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Match Report vs Cavaliers 10 July 2014 @ Cathedral School (Skipper and report Shakey)

Another glorious evening but not if you were a driver. With the Council out on strike and the Butetown tunnel shut, the traffic in Cardiff was a mess and it was no surprise that we started 10 minutes late at he cathedral School ground. After being asked to bowl we were missing just one player - Dan. So skipper shakes took the honour of the first over on what seemed the normal good batting wicket against a capable cavaliers line-up. The first over delivered 15 runs, including a first ball six for McVeigh. Stu did a tidy job and in the third over shakes bowled McVeigh for 16 but the Cavs kept on coming and at the end of the fourth they had reached 37-1.

With no sign of Dan the cazh resorted to slowing the game down as much as they could. New bowlers Richie and The Don had a few chats with the skipper, never about cricket and mostly about what pub we should try after the game. Richie claimed a wicket with a stumping from Goff but still no Dan and at the end of the ninth we were in a spot of bother as the Cavs had moved to 90-2.

The tenth over marked the introduction of Dan to the fray so at least we had a full complement of fielders and he bowled his four overs on the bounce conceding just 26 runs (in the context of the match a considerable achievement) but without the wicket he deserved. Tesh enjoyed a decent spell but it was shakes who picked up two wickets at the end (3-29) with Graveson well caught by winkie at deep cow, closely followed by a much easier one for Tesh at midwicket courtesy of a leading edge. The cavaliers closed on 182-5 with Steaders batting through for 52 and Stu also picking up a late wicket bowled. The 25 extras hadn't helped our cause.

Our reply never really got going against an accurate attack until Tesh biffed a few in the fourth over. Winkie was soon out but tesh and trev started to pick up the scoring which included a very pleasant smash for 6 from trev during the course of his first innings for the cazh this year. But then in the 11th over it all went horribly wrong. Tesh was caught for 27, trev was bowled next ball for 15 and we were 51-3. The rest of the innings then fell away as we limped to 77-7 at the end of the 16th. There were some good shots on the way, not least from debutant Gareth who slapped some pleasant drives through the covers, but the wickets they kept on falling. Goff and Dan stemmed the tide and upped the scoring but we only posted 106-8. To the pub!

The choice of pub was an item for discussion as soon as we had arrived. Traditionally we had always had a pint in the Butchers on the High Street as it was next to a car park, the beer was good, buffet was plentiful and varied and, perhaps most tellingly, the staff were of an extremely high quality. However, the Black Lion was much improved after a refit and there were murmurings of lower quality Butchers staff being on offer during recent weeks - a serious matter. Tradition won out so off we trooped to the Butchers and fair play it was back to its best with a comely bevvy of staff, Brains craft beer and a buffet to die for. A pint or two was had by all and the evening finished better than we may have imagined.

But not for everyone. By now we all know there are two pubs called the Butchers Arms in Cardiff. The other one is in Canton and specialises in pickled eggs, karaoke and Tupperware parties - a good ol' fashioned Brains boozer. Alas some of our team only knew the one in Canton and their brief stay must have been a disappointment. Shame.

Worse still one of our team lost his trousers and pink shirt. I'm sure there is some easy and logical reason why - but how? (No it wasn't stevo)

The cricket may have been poor but at least we had an eventful night.



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