems with bounce and seam, on one occasion clipping the batsman’s nose – typically bowled the next ball a bit wider as to not cause any further injury and got hit for a four – so that leniency stopped there!

Shakey took over from Cheese and struggled with length and was punished by the batsmen who were looking to cut free. Pablo replaced Shag and kept the batsmen guessing as to speed and spin, his 6 over spell going for just 21 runs. Ed had come back on for a couple of overs to try and curtail the runs, and after25 overs West Ends score had moved along to 110 for loss of only one wicket. Richie replaced Ed and bowled well, plus getting the second wicket of the opener who had just passed his half century – surprisingly getting stumped by Steveo.

Shakey replaced his brother to chance his arm from the other end, and Stu replaced Richie for two overs, though it was Tesh who got the next wicket caught by Cheese on the boundary. However, West End were far too close to the target by this stage, Cheese bowled one more (which somewhat ruined his figures), but West End reached the target with 9 balls to spare and only the loss of 3 wickets. 215-3 off 38.3overs.

An enjoyable game, played in a fine spirit, but a disappointing result given the first innings. West End didn’t give many if any chances and batted very well chasing the large total and an average age of about 50!
An extra treat was the BBQ that was fired up, so at least the Cazh could go home full.

Dan – 8 overs - 4 maidens - 9 runs - 0 wickets
Ed – 7-0-54-1
Shakey – 8-0-57-0
Paul – 7.3-1-53-1
Richie – 4-0-19-1
Stu – 2-0-21-0
Tesh -2-0-16-1


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