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Match Report vs Rogerstone 28 April 2019 @ Rogerstone (Skipper and report Dan)

The first game of the 2019 season kicked off against Rogerstone. The strong all-round 11 were completed by the welcome re-emergence of Luvvers. The team arrived on time and it was confirmed that the match would be played on the artificial. Dan had a shock toss win, and in a fit of panic elected to bat – the united team response was “are you looking for an early finish?”…

Rob and Tesh opened up against an accurate seam bowler and a young girl. The pair were watch full for the first few overs. In the 3rd Rob fended off a shortish delivery that lifted and the next ball looked to do the same but died in the air and knocked off middle stump. 10-1. Jesus next in and continued the watchful start. Where the line drifted, more expansive shots were played, the longish outfield grass made it difficult to find the boundaries – some of which were quite long, plus the field placement stopped quite a few runs. Stead progress had been made, but the first change bowler got the prize wicket of Will – top edging one straight to the keeper. 38-2. Steve B (or Beef as his suggested new nickname …the scorer refused to listen to DT’s insistence that the surname was Biggs and ‘Beef’ was entered into the scorebook) joined Tesh and looked to build an innings. The new bowlers – one sharp, the other accurate kept the score down, in fact between overs 11 and 21 only 18 runs were scored. 56-2-21 overs.

The spell end of the quickie and the loss of accuracy of the other bowler saw the run rate pick up in the 22nd. The next 7 overs took the score beyond 100 with some fine shots by Tesh and Beef. By this time the second of the 2 young girls was bowling and a few boundaries had been scored to the shorter leg side boundary. Beef managed to get one over for a flat 6, but on trying to replicate didn’t quite time it and holed out for 28. Luvvers joined Tesh and briefly upped the run rate, unfortunately tried to be a little too cute with a fine leg glance and was bowled to a good delivery around the legs. Steveo entered the fray with his usual swashbuckling elegance until he top edged one which just carried to short thirdman. Tesh reached his 50. Dave White, with young son heckling from the sidelines was undone 2nd ball by the returning opener taking his off stump. Goffy stuck around for an over or so before going for the heave and being bowled. Dan opened his account by chipping one over the in field and making Tesh run his first 3 of the day at a point of his long innings where his legs were barely functioning. Dan continued to live dangerously, top edging 2 more (one narrowly missing his face and converging fielders). Tesh’s determined and fine innings came to an end in the penultimate over against the accurate opener caught (66). The opener required one more wicket for a 5for and Pete was the victim penultimate ball of the over. This brought DT to the crease and a nervous possible 6for, fortunately the ball missed bat and stump. Last over saw Dave score a run (technically a drop) and next ball another top edge by Dan to the same young fielder who hurt her hand a little more. Dan finished the innings with a boundary. 166-9 off 40. A dogged performance from the Cazh, and potentially a competitive total.

Rob O – bowled 1
Tesh – bowled 66
Will MW – ct 7
Steve B – ct 28
Luvvers – bowled 11
Steveo – ct 10
Dave W – bowled 0
Goff – bowled 5
Dan – not out 13
Pete O – bowled 0
Dave T – not out 1

Tea was great. Hopefully pictures (for Casual Tea Watch) were taken to evidence the enormity of it. It must be up there for contender for tea of the season! The result or the gorge was that Captain Dan decided to drop himself down the bowling order and open with Goffy and Dave W. The opening spell of 12 overs didn’t see a wicket taken, but the bowling was very good and the batsmen showed the respect it deserved. Goffy did at times ‘mix it up’, but as some of the fielders commented – if he didn’t know what was coming, neither did the batsmen! After 12 overs just 30 runs had been scored, with Dave bowling 2 maidens. First change saw Dan from the pavilion end and Dave T from the other coming down the hill. Both new bowler’s line was a little off, both airing on the legside. However, Dan did fire in a wicket taking ball in his second with the batsman playing on. This brought in the capable looking quick bowler. He started well with a boundary, and was lucky to survive after being uncharacteristically dropped by Will behind the stumps, but he then took on the arm of Luvvers and regretted it as he was run out. 54-2 off 17. Dave’s line improved, however, it was another legside delivery that got the wicket of the other opener – pulling it around the corner to be taken well by Beef at backward point.

Dan was replaced by Luvvers up the hill who fired in some excellent deliveries (coupled with a couple shorter/fiery ones) and Dave finished off his spell with a maiden and another wicket – stumped by Jesus. This combination dried the runs up. Rogerstone on 75 -4 off 29overs requiring 92 runs off the last 11 overs. The Cazh were certainly in the driving seat, but with a few big overs and some capable batsmen still to come, the game wasn’t over yet. Pete O and Steveo were the new change bowlers. Pete started were Dave left off with the batsman not going for the heave. Steveo started with a boundary, but then encouraged a massive heave across the line and getting a full toss wicket bowled. The new batsman came out firing and the Cazh fielders were asked to step up to the plate – which they did. Dave, yes, Dave picked up the next wicket with a runout! It looked close, and part of me was thinking it was a tactical wicket as the incoming batsman was more than capable of going large (the lad who scored his maiden century against us last year). 44 required from 4 overs. Steveo’s spell was ended and Rob was asked to bowl at the death. Rob’s first only when for 4, Pete and the fielders kept the next down as well. Rob then managed to bowl the centurion. The Cazh won the game the following over by 17 runs. (149-7)

An excellent victory over a side we haven’t beaten for 10 years. Excellent batting from Tesh and Steve B, with some notable cameos. Followed by some very good bowling and fielding. Dave was seen collecting the ball regularly, Steve B got peppered at backward point, and Pete was often on the hoof backing up the fielder and chasing it down. We stopped behind for a quick pint before heading off home. A good start to the season against, as always, friendly opposition.

Goffy - 6overs – 0 maidens – 19 runs – 0 wickets
Dave W – 6 –2-10-0
Dan – 6-0-19-1
Dave T – 8-2-20-2
Luvvers – 3-0-5-0
Pete O – 6-0-42-0
Steveo – 3-0-13-1
Rob 2-0-8-1
Runouts – Luvvers & Dave T
Catches – Steve B
stumping – Will MW



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