Catus v Eymet Pre-season
A second warm up game saw Eymet travel to Catus to get rid of a few more cobwebs. Availability was limited by school holidays, trips to UK, tickets for Bordeaux against PSG and a welding injury on Saturday night, so 8 hardy souls set off, but no need to worry because Catus had 14 players.
After winning the toss Eymet chose to bat and the skipper strolled out with Parneet. A quiet opening partnership was punctured by Parneet's effortless six into the woods at long off. The introduction of an off spinner did for the 2 openers in quick succession, but there then followed the best partnership of the day between Catus stalwart Ken Sutton and the maturing Owais who scored freely all around the wicket. At 74 for 2 all looked set fair for a challenging total. With no apparent change in the quality of bowling Eymet managed to lose 7 wickets in the blink of an eye, to stumble to 92 for 9! There were a few nose bleeds for one or 2 batting a bit too high, but in reality there was no explanation for such a collapse. Catus President Martin Kavanagh and Colin Goodall stopped the rot, making sure that all the overs were batted out and garnering a further 20 runs to see the innings close at 112 for 9 after 35 overs. Not a disaster at this time of year with very slow outfields, but disappointing after the midway point. More batting application needed!
Numan and Enayet opened the bowling after tea, and both bowled excellent lines on or around off stump. A few half chances flew agonising wide of fielders, while 2 regulation chances were spilled. Eventually Enayet held onto a caught and bowled chance. He is far too polite to say if you want a job done well do it yourself, but it was clear from his demeanour, that is exactly what he was thinking. In the pursuing conversation of finding a new keeper for the season he made the most amusing contribution by suggesting Gianluiggi Buffon.
After the opening bowlers it was time to 'perm' the spin triplets to keep the pressure on Catus. Twirler started, immediately falling into perfect rhythm, and quickly trapping a LBW victim. From the other Owais fizzed out some leg breaks and soon castled another Catus batter. After only 3 overs Tim declared that he was very happy with his form and retired to the outfield, to be replaced by former Catus regular JP Patras, who was visiting from Paris. He found some swing and soon accounted for 3 of his former colleagues, one to an excellent running catch by Enayet. The Catus innings was more frenetic than Eymet's middle order, swish, swish, six out, with no one exhibiting any application. There was now just time for the third triplet, Colin, to tease out the Catus tail, and Eymet had completed a comfortable victory by 25 runs. A good run out for the bowlers, but much more application from the batters needed.
If anyone has a number for Buffon please pass it on to Secretary Roland, who can start the registration process.
Eymet win by 25 runs
Eymet 112 - 9 ( 35 overs) Owais 36
Catus 87 all out ( 23.5 overs) JP Patras 3-21, Goodall 2- 13, Owais 2 -23
Eymet: D. Horlock, Parneet, Owais, Numan, Enayet, R. Marshall, T. Chancellor, C. Goodall , K Sutton, JP Patras, M. Kavanagh