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Match Report vs Eclipse 6 August 2014 @ St Fagans(Skipper and report Shakey)

Chris Harris, somewhat uncomfortably lumbered with the moniker 'Rolf', can bat a bit. He'd shown that in a number of previous games but you can't just become an all-rounder in this team in your first season you know. But it was time to test him up the order and Kim and 'Rolf' walked out to open the innings which got off to a great start. Kim smashed a boundary second ball of the innings and followed it up with a clean swish to the deep midwicket boundary for six next ball. Great stuff. Chris (I can't keep up this 'Rolf' thing its just not right guys) hit a lovely four through mid-off in the second over but then tried to repeat it against a shorter and slower ball and smacked it straight back to the bowler to leave us 20-1 off 2 with Will now at the wicket. But disaster struck soon after when Kim also hit the ball back to the bowler so now it was up to Darren to keep Will company. To be fair he did as, after a slow start, the runs began to flow - 10 runs off the 6th, two off the 7th but then 10 runs and 13 runs off the next two overs to leave us 66-2 off 9 and in a great position to push on.

It was then that Darren had his Coldplay moment. He hit the ball hard to mid-on, I'd almost say sweetly. So sweetly in fact that he must have thought that sounded and felt good and yes I'm going to run. So he did. That rush of blood to the head was his undoing as mid-on reacted quickly, gathered it cleanly and threw down the stumps from 10 yards to leave Darren comfortably numb (oh that's the Floyd). Will was joined by Gareth as we reached 70 off 10, needing another 70-odd to set a defendable total. Will batted with some class, and now and again a little luck as we made hay for the next few overs. But Gareth struggled to get the ball away at times and although we made progress it was clear that we might end up short. Will was bowled for 62 in the last over having hit two sixes and 4 boundaries as we settled on what we felt was a disappointing 128-5, some 20 short.

Eclipse got off to a flyer hitting four boundaries off the first seven balls before Paul induced a caught and bowled and Dan claimed one taken by Will behind. Eclipse accumulated the runs but they didn't run away with it thanks to some good fielding and bowling with Dan and Paul bowling through (1-30 and 1-20 respectively). Andy and shakes took over and kept up the pressure before shakes got the third wicket with a pie-ball to leave them 75-3 off 12. Two balls later Williams hit the ball from shakes agonisingly short of cover and our chance seemed to disappear. Andy and shakes bowled out (0-23 and 1-26) to leave 28 required off four overs. But it was then that Williams cut loose and the pressure on Eclipse eased ball by ball however hard bowlers and fielders alike tried. Eclipse hit the winning runs with 9 balls to spare. A closer game than it sounds and a good effort considering we were short of runs and it proved we can be competitive at St Fagans.



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