Match Report vs Mitres
13 July 2022 @ Cathedral School (Skipper Richie, report
Thanks to Shakey’s extensive collection of porn, readily
available on the Casuals website, it is possible to complete
a review of Cazh fixtures played on the 13th day of the 7th
month of each year. Having reviewed the data available, it’s
fair to say that this date, and the Casuals, have a fairly
mixed, to underwhelming, relationship.
After their formation in 1993, it was not until 1997 that
the Casuals played their first ever 13th July fixture. The
Cazh welcomed Bedwas to St Mellons and, thanks to 3 for 11
and a score of 32 from Winky, took the win in a friendly match.
No organised fixture in 1998 and an abandonment against South
Wales Echo in 1999 meant that the Cazh would have to wait
until the turn of the millennium to play on 13th July again.
In fact, 2004 would be the next 13th July fixture for Cardiff
Casuals, following cancelled fixtures in 2000 and 2003, against
Penarth and Newbridge respectively, and no organised fixture
in 2001 and 2002. The 2004 fixture, against South Glam at
Cathedral School, saw the Casuals defend a small total of
90, by bowling out the opposition for 37! Perhaps more entertaining,
though, is the tail that Steveo required the use of crutches,
after stopping a certain 4 with his foot!
Jumping ahead to 2006, the Casuals lost their first 13th
July fixture, a league fixture against Rhiwbina that ended
in a 6-wicket defeat. Reading the report, it seems that a
player called Dan (Lewis, or someone else?) was responsible
for running out 4 of his team mates – a fitting performance
for a Casual!
Next is a 2008 fixture against South Wales Sri Lankans. Evidently,
Wenvoe was in fine form for this fixture, with Sri Lankans
only managing 118 in 40 overs, and the Cazh failing to chase
that down. Indeed, the Cazh also appeared to be in fine form,
collapsing from 59-1 to 77-7 during the chase – Johnny
F was a happy skipper that day…
A fixture against British Airways in 2009, and one against
Eclipse in 2010 (the 750th scheduled Casuals game!), were
cancelled, before a series three years of no fixtures organised
on this date, the next occasion was the 2014 fixture against
Clytha at Llanarth. With the 2014 World Cup final on this
date, perhaps the most significant aspect of this game was
tea being held at the end of the game, rather than between
innings – some Casuals must have been wasting away by
that point! Anyway, the Cazh made a small target of 133 difficult
to chase (shock), but managed to take the win!
After a break in 2015, the seasons of 2016 and 2017 saw consecutive
fixtures on 13th July. Both held at Wenvoe, both played against
the Willow League’s friendliest team, both ending in
defeat. Reviewing the history of this date, the Casuals had
played 7 games on 13th July, winning 3 and losing 4, with
6 abandoned or cancelled, including a 2021 fixture against
Kamikaze. Not the most favourable of days for the club, then.
It is at this point where, if you’ve bothered to keep
reading and not fallen asleep, you might be expecting a detailed
account of the 2022 season’s 13th July fixture against
The Mitres, played at Cathedral School. Well, prepare to be
disappointed (or relieved that you don’t have much more
The Mitres won the toss and chose to field. The Casuals didn’t
lose many wickets, but missed out on runs, finishing on 114-4
off 20 overs. The Mitres, in the true spirit of a friendly
fixture, chased the total in 14.1 overs, largely by charging
down the wicket to hit the ball back overs the bowlers’
Alex H ct29
DNB: James, Shakey, Dan, Rob, Steveo, Jack S
Catches: Dan, Rhys, Alex
The Cazh visited the Butcher’s Arms in Llandaff following
the game, but even this wasn’t up to standards. Mixed
atmosphere in the garden, minimal snack offerings and Shakey
being served a pint of dregs from a barrel of beer.
Perhaps we need to avoid 13th July for fixtures in the future!