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Match Report vs Kineton (Tour#1) 08 September 2019 @ Kineton (Warks) (Skipper and report DT)

Match reports usually start on the day of the game but tour is different.

Our story begins in Royal Leamington Spa, upon leaving our Hotel (the name and memory of which I have expunged) we gathered at a pub full of 12 year olds to commence the time honoured, traditional, excruciating, seemingly endless, Spoof World Cup. (I could at this point describe the (endless) rounds designed to select Captain, Vice-Captain and those unlucky two who would miss out but I paid no attention to it after winning the only two rounds I took part in.) The results of said game were as follows:-

Captain – DT
Vice - Captain - Pete O
Unlucky losers - Dave W, Jesus (sadly both tour virgins)
Much hilarity ensued. We then moved on to another establishment where our group split, those making there way home included Skipper and Vice skipper to ensure they were fresh for the contest the next day!!

We return to our story the next morning.
It appears that some of our party lost their way in the dark streets of Leamington due to excitement brought on by multiple rounds of Spoof. Luckily, they had been taken in by some friendly locals, who let them rest their weary heads. After some hours they sent them on a course for the hotel, of course in true Casuals style they rewarded their hosts handsomely for their assistance. In most cases this was a monetary reward but one of the group redecorated their bathroom whilst he was there which we all thought was very generous of him (infact he so exhausted himself that he didn’t make it to breakfast)

After breakfast a time was set to gather in reception to make our way to the ground. The Cap and VC retired to a local coffee shop to make their plans for the game. On their return two elder statesmen of the club (Shakes and Winkie) magnanimously offered to step aside to allow the two tour virgins the chance to play. This offer was gladly taken up. At the appointed time the team met and we left for Kineton.

Upon our arrival the home skipper informed DT that the choice of batting or bowling was the choice of the away team. Dt choose to bat.

After the presentation of tour virgin shirts (this year there was a Disney princess theme) to Dave W, Will and James the match began
The Cazh made a slow but steady start with Luvers and Ed opening, the 1st and sadly 2nd wickets falling in the 9th over (Ed – 5, Rob – 1) with the score on 26. This brought Will to the crease, who was still feeling a little tired after his decorating exploits of the night before. Although you wouldn’t have known it once he was at the crease as he and Luvvers put on 94 for the 3rd wicket which fell in the 25th over, (Will – 54), the score now 124. Sadly this led to a mini collapse the 4th wicket falling the next over (Hands– 0) the 5th in the 27th (Luvvers – 57) and the 6th in the 28th (Richie – 2), the score now 130 for 6. There followed a brief revival, a partnership of 24 for the 7th between Dan and Goffy. Dan fell (18) in the 35th and in the same over we saw the demise of the other tour virgin, Dave W. (0). Pete O (vc) and Goff then put on 10 for the 9th wicket, Pete (0) bowled in the 38th (164-9). The loss of 9 wickets was an unusual occurrence for the Cazh this season and it precipitated an even rarer site, the Quodcumque furvum luminare minus alietum made his way to the crease (to much joshing), for those of you who doubt this site there is video evidence, although I suspect it has been faked as the footage shows that DT hit the ball 3 times and even scored a run and ran two 2’s. DT (1) was eventually (and unfairly) run out by Goffy (14). The Cash finishing on 170. The consensus was that this was nowhere near enough.

One notable occurrence during our innings was the arrival of the “father of the club” Foxy, who said his hellos and then made his way to the middle to umpire.

After tea (which I will not presume to comment on), we made our way onto the pitch to face the opposition openers. At this point I should really describe each over and the wickets that fell in them to glorious catches and unplayable deliveries. Unfortunately, I cannot because what followed was a chanceless display of batting despite a very good bowling performance by all, their openers put on a partnership of 164 before their No1 pointlessly retired on 100 with only 6 runs required. Their No3 made his way to the middle but did not score as their No2 saw off the final runs, with Kineton winning by 10 wickets in the 30th over.

D Lewis 6 0 0 22
Dave T 6 0 0 21
Dave W 6 0 0 39
Pete O 6 0 0 41
Goff 3 0 0 25
G Loveridge 2.1 0 0 20

After a long afternoon in the field and a quick drink in the bar the Cazh returned to Leamington for a very nice Curry.



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