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Match Report vs Glenwood 29 July 2021 @ St Fagans (Skipper Rob, report Rhys)

Another trip to St Fagans, and another overcast evening for the Casual’s League match vs Glenwood. A good pitch to bat first we thought, but Glenwood disagreed, electing to put the Cazh in – everyone was happy it would seem.

After a quick episode of ChuckleVision - which involved 9 Glenwood players ‘To Me, To You’-ing with the sight screen – the game was underway with Will & Rhys to open. An uncharacteristic miss of a straight ball was enough to dismiss Rhys in the first over, and after a decent pull shot past mid-wicket a few overs later, Will holed out a short ball for mid-off to take a decent catch.

“How many balls [will he last]” Dan joked as Steve walked to the crease. “Always five” came the reply from our ever optimistic Captain.
Glenwood made it four wickets from four overs when Steve was bowled on his SIXTH ball (have more faith Rob!) with Rich suffering the same fate two balls later. The Cazh in trouble at 16/4. Naren stuck around for a few overs, picking up some useful singles before getting stumped by some good glove-work from their keeper.

Dan was in at #7, and after trying his best to run out Rob, he was caught going for the big hit. This brought debutant Alex Shatford to the crease, playing a few decent shots for singles before suffering the same fate as his predecessor.

Maxi was in at 9, knowing that an early trip to the pub would be on the cards unless he stuck around to build a decent partnership with Rob, who in the meantime had racked up a solid 25 without seemingly breaking a sweat.

By the time Maxi got to the crease there had only been three boundaries in the innings, and the Cazh were in desperate need of some runs. We needn’t have worried though, as Rob and Maxi hit 5 more boundaries between them, including two sixes from Maxi (one of which looked to be headed for one of the Glenwood players’ Audi A3). A solid partnership of 35 was brought to an end when Maxi was caught in the penultimate over for a quick-fire 24.

Pat came to the crease with only 8 balls left, but somehow managed to face 11 as the final over pushed Mr. X.Tras into second place on the high score table, and tested the scorers’ limit of how small they could write a + sign.

A decent total for the Casuals to defend - given the start - thanks in most part to a ‘captains inning’ of 43* from Rob.

Will – caught – 6
Rhys – bowled – 0
Rich – bowled – 1
SteveO – bowled – 3
Naren – stumped – 5
Rob – not out – 43*
Dan – caught – 2
Alex – caught – 3
Maxi – caught – 24
Patrick – not out – 1*
Tim – DNB
Extras – 28
Total 115 -8

It started well, with a wicket maiden for Dan, following a great fingertip catch from Rob. Some heavy scoring ensued with their batsmen 2 & 3 clearly hoping to end the game before light became an issue.

Another great catch, this time from Naren - taking a very difficult low chance fielding in cover - was enough to slow the run rate down and allow the Casuals to get back in the game. After 8 overs, we’d restricted Glenwood to 49-4, some excellent deliveries from Dan & Maxi producing another wicket each.

Glenwood rallied, however, and their top batsman L. Sutton was in fine form, knocking boundary after boundary to put the game beyond any doubt. He retired on 50* and the game was finished off with five overs to spare.

Dan 4-1-13-2
Pat 2-0-24-0
Maxi 4-0-33-2
Naren 2-0-28-0
Alex 1.4-0-13-0
Tim 1-0-8-0



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