Match Report vs Lisvane
28 August 2022 @ St Mellons (Skipper Luvvers, report
Casuals back at Lisvane for another Sunday friendly. Our
previous visit this season was a good demonstration of why
cricket isn’t played in wet weather, but today we were
met with a warm day and a decent looking pitch. A few casuals
picked up their new shirts from the kit bag and although there
were some question marks over the kit man’s ironing,
the shirts were pulled on and the casuals took to the field
in good spirits. Actually, most of us did – Steveo spent
the first over in the changing room, presumably getting rid
of some last-minute nerves in the bathroom or psyching himself
up in the mirror.
Cap’n Luvvers and Rob opened the bowling and the batsmen
seemed to struggle with Luvvers’ pace, producing a few
unconvincing shots in the air through backward point but nothing
going to hand. The openers seemed to quite enjoy Rob’s
bowling despite him not doing a lot wrong. DT replaced Rob
after a few overs and quickly had the opener LBW. Pabs replaced
Luvvers and bowled a good line and length. The remaining opener
and no.3 were getting into their stride however and both were
looking increasingly comfortable. A brief chat between some
of the casuals’ thinking men saw Will come into a shortish
mid-off for the start of DT’s next over. The handy looking
opener immediately slapped one straight at Will’s bread
basket and he took a very sharp catch to remove the danger
I can’t exactly remember the order of the next few
wickets (and perhaps the previous) but Jim stumped no.3 for
DT’s 3rd and caught the next man to complete DT’s
demolition of the top order – finishing on 8-0-46-4.
Jim took another catch from Pabs bowling to cap an excellent
performance behind the stumps.
Pete bowled very well taking 2-23 and Steveo could only watch
on in dismay as Will took another catch to tighten things
up at the top of the all-time-catches table. Steveo, Tim and
Biggs bowled a few overs each with Steveo and Biggs taking
wickets to wrap up the innings. The Casuals did a good job
of restricting Lisvane after a strong start and they finished
on 225 all out.
Oh and Rob slipped on a ball and broke his wrist on a white
picket fence. He still fielded until the end though. Good
Tea was BYO – I remember mini sausage rolls, sandwiches
and I think Pete might have had Caviar on crackers.
226 to win and Jim and Biggs opening for the Cazh. The pair
got off to a steady start with the opening bowler giving a
few wides and both batsmen finding the boundary. Jim played
and missed a few on the off side before starting to connect
with some solid leg side stuff. The pair managed to run a
4 which could have probably been a 5 or 6 if they could have
been bothered. Biggs felt the pressure of some tight bowling
from the other opener and sent a leading edge to mid-off.
Out for 16.
Biggs was too pissed off with his dismissal to take in what
happened over the next few overs but for the purposes of this
report: Will joined Jim and they both smacked it around a
bit. At the start of the day, Will was in with a slim chance
of breaking the long-standing (probably) record for most runs
in a season and an even slimmer chance of becoming the first
casual with a kilorun to his name. Jim was by now connecting
regularly with some big hits and got his first 50 for the
Cazh. The pair brought up a 100 partnership before Jim was
eventually stumped on 57. Casuals 149-2 from 25 overs.
Will had by now broken the runs-in-a-season record and reached
50. With a sniff of breaking his second record of the day,
he went full Akabusi, hitting some great straight sixes and
making sure Luvvers didn’t gobble up too many of the
remaining runs. Luvvers played a good supporting role helping
Will to finish on 107 not out with Casuals winning with overs
and wickets to spare. Credit to Steveo too for keeping a pair
of pads warm for 15 overs.
Congratulations to Jim for his first Cazh 50 and Will for
scoring more runs in season than most of us have in our lives.
Will 107 not out
Luvvers 16 not out