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Match Report vs Barristers 15 July 2019 @ Wenvoe (Skipper and report Dan)

A friendly fixture against Rob G’s barrister mates at wenvoe – sun was out grass was green ish/ brown ish and the wicket was for once in the middle of the wicket so the largest boundary was on the stream side. The barristers consisted of quite a few athletic types and all supported their own baggies. Captain Dan lost the toss and the Cazh were asked to field. Dan opened up the bowling from the pavilion end and DT form other. The Barristers opening bat had a leg side look about him, and 2nd over he popped one up to Andy at mid-on, unfortunately the simplicity got the better of him and it was put down, fortunately a similar shot was played in the 3rd over and was taken by Beef. Dave’s spell didn’t offer any chances nor another wicket as the 2 batsmen looked comfortable with the pace and bounce of the ball and the outfield was fast.

Paul on his maiden return since his foot op, bowled the next over and Pete O replaced DT. Paul’s over was expectedly rusty and struggled with line and length, having to defend the shorter boundary anything too full was given a whack. Paul removed himself from the attack after one, and was replaced by Beef. Obee1 was very unlucky not to pick up a wicket in his first over – the No3 heaving one to mid-wicket only to be put down by the skipper (not judging the flight well enough to get right underneath it). Pete remained wicketless but kept the run rate well down. Beef on the other hand found the right line and length and picked up wickets in each of his 3 overs – all bowled, all top of off (including Rob G who was playing for the oppo). Can’t really call it a chance but Winkie managed to expertly move most of his hands out of the way of a well timed straight drive which hit the fence so hard it almost got lodged between the wires. The remaining opener also retired early in the spell. Jesus replaced Obee1 and newbie Keith replaced Beef. Keith’s first wicket was this time caught by Dan at cover (100th catch for the Cazh), then proceeded to take a further , 1 bowled and the other caught by Jesus.. Jesus also picked up a wicket – with supposedly the doosra – not that he gave any indication that was the ball he would be delivering, nor could anyone tell this was what had been bowled…In the last over the retired opener returned but never faced a ball was Jesus picked up the last wicket bowled. The Barristers finishing on 114ao.

Dan L – 4-0-14-1
DT – 4-0-27-0
Paul -1-0-21-0
Pete O – 3-0-14-0
Steve B – 3-0-15-3
WMW – 2-0-9-2
Keith – 3-0-9-3
1 x catch each for Steve B, Dan and WillMW

Rob and Winkie opened up for the Cazh. The Barrister’s opening bowler had one hell of a run up and I can only imagine that Rob facing the first delivery was fearing the worst, however, the final few strides of the run up petered out to a much more sedate pace. Winkei faced the slower bowler from the field end, the ball wasn’t getting much bounce off the wicket and 4th ball Winkie managed to get an under edge which somehow carried to the keeper. Jesus replaced Winkie and the remaining over was all over the place. The pair nurdled the ball around and took advantage of any loose delivery, but it was the final over from the openers that Jesus went to town. From 46 off 7, the Cazh got to 65 off 8. Will crashed everything through cover/long off – including one that was almost expertly stopped by the fielders testicles - until then it had been a fine sliding stop. The poor fielder then dropped a chance off Will later in the over. The first change bowler from the pavilion end caused some trepidation – 2 of the opening deliveries were quick full bungers followed up by a few more in proceeding overs. However, the flood gates were opened. Will retired in the 13th over with the cash needing 7 to win. Beef came in for a brief cameo, and was going large until he was caught by Rob at mid-wicket. Keeper James came in with one required to win, missed it, as did their keeper and it went for 4 byes. Game over in the fading light 118-2 off 14.4overs. Rob finished unbeaten on 44.

An enjoyable match which ended quicker than it looked like it would. Back to the Wenvoe Arms for a pint and lots of crisps.

Rob 44 no
Andy H 0 ct
Will MW 50 (retired)
Steve B 5 ct
James 0 no
Keith, Dan L; Paul Pete O; ;Rich; Dave T – DNB



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