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Match Report vs Medics 20 June 2017 @ Wenvoe (Skipper and report Dan)

The Cazh all arrived on time (almost) in the sweltering conditions of Blackweir on the hottest day this century – ie no shade, no changing facilities, no showers, no water. However, everyone was in high spirits – even Rob who earlier had a run in with a van whilst on his bike – he and the bike come off worse with impressive grazes (or drag marks) across his torso. Still not wishing to let the Cazh down he came along and donned his whites.

The Medics, as expected looked athletic and young, the Cazh in contrast looked fat and sweaty. Captain Dan won the toss and elected to bat. The pitch looked good, though wasn’t until you were out in the middle did you realise that the boundaries weren’t that long. Kim and Tesh opened up, and both hit the ball well but didn’t get the distance or the gaps. Medics opening bowlers bowled very well – good flight, though from the changing room end had the tendency to drop it too short – which allowed the pull to come into play. Kim managed a few boundaries and a maximum, before chipping one to mid-on and fast reactions from the fielder took the catch on the second attempt. 26-1 off 4. Jesus was next in and scoring continued to be restricted by the bowlers for the next 4 overs – both Will and Tesh running a few singles and occasional boundaries. 53-1-off 8. It was at this point the pair began to accelerate. 98-1 off 11; 137 off 15. The quick 2’s had become very slow singles, so it was best to hit boundaries. Will was finally caught behind for 74 after being the dominant partner of a century stand in successive matches (this week 137 with Tesh, 1 better than the previous match). Tesh was finally stumped in the 19th over unfortunately not reaching his 50 (finishing on 42). Ollie had been in for an over by now and Saint joined him – Ollie hit a high 6 and Saint struck a few cover drives before Saint was caught off the last delivery of the innings. 188-4. A formidable total.

Kim – 17 ct
Tesh – 42 st
Will WM – 74 ct
Ollie – 17no
Saint -1ct
Extras 37

Jesus, having only had 2.5 overs to cool down before donning the gloves, accepted that Ollie would take over as keeper, and that he would be ‘running’ around in the outfield... Dan opened up the bowling from the changing room end and Obee1 took the other. The Medic’s batsmen looked very assured but the pitch was offering some options to the bowlers. The first over saw a few near misses for Dan, the batsmen showed their intent of chasing down the total, clipping a big 6 and straight 4 off Pete’s first. Dan’s second had an lbw appeal which was turned down – some say it would have probably gone over the top, the umpire said it was missing leg – so good decision, however, Dan got his revenge bowling the other opener – plus as an added bonus the Medic’s bails were the professional ones that light up when hit – so we were blessed with a brief and minimal light show. Pete’s second enticed the other opener to hook to square leg, where Tesh standing on the boundary edge – took a fantastic low catch – which he made look easy. The wickets continued to fall, with Dan getting a lbw decision and Pete getting another caught on the cow boundary – this time by Kim. 54-4 off 8.

Although wickets were falling, with such a small boundary and the likelihood that the Medics batted far down the order, the Cazh had to keep on the pressure with ball and in the field. Tim took over from Dan and Shakey from Obee1. Tim’s start took a slightly different slant to Shakey’s – Tim’s face high full toss was hit tennis serve style for 6, the over got better in as much as there were no more 6’s. Shakey’s over started with a caught and bowled. Tim’s second ended with a catch by Dan in the deep onside. After 11 overs Medics were on 96-6. Shakey’s spell culminated with another 2 wickets one bowled one stumped by Ollie. Richie took over from Tim and took wickets by tempting the batsman to have a wild swish at the looping full toss deliveries, missing them and being stumped by Ollie. Kim replaced Shakey and was unfortunate not to get a wicket first ball, Pete was unable to cling on to a difficult diving chance. Richie’s 2nd stumping was the first ball of the 19th over and brought the innings to an end. 146ao.

Dan 4-0-9-2
Pete O - 4-0-35-2
Tim - 2-0-36-1
Mark – 4-0-18-3
Rich -3.1-0-26-2
Kim -1-0-10-0

A very good victory, excellent batting, good bowling and some high performance fielding – Shakey’s shins, Tim’s quick feet, Pete’s face guard and some really good catching. It was then off to the pub for a couple of well needed pints and discussions of tour and future tours...Jersey has been suggested....




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