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Match Report vs CBBies 08 August 2013 @ St Fagans (Skipper and Report Shakey)

The further pitch at St Fagans had its own unique character during this oddly warm and dry summer - there was spin and variable bounce from the road end and things tended to keep slow and low from the field end. After some heavy downpours it would be interesting to see how it played. We lost the toss and batted.

Tesh and winkie started well against some tight bowling. Anything wide that should have been hit usually kept very low and scuttled through to the wickie. Tesh still managed some pleasing drives, taking a liking to Imran's bowling from the field end and hitting three boundaries. But with the introduction of the slower bowlers everything changed and the runs dried up. The left arm spinner who came on from the road end was virtually unplayable with his quick darts spinning and jumping viciously. Keeping your wicket intact was literally all you could do - yet we had to score runs.
So the 16 runs from the opening 3 overs fell away and the run out of tesh (27) in the 10th over removed our most fluent batsman. We stuttered along with winkie, Will and Jonni all out before Gareth and Paul put together a small stand with the Gareth thump for four through the offside probably the shot of the day. But as he was run out for 10 and Richie quickly holed out, Paul and Ash steered us into port with a total of 79-6 off 20. At least 20 runs shy with the small straight boundaries.

Whether it was the quality of the bowling, the fear of the pitch or the fact they were chasing a small total CBBs started very quietly. Paul started with a maiden, shakes went for 3 runs off his two overs and Richie kept things tight but the wickets wouldn't come. Matt proved more to the batsmens liking but Jonni also kept it tight, going for 7 runs off his two as the bowling was constantly changed in search of wickets. At 63-0 off 13 it seemed a forlorn hope but Dave then picked up a wicket caught. Will then bowled a pie.

Fielding at short midwicket to the left-handed batsman who was about to receive the pie, I could see that it started off as a nice juicy meaty one - sort of beef and ale. As the ball looped slowly down the wicket it headed towards leg, becoming perhaps more like a pork pie with copious amounts of jelly. But as the batsman decided to play it from the comfort of his crease, with keeper Ash up to the wicket, it changed into more of a corned beef hash. The mixture of a hack to leg and the thought of a tickle for one in the batman's mind completed the transformation of the pie at the last second into a lovely warm apple pie which he got the thinnest of clear edges on. Ash supplied the custard with a nice leg-side catch and I've run out of ways to embellish the pie story even more.

The promotion of some lower order batsmen gave wickets to Dave and winkie (who was bowling somewhere near his better form when removing the bails of former cazh Gareth Davies) but the undefeated opener ended proceedings with a well struck six as CBBs reached their target with two overs to spare.
Some decent tight bowling and the flurry of late wickets gave us something to talk about in the Plymouth Arms after and at least we put up a fight.


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