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Match Report vs Cross Keys 26 May 2013 @ Cross Keys (Skipper Cheese, report Bowesy)

The Casuals rocked up to a wonderfully hot sunny day with not a cloud in the sky, which always makes playing cricket that much more enjoyable. Cheese lost the toss and we were put out to field. Winkie opened up from the far end with just a single coming from it. Maria opened from the pavilion end bowled well before being clattered for four back over his head, the next ball however took the top of the off stump. Winkie then got the other opener with a sharp catch from Shakes at short extra cover from the attempted cover drive. Both Maria and Winkie bowled well with nothing of note really happening as the batsmen went on the defensive and their main scoring options were the wides Maria gave away.

DT then replaced Winkie at the far end and got their number 4 batsman caught without him giving the scorers too much bother, as he did seem to be a batsman who dealt only in 4's or nothing. Shakes came on at the other end with him and DT bowling 8 overs between them for just 13 runs. Needless to say it was a very dull spectacle. Shakey did manage to pick up 2 wickets in this time, clean bowling their number 3 and if my memory serves me correctly Will otherwise known as Jesus, took a sharp catch behind the stumps with an extremely loud appeal, which could have been deemed unnecessary as by then we had them at 40 or 50 odd for 5 (I think that was about right!).

Pete Obee and Foxy replaced them and continued to bowl over after over for very few runs until Pete tempted the batsman into a slog sweep type shot which carried all the way to Bowesy on the deep backward square leg boundary who to everyone surprise (including his own) took the catch with the use of his chest and elbows to hold onto it. Their number 8 batsman (who was also their last!) came in and scored a very quick 21 dealing in 4's or singles. Paul came on and bowled a very tight 3 overs. DT came back for 2 overs and quickly picked up the last 2 wickets as we allowed them to have a last man standing due to only having 8 players. One of them was clean bowled the other was an extremely sharp chance taken by Pete Obee at slip.
The final bowling figures were:

A.Hood 5-0-12-1
Adam 6-0-25-1
D.Thomas 7.3-0-11-3
M.Stephens 6-3-4-2
P.Obee 5-2-9-1
J.Prior 4-0-25-0
P.Stephens 3-0-11-0

With a target of only 98 to chase, Bowesy and Steveo strolled out to bat. Both of them scored quite comfortably and quickly with a few playing and missing. Ed despite his hangover came out to field for Cross Keys as they were 3 men down and immediately started trying to get in the batsmans head with some slating. There were a few shots which had Cross Keys had a full compliment of players both batsmen may have been caught sooner, luckily all of them fell into empty spaces until Steveo chip one straight to their captain in the covers for a good 33. Will them came into bat and just nudged the singles until he got a waist high full toss and smashed it to the midwicket boundary for 6. With Bowesy on strike Ed told him he needed six for his 50 but only 4 to win, but playing for the averages Bowesy hit a short wide one to the boundary for 4 and that was that. Bowesy finished on 48no and Will on 13no.

Just a little side note, sorry its taken me so long to get this done I have been busy celebrating the end of uni with plenty of beer and sun. Also having played my last game for the Casuals on Sunday (apart from tour) I'd just like to say a big thanks to everyone involved, its been a brilliant experience and I hope to keep following the Casuals on the forum in the future. Should I return to Cardiff in the future to live, which isn't out of the question I will definitely be joining you again.
Many thanks and all the best for the future,
Pete (AKA Bowesy)


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