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Match Report vs National Orcherstra of Wales 06 June 2022 @ Pontcanna (Skipper Richie, report Dan)

The evening was glorious, Pontcanna carpark and field was eerily quiet, but both teams turned up on time and the match began just after 6 with skipper Richie winning the toss and choosing to bat. Dare I say it, the Cazh looked to have a strong team (on paper), Rhys and Alex H opening the batting and got off to a strong start against a conventional bowler from the carpark end and a quick skiddy bowler from the river end. Neither gave any chances away until the 7th over when Rhys edged one off the first change bowler which was well caught low down by the Orchestra keeper. 45-1. Will joined Alex and kept the score moving happily along. In the 11th over Will spooned one to cover and Alex retired. 76-2.

The run rate then dropped with 2 new batsmen at the crease and decent bowling from the Orchs. The next 3 and a half overs yielded just 8 runs for 3 wickets – Jack scored 1 before being bowled by a good swing delivery, Richie looped one back to the bowler and Steveo was caught off the first ball at mid on. Only Richie and Dan had chance of “guessing how many balls” before Steveo was out – and Richie’s guess was made directly to umpire Goff as he crossed with Steveo on his return to the side lines – he was correct. The last 3 balls of the over were smashed for 12 with Luvvers now at the crease. Jim was the other new batsmen and after a slow start, made up for it with some connected swings. Luvvers was the predominant batsmen, enjoying the far too often short legside line from the bowler – hitting 3 6’s in his short stay at the crease. Luvvers was on for a 20 ball retirement until Jim refused to run a second in the last over and Luvvers was out for 46. Jim clubbed a few boundaries to make up for it and then run Pat out for a diamond duck last ball. The Cazh finished on a healthy 154-7.

Rhys D – 14ct
Alex H – 53retired
Will MW – 8ct
Jack S – 1b
Richie H – 0c&b
Jim H – 21no
Steve OR – 0ct
Gareth L – 46ro
Pat D – 0ro
Extras 11

In Dan’s first match of the season since having his knee op, he was given the option to open the bowling ..which he took. The first over going for just 1 run off a slightly shorter and more cautious 3 step run up. DT opened from the carpark end and was rewarded from a loopy legside delivery drilled down Luvvers neck on the boundary for the first wicket. Dan’s 3rd was costly going for 3 well played boundaries in-between or over the 3 cover/ mid-off fielders. One of the other deliveries was an encouraging lbw shout but was turned down. At first change NOW were on 53. Pat and Steveo took over, both batsman were playing some good shots and put away anything off target. The saving grace was both batmen retired. Luvvers took over from Pat and bowled the no4 by a good full delivery.

It was left to Will and Luvvers to bowl the final 4 overs, the run rate had slowed but NOW were still in with a shout. 42 required. A chance was put down and over the boundary in Will’s first over which gave the Orchs hope, the Cazh fielders stopped an much as was possible and Luvvers maintained a good line and speed, leaving NOW requiring 19 to win off the last. The Orchs tried but were unsuccessful and resulted in a run out in the penultimate ball. The Cazh winning by 6 runs.

On returning to the sidelines, it turned out that a couple of spectators had come to watch (both from Cazh and other teams) – and it became apparent why it was so quiet – all the Cardiff midweek matches had been called off by the council at 10am that morning – we were fortunate not to have received that email!!

It was then off to the pub for a pint or two, compete with the quiz master and his microphone and reminisce of last weeks tray of chips.

Dan L – 4 overs -0 maidens-26 runs-0 wkts
DT – 4-0-27-1
Pat – 2-0-23-0
Steveo – 4-0-30-0
Luvvers 4-0-18-1
Will MW – 2-0-23-0



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