Sidwell won the toss and backed his team to put a score on the board. With the assurance of ‘a pretty 20 can go a long way’ from the skipper, Sidwell made his way out to the middle alongside newly appointed social sec Walters. Walters got off to a good start with lovely flicks leg side when the bowlers generously bowled them onto his pads. Sidwell would depart in the 7thover, resulting in The Tree making his way to the crease. The Tree took 20 balls to get off the mark before playing a Stov-inspired sweep directly behind.
At drinks we were not very many for 1 and, despite assurances from the Cardiff Met coach that the squash had been mixed adequately and taste-tested, it didn’t quite hit the mark. Following this insufficient hydration break, Cam lost his focus. Firstly, spooning the ball back to the bowler only for him to put it down one of the easiest catches ever seen. Cam had already started heading off. He would eventually depart for 25, starting a collapse that also saw Moreau, Fischer, Brooke, and Heyes back in the shed in quick time. The Tree continued to stand tall, however, and was joined by Grumps at 8. Grumps’s ability with the bat was a bit of an unknown quantity but he quickly showed he was both the most stylish no.8 in the league as well as the fastest man over 22 yards. His partnership with Bertie propelled the UBCC innings towards a respectable total, and for a brief period Grumps was odds on to get to 50 first. Bertie, though, also opened up and, after a few sweeps, the Cardiff Met skipper eventually put a man out on the fence for The Tree who had been out there for 40 overs, and faced a self-proclaimed ‘million’ deliveries. Bertie passed the 50 mark before he and Grumps (38) fell in the same over.
UBCC would collapse from here on out, but not before Yozza was robbed of his first UBCC 50 when he was controversially run out for 2, with the remaining 2 overs being more than enough time for Yozza to reach the milestone.
At the halfway stage UBCC had posted a respectable 162 and the lads went off to enjoy a well deserved tea. Tea, however, was looking fairly sparse to begin with before two teams from the other pitch managed to get to it first. We were left with a handful of sandwiches and crisps, and a banana if you were lucky.
Sidwell was quick to gather his troops and raise morale following the disappointment of tea. Grumps and Waitrose opened the bowling and immediately had the ball hooping, although Waitrose had it going so much that Sidwell had to tell him to calm it down. A top grab at the second attempt by The Tree at short cover made the first breakthrough, and they were soon two down when Grumps had their no.3 played on. In amongst this Grumps continued to bowl absolute seeds, and was kind enough to inform the batsman that one of his deliveries was in fact the best ball he’d ever bowled, only to top it the very next ball. The absolute seeds being delivered were not enough to improve his mood however, with Grumps repeatedly telling the umpire he was ready to retire from playing. Yozza and Fisch would replace the openers, with Yozza seemingly finding the batsmen very amusing. Their no.4 fell after being caught behind off of Yoz, before Fisch took 2 in 2 either side of a drinks break with the first being a Kenyan u19s batsman with the worst lid ever to grace a cricket pitch. At drinks the blackcurrant had been concocted by a master and mixed perfectly, the same could not be said for the orange. Their opener, who was yet to score in front of square, remained and was now joined by their keeper. The opener would eventually fall when Sidwell gave the specialist fielder JJ the chance to turn his arm over, having him snicked off in his first over. This would be the last celebration though as their keeper would go on to make 42* with the number 8 ably supporting him in knocking off the runs.
With the bus more than an hour away we stayed to watch a t20 between the Rugby club and a Cardiff CC invitational side. We eventually left Cardiff empty handed, but Grumps was in good spirits having managed to get some revision in.
Bath Ales MOTM: The Tree
WG Grace Stylish Player of the Match: Grumps
NibNibs Perfect Catch of the Match: The Tree
Chai Pani DOTD: Wilf
Sandwich Sandwich Wet Sandwich of the Match:Grumps