Match Report vs Cavaliers
10 May 2015 @ Wenvoe (Skipper Kim, report Rich)
Sunshine, Cavaliers, Starburst, Spilt Milk, Dots & Crust-less
Arriving at the ground it appeared that word had spread that
the Casz were back in town with event staff directing traffic
down the little lane towards the Wenvoe pitch. Alas it would
transpire that the event wasn’t the ‘glorious’
game of cricket which was about to commence but our noisy
football neighbours who were having an end of season children’s
Now I can’t recall who won the toss but as we were
put to grass and the Cavaliers were asked to grasp willow
I assume that one of the two captains chose to do either of
the aforementioned as this is the structure in which the game
It was rumoured as we took to the ground that Dan would open
the bowling but with two Dan’s on the team sheet which
Dan would it be? Big Dan the skipper exclaimed …. still
the team were bemused as to which Dan it would be –
again Kim bellowed – Giant Dan …. and again no
clue as to which was to open …. Finally the skipper
made it clear – Fat Dan to open from the pavilion end
and the team took their places.
Confusion then reigned as Dan was also opening up from the
football ground end …. But Kim was eager to clarify
that this was tall Dan.
Did I mention there was promise of homemade cake at the interval
too? …. Blowers and the team would I imagine be very
jealous although there is a distinct lack of buses around
the Wenvoe oval.
Dan (pavilion end) made the first breakthrough in his third
over removing the Cavaliers #2 batsman with the support of
a sharp low catch at slip from the skipper …. Nobody
was more shocked than Kim who later indicated that it was
down to the fact that he didn’t have time to think about
the catch which is why it stuck. A wicket maiden – 16
for 1 in the fifth.
The two Dan’s finished their opening spells with Dan
(football end) bringing it back nicely after an expensive
first over and Dan (pavilion) being very economical (as usual)
– 27 for 1 off 8 overs
Rob Owens replaced Dan at the pavilion end and Richie took
over at the football end.
Rob was unlucky not to take a wicket in his tight five over
spell in which the batsmen found it difficult to get the ball
into the gaps …. Although not quite as difficult as
we found it … but more of that later.
Richie made the next breakthrough in his first over ….
The skipper’s advice was to concentrate on line and
length …. He didn’t mention speed so I guessed
the slower the better. As luck would have it the batsman was
concentrating on something else as the # 3 was clean bowled
having played his shot and then watched the ball inch its
way towards the stumps followed by not so much a death rattle
rather a gentle tap – 29 for 2 in the 10th
Obviously the next batsman in hadn’t been watching
the demise of his colleague as a few balls later the same
fate afforded itself to #4 and the Cavaliers were three down
with 31 runs on the board with a little under three quarters
of their innings remaining (<75% in Cheese terminology).
At the end of the 18th over, and at the end of both Rob &
Richie’s spells the score, mainly down to the latter,
had moved along to 84 for 3.
Kiwi Pete (pavilion) and Foxy (football) were next change
At drinks the Cavaliers had reached 105 for the loss three
The Cavaliers lost their next wicket with the score at 109
with the opening batsman run out for a solid 45 in the 22nd
over – I unfortunately have no recollection of who did
what with whom though (although rumour has it that Darren
managed to carry out the task unaided).
Foxy after a loose first over took the next wicket again
in the 22nd over bowled with the one that went on with the
arm (#6 bowled for 2) …. 112 for 5.
Kiwi gained just rewards for a tight opening few overs to
take the sixth wicket (batsman #7 caught by Rob for 1) in
his third over to reduce the Cavaliers to 113 for 5 in the
After a 5 over spell where Foxy brought it back really well
the Cavaliers were 128 for 6 off 28 overs
Richie came back for his second spell for a couple of overs
from the football end with Kiwi Pete continuing at the pavilion
The final change saw the opening bowlers resume their ‘Dan
off’ with the score at 149 for 6 off 32 overs. Batsman
#5 was now well in and finding the gaps along with the odd
The homemade cakes were calling …..
Dan carried on where he left off from his first spell with
a tight line and length and had the prize of the final wicket
in the penultimate over removing batsmen #8 LBW with the score
The Cavaliers ended on 202 for 7 off 40 overs
The Casz fielded well with only a couple of drops off very
difficult chances. Kim diving in the deep in an attempt which
looked like it could be painful, and resulted in a very sore
neck, and Richie managing to tip one over the boundary for
for six trying to snaffle a howitzer.
