Match Report vs Cavaliers
23 July 2013 @ Cathedral School (Skipper Cheese, report
The Casuals were to play the Cavaliers once again in the
cup semi, Skipper Ed lost the toss and the Casuals were asked
to bat first. Most of us have never seen a wicket quite like
the one that had been prepared – from a distance it
looked yellow singed grass, but on closer inspection it had
no grass on it at all – just dusty mud – looked
more like a test pitch than the Willow semi.
Jonny F and Jesus opened the innings. The start was slow
against good accurate bowling and after the first 3 overs
the score had limped to just 9. Will now on strike took a
liking to the 3rd Cavs bowler and smashed 19 off it bringing
the score more in tune to what was needed. Two overs later
Will retired (as you must once reached 25 in the cup) bringing
Cheese to the crease. He and John tried to rotate the strike
as much as possible until Ed was caught for 7 with the score
on 59 in the 8th over.
Tim next in and he John continued to try and increase the
run rate, Tim dealt mainly in 2s hitting to the off side but
did include a 6 to leg, John struggled to time the ball but
finally retired with a 6 in the 10th over, bringing in Tesh.
The pair got the Cazh to 97 before Tim was stumped for 19
in the 13th over. Gazz T came in with with 7 overs remaining
and was told to try and up the pace – however, having
a groin injury didn’t help the running.
Gazz valiantly continued and fell in the 16th over for 8
and Tesh run out soon after for 22 with the score now on 142,
but only 9 balls left of the innings. Britpop flung the bat
at anything and watched both Dan, Steveo and Shakey come and
go without scoring running suicide runs to try and get a couple
more on the board. The Cazh finished on 148-7 off the 18overs.
Initial thoughts were that this probably wasn’t going
to be enough.
John F – 27 ret
Will MW – 29 ret
Ed – 7ct
Tim – 19st
Gazz T – 9b
Britpop – 12no
Dan – 0ro
Steveo – 0ro
Paul – DNB
Extras – 23
So with an ok total to defend the Cazh needed to be sharp
in the field and with the ball.
Shag and Shakey opened the bowling and for the first few
overs things looked ok, Shag going for 7 off his two overs
and Shakey going for 7 in the first and 10 in the second.
Tim and Steveo took over, though the Cavs were looking to
score off every delivery.
The first break though came when Stedders took a chance
on a second run but was run out by a good pick up and through
by Shag to Keeper Will. The other opener retired soon after
and the second break though also came via a run out –
this time Cheese. At this point the Cazh had their tails up
after 2 wickets in quick succession.
However, the Cavs never took their foot off the gas and
although all the Cazh bowlers tried their best, the quick
succession of boundaries and subsequent retirees never really
gave us a chance. Pablo got a wicket towards the end of the
innings, but the Cavs reached the target with 2.5 overs to
The highlight once again was the barmaid in the Butchers