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Match Report vs Eclipse 22 July 2015 @ St Fagans (Skipper and report Kim)

After two convincing victories against Eclipse this year, both by 9 wickets could the Casuals make it a hat-trick of wins? To continue this trend the sensible option would be for the Casuals to chase again. However this required two vital outcomes a) for the skipper to win the toss and field or for the opponent to win the toss and bat and b) for all eleven players to be at the ground on time. The skipper did his bit and won the toss but as two of the Casuals were making their way to Wenvoe [Anyone want to guess who they were? One is very obvious?] and a further one stuck in traffic captain Kim-drop-three [pronounce in a North Korea accent – thanks Richie] elected to bat.

The skipper and Rob opened the batting and began very well posting a partnership of 36 off 5 overs before Rob was bowled for 9 (1x4). At the other end the skipper enjoyed the short balls on offer and dispatched three sixes before retiring on 30 in the 6 over. Jesus and Winkie were now at the crease whilst Eclipse brought on their two best bowlers who both bowled extremely well, slowing the run rate. Winkie tried to up the tempo and was caught behind for 2 which brought SteveO to the wicket. Prior to SteveO going out to bat we had our usual conversation on how many balls SteveO would last. This time round SteveO joined in. The guesses ranged from a golden to 12. Can’t remember who side that 12 but we all laughed, less SteveO.

Anyway SteveO played a lovely cover drive for 1 run off his first ball. Next over, second ball SteveO swings the willow, missed the ball and was bowled. The skipper won the guessing game! Ash joined Jesus, played a couple of glorious shots before being run out by a number of yards for 8. I think Jesus retired around this time for 31 (3x4s) [sorry, don’t know the over as I missed the bottom of the scorebook whilst taking the photo]. Goff was promoted to 7 and slog one for four before being caught for 7. Pabs and Luke batted to the end of the innings both scoring 5 runs. The Casuals ended with a very respectable score of 120 for 5 from off their 18 overs.

Kim 30 ret
Rob 9
Jesus 31 ret
Winkie 2
SteveO 1
Ash 8
Goff 7
Pabs 5 n.o
Luke 5 n.o
Richie DNB

Goff and Winkie opened the bowling. Unfortunately for them and the Casuals their two openers were in good form and raced to 72 off 6 overs before both retiring on 30. There was an opportunity in between with one of their openers slogging Winkie to deep mid-week where Kim was stationed. However with the sun directly in his eyeliner he had no hope and let the ball goes to the boundary whilst he protects himself. Pabs and DT was the next pairing and both bowled very well and slowed their scoring down. Pabs was rewarded with the first wicket, bowling their number 3. DT then captured their number 5 lbw. Luke replaced Pabs and also captured a wicket, lbw. However, with their explosive start we were always chasing the match. Richie and Jesus tried their luck but alas with no joy as the Eclipse chased down our total with 4 overs to spare for the loss of 3 wickets. Oh yes, Kim dropped another very difficult chance [in his opinion] at square leg off Richie! Sometimes you have to put your hands up and say the other team were too good on the day which Eclipse were in this game.

Goff 2-0-23-0
Winkie 3-0-44-0
Pabs 3-0-14-1
DT 3-0-10-1
Luke 2-0-15-1
Richie 1-0-9-0
Jesus 0.3-0-3-0

We headed back to the pavilion for a tinny and to listen to Goffy waffling about his ‘awesome’ performance whilst in the crowd at the first Ashes test in Cardiff, including get chucked out for being a silly boy!



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