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Match Report vs Cavaliers 15 May 2014 @ Wenvoe (Skipper and report Shakey)

Our first league match of the season - a time, this early in the season, when anything is possible and the game can change with one ball. In fact this was a match where one ball did the trick.

Goff opened for the cazh down the slope from the pavilion end against a Cavaliers batting line-up that has caused us problems of late. His first ball to the left hander shaped in towards leg on a good length, pitched and straightened and knocked back the top of off stump. The perfect delivery! Grinning casuals couldn't quite believe what had just happened.

Goff's next ball wasn't as good as his first. But if its straight and the batsman doesn't move his feet he's in trouble. Yep, bowled. The grins were now wide smiles and Chris Harris on debut asked if this happened very often. It doesn't! Marchant was able to leave the hat-trick ball and its pretty rare that a league match starts with a double wicket maiden.

From then on Steadman and Marchant batted with authority to put on a stand of 72 with lots of singles. Paul bowled Marchant for 34 and there was a late flurry of wickets as Paul grabbed 3-15 and the Casuals finished with a reasonable bowling display and some solid fielding with only two difficult half chances put down and the Cavaliers only hitting four boundaries. A score of 121-7 was a little over par helped by the 23 extras.

Day 4-1-9-2
M Stephens 2-0-11-0
P Stephens 4-0-15-3
Harris 2-0-16-0
Roach 2-0-17-0
Hood 4-0-31-2
Britton 2-0-8-0

The Casuals got off to the worst possible start as the first ball of the innings again did the trick. Tesh was undone and bowled to end his long streak without a duck. Will and Kim steadied the ship but in truth our innings never really got going and Kim couldn't take of advantage of two simple spilled catches. Will and Kim both managed a six but when Kim holed out to a good catch at deep square leg the game was all but over. Our demise was helped by Goff, JR, winkie and Chris all falling first ball (the latter to a run out) and the innings faded to 76 all out with only Darren showing some resistance before he was run out for 16.

Hirani 0, Swain 24, Will 12, O'Reilly 6, Britton 16, Day 0, Roach 0, P Stephens 3, Harris 0, Hood 0, M Stephens 2*



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