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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.

Casuals 102-9
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



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