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Match Report vs Lisvane 15 May 2022 @ Lisvane (Skipper Richie, report Obee1)

The second Sunday friendly of the year featured a full Casuals 11, no tea and an unpromising weather forecast of rain all afternoon. But it was bright enough when arrived, so it wasn't a huge surprise that we lost the toss and Lisvane chose to bat. Looking around, it seemed that Lisvane had picked their traditional Sunday side of enthusiastic youth and grizzled experience.
Cazh opened the bowling with pace at one end with Biggs at one end and the spin at the other with DT. Tasked with seeing off this opening blast were a left handed who I'm sure has scored plenty against us before, and a young lad who we've probably met before but I didn't recognise. After a quiet open 2 overs, the leftie opened up on Steve and his 2nd over went for 20.

Looking to go again, he topped a high chance square which was taken by Obee above his head, stumbling backwards. Out for a quickfire 17, and from the reaction from the Lisvane benches this was a big wicket. DT bagged the new batsman LBW before the end of the over with what I'm guessing was pretty debateable call as the umpire was quickly hooked. With the rain coming in, 3 over spells was the call, and the next pair up were Shakes and Obee. Lisvane had advanced to 45 when the no4 popped a catch up to Luvvers for Shakes, and the 5th wicket only 2 runs later, bowled Obee caught SteveO. At 47-4, could we knock them over quickly and get a game in before the rain? Of course not. In any other situation, a 60 run Father and Son partnership might be heartwarming, but in the rain not so much. Slow scoring too, as Dave White, SteveO, Luvvers and Rhys didn't give a lot away. The rain could have stopped the match at any time, but each time it got heavy, it eased off before the call came.

The return of Biggs brought the breakthough, getting the remaing opener for 42, caught Obee and I can't remember it at all. Mark crushed the last significant resistance, bowling Dad for 31 and exposing the tail at 110-6. Moment of comedy when the hooked umpire was run out tidily by luvvers and looked liked he'd been robbed blind, but he was well out. PeteO picked up a couple more with straight ones the batsmen missed, before SteveO bowled the last to leaving us chasing 131 to win. But in honesty, I don't think anyone thought we'd be playing after lunch as the rain was still falling and showing no signs of letting up.

Biggs 1-34
DT 2-24
Obee 3-18
M Stephens 2-18
D White 0-6
SteveO 1-12
Loveridge 0-5
R Davies 0-8
R Owens 0-5

The hooked umpire/aggrevied run out victim turned health and safety inspector over 'tea', warning us that in the wet conditions the young Lisvane quicks would be a handful. Didn't really look like that from the boundary, with Rob and Rhys looking in no trouble and turning the board over nicely. At least that was until Rob was given out LBW (8), the vigour with which he cleaned his boots suggesting it he may have disagreed with the decision.

This brought WMW to the crease, and was not conspicously troubled by the Lisvane attack and steady rain either either. It looked like this partnership would see us home, but Rhys fell just 18 shy of victory for 34. Jesus completed his half century and Luvvers got to 10* before the inevitable win. Everything was very soggy by the end, so very good of Lisvane to let it play to the end.

R Owens 8
R Davies 34
WMW 58*
Loveridge 10*



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