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Match Report vs Lisvane 31 May 2021 @ St Mellons(Skipper Rob, report Ben)

Match day descended upon the bank holiday Monday where the sun was shining on the picturesque pitch. Cardiff Casuals lost the toss and went in to bat first. The opening partnership began with a strong 29 runs before Holliday was caught. 20 runs later and number 3. Stewart followed suit, just before New Zealand opener succumbed to a ball hitting the stumps. This brought in village cricket specialist (not in the good way) Baily and run out champion Stevo to the crease, surprisingly putting on a 36 run partnership. The duo faced difficulties when Stevo was shot in the leg, finishing the run like the hero he is – sadly, not even the medic spectators could save his leg. After having a runner on the pitch to compensate for Stevo’s missing leg (spectator Jared - in his last 'match' - also with a leg injury - hence not playing), the inevitable happened: Baily was bowled on 13 runs not long before Stevo – who could only hit boundaries by this point – was given LBW on 23. Captain Owens came to the crease bringing Lieutenant Hopkinson aboard to put on a mammoth 42 and 27 runs respectfully, with an essential 2 runs contributed by P Stephens at the end of the innings.

After realising that the sun was hotter than originally anticipated, some sunburnt members were rearing to get going with the ball. Fast bowling by the opening pair Day and Stewart produced tight figures and two wickets to the latter in the first spell. George produced some slow beauties whilst Captain Owens stepped unto the breach again to produce fast and furious attacks; blunting the batting attack. P Stephens went on to bowl 8 consecutive overs of tight bowling and Bluff produced three wickets from four overs. Goffy returning to mop up the tail and to pick up his 75th wicket as well as his 500th over milestones. Alongside some fielding aggression, mis-fields an aerodynamics, the Cardiff Casuals held the day winning by 33 runs - Casuals 176-6 (40overs) Lisvane 143ao (38overs)

S.Clemens – 29
R.Holliday – 7
E.Stewart – 12
B.Baily – 13
S.Oreilly – 23
R.Owens – 42
J.Hopkinson – 27
P.Stephens – 2
G. Day; G.Philips; T. Bluff - DNB

G.Day – 8-0-25-3
E.Stewart – 7-4-10-2
P.Stevens – 8-1-29-0
G.Phillips – 4-0-27-0
R.Owen – 8-1-29-2
T. Bluff – 4-0-16-3

Catches - 1 x Sam, 1 x Rob
Stumping - 1 x Jim

Thanks for having me chaps – see you Thursday



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