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Match Report vs Eclipse 23 May 2012@ St Fagans (Skipper and report Shakey)

Eclipse won the toss and elected to bat first at St Fagans where we never seem to do well. Goff and Paul opened up and it quickly became clear that seamers were going to be difficult on a slow pitch which seemed to make the ball sit up and get spanked over a quick outfield. 25 came off the first 4 overs courtesy of five 4s as the batsmen dealt in boundaries. Foxy came on and the lack of pace did the trick but Gwion fared as the other seamers had and took a little tap.

Foxy got the breakthrough with a deserved lbw against Chris Stork to leave them 49-1 off 10 but that served to bring Niluka in and the assault began. Gwion, Stevo and Paul all got clobbered by Niluka and the opener with 53 runs leaked off 5 overs. Shakes came on and his third ball went for a big 6 from Niluka before taking revenge bowling him next ball. But the runs kept coming with the opener playing some crisp lofted shots off the slow bowlers before Shakes finally had him stumped. Paul also picked a late wicket but Eclipse amassed 158-4.

The cazh needed a good start and we got one. Jam, Tesh and extras propelled the score to 37 off the first 3 overs before Jam was inexplicably bowled for 14. Gaz Thom was also quickly out but Darren joined Tesh and the pace was resumed with the cazh reaching 66-2 off 8. The 9th over saw the introduction of Brian Condon and it was then that the game changed. He bowled Tesh second ball for 22 and then proceeded to complete a wicket maiden. His four over spell went for just 8 runs and he picked up 4 wickets to blow the middle order away, helped a little by an erroneous lbw decision which is best left to the two casuals concerned to ponder and apologise to each other about.

But basically that was that as every bowler in the match proved expensive apart from Foxy and Brian. Darren went for a fluent 30 including one nice pick-up six to cow, Paul hit 21 with three pleasing boundaries. But we subsided to 119 all out with one ball left.

We didn't drop any catches but couldn't compete with Eclipse hitting seven 6s against our one, partcilularly given the stranglehold they made in the middle of our innings. A fair result.



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