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Match Report vs Barry Westend 10 July 2016 @ Wenvoe (Skipper Jesus, report Ash)

It was a pleasant sunny day with a little bit of cloud cover when the Casuals turned up to Wenvoe to play Barry West End. The start time had been declared, but as with the usual affair of this kind of thing, the mood and time keeping was a bit relaxed and so at a rather slow pace more players started to filter in and we started just after the scheduled kick off time. The toss was won by Barry (Will losing another toss-off) and they elected to have a Bowl and put the Casuals in to bat. Now following the previous Sunday's efforts of Mark and Kym, batting through 20 overs at an exact run rate of 4 an over - Tesh was asked to open with Shakey and see if they could not emulate or build on last weeks performance.

The Barry bowlers opened well on a slow and low usual Wenvoe wicket, both batsman taking their time and getting themselves in, with Shakey being fortunate in the 3rd over being dropped on 1 with an edge to keeper not being taken. The run rate was a slight concern, when after 10 overs the casuals were on 25, with Shakes on 9 and Tesh on 10, 6 extras. With the run rate trying to kick on Tesh got himself out in the 13th over caught and bowled dollying one back to the bowler for 14. Will joined Shakey at the crease and tried knocking the ball around what was a long wenvoe boundary, which was not doing us any favours in terms of the bounce or roll, with boundaries coming sparingly and many what looked like certain 4's stopping short of the ropes. After 20 overs Shakey had accumulated 60 balls, for 15 runs, with Will still there and both continued on until the 29th over where shakes was out for 26 with the score at 107-2. Pete had been pushed up the order to 4 and started in a regular pattern of 2 dot dot a few interactions over before dropping to 4 dot's and a single for a few more interactions and then getting out for 10. Will continued to kick on accompanied by Stevo at the crease, but he was not there long taking 2 dots before bowled for a duck. Will and Richie then went in looking to up the rate swinging for anything hittable before will was bowled for 56, managing to get 1 more 6 than he did 4 which was impressive, and with Richie not managing to find the middle of the bat overtime but still adding a useful 18 runs before being run out. Dan and Ashley came to the crease for the last over and a half adding 5 between then, Dan getting 3. This ended the innings at 144, a little below par on a slow but decent wicket and the casuals went into tea hoping for a good performance in the field to defend that total.

Name Mins Balls 4/6 Score HowOut
Mark 96 85 2/0 26 Bowled
Test 39 33 1/0 14 C&B
Will 56 55 4/3 56 Bowled
Pete 30 27 0/0 10 Bowled
Steve 3 3 0/0 0 Bowled
Rich 25 28 1/0 18 Run Out
Ash 5 3 0/0 2 not out
Dan 4 6 0/0 3 not out

Apologies but after certain people went into bat the dots and other bits of the book started to get lost on the remainder of the team so after Steve got out I have had to do some guess work from the book and memory

Tea was interesting, and had some varieties of Sarnies which harken back to WWII era's, along with mixtures of colours and types of breads... but il leave the rest of the tea report :)

With a small total to defend and previous performances against the West End in memory, the casuals knew they had to restrict the opposition early on and try and take a few of the top order early for a chance at the game. Dan and Paul opened well, not managing to find a wicket but keeping the score low to 26 for 0 after 10. The first wicket didn't come until the 20th over, with Dave and Foxy being brought on to slow the ball down and speed the over rate up, and with the west end on 75, Foxy showing his usual barrage of mortars managed to pick up the opener being caught by Shakey. There was a hard chance through keeper and 1st slip followed (but we didn't have a slip in at that time, more on this later!) and some good fielding by the Cazh resulting in the west end reaching 116 for 1 in the 30th over. With only 28 being needed off the last 10, Will played his hand and bright Richy and Stevo on to really through some variety into the game - Richy only last the one over before pulling something, then bringing on Goff "the Lance Armstrong look alike" 12th man to substitute field for the rest of the game. Steve can be remembered for going for a diving hard caught and bowled attempt, shouting "ah you cock!" whilst flying towards the ball without success. Things got interesting again when Tesh and Mark were thrown into the equation - and with the captain looking to pile on the pressure I was shocked to see that we had 2 slips and a gully for Shakeys 2nd over - and with the game still looking all but lost as it would happen Shakey produced a magnificent 2nd over, and securing himself a hat trick! Dan and Paul came back on, with Dan producing also a great spell of bowling with precision and speed - taking a couple of edges, one taken regulation by Ash behind and another which was a cracking 'catch it or your losing your nuts moment' at 1st slip for Will, reactions saving him for a very red face and loss in senses!

The over by over went like this! :
30th over - 116-1 (Tesh)
31st - 126-2 (Dan)
32nd - 125 -3 (Tesh)
33rd - 125 - 4 (Dan)
34th - 133 - 4 (Mark)
35th - 133 - 6 (Dan)
36th - 137 - 6 (Mark)
37th - 139 - 6 (Dan)
38th - 143 - 9 (Mark)

An excellent hattrick in there for Mark and an 4'fer from Dan. However, with the last man at the crease in the 39th over they managed to secure the win, in what had ended as a thrilling game with both teams happy to have played the game but the West End coming out on top.

Name Overs Wkts Runs
Dan 8 4 10 (1 maiden and 2 wicket maidens)
Paul 8 0 31 (1 maiden)
Dave 8 0 29 (1 maiden)
Foxy 3 1 29
Rich 1 0 7
Steve 3 0 11
Pete 4 0 12 (1 maiden)
Tesh 2 1 13
Mark 2 3 8

Back to the wenvoe arms for a pint on a lovely sundry warm evening outside to discuss the game - agreed we were probably 20-40 runs short but it had been a good attempted fightback to get it that close.



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