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Match Report vs Wick 10 June 2018 @ Wenvoe (Skipper Dan, report Luvvers)

Firstly, every player tipped up on time and the usual ‘going to be late’ message from Stevo didn’t arrive surprisingly. We were scattered around a bit, some in the changing rooms around the corner from the pitch, and some already on the pitch eager to get started. Next was the eagerly awaited procession of the new 25 year anniversary cap issue, however there were no speeches as Pablo decided lobbing them to each person that purchased one was more fitting! Luvvers idea of a warm up was quickly shot down as everyone was far more interested in watching the skippers toss (the coin) out in the middle. The general consensus was field first to make a game of it as our collapses of late were worrying a few. No such luck though as Dan came back having lost the toss and we were batting.

Luvvers and Rob were the opening pair on a pitch that looked ok, the first ball got cut for four, and the second a nice leg side full toss that got beautifully top-edged for six by Luvvers. This was a sign of things to come from the first opening bowler as he was all over the place with line and length for the first two or three overs. The other opener was quite different, about 9 foot tall (nicknamed Crouchy) and was getting the ball to rise sharply off a good length. The scoreboard was ticking over nicely and we made 49 off nine before the first wicket was lost, Luvvers driving a full delivery off Crouchy and missing the ball but hitting the ground, big appeal and a bit shocked when the umpires finger went up, even the keeper thought it was ground not ball! This meant Will was in, not happy with his many 20’s this season he was determined to get a score.

Rob and Will saw off the remainder of the opening bowlers overs but not without issues. Will edging one to slip and getting dropped (very difficult chance) when he was on 6, new pair of bowlers came on and Will decided to give some more catching practice to the same slip fielder when on 11, this one an easier chance and it was also spilled! The Wick fielders would regret this soon after! A good second wicket stand of 70 was ended in the 29th over with Rob getting caught behind by a great take from the keeper, a good innings that was much needed for the Casuals and a good partnership that set us up for an aggressive last ten overs with wickets in hand. At this point we were 119/2 off 29.

Will had got his eye in and was playing nicely by this point, out came the poorly Martin who had been waiting patiently with pads on for 29 overs, unfortunately two balls later he was then taking them off! Going back to a full length delivery and getting bowled. In comes Stevo, bets were being placed as to how quickly he would be walking back in the true Casual collapse way of batting. This wasn’t the case though as he and Will grew another partnership worthy of note. The 1st and 2nd change bowlers were taken out of the attack as Will and Stevo started scoring freely, two spinners came on and looked like they were decent bowlers, although Stevo missed a couple that were inches from his stumps he and Will decided to disregard the quality of the bowlers and tee off.

With many boundaries to follow the score quickly went from 129/3 off 32 to 225/3 off 40. Shots to note were Wills glorious straight drives and Stevos six over long off, this period of the innings could have proved expensive as a nice White car got hit (Mercedes or Audi?) and also a mention goes to Will for nearly putting a nice old lady’s window through with a massive hit over deep fine leg. Will unfortunately finishing with a sublime 97 not out and Stevo 32 not out, a partnership of 104 off 10 overs leaving the Casuals with a commanding total of 225.

Luvvers – 28 - (2x4’s 2x6’s)
Rob – 43 - (7x4’s)
Will – 97 - Not Out (14x4’s 2x6’s)
Martin – 2
Stevo – 32 - Not Out (2x4’s 2x6’s)

Whilst we were batting, the opposition took great pride in telling us a couple of their players hit a ton the week before, so even though we had a strong total we knew we still had to bowl and field well to get the win. Dan opened up with DT and as usual Dan was causing problems early, first wicket came in the third over for the skipper as Richie held on to a catch at short cover from a loose shot (his first catch for a number of years apparently), the openers continued to keep it tight and runs weren’t coming easily. Dan getting past the edge on numerous occasions and DT getting the odd delivery to rise sharply off a good length causing the batsmen problems. Pablo took over from Dan and he went for 17 off his first two overs, he found his rhythm soon enough and started causing the batsmen problems with a nice variation of deliveries, unlucky not to pick up an early wicket when the skipper dropped a difficult chance at mid-off.

DT picked up the next wicket in the last over of his spell, the opening batsman drove it pretty sharply to Luvvers at mid-on, 54/2 off 15. Pablo then got into the act, the ‘lefty’ (ton the week before) who was timing the ball nicely misread a slow ball from Pablo and hit it straight back when he was on 18 for an easy caught and bowled. In his next over Pablo got Crouchy (other guy who hit a ton) who didn’t get to the pitch of the ball and skied one to Luvvers at deep mid-off, a fumble by Luvvers but just managed to hold on. Pablo carried on this good spell and bowled the oppositions number five shortly after, at this point Wick were struggling at 99/5 off 26.

Pete was bowling from the other end and bowled well for 4 or 5 balls an over but the one loose ball was getting punished with a boundary. Shakes came on at the other end and in his second over got two wickets, one was a tidy caught and bowled that was quite low when it got to him, the other was the very next ball, bowled so Shakes was on a hat-trick! The field came in, everyone anticipating the big moment and shakes delivers the ball………well outside off stump batsman with no problems, climax completely wasted! Shakey carried on picking up wickets and got another batsman caught smartly behind by Will. He then bowled the number 10 to leave himself with 4 wickets with one left to get, it needs to be said that Shakes has never had a five-for so wanted this wicket!

Richie came on the far end for a couple of overs and after a steady first over he then got spanked for his second, unluckily for Richie the young lad coming in at the end was teeing off as he had no partners left who could hold a bat. Back to Shakes, one wicket left to get and the chance came! The batsman top edged it over Wills head behind the stumps, a couple of yards to the right of DT at short fine-leg, DT moved towards the ball and we all thought Shakeys moment had arrived…..but no! DT couldn’t quite get to the ball but picked it up and the batsman were crazily running, he picked it up and threw it at the stumps, gone! Last wicket taken by a run-out by DT whilst Shakes was looking on thinking you f*%&$r. Good bowling and fielding display by all with an impressive 6 catches taken with only two drops. A convincing victory of 83 runs against a good opposition.

Dan - 5 - 3 - 9 - 1
DT - 8 - 1 - 21 - 1
Pablo - 8 - 3 - 26 - 3
Pete - 7 - 0 - 40 - 0
Shakes - 5.1 - 0 - 21 - 4
Richie - 2 - 0 - 20 - 0



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