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Match Report vs Cross Keys 15 May 2016 @ Pontymister (Skipper and report Kim)

So after last weekend emphatic win can the Casuals make it back-to-back wins! The format and location for this Sunday friendly was different from the norm as there were ‘supposedly’ three teams taking part: ourselves, Crosskeys/Pontymister and Malpas. We were also playing at a different location, Pontymister, as the home ground of Crosskeys was being re-surfaced. On the way to the ground our maestro statistician, aka Shakey informed me that the Casuals will be playing their 1,000th match today, in the second game of the day!!

As we got to the ground, 2.30ish we thought the first game between Crosskeys and Malpas must have finished early as there were young kids playing on the outfields. Upon arriving at the gate, the Crosskeys’ captain, Tom, informed Captain Kim that Malpas pulled out at midday. It also made more sense why Tom texted me at 1.30 to confirm we are still on for our game at 3pm.

Alas, the 1,000th game will have to wait until Thursday. Whilst waiting for the rest of the Casuals to turn up the two captains discussed the format and who to bat first. Without too much persuading, it was agreed we will play a 30 over match and that the Casuals to bat first to get the match started as soon as possible.

Under glorious sunshine and in the blink of an eye we were 3 for 4, or is that 4 for 3! Either way, we were not in a good position having lost 3 wickets for 4 runs. Firstly, Kim inexcusably smacked a full-toss straight to deep mid-wicket for a duck, followed by his opening partner, Britpop, bowled between his legs for 2 and then Tesh, bowled by a good bowl that get cut in for the second duck of the innings. The same bowler, a left arm teenager, did all the damage.

We needed a partnership! Thankfully, the Saviour of Christ, who has been in majestic form with an average in excess of triple figures this season, was still there. With his family watching and supported well by Rob, the two put on an excellent 113 runs in 17 overs before Jesus was bowled after walking down the wicket for a superb 84 (11 x 4’s (1 all run 4) and 3 x 6’s). 117 for 4. Ash joined Rob and showed his intention straightaway with two fours. Before you knew it, he was only a few runs behind Rob. This may or may not cause the run-out with Rob hitting straight to point and shouted yes. Ash, who didn’t say anything had no chance and was run-out for a very good 30. Obi1 came and scored 9 before being bowled and Tim was given out, lbw by trigger finger Britpop for a golden. There are two sides to every story and this was another one! Rob remained 38 not out and with 15 extras the Casuals ended on a very competitive score of 183 for 6 off 30 overs.

Kim 0
Britpop 2
Jesus 84 (11 x 4’s (1 all run 4) and 3 x 6’s)
Tesh 0
Rob 38 n.o (2 x 4’s)
Ash 30 (4 x 4’s)
Obi1 9 (1 x 4)
Tim 0
Pabs 5 n.o
Shakey DNB

Tea (see tea watch) – fair to say everything today was different from the norm!

The Casuals took to the field with Ash keeping and brother Stephens opening the attack. With the bowling options at his disposal, Captain Kim had only one plan, which was to bowl slow, hopefully straight, and frustrate their batsmen. Pabs got the first wicket bowling one of their youngsters for a duck. Their number 3 and the other opener then put on a good partnership, seeing off the good deliveries and putting the loose balls away. Both Shakey and Pabs bowled very well against two decent batsmen. At the halfway stage, we had only one wicket with 74 runs on the board. DT has replaced Shakey and Obi1 replaced Pabs. There were two chances up to this stage, one very very tough chance which almost took Tim’s head off at square leg, a full-bloodied pull/sweep grazing the side of his cap. It was quite scary and he did extremely well to get his fingers to it [Next time Tim, in true Casuals way, dive for cover and let the ball go for four – it’s not worth your life]. Difficulty = 10/10. The other chance fell to Britpop who dropped an attempted sweep at square leg. Difficulty = 2/10. How costly would this be?

Drinks breaks do strange thing, in first over after drinks Obi1 bowled their opener for 49 and in the following over, DT had their number 3 caught at long-on by Rob. Now, I know we are experts at collapsing but I think the Crosskeys batsmen did a much better job than us on this occasion with their next 6 batsmen all scoring a grand total of zero, yep, six ducks. DT captured the brilliant figures of 5 for 9 (is that right? 5 wickets for 9 runs!) and Obi1 with 3 for 12.

With the game in the bag and only one wicket required Britpop was brought on to bowl his experimental stuff. This was his reward after redeeming himself with two catches – both of which were straightforward and went directly to him (though he tried his damn hardest to drop the first one, again). At the other end Tesh replaced Obi1 and with his third delivery had their last batsmen lbw for 6. All out for 88 off 23.3 overs.

The Casuals won comfortably in the end by 95 runs. Well done all.

Shakey 6-1-35-0
Pabs 6-2-23-1
DT 5-2-9-5
Obi1 5-2-12-3
Britpop 1-0-7-0
Tesh 0.3-0-2-1

Bring on the 1,000th match!



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