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Match Report vs Glamorgan Centurions 13 July 2017 @ Wenvoe (Skipper Darren and report Dan)

With Captain Dan sidelined with a stitched hand, captain of Vice Darren was skipper and he won the toss for the first Shield match vs Glam Centurions at Wenvoe and with a strong batting line up decided to bat. Tesh and Rob opened up and started steadily again some good swing bowling. The first wicket fell with Tesh being given out lbw for 14, Rob fell also for 14 caught in the covers 2 overs later in the 7th. 32-2. This brought Jesus and Kim to the crease together and they both increased the pace. Jesus retired first in the 12th over with the score on 83. Winkie joined Kim and continued to score and Kim then retired, bringing Big Willy into bat. Andy and Will tried to squeeze as many runs as possible from the remaining overs, resulting in Will being run out (2) in the 17th and Winkie (19) bowled in the 18th and final over. Rich was almost run out on the last delivery but survived without facing a ball and Darren finished 4 not out. The Cazh finished on 124-4 which was a bit short of ideal, but defendable.

Steveo, Goff and Tim DNB.

Goffy opened the bowling from the pavilion end and Steveo from the other. Both were steady and after 4 overs the Centurions were just ahead. Goff was unlucky not to get the first wicket, Darren positioned himself at mid on and the next delivery the ball went right to him, unfortunately he failed to hold on. Steveo bowled his 3 overs through and picked up the first Darren who this time held onto the catch at mid-off. 37-1 off 6. Richie took over from Goff and Darren from Steveo. The Centurion opener retired in the 10th over and the next chap looked to accelerate. Richie was unlucky not to get a wicket as yet again the ball lobbed into the air towards Darren, who looked like he had all the time in the world to take the catch – and to be fair he did have all the time in the world, however the ball didn’t remain in his grasp and rolled down his chest to the ground. Kim replaced Rich and did bowl some good deliveries, unfortunately was prone to pitching a few too short which were pulled by the batsmen. The score by this point had past 100 and it only looked a matter of time that the Centurions reached the target. In the 13th over the curse of Jonah re-appeared. The ball was struck towards long off, Big Willy set off and gathered a fair amount of speed trying to cut the ball off from reaching the boundary – he succeeded in cutting it off, but only by standing of the ball and going over heavily on his ankle. He was carried off and was soon to be the 3rd Casual in a week to be going off to A&E (fortunately no break, but sprain with tendon and ligament damage).

There was a flurry of activity with 3 runs required as the No3 retired and Kim took a very sharp catch at cover off seam bowler Jesus. The No4 reached retirement by hitting the winning runs in the 15th over going underneath the outstretched dive from Steveo. The Centurions were deserved winners reaching the total with confidence.

Goff 2-0-11-0
Steveo 3-0-20-1
Rich 2.2-0-20-0
Darren 2-0-21-0
Kim 3-0-30-0
Rob 1-0-15-0
Jesus 1-0-6-1

It was then off to the pub for a plethora of buffet and laughs including ‘guess the Casual’ via WhatsApp.




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