Match Report vs Barry
Wanderers 4 May 2014 @ Hayes Point (Skipper and report
The Nestlé Carnation Milk Game
The first (weather permissible) game of the season awaited
the Casz ensemble who had gathered to face our olde foes Barry
Wanderers at Hayes Point. A warm sunny day with a light breeze
and the best hint yet that summer may soon be upon us.
With the club captain ruled out through injury and the vice
captain away on a jolly Richie (to everyone’s amazement)
was asked to take the reigns for the day.
Everything seemed to be running smoothly and the game plan
was falling into place right up until the moment he won the
toss . panic ensued … despite captaining the side for
two years a decade ago this occurrence had never previously
manifested itself. In a moment of utter confusion and complete
uncertainly he calmly gestured to his oppo that we’d
have a bat and wished him all the best for the afternoon.
Their skipper smiled, shook my hand, turned and no doubt laughed
all the way back to the pavilion.
And so the season began …..
Our opening pair of Britpop and Tickle took to the crease
with the instructions of ‘be out there until at least
the drinks break’ ringing in their ears …. Now
obviously there was either some confusion with the specifics
of my instructions or only one of the pair heard me as Tesh
was sent back in the third over with only six on the board
after being bowled. In Tesh’s favour he had scored two
thirds of both the runs on the scoreboard and of the opening
partnership so it wasn’t all bad.
6 for 1 in the third over (not a great start)
Next in at number three was Jesus. Big things expected following
his debut season with the Casz and with a new bat to boot
the scene was set. Things started well for the watchful Will,
some big elaborate defensive shots and a sumptuous stroke
for 4 … then it all came crashing down with an attempted
late cut onto his stumps - bowled for 5.
12 for 2 in the seventh over (that’s made it interesting)
Ash was Will’s replacement at the crease but sadly
he perished with just two more runs added to the scoreboard
- bowled for a quack.
14 for 3 in the eighth over (from bad to worse)
Pete was the name down at number 5 on the team list and so
it transpired that he passed Ash on making his was to the
wicket - prospects?
The partnership developed gradually through the next few
overs until the 13th over which saw a rapid increase to the
score with nine runs coming via two boundaries one of which
was a no-ball. Things were on the turn, the run rate was on
the up, the future was looking rosy … the run rate subsequently
fell again and the inevitable wicket was taken. The fourth
batsman to be bowled in the innings, by a fourth different
bowler, was Pete for a solid 14 which included three fours.
39 for 4 in the sixteenth over (work to be done)
Drinks were still four overs away as Matt Hard (The Don)
strode out on debut for the Casz - no pressure Don just enjoy
yourself was the message. From the first ball the Don looked
comfortable, playing very correctly (especially for a Casz)
and looked to be set for a watchful innings having seen the
demise of numbers two to five.
At the 20 over mark when drinks arrived the score had almost
reached the half century - Britpop received some helpful advice
from his colleagues on the boundary as well as congratulations
on the number of dot balls he was amassing - not an easy thing
to do on this pitch as most of the top order had proved -
it should be noted he’d also followed the orders of
still being around at the drinks break.
Into the second half of the innings and Darren & the
Don set about a revival of the Casuals efforts.
At the thirty over point the score had almost doubled since
drinks - helped in the main by the thirtieth over which went
for 14. Unfortunately this over also saw the removal of Darren,
again bowled, for a stubborn and gritty 33. His innings only
included two fours but it has been said before and no doubt
it’ll be said again every game needs someone to stay
around at one end during the game - and Britpop’s your
man ….. as proven by 11 overs of dot balls.
90 for 5 in the thirtieth over (a work in progress)
Cheese had been maturing nicely in the sunshine waiting for
his chance to take to the stage and with the Don impressing
with the bat things looked a tad rosier than it had earlier
The scoreboard had been on a sure and steady upward trend
until this point but during the next nine overs the incline
steepened somewhat with both the Don and Cheese taking a liking
to ever changing bowling attack.
The charge was only halted in the final and fortieth over
with first Cheese falling (bowled) for a gallant 36 which
included five fours and a six, followed swiftly by Paul (bowled)
for a duck trying to selflessly add to the score and finally
the Don who equally altruistically perished for the cause
(run out) off the last ball of the innings for an excellent
debut 54 incorporating five fours and a pair of sixes …
and Shakes told me he was a bowler !!! … the last three
wickets falling for the addition of no runs.
170 for 8 after forty (a good recovery and an equally good
target to protect)
Cardiff Casuals innings
D Britton bowled 33 2 x 4 (66 dot balls)
M Hirani bowled 4 1 x 4
W Mason-Wilkes bowled 5 1 x 4
A Akbari bowled 0
P Obee bowled 14 3 x 4
M Hard run out 54 5 x 4 ; 2 x 6
E Stewart bowled 36 5 x 4 ; 1 x 6
P Stephens bowled 0
G Day not out 0
R Holliday DNB
D Thomas DNB
No Balls 2
Leg Byes 3
The somewhat astute and more arithmetically minded of you
will have observed that this does not add up to the score
which is indicated in the book - that of which is 170 - but
that is what the book said and as I have been previously informed
- the book does not lie … unless Dave’s scoring
I will leave the judgement of tea to those of the Casuals
better qualified by girth than myself - except to say, in
my opinion, that the Wanderers did not let themselves down
on their usual high standard of tea provision.
