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Match Report (Cup Final) vs Radyr Family 4th August 2023 @ Pontcanna(Skipper Luvvers, report Steve B)

After being rained off the previous week, a dry spell of weather came at the right time and we were all set to make the trip up to the Elysian Fields of St Fagan’s cricket club for the cup final. Unfortunately, those in power up on Nob Hill enforced their no Irish, no dogs, no Casuals policy and it took some great work behind the scenes to get the game on.

So off to Pontcanna Fields. The start was delayed, due road closures on Western Ave from just before 6, which impacted mainly Jim who happened to have the kit bag in the boot. Jim turned up, we took to the field, and Steve-O stood in for an over or two while Jim performed his pre-match rituals and kitted up.

The match was 18 overs and the Casuals fielded first.

Dan opened from the caravan park end with a typically tight over and bowled one of the Radyr openers with a classic Lewis cutter.

Goff from the other end, with a similarly tight bunch of deliveries, taking advantage of an unpredictable pitch and bowling the other opener. Radyr 5-2.

Dan and Goff bowled their seconds overs, going for a boundary each but a solid start for the Casuals.

Biggs on next from the caravan end. The Radyr number 3 was looking dangerous but came a cropper due to some hesitation over running a second followed by a pin-point throw from Rob which allowed Biggs to remove the bails.

Biggs finished with a wicket maiden and Liam completed his overs from the other end.

My memory of the rest of Radyr’s innings is a bit hazy from this point. In summary: Jack took a good c&b and ran under a couple of catches on the boundary. There were a few thin edges behind that probably didn’t quite amount to chances and Rob took a good catch off DT’s bowling.

Will bowled.

Radyr had two batters retire having reached their 25 and this brought a small child to the crease. Unfortunately, this coincided with skip bringing himself on for his overs. There was much debate about what style of bowling was reasonable in the circumstances. Luvvers led the ‘it’s just a game and he’s a child’ camp, while Goff advocated for team ‘that's what his helmet's for’.

In the end, skip sent down some medium pace and took a bit of punishment from the youngster.

Nothing against juniors playing but perhaps it has to be questioned when it affects how the opposition are able to bowl in a cup final.

A strong partnership at the end brought Radyr to 130-6 at the end of their 18 overs. It felt like a decent total on that pitch and we probably should have restricted them to 10-15 less.

Lewis 2-0-11-1
Goff 2-0-9-1
Biggs 2-1-5-1
Liam 2-0-20-0
Jack 2-0-20-1
DT 2-0-19-1
Rhys 1-0-6-0
Will 1-0-8-0
Skip 2-0-19-0
Rob 2-0-18-0

Quick turn around and Casuals out to bat with skip and Rhys opening. A positive start was halted when Rhys was bowled for 1 in the 2nd over, bringing WMW to the crease.

Will and Luvvers played with confidence on a tricky pitch and both played some great shots including a couple of maximums for Will. They both retired having reached 25 and Rob and Jack looked to keep things moving. There were some well taken singles and the score was ticking over. Jack also pumped one back down the ground for 6. We were still in a strong position at this stage with 2 in the hutch and the score still moving along.

Rob and Jack were both then run out and Dan fell very quickly LBW. Jim attempted to keep things going but was also given LBW.

Steve and Goff tried to keep the scoreboard ticking over but other than a lusty maximum from G, both fell relatively cheaply while lashing out.

It’s fair to say that the runs had dried up at this stage. The RRR was creeping up and Will and skip were understandably keen to get back in. Liam scored a few and DT struck his customary quick 2 before the rabbits returned from the hutch needing 20 odd from the last 2 overs. It was extremely dark at this point and skip missed one that I’m not sure he saw and was bowled with the Cazh all out for 112.

So it was not to be. An enjoyable match but the better team probably won on the night.

Our illustrious treasurer treated the team to some chips and bonus sausages at the pub and all eyes now turn to league and cup double next season.

Loveridge – bowled – 26
Davies – bowled – 1
WMW – not out – 25
Owens – run out – 8
Beaumont – run out – 9
Jim – LBW – 4
Lewis – LBW – 0
Biggs – bowled – 6
Goff – caught – 9
Liam – bowled – 4
DT – bowled - 2



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