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Match Report vs Glamorgan Centurions 07 June 2018 @ Wenvoe (Skipper and report Dan)

On arrival to the ground by the skipper after a detour via Dinas Powys, the Centurions were all out on the pitch conducting catching practise, whilst the majority of the Casuals were stuck in the massive traffic jam between Culver and the ground. At the toss , the Cazh were still 4 men down, with the road to Wenvoe now closed due to the 3 vehicle crash. The conditions were overcast and rain was forecast, with a strong batting line up on paper…, Dan won the toss and decided to bat.

Kim and Tesh opened, (Tesh arriving minutes before the start), in hindsight the skipper should have given him a bit more time to get prepared as 2nd over he was bowled out. Kim and Jesus ticked along, Kim especially seeming to be on form. But 5th over Kim toe-ended one to mid-on, 2 overs later, Jesus was adjudged lbw – which from the sidelines brought winces to the faces of all the Cazh – even though many dismissals of this variety are very rarely given in our favour, this one would have been difficult to argue against (although it has been witnessed!) – it was certainly missing off and leg – but it appeared to be hitting middle…18-3 off 7. Andy and Matt C (or Maxy as he will now become known – a nickname identified during Sunday’s match at Wick) started to rebuild the innings. There were quite a few dots, and the bowling was pretty good, and fielders in close. Maxy hit some lusty blows until he was predictably caught out in the 10th. Richie next in and started with a boundary. Rich fell in the 15th with the score on 56, Rob Goodwin on debut was next in and played well connecting with a fair few deliveries until he was bowled in the 18th. Only 5 more runs were scored off the remaining deliveries and also claimed 2 more wickets – Dan getting bowled by a slow one and Pete T off a faster one. The Cazh limped to 81-8. Andy batted very well on his return and held the innings together with a fine 24, and assisted by the middle order. It was going to be difficult to defend this.

Kim ct13
Tesh b0
Will lbw3
Andy no24
Matt C ct11
Rich b11
Rob G b9
Dan b0
Pete T b0
Mark no1
Dave dnb

Dan and shakey opened up the response. Dan’s first conceded only a wide, but 3 leg byes., shakey also chucked in a wide and boundary. The openers looked pretty steady until the 7th over when Dan got the breakthrough with a double wicket maiden – first took out leg stump, 2nd took out middle – really quite satisfying. 34-2 off 8. Pete T and Dave took over, Pete’s first ball was dispatched over the pavilion roof, but an excellent come back – he got the swinging batsman last ball of the first, caught by Will tracking back towards short third man. Dave also picked up wickets in his 1st and 2nd overs – first chipped to Tesh, 2nd bowled. It felt like we had a sliver of a chance, but it turned out the scoreboard hadn’t been updated for a while and at the fall of the 5th wicket, only 16 were required. The target was reached at the end of the 13th over.

Dan 4-1-10-2
Mark 4-0-20-0
Pete T 3-0-25-1
Dave 2.5-0-24-2

The Cazh trooped off to the pub to consume their body weight in buffet – life’s not so bad after all!



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