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Match Report vs Chartered Trust 04 August 2022 @ Wenvoe (Skipper Luvvers, report Rhys)

Cazh v Chartered Trust 4th Aug @ Flaming Tikka Wenvoe Oval

It was only last week, when I was at the Sophia Gardens Open Air Theatre watching the cast of Little Shop of Horrors sing the song “Somewhere That’s Green”. Turns out, they weren’t talking about upstate New York, rather our Thursday pitch at Wenvoe.

On a pitch that had more grass than a Vardy vs Rooney trial, stand-in skipper Luvvers won the toss and elected to bat. Presuming that the wicket could only get worse, and that we should bat on it as soon as possible, before the buttercups flowered.

Rhys and Alex opened the batting, knowing they would be facing two consistent opening bowlers. A bit of early movement almost produced Rhys’ first ever platinum duck, but the ball flew too quickly to first slip who was unable to gather it in. An expensive let off it was to prove.

The opening pair were able to dab a single here and there and after the first two overs were 10 without loss. However, Alex was the first to go the next ball, top edging to their best fielder who took his first of 3 catches.

Luvvers joined Rhys at the crease and was frustrated by two overs of good length bowling. Only managing four singles from them. The scoring picked up in over 5 and 7, however, when Rhys was able to dispatch a few bad balls for four. Luvvers upped the ante in the next over from the “Flaming Garlic Chilli Masala Pavilion End”, with three boundaries of his own, including a huge six down the longest part of the ground. Cazh 53-1 off 7 and doing alright.

The Trust responded by bringing on their leg-spinner from the pavilion end, and after a few ‘looseners’ he claimed the wicket of Luvvers who – trying to repeat his long boundary – holed out to their best catcher who must have been camouflaged in the daisies, as Luvvers commented, ‘I didn’t see him out there’. A big wicket in the context of the game.

Rob came to the crease, and like Rhys, found it difficult to score against the ‘leggy’ who was finding a decent length. Both batters did score boundaries in his final over tho, before Rob fell for 10, bowled round the legs. The run rate had slowed, and the Cazh were now 90-3 off 15. Enter Steve-O.

Steve-O was in ‘the zone’ when he approached the crease, and I remember him saying something along the lines of, ‘I’m really up for quick singles today’. Or maybe I misheard. With some quick running; loud shouts of ‘Oh shit, run’; some overthrows and some ‘Steve-O-esque’ encouragement from the teammates, the batters took the total past 100, but couldn’t find the middle of the bat. Dealing mostly in twos, and the occasional three which almost caused myself and Steve to need a lie down in the grass!

Back to third person, and with only three overs to go, Rhys was still in the middle, trying to hit the ball hard, but failing to make a decent connection. Their wicketkeeper must have missed three stumpings, but it’s a risk when you stand up to quick bowlers! Rhys was finally dismissed for 46, caught by you know who.

Jim entered the fray with 5 balls to come, but not on strike. Some wide balls and a few singles later, Steve-O found himself on the way back, bowled for a respectable 16 on the board and with a burning desire to “sit down”.

Dan joined Jim at the crease and both were able to score a few singles before Dan went for one too many and was run out. Maxi went out to bat as number 8 but didn’t face a ball as Jim saw the over off with a quick 2.

R. Davies 46
A. Heath 4
G. Loveridge 28
R. Owens 10
S. O’Rielly 16
J. Hodkinson 4*
D. Lewis 1
M. Cullen 0*
P. Dean DNB
R. Holliday DNB
D. Thomas DNB

Casuals 125-5

The Cazh took to the field knowing they had to be at their best to stop a decent batting line-up from running away with the game. Opening bowlers Dan and Maxi had decent first overs but an expensive second over from Maxi meant The Trust made it to 31-0 off 4.

DT was first change and was able to slow the scoring somewhat, and picked up the first wicket. A plumb LBW which was apparently obvious from square leg!

Pat joined DT at the other end, and after two ‘looseners’ had gone for 6 apiece, managed to find a good length reducing the scoring to mostly singles from his remaining balls.

Their opener managed to hit a 6 from DT which – after some ‘quick maffs’ from the scorers – meant that he was on his way back to the pavilion, retired 50*. The Trust now 84-1 off 12 overs, and very much ahead in the WinViz % calculation.

Sensing a chance to get at the new batsmen, Luvvers brought himself on to slow the run rate. He was able to do just that, and conceded just 2 boundaries from his four overs, picking up the wicket of batsman #4 with a great ball that almost took off stump out of the ground. The batsman looked a bit annoyed with himself for playing around a straight ball, or it could be that he was distracted by the increasingly familiar sight of Steve-O and his rolled up trouser legs… Either way, Cazh had their second wicket, but it was too late to make any impact on the result.

Rob bowled his usual quick and economic style, restricting The Trust to just 5 runs from the two overs.

The winning runs were hit with 17 balls to spare, meaning a defeat for The Cazh against a strong team.

D. Lewis 3.1-0-18-0
M. Cullen 2-0-23-0
D. Thomas 4-0-32-1
P. Dean 2-0-20-0
G. Loveridge 4-0-14-1
R. Owens 2-0-5-0



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