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Match Report vs Llanvapley 25 July 2021 @ Llanvapley (Skipper and report Rob)

After our opposition were unable to field a side, Fixtures genius Shakes found us a game at 48 hours notice against Llanvapley. We’d not played them for some time, but were pencilled in to play them in August, a few weeks later.

A Yellow Weather Warning had been issued for South Wales, so the Cazh arrived in bright sunshine, slathering on suntan lotion.

Due to technological reasons, the Cazh had 12 players with Super Foxy rocking up to field like a demon before watching Henry V.

With the Cazh significantly outnumbering their opponents, they approached their Agincourt in the shape of a rural Powys village green.

With the hillsides stacked with Welsh longbows, the Cazh confidently plodded their way through the boggy valley unaware of their imminent demise.

"Once more unto the breech, dear friends, once more."

The Llanvapley skipper was on hols, so a previous captain brought back some old-school rules: a timed game. As skipper Rob was late, touring the surrounding villages, Dan tossed and appropriately lost it. The Cazh were in the field, not really knowing what we were doing, so familiar territory.

We think we were to bowl for as many overs as we could before 430, so around 35-40 overs in 150 minutes.
30 minutes for tea
Bat for 90 minutes, then 20 overs after that.
All 10 wickets needed to be taken for the win so all results were on the table, more options than we realised.

We started 10 minutes late, but that seemed to be forgotten. Dan to open out from the Residential Houses End. With a 10 pint, bottle of wine, and only one shot hangover to deal with, he proceeded to bowl 10 overs on the spin. Really settling in to a lovely line in the 9th over. Before that, the wicket was doing all sorts. Good or bad, it was kicking up or keeping low.

The batsmen had several deliveries get big on them, and Dan was creating catching opportunities. Pabs and DaveW took their catching chances. Dan’s third wicket was bowled with the pitch ‘doing a bit’.

Pabs from the other end threw down 5 overs of off-spin, leg-spin and doosras. Plenty of chances, mostly to Will, who had the ball landing in front and behind him wherever he went in the field but no luck for Pabs.

Goff to replace Pabs, who bowled 8 overs of mostly tidy stuff - keeping the run rate manageable. Tesh took a catch of Goff as the batsmen tired a bit. Goff came back at the end for one over, running out of time before he could bowl his 10th over.

DT, after putting his feet up, came on to bowl some spinny stuff. The wicket was drying out, so plenty of variety. They seemed to mostly stick and pop up at a handy hitting height, rather than slide on as his bowling usually would. The batsmen were kindly giving us fielding practice. Sadly, we declined the numerous catching opportunities. As usual, it’s DIY bowling - so DT’s wicket came from one that kept low and bowled their set batter.

Foxy and Tim came on for a few overs. Shah, looking comfy, whacked anything and everything over, between and through the Cazh boundary fielders, building his way to a decent score of 93 not out.

Shakes came on for a few overs at the end as both batsmen were opening up, with a chance taken by Tesh for his second catch of the match off the new batsmen.

Llanvapley - 214/6 - 37 overs.

D.Lewis 10-1-33-3
P.Stephens 5-0-27-0
G.Day 9-1-38-1
D.Thomas 7-0-45-1
J.Prior 2-019-0
T.Bluff 2-0-27-0
M.Stephens 2-0-15-1

After a 30 minute tea, Tesh and Shakes opened up with a steady start until Tesh (13) was caught off Squire, the first of Squire’s three caught wickets. Will was out for 0 in the next over, caught well at square leg with the fielder diving to a well hit pull shot.

DaveW (5) and Rob (2) soon followed, caught and then bowled, respectively. The opposition, having 4 quick bowlers and taking all their catching chances, were well ahead at this point with the Cazh eyeing up a tied game.

Dan (11) and Shakes (18) were now batting together, with Dan going the Rishabh Pant route of batting to a draw by giving it a whack. In the 19th over, Dan creamed one back at Shakes who tried to dodge and weave but got clonked above the elbow (and still went for a boundary). The game was suspended at this point so Shakes could get an x-ray at the local hospital - luckily it was bruising but it looked potentially worse at the time.

A well fought draw with Shakes MOTM for salvaging a draw (no result?) from the depths of defeat. We do it all again at Llanvapley two weeks later. Hopefully a 40 over game and with no trips to Neville Hall.

Cazh - 56/4 - 18.3 overs.

T.Hirani 13
M.Stephens 18 n.o.
W.Mason-Wilkes 0
D.White 5
R.Owens 2
D.Lewis 11 n.o.
J.Hodkinson DNB
T.Bluff DNB
P.Stephens DNB
D.Thomas DNB


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