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Match Report vs Hawks 20th July 2023 @ Wenvoe (Skipper Luvvers, report Rhys)

A slightly overcast day in Wenvoe was what faced The Casuals for their weekly Willow League fixture - this time vs Celtic Hawks. Wearing a kit that resembled Manchester United 3rd kit ( Hawks strode out to bowl after another successful toss from our skipper.

The usual pair of Alex & Rhys opened but struggled to score much in the first few overs, at the mercy of a nippy opening bowler who was finding a good line. With the score only at 14 off the first 4 overs, Rhys was the first to fall, bowled by an attempted bouncer which didn’t make its way above the stumps.

Partnerships of 14 must be in fashion, as Will was next to fall, edging to the wicket keeper off a ball that drifted away. Out for 11 after some nicely struck boundaries pushed the Cazh to 28-2.

Jim came to the crease and after a slow start, got motoring with some cracking boundaries. He must have been mindful that the partnership of 14 was fast approaching, as a mix-up between him and Alex (each blaming the other one!) lead to the latter being run out for 8.

Three partnerships of 14 runs later and the Cazh were sitting precariously at 42-3 after 8 and a bit overs. A ‘captain’s innings’ was needed from Luvvers, and he didn’t disappoint. After a few sighters, the sixes started to come. Some over-pitched deliveries were dispatched to Luvvers’ favoured leg side boundary. Cries of ‘spare ball’ were heard more than once, as a search party was sent towards the river, sadly without Foxy’s magical ball retriever.

With Luvvers and Jim both in ‘the zone’, the score began to increase at a rate of knots. Cazhball was indeed in full flow. Jim was dealing in singles and fours only, and by the time he was out LBW he had amassed 35 runs and put the Cazh in a strong position via the partnership of 57 from 35 balls. Rob arrived in the crease and after a few singles here and there, dispatched some shorter balls with great timing for 4 and then a big 6 in the direction of the noisy neighbours.

Luvvers was striking the ball well but after successive fours, was caught in the deep going for one last six before retiring. 45 very useful runs, pushing the Cazh to 126-5 with 20 balls remaining. Debutant Will Purdie came to the crease and was able to get off the mark on his first shot, pushing a few quick runs here and there with Rob at the other end. Casuals finishing off 144-5 which was a decent recovery after a slow start.

A HEATH Run Out 8
JR DAVIES Bowled 5

Hawks had a tough task ahead. A run rate of 7.25 was required to hit their 145 target, but the openers didn’t hang about. Dan’s first over went for 8, and Rob’s for 13. Halfway thru the 6th over, Hawks were 38-0 but it was here that Rob managed to get the first wicket of the innings. Twice. It needed to be twice due to the unwritten rule opposition teams tend to have of ‘don’t give our opener out LBW’. It was third time lucky with the appeals (the second one plumb) as the umpire sent their Batter#1 back to the pavilion for 22.

Dan managed to restrict the opposition to only 11 runs from his final three overs, meaning Shakey was introduced for over 8 with the score at 51-1: on par with the run rate. Shakey quickly took the wicket of the other opener with a straight ball which was missed. Some economic bowling kept the run rate roughly 5 an over, finishing off a decent spell with only two boundaries conceded, thanks to some nifty hand and footwork from Luvvers & Rhys.

Pabs at the other end was equally as economical and managed to pick up two important wickets as well. Firstly a stumping by Jim, and in the following over a straight ball that Wenvoe’d it’s way to 6 inches above the ground, before hitting the stumps! After 15 overs Hawks had fallen behind significantly at 99-4. Needing 46 from the last 30 balls, Luvvers brought himself on to bowl with Pat at the other end.

Rule 21.1.1 The umpire shall ascertain whether the bowler intends to bowl right handed or left handed, over or round the wicket, and shall so inform the striker.
It is unfair if the bowler fails to notify the umpire of a change in his/her mode of delivery. In this case the umpire shall call and signal No ball.

For those who weren’t privy to the conversation our skipper had with the umpire, Luvvers’ first ball was initially called a no ball because our skipper hadn’t ‘informed him of his action’. As you can see from the rules above, a no ball should only be called if there is a ‘change in … delivery”. Anyway, it was a rubbish ball and it deserved to be hit for 5! Sorry skip!

Lucky for Luvvers, Pat was holding down the other end very well with some tight bowling, restricting the Hawks to 6 an over. With the help of Rob’s final over and a much better second over from our captain, The Cazh were able to stop a last-minute charge from the Hawks and secure another win, leapfrogging Cavaliers into 4th spot in the league.

D LEWIS 4-0-19-0
R OWENS 4-0-39-1
M STEPHENS 4-0-23-1
P STEPHENS 4-0-22-2
P DEAN 2-0-12-0
G LOVERIDGE 2-0-12-0




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