Match Report vs Cavaliers
28 July 2015 @ Wenvoe (Skipper Kim, report Pabs)
A fixture for the casuals always posses some interesting
The Cavaliers game on the 28th was no different.
Pre Game questions
How the hell are we playing after all this rain?
Well, the ground was quite dry actually; the pitch wasn’t
great but flat and not bad.
Would Kim win the toss?
Yes he did, and he made a good decision and batted
The most vital question in a Casuals game is are we going
Also are Kim & Cheese going to get some runs?
Well, we did get a total and Kim retired after belting a
few sixes and Cheese ran his legs off and smote a few balls
himself before he was run out just before retiring for 26
a perfect throw got him, anything else and he was in so worth
The “Middle Order”
What mood is Darren in today?
How many balls for Steve and does he play across a straight
What crazy way does Dan get out this week?
Darren was of course in a fowl mood as usual; he is getting
worse than me! With the echoes of his new nickname freckles
ringing in his ears because of all his dots he went out when
Kim retired on 58 and was blameless in Ed’s run out,
he started with a single or two and then went mad hitting
three fours before getting caught for a good 18, in the meantime
Rob had gone for 2, bowled by one that didn’t bounce
Steve’s arrival got the betting circle awake on the
sidelines, anything up to 5 balls was predicted, not many
were confident of a Cook like innings from our wildly swinging
hero it must be said and after a couple of well played singles
the straight one did do for him again I’m afraid. 85
for 4 in the in the 12th over.
Dan and Shakes were partnered next and Dan turned down a
third run and was out next ball for 3 in much the same way
as Steve. Shakes was out caught next caught, I didn’t
see it as I was padding up, we were in the nineties at this
point with not long to go.
The final question with our batting is would out tail wag?
In fairness it rarely does, Rolf and I got a few before Rolf
got caught and before me Goff tried to glide a ball on middle
stump down to 3rd man with a very predictable outcome. And
Ritchie came in for the last ball closed his eyes and swung
like a rusty gate resulting in loosing his middle stump.
Casuals 111 for 9 in 18 overs
Kim 30 retired
Ed 26 run out
Darren 18 ct
Rob 2 bowled
Steve 2 bowled
Shakey 1 bowled
Dan 3 bowled
Rolf 8 ct
Goff 0 bowled
Pabs 10 not out
Ritchie 0 bowled
The bowling, I think we are more confident with bowling than
batting, we can get hit around a bit but I think we are more
confident about controlling the game with the ball than the
So the Questions
Can we defend 111?
Did we have a plan?
If Dan got a chance to catch one would he fuck it up?
When would Shakes get an injury and what body part?
As for the first question you will have to wait and see but
Kim did have a plan.
In the car on the way up he said he wanted to start with slow
straight bowling, limiting shot selection and frustrating
the batsmen. My brother and I were tasked with this plan and
it sort of worked. It turned a little, their bald opener got
frustrated/bored and smacked one in the air, guess who was
under it? DAN.
I was actually quite confident to be fair, I thought he was
going to catch it, and he did, much to everybody’s relief
and some surprise, 1 for 8 after 3 overs. I ended up with
1 for 9 off my 3 overs and Shakes went for 17 off his 3. 26
for 1 off 6 overs.
Now Mark is a bit of a Jonah in the field, there was a sharp
caught and bowled that clipped the end of his fingers and
that of course resulted in immediate and constant pain for
all of us, him in actual pain and the rest of us watching
him trying to hide in the field. The ball followed him like
a magnet, both legs, ankles and some other body parts were
used trying to stop balls to varying results and some fellow
casuals had to run to his fielding positions to help throw
ball back and do his running for him.
The middle overs, Dan and Steve.
Could we keep the pressure on?
Which Steve would turn up with the ball?
Can we catch today?
Dan bowled very well, no wickets for 17 runs and six of those
from 1 shot into garden next to the pavilion was followed
by a snorter that cut the batsmen in half.
Steve also bowled an excellent 2 overs followed by a dodgy
third with plenty on bonus balls as his line deserted him.
Steve took a wicket as well, the Cavs were getting a little
desperate at this stage, the bloke who hit a six had retired
but we had made him struggle to do so and their skipper was
not going quickly either and after the retirement a slog to
wide long off from Steve’s bowling resulted in a fine
catch from Rob. 59 for 2 in the 12th over.
After the 12th over they were 69 for 2, Steve had gone for
19, and 43 scored of the Dan – Steve partnership.
Can we hold on?
Can we still catch?
Can we get through the overs before it pisses down?
How quickly could the crafty cockney get through an over?
Is it possible for Cheese to bowl an over without the ball
hitting the floor?
Goff went for a single off his first over and Cheese bowled
the obdurate opener for 24 in his first over, 77 for 3 in
Four off Goff’s next over, 81 for 3 off 15
Seven off Cheese’s next over 88 for 3 off 16
During this a massive cloud loomed over Wenvoe, spots were
falling, and getting more frequent. It looked like the end
of days for about 20 minuets.
Last but one over, 24 needed, Goff, the craft cockney with
the rain belting down bowls what he says is his quickest over
he can remember. The quickest in time not speed you understand.
They only got 8 off it, so down to Cheese for the last over
and 18 needed.
The last over in heavy rain was an odd affair, not many deliveries
hit the pitch, there was a no ball that hit the batsmen in
the stomach (not a no ball by the way as he was 3 yards down
the wicket!) the non striker ran with the batsmen doubled
over in pain and shock and he was run out off a no ball. Then
their hefty middle order bat swiped at another full toss in
the air to Steve at deep square leg, wind blowing, rain coming
down and he caught it. Nobody ran or congratulated him because
we wanted to get the game over. It was a great catch though.
Cheese finally got one low enough to bowl someone off the
last but one ball and after 2 runs off the final ball it was
They had 101 off 18 overs, Casuals win by 10 runs.
A good feeling to beat the Cavs for the first ime in a while
and a good laugh at the pub afterwards as usual.
Pads 3 overs, 1 mdn, 1 for 9
Shakes 3, 0, 0 for 17
Dan 3, 0, 0 for 17
Steve 3, 0, 1 for 19
Goff 3, 0, 0 for 7
Cheese 3, 0, 3 for 17
Catches for Steve & Rob, a dropped caught and bowled
for Cheese and a run out (I Think)