D Lewis 8 (overs) 1 (maiden) 20 (runs) 2 (wickets)
D Gregory 8 (overs) 0 (maidens) 59 (runs) 0 (wickets)
R Owens 5 (overs) 0 (maidens) 17 (runs) 0 (wickets)
R Holliday 7 (overs) 0 (maidens) 51 (runs) 2 (wickets)
P Tangey 7 (overs) 0 (maidens) 21 (runs) 1 (wicket)
J Prior 5 (overs) 0 (maidens) 30 (runs) 1 (wicket)
There then ensued carnage at the tea table with almost a
‘milktastrophy’ due to the pour (!!) positioning
of the creamy substance on a wobbly table. Tea has been reported
upon prior to this match report but suffice to say it was
plentiful, pleasing and tasty. From hotdog sausages to homemade
sponges, from crust-less sandwiches to pork pies and from
dancing girls to ….. and so to bat
Openers Kim and Tesh went out with optimism and full bellies
The optimism disappeared quicker than Foxy’s tea
Cavaliers’ opening pair were very canny and accurate
and those balls which Kim or Tesh were able to get away always
seemed to find the fielders.
The first run came off the 14th ball of the innings –
their opening bowlers bowled four maidens in the first five
overs ... the writing was on the wall
After the opening pair had finished their spells of six overs
each the score had trickled along to 15 off 12 for none. The
Casz were behind the eight ball …. In fact we were behind
all the balls …. this wasn’t going to be pretty.
At drinks the score had raced along to 50 …. 153 required
off 20 overs (the asking rate had risen from 5.075 per over
Our chances were disappearing faster that the packet of starburst
which had been left on the scorers’ table …. the
Britpop F’s had seen their chance and taken it (or them
to be precise).
As luck would have it for the little Britton’s dad
was in at number three and with the promise that if he achieved
a certain score they could again indulge themselves in the
fruit-tastic contents they had been enjoying behind his back.
They were gutted as deep down they both knew there was little
chance of this paternal indulgence bearing fruit.
Dad was called in at the fall of the first wicket –
Kim bowled for 30 in the 21st over (50 for 1)
As Darren strode out to bat to ensure his offspring had sustenance
they were already conspiring the starburst’s downfall
…. In all honesty the doomed fruity contents were devoured
before he’d reached the square.
By 30 overs the score had reached 86 without further loss
– 117 required off 10 overs (which would also require
a slight acceleration in the scoring rate)
Britpop was the next victim bowled for 23 in the 34th over
(107 for 2 – only 96 needed off 6 overs)
Andy Hood in at #4 fell for 4 (caught) in the 36th over (116
for 3), Rob Owens in at #5 succumbed to the same fate without
troubling the scorers in the 37th over (116 for 4) with Ash
next in at #6.
Tesh had gallantly held his own until he too perished four
short of his half century (bowled for 46)
The final loss is recorded as P Tangey Bowled for 2 (I say
recorded as our book’s not looking too good by this
stage – the Cavalier’s book in comparison was
looking rather neat and an accurate record of post tea events
[editor’s note: must ensure I score the Casz book in
future when scoring].
Our final score was 125 for six off 40 overs – a loss
by 77 runs
K Swain bowled 30 (2 x 4’s ; 0 x 6’s)
M Hirani bowled 46 (0 x 4’s ; 0 x 6’s)
D Britton bowled 23 (2 x 4’s ; 0 x 6’s)
A Hood caught 4 (0 x 4’s ; 0 x 6’s)
R Owens caught 0 (0 x 4’s ; 0 x 6’s)
A Akbari not out 2 (0 x 4’s ; 0 x 6’s)
P Tangey bowled 2 (0 x 4’s ; 0 x 6’s)
D Gregory not out 0 (0 x 4’s ; 0 x 6’s)
D Lewis DNB
R Holliday DNB
J Prior DNB
To be fair their bowling was far tighter as a team than ours
and only one of their batsmen were able to score heavily –
in fact this batsman was really the difference in the result
with an unbeaten 86 (his innings included 4 x 4’s and
3 x 6’s) – I guess this slow and low wicket was
his pitch .... then it was off to the Wenvoe Arms for some
banter, beer and buffet.