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Match Report vs Ponthir 28 July 2019 @ Ponthir (Skipper and report Dan)

The Cazh rolled up at the nice-looking ground of Ponthir on a winning streak of 8. Goffy and Britpop were either lost or late but Captain Dan lost the toss and the Cazh were asked to field first. Most of the team had already read the match report of our previous visit here…and it wasn’t pleasant reading – all out for 40 in 2014. We were up to a full compliment into the 4th over. Dan and Goffy opened up the bowling and the 2 first teamers from Ponthir set up their stall. Most shots selected were punchy offside drives, so the Cazh beefed up those areas. VC Will was keen to have 2 slips in for Goffy (coming down the hill) and there were some deliveries that came through nicely (though not to second slip), but others were a little too short or wide and the larger of the two batsman enjoyed driving it through the v and up the relatively steep slope. Goffy was unlucky not to get one relatively early but Jim ‘Hands’ wasn’t able to keep it in his gloves. Dan had a little more success at keeping the scoring shots down, though he was often bowling at the other chap.. However, Dan did get the breakthrough in the 10th over, the main batsman edging one through to Super Hands. Fortunately, the umpire also heard the snick as the batsman didn’t and he was out on 50. Dan picked up the other opener playing on 2 overs later. The scoreboard had raced up to 60 odd off 8, but then slowed. Goffy was replaced by Luvvers, now bowling at the 2 new batsmen. Dan bowled through.

Luvvers kept the two batsmen pinned down, helped by some excellent fielding especially from britpop in the covers and got the next wicket of the no3 who hadn’t really been going for it, but lashed out at one and hit a steepling thick edge which was taken by Dan at square leg. There was some varying line and length dished up by shakey, some of which was dined out on, but he did entice the number 4 to slap one towards Jesus who gratefully received it, followed quickly by the new bat, an almost identical shot and result. After about 28 overs the score had slowed down loads and the score was about 120. Luvvers had been very unlucky not to pick up another, edged and taken by Hands, but the umpire nor batsman admitted to hearing this one, and in the final over Shakey dived in slips and would have been a certain Champagne moment had he not shelled it. This induced a number of injures for Shakes – hand, elbow and strangely leg. It looked as though he wouldn’t be able to complete his spell, but miraculously he regained fitness to bowl continue through to 8. Martin replaced Luvvers down the hill, Tesh replaced Shakey. The latst batsman to arrive at the crease did look like he was going to have more of a ‘go’ and he did. Even with the difficult to get away occasionally bowled lower bouncer from Moon Shine, he still manged to drive it up the hill. Tesh bowled some good teasing length deliveries but with a vast outfield sometimes it proved just too big to patrol. Goffy returned to finish off his spell and Britpop took a fine catch on the hill. Ponthir finished on a decent total of 209-6. In about the 32nd over it looked like 170 would be the end score, but they really opened up.

Dan 8-2-20-2
Goffy 8-0-67-1
Luvvers 8-3-14-1
Shakey 8-2-34-2
Martin 4-0-32-0
Tesh 4-0-40-0
8 extras
Catches – James, Dan, Darren, WMW x2

Tea was taken, and was plentiful and nice – lots of savoury, plus scones, jam and cream and fantastic homemade chocolate brownies.

Rob and Luvvers opened up and Ponthir opened with pace down the hill and spin from the other. Both batsmen were wary to start with, assuming the ball was turning a bit from the spinner. There were a lot of dot balls then a flurry of boundaries before returning to dots. With the score of 28, Rob was incredibly unlucky – defending the spin, he didn’t suppress it enough and the ball deflected on the ground and rolled slowly toward the stumps and finally dislodged the bail. Jesus joined Luvvers and the pair continued to be watchful. The first change bowler down the hill did not bowl badly but 3rd over lost the line factionally and Luvvers dispatched for another 4 boundaries, suddenly the Cazh were back up with the rate. 66 off 13. What should have been a platform to kick on, Luvvers unfortunately next over was in (as he said) 4 minds what to do and ended up chipping back to mid-off out on 49. Tesh next to the middle, and to be fair scratched around a bit before being bowled, bringing Britpop to the crease. A new change of bowler was then the undoing of Jesus, a funny action – very wristy, but the seam remained bolt upright. Will switched off to a low one and was bowled. Just before drinks Rich was given out lbw to a 50/50 appeal (could just have easily gone over the top as much as it could have hit). The Cazh now 85-5 after 20.

Britpop and Moonshine put on a decent partnership of 27, with some excellent running, until Martin was caught out. James next to the middle to hopefully emulate his performance against Wick the previous week. It was Darren however, that fell in the next over, bowled by the young spinner. The cazh 118-7 off 28. Dan came out with the long handle and made it interesting, Ponthir for a while looked a bit nervous, so much so that they brought on one of their quicker bowlers on for the last 4 overs. James went the other end caught, then the quickie picked up the last 2 wickets of Goffy and Shakey, and Dan finished not out on 36. The Cazh made it respectable finishing on 170ao off 39overs.

Rob o – b 5
Luvvers – ct 49
WMW – b 21
Tesh – b 2
Darren – b 19
Rich – lbw 0
Martin – ct 10
James – ct 8
Dan l – no 36
Goffy – b 2
Shakey b 4

We stayed for a chat and a pint with the oppo in the evening sunshine before heading home, the streak now over, but the final to look forward to.



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