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Match Report vs Cavaliers 07 August 2018 @ Wenvoe (Skipper Dan/Rob, report Shakey)

A depleted Cavaliers team, buoyed by some Penarth guests and two late arrivals, were our visitors to Wenvoe on a glorious evening as the summer of 2018 reached its zenith. I’d never seen the pitch look so yellow and the cracks up the wicket were like canyons - we expected it would bounce.

Kim and Alex opened against one of the Penarth guests Pascoe. With good pace, a little swing, some prodigious sideways movement and occasional extravagant bounce he looked a handful. There was some playing and missing and an accumulation of extras but our openers grew steadily in confidence. So much so that the dangerous opening bowler went for 35 off his four overs. The highlight was an effortless, almost laconic six straight back over his head towards the football field from Alex. One of the shots of the year.

With their best bowler put to the sword our innings developed an inevitable momentum, slowed sometimes by some generous umpiring when the bowling flagged. Alex hit another huge six comfortably over the trees at cow and on to the Ely rangers pitch and he retired soon after with Will joining Kim. By the end of the 12th over we were 110-0.

But it was then that the innings started to unravel as Kim retired and none of the incoming batsmen could get to grips with an increasingly accurate attack. In the last 8 overs we only managed 39 runs for the loss of five wickets with one boundary from Paul. Could we defend 150?

Kim 52*
Alex 50*
Will 2
Matt 2
Rob 8
Dan 0
Paul 11*
Mark 0
Richie, Foxy, Dave DNB

Dave started well by removing the Penarth opener in his first over. Dan bowled a tight spell with no luck. Then Foxy picked up Chapman thanks to a catch to Will and at the end of the 10th they were 57-2. Matt removed Steaders for 46 but the hitting became ferocious with the Pascoe and Sixsmith making hay against Foxy and shakes. It all seemed too easy for the Cavaliers until Paul removed Pascoe stumped, Shakes bowled Grayson and Paul bowled an excellent 19th over with the wicket of Sixsmith for just two extras to leave the score at 146-6. Shakes had the honour of the last over but the first ball was edged through the slips for two, relieving the pressure of 10 balls without a run off the bat, and it was all over next ball as a sweep fell into a gap for two. Our winning streak in Wales came to an end.

Dan 4-1-12-0
Dave 4-0-29-1
Matt 3-0-26-1
Foxy 3-0-36-1
Paul 3-0-17-2
Mark 2.2-0-29-1



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