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Match Report vs Cavaliers 16 June 2015 @ Cathedral School (Skipper Kim, report Shakey)

A momentary pause of silence interrupted the constant Casuals chatter on the Cathedral School boundary edge as all eyes were somehow drawn to the game for a rare moment. The Cavaliers seamer muscled his way to the wicket and bowled as quick as he could - but a little too short, and angling a little towards leg. In an instant the ball was picked up gracefully and perfectly over the longest boundary at deepest, furthest midwicket with the lone outfielder dutifully raising both arms as he began his canter towards Western Avenue.

"Great shot" and "shot of the season" cried the Casuals on the sidelines.

The batsman was Paul Andrews, a recent Casual and an accomplished exponent of the 'seaside stance'. I grant you its not a common term but we have young Dewbs to thank for it. As he nervously waited to bat on tour at Staplegrove Dewbs royally entertained us with his full backyard batting repertoire, the most striking of which was his two-eyed stance - "you know, like Chanderpaul, that Barry Chanderpaul" Dewbs explained. An amused Casual replied, "you mean Barry Chanderpaul from Barry?" and after some hilarity the 'seaside stance' was born, with its origins resolutely confirmed by Dewbs as being in the seaside nirvana that is Barry's Island.

At the end of the third over we had powered on to 27-1 in our reply.

Earlier in the evening there was also a glorious reminder that on occasion we can field too. In the last over the Cavaliers batsman smeared KP towards long-on where Goff was patrolling the boundary. He moved quickly to his right and stopped the ball reaching the boundary, carefully making sure he had the ball in his hands given the problems we had experienced from a quick and rutted outfield. Goff looked up and threw in the direction of the stumps. The non-striking batsman had already turned and was scampering for home but the throw was that most surprising of things - fast and direct. The ball pinged in to the wickets with the batter four yards from home and the Casuals were all smiles. All part of Goff's plan!

But the smiles were of muted relief as the score was already 171 and just a few balls later the Cavaliers posted an imposing 175-6 in this Cup semi-final. Wickets for Goff, Shakes and Rob were helped by two run outs but three retired batsman were testament to the pressure a hard-hitting Cavaliers line-up had put on our bowlers and fielders.

Kim was out early in reply but Paul and cheese batted confidently in taking the score to 40-1 off 5. The retirement of Paul and then cheese calmed our scoring and wickets were lost at regular intervals. Only Winks supplied any meaningful resistance with 21 before he was run out, one of a number of late suicidal run out victims. Cheese was stranded on 27 as we were all out for 116 in the 17th over.

"True is it that we have seen better days" (As You Like It)

So it was off to the Butcher's for a varied and plentiful buffet and a game of blonde or brunette.



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