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Match Report vs Glenwood 18 May 2023 @ St Fagans (Skipper Luvvers, report Dan)

The Cazh turned up at St Fagans with a degree of trepidation – as there were hardly any cars in the carpark and it was looking a bit deserted…. but round the corner was both teams and the (main) pitch was looking immaculate. (As it turned out Maxy had actually gone to Wenvoe – which was even more deserted than St Fagans).

The toss was taken and Captain Luvvers won again – the Cazh were batting.

Jim and Rhys opened – the pavillion side boundary was massive and although the far boundary was shorter – it still proved very difficult to get the ball over the boundary line. Both opening bowlers for Glenwood were accurate, the younger of the 2 was unlucky not to get a wicket or 2 with the batters playing and missing a few, the older bowler bowled a nagging length – which just frustrated Jim who swished and swiped at many – missing quite a few and when connecting not getting it clean – so was forced to run a lot. Both batsmen looked to be blowing a bit (Jim was on the verge of actually fitting into a medium with the amount of effort put in).

As is often the case – it was the first change bowler that got the first wicket – Rhys stumped for 15 (partnership of 43). Jim followed suit in the next over caught behind for 21. The fresh legs and arms of the batters did increase the run rate – Jack liking the bounce (more than at wenvoe) hitting some lovey cuts and cover drives and Rob having a swing where possible. The pair put on another partnership of 60 until Rob was caught in the 18th over for 23, Jack then retired with 2 balls to go – this didn’t stop Steveo taking the wicket of debutant Nirnay… Nirnay entered the fray off strike and was ‘called’ for a suicide run by Steveo – who has hit the ball straight to the fielder on the square – realising his miscalculated ambition, Steveo stops running - leaving Nirnay in no-mans land and runout for a (platinum / titanium?) duck - without facing a ball. Dan losing the chance to up his DNB by 1 remained at the non-strikers end as Steveo took a huge swipe and missed it. The Cazh finishing on a respectable 131-4 off 20overs (especially as only 6 boundaries were hit during the innings).

Jim H - 21ct
Rhys D – 15st
Jack B – 50 retired
Rob O – 23ct
Steveo – 4no
Nirnay M – 0ro
Dan L – 0no
Luvvers - DNB
Maxy - DNB
Liam – DNB
Goffy – No show

Dan and Maxy opened the bowling in the second innings. Dan getting the break through 4th ball – the opener chipping one to the immobile skipper (Luvvers) at close cover. Both bowled very well through their 4 over spells, Dan narrowly missing bowling the other opener who took a guard outside a 3rd set of stumps, and Maxy unlucky not to get a wicket or 2 where the ball was ariel but found the gaps in the field – noting an additional Goffy shaped gap – unable to make the game due to being stuck in Oxford. Dan also failed to cling on to a caught and bowled chance with the no3 smashing back – unable to take it on the second attempt either – and only got a fat finger as (not much) consolation. 47-1 off 8.

Nirnay was given the chance to touch the ball – was given the opportunity of 1st change of bowler – there was a few wayward delivered but 4th ball – enticed the batter to chip one in the air towards Steveo who causally moved a fraction forward to take the catch at feet level. Nirnay followed this up next over by trapping the dangerous no5 lbw to one that didn’t bounce much, and then a bowled in the next. Glenwood were in a spot of bother at 78 -4 off 12. The pinch-hitting opener remained. Liam bowling at the other end – had the same luck as Maxy – all ariel shots found gaps – with the exception of 2 - one that went to the immobile skipper at long on who did manage to get to the ball but frustratingly it popped out; and the other going to Maxy at long off who clung on to a very good catch (he and the rest of the team looked shocked!). 115-5 off 16.

Rob and Steveo were given the unenviable task of bowling the death overs trying to defend 20. Most of the fielders (plus probably the umpires) were shocked to see the pinch-hitting opener had still not retired – however he did retire in the 18th over. Steveo got an inadvertent run out – trying to stop a straight drive off his bowling deflected onto the non-strikers wicket, but with only 3 required off the penultimate over – it was a bridge too far, Glenwood took the victory by 3 wickets (not without losing a 7th wicket to another run out from Jack). It might have been slightly closer had 15 of the byes not been called wides (5x3) - going through between the body of the big fella and leg stump) – Jim was happy though – only 1 bye recorded!

With the Cazh streak over , drinks were on taken outside the pavilion in the dying sun. Then fun was had trying to repair/ pump up Jim’s punctured tyre in the fading light. He was last seen with a foamed up back tyre speeding off into the distance….. hopefully he made it home…

Dan 4-1-20-1
Maxy 4-0-22-0
Nirnay 4-0-39-3
Liam 4-0-19-1
Rob 1.5 -0-14-0
Steveo 1-0-6-0



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