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Match Report vs Glenwood 17 May 2018 @ Wenvoe (Skipper and report Dan)

The team selected by coincidence appeared to be very similar to that selected in 2017 – in a game we narrowly lost. The start time was very relaxed for this friendly fixture, getting started at about 6.20. It was agreed to enforce a retirement of 35 and max 3 overs per bowler, plus Glenwood were going to switch in a few players as they had too many in attendance. The weather was glorious, Dan won the toss and opted to bat first. Kim and Alex opened up. The innings started steadily against a competent bowling attack. The pace picked up in the 3rd and 4th overs. The first wicket fell in the 7th over, Alex, fell to a good length delivery and came off shaking his head (14). Jesus next in. Kim had started to motor and smashed 2 6’s and a few boundaries and retired in the 9th over (40). Matt Cullan joined Will and started with a boundary. In the next 5 overs the pair put on 40 runs only to be halted with Matt pushing off for a quick single and pulling his hammy. He retired hurt on 20. Rob joined Will, but Will didn’t last too much longer – he was unfortunate – creaming an off cover drive but straight at the close fielder who took an excellent catch (22). 110 off 15. Tesh and Rob tried to push the score along, though ended up needing to be content with singles, both finishing not out and the score on 137-2.

Kim 40no (retired)
Alex 14 bowled
Will MW 22ct
Matt C 20 retired hurt
Rob 20 no
Tesh 8no
Pete t, Mark, Steveo, Rich, Dan DNB

Potentially not quite enough, but at least it was defendable.

Steveo took the gloves to give Jesus’s ‘glutes’ a rest. Matt C positioned himself in a non moving third man/long-on position. Pete T and Shakey opened the bowling. Pete’s first was excellent only 1 run, and Shakey followed up with another low scoring over. Pete got the breakthrough in his next over, one was just out of reach of Rob at mid-off, but Alex snaffled a well struck blow 2 balls later at mid-wicket. Rich ‘put one down’ out of the sun off Shakey’s bowling – I say put it down – it hit him half way up his forearm, and what began as laughter brought a bit more concern as it did look as though it hurt quite a bit (a nice seam mark but no bruise). After 6 overs the score on 29. Dan came on first change with Richie (to help him take his mind off his arm). Both did well and Dan took the next wicket – bowled in his 3rd. 58-2 off 12.

With Matt out of action and the max of 3 per bowler, Captain Dan needed to look further a field for bowlers. We had enough but we didn’t want to finished like we did the previous week…the oppo’s no.4 started to look for a swing and retired during the pairs spell, but Rob did get the wicket of the other chap bowled. With 2 overs left Glenwood needed 32 – surely too many to get…Kim up first at the pavilion end enticed a few singles, then took a caught and bowled and a bowled in the penultimate delivery. Jesus at the other end started with a stumped off a wide (the wide was a bit harsh, however, it did bring back the memory of Durnell / Male combo back in the late 90’s). Will then followed up with a straight one last ball to finish the match with a Cazh victory. 117-7 – we’re on a run, a run of one....

Pete T – 3-0-12-1
Mark 3-0-14-0
Dan 3-0-11-1
Richie 3-0-17-0
Tesh 3-0-24-0
Rob 3-0-22-1
Kim 1-0-4-2
Jesus 1-0-9-2

An enjoyable game, all very friendly and then off to the pub for an enormous amount of buffet.



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