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Match Report vs Chartered Trust 11 August 2020 @ Cardiff CC, Forest Farm (Skipper Will, report Jim)

The Casuals faced Chartered Trust on a Tuesday evening that felt as hot as the midday sun on the Costa Del Sol and, thankfully, before the thunder rolled into Cardiff the following day! With Trust’s secretary/captain also being the fixture secretary for Cardiff CC, Forest Farm was the venue for the game, being played on a used South Wales Premier pitch, which was much harder and flatter than the sides were used to! The boundary was also enticingly short square of the wicket, so the potential for a high scoring game was there!

Trust were to bat first, with Dan taking the new pink ball to open from the Southern end of the ground, Steve B from the Northern end. It didn’t take long for the first wicket to fall; the number 2 being run out at the striker’s end by Steve B. The brought the number 3 out to bat, who struggled against the pace. Rob came on to replace Dan, with Keith replacing Steve, with the batsmen finding some rhythm as a pair. The partnership was soon broken, however, with the number 3 missing a delivery from Keith, with James taking off the bails for the stumping. The number 1 batsman was still going well and took to going after the Cazh bowlers, taking advantage of the short boundaries to retire for a fairly quick 51.

At this point, the run rate had gradually slowed, but a decent total was still on the cards, but the Cazh kept themselves in the contest with some additional wickets. Patrick ran the number 4 batsman out off his own bowling; the ball middled into his shin by the on-strike bat, before rebounding onto the stumps at the non-striker’s end. Richie bowled the number 5 bat, with Dan bowling the number 6 late on. Finally, Luvvers had the number 8 caught by Rob in the final over, meaning Trust finished their innings on 120-6 off 18 overs.

Dan 3-0-16-1
Steve B 2-0-16-0
Rob 3-0-23-0
Keith 3-0-21-1
Steveo 2-0-10-0
Patrick 3-0-18-0
Richie 1-0-10-1
Luvvers 1-0-3-1

Stumping: James
Run-Outs: Steve B, Patrick

Luvvers and Martin opened up for the Cazh run chase, with Luvvers finding the boundary with the first ball of the innings. The second over started with some controversy. Luvvers, as far as those on the side were concerned, had creamed a 6 to the leg side, but the Trust wicket keeper seemed to think it should be a dead ball for a double hit (numerous things wrong with that). After deliberation with the scorers, however, a 6 was awarded. Unfortunately, Trust got the last laugh as next ball, Luvvers was caught behind following a top edge, 13-1. Captain Will came in next and saw the score up to 35, before being caught at point, with Martin soon following, also caught, having played some nice back foot punches in his innings, 43-3.

Richie and Steve B plugged away for the next few overs, but the run rate was starting to dry up, with the score standing at 54 after 9 overs, 67 required off the remaining 9. Steve B was out next, caught at point, Richie following in the next over, bowled with the score on 59. The stream of wickets falling didn’t end there. Steveo was out for 1 and Rob out soon after for 2, both caught, with the score reading 78-7 with 4 overs remaining, the Cazh looking to be in a perilous position!

Dan had joined James out in the middle, and both entered a positive mindset, knowing that boundaries were the only way to reach the target. The 15th over went for 13 runs, with Dan hitting two boundaries off it, taking the score to 91. The 16th over went for 14, with James hitting a 6, prompting the bowler to change from spin to ‘fast’ off his long run-up, with James dispatching two 4s down the ground after the change, 105-7 with 2 overs left! The Trust bowlers were rattled, with the retired opening batsman also seeing 13 plundered off his over, Dan hitting a huge 6 and James a further 4, 118-7 off 17 overs.

The final over came and it was set for a possible tense finale, with 3 runs required. The Trust wicket keeper, playing in his last game for them (before moving away from Cardiff I believe), handed the gloves to another player and took the responsibility of the last over, clearly wanting one last hurrah. Dan, however, had other ideas, flicking the first ball off his pads for 4 to win, giving the Cazh a 3-wicket victory, James and Dan having shared a 48 run partnership off 20 balls!

Luvvers ct12
Martin ct13
Will ct15
Richie b7
Steve B ct4
Steveo ct1
James no36
Rob ct2
Dan no20

DNB: Patrick, Keith

A very enjoyable and exciting game, followed by a few socially distanced beers as the sun set over the rather stunning Forest Farm ground!



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