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Match Report vs Glenwood 06 July 2023 - CUP SEMI @ Wenvoe (Skipper Luvvers, report Alex H)

A breezy but pleasant June evening at Wenvoe International Cricket Ground. The setting for the Casual's biggest game of the season to date, a cup semi-final versus Glenwood. We were once again treated to a lopsided Wenvoe pitch, with the far side boundary barely outside "the circle". For a change Luvvers lost the toss, with Glenwood opting to have a bowl first.

Having been put into bat Alex and Captain Luvvers were first to take to the crease for the Casuals. The innings got off to the worst possible start with Alex succumbing to the first ball of the innings for a platinum duck! The ball nipped in a little with Alex playing onto his pads and the ball agognisingly trickling onto the stumps despite Alex's best efforts to kick it away.

Alex's departure brought Will to the crease who set up about putting some quick runs on the board alongside Luvvers. Luvvers utilising the short boundary to his advantage struck a couple of 6s as he quickly reached 25, becoming the first Casuals' retiree of the innings. Rhys was next in to join Will, who after a few dots and singles to get himself off the mark was starting to find his flow striking 3 fours to bring up his 25 and join Luvvers as the second Casuals' retiree of the evening.

Rhys wasted no time in his innings, getting off the mark on his first ball with a boundary following on his second as he pressed on the scoring recognising the good position the Casuals found themselves in with 2 batters already retired. Rob joined Rhys at the crease again looking to continue the Casuals attacking approach. Rhys raced along to 25 joining Will and Luvvers on a growing list of retirees before. Rob was the second casual batter to fall on the evening smartly caught as he was looking to press on, leaving the casuals in a good position on 103 for 2.

What followed was the loss of 6 quick wickets for 24 runs in a classic Casual batting collapse. Steve-O came in at number 6, joined at the crease by Jim at number 7. Their arrival at the crease coincided with the introduction of pick of the opposition bowlers on the evening, who bowled a tight line with the ball swinging into the right handers on the wind. Jim was first to fall, bowled by an in-swinging delivery as he looked to get on the attack. That bought Robbie to the crease who enjoyed a brief but productive innings, the highlight being a lovely six to the short boundary, prior to being caught for 7. Steve-O, outlasting both Jim and Robbie, was next to fall in similar fashion to Jim bowled for 1 having faced 3 balls.

Maxi was next to the crease continued to take the attack to the opposition bowlers, making a quick fire 16 off just 7 balls including a 6 and 4 prior to be caught. Paul was next to bat, with the game entering a strange phase where the opposition, realising that the retired batters were only a couple of wickets away from returning, no longer seemed intent on claiming wickets. Paul got off the mark with a couple of singles, prior to wondering down the pitch and opposition keeper turning down the opportunity to take the easiest of stampings with Paul stranded well out of his crease. Paul's innings did not last much longer, run out on the following ball, brining Luvvers back to the crease to join DT. The next ball with DT down at the non-strikers end, a run was attempted that can only be described as a suicidal single, with DT "run/ambled" out by the opposition several metres short of his ground for a diamond duck.

That meant Will joined Luvvers back out in the middle as the Casuals looked to finish their innings strongly. Luvvers, leading by example, was quickly back into the swing of things as he continued to regularly pick up boundaries as he motored along towards his fifty. Will also picked up a couple of extra boundaries before being stumped 36 looking to come down the pitch. That brought Rhys back out to the middle who added a few more runs before slicing one to point on 32 bringing the Casuals innings to the end with Luvvers 56 not out.

A superb batting performance with the Casuals 185 for 10 of 17.3 overs, helped along the way by 32 extras. A tough chase ahead for Glenwood.

A Heath 0
G Loveridge 56no
W Mason Wilkes 36
JR Davies 32
R Owens 7
S O'Reilly 1
J Hodkinson 1
R Sayers 7
M Cullen 16
P Stephens 2
D Thomas 0


Rob was first up to bowl for the Casuals, tasked with the difficult job of bowling to the minuscule leg-side boundary. A lively first over was played out with the opposition opener racking up two 4s before falling to the last ball of the over looking to target the short boundary with Robbie taking a good catch a couple of metres inside the boundary.

DT opened up the bowling from the other end, who as previously with Rob went for two 4s at the start of his over, picked up a crucial wicket with his 5th ball of the over removing their number 3 with Rhys taking another good catch for the casuals. Rob followed up DT's effort with a very tidy over just going for the 3 singles with DT picking up the Casuals 3rd wicket with the first ball of his 2nd over bowling the other opener with an excellent delivery leaving the Casuals in a commanding position with opposition reduced to 25-3.

Maxi was third up to bowl for the Casuals, coming up against the pick of the oppositions batters. Maxi went for a couple of boundaries to start his first over before tightening it up a limiting the batters to singles from the last 4 deliveries of the over. Paul assumed the bowling from the other end bowling an excellent over, picking up the wicket their No.5 bowled for 11 with a lovely delivery. During Maxi's 2nd over the opposition No. 4 reached 25 and retired with Paul picking up his 2nd wicket of the evening in the following over, bowling their No.6, and finishing and excellent spell taking 2 wickets for just 9 runs, leaving the opposition 65 for 5 after 8 overs.

Alex was next up to bowl, starting his spell with a couple of very marginal wides followed by a knee-height no-ball! 3 boundaries followed in an eventful over with Rhys putting down a very tough chance trying take a ball running backwards over his shoulder. Steve-O was next onto bowl, who started with a couple of loose deliveries that drifted down the leg side followed by a boundary, picked up the wicket of the No. 8 for duck. Alex, back on for his second over, bowled a more economical over albeit going for 6 that very nearly cleared the fence, seeing off the opposition No.7 who retired having reached 25. Steve'O finished his spell with a very tidy over, taking an excellent caught and bowled low to his left, a catch which left many of the Casuals wondering if he'd have taken it off someone else's bowling!

Robbie and Rhys were the next two bowlers for the Casuals, each bowling an over a piece. Robbie went for a couple of boundaries to start his over before a throw from Alex ran out the opposition No.11 in a dismissal that rivalled DT's in its intentionality. That bought the No.4 batsman back to the crease to face Rhys over, who kept it tight going for 7 runs.

Looking to round up the game Luvvers put himself on to bowl, picking up the wicket of the No.10 with an LBW with his first delivery of the over. That bought the other retiree back to the crease with Luvver's remaining balls going for several singles and a single 4. Will was the last Casuals bowler of the innings, embarking on potentially the most eventful over of the evening. 2 wides, 3 fours and lot of chasing around later, Will picked up the decisive last wicket of the opposition trapping the batsmen LBW, bringing the Glenwood innings to an end on 147 runs after 16 overs.

A Casuals win by 38 runs and place in the final to look forward to. A superb batting performance backed up by some tidy bowling got the job done!

R Owens 2-1-11
D Thomas 2-2-20
M Cullen 2-0-25
P Stephens 2-2-9
A Heath 2-0-24
S O'Reilly 2-2-11
R Sayer 1-0-13
R Davies 1-0-7
G Loveridge 1-8-1
W Mason Wilkes 1-17-1




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