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Match Report vs Barry Wanderers 16 September 2012@ Wenvoe (Skipper and report Ed)

As some of you might have seen on the forum from Richie’s post, first up things did not go well. 70 for 7 at 2:25 though this was not our nadir this happen 25 minutes before at 35 for 5.

With all due respect I will gloss over the top 6 batting performance, JF; Britpop; Tesh; Richie will all be annoyed at the way they perished. JR had a rush of blood to the head but not the legs as he attempted a suicidal second. Steve-o had a horrible dismissal losing a full toss in the background and getting bowled.

Now there are some batsmen in our squad that are a joy to watch in full flow but Shandy is not one of them…. I jest Shandy’s cover drive is one of the shots that would go into a fictional composite casuals batsmen, straight away a pitch that had looked like a minefield was turned into a flat track. The run rate increased dramatically with Shandy finding the boundary boards and Pablo who had now arrived at the crease providing a steady presence.

Shandy finally went caught and bowled after providing an invaluable 31, then it was the captain’s turned to face the music three balls before drinks after winning the toss and deciding to bat.

114 balls later the casuals were all out for 135, with some great early defensive work by Pablo before being caught at midwicket trying to get on with it. Cheese was bowled in the penultimate over trying to slog one to cow. Foxy had JR like rush of blood and was run out trying to get Winkie back on strike for the last over.

Considering where we were it was not a bad finish but we were still around 20 to 25 runs short of a par total.

Tea was as good as always though I must say there was a certain lack of relish in the attack of the sandwich laden table and it was hoped this malaise would not continue into the bowling innings.

The first 16 overs of our fielding innings were fairly straight forward with Winkie getting glanced and edged behind square with annoying regularity with no joy; cheese had slightly more fortune after softening the batsmen with a full bunger bowling him with a slower ball the next delivery.

Then we had the over of the day from Pablo though he was not the star of it, Shandy at square leg had started prowling determine not to give away a single. The batsmen shovelled one off his hip and for all the world looked like it was going to be a single down to Richie at a deep 45°, Shandy had other ideas, making up the ground and took a great diving one handed catch. This brought in Mr Fenton, would had a look at the first one and heaved the second one to mid-wicket with Tesh covering around to stop two but to everyone’s amazement the ball never reached him as between the bat and Tesh was the figure of JF who had leaped salmon like into the air and had taken the catch.
Two wickets in three balls and the casuals were in the hunt and the effort from all eleven did not diminish unfortunately the flow of wickets did and Pablo after double wicket maiden to start, did not pick up any more though finished with the figures of the day (8 overs 4 maidens 7 runs 2 wickets) and Richie, Foxy, Steve-o and Tesh all bowling tidy spells but not getting the breakthrough.

There were however two run outs with cheese and Jam combining to make the most of a mix up between the batsmen and Britpop swooping onto the ball from mid on with steve-o delivering the coup da grace with the batsmen trying to pinch a single.

The Wanderers completed their chase with three overs to go with the number 4 hitting the winning runs after completing a watchful half century.

A game of what ifs and if onlys; a pity that two great catches had to go down to losing cause but I thoroughly enjoyed myself and there is not much more to want for a slightly dreary Sunday afternoon in September.



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