Match Report vs Glenwood
25 July 2019 @ St Fagans (Skipper Dan, report Shakey)
On July 25th the place to be was Cambridge – the botanical
garden set a UK record for the hottest temperature at 38.7
celsius or 101.7 fahrenheit. St Fagans was baking too, so
it was a relief to find we were on the main pitch which allowed
the players and spectators (Kiwi Pete made a very welcome
appearance) some cover under the pavilion roof.
Kim and SteveB opened the batting, surely buoyed by a run
of seven wins in a row. But Kim fell for 10 hitting the ball
hard and flat to the welcoming hands of mid-on. The pitch
didn’t seem to be doing much but we weren’t getting
it away easily against some tight bowling. Even new batsman
Will was finding it hard. With the score on 31 Will called
a quick single. The percentages seemed good but they evaporated
with a direct hit – SteveB out for 9 to a good piece
of fielding to be fair. Martin perished lbw for a duck to
leave us 34-3 off 8.
Darren in next to steady the ship. Some wides, nurdles and
blows from Will upped the run rate before Darren and Jim both
departed lbw to leave us 62-5 after 13. Richie next in embarked
on some tip and run before being bowled for 5. At least Will
was there on the back of some good batting performances. Just
a fifty would do. But Will fell to a run out, our most fluent
batsman struggling to reach 36, and Dan fell soon after for
1. At 90-8 off 18 our target was just 100 and our imminent
batting failure was writ large when Dave got his pads on.
But Goff and Shakes saw us to the end taking the score to
102 (just beating that Fahrenheit temperature) before Goff
was bowled off the last ball. The 23 extras, including 14
wides, were a welcome contribution to a disappointing total.
Dan opened nicely with a maiden (always a good line) before
the burly opener took a liking to Dave. Two off his first
ball (good stop from Richie), then boundary four, two runs
(another stop from Richie), single and then a catch followed
by a single to leave Glenwood 10-1 off 2. The next six overs
were carnage. Dan bowled a great spell, wicket to wicket.
There was enough movement to make it hard to score and defend
your wicket and the batsmen really had no answer. Wickets
fell regularly at 10, 19, 20, 27 and two with the score on
33. The game was over for Glenwood with Dan taking 4-11 and
Dave 3-20 backed up by some good catches from Darren, Martin
and Jim. Goff took over where Dan had finished, wrapping up
the tail with 3-4 all bowled to leave them 40 all out, just
beating that celsius temperature. One of the oddest matches
I’ve seen in a while and now 8 wins on the bounce when
we thought we’d blown it.
Kim 10, SteveB 9, Will 36, Martin 0, Darren 6, Jim 0, Richie
5, Dan 1, Goff 4, Shakes 8*, Dave didn’t face a ball.
Glenwood 40 all out
Dan 4-1-11-4, Dave 4-1-20-3, Goff 2-0-4-3, Shakes 1-0-3-0