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Match Report vs Cardiff Uni (Staff) 16 July 2014 @ Wenvoe (Skipper and report Shag)

The Cazh arrived at a slightly damp Wenvoe to play the Uni Staff, however it was apparent that there weren’t many staff in the opposition’s ranks. This had been the team to beat Chartered Trust the previous week, so were going to be a strong side.

Captain Dan won the toss and chose to bat first. Winkie and Jesus to open up. The pair started well against a quickish but erratic bowler, scoring 7 some of which were wides – which was going to be a theme of the evening. The second over saw Winkie perish bowled for 4 to a shooter. Kim joined Will. Both battled well for a partnership of 31, the bowling was sharp, but often wayward, but the ones that were good were good.

Another theme of the innings was the enthusiasm of the opposition, anything that was near the bat or pad or not was accompanied with appeals, shrieks and jumping up and down. The funniest of which was against Kim who went to pull a short delivery, missed it by about a foot, was caught behind and everyone went up that wouldn’t have been amiss at the recent test match. Kim was not impressed and questioned both the keeper and bowler what they were appealing for. Kim was also on the receiving end of a fast face high delivery and as he didn’t get an apology (the umpire did) he also muttered his discontent.

Unfortunately, both Kim and Jesus were unable quieten the Uni players, Will was caught out at the end of the 6th and Kim followed bowled at the start of the 7th. Gareth and Rich next up, Rich being caught for 1 next over, bringing in Paul who was very unlucky to be run out at the non strikers end after a bit of mis/non communication with partner Gareth. 40-2 slumped to 43-5 off 8overs. Gareth and Steveo started to rebuild, but the atmosphere was fever pitch after the Cazh collapse. Steveo next out bowled for 7, Quickly followed by the Don for 1 caught. The arrival of a certain Larger Goff with a small cool bag on seeing and hearing the commotion on the field ignited a resemblance of the Barmy Army, getting in on the act with lots of appealing from the minimal crowd when anything missed the bat or hit the pad.

Gareth who had been trying to get on with whenever on strike was bowled for 10, and Dan helped get the score to mid 80s in the 17th over before also being caught. This left the final pair of Rolf and Shakey to try and see out the overs. Both made a bit of a mockery of those that went before, scoring quite freely including 2 lovely drives by Rolf and the re-emergence of the Shakey Dab. The Cazh finished on 108-9 off the allotted overs.

Andy - 4 bowled
Will MW - 9 caught
Kim - 6 bowled
Gareth F - 10 bowled
Rich - 1 caught
Paul - 1 run out
Steveo - 7 bowled
Matt H - 1 caught
Dan - 10 caught
Chris H - 19 not out
Mark - 10 not out
Extras 30

Taking to the field and not much to defend the Cazh had to be sharp in the field and tight with the ball. Shag opened up and bowled mostly dots, but every over included at least one boundary. He did however get the first wicket caught excellently by Kim who after a confab with Keeper Will moved himself from gully to 3rd slip – the catch something of an oddity for the Cazh – a clean catch in the slips! Next over the Don enticed the batsman to hoist a lofted drive to long on where Dan snaffled the catch. The 5th over saw Shag bowl the other opener and in the following over a suicidal single saw Dan whip the ball into Keeper Will who literally demolished the stumps – flattening all three!

The Uni team on the sidelines seemed to go a bit subdued after their mini collapse. However, as much as Paul, Rolf and Shakey tried to both stem the runs and pick up wickets the total was just not enough to make the batsman play risky shots from there on, and with the target ever decreasing they opened their shoulders and quickly reached the required amount at the end of the 14th over.

It was a shame that the Cazh had failed to post a more competitive total as we were unable to give the single member of the university staff a game as he had spent his fielding contribution at fine leg and long on and we didn’t take enough wickets to allow him to get to the middle to bat after the bowlers had had their turn.

The Cazh proceeded to the Wenvoe Arms where it appeared that another team (?!?) had not turned up for their banquet of sausage and chips which was kindly offered to the Cazh for free...which lasted apx 5 minutes before the plates were empty. Happy Days!!

Lewis 4-0-24-2
M Hard 2-0-17-1
P Stephens 3-0-27-0
C Harris 3-0-19-0
M Stephen 2-0-22-0
Extras 17
2 catches - Kim and Dan
1 run out - Dan


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