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Match Report vs Eclipse 15 August 2018 @ St Fagans (Skipper and report Dan)

The weather was overcast and rain looked likely – but never materialised. Captain Dan lost the toss again and the Cazh were asked to field. The match was reduced to 18 overs. Jesus turned up injured and hardly able to walk (so not much different there), so Luvvers offered to keep. Dan opened the bowling and got a wicket 2nd ball bowling Mike. Dave opened from the horse field end. Eclipse tried to go large from the off and many connected. After 6 overs, Eclipse had moved on to 44-1, with the number 3 scoring mainly in boundaries. Paul and Maxy were first change bowlers, Paul picked up wickets in each of his 3 overs – first stumped off a wide, second a very good catch taken by Kim on the boundary and the other bowled. This meant Paul has reached the momentous milestone of 500 wickets for the Cazh! Maxy also picked up 2 – first caught by Dan (and injuring his left hand again), the 2nd bowled. After 12 the score on 90-5 and the No3 retired on 50. He had given 2 chances, one that dropped short of Dan, but maybe should have been attacked and a missed stumping. Richie, Alex and Kim bowled 1 over a piece from the PetersonSE end Shakey bowled his spell from the other. Shakey got a wicket in his first – caught by Maxy at mid-on. The fielders now wanted to just restrict runs rather than take wickets – didn’t want the No3 to return. It appeared that Kim either didn’t hear or didn’t listen or just ignored, as he picked up 2 wickets in his 1 over – stumped, then bowled. This brought Hamblin back on to face Shakey’s last over…unfortunately the over went for 23 including 2x6’s. Eclipse finishing on 156-9.

Dan 3-0-19-1
Dave 3-0-20-0
Paul 3-0-27-3
Matt C 3-0-18-2
Richie 1-0-8-0
Shakey 3-0-37-1
Alex 1-0-15-0
Kim 1-0-6-2

A challenging total, but achievable as on paper – it was a good batting line up (well down to 5 anyway). Kim and Alex opened, Kim started aggressively and got a couple of boundaries, Alex got a 4 off the first ball, but 2 balls later came down the track to the spinner, missed and was stumped. Luvvers joined Kim and the pair appeared to try and run each other out as often as possible. This along with a number of boundaries, the score rapidly increased. Kim fell in the 6th over trying to hit 3 6’s in a row and was caught behind the score on 61. First change brought in quick bowler Mike and he slowed the run rate down and got the wicket of Luvvers bowled. A non-running Jesus made it slowly out to the middle and fair play scored almost completely in boundaries. After 11 overs the score on 94-3. The introduction to the bowling line up of the top scoring unbeaten batsman turned the game in favour of Eclipse. The next 5 overs went for 12 runs with the loss of 5 wickets – all of them to him (finishing with figures 6 for 5). Bowling quick right arm round with a hint of swing, he got the wicket of Maxy, then in his second took Jesus and Rob, and in his 3rd and with fading light took Paul and Richie. Dan and Shakey batted out the final over including a late 6 to take the score up to a respectable 120-8 at the close.

An enjoyable game and it didn’t rain, plus an excellent fielding display throughout from the cazh, plus attacking batting in the first half. Eclipse played well also, especially the skipper! The Cazh joined Eclipse in the bar for a pint before heading off home. So after the last mid-week game of the season, the win to loss ratio back to 50:50

Kim 39ct
Alex 4st
Luvvers 20b
Maxy 13ct
Will MW 19ct&b
Rob G 1ct
Paul 3ct&b
Dan 13no
Richie 0b
Mark 1no
Dave DNB



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