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Match Report vs Whitchurch Heath 24 April 2022 @ Whitchurch Hospital (Skipper Richie, report Luvvers)

Whitchurch CC vs Cardiff Casuals CC – 24th April 2022


The first game of the season under the new captaincy of Rich, it goes without saying that we all wish him the best of luck for the upcoming season.

The weather was cloudy with sunny spells, a little chill in the air when the sun was hidden but nevertheless a good day for cricket. The pitch looked immaculate considering it was so early in the season so credit to the groundsman from a batting point of view, from a bowling point of view it was about to be a tough gig. We had a 1300hrs start and all players were actually ready to go (even Stevo!). The skippers went out to toss the coin and Rich had his first loss of the season, Whitchurch winning and choosing to bat first.

First Innings

Due to an injury to Dave (great effort for turning up and playing by the way) the bowling options were rather limited, Luvvers opened up with Steve and the match was underway. Both unlucky finding inside and outside edges against two very good opening batsmen but a boundary ball per over kept their rate at roughly 5 an over, with the batsmen punishing anything short and wide to the very small boundary on the pavilion side of the ground. 12 overs gone and Whitchurch were 50-0 and looking comfortable. The first bowling change saw Will replacing Luvvers and Shakes replacing Steve, Shakes bowled well only giving away 4 boundaries in his 8 overs and two of them should have been prevented. Will however in his new role of first change bowler was punished for anything too full or short and the opening batsmen attacked the small boundary with some big hits. Both batsmen retired after reaching their 50’s and this prompted their next two batters to go on the attack especially against Will.

The second change from the top end saw Rhys replacing Will, after a nervy first over going for a 6 and 4 he then settled into a nice tidy line and length, the only boundaries coming from their number 3 who was swiping across the line to the short boundary and getting away with it every time, Rhys got his revenge and picked up the first wicket of the season, the batsman pulling a hard effort to Jack who made a difficult catch look very easy. Shortly after, Rhys had our first drop of the season, although this was a tough caught and bowled chance that the batter drilled back at him to be fair. At the other end, Shakes’ good spell ended and Stevo replaced him.

This was probably the tidiest spell I’ve seen from Stevo and he was rewarded with 4 wickets, 2 bowled, one brilliantly stumped by Jimmy and the other caught well at cover by Will. 2 of these wickets came in the last over of the innings within the first 4 balls, Stevo had 2 balls to get his first ever 5-for**! Their number 9 had a swipe and hit the 5th ball for 4 so there was one opportunity left, Stevo bowled and the batsman attacked, he mistimed a slog straight down the throat of our new skipper and he spilled it! 2nd drop of the season for the Casuals and prevented a first ever 5-for**. That wrapped up the innings and although we had tough stages the whole team stuck at it and kept the score to a level that a solid batting line up could potentially chase on a good track. Whitchurch getting themselves to 221-5.

Luvvers 8-1-36-0
Steve 6-0-26-0
Will 6-0-52-0
Shakes 8-0-35-0
Rhys 6-1-33-1
Stevo 6-1-32-4

Catches x 2 – Will, Jack
Stumping x 1 - Jimmy


As there were no teas, it was up to individuals to provide for themselves. A mixture of quiches, pasta pots, doughnuts and wraps were spotted, nothing too exciting or extravagant to report I’m afraid.

Second Innings

Looking at the batting line up, there was a strange sense of positivity coming from the Casuals, this was further enhanced after the first few overs. Jack and Rhys opening up against their two quickies and playing superbly, both looked solid in defence whilst cutting, pulling and driving anything loose. The 50 partnership just came up in the 11th over before Rhys got unlucky and was bowled, I think it was an inside edge (but could be wrong), a solid effort and certainly helped us on our way and saw off the opening bowlers. This brought Will to the crease, Jack continued to play beautifully not giving any half chances to the opposition and rotating the strike well, Will was timing it well but regularly finding the extra cover fielder with his drives.A few boundaries later including one stunning straight six from Will brought up the second 50 partnership of the innings, the Casuals were going well and keeping up with the rate when Will thought it was time to bring out the reverse sweep against their slow left armer, the ball bounced a touch more and Will gloved it to their fielder who took a tidy diving catch, the Casuals were 106-2 from 24 overs at this point and well set with wickets in hand for a good chase.

The loss of Will brought Steve to the crease. The bowling changes tightened things up as the run rate slowed down, although batting beautifully Jack was struggling to find boundaries (he was knackered to be fair) and Steve took a few balls to get going, it was at this point where the regular shouts from the boundary from Stevo began, ‘it’s not a test match’, ‘get on with it’ and ‘you have a big bat use it’ were a few to note. The Casuals were on 168 from 34 overs when Steve got bowled after a well made 33. The Whitchurch skipper decided to bring his openers back on to close the game out as Dave arrived at the crease, he valiantly tried to be aggressive but some accurate bowling was too good to get away, meanwhile the fatiguing Jack was still battling away at the other end running hard at every opportunity.

Noticing that the game was slipping away and boundaries were hard to come by, Jack decided to run everything, including a two that Usain Bolt wouldn’t have made let alone Dave, it was taken in good spirit by Dave though as we were pushing hard to get to their target. Dave was run out in the 38th over with the score on 177 bringing Jimmy to the crease. This brought with it some aggressive swings but by this point the game had gone, it was a good batting display and a great chase held together by a fantastic knock from Jack. The tight bowling in the middle overs and the openers coming back on stalled our momentum but fair play for the effort. The Casuals finishing on 196-4, 26 runs short of victory.

Jack – Not Out 89
Rhys – Bowled 16
Will – Caught 31
Steve – Bowled 33
Dave – Run Out 6
Jimmy – Not Out 6

DNB – Luvvers, Stevo, Rich , Shakes

** a few days later it was remembered that Steveo had actually previouslly btained a 5for back in 2009 - that day had a similar feel as recounted n the below snippet from that match report

"With the best chance of his life to claim a 5for Steveo (and Foxy at the other end) was kept on for the remaining overs. Foxy unlucky with a couple of difficult catches off his bowling (mainly fielders running desperately in the deep), but Steveo got one wicket closer in the 37th picking up another bowled. The penultimate over Steveo needing one more….second ball, the batsman looped one up to mid-on, Richie standing underneath it, hands out (or should it be thumbs out), fumble, spilt dropped….was that the chance…? No, two balls later the milestone (that’ll never be seen again) was reached Steveo bowling the number 9.!!!! After the celebrations he finished off the innings last ball of his spell getting the last wicket bowled once again!! Shocking scenes."


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