Match Report vs Eclipse
22 July 2021 @ Pontcanna (Skipper Rob, report Dave
An evening of challenges ahead for the Cazh. The first of
which was solving the pitch numbering conundrum and locating
Did the numbering run from town outwards and, if so, did it
then loop back for pitches 3 and 4? Not helped when the groundsmen
had marked numbers on 1 and 2 only. On the basis of possession
being 9/10 of the law, Goff had pitched up shortly after lunchtime
(one of the perks of being a salesman perhaps) and had claimed
the better looking of the 3 or 4 pitches.
The second challenge was the sweltering heat. Taking absolutely
no chances with the weather (30 degrees wall to wall sun)
Goff had brought his brolly, under which he was resting his
languid frame. DT was liberally applying sun cream.
By 5.50 the combined total of both teams had swelled to
4 players. A prompt start looked a remote prospect. The third
challenge for the evening was the all conquering opponents,
who had not dropped a point. Bat first and get it over with
seemed to be the consensus. Rob duly did what Cazh captains
do and lost the toss. So field first in an oven it was. The
Cazh ambled onto the field and the prospect of a runs onslaught.
After a sharp single off the first ball, three dot balls
from the metronomic Dan drew their opener into an ill judged
swat across the line. Stumps everywhere and 1/1 after the
first over - should at least slow down the carnage to come.
Maxie took the pink cherry from the Cathedral Road end and
soon settled into a nice line bringing 5 dots before dropping
short and a release shot. Still, 5/1 off two was a big start
against illustrious oppo.
First ball Dan's second over had the other opener pinged back
leg and very adjacent and ov 6/2
Ov 4 Maxi bowled batsmen 3 and 4 16/4 after 4 all with only
10 fielders, Naren stuck in traffic until about the 9th.
More nagging accuracy from Dan and Maxi meant a miserly 39/4
off the first set of 8 bowling units.
A stand of 28 followed, brought to an end in Goff's first
over, bowled. After about 20 play and miss wafts outside his
off stump, Goff finally delivered the coup de grace to their
number 8. Will may well have missed 2 behind the stumps (cries
of Super Hands, Cymbals rang out across the parklands) but
soon made amends by stumping their handy number 6 for 26,
making it 77/7. A sub hundred score suddenly looked on the
Dave T had his second shortly after. Caught Dan bringing
a one man pitch invasion by Steve whose catch record was at
Eclipse cobbled together a few more off accurate bowling
by Shakes (who on another day might have seen the batman's
gentle looping prod to point fall to a willing fielder. DT
doing a good 'they haven't come to watch me field routine')
Eclipse meekly blocked the last two balls of the innings (guy
looked surprised to be informed that was the last over) to
finish on a very gettable 96
Rhys and Jesus to open against Luke and Sohaol steaming in.
Soon helmets were brought on to protect the fine grey matter.
They saw off the quicks with relative ease and managed to
keep ahead of the scoring rate. A promising start ended in
typically chaotic fashion. With the hard work of seeing the
openers off, a run out saw Rhys depart for a well made 29.
51/1 in the 9th.
More runs, Naren playing nicely and Will lofting an extra
cover drive for 6 until he allowed one to hit his pad and
had to walk 80/2 in the 13th, leaving only 17 to win from
Soon 90/3 after 14 when Naren was caught for a well made 20.
This left capn Rob and Dave W to knock off the remaining runs.
Nice to see Winks at the sidelines, with 'C' MON THE CASHZ'
Steveo providing support.
A relatively easy win in the end, against decent opposition.
Dan 4 overs 20-2
Maxi 4 overs 19-2
Goff 4 overs 20-2
DT 4 overs 10-2
Shakes 4 ov 25-0
Will lbw 27
Rhys r. o. 20
Narem ct 20
Rob not out 3
Dave W not out 3