And so the Casz were put out to grass ….
Opening up were Pablo, from the wood end, and the Quiet Man
from the smoke appropriately enough from the asylum (well
former hospital anyway) end. Pabs bowling a tight opening
spell of five overs which conceded only 12 runs and Goff taking
advantage of the tight bowling, at both ends, taking a wicket
(bowling the opening batsman) in his fourth over of an opening
spell of five overs for a miserly 8 runs which included two
maidens and plenty of movement.
29 for 1 in the tenth over (a good restrictive opening spell)
First change saw the Cheese take over from the wood end and
Dave ‘Treacle Toes’ Thomas take over at the hospital
end. And it was Treacle Toes Thomas who made the next breakthrough
with his flight, guile, wisdom, cunning, dip and more than
a little luck bowling Wanderers’ #3 in the 14th over
with the score on 44.
At the other end Cheese was thundering in letting fly with
good movement off both the seam and pitch and was rewarded
in his fourth over, and the innings’ 17th over removing
#4 and #5 both bowled.
88 for 4 at drinks (compared to the Casz the Wanderers were
Second change saw the Don taking his bowling bow from the
woods end and Obee1 at the hospital end.
Remembering Shakes’ advice that the Don’s a bowler
and recalling the Don’s indoor flair for the short pitched
delivery I began to think this could be an interesting point
in the afternoon for all concerned.
The Don was indeed a bowler as his first over showed with
six dots and one solitary cross, the first runs off the bat,
a single, came from his eighth legal delivery in his second
over. Shakes had called it correctly.
Pete had started well at the other end and took a wicket
in his second over with Tesh taking a good steepling catch
in the deep to remove batsman #2. The Don responded in his
third over by taking the wicket (bowled) of #7 for a duck.
104 for 6 in the twenty fifth over (in the balance)
The Wanderers #6 Fenton had, by now, played himself in and
was looking to increase the pace, unfortunately for Pete he
decided the twenty sixth over, and Pete’s third, was
the time to do it. With 20 runs, which essentially were from
the final three deliveries of the over, the game had shifted
back in the favour of the Wanderers. Pete had, until the final
three deliveries, bowled a good spell taking one for 11 from
2½ overs but a change was needed and so the ball was
tossed to Tesh.
The next four overs were shared between the Don and Mr Tickle,
a four over spell which conceded only five runs - four singles
and a bye.
The Don ended his debut spell for the Casz with the excellent
figures of 1 for 10 off 5,
129 for 6 after thirty overs (had the tide been stemmed ?)
Cheese replaced the Don at the wood end for his second spell.
Tesh struck next, in the 32nd over, with the support of a
good catch from Pete ‘safe hands’ Obee to send
their #8 back to the pavilion having contributed 5 singles.
Cheese continued with his line and length from the first spell
and was unlucky beating the bat regularly without reward.
Tesh, after a excellent stint, gave way to Goff at the hospital
end and Paul replaced Cheese for his final spell.
154 for 7 after thirty five overs (the balls to runs ratio
favoured the Wanderers)
Goff’s opening over of his 2nd spell was just what
the doctor ordered conceding just two runs and with the added
benefit of two wickets (both bowled) and a hat-trick ball
thrown in (so to speak).
156 for 9 after thirty six overs (back in the balance with
only 1 wicket remaining?)
With the field back to allow Fenton an easy single to bring
the #11 into the game they were being refused but with the
occasional lusty blow the Wanderers got over the line …
just…. the winnings runs coming off the penultimate
over with a single from Paul’s firth ball.
171 for 9 off 38.5 overs (so near and yet so far)
Barry Wanderers innings
1 12 bowled (G Day)
2 19 caught (M Hirani) bowled (P Obee)
3 6 bowled (DG Thomas)
4 13 bowled (E Stewart)
5 4 bowled (E Stewart)
6 72 not out
7 0 bowled (M Hard)
8 5 caught (P Obee) bowled (M Hirani)
9 2 bowled (G Day)
10 0 bowled (G Day)
11 1 not out
No Balls 2
Leg Byes 3
Cardiff Casuals bowling stats
Bowler overs / maidens / runs / wickets
P Stephens 6.5 0 27 0
G Day 7 2 11 3
E Stewart 8 1 32 2
DG Thomas 5 0 35 1
M Hard 5 0 10 1
P Obee 3 0 29 1
M Hirani 4 1 7 1
A terrific game that almost went right to the wire, full
of ‘what ifs’ and ‘if onlys’, but
an excellent game all the same and as usual played, on the
hole, in the right spirit. A one wicket win for the Wanderers.
An exceptional debut from the Don with both bat and ball
and notable contributions from Cheese, Goff & Tesh.
Our unbeaten start to the season had, like Nestlé’s
Carnation Milk, evaporated.
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