Catus Cricket Club

Match report 2018

Match Report Catus versus Eymet 22nd April


For the eagle eyed, there is no misprint above as Eymet suffered late withdrawls, arriving at Catus with only 8 players. Catus therefore donated Messrs. Sutton, Kavanagh and the legendary JP, visiting from Paris. This, as events panned out, turned out to be perhaps over-generous.

Ten days ago new President Stirling and old President Kavanagh went to cut the ground only to find most of it was under 2 inches of water. Today, in glorious sunshine, the ground looked a picture with the greenery finally emerging on the surrounding trees, and all set fair for the first game of the season.

Catus' multinational Club were able to add a medium paced Afghan to their squad of numerous Bangladeshis, 5 English, one Aussie, one Sri Lankan and a fat bloke with a Lincolnshire accent claiming to be Irish.

The game against our nearest chums, Eymet, was played in great spirit and, fortunately for Catus, was only a friendly.

 Eymet batted first and as result of tight bowling from the Catus attack, and a very slow outfield, Eymet were restricted to 112, with the flamboyant Owais top scoring on 38. Messrs Sutton and Kavanagh weighed in next with a modest, but important, 10 runs apiece. For Catus Stevie Taylor (whose delightful Jack Russell helped me score), Rasel and Afghani Akram, on debut, each took 2 wickets.

Catus' batting was disappointing, to put it mildly, with only Rahim 30, and Rassel 14, reaching double figures. Star bowler for Eymet, the guesting JP taking 3 wickets as Catus stuttered to 84 all out.

What a crazy world we live in: nation against nation, even nations against their own people resulting in death, destruction and homelessness. Meanwhile, in a beautiful valley in South-west France nations joyously coming together to play cricket. When will the madness stop?

Martin Kavanagh