Match Report vs Ponthir
6th August 2023 @ Ponthir (Skipper Luvvers, report
Two days on from their cup final defeat, the Casuals rocked
up at Ponthir in dribs and drabs, largely due to an accident
on the M4 forcing players to drive through Newport, or take
other alternative routes. Looking at the pitch and considering
the recent appalling weather, skipper Luvvers indicated that
he would bowl first. However, he lost the toss and we were
put into bat on a pudding of a pitch, moist enough that Paul
Hollywood would have offered a handshake of approval. A crowd
had built following a football event in the morning, and with
our latecomers finally arriving, the game could begin.
James and Steve B opened the batting, with Ponthir opening
up with two youngsters, both bowling seam that produced little
bounce from the pitch. With the outfield slow due to being
wet, boundaries and runs were hard to come by, with singles
being taken where possible. After finding the going particularly
tough, and having a few close calls, Steve fell LBW in the
7th over, bringing Will to the crease. Not long after, James
was next to fall, bowled by a low one in the 9th…no
prizes for guessing the shot that was played!
Now, in our visit to Ponthir in May, Will had scored an unbeaten
122, but eye witness accounts indicate that he was dropped
a number of times in said innings. No question, then, that
our opposition would be keen to get him out. As it happens,
whilst this reported was sulking in the changing rooms after
his own dismissal, a loud cheer came from the field of play
– Will was out! Caught at slip for 3, leaving the Cazh
on 27-3. Jack joined Cheese in the middle and, whilst both
were watchful, the run rate was upped a little, with both
pushing the runs on offer, particularly with shots played
to the long boundary towards the clubhouse, with their 50-partnership
reached in the 19th over.
Law 38.5 Runs Scored – If either batter is dismissed
Run out, the run in progress when the wicket is broken shall
not be scored, but any runs completed by the batters shall
stand, together with any runs for penalties awarded to either
side. (Marylebone Cricket Club, 2017) - The Laws of Cricket
| MCC (lords.org)
Just before drinks, disaster struck, as Cheese was run out
following mis-communication with Jack when seeking a second
run, having completed their first. Now, as the above quote
would demonstrate, one run should have been added to our score,
as argued by a number of Casuals (including qualified umpires
and scorers). The home scorer, however, claimed they knew
best, so no run added. Either way, a wicket had fallen and
the skipper strode out, coinciding with a change of bowling
and scoring tempo. Faced with some full, hip height deliveries,
Luvvers did what he does best and dispatched these to the
leg side boundary, before going for one too many and getting
caught at deep mid-wicket.
Drucey in next and, after a few nervous strokes, finally
got his first runs for the Cazh with a push into the covers.
Jack had worked hard to keep the scoreboard ticking, but was
caught behind after going for a late cut, with the score on
142, Drucey following not long after. As the sun came out,
the wicket and outfield dried, the tail wagged for the Cazh.
First, Rob and Goffy added 32, before the latter was run out.
Liam then came in and, after a partnership of 34, was stumped
with not long to go. DT was the last to fall, last ball of
the innings, caught in the covers, with the Casuals having
reached 214 (or 215).
Steve B lbw6
After the Cazh innings had taken days (3 hours) to complete,
and an enjoyable tea was eaten, the Ponthir innings began
just after 5pm, with the pitch having continued to dry out.
Goffy opened from the top end and Rob from the railway end,
with both testing the batters early on. Goffy getting some
good away movement, Rob finding some grip and just missing
the outside edge. An early chance also came off Rob’s
bowling, a drop by Cheese on the long-on boundary, which would
unfortunately prove to be costly. Both openers started to
get going and, after Rob went for an expensive 4th over of
his spell and Liam went for a very expensive spell, DT was
unleashed and soon got the breakthrough, Drucey catching the
opposition skipper at backward point with the score on 97
– Drucey’s first catch for the club.
The other opener had taken advantage of his earlier reprieve
and started getting into his work, bringing up his century
in the 26th over, retiring in the process, with the score
on 163. The Cazh were up against it, but this retirement would
give them the opportunity to get back into the game. With
Steve B and Cheese having no luck, Jack had the number four
batter caught by Will at fly slip. The next wicket followed
soon after, with Will getting the number 5 LBW, and Jack getting
another soon after by bowling the number 6, the score on 194
with 6 overs left.
With Ponthir’s number 3 having also retired, this left
the youngsters to come in and see off the remaining runs.
With Will and Jack sending down a couple of low scoring overs,
the question was asked – could we win this? A run out
(given to Jack, but not sure who threw the ball in (Rob))
added to this more positive thinking. Drucey was given the
ball and, on the same day that he got his first Cazh runs
and catch, also took his first wicket, LBW, with another in
his second over, caught by Jack one-handed over his head.
Into the final over, Ponthir needed 1 (2) runs to win, which
they found on the second delivery, 215-7.
Steve B 4-0-30-0
Catches: Drucey, Jack, Will
After the game, the Cazh enjoyed a well-earned drink and
some leftover Papa John’s pizza from a party earlier
in the day, wondering what might have been if they’d
have fielded first and had the better batting conditions,
or what the result could’ve been with the extra run
being added to our batting total. Regardless, an enjoyable
(but long) game against opposition who were good fun and,
most importantly, provided a good tea!