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Match Report vs Chancellor's Court (Touring side) 23 July 2022 @ Blackweir(Skipper Luvvers, report Cheese)

The Casuals welcomed Chancellor's Court to Blackweir Fields on what was a stereotypical Welsh summer day with drizzly showers punctuating the day's play. The afternoon didn't get off to the best start with the Casuals trying and failing to erect two gazebos provided by captain for the day Luvvers and an ongoing football match on the outfield which showed no sign of stopping. Eventually the footballer's departed and having loss the toss the Casuals were put into bat.

Cheese and Alex opened the batting on a pitch which could kindly be described as having variable bounce. The opening bowler set about a good spell which involved 3 maidens from his first 4 overs, with the batters targeting the other opening bowler picking off some earlier boundaries with help from the lighting fast outfield and short square boundary to one side. Stevo, fielding for the opposition whilst they awaited the arrival of their eleventh player, could barely contain his joy as it stopped a number of good shots from Cheese in the opening overs.

The boundaries continued to flow with a couple of lovely sixes struck by Cheese off the first change bowler. The openers remained at the crease together until the 17th owner until Cheese seeking to reach his fifty was bowled for 47. That bought will to the crease who successfully navigated the next few overs alongside Alex until drinks were taken after the 20th over.

Looking to press on in the second half on the innings Alex fell to the first ball after drinks attempting to come down the wicket only to be stumped behind off a loopy spin delivery for 39. Tesh, making a rare appearance this season due to a persistent injury, was next out to bat with him and Will setting about a destruction of the oppositions bowling attack with Will striking multiple sixes and Tesh's innings punctuated by 9 fours.

Will was the first Casual to reach 50 on the day, retiring as agreed with the opposition prior to the start, and brining Ram to the crease. Ram's innings didn't last long with a good full length delivery dismissing LBW for a duck. Umapathi (one of two players sourced by Ram to ensure the casuals could field a full 11) wasted no time when he came to the crease striking nice 4 of his second delivery.

Tesh was the second retiree of the day for the Casual's matching Will's fifty after a well played innings. Jim was next out to the bat who following the pace set by the batters prior continued to press on striking a multiple boundaries. With a couple of overs left Umapathi was caught trying to press on, brining Ravi to the crease - cue Stevo's excitement as the probability of him having a bat increased. Ravi (10no) managed to hit a couple of 4's in his short innings with Jim caught off the last ball of the innings much to Stevo's disgust!

The casuals finished on a respectable 252-5 off their 40 overs.

Alex 39st
Cheese 47b
Will 50ret
Tesh 50ret
Ram 0lbw
Umapathi 17ct
Jim 18ct
Ravi 10non
Stevo, Luvvers, Dan - DNB.

Tea for the day was kindly provided by Luvvers with the Casuals and the opposition tucking into chicken caeser salads, and assortment of cakes and fruit. Drinks, both alcoholic and soft, were also provided with a few beers cracked open at the halfway interval.

Dan opening the bowling for the casuals, bowling a tight first over which yielded no runs - sadly not an indication of what was to come! Luvvers was the other opening bowler on the day set about his spell with a tight first few overs only conceding 3 boundaries and a single off his first 3 overs and picking up a solitary maiden. Luvvers and Dan continued there opening spell until Luvvers made the break through in the 10th over, clean bowling the opener for 24, leaving the tourists 50-1.

Having both completed their 6 over opening spells Luvvers and Dan took a well earned rest with Stevo (hobbling around due to a hamstring injury) next up to bowl for the Casuals. Looking to press on the visitors looked to capitalise on the short leg-side boundary picking up a couple of boundaries in Stevo's first over before they were pegged back by a couple of tight overs from Ravi and Stevo respectively. Ravi and Steve continued the bowling for the 10 overs with a number of high scoring overs punctuated by a maiden for Ravi in the eighteenth over. Both Ravi and Steve unfortunately remained wicketless on the day with the oppositions remaining opener and no.3 both retiring for a well made 50no and 51no respectively putting the visitors in a commanding position (Ed:- as both batsmen closed in on their retirements - there were 2 difficult dropped catches in consecutive deliveries off Steveo's bowling put down by Dan and Ram is the deep/rain/wind).

Looking to take advantage of these retirements Ram was next on to bowl for the Casuals taking a wicket with his third delivery with Ravi taking a good catch at point dismissing the no.4 for 5. Cheese assumed the bowling from the other end but was met by two good batters who looking to seal the victory put their foot down. After two over Ram was replaced by Will who after an expensive first over picked up a wicket in his second over bowling the no.5 for 29.

What followed after Will's wicket was a period of one way traffic, despite the return of Dan and Luvvers, with the opposition batsmen quickly picking off the remaining runs to seal victory with their incumbent batsmen finishing on 44no and 9no respectively.

Chancellor's Court 252-3 off 35 overs.

Dan 8-1-35-0
Luvvers 7-1-32-1
Steveo 6-0-61-0
Ravi 4-1-13-0
Ram 2-0-21-1
Umpa 2-0-17-0
Ed 4-0-28-0
Wmw 2-0-20-1
Catches Ravi

A few beers were shared on the boundary after the conclusion of the game with the Casuals wishing the tourists on their way as they set off for a night in Cardiff.



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