Match Report vs St Fagans
18 August @ St Fagans (Skipper and Report Cheese)
After a washout on Saturday, there was a little hesitation
in the ranks if the game was going to be on. As it was the
outfield was slightly damp and very slow but the wicket was
dry though a little slow.
Cazh won the toss and batted first, Steve-o and Will opened
for the cazh and straight away it came apparent how slow the
outfield was with shots from Will that we have been applauding
to the boundary stopping a good 20 yards short.
With the bouncer from early in the season finding a better
length though not full enough for Steve-o to flog him, it
was slow going with runs coming in two’s rather than
Steve-o was the first to fall, missing with a straight drive
and having his middle stump clipped. JR entered the fray with
the non bouncing bouncer still getting through his overs,
in fairness Dallas played him well even getting out of the
way for the only bouncer of the day. Will had settled and
was now looking to push on, this started with a half tracker
that he dispatched through cover unfortunately this is where
it end as the cover fielder pounced and Will was sent on his
Tesh strolled out to the wicket and was timing his back
foot pushes straight away and with Dallas started to build
a partnership although not running the first as hard as I
would have liked at times!
With the bouncer coming to end of his spell with Dallas
doing most of the fending off, Tesh was given the last three
balls to see off, he didn’t. Gloving the ball behind
which the wicket-keeper did well to dive forward and take.
This started a mini collapse with Dallas; Stu; Pete Obee
and Cheese all falling in the space of 5 overs though Pete’s
straight drive for four was a shot of the day.
Shakey brought some order to the proceeding settling in
with the steadfast Richie to bring the total up to 100, with
well taken singles and creaming the bad ball to the boundary
with an ever drying and quickening outfield.
Shakey was out next trying to work a straight ball to leg
and spooning a catch up to the bowler. With partners running
out Richie looked to go big and hit two sixes straight over
the bowlers head with the newly arrived Pablo rotating the
strike back to him as quickly as possible.
Into the last 5 overs of the innings and the difficult decision
of taking what we could or taking a bit of risk to up what
was a meagre total. Pablo chose the latter and lofted a drive
into the covers that took a very good one handed catch to
bring it down.
Matt was last man in and was not asked to play a ball as
the rest of the over went by him, Richie was going after every
ball now but increased aggression meant a loss of form but
inside edges were still going deep into the outfield with
Matt always pushing hard for 2.
Richie was on strike for the beginning off the 37th over
and was undone with a full toss what bowled him.
Not a great total from the cazh 123 all out but would have
been a lot worse if firstly Tesh and then Richie had not got
their heads down and scored more 70% of the runs off the bat
Tea was a good array of sandwiches, pizza slices and cake.
Among the topics of conversation was the definition of a cake
and more exactly package, I will try and distil the discussion
into one sentence – “an individual wrapped item
can not be called a cake regardless of content” also
after watching Shakey pick the cucumber out of his sandwich
maybe this needs a focus group as well.
After tea, the cazh sauntered back to the wicket knowing
that a couple of early wickets and the below par total would
start looking like a winning total.
To cut a long and tenuous story short, we didn’t in
fact we didn’t make any break through as much as all
the bowlers tried with the pick being Pablo. Only ‘highlight’
was Pete Obee bowling to an 8 – 1 field trying to get
the batsmen playing across the line, they duly did and hit
a few boundaries to tarnish Pete’s figures which would
have been good but for the captains bizarre fielding placements.
Cazh lost by 10 wickets although the margin could not be
bigger, I think we have lost by less but been more battered.