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Match Report vs Wick 9th June 2024 @ Wick (Skipper Jim, Report Jesus)

Cobbles Kitchen & Deli – Beach-side Shack that Packs the Snacks!

On your next visit to Ogmore, skip the chippy and stop at Cobbles Kitchen & Deli, home of some truly impressive bread-and-filling based delights.

When John Montagu first slapped two slices round his roast beef to keep him at the card table (#begambleaware) he couldn’t possibly have known what he’d started, but from humble beginnings, at Cobbles, sandwich making is reaching a raucous crescendo. If sandwich making was an art form, Cobbles would be at its more maximalist end. Given the scale of Cobbles offerings, however, it’s probably better to think of what they're doing as architecture, and brutalist architecture at that.

Cobbles splits its menu into Sandos (massive sandwiches) and Brons (based on that favourite of the American South, "biscuits", i.e. savoury scones, equally massive). On my first visit I plumped for the Texas BBQ Sando, packed with overnight smoked brisket, melted cheese, pickles, jalapenos and slaw, with a Twirl-topped extra thick chocolate cookie for afters. Waiting for the sandwich to be prepared, I enjoyed a lamb and mint pasty – lovely minty taste encased in flaky golden puff, but slightly cold on the inside as it hadn’t been fully reheated. After a few minutes my Sando arrived and boy did it have some heft – a fist-thick slab the size of a side plate, no doubt intimidating to any but the most ravenous, insatiable gluttons…

At which point, I should probably mention the Cardiff Casuals Cricket Club, and their match against Wick, which happened to be taking place on the day of my visit to Cobbles Kitchen & Deli (for those uninterested in cricket, I suggest you skip down a few paragraphs, where I’ll return to the sandwich in more detail).

40 minutes at a standstill on the A4232, and the small sandwich-based diversion mentioned above, meant I arrived as the game was just beginning. Slate grey skies and a keen wind were unfamiliar conditions at Wick, so a few Casuals were very happy to see that some of the long-awaited new kit had turned up, as it offered much needed additional layers. Talking of additional layers, Skipper Jim opened up, along with Kevyn, now settled in at the top of the order. Some good early bowling produced a number of dots (more on this later Jim) and a smattering of runs, before Kevyn was well caught at square leg trying to latch onto a shorter one in the 8th over, 25-1.

I’d managed to get my pads on at this point, much to Steve O’s disappointment, and strode out to join the skipper, fresh from a fairly horrendous first-baller in mid-week (see Steve B's report vs NOW). My week could have gotten worse, if their skipper, bowling some half-decent spin, had managed to cling on to a caught and bowled chance I slapped back at him. Fortunately it wasn’t to be, and after this let off Jim and I started to build a partnership, albeit not very rapidly, taking the casuals to 67-1 at drinks. During this time Jim survived a number appeals for caught behind down the leg-side. Dan, umpiring at the time, had pointed out to Jim that his pads were on the wrong legs and that his straps kept getting hit, and that it might be a good idea to change them to eliminate any confusion. Jim refrained, and after failing to raise his bat in acknowledgement of his 50 (dot balls), he was, much to his a surprise, given out caught behind down the leg side by new umpire Kevyn. This was not before scoring a handy 39 in a partnership of 87, taking the casuals to 115-2 from 26.

Hollywood was in at number 4, which also happened to be his top score for the season prior to the game (I was as surprised as anybody). It didn’t show however, as Jack quickly got going in his trademark languid style. The scoring really picked up at this point, both Jack and I finding the boundaries regularly and losing a few balls in the hedgerows of Wick via some big maximums. The 36th over went for 22, with 3 sixes, 1 from Jack and 2 from me, and in the 37th I went to 100 with a 6 over long off. Jack was out in the next over, caught at cover going for another big one, ending a partnership of 103 that had come in just under 12 overs. This brought the ever-patient Steve O to the crease, who’d spent the previous 37 and a half overs padded up, calmly and quietly waiting his turn to bat. Alas, this turn lasted two balls, one clipped to mid-wicket, one slapped back to the bowler who juggled it but clung on. Liam in next and after a couple of nice shots including one over mid-wicket for 4 a mix-up in the middle/me wanting to protect my average saw Liam run out. Dan faced the last couple and we ended 216-5, a pretty decent total we thought.

To return to the meat of this report, my Cobbles creation had held up extremely well in the car for a couple of hours, and was everything I was hoping for and more – proper hunks of smoked brisket, rich BBQ sauce, tangy pickles, spice from the jalapeños and crunch from the slaw. It took some eating, but fortunately I’d worked up an appetite – 10/10 would definitely recommend to any hungry Casual!

Dan and Goff opened the bowling against a left-right combo, with it very quickly becoming apparent who would be the bigger threat, the left-hander looking very classy and scoring around the wicket off the front and back foot. The right-hander was a bit more stolid in approach, mostly shovelling things to the leg-side or missing it completely. Goff and Dan kept things tight, going for just 27 off their combined 11 overs. Jim brought Ed Stagg and DT on as first change, but the breakthrough didn’t follow, and instead the left-hander quickly got into full flow. After bringing up their 50 stand in the 12th, the Wick openers powered on, reaching 128-0 at drinks. The lefty had given a couple of chances, one hard to Steve O at mid off, and one harder to me diving at extra-cover, but neither could hold on, and the game looked like Wick’s to lose. A bowling change did finally bring a wicket, Steve O inducing a mix up to leave the right-hander stranded half-way down and run out (it doesn’t say by who in the book) for 44 (I’d like to see the wagon wheel #onespoke). A few overs later Steve picked up the other opener, finally dismissed for a fluent 114, stumped by Hollywood. The damage, however, had been done with Wick needing only 30 to win from 11 overs. They did it in 5, reaching 217-2 in the 35th.

A disappointing day in the field for the casuals, but at least the slightly early finish meant we got out of the cold and wind that bit quicker. We headed to the lamb and flag for post-match pints, and best of all roast chicken sandwiches (to read the full review, subscribe here!)



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