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Match Report vs Glenwood 25 July 2017 @ Wenvoe (Skipper and report Dan)

Vice Captain Darren was finally relieved of forced skippership as Dan returned from injury albeit with a typed up hand. Britpop did however win the toss and elected rightly to bat first with a strong batting line up for the Cazh. However, the Cazh started slowly and didn’t really accelerate. The Glenwood bowling started slow and got faster. Kim managed to play on (7) to one in the 3rd over – to a shot many of the fellow Cazh said ‘was awful’. Jesus next in, but he and Tesh continued to struggle to get the ball away and when Tesh was bowled (13) by a ‘bute’ by young Watson the score was 34 off 8. Darren’s mate Alex was in at 4 and played a lovely flick for 4 and a very good forward defensive shot – not many of those seen to the pound in the Casuals ranks. However, he was also to fall (5) to another cracker from Watson. Jesus was put out of his misery (17) in the 13th over – bowled to what he and the rest of the spectators said ‘was rubbish’, first time in memory that he didn’t hit a boundary. The Cazh now struggling on 54. Fresh from his retirement in the last game, Darren next in with Jas didn’t really impact the scoreboard – Darren out for 5 and Jas holing out at cow corner (4). 65-6 off 15. Steveo and Rich put on the second highest partnership of 22, Steveo was actually seen playing a square-cut dab which drew praise from all the spectators. Rich fell for 6 and then King of the run-outs Steveo ran Paul out by a country mile on the second attempt (0), then also got the wicket of Obee1 (0 without facing a ball) on the last ball. Steveo not out on 11 and Dan not required. The worst part – 89-9.

Not a lot to defend, but the Cazh gave it a go. Dan opened the bowling, firsty ball smashed back to him, low by his feet – got his dodgy hand out of the way, and tried ‘Bluff’ style to stop with feet and legs – single. Next ball the other opener smashed one straight to Rich at mid off who took a very good catch. Obee1 opened the other end with the smallest stream side boundary to defend. He managed for the first 5 balls but last ball was hit for a 4. Dan’s second had a few near misses, but in the last ball of his 3rd bowled the other opener. Pete managed to get the next wicket in his last over – stumped sharply by Jesus. Even though wickets were falling, the runs were still coming. 34-3 off 6. Pauls first over was tainted by a fielding fuck up by Dan on the mid-wicket boundary, but this bizarrely did bring the retirement of the No3 with the score on 40. The replacement batsmen struggled to get the ball away, mainly playing legside shots which the fielders cut off. Richie’s slow mainly straight deliveries were just as difficult to get away. And the runs dried up. Rich picked up the next wicket bowled, and could have had another had another stumped but Will ‘lost his balance’. After 12 overs, the score on 63. It might not have been that obvious, but the plan was to keep the one batsman on strike. Steveo and Kim bowled the last stint. Steveo bowled very well and picked up the wicket of the young Watson, lbw, though there was subsequent questions of if there had been a bit of bat involved. With 4 overs left Glenwood needed 24 to win and with 3 left the Cazh had gained the advantage with 21 required. Unfortunately in the 16th over, Kim forgot the script and bowled the No5. He then followed up with a series of wides. 10 required off 2. Steveo picked up a shock wicket bowled, so it went down to the down to the last over, and there was a faint chance with Alex diving for a catch close in on the leg side, but after getting there, didn't hold on. Glenwood finishing with a chip over the Keepers head for the winning run.

Dan 3-0-7-2
Obee 3-0-25-1
Paul 3-0-17-0
Rich 3-0-12-1
Steveo 3-0-12-2
Kim 2.4-0-16-1

A ‘different’ game – trying to restrict the score rather than all out wickets, but the game was played in excellent spirit. The Cazh then trooped off to the pub to console themselves and eat a massive amount of buffet.



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