Match Report vs Lisvane
11 August @ St Mellons (Skipper and Report Cheese)
After two weeks of wash outs it was slightly rusty Cazh team
that came together at the lovely ground at St.Mellions to
play Lisvane. Cheese won the toss and to the oppo surprise
decided to bat first, after which the oppo captain explained
there was a home umpire who was umpiring as part of his hospital
treatment and he said he would recall batsmen if there were
any howlers made.
Tesh & newbie Steve “stormin” Norman opened
for the cazh, after a slow start Stormin opened his cazh account
with a huge six over long off, Tesh was dealing with the other
end especially a back foot nudge around the corner that flew
off the bat to the rope. It was going to need something special
to remove either batsmen and Tesh got a brute off the pitch
that hit his glove and ballooned to slip.
Will walked to wicket with the new ball still moving around
and Will gave a couple of chances to slip one was an awful
drop, would they rue these missed chances?
Stormin and Will built a solid partnership that more about
sporadic boundaries than rotating the strike. Stormin fell
just before drinks but had given the cazh a position to jump
Ash joined Will at the crease finally after spending the
walk in playing an array straight bat shots, (he might as
well get these out of the way before the ball comes near him!!!!)
In fairness he played a straight bat to his first 11 balls
and made contact with some, on the twelfth ball he cut the
ball straight to cover point and was out caught.
Pablo strode out to the wicket twirl his bat in the sunlight
took guard and pumped his first ball straight back over the
bowlers head; the second he Dilshaned to the fine leg boundary;
the third ball he clipped off his legs over square leg placing
the ball just two yards left of the watching toddler after
which deciding that his innings might end in tragedy strolled
down the wicket gave Will some advice and retired himself.
The last paragraph may have had a little artistic license,
I must apologise to Pablo I missed his innings as a heated
debate had started on the side lines over the weeks until
tour and percentages, just to say if you argue with an idiot
he will always bring you down to his level and you will lose,
he has more practice.
Shakey entered the fray played and missed a bit but Will
was into is stride taking one over for 18, working mostly
in the V, one of his sixes barely got off the ground and clattered
into the fence about 7 foot up. He reached yet another fifty
for the club with a punch through the covers that raced to
the rope up hill. After a couple of lives early on Will was
destroying the bowling.
With Shakey getting into his stride he looked for a single
but was sent back by Will, the bails were removed after Shakey
had run his bat in by a good two foot even so the finger was
raised and as the captain had thrown the ball in, no call
back was offered. Shakey slumped off and made his way to the
dressing room. I think Shakey’s comment on the episode
sum it up succinctly - such comments can't possibly be aired
on the internet!
Jonni T made his way to the square and nudged a couple to
singles to get Will back on strike. With the innings coming
to a close Jonni freed his arms only for one to keep slightly
low and peg back his off stump. Though as little treat for
Jonni the over before Will had mauled the bowling with a 4-6-4
to bring up his second hundred for the club.
Cheese wandered to the wicket watched Will hit another 6
with all the hard work done in the previous 37 overs, cheese
threw the timber around managing to get some late boundaries.
Will finally fell in the last over trying to get back for
a quick second run, this allowed Goffy 3 balls to demonstrate
his talent with the bat. Goffy finished with a strike rate
of 300 with him and cheese buying a hard run 3 at the end
that should have only been a single.
The cazh finished on 223 with 115 runs coming in the last
Tea was ok, there was a very anaemic brew available that
looked like a tea bag had been waved over it. Good variety
of cake though.
The cazh started how they finished with Cheese and Goff
opening the bowling, with cheese finding early swing was unlucky
not to get the more aggressive opener out early. Not as unlucky
as Goffy though who took the brunt of the early onslaught
with the opener who had been dropped punishing anything wide
and short (lucky he did not take the bat to cheese!!). In
the end Shakey removed the opener taking a great catch at
mid-wicket, this allowed Goffy gain some rhythm.
Matt replaced Cheese and started with on long hop unfortunately
a theme that would continue on through his spell though some
of the old magic started to return and rapped the pads a couple
times. Goffy was still running in bowling this 8 overs through.
In his last over got the wicket he deserved removing the other
opener by nipping one up the slope and pegging back the off
Matt was bowling better and better and found some shape
in the his last couple of overs enabling the ball to go past
the outside edge but never take it. At dinks Lisvane had reached
93-2 though with the knowledge of what we had taken in the
last overs a lot of work still to do.
Jonni T and Pete Obee had the honours after drinks and bowled
in the face of the settled batsmen moving through the gears
to up the run rate. Pete Obee was unlucky not to get a couple
of wickets with Cheese and Will dropping at Long off &
on respectively they were better than 50/50 chances and on
another day both would have been taken. Jonni bowled an excellent
line giving neither batsman a chance to free the arms. Again
an apology Jonni may well have taken a wicket but I can not
draw it from my ever increasing decaying memory banks [Jonni
infact took 2 wickets - a wicket maiden first over - caught
and bowled and another bowled in his 4th].
Shakey had an uneventful 2 over spell after Pete Obee and
then Cheese bowled his last 3 tidily though did get pumped
for a massive six over mid wicket.
The game was left with Pablo and his 6 overs, after bowling
a miserly two overs, the batsmen went after him with the only
out come a huge top edge that looked destined to land in no-mans
land, while we watched the ball go on we missed Goffy putting
on the after burners to get underneath it. Which he duly did
and took a great catch that pushed the door of hope ajar.
Then with the last ball of the 38th over Pablo and Will smashed
through door with the former beating the outside edge and
latter after a bit of juggling to take the bails of the number
5 who looked like he had the game in the bag. This left Pablo
in the last over with 10 runs to play with:-
1st Ball – hit for 6!!!
2nd Ball – Single to cover boundary, well fielded by
Tesh to keep in to one.
3rd Ball - Dot
4th Ball – Wicket, Under 11 (who had pulled cheese for
4 through mid-wicket!), was that a good wicket to take!
5th Ball – Single to third man
6th Ball – Wicket; bowled
Cazh won by 2 runs
As they say the silence was deafening from the Lisvane crowd;
I have to say when I look back we gain those two victory runs
everywhere from turning singles into twos when batting to
doing the reverse in the field.
Well played all and sorry for lapses in memory!!!