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Match Report vs Rhiwbina 5 June 2013 @ Wenvoe (Skipper Winkie, report JR)

A glorious sunny evening set up the perfect back drop to play a cricket match. Unfortunately the pitch hadn’t been prepared and the grass on the square was long enough for daisies to grow. At least last week’s pitch and the outfield looked like it had been cut and the pitch although dusty didn’t look too bad with only a few cracks evident. It looked decent enough for a Wenvoe pitch but provided enough uncertainty that people were unsure how easy it would be to play on.

I haven’t got a clue who won the toss but the Casuals took to the field and Saj opened the bowling. Saj was quickly into his rhythm and took the opening wicket with the last ball of his first over. A straight one which might of nipped back into the batsmen a bit making a mess of the wickets. Rhiwbina 6-1 from 1 over.

The other opener was looking to try to swing at everything but playing proper strokes into the offside as Dan opened at the other end. Dan bowling off a short run up again quickly got into his rhythm and he and Saj provided 8 overs of good pace and line. Saj bagged a second wicket in his third over getting the other opener out lbw with another good ball.

Rhiwbina were 32-2 off 8 overs and captain Winky brought on JR, a few eyebrows were raised at this but apparently Winky had a plan. Ash who had been kept busy behind the stumps now had his workload increased. JR’s first three balls were wide down the offside and from then on pretty much every other ball of the first over was no ball that never pitched. Off about the ninth ball of the over the ball found the batsmen’s edge but Ash couldn’t get to it.

Winky joined the attack from the other end and brought a level of decorum back to proceedings as he quickly settled into his groove. JR’s other three overs involved less no balls but a few double bouncers were thrown in for variation. He managed to pick up a lbw in his second over and Ash provided him with a stumping as a Rhiwbina batsmen came down the wicket and let the ball go through the gate.

After two overs at one end Winky brought on Pete T and carried on his spell once JR had [finally] bowled his four with Rhiwbina on 67-4 off 15. Pete T picked up the fifth and final Rhiwbina wicket to be taken, the ball knocked high into the air where a waiting wicket keeper had so much confidence in his own ability he decided to play with the batsmen’s emotions by having a little juggle with the ball before taking the catch.

Rhiwbina decided that they had start to go for it and their skipper managed to thud a ball from Winky into the wall of the club house for 6. The late push for runs managed to push the total up to 106-5 off the 20 overs.

The book is a bit sketchy on the bowling figures so we decided on a set of figures at the end of the match but I’ve revised them slightly after trying to decipher the scoring and looking at the actual total runs including byes attributed to each of the bowlers overs which is shown in brackets:-
Saj 4-0-18-2 (6,2,6,5)
Dan 4-0-12-0 (2,7,2,1)
JR 4-0-24-2 (13,3,5,3)
Winky 4-0-20-0 (2,3,10,8)
Pete T 4-0-25-1 (6,5,7,9)

Rhiwbina setting the Casuals a target of 107 to win with extras top scoring for them on 33.

Casuals set about their work with Kim and Gareth T opening the batting. The first over started well with a wide, another wide and then 3 wides . As the bowler found his line Kim took the opportunity to plunder a six (lost ball into the Ely Rangers football club) and two fours meaning that the opening over went for 19 and the Casuals left requiring 88 from 19.

The other opening bowler also struggled with his line and Kim hit another couple of fours taking the score to 30-0 off 2. There was some confusion at the start of the third over as the scorers were unsure whether the same bowler was bowling again. After his first over even the Rhiwbina players were wondering whether he was going to continue but being the only Asian player on the Rhiwbina side it should have been obvious it was the same guy. He did continue and managed a completely different outcome bowling a wicket maiden (although umpire Ash only managed to count up to 5 rather than the usual 6 balls in the over). The wicket ball was a good straight one which did for Gareth who was bowled for 1.

Darren joined Kim and was determined to stay there for the duration being quite happy to keep out the good balls and just wait for the bad ones. With only 77 now needed off 17 this was definitely the right thing to do. The other opening bowler wasn’t invited back for a second go and a spinner took over and managed to keep his end tight.

The last two overs from the opener went for 18 as Kim and Darren managed to carry on picking up boundaries. Darren did offer up a catch at mid on but the opportunity was rejected on the third attempt. In his last over he again managed a couple of straight ones and got Kim to play on for 28 and then Tim bowled three balls later. Kim’s innings of 28 off 16 balls including 5 fours and a six set up the run chase perfectly and made sure we were always well ahead of the required run rate. The Casuals were 57-3 from 7 overs – halfway there

Darren was settled in and Rich joined him determined to build on his big knock from the weekend. The spinner bowled out his 4 overs for only 13 runs and then the bowling started to get shared around. Their skipper bowled two and a very enthusiastic bald bloke with a very long run started at the other end.

Darren and Rich carried on building the partnership and hitting the bad balls for four. Rich managed to swipe a couple over the outstretched arms of slip and Darren offered another catch up to their skipper who again rejected the opportunity. In six overs they managed to add 45 runs to the total before the bald guy with the long run up found the right line and celebrated bowling Darren like the wicket had just won the Ashes. Darren finished on another excellent score of 24 from 42 balls including 3 fours, providing the backbone of the innings. The Casuals were on 99-4 from 13.1 and within touching distance of the target.

Ash joined Rich and struck a boundary and a two from the rest of the 14th over. Rich finished the win off against the bowler in shorts halfway through the 15th over after convincing Ash to come back for the two runs needed to win the game.

Rich finished on 16 not out from 12 balls including 3 fours and Ash had 6 not out from 5. Again the extras were the top scorers with 32 including 21 wides as the Casuals finished 107-4 off 14.3 overs to complete another good win.

Kim 28
Gareth 1
Darren 24
Tim 0
Rich 16 no
Akbari 6 no


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