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Match Report vs Glenwood 05 May 2022 @ Wenvoe(Skipper Richie, report Jim)

There are four words that can sum up this game: welcome back to Wenvoe!

The Casuals got their Willow League campaign underway with a home game against Glenwood. With a full 11 available, and nice weather on show, there was reason to be fairly confident. Then, the team arrived at Wenvoe, where the troubles began. Firstly, nobody could locate the stumps, usually in the kit bag. Luckily, there were some in a store cupboard, that probably belong to that other club that use the ground. This is when the next issue emerged: the pitch. Looking out across the vast space at Wenvoe sports field, identifying a cricket pitch was a tricky business, with long grass covered in daisies as far as the eye could see. Some players walked to the rough position where the square usually is, where there was some slightly shorter grass, clearly intended to be the wicket. Using the faint white lines to guide them, the stumps were placed into the ground, with a rough boundary marked by shards of white plastic, and it was game on!

Glenwood’s skipper won the toss and put the Cazh into bat, with Rhys and Rob sent out to open. With the pitch doing a perfect job at making any delivery into a slow ball, the pair set about rotating the strike with many singles. At one point, one of them actually got the ball off the square, which rarely happened in the whole innings! Despite the pitch’s slow nature, and the difficulty playing big shots, the pair has got off to a good start, reaching 33 off the first 5 overs. In the 6th, however, Rhys was bowled for 12, bringing Will out to the middle. Despite showing endeavour, boundaries were still impossible to find, with wides and quick singles allowing the Cazh to continue scoring, with the score on 53 in the 10th over, before Rob was bowled for a score of 14.

This was where the run rate began to drop and wickets began to fall, with two falling in the 12th over. First, Will was caught off a leading edge, having caught his bat with his pads, before skipper Richie was bowled two balls later, leaving the score on 54-4. In came James who, along with Steveo, aimed to rebuild the innings. James in particular tried to add some impetus by swinging from the hip, although this produced very little success. The pressure to add to the total reached a crescendo, producing a calamitous run out. James pushed the ball to mid-off and called for a run, feeling there was an easy single. Steveo disagreed and stood his ground, with James run out whilst halfway down the track, 65-5. Maxy entered the fray to try his hand at adding some runs, before being bowled, with Dave W also bowled two deliveries later. Goffy and Steveo navigated the remainder of the innings, with the Cazh finishing on 79-7 off 18 overs, with not a single boundary scored!

Rhys b12
Rob b14
Will ct13
Steveo no9
Richie b0
James ro7
Maxy b3
Dave W b0
Goffy no0

DNB: Shakey, DT

Despite the low score, the Cazh were not disheartened, knowing that the pitch and outfield would be just as problematic for the opposition. Indeed, the Cazh got off to a great start, with Goffy getting one of the openers caught and bowled. The following over, Shakey was very unfortunate not to get the number 3 batsman out LBW, for reasons that still remain unclear. At the other end, Glenwood’s danger man found the first boundary of the game, hitting Goffy back over his head for 6. Soon after, however, he was gone. In the same week that Diego Maradona’s infamous ‘hand of God’ shirt was sold at auction, the Cazh also found themselves on the right side of some fortunate handy work. In Shakey’s third over, the Glenwood opener walked down the wicket and got himself in an awkward position. Unable to see the ball until late, keeper James desperately stuck out a glove, mainly hoping to prevent byes, with the ball rebounding onto the stumps to remove the batsman, stumped! Just the slice of fortune that the Cazh would need!

There’s a common saying in cricket that one always brings two. Well, in this case, one wicket brought a second and a third in quick succession! Entering his final over, Goffy tempted the number 4 into a drive, finding an edge that flew perfectly into Will’s bucket hands/bread basket region. Two balls later and Goffy had the number 5 trapped LBW for his third wicket of the innings in what was a useful spell, with the score at 26-4 off 7 overs. Maxy replaced Goffy and DT replaced Shakey, with both bowling tidily to help restrict the scoring. DT found a wicket early in his spell, with Shakey taking the catch at mid-on, removing the potentially dangerous number 3 batsman, 41-5 off 10. Dave White soon came on to bowl down the hill and also got his spell off to a positive start with a wicket, Goffy taking the catch on this occasion. The score started to creep up, however, with a few wides being bowled and the Glenwood numbers 7 and 8 running at every opportunity, with one also hitting a 4 through square leg. After 16.1 overs, Glenwood reached their target of 80, to take a 4-wicket win.

Goffy 4-0-15-3
Shakey 4-0-10-1
Maxy 3-0-17-0
DT 3-0-22-1
Dave W 2.1-0-14-1

Catches: Will, Shakey, Goffy x2
Stumpings: James

Overall, a tight game of cricket played on a pitch that was not fit for purpose, which showed in the difficulty in scoring runs. The Cazh remained competitive all the way until the end, but just couldn’t quite hold on. After the game, the team went across the road to the Wenvoe Arms, where pints and buffet were enjoyed!



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