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Match Report vs Glam Centurions 30 July 2020 @ Llantwit Fardre (Skipper Will, report Martin)

It was a glorious Thursday evening for the casuals to head north of Cardiff to Llantwit Fadre, to face one of our regular Willow League rivals in a friendly. Pressure was leaning heavily on the new captain Will, could he fill the boots of cazh legend Dan, who in his final season had won the indoor/outdoor cup double? Would he stop his 100% game and toss losing record? Had off field problems such as a star player (well, a player) being stranded in quarantine affected his ability to focus on cricket? What about the media focusing on his Root-esque inability to convert 40s into 50s since becoming captain? And in a relationship mirroring the Strauss/Pietersen saga, could he manage maverick talents such as Steveo while keeping the team dynamic together?

Predictably, Steveo was late, and predictably Will loss the toss again and we were put into bat. With 2 debutants (George and Sam) in the lineup, and batting looking light, Martin was promoted to open for the first time with James. This experiment didn’t go very well, Martin edged his way to 4 before swinging across a straight one and being bowled. Will and James put on 30 runs together, before James got out LBW. Rich came in at 4 to join Will, as Will headed into his 40s could he get to his first 50 as captain? He skied one deep to mid-on… but was dropped and made it to 50. Will was then out LBW (questionably, some would say). Rob came to join Rich and they put on a further 20 runs or so for us to finish on 97, a pretty good score in 18 overs and with an incredibly slow outfield.

Special mention must go to Rich who came in when we were on 43 and got out on the last ball of the innings for 3. Meaning during his time in the middle he scored a whopping 6% of the team’s runs, quite the anchor innings. (Though on a serious note there were so few boundaries this actually did involve a LOT of running and he was well tired after, good effort.)

Cardiff Casuals - 97-4 18 Overs
James lbw10 (though worth pointing out the scorebook had 9, but he had counted while batting and was sure the scorers were wrong so looked through the scorebook until he found their error…)
Martin b4
Will MW lbw54
Rich c3
Rob no10

The mid-innings break consisted of skittles and predictable moaning from Steveo about not getting a bat.

We went out to the field, with debutant Sam taking the gloves, high pressure considering there were 3 (James, Will, Steveo, maybe more?) other cazh keepers in the field. Keith and DT opened up and things were kept fairly tight until Keith got a wicket, with a remarkable diving stumping from Sam, as he wasn’t even standing up to the stumps! They both had 4 overs each which caused some grumbling because there’d been an agreement that Centurions could only have 3 overs each as they wanted to rotate more than 11 into the match, which didn't apply to the Cazh.

Will relented to Steveo’s moaning and gave him a bowl, with Shakes as the other first change, despite a Steveo wicket and a run-out by Shakes the game was starting to get away from us. These points in games are what dictate a poor or a great era of captaincy. Will finally stood up to Steveo, ripping the ball out of his hand as Steve demanded a 4th over and gave the ball to Rob.

Rob proceeded with a devastating spell of actually bowling the ball so it hit the stumps (maybe more of us should try this?), and took 3 wickets, all bowled. This was supported by debutant George, playing his first ever game of cricket from the other end. Glam were 90-7 on the final over, 7 to tie, 8 to win. Unfortunately for them Shakes bowled a brilliant over taking 2 wickets, including a second stumping for Sam, for just one run to win us the game in a tense finale.

Glam Centurions – 91-9 18 Overs
Keith 4 overs – 0 maidens – 16 runs – 1 wicket
DT 4-0-29-0
Steveo 3-0-14-1
Shakey 4-0-15-3
George 1-0-10-0
Rob O 2-0-7-3

Also, shout out to Andrew Hood and his wife came along to watch and are now considered our lucky mascots.


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