Match Report vs Celtic
Hawks 24 May 2018 @ Blackweir (Skipper and report Dan)
The forecast was rain, there was a splattering of drizzle
at 1.30 in the capital, but then nothing more...heavy rain
was due at 5pm. Both teams expected the downpour, but at 4.30
there was nothing, too late to call it off – therefore
game was on. Both teams found their way to the Blackweir pitch,
hampered by the carpark being closed and needing to find somewhere
not too far away – the pub pay and display seemed favourite.
A few Casuals appeared to have thought the game would likely
be off, Steveo for example had already had a pint or 2 and
was yet again late as was Tesh stuck in traffic. The captains
agreed to reduce to 18 overs as the rain was likely to turn
up at any time, plus the parkie on site had said he was locking
the games at 8.30 if we’d finished or not. Dan lost
the toss and the Cazh were put into bat – which as it
happens would have been the preferred choice of Capt’n
Dan especially with 2 men down and no keeper.
Kim and Rob opened up against a speed, though varied attack
from the Hawks. Kim nicked a single and Rob kept a good Yorker
which went through the keeper for 4. The 2nd over was crashed
for back to back boundaries from Kim. The 3rd was a maiden.
The opening bowlers were replaced after 2 and the first change
bowler was quick but erratic. First ball, bounced sharply
but Rob played a sublime glance for 4. This was followed by
a chest high fast beamer which Rob got out of the way of and
so did the keeper- 5 no balls, then 4 wides, a single then
another fast chest high beamer which Kim clipped for 4 and
then another boundary. 23 off it and the Cazh raced to 51
off 5. The Cazh did not relent. Rob was playing aggressively
and Kim dealt mainly in boundaries. To be fair the outfield
was quick even though damp, and 2 of the boundaries were really
quite short. The wicket if bowling back of a length was doing
a lot – popping and turning (and one pitched and rolled).
This was the undoing of Kim in the 8th over bowled to what
umpire Paul said was a good un. However, the Cazh had raced
to 95 off 8.
Luvvers in next and continued where Kim had left off and
looked for boundaries. The quickies were replaced by a spinner
who spun it. He was to take the wickets of Gazza and Richie
next ball in the 11th. Rob continued his new aggressive style
but was unfortunate to hit one down the throat of mid-on.
To be fair the Hawks has put down a couple so they were due
to catch one. 116-4 off 12. The collapse was slowed by the
next few batsman - Steveo hitting a 6 and a few singles before
being bowled, Dan hitting a 6 and 4 off consecutive deliveries
before being bowled (the 6 was caught over the line, but thankfully
the fielder admitted it was...there was talk in the field
earlier in the innings not to signal boundaries... ). 138-6
off 15. Paul and Tesh then batted well against the returning
openers and put on another 20 before the end of the innings.
159-7 off 18.
Rob O ct30
Dan L b10
Pete T & Dave T DNB
Capt’n Dan was confident that was enough, though these
days who can tell!
Looking at the bounce and movement off the pitch Dan was
looking forward to bowling on this wicket, he opened from
the ambulance end and Kiwi Pete from the other. The first
overs were pretty tight, Dan unlucky with a couple of boundaries
being swiped off middle to the short leg boundary, however
Pete’s 2nd was a maiden with the addition of the run
out of the dangerous looking opener. The ball went through
keeper Steveo and was chased down by Dan who turned and threw
in with the batsmen trying to take a second bye, Steveo expertly
moved himself out of the way of the return throw (or can be
read – didn’t get anywhere near the stumps), the
throw was a direct hit with the returning batsman half way
down the track. Pete and Dan continued with their spell and
finished with good figures. 41-1 off 8overs (50 behind where
the Cazh had been at the same point in the first innings).
Dan going for the kill asked Luvvers to bowl first change
and Dave the other. The plan didn’t really go as expected.
The no3 took a liking to Gazza’s half volley length
and pinged 3 boundaries from it. Dave started with singles.
Luvvers 2nd over was best described as ‘dismantled’.
2 big 6’s and another boundary. Dave started to bowl
wides. 90 off 12 with 2 set in batsman. Two weeks previous
the Cazh were in a similar position, the oppo needing 70 off
that last 6 overs, and the Cazh seemingly in an unloseable
position...we lost. So change of bowling was required. Pablo
replaced Luvvers and Shakey replaced Dave. Pauls first 4 balls
of his 1st over went for 13 including another huge 6. The
no3 was told he wanted 1 for his 50 (and retirement), the
5th ball he hit towards the boundary but was stopped just
short, but he hadn’t run...wanting to score a maximum
to retire. 6th ball Paul lofted it up and the batsman took
the offering, however, he didn’t quite get all of it
in the direction of Dan. After what seemed like an age, Dan
took the catch as it lost pace and dipped at cow corner. 103-2
Shakey started with a wide, and was followed by a 6. 12 off
it. 45 required off 4 and it was getting dark (though, like
the rest of the match the dark clouds produced no rain bar
a bit of drizzle). Paul’s 2nd conceded 7 runs, with
a couple of dots which heaped on the pressure. Shakey’s
2nd only went for singles, but did bring an unfortunate drop
by Luvvers at cow (it wasn’t his day). 33 required off
2. The Hawks needed to go big. The opener, still there, was
now swinging at everything. Paul varied his line, length and
delivery style, and 3rd ball bowled the opener. Relief! The
new batsman did connect with one which went for a boundary.
29 needed from the last over. Surely we couldn’t lose
this... Shakey’ s first went for a boundary. 2nd ball
– wicket bowled – this was the end of the contest.
The remaining deliveries went for a single and dots. The Hawks
finished on 137-4. The memory of the Medics game was put to
bed and the Cazh confidently defended the total, even against
some aggressive oppo batting. An enjoyable and competitive
match and we didn’t get too wet or locked in –
the match finished at 8.25. Downside – 2 of the oppo
got parking tickets for not paying and displaying in the pub
car park (£50 a bit harsh).
Pete T 4-1-14-0
Dave T 2-0-16-0
Much buffet was consumed by the happy Cazh and the roll