Match Report vs Rhiwbina
24 May 2016 @ Blackweir (Skipper Kim, report Shakey)
The sun poked defiantly from beneath the scattering of clouds
as the faint stirrings of summer succumbed to a gentle evening
chill. So there was some sun but it was a bit paarky like.
That may explain why there were three tosses of the coin but
I confess I haven’t a clue why. Anyway Kim won that
encounter 2-1 and we had a bat.
Let’s be honest Kim has been rubbish this year. He
barely gets past the first over before hitting it straight
to a fielder. Hopefully young Ollie would show him how it
should be done. Against some reasonable Rhiwbina bowling Ollie
showed his desire to walk determinedly down the pitch to the
bowler and hit from inside to out which he did to great effect.
At the other end Kim struggled and was fortunate to survive
a pretty adjacent lbw. But the strike was steadily shared
and the ferocity of the hitting grew as the momentum of the
attack moved from Ollie to Kim. The skipper smashed 6,6,6,4,1
before allowing Ollie to negotiate the final ball of the 8th
over, a dot, to leave us on 73. The pace didn’t slacken
– 87 from 10, 101 from 12 with Kim continuing to dominate.
At some stage Ollie, like the rest of us, became a mere spectator.
We watched as Kim took Rhiwbina apart with eight 6s and eight
4s – a mere 20 runs short of a century in boundaries
alone. The hitting was brutal and merciless, more bludgeon
than rapier. Every ounce of effort went in to hitting the
ball as hard as he could, often with eyes expectantly shut
and often out of the middle.
Records fell aplenty. When Ollie was bowled for a very good
33 the score stood at 131 in the 14th over – a 20 over
record first wicket stand for the club. When Kim was run out
chasing a suicidal second run for 127 it completed the highest
individual score by a Casual in 20 over cricket. We finished
on 196-4 due in no part whatsoever to a resolute 0* from Stevo.
Rhiwbina had an impossible task. One of their openers seemed
up for joining the frenzy but he smashed it hard to cover
off Luke – the fielder was Kim. After something of a
recovery to 51-1 Shakes snuffed any thoughts of a close run
chase out with 3 quick wickets (one courtesy of a smart running
catch from Luke). Rhiwbina finally settled on 114-7 with Stevo
picking up two wickets and Pete T one as we rushed through
the overs in the gathering gloom of a still, padlocked and