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Match Report vs Medics 18 July 2019 (CUP Semi final) @ Wenvoe (Skipper and report Dan)

The was a few last minute player changes, but the late fall of Big Willy to a virus meant the cazh would proceed with 10, the quarter final had been played with 10…maybe this was a good omen…

Captain Dan won the toss and chose to bat first. Kim and Rob to open up. Kim started with intent and smashed a 6 first ball followed by 2 more boundaries. 16 off the first. 2nd over he hit a class onside drive for another. Rob was chipping in with singles and rotating the strike. Kim retired at the end of the 5th over with the score on 43. Jesus picked up the mantle. The next bowling change brought on a quicker more accurate bowler (Chai) which pegged back the scoring, though the chap the other end struggled with line, length and run up which was punished. Rob had been playing well and was nearing retirement but missed a quick, straight, low one and was bowled in the 8th. Winkie joined Jesus. Similar roles were assumed – Winkie rotating and Jesus bludgeoning. Jesus retired in the 10th, bringing Beef to the crease. Steve got off to a flyer scoring 3 legside boundaries taking the Cazh total past the century mark in the 11th.

Steve fell 2 short of retirement and was replaced by Keith who clipped a few legside boundaries until being bowled round his legs early in the 16th over with the score on 136. Captain Dan and Winkie continued on the offensive, running everything ad putting the pressure on the fielders. Winkie was run out in the final over and James came in with a few balls to go, but didn’t face a ball and Dan finished the innings with another boundary. The Cazh finished on 170- 4

Kim – 27 retired
Rob – 20 bowled
Will MW – 26 retired
Andy – 11 run out
Steve B – 22 caught
Keith – 12 bowled
Dan L – 21 no
James – 0 no
28 extras

A large total to defend, however the Medics star batman was in attendance (with the witnessed ability to score 50 off 19 deliveries) and only 9 fielders the Cazh had to be canny. With the plan to use the part time bowlers at the start, plus the potential to switch keepers at some point, Richie was asked to open. The first over was a mixture, some straight, some not, but he didn’t go for a boundary. Full time bowler DT opened from the non-pavilion end and started with dots before being drive for a 4 and 6. Winkie took the 3rd and 5th ball suffered a twist of fate and a twisted ankle, not before inducing the batsman to edge one to Jim Hands behind the stumps for a sharply taken wicket. Winkie was forced to retire from the field of play with the assistance of Jesus and Richie. On his return to the field, Richie was informed he would need to complete Andy’s over. With the Cazh now down to 9 players the Medics sportingly offered a fielder. Dave’s 2nd over was excellent – bowling the no3 first ball, then 4th ball enticing the no4 to hit towards Kim at deep cover. The batsmen took the chance of taking on Kim’s arm and failed with Jim whipping off the bails with the batsman well short. At the end of the 4th the Medics were ahead of the rate but 3 wickets down.

Keith and Jesus were the next tandem to bowl. Both went for a boundary a piece, but at the end of the 6th, the medics were now behind the run rate. The next 2 overs squeezed them further as Hoult retired. Not only was only 5 runs conceded, Keith got the next wicket caught by Jesus. Now, rightly or wrongly, the direction by the skipper was to bowl dot balls rather than take wickets. He didn’t want the opener to return with 5 of 6 overs with 70 required – as it was easily conceivable that it could be reached. In true Casuals style, this direction was broadly ignored or the bowlers found it difficult not to aim at the stumps (they usually don’t have a problem…) . Rob took 2 wickets – one bowled and another caught by Jesus who had taken over behind the stumps from James. Kim took another 2 both bowled. The only slightly obvious reluctance to claim a wicket was a run out that the skipper threw which would have hit the stumps was caught in time by James who didn’t follow through with the connection with the bails. Dan bowled his first over in the split spell, the slowest possible with 8 wickets down. James bowled for the first this season and bowled fine. In Beef’s first over he took the penultimate wicket and the opener returned. However, it was surely too late in the day with another 73 runs required off 4.3 overs?????

As it turned out it was, even adding another 15 to his tally, it was the no11 who was bowled the last ball of the 17th by Beef. The Medics finishing on 114ao.
An excellent all round display from the Cazh, everyone contributing in the victory – which is what the cup is all about. It was then off to the pub for a celebratory pint and the odd bit of buffet (for a change). We meet the Cavaliers in the final (and again in the league the following day!)

Richie – 1.2 -0-20-0
DT – 2-0-13-1
Andy - 0.4-0-10-1
Keith – 2-0-9-1
Will MW – 2-0-11-0
Rob o – 2-0-8-2
Kim – 2-0-10-2
Dan L – 2-0-8-0
James – 1-0-11-0
Steve B – 2-0-14-2
Extras 18
Catches 1x James; 2x WillMW
Run Out Kim/James



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