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Match Report vs Eclipse 18 June 2014 @ Wenvoe (Skipper and report Shakey)

It was a bright evening at Wenvoe for our second league match of the year. The fact that it was June 18th speaks volumes for the terrible weather we'd had.

Dan open up the bowling with his usual - a maiden to start. Cheesy picked up a wicket bowled in his first over and Chris likewise induced the opener to lift the ball into the hands of Dan at mid-off. But then it all started to go a bit wrong. Ali Collier was dropped in the deep and from that point on the eclipse batsmen began to swing the willow to great effect, hitting reasonable deliveries to all parts. The score reached 82 after 10 overs with three wickets down but as we chipped away at the wickets column the scoring began to slow and from 127 after 16 overs they stuttered to 140-8 with late wickets for Dan and shakes. If we batted well at least we had a chance now after a 160 total seemed on the cards.

D Lewis 4-1-9-1
E Stewart 2-0-21-1
C Harris 3-0-21-2
P Stephens 4-0-37-1
A Hood 3-0-26-1
R Holliday 2-0-13-0
M Stephens 2-0-8-2

In reply the casuals boundary count was a little sedate with only three coming off the first six overs. But it hides the fact that this was actually the perfect start. Tesh and cheese took everything they could and after some breathless running the score moved confidently on to 43 at the end of the sixth with no chances offered. The opening pair kept running and didn't give eclipse a sniff until cheese was out lbw for 25 (one boundary) in the 12th over with the score on 78. We still needed 7 an over but the wobble kicked in again. Stevo bowled for 1, Tesh out for a deserved 54 (4 boundaries) and Pete looking to push it on for 0. At the end of the 17th we were 111-4 needing 10 an over to win thanks in part to the shot of the day. In the 17th over Richie took a step up the wicket against the pace of the eclipse captain and spanked a back of a length delivery flat to mid-on for four as the sweet thud of bat and ball rang out.

A whimsical Stevo looked on and said 'you know Richie seems to be have got better over the years' and the rest of the team on the boundary nodded in unison at the quality of the shot. There was a reverential pause before we realised we could say ' yes but some of us have got worse'. Which allowed us all to recount stevo's innings of 1 with some delight.

Thirty off three remained a bit of an ask but it was then that eclipse turned to leg spin and it was then that Will and Richie made hay spanking two fours and three twos to plunder 15 from the over. The 19th over yielded two more boundaries for Will and the demise of Richie for 10 so we then only needed four off the last over. Two off the first ball, dot off the second and then Will was bowled cutting for an enterprising 32 (5 boundaries). Two to win and three balls left!

After the earlier stutter batters seven, eight and nine had been padded up for some time. Dan was already in the middle standing resolute on nought not out and not facing, so Paul had to go out to finish the game off. Inexplicably the eclipse captain brought in all his fielders as if he was telling the batsman just to clobber it for four. So Paul faced one ball and clobbered it through the covers for four to win the game with two balls remaining. A great game of cricket and not even a mention of the controversial boundary call for four during their innings! The pub was awash with crisps and the casuals on best behaviour as Chris for some reason brought along a young lady to say hello to the team. Three wins in a row is technically a run.



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