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Match Report vs Lisvane 19 August 2018 @ Lisvane (Skipper and report Dan)

It was debateable if the match would be on given the drizzle on the match day morning, but both captains decided to go for it – and were rewarded with decent weather and a good match.

Captain Dan – going for the record – lost the toss again, but the Lisvane skipper offered the preference to the Cazh – Dan eagerly chose the field (as for once the batting line up on paper did not look strong!)

Dan and Dave opened up and Dan got the Cazh off to a good start – a wicket maiden – removing the leg stump after excessive movement off the pitch. Dave followed suit removing the bails on his fourth delivery. This excellent start made us all think that the Lisvane strength may have been moved down the order. The batsmen looked to move the score along with some expansive shots, though not many connected as there was definite movement off the pitch. Dave got the other opener in his 4th over – caught by Rob at short mid-wicket – his maiden catch for the Cazh. Dan finished off his 6over spell bowling one of the potentially stronger batsman – a hint of swing and cutting in. Dave continued his full spell and picked up his third again caught by Rob, this saved Dan’s blushes (slightly) after he put one down the previous over an long-on. 41-4 off 14. Luvvers replaced Dan and Rob was given his debut bowling outing. Luvvers tried to slow down the pace and pitch it up – with varying success, but nothing was coming off the bat. Rob’s first ball was very good, the rest of the over had a few wides, but was finished off well and he was replaced by Tim (for his first bowling outing of the season). It was Luvvers who got the breakthrough in his last over, Dave had put down a chance at point, but luvvers came through with an lbw and next delivery took the leg stump out as the batsman came down the track and yorked himself. He did look like a dangerous batsman. The hat-trick ball was played away by the soon to be starring batsman. 59-7 off 19. The Cazh were in a commanding position – could they convert it…

Tim bowled very well during his spell and picked up an lbw. 79-8 after 24. Paul replaced Luvvers and Pete replaced Tim. Paul was unfortunate, he just couldn’t seem to get any luck, anything on leg was swept away, he had a chance, but Tim was unable to get his hand on one to square leg, Paul also put down one off his own bowling – which would likely have been the vital wicket. The no9 continued with his measured batting display and got to his 50. Paul did pick up the next wicket in the 35th over and Richie replaced him and got the final wicket in the penultimate over. Pete bowled well and didn’t go for many, but was unable to pick up a wicket. Lisvane finished on 152ao. This was probably 20 runs more than they should have got, although the Cazh’s field was on the whole very good – stand out was Tim who collected almost everything cleanly, towards the end of the innings some of the throwing/backing up became lacklustre and about 10 runs were handed on a plate.

Dan 6-1-12-2
Dave 8-0-21-3
Luvvers 4-0-11-2
Rob 1-0-11-0
Tim 4-0-20-1
Paul 8-0-27-1
Pete 6-1-28-0
Richie 1.5-0-18-1

Tea was taken and apart from there being little or no milk, the food was very good.

Now to the next headache – the batting order. Without being rude, we had 2 main batsmen…Goff was given the honour of opening with Luvvers – in an attempt (hope) to improve his average into late single figures maybe even double figures… The first 4 overs – 2 were maidens and the other end the sinner was moving consistently from off to leg with bounce. Luvvers was quite content with this and twice helped the ball on its way to the boundary. The 5th over spelled disaster – Goffy tickled and thin edge to the keeper, then 2 balls later Luvvers hit one on the up straight to cover. 12-2 off 5. Alex and Martin were now at the crease. Both played excellently and put on a 51 run partnership. Although Martin only scored a few of these, just been able to competently play the strong bowling attack was all that was needed. Alex clubbed a couple of boundaries including a huge 6 towards the nets.

On the sidelines the discussion was – one of 2 big overs and the result was in our favour, alternatively one or 2 wickets could spell the end of the chase…. Not long after this chat, the Cazh collapse was triggered. Martin sent one into the hands of the cover fielder for an excellent 36 ball 6. 73-3 off 21. Richie was next in and fell lbw 3 balls later, Rob lasted about the same edging one to slip, then even bigger disaster, Alex was caught in the 25th over after reaching his 50. After asking everyone to try and stick around even if runs were not coming easy, Dan proceeded to flay his bat 3rd delivery and was caught also. 87-7 off 26. Paul and Pete at the crease stuck around for a few more overs against another good spin bowler, until Paul was out caught. Tim joined Pete with the score on 100 after 32. The pair defied the odds and played some fantastic shots and a few boundaries - the best from Tim hitting the returning opening spinner back over his head for 4 first ball. For a fleeting minute it looked as though a now unexpected win could be just over the horizon…Beyond the horizon it remained, as the opener came back and got Tim 2 balls later, and to celebrate his 275th appearance, much like 250 of his previous appearances - Dave was out for duck last ball of the over. The Cazh finished on 126ao off 38.

A brilliant knock from Alex, Martin, Tim and Pete to make the score respectable. A very good game and match that could have gone either way, Lisvane having the slightly more potent / consistent bowling attack. The sun came out and the Cazh had a pint outside then made their way home.

Goffy 1ct
Luvevrs 10ct
Alex 53ct
Martin 6ct
Richie 1lbw
Rob 0ct
Paul 9ct
Dan 1ct
Pete 11no
Tim 13ct
Dave 0ct




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