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Match Report vs Barry Wanderers 7 Jul 2013 @ Hayes Point (Skipper Cheese, report Shakey)

The Casuals are afraid of small boys, particularly ones that look like Harry Potter. Young Harris opened from the hospital end as the Casuals opted to bat on a lovely summer's day. This time it was Darren who was offered up as a victim, caught driving at gully for a duck in the first over. But then something strange happened. Stevo and Will batted with some authority and began to clobber the Wanderers attack around the park. By the end of the 10th over we were 56-1 and looking to exceed our 180 target which usually sets up a tight game at the hospital.

But its easy to get ahead of yourself. In the next over Will feathered to the keeper and walked for a classy 28, closely followed by Stevo for 25 and cheese for 1 to leave us 65-4. Richie and Foxy repaired the damage for the next 7 overs and at 96-4 off 21 overs we were back in the hunt.

However, our second batting collapse of the innings was even worse than the first as we lost Foxy, Richie (for a good 22), Paul (to a contentious lbw shout!) and Matt on debut to leave us at 99-8.

Dan Lewis and Pete Obee may not be the batting partnership upon which you would stake your house - although their odds would be better than tesh playing spoof. But realising we had 16 overs to bat they knuckled down to work. I can confirm that Dan did play some defensive shots, that Pete played and missed - as did Dan. But amid all that Dan decided to do some hitting too and Pete joined in with two assured pulls to midwicket for four. When Pete fell for 15 in the 34th over the score had raced to 158. Shakes hit a four the first ball he faced but two overs later he was out leaving Dan 41* with a six and seven 4s to his credit as the Casuals stuttered to 168.

Dan and Ed bowled tightly against the Wanderers openers with Dan getting the early breakthrough caught behind. He picked up another bowled in his 6th over to leave them 35-2 off 11. The batsmen began to accumulate steadily as Dan and Ed were replaced by shakes and Matt Hemsley before a needless run out and a smart catch at point by Pete off the returning Dan put the match on an even footing with Wdrs 84-4 off 17. The wanderers plundered 30 off the next five overs but the introduction of Paul was key. He took 3-11 to take out their lower middle order and Ed returned to claim Ellis and the tail and bowl them out for 144 in a game that could really have gone either way. An excellent day's cricket.

Then it was off to the pub to raise money for Ty Hafan where shakes and Paul cleaned up on the raffle. Job done and lots of money raised for a good cause :-)


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