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Match Report vs Barry West End 27 July 2014 @ Barry Island (Skipper and report Shakey)

Things started well when we won the toss and batted first with the intention of making full use of a familiar looking Barry Island track. As normal the wind got up (make your own jokes) and the west end opening bowler rather enjoyed wobbling it round (there's a danger this could become a two ronnies report so I'll stop right there). But Tesh and Kim were watchful and took full toll of anything loose. In the 10th over tesh played round a full delivery and was bowled but trev slotted right in and the scoring went well with a solid 80 from the first 18 overs. From there we could kick on to the 220 total we felt was needed.

But the last ball of the 18th over was where it began to go wrong. Kim played round a full ball and was bowled after what was until that delivery a faultless innings, departing for 47 with one six and seven boundaries. Trev followed almost immediately, caught smartly at midwicket for 12 trying to force the slow bowler over the top.

Will and debutant Mike Fogg set about stabilising the innings and Will hit some attractive blows through the offside but then he was adjudged lbw for 15. Ed came in at number six and did what he does best, hitting some thoroughbred fours to all parts. He was given a reprieve when the keeper failed to poach a dolly which lobbed up to short leg but alas the cheese was bowled with Hatton's eighth delivery for 33.

Hatton's first 17 deliveries were all dots and the scoring slowed so that 200 appeared a very distant target. But some late hitting from Mike (22), Ash (14) and Stevo (11) yielded 31 from the last 4 overs to allow us to settle on a modest 183-8. West End bowled commendably straight but we all felt we were light of the total we needed.

Cheese and Will opened up and got us off to a good tight start but as the innings wore on the familiar west end openers took advantage of a decent wicket, a big outfield and a couple of dropped chances. Paul finally and deservedly got the adventurous opener caught smartly by tesh in the deep for 115 but it was our only success as west end reached their target in the 36th over with few alarms in the final few overs. We need to play them at Wenvoe next year!



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