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Match Report vs Glamorgan Centurions 07 July 2022 @ Llantwit Fardre (Skipper Richie, report Pablo)

The various Casz assembled from the country to the delights of the hilltop ground in glorious sunshine. We were to put it politely, depleted but we did have 11 which seemed unlikely in the weeks leading up to the game.

The skipper did his usual and lost the toss and GC decided to bat first on a pitch that in fairness looked like a road and an outfield that had been freshly cut to within an inch of its life. Things were looking ominous.

Max and Shakey opened the bowling to somewhat varying results, Max bowled well and his line was good and didn’t go for too many but Shakey got treated to a few slaps to mid-wicket for 4.

The first wicket fell in the 4th over to Shakey, a backfoot slap to cover caught very well by Naran low and dipping on him, 27-1 and then two runs later their number 3 charged down the wicket to attempt a sweep (I know, I was surprised too) and got stumped by Stevo for 2 runs, (some would say a stumping was even more surprising but he was a long way down.)

Then Max, got an absolutely stone-dead LBW in his third over and removed the other opener they were now 30 for 3 in the 5th and then Shakes then got their number 4, again stone-dead LBW swinging across the line in the 6th over, GC 30 for 4. Eyebrows raised, hope of a complete stuffing fading into the distance?

They put on a bit of a partnership from here on, a big friendly bloke smashed some fours and sixes helped by me bowling like a c*nt to be fair. I did get him caught at backward point looking into the sun eventually by Rob after he had smashed 32 but the tide was turning. Naren was doing a much better job than me at the other end and was unlucky not to get rewarded with a wicket.

So, they were on 69-5 in the 9th over at this stage but then the big partnership began, their number 5 and 7 ended 41 and 48 not out respectively, some fine shots, some hacks but pretty much without a chance given. It must be reported that old man Prior and Tim bowled admirably in trying circumstances for 3 overs each and the batters did struggle with the lack of pace on offer.

Max and Shakey finished off the innings with an over each, the only notable action was an accidental beamer from Max which resulted in the facing batsman being a knob about it and said batsman being berated by Max and his own team for being a knob.

GC – 160 for 5 off 20 overs

M Cullen 4-0-18-1, M Stephens 4-0-35-3, P Stephens 3-0-31-1, Narran 3-0-23-0, J Prior 3-0-19-0

T Bluff-Hughes 3-0-33-0.

Now the batting! This will be short and not so sweet, I think it’s fair to say we found no fluency throughout our batting innings whatsoever, the bowling was straight but not really threatening.

Notably, Bryn carried his bat for a dogged 37, nobody else got into double figures, we ended up with 71 for 7 off the 20 overs.

Rob opened with Bryn and forgot his glasses, not ideal for opening the batting, he was caught at mid-wicket I think for 7. Ram was also caught after some instances of silent calling for 3.

Steve got caught for a duck, the skip hit a lovely 4 to long on before getting bowled for 6. Naran also bowled for a duck. Tim joined Bryn and hit a lovely 4 through mid-wicket before being bowled for 9 I got run out by a pitch length trying to run a two for a duck and Foxy finished 0 not out.

The Casuals then scurried back to where they came from.



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