Match Report vs Barry
Westend 29 May 2016 @ Barry's Island (Skipper Jesus,
Sunday 30th May. 40 Overs.
Weather: sunny and blue skies.
Players: 11. Just about in number. Probably not in body parts
and functioning limbs.
Pitch: Foreign to us i.e. bouncy wicket, big boundaries,
After not tossing because Will was late, it was decided that
we would be in the field.
As always, the book offers a vague guide - the fall of wicket
and over by over scores aren’t correct, so I’ve
tried to piece things together in some order and updated the
book where I can to reflect what actually happened.
Kim decided to go for a T20 approach, with 5 bowlers bowling
2 spells each, which successfully confused the scorers but
not the batsmen. Did it confuse the bowlers as well? How could
we ever tell?
Goff opened from the Pavilion End, finding some bounce and
pace with the batsmen having a look. Pabs, bowling off his
longer run to start, opened from the Log Flume End. Both batsmen
began to enjoy a bit of pace, and were breaking the field
with some drives and cuts.
Goff got the first wicket in the fifth over, with a thin
edge caught by the keeper (23/1). In his next over, the new
batsmen was deceived by a slower ball out of the back of the
hand, ducking down before realising it was a loopy pie, but
he’d already been bowled (29/2). Lovely stuff.
Shakes and Foxy were on to bowl at first change, with Barry
continuing to tick over nicely. Both bowlers were getting
the ball up and above the eyeline, with Foxy lulling Thomas
into a sweep down the legside, straight to Shakes standing
at 45° who took the catch (67/3).
It looked like we might get them out for a nice total at
this point. Runs and wickets coming nicely, but with the opener
still out there, the runs continued. 8 overs later, with Jeff
bowling, the batsmen looking a bit more confident just missed
one and was bowled (120/4).
Next up to bowl was Tesh, with a consistent line of wrong
‘uns. The batsmen took him for the leg spinner Tesh
isn’t, and got himself bowled trying to play one that
turned towards him, rather than away. The opener finally gone
with a nice 70 to his name and several partnerships (139/5)
Pabs back on to bowl, now with the shorter run up. Some nice
bowling wasn’t really getting him anywhere, so the old
back of the hand lollipop, with ice on, was tried. The batsmen
fell for it and swung over it - bowled (158/6). As Ron Atkinson
would say - “done him with a lollipop” (Source:
R. Holliday. 2016.)
Jeff back on to bowl, with the batsmen now having more of
a go. With such a big outfield they were getting away with
a lot of aerial shots. Eventually, one went close enough to
someone, with Kim taking a looping catch at mid-on, running
on to it (165/7).
Pete and Goff now back on to bowl the last 5 overs. 179/7.
Could the Cazh keep them under 200? Nope! Goff was easing
in to give them a chance, and they duly accepted and hit a
few boundaries. The batsmen were having a pop at Pete at the
other end, which is just how we like ‘em. Pete getting
the first batsmen with a popped up catch to Kim and then bowling
one the next over with the batter having another swish.
Not a bad performance from the Cazh, just one of those days
when the ball goes past fielders on a fast outfield and catches
don’t go to hand as often as they always do. Worth mentioning
some excellent performances in the field from Clappers, who
took some punishment to his hands fielding on the drive, and
to Foxy, who was a magnet but stopped pretty much everything
that came his way.
Next, was tea. Will was happily eating a piece of cake when
someone asked what was for second tea. A second tea?
I feel that this was the moment the match was definitely
lost, assuming it wasn’t already, chasing 200+.
Kim and Rob to open. Instantly, the fielders were a lot closer
than the Cazh. A bit of local knowledge always helps. Some
would call it brave. Not me.
The score was ticking over nicely for the first 7 overs,
with both players chipping away, until Rob (13) had a ball
that caught the shoulder of the bat. The keeper wristed it
up to slip who caught it diving / slow motion falling over.
Tesh then got out 2 balls later LBW playing around the ball
This brought Will and Kim together. Surely our final hope?
Possibly not, but in this case - yes.
Will was knocking the ball about. Confident in the even bounce
and good recent form, and somehow chipped a shot to their
best fielder at mid-off. Out for 15. Rich up next, with also
some form behind him in recent weeks. Another good start,
scoring 10 before he chipped one up, leaving the Cazh on 111/5
with only 13 overs left. Suffering from cramp, Kim was now
swinging at everything (more so than normal) but was struggling
to really do that, with everything in the air, but failing
to fall to a fielder. Oram eventually had him caught, with
a chipped / thick edge to mid-off.
From here the innings inevitably slowed up. West End said
they were more confident with their bowling than batting,
and it showed with some good bowling continuing. The leg spinner
bowling from the Log Flume End looking particularly tricky,
with a few varieties of deliveries and pace, with the wind
helping him take 7/4 from his 5 overs.
Jeff (7) was out LBW having a drive at the leggy, and Goff
(10) was out stumped at the other end by the off-spinner,
also trying to push the score on. This left Pete and Pabs
to have a nose about with 70+ runs needed off 4 overs. Pete
was bowled by one that turned a bit by the leggy, and that
brought Foxy in to bat.
Trying his very best not to get to 1000 career runs, he was
stumped on the last ball. Taking guard a foot outside his
crease, and a foot outside leg stump he did well to nearly
get back (I thought he was back), but it’s in the book.
Casuals 143 All Out.
Barry West End won by 65 runs. England also beat Wales at
Twickers to help the mood - 27-13.
Back to the West End club on the hill for DT levels of sausage,
chips and beans in a tray. I bet they make a mean mild brew.