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Match Report vs Pentyrch 11 June 2017 @ Wenvoe (Skipper and report Britpop)

Note to self again : Do the fucking match report at a stage where you might remember what the hell happened during the match (or delegate)

Part Fiction part 2.

Now this match report is a little trickier as:
a. The opposition didn’t fill in out book properly
b. early onset alzheimer's

So we all arrived at the ground with 1 supporter (thanks Andy F), I lost the toss and we took to the field.

They started extremely positively and got off to a great start and took a liking to our opening pair of Rob & Ed and especially the pace on the ball. I think they were about 80 or 90 off the 1st 8 overs although Ed did pick up a couple wickets midway through his spell. We then took the pace off the ball with Paul & Pete coming into the attack and bowling a great line and length. The previously fluent batsmen struggled against the slower bowlers and Paul soon picked up their 4th batsman. Unfortunately, yours truly took an un-droppable catch to remove the ‘pirate’ which, had I have dropped it, really would have slowed the scoring down.

Anyway Pete then bagged the opening batsman for 33 and bowled 8 over straight through and finished with great figures of 3 for 38 - a fine effort from Pete!

At some point in this game (about here) brought a great candidate for this year’s champagne moment when shakey caught 2 unbelievable catches – the first in the covers and the 2nd on the boundary which was sailing over his head for 6 - Shakey leaped, the earth turn on its axis and the ball somehow stuck in his hand – remarkable!

Tim, Tesh & Shakey (sounds like a kids TV presenting team) then took up the mantle and continue the good work with Shakey the pick of these 3. He picked up the crucial wicket of their 6th batsman who finished on 83.

We finished off with pace back on the ball from one end with Ed and Shakey at the other and they finished on 225-8 – good effort in the field after a really tough start.

Lovely tea in a great setting with some fantastic pictures on the wall of previous Glamorgan matches played at Pentyrch.

At this point Pentyrch's captain approached me and requested that a kid replace his dad to bowl a few overs and in the spirit of friendly Sunday cricket, I agreed.

Tesh & Neil opened the batting for us and both were back in the hutch for a duck and 5 respectively (Tesh to a beauty). Will MW then strode to the crease and set about his innings, playing carefully to start and dispatching the bad ball. I then walked out to bat and quickly walked back to the pavilion after a poor LBW decision (aren't they all) to the kid I had agreed could bowl - 'left arm over' surly the ball was pitching outside Leg!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Anyway, I accepted the decision graciously and was replaced by Rich who also failed to trouble the scorers.

At this point the captain approached me with another unusual request. He asked if they could bowl ‘the pirate’ with the condition being that a wide would count for 2 and he would only bowl 6 deliveries per over.

Again in the spirt of friendly Sunday cricket, I agreed and away we went - he bowled a few wides but I seen worse from many a casual!

Rob joined Will at the crease and after a watchful start scored a crucial ¼ century in a great partnership with Will which at one point looked like it might see us to victory.

Will particularly liked 'the pirate's' tasty pies! and gorged on quite a few of them! With us going well they brought on a bowler who thought he was Harold Larwood in the infamous bodyline series. He bowled everything halfway down the track at the helmetless Will and Rob. Rob soon got helmeted up and the bowler continued his short length.

This very ‘un-Sunday like’ tactic, slowed our scoring down and Rob fell for 25 which brought Ed to the crease. Will and Ed went well but with us needing nearly 10 an over, Will got out in the nervous 90’s going for a big shot. Ed batted out the innings with ‘the brother Stephens’and we finished on 167-8.

Really disappointing sportsmanship from 1 player in an otherwise lovely afternoon.



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