Match Report vs Pentyrch
11 June 2017 @ Wenvoe (Skipper and report Britpop)
Note to self again : Do the fucking match report at a stage
where you might remember what the hell happened during the
match (or delegate)
Part Fiction part 2.
Now this match report is a little trickier as:
a. The opposition didn’t fill in out book properly
b. early onset alzheimer's
So we all arrived at the ground with 1 supporter (thanks
Andy F), I lost the toss and we took to the field.
They started extremely positively and got off to a great
start and took a liking to our opening pair of Rob & Ed
and especially the pace on the ball. I think they were about
80 or 90 off the 1st 8 overs although Ed did pick up a couple
wickets midway through his spell. We then took the pace off
the ball with Paul & Pete coming into the attack and bowling
a great line and length. The previously fluent batsmen struggled
against the slower bowlers and Paul soon picked up their 4th
batsman. Unfortunately, yours truly took an un-droppable catch
to remove the ‘pirate’ which, had I have dropped
it, really would have slowed the scoring down.
Anyway Pete then bagged the opening batsman for 33 and bowled
8 over straight through and finished with great figures of
3 for 38 - a fine effort from Pete!
At some point in this game (about here) brought a great
candidate for this year’s champagne moment when shakey
caught 2 unbelievable catches – the first in the covers
and the 2nd on the boundary which was sailing over his head
for 6 - Shakey leaped, the earth turn on its axis and the
ball somehow stuck in his hand – remarkable!
Tim, Tesh & Shakey (sounds like a kids TV presenting
team) then took up the mantle and continue the good work with
Shakey the pick of these 3. He picked up the crucial wicket
of their 6th batsman who finished on 83.
We finished off with pace back on the ball from one end
with Ed and Shakey at the other and they finished on 225-8
– good effort in the field after a really tough start.
Lovely tea in a great setting with some fantastic pictures
on the wall of previous Glamorgan matches played at Pentyrch.
At this point Pentyrch's captain approached me and requested
that a kid replace his dad to bowl a few overs and in the
spirit of friendly Sunday cricket, I agreed.
Tesh & Neil opened the batting for us and both were back
in the hutch for a duck and 5 respectively (Tesh to a beauty).
Will MW then strode to the crease and set about his innings,
playing carefully to start and dispatching the bad ball. I
then walked out to bat and quickly walked back to the pavilion
after a poor LBW decision (aren't they all) to the kid I had
agreed could bowl - 'left arm over' surly the ball was pitching
outside Leg!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Anyway, I accepted the decision
graciously and was replaced by Rich who also failed to trouble
At this point the captain approached me with another unusual
request. He asked if they could bowl ‘the pirate’
with the condition being that a wide would count for 2 and
he would only bowl 6 deliveries per over.
Again in the spirt of friendly Sunday cricket, I agreed
and away we went - he bowled a few wides but I seen worse
from many a casual!
Rob joined Will at the crease and after a watchful start
scored a crucial ¼ century in a great partnership with
Will which at one point looked like it might see us to victory.
Will particularly liked 'the pirate's' tasty pies! and gorged
on quite a few of them! With us going well they brought on
a bowler who thought he was Harold Larwood in the infamous
bodyline series. He bowled everything halfway down the track
at the helmetless Will and Rob. Rob soon got helmeted up and
the bowler continued his short length.
This very ‘un-Sunday like’ tactic, slowed our
scoring down and Rob fell for 25 which brought Ed to the crease.
Will and Ed went well but with us needing nearly 10 an over,
Will got out in the nervous 90’s going for a big shot.
Ed batted out the innings with ‘the brother Stephens’and
we finished on 167-8.
Really disappointing sportsmanship from 1 player in an otherwise