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Match Report vs Clytha 5 July 2015 @ Llanarth (Skipper Jesus, Report DT)

It was with hope rather than expectation that we made our way through the hedge lined roads of Rural Monmouthshire, after the morning deluge. However we arrived to blue(ish) sky's at the picturesque Llanarth pitch. The game was on, albeit a truncated game, as Llanarth only wanted 30 overs not the usual 40. Will made his way to the middle for the toss. It was at this juncture that the game was lost, when Will called tails! Nevertheless I will continue with the report.

Will choose to bowl and so started the preordained events caused by his call. Goff and Rolf opened the bowling and after 10 overs had limited the opposition to 20 off the bat 26 runs in total off 8. The bowling was very good and the batting was tricky due to the high bounce of the ball, making it difficult to get away. In fact the legend on the Llanarth scorebook read " most boring start to a game ever" Shakey and DT were the next pair to bowl and the runs continued to be hard to come by, as sadly did the wickets. Shakes made the first breakthrough in the 13th over, a catch to Ed, 36-1. DT got the next wicket, again a catch, to Winkie in the 18th, 56-2. Unfortunately this was not the wicket of Norman the other opener, who has been a thorn in the casual's sides before. He had been dropped when on not many. The Casuals were guilty of a few dropped catches throughout the match, Buckets (or Bouquets if he prefers) made the most spectacular drop, low to his right at slip saving 4. After 18 overs Llanarth were on 63.

The llanarth batsmen finally woke up and realised that the had to go for it, which was a shame for the next pair to bowl Obee and Owens. They were spanked around just a little but were also unlucky not to take a few wickets as there were several drops in the spells. When they had finished their spells in the 26th 102 had been added to the score. Goff and Rolf returned for the final 4 overs and were not treated with the same respect in this spell as they had been in their 1st, and despite norris pulling up with a calf injury and calling for a runner Llanarth finished on 191 Norman the opener carried his bat and finished with 87 and Norris with 53

Goff 6 2 26 0
Rolf 6 0 40 0
Shakes 5 2 18 1
DT 5 0 16 1
Pete 4 0 40 0
Rob 4 0 36 0

No tea between innings but a barrel of the local brew was provided, which proved a problem for Shakes who was stuck like a man with prostate problems, unable to turn off the tap!

Tesh and Cheese opened up for the casz and were going on nicely until Tesh in a moment of madness ran more than halfway to the other end not noticing that the ball had gone straight to a fielder and he was run out by some distance, 31-2, This brought the skipper to the crease. It wasn't long before Cheese followed Tesh back to the Pavilion having been caught. Will was getting the ball away but was, like llanarth in their innings, struggling with the bounce. On the subject of bounce, one of the Llanarth bowlers was banging in bouncer after bouncer, some on purpose and some because he was largely inept. Wills new partner Richie didn't last very long and he was joined instead by Winkie. They moved the score along but not quickly enough and 91 was required of the last 10. In endeavouring to reach the necessary total Will was bowled and was followed not long after by Winkie. they had taken the score onto 156 but with only 2 overs left in the game Pete and Rob had a very difficult task, they batted will but the Casz finished without further loss 21 short on 171. A very good competitive game.

Tesh run out 8
Cheese bowled 15
Will bowled 85
Richie caught 1
Winkie run out 25
Pete not out 8
Rob not out 3

DNB Shakey, Rolf, Goff, DT

We then repaired to the Clytha Arms for Sunday dinner, once again being reminded of the mythical Cardiff team that once ate the oppositions share as well. Bloody Cavaliers!!



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