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Match Report vs Barry Wanderers 6 July 2014 @ Hayes Point (Skipper and report Shakey)

It was a warm and sunny day. So nice, in fact, that we could only muster 10 players against our old adversaries Barry Wanderers. The Casuals batted first and got off to a flyer. After a stout block to the first ball, seven boundaries came off the next ten deliveries and Warne begged to be taken off as he couldn't handle getting spanked by Dave....

Ah yes. We can but dream.

After 10 overs we were in rebuilding mode as the Don and Ash had gone for ducks and Richie was out for 7 with the total just 27. Will and shakes set about the task with caution, mixed with some pleasing biffs from Will. From the next 10 overs they conjured up 45 runs and things seemed to be going quite nicely with Will passing a deserved 50. But the Wanderers bowlers fought back and the runs began to dry up. Will fell to a catch for 70 (three sixes and nine fours) with the score on 98 and he was soon followed by shakes for 14.

Stevo didn't last that many balls for his innings of 6 but he did stick around with cheese who smashed a brutal 29 off 16 balls including a six and five boundaries which threatened to change the match. But they both fell just before they could make a game-changing difference to the total. The shortened tail wagged plaintively as we were bowled out for 151 in the last over. At least 20-30 shy of a decent score with only three batsmen in double figures. But we have defended lower scores here.

The Wanderers got off to a rapid start but Jeff pegged them back with a catch to Ash behind the stumps. A few overs later Jeff also got the other opener to drill to shakes at mid-on and this was followed by Pete picking up a wicket caught at cover by Richie. The Wanderers were 48-3 off 10 and were in no mood to hang around. Paul bowled an excellent spell but from then on Howell and Fenton batted with real authority and in truth we didn't have an answer. A number of bowlers tried their luck and at times the hits to the outfield looked like they just might have been mishit - and then avoided the fielder and rolled over the boundary. We missed that eleventh man at times. An unbroken partnership of 107 off 15 overs neatly says they scored quickly and we didn't threaten and it was all over in the 26th. A demoralising spanking.



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