Match Report vs Uni Staff
12 August 2019 @ Llandaff Fields (Skipper and report
Catches win matches, or do they?
The Cazh turned up in dribs and drabs mainly having no clue
which pitch 2 was at Llandaff fields…The oppo announced
they only had 8 players, so we agreed to give them 2 fielders
and game reduced to 18overs given the light issues of late.
Captain Dan won the toss and chose to bat first. Beef and
Rob opened up, with Maxy and Upside Dan in as sub fielders.
The Staff opener was decent, helped by the new shiney pink
ball, the other opener was one of the Cavs and slow/spin.
The pitch was slow and sticky and in the 2nd over Rob timed
one far too well straight at Maxy in cover – now we
often drop catches we should take, but Maxy didn’t drop
one that maybe he should have (even after the bobble)! Winkie
took over from Rob. The pair struggled to get the ball away
off either bowler, the slow one required a lot of waiting
time before striking, Steve on more than one occasion toe
ended it. In the 8th over Winkie was inadvertently run out
by Steve – Steve hit a straight drive, the bowler tried
to get his hand out of the way, didn’t and the ball
ricocheted onto the stumps with Winkie out of his ground.
26 -2 off 8.
The Cazh needed to significantly up the rate. Super Hands
joined Steve, the pair began to hit more boundaries –
though it was difficult to see where the boundaries were -
a thin/worn line depicted the boundary, but unless ‘on
it’ you couldn’t tell from the middle (and sometimes
even when past it). Both batsmen had numerous lives –
but none of the following catches were taken (at least 5).
The Staff skipper came on to bowl the last spell and occasionally
got the ball to swing – one of which did get James as
he tried to push the core along. Opener Beef was also bowled
in the penultimate over. Leaving Richie and Upside Dan try
and get the score to somewhere respectable off the remaining
over. The Cazh finished on 89-4 off 18 overs.
Defendable but needed to take wickets and keep it tight.
Rob 0 – ct 0 (Maxy)
Steve B b 31
Andy ro 10
James b 28
Richie no 7
Dan OB no 5
Maxy; Foxy; Dan L; Mark; DT DNB
Captain Dan opened the bowling with the wind and DT from
the other. First ball was almost got the wicket of the opposing
skipper, but he just kept it out. Dan’s spell only conceded
singles, but runs were chanced when there shouldn’t
have been runs. This was apparent throughout the innings.
Dave also didn’t go for many either no chances given.
Dan got a wicket with the last ball of his spell, the non
aggressive opener being given out lbw. 26-1 off 8. Although
on top of things, with a low total the Cazh couldn’t
let up. The new batman was their opening bowler and looked
accomplished on both sides of the wicket. Maxy replaced Dan
and Foxy replaced DT. Maxy got the wicket of the skipper in
the 11th over – the ball sticking in the pitch and popped
up for a caught and bowled, and he got another in the following
over bowled. At this point we were still on top. 53-3 off
12. Foxy’s spell didn’t go for too many, the No3
was taking him on and scored a few boundaries. 65 off 14.
Shakey and Rob were on to see us home. During this period
there were 3 run out chances, Captain Dan narrowly missed
the unmanned stumps at the bowlers end, and both Maxy and
Upside had attempts which if thrown with a little less force
may have been successful. There were also 2 drops –
to be fair, Shakey’s one although he got his hands to
it was basically a boundary / face saver as it was hit with
power at head height. The other Richie did very well in making
up the ground in the deep to reach the ball but it popped
out with the same force as it arrived. With not many chances,
that might have been the game changer as the last over with
Staff needing 9 off it. Unfortunately, a boundary and a couple
of risky doubles brought the close to the game with one ball
Captain Dan was left frustrated, yet another game on the
Cardiff Council pitches that we’ve lost in the last
over, in hindsight maybe only himself to blame – maybe
some more attacking fielding settings should have been applied
and potentially could have followed the nature of the Casuals
ethos a little less than he did. However, everyone contributed
and it almost came off - the bowling was not bad at all, and
neither was the batting, we did though, allow them to score
too many singles to fielders. Uni Staff applied themselves
well to the conditions and took their chances better than
we did, on a different day the chances might not have come
Dan L – 4-0-10-1
DT – 4-0-14-0
Mark – 2.5-0-17-0
Rob – 1-0-9-0
It was then off to the Halfway (for the first time in years)
for a laugh and a chat over beer and buffet. With the added
bonus of finding out where Shakey’s wedding was to be
held (though he wouldn’t tell us the date) and listening
to the start of the quiz with an intermittent microphone!