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Match Report vs Cavaliers 19 June 2018 @ Cathedral School (Skipper and report Dan)

Another glorious evening and the Casuals gathered at the Cathedral school for the first time this season. The wicket was as to be expected rock hard, brown and bear, but it did look in good condition considering there had been no rain for 2 months.

Captain Dan was in a predicament, bat or bowl…the batsmen were saying bat, but Jesus was going to be late due to a jam on the motorway…so, like 80% of the other tosses – Dan lost the toss and the Cazh were fielding. Fair play – the cavaliers offered to lend a fielder until Jesus arrived, had they realised this was to turn out to be 10 overs and involved the borrowed fielder running out the Cavs number 3 on his first ball – maybe the offer wouldn’t have been made…

Foxy made a come back to the league platform for the first time in a few years, and Big Willy played his first game of the season (and since his ball treading incident from this time last year). Dan opened the bowling and 3rd ball induced the nick off the bat straight into the gloves of Steveo behind the stumps – hurrah, Steveo had moved onto 99 career catches…hang on, I’ll awake from the dream – Steveo shelled the simple catch and remained on 98. Dan’s opening spell went for just 4 runs including a 2nd over maiden. Kiwi Pete opened from the rugby club end, with a massive boundary on the on side , but a very small one on the off. Pete’s 2nd over was a little wobbly, going for 3 boundaries, but pulled it back excellently during his 3rd and 4th, plus getting the first wicket – caught by Kim at mid-off, then the fatal run out from the sub fielder, with Steaders trying to pinch a quick single first ball, but was sent back (unsuccessfully). 41-2 off 8. With limited bowling options, Kim was asked to bowl the next spell and Foxy the rugby club end. Kim bowled excellently for his 4 over spell, not sure there were many chances, but hardly any runs being scored and put the pressure on the Cavs to score off Foxy. Foxy’s 1st and 2nd overs didn’t go for many and there was a chance to Kim that was put down. Most of the other runs during those overs came from singles to the large boundary. The 3rd and last over did go for a few more. Now that Jesus had turned up, Dan bowled his last over, and got another nick past the keeper, but when for 4. 100-2 off 15.

Richie and Will bowled the last 5 and the new batsman opened up. A few catches where put down along the way, including one from Dan again, with ‘encouragements’/ barracking from the keeper whilst the ball was travelling at speed toward him. Rob G did well to get a hand on one at the long pavilion end boundary. However, the keeper managed to hold on to another slow loopy top edge, as well as a stumping off a wide! (This meets Steveo’s stumping milestone of 10). The Cavaliers finished on 168-4 off 20 overs. About 20 more than what was hoped at the midway stage.

Dan 4-1-12-0
Kiwi Pete 4-0-32-1
Kim 4-0-15-0
Foxy 3-0-35-0
Richie 3-0-45-1
Will MW 2-0-23-
Extras 32 (27 wides!!)

A Casuals strong top order ‘on paper’ looked promising. Kim and Alex opened up, and from the off looked to rotate the strike when not scoring boundaries. This suggests that the bowling was poor – but it certainly was not the case – there were a few that were played and missed, narrowing missing the stumps, but the batting was good. There were a few chances, Kim was put down at mid-on and Alex only just cleared the boundary and man towards the rugby club end. 80-0 off 8. Alex fell finally holing out at long on for 41. This brought Jesus to the crease. In the 11th over and looking nailed on for a 50 and retire, Kim tickled one to the keeper and was out – a real shame personally and for the team as a banker in case the dreaded Cazh collapse reared its head….Rob next in. With the bowling a little faster than the normal first change bowlers we face , this helped Rob find his timing and he nudged the singles whilst Will larged it at the other end. The pace didn’t really subside at the point of the final bowling change the Cazh were in amongst the bonus points requiring 29 to win. A by over in the 17th saw the Cazh closed in on victory, and Will (on his 100th appearance for the Cazh) looking like he’d timed it just right to cross the finishing line whilst scoring his 50….but Rob was to end the 58 run partnership – playing on to the slower bowler. This meant for the 3rd game in succession Steveo was required to go into bat. As with the other 2 games – he was only in the middle for 2 balls. This time unlike the rest – he hit a single and the winning boundary. The Cazh winners with a 11 balls to spare. 169-3.

A quite remarkable game, and excellent batting from the top order. The fielding and bowling was also pretty good, early on the ball seemed to track Foxy everywhere, Big Willy showed commitment - forgetting his age and flexibility – diving to save a few…and Rob G stopped everything that went his way, though we really need some coaching to not go for stops with shins!

Kim 48 ct (4x4)
Alex 41 ct (3x4; 2x6)
Will MW 47no (3x4; 2x6)
Rob 12b (1x4)
Steveo 5no (1x4)
Extras 16

The cazh made their way to the Butcher’s to enjoy a pint and hopefully scenery..!



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