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Match Report vs Barry West End 27 May 2018 @ The Island (Skipper and report Dan)

After a nervous wait to see if the game would be on (rain the preceding evening and overnight), the call was ON and everyone seemed genuinely pleased it was on. Not sure if this was due to the plethora of projects that wives and girlfriends had lined up for the individual Casuals or if the Cazh were up for continuing the run into a streak (of wins, not naked).

Anyway, everyone turned up almost on time, the toss was lost by Capt’n Dan and for the first time in memory West End skipper chose to field first…did they know something we didn’t or was it their plan to get the game over and done with early… It could be argued that both were true.

On paper, the Cazh had a strong top 3, and then to be fair after that it would be up to players on the day…Rob and Luvvers opened up and from the off the ball was moving all over the place – through the air and off the wicket. Over the years, the Island track was always a road – consistent bounce with only little movement for the bowlers, this Sunday not a bit of it. Luvvers took the strike for the first 2.5 overs, scoring a boundary off the 2nd ball. Rob’s first delivery was described by the umpire Goff afterwards as ‘unplayable’ – swung away a touch , pitched and cut in about 2 foot (though as this was Goffy’s explanation it might have been straight given his ability to see the ball at the crease) – anyway Rob’s stumps were left akimbo and he departed for 0. Jesus next up and started with confident blocks. There was also some uncharacteristic play and misses which set the nerves jangling from the sidelines and in the 5th over Gazza played on having scored all the runs – 6 of the them. Paul promoted up the order for stability enjoyed a partnership of 0 with Jesus – as in Will in the following over let one through his ample defences and was bowled for a 9 ball duck. Catastrophe. The top 3 bowled for a combined 6 runs (all of which came from Luvvers) from 6 overs.

Paul was joined by new recruit Martin, both with the intention of sticking around for as long as possible. Pablo got a single off the 7th over and the score stayed stationary until the 9th when Martin finally picking up a run, in fact 2 of them. The pair of them played slowly but sensibly and watchfully against a varied, mainly seam attack for the next 6 overs, the ball continuing to be unpredictable. Returning umpires all saying it was very difficult to bat as pitch was still a bit damp and grippy. Paul was finally out in the 16th over going for a 36 ball 8. 24-4. Goffy in next, a probably not the best pitch or position to try and dispel the vicious rumour that was going around – that he couldn’t bat…3 balls later appeared to trap the new spinner’s delivery between his pads, spinning round and releasing at his stumps – which hit. Another duck. At drinks the score had crept to 26 – but at least 1 more than the Cazh’s worst ever result (though that was a 20/20 game – another 6 or 8 required to go past the worst 40 overs result). Dan joined Martin. Just before drinks Dan was almost out going large against the very slow spinner, unable to help himself and missing it. Anyway, for the next 7 overs the pair took their chances and even run a 3 in the searing heat. It was Dan who finally succumbed to the slow spinner – adjudged lbw. Dan none too chuffed with the decision as it hit his thigh above the pad, both umpire and standing batsman though it was out, and off he trudged (the bowler had appealed for quite a few so was due one). The score on 54 off 27.

Foxy, in next was made to work for his batting number 8 honour – Martin made him run a few 2’s, one of which was almost called through for a 3…oxygen at the ready…unfortunately Martin was finally undone in the 30th over for 22. The score then stayed static for a few overs before Foxy was bowled for 0, but Obee1 managed score a couple which got him over the line and milestone of 250 Casual runs, before being bowled. Shakey was joined by a rare batting outing for Dave, they put on a partnership of 2 before Dave was heroically out caught and bowled. 66ao of 35 overs. It was hard work, but the bowling had also been very good (regardless of the wicket)

Luvvers b6
Rob O b0
Jesus b0
Paul b8
Martin b22
Goff b0
Dan lbw22
Foxy b0
Pete O b3
Mark no1
Dave c+b1
Extras 4

The Cazh were instructed to demolish tea – as we had to be seen as being good at something.

Then out to field. Typically, the ground had firmed up quite considerably during the first innings and was no longer that damp. Still, we’d give it a good go. Dan opened up from the rail track end and Shakey from the pavilion. Dan’s first was a maiden, and Mark’s only went for 1. Dan got the breakthrough 2nd over with a very good catch by Jesus behind the stumps. Shakey continued exceptionally frugally, but without success during his 5 over spell. Dan’s 4th over induced another edge behind, but Will’s late acrobatic leap only managed to palm it off track from hitting Pete in the face, but didn’t reach the boundary, in his 5th another flew to Dave a backward point but he wasn’t able to get more that a few finger tips to it (daylight seen underneath his feet, briefly) and went to the boundary. 17-1 off 10. Goffy replaced Dan and Dave replaced Shakey. Goff got a wicket first over – bowled, There was a few difficult chances of catches - one went quickly to Pete in slips, but with an heroic diving effort, he was unable to keep hold and even Dan tried a dive to get one at cover, but couldn't get his fingers underneath. Dave’s first was a maiden, and was pretty good in his 2nd, though the 3rd saw his length go a touch and the batsman took advantage.

Obee1 replaced Dave. Goff was replaced by Luvvers. Pete induced a charge down the track which resulted in an easy stumping (also a milestone 75 wickets for the club)and Gazza got a wicket – bowling the opener who had played well. Foxy given the opportunity for glory – requiring a 6 wicket maiden to take victory (with the scores level) – he failed. The Winning runs scored in the 26th over, so not a total thrashing. The West End needed to keep their wits about them – the ball could have started playing tricks again. If we'd bagged a couple of the difficult catching chances it could have a been a tight finish, but we didn't. Biggest point of note – no extras conceded – that must be a record…

Dan 5-2-12-1
Mark 5-1-5-0
Goff 4-0-12-1
Dave 3-1-13-0
Pete O 4-0-16-1
Luvvers 4-1-8-1
Foxy 0.4 -0-4-0
Extras 0

A slow, but very enjoyable match against an as per usual friendly team. Andy F came along and took a few photo’s which will make their way onto Facebook or the website at some point. Everyone then headed back the sports and social club for a pint and sandwich.




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