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Match Report vs Barry West End 28 May 2017 @ Wenvoe (Skipper Will and report Kim)

On a rare sunny day the Casuals and Barry West End arrived at Wenvoe. Barry West End’s skipper won the toss and elected to field which made Captain Jesus very happy as he wanted to bat first. Rewinding the clock, Kim and Shakey strolled out to renew their opening batting partnership. However, disaster strike in the fourth over when Kim was bowled neck and crop for 3 by Tommy. This brought Captain Jesus to the crease and he and Shakey put on 57 runs, both looking very comfortable before Jesus played too early to one that stopped on him, caught the edge, and was easily taken in the gully. 69-2 off 17 overs. Rob joined Shakes and the score reached 119 before Shakey was ‘bowled’ for a decent 30. 119 off 31 overs. Rob made an excellent 42 before he was caught. The runs continued steadily and the Casuals reached 168-6 off the allotted 40 overs.

Kim 3
Shakey 30
Jesus 42
Rob 40
Neil 17
Jas 9
Richie 4*
Pete 12*

The tea was enjoyable with plentiful of cakes. As always for a full report please go to the ‘tea watch’.

Following tea the Casuals took to the field to defend a reasonable total. Rob and Pabs opened the bowling and like the Casuals one of their opening batsmen was out in the fourth over, given out lbw, off Rob, for 7. Unfortunately, even with a few Casuals’ supporters (Jonny F and Britpop, plus the little ones) only a further two wickets went down, one to Pete who bowled their number 3 for 40 and the other to Tim who had their number 4 caught by Kim at long on. In the end Barry West End reached the target relatively easily with their keeper opener scoring an excellent 110 not out.

Off to the pub and one of the topics was how Shakey was dismissed. As previously stated in the match report, he thought he was bowled. We asked their boys what happened and they thought he retired [this is odd as he was only on 30]. After listening to the event from all parties what happened was unique, possibly the first time it has happened in Casuals’ history or in the history of cricket for that matter. The ball was bowled, Shakey played and missed, turned around, saw the bails on the ground and walked off. What transpired though was the ball missed the stumps, the keeper attempted a stumping, didn’t appeal (as Shakey back foot hasn’t left the crease) but uttered the following ‘unlucky mate’ which is why Shakey, understandably, walked off. How we all laughed once the story unfolded.

They say you win as a team and lose as a team but as this game shows this is not entirely true. Their keeper lost us the game, firstly by denying Shakey scoring a hundred and then scoring a century himself to rub salt into the wound. Only kidding, all in all a fun day of cricket played the way it should be.




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