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Match Report vs Eclipse 22 May 2013 @ St Fagans (Skipper and report Kim)

A sunny evening at St Fagan’s CC welcomed the two teams (on the far pitch). A new Casuals captain began his tenure and the first task was not to cock up by winning the toss. Out stroll Kim and keeping true to Casuals’ traditions lost the toss with Eclipse electing to bat.

Winkie opened the bowling against Mike Williams and first ball, bang, over cover for 4. We thought this could be a long evening. Pablo opened the bowling at the other end and his first ball had M Williams hitting the ball straight to the mid wicket boundary where Bowesy was perfectly positioned to take a dolly. What happened next?

a) Bowesy took the catch like a pro (haha)
b) Bowesy continued his butterfingers form and dropped the catch or
c) Bowesy continued his butterfingers form and dropped the catch and palmed the ball over the boundary for a 6?

The answer was of course C. Thankfully, the drop didn’t cost us much as in Pablo’s next over he took the first wicket of the dangerous man M Williams, caught brilliantly on the cover boundary by Kim diving full length to take the catch inches off the ground (you have to take my word for it) [FAO Maria, this is a joke]. Next wicket also went to Pablo enticing the batsman to pop a simply catch to P Tangley at point. At the other end Saj has replaced Winkie and once again bowled brilliantly. After bowling three tight overs he got his reward in his final over where he bowled their number 4 batsman neck and crop. In the tenth over Shakey replaced Pablo and bowled to their number 3 batsman who swatted the ball to the mid wicket boundary where Bowesy was, once again, perfectly positioned. This time he:

a) took the catch like a pro (haha)
b) continued his butterfingers form and dropped the catch or
c) continued his butterfingers form and dropped the catch and palmed the ball over the boundary for a 6?

The answer, please be seated, was A, which was a shock to everyone including Bowesy himself. Bowesy took the catch with part hands and part chest – the end result was a catch. Another memorable incident was Darren’s attempted catch at short cover where he got to the ball, slide, let the ball go through his fingers, and decided to knee the ball towards long-off boundary where it stopped a metre in front of the rope with the batsmen running 3. At the end of their innings there were two run outs, one to Gareth and the other to Shakes. A fine bowling performance by the Casuals restricted Eclipse to 122-6 off their allotted 20 overs.

Bowling figures:
Winkie: 4-0-27-0
Pablo : 4-0-19-2
Saj: 4-0-12-1
Shakey: 4-0-22-1
P Tangley: 4-0-35-0

Chasing 123 to win the Casuals opened with Kim and Will ‘Jesus’ Mason Wilkes with Kim facing the first ball. First ball, wide; second ball, wide and 1 run; third ball (1st legitimate ball and Jesus’ first ball), 4; forth ball, a single; fifth ball (Kim’s 1st legitimate ball, 6 followed by a couple of dots and the Casuals were 0-14 after one over. One could say the Casuals were off to a flyer, something that is very rarely associated with the Casuals. In the third over with the Casuals on 27 the first wicket went down with Kim playing a lazy drive, top edging to deepish point for 12.

Bowesy stroll to the crease and he and Jesus continued the trend by scoring quickly, clubbing several fours and sixes along the way. The two made batting look very easy, which again is rarely seen in Casuals tops! With 10ish runs needed Jesus unselfishly played a premeditated shot to the legside for an easy single to get Bowesy back on strike thinking Bowesy was close to his 50 [he wasn’t]. Unfortunately, the ball pitch outside off stump and as Jesus turned the bat he top edged it to the cover fieldsman who took a good catch diving forward.

Jesus out for 61 but more importantly lost us a bonus point as we later find out in the pub by losing two wickets Eclipse stole a bonus point (from us)! Shame on you Jesus, playing another lazy shot! One would have thought you’d learnt your lesson from the weekend! [FAO Maria, this is also a joke though the shot was lazy]. The rest of the match was uneventful with Bowesy hitting a six to complete an impressive 8 wicket thrashing with 5 overs spare.

Kim 12 (1x4 and 1x6)
Jesus 61 (5x4s and 4x6s – please correct me if I’m wrong, hard to see the numbers on my phone)
Bowesy 38 n.o (2x4s and 3x6s – again might have got the numbers wrong)
Cox 0 n.o

A superb bowling performance followed by excellent batting! In fact, the bowlers won us the match and the batters took the glory!

Apologies to those that didn't get a bat or a ball!

Lol [this match report contain jokes! Readers are not allowed to take offence]


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