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Match Report vs Uni Staff 24th August 2023 @ Wenvoe (Skipper and report Jim)

The sun was out as the Casuals descended on Wenvoe for the final time in 2023 for a friendly game against Uni Staff. Whilst all the Cazh were present and correct for the start time, our opposition were less timely, evidently following the example set by their illustrious captain – none other than Rhys ‘splitter’ Davies.

The toss was conducted and the Cazh were bowling first. Goffy opened up the hill and made a breakthrough with just his third ball, trapping the opener LBW with a standard Wenvoe (no-bounce) delivery. Luvvers, meanwhile, came down the hill and again found a breakthrough quickly, bowling the number three batter with a textbook, top of off stump, delivery. Both bowled well throughout their spell and restricted the Uni Staff batters run scoring, with only Goffy’s final over seeing boundaries scored, with the score 25-2 after 7 overs.

DT and Shakey replaced the opening pair and continued the miserly bowling, with the batters finding runs hard to come by. DT was the first of the two to strike, bowling the other opening bat through the gate, before Shakey bowled the number five with a straight one, bring the Splitter into bat. Both would take another wicket in their spells. First, DT got the wicket of the dangerous looking number four (who had scored 31 of the 49 runs at that stage), caught by Rob at mid-off/cover region. Shakey followed this by bowling the number 7 with a bit of low turn, leaving Uni Staff on 61-5 off 15 overs.

Tim and Foxy were the bowlers that would close the innings for the Cazh. Uni Staff at this stage were pushing for any runs available, leading to Jesus getting a run out with a direct hit in the 17th over. A few rare boundaries would follow to up the total, before the Splitter was bowled by Tim on the last ball of the innings, with Uni Staff finishing on 84-8 off their 18 overs.

Goffy 4-0-18-1
Luvvers 3-1-3-1
DT 4-0-16-2
Shakey 4-0-20-2
Tim 2-0-18-1
Foxy 1-0-4-0

Catch: Rob
Run Out: Jesus

The pitch was low and the outfield slow, so the chase would not be a foregone conclusion, which was not helped by the loss of an early wicket, with Jack caught at mid-wicket off just the second ball. Jesus strode out to join his namesake, Will P, in the middle, with the latter scoring two early boundaries to open the Cazh account, before a dry spell saw the Cazh stuck on 10 after 4 overs.

Will P was soon bowled, with James next in. The pair then produced the biggest partnership of the Cazh innings, with Jesus finding the straight boundaries with some well-placed drives, and James looking (and succeeding, sometimes) to slap the ball square. However, with the score moving to 44, James was out, top-edging an attempted sweep, caught by Splitter behind the stumps. Tim was next in and supported Jesus in increasing the total, before being trapped LBW. Skipper Luvvers came and went, bowled in very unfortunate circumstances – the ball hitting his trailing leg and dribbling onto the stumps. This was the start of a Cazh collapse, with Jesus bowled having been cramped for room, and Foxy bowled for a golden, the score 71-7 with 2 over left.

The penultimate over looked to have sealed the game for the Cazh. After a couple of singles, Goffy hit two boundaries to take the score up for 81, with 4 runs needed from 6 balls. This was reduced to 3 for 5, with Rob taking a quick single. Then, disaster, as Goffy was bowled, aiming to ‘tickle one round the corner’ – although, from the spectator view, it was interpreted more as ‘what the fuck was he doing?!’. Anyway, with 3 needed from 4, Shakey faced a dot, before getting a single. Rob on strike couldn’t get a clean connection on the next delivery, but still called for the run, but Shakey couldn’t make it to the other end and was run out, 83-9.

Final ball and all results were possible. A dot ball, or a wicket, would see Uni Staff win. 2 runs would see the Cazh win. 1 run would see a tie. The hopes of both teams rested upon the shoulder of the Cazh’s number 11 specialist DT. The bowler ran in, the ball was delivered and DT swung…and missed…but thankfully the ball hit the pad and into a gap. Uni Staff appealed, to no success, whilst Rob called for the run and DT ambled to the non-striker’s end, the tie sealed with a leg bye – a dramatic way to end our final midweek fixture!

Jack ct0
Will P b10
Jesus b27
James ct18
Tim lbw0
Luvvers b7
Rob no2
Foxy b0
Goffy b12
Shakey ro1
DT no0

As ever, a good game against the Uni Staff boys – thanks to Rhys for organising a side! Both teams retired to the Wenvoe Arms for pints, buffet and conversation, the main topic being the upcoming tour in a couple of weeks’ time. DT, meanwhile, decided to call every contact he had in his phone, to tell them that he had ‘hit’ the run that tied the game…



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