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Match Report (Tour 1) vs Purley on Thames 13 September 2014 @ Purley on Thames (Skipper Britpop, report Kim)

Umm, what can I say about the cricket apart from we got absolutely walloped! We arrived at Purley on Thames on time with lots of sore heads and glorious sunshine. Why you might ask...well...sorry don’t have enough time [or the memory] to tell you but for those that have been on a Casual tour before you already know the answer. We waited for quite a while until the other team turned up. In the end we got bored and asked them if they wanted to bat first. They accepted with glee. During the car journey to the ground Britpop asked Captain Kim whether he could captain one of the two games over the weekend as he has never captained before. Captain Kim thought yes, what a great idea, let Britpop captain today considering the state of the team!

So on to the field we went with Captain Britpop at the helm. It’s fair to say we didn’t cover ourselves in glory at any stage of their innings with number of drop catches and numerous of mis-fields, some of which was quite entertaining! One of their opener got a ton (109 retired out) whilst the other scored 66. The opener with the ton retired and their number 3 batsman came out and twatted us around the park. As we approached the end of their innings the question was would the Casuals take any wickets!? Cometh the 37th over cometh Daniel san with ball in hand and holy smoke he bowled, and the bails are off...we have a wicket! Next ball, Dan bowls, batsman goes for a massive hit but only could sky it to mid-off where Winkie took the catch. 2 wickets in 2 ball, crickey can Dan get a hat-trick, can we bowl them out, can we get back into to this game...all these questions! Alas, the answers were no, no and no! Purley on Thames finished on 256 for 3 off their 40 overs. All the bowlers got tonked with Daniel san taking the only two wickets.

Lewis 8-0-33-2
Loveridge 8-0-46-0
Hood 5-0-24-0
Day 5-0-30-0
Stewart 5-1-40-0
Hirani 3-0-23-0
Obee 2-0-10-0
O'Reilly 2-0-11-0
Holliday 2-0-16-0

Tea was taken but little was consumed as we were all still feeling quite fragile! And to the batting, or should I say the lack of batting. Out stroll Kim and Tesh to open and in stroll Tesh out for 5 (bowled). Captain Britpop then came out to play a captain knock but was suffering too much from the night before so went for a massive heave-oh and caught without troubling the scorers. Next in was Pete who and next out was Pete for nought. Casuals 18 for 3. Lovers now join Kim at the wicket with a serious partnership needed. Both Kim and Lovers looked to restore some Casuals pride and batted very sensibly until the 30th over. In the progress both passed 50 with Kim first followed shortly after by Lovers. The two put on 105 runs before Kim went for one big shot too many and out for 70 caught at long-off. This set off another Casuals collapse as Lovers soon followed for a brilliant 52 then Richie for 8, Steve O for 4, Andy for 2, Dan for 2 and Goff for a golden! All out for 166 with Cheese stranded not out for 12. I blame the collapse to Britpop’s poor dedication to his job as captain who after throwing his wicket away retired to the clubhouse and fell asleep for pretty much the whole of the Casuals innings!! We stayed for a few tinnies before heading back to the hotel!



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