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Match Report vs Glenwood 12 June 2018 @ Wenvoe (Skipper and report Dan)

On arrival, the strip ‘cut’ looked very very dry and displayed long length ways cracks, though the one prepared for following Saturday looked just as menacing. The stream boundary was exceptionally short, whereas the Barry boundary looked as though it might actually be in Barry. Captain Dan started by losing the toss, but thankfully the Casuals were asked to bat first, as ‘on paper’ the Casuals yet again looked to have a strong batting line up – for once it actually delivered. In the time it took Dan to find the keys and open up the ‘lounge’ for Steveo’s kids to play; retrieve the helmet from the boot and hunt for the Foxy ball scoop #5 (which has gone), Kim had already smashed 26 off the first 2 overs, including 5 fours. The other opener Alex, got involved in the 3rd. After 6 overs the score had reached 61, but Kim was to fall (bowled) to one of many good deliveries from the Glenwood attack (though the stats don’t show it).

Alex was joined by Jesus. In the 11th over Alex retired, after launching 2 6’s – one into the stream (after which 2 Cazh needed to be posted on its shores to help prevent further lost balls) and the other into the tennis courts. Maxy came in at 4 and the bowling change was not to the liking of Matt – slow and loopy, but a good length, which induced many swishes. However, when he did connect they went a long way. Jesus went to town in the 17th over and retired, bringing Rob to the crease. The pair continued to keep the pace up, though did culminate in Matt being run out by direct hit with 2 balls to go. Waiting very loudly in the wings had been Steveo, yet again wishing to get the chance to get to the middle…would he not learn from the previous Sunday’s match at Barry’s Island… (match report pending). As it turned out he missed both deliveries and almost tried a run off the last which would have probably ended with him being run out (at least having faced a ball). An excellent total of 183-2.

Kim 34b
Alex 55ret
Will 50ret
Matt C 20ro
Rob 7no
Steveo 0no
Dan, Goff, Pete T, Tim & Rich DNB

Dan opened from the pavilion end and Kiwi Pete from the other. Dan’s first 2 were quite frugal, though a difficult chance was put down off his own bowling – the batsman connecting well. Pete’s 2nd over yielded the first wicket bowled with the batsmen still trying to go large from the off. Pete picked a further wicket in the 3rd caught by Jesus. The 4th over was an excellent double wicket maiden! Steveo the recipient of yet another catch, a top edge looping into the air – probably one of his easiest catches, and Kim took the other (next ball) at long off. There was a hat trick ball, which just missed the edge, which saved Steveo’s blushes as he dropped it. At the other end, the skipper on his 450 appearance, was having no such luck, the one new batsman liked the fuller delivery and looked to drive each Yorker ball. Maxy pulled his hammy for the 3rd time of the year trying to stop a boundary, he valiantly remained on the pitch for another over, but surrendered as he couldn’t move any more, let alone stop anything. A further blow, we were one bowler down.

Goffy replaced Dan and Jesus replaced Pete. Goffy finally got a wicket in his last over – caught by Alex, and Will might have got one, if the ball hadn’t gone in the vague direct of Kim, who appeared not to want to give a wicket to Will…and Goffy tried a run out only for it to go for a 5. Kim himself then replaced Goffy and Richie replaced Will – both picked up wickets in their 1st overs – both caught by Rob – who was kept very busy towards the end at backward point and midwicket. Tim also did his fair share of fielding, as was Richie with his pulled quad, but he survived. The game was finished rather late at about 20.45 with Glenwood reaching a respectable 135-7.

Dan 4-0-24-0
Kiwi Pete 4-1-25-4
Goffy 4-0-24-1
Jesus 4-0-27-0
Kim 2-0-10-1
Richie 2-0-17-1

The Cazh then trooped off to the Wenvoe Arms for a much-deserved pint



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