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