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Match report vs. Colwinston 4th June 2006, Wenvoe (skipper for the day Richie, report Goughy)

It was a hot afternoon with lots of spectators and we even started on time. What more could you ask for.........? An interesting game of cricket? Well this was not one of those instead it was THE most boring and soporific games since...well Thursday probably.

Anyhow Colwinstone won the toss and elected to bat and pile on the advantage on a blistering Wenvoe day. Dan and Paul opened the casuals bowling and Colwinstone got off to a modest but determined start scoring 8 off 3 overs before Paul struck with a straight one that took the batsman unawares and took his off peg. 8-1. Both openers bowled well and Dan had his just reward when he bowled P Dimbleby for 7. 17-2. Paul was then replaced by Jeff Clapham, who without a even a warm up put the ball right on the spot and had the batsmen playing him carefully. He soon induced a false shot from one of the Gibb brothers who had enough of defence and swung at a straight one after playing 2 defensive shots and was cleaned up. Muff came on and first ball had a sharp chance dropped by Steveo at square leg. Steveo hurt his hand and had to leave the pitch.

Jeff then cleaned up opener who (as he usually does) was playing good shots until he tried to find the gap left by Steveo and lobbed one up to Monty (shakes) Stephens who didn't drop this one. That was the only catch in a fairly insipid display fielding display by the Casuals. At this point we realised that it could be a short afternoon as they lost 3 wickets for 19 runs, one to Muff who bowled D Atherton (no relation) with one from the back of the hand, one to Jeff (bowled and then James Roach replaced Jeff and had Broadbent LBW with a second bouncer).
Around this time shakes came on and its too dull to report on......he thinks he bowled well I reckon he was lucky to get away without being wided constantly!

At 55 for 7 the Casuals went to sleep and were soon may to pay with the highest partnership (24) of the game which was ended when James had another LBW (this was definitely much closer than his first) 79 for 8. Yawn.

The final 2 wickets went with 23 added to the total. One wicket apiece for Muff and Tesh. Colwinstone all out for 102.

Dan 6-0-14-1
Paul 5-0-13-1
Jeff 8-4-8-3
Muff 7-1025-2
Shakes 5-1-7-0
James 4-0-14-2
Tesh 3-020-1

Now for the top part of the day (apart from the pub) - Tea.

An excellent spread from Emma (Mrs Goughy to the rest of you), which included chocolate brownies, Madeira cake, pasties (all home made) and pizza, choc marshmallow things, choc ices, peanuts, tortilla chips, rolls. Yum yum. The choc marshmallows things were nice until shakes put 1 in his gob all in one them I felt sick. Great food and another rare treat for the Casuals. Thanks to Emma for the grub and El for helping to pour teas.

In reply the casuals opened with the odd couple. Steveo and Easy. It was inspired as they put on 64 for the first wicket with some fantastic shots all round the wicket from each player - ably backed up by some great running. Steveo went first as he forgot to get back into the crease and was stumped for 27. This brought in Tesh who played the Tesh yahoo and was bowled for 5. Chris was the third to go when he pulled a ball to mid wicket and was out for a well played 32. James Roach bit the dust next as he was caught for 1. So at 80 for 4 the Casuals had wobbled and to counteract this the Casuals sent in Paul to partner Goughy. More yawns as Paul 13 n.o and Goughy 4 n.o saw it home with 12 overs to spare. So another win for the Casuals and an early finish to get them down to the Wenvoe Arms where Steveo banged on about his knock while Chris kept quiet in the satisfaction that his was far classier.

Top moment on the pitch - Casuals cheering Shakes and calling him Monty as the oppo targeted him as the weak link!
Top moment off - Teas


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