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Match Report vs Tour 2 Lydney 10th September 2023 @ Lydney (Skipper Pat, report Alex (Sunday Chip spoof loser))

The second and final game of the 2023 tour took the now rather worse for wear Casuals to Lydney. The sun and heat off the previous day had relented with heavy showers punctuating the drive from Cheltenham to Lydney. The pitch, thankfully covered, looked in good condition however with a sodden outfield and a few drops of rain still lingering, the start was delayed half an hour. After the delay, captain for the day Pat won the toss electing to bat first.

Fresh off a pulled hamstring Luvvers hobbled out to bat targeting 38 runs to overtake Will as the leading run score for the Casuals. He was joined out in the middle by Jack, dressed in his rather flattering 'tour virgin' pink blouse. Two spritely teenage bowlers opened up for Lydney, bowling a tight line with decent pace. With a wet outfield and Luvvers stricken hamstring, runs were hard to come by at the start of the innings, with the pressure building until Jack picked out the point fielder, who took a good catch, departing for 1 leaving the Casuals 7-1 after 2.3 overs.

Cheese, looking to restore a bit of stability to the Casuals innings after a slow start, was next into bat joining Luvvers in the middle. Cheese and Luvvers knuckled down picking off singles until Luvvers struck the first boundary of the day in the 6th over. This was shortly followed by a torrential downpour, with the injured Luvvers and Dan hobbling off as fast as they could. The covers were brought on and a short delay followed as the Casuals decamped back to the changing room.

After the delay Luvvers and Cheese picked up the run rate, Luvvers hitting a couple of short balls to the boundary and Cheese playing several lovely shots back over the bowlers head. The first change bowlers coming on for Lydney unfortunately coincided with a trademark Casuals collapse. On came the experienced J Blake, with Cheese his first victim, departing LBW for 14 looking to work an away swinging ball into the leg side. Alex was next out to bat, who after a pinching two quick singles to thankfully avoid the dreaded duck chip, was the second wicket to fall in quick succession missing a ball that must have swung at least a 2 foot (according to Alex) with ball hitting his off stump.

Captain for the day Pat, having promoted himself up the innings a few places, was next out to bat for the Casuals. Unfortunately Pat fell the same as Cheese and Alex previous, with J Blake picking up his 3rd wicket off the afternoon, trapping Pat plumb in front LBW. Perhaps wanting to avoid a shortened game this proved to be J Blake's last over finishing with excellent figures of 3-4. With departing this left the Casuals struggling at 55-4.

Luvvers, witnessing the flurry of wickets at the other end, had hobbled his way up to 30 by the fall of the 4th Casuals wicket, was getting tantalisingly close to Will's season run total. He was joined out in the middle by Rob. With a couple of boundaries as he started to hit is stride Luvvers brought up his required 38 runs to eclipse Will and secure the record for the season. He fell shortly after for 43, caught looking to press on.

This brought about the highlight of the Casuals innings with Jim next in to bat. With the duck chip on the line, Jim started cautiously with a few plays and misses as he battled to get off the mark. With the opposition feeling perhaps a bit sympathetic towards the Casuals measly looking total, a small child was put onto bowl! This led to about 15 minutes of pure entertainment with Jim still stuck on 0 struggling to deal with the tidy bowling. A dramatic moment soon followed with huge appeals from both the fielding team along with the Casuals observing from the balcony as Jim was struck on the pad. Luckily for Jim the umpire kept his finger down to the disappointment of the Casuals watching on.

Rob continued to potter along at the other end as Jim eventually, after what seemed like 30 odd balls, got his first run of the innings. Rob innings didn't last long however departing caught for 6, with Liam next to stride to the middle with the Casual's in a spot of bother. Liam and Jim then, with some unconventional shots, started to rebuild the Casuals stalling innings. Jim, over his jittery start, picked up the pace with several 4s taking him into double figures. Liam, not holding anything back, also regularly reached the boundary including a couple of nice shots back over the bowler's head.

Having moved the Casuals' total up to 135, Jim was next to fall for 19, caught off the bowling of the oppositions opener in the first over of his new spell. Goffy was next to the crease joining Liam, with the duck chip very much back in play. Goffy, having managed to get off the mark, was subsequently stumped (some would say intentionally so) to bring Dan to the crease and prevent another DNB being added to Dan's increasing tally. With the end of the Casuals innings approach Liam was bowled for 32 as he looked to press bringing DT out into the middle to join Dan. Both DT and Dan, much to the disbelieve of the Luvver's still holding the duck chip from the previous day, managed to get off the mark both finishing 2 not out as the Casuals saw out the end of their 40 overs finishing 148-9.

G Loveridge 43
J Beaumont 1
E Stewart 14
A Heath 2
P Dean 1
R Owens 6
J Hodkinson 19
L Warren 32
G Day 2
D Lewis 2 Not Out
D Thomas 2 Not Out

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Having retired to the dressing room for tea, Pat broke the news to Jim that once again he would be in the field rather than behind the stumps, much to the amusement of the other Casuals. Jack took the gloves as the Casuals headed out to attempt to defend the mediocre total. Yet again the 'misfield' chip, catch chip and 'stumps' chip were in play in the field.

Dan opened the bowling for the Casuals, who after a couple of looseners from which the batsmen got off the mark finished a tidy over conceding just the 3 runs. Goffy opened from the other end, challenging the batter and keeping his two slips in the game as a few edges dropped just short. The tight opening spell continued with Dan picking up a maiden in his second over, before Dan picked up the first innings for the Casuals in the 5th over, with Jack taking a good catch as the batter looked to play an attacking shot.

More pressure followed as the batsman struggled to get Dan and Goffy away and the Casuals total started to appear marginally more competitive. Dan claimed his second wicket of the afternoon in the 7th over, bowling the other opener to leave Lydney 11-2. Goffy continued to be very tidy at the other end, unlucky not to pick up a wicket on several occasions. Finishing their spells after 5 overs each Lydney were 17-2 off 10 overs, a good start for the Casuals!

Off his good performance with the bat, Liam came on to bowl replacing Dan. Liam continued the Casuals good start bowling a maiden in his first over. Alex was the other first change bowler, who proceeded to bowl and interesting over. A couple of decent balls were followed by a beamer that whistled past the batsman's head. Having apologised to the batter, the next ball brought a wicket, with a full deliver bowling the batsman who was probably expecting more dross!

Liam and Alex continued their spells, with Alex picking up a madden in his second over as the Casuals kept the pressure on the batsman. Alex departed having bowled 3 overs replaced by DT who started tidily with his first two overs just going for a run apiece. Liam was also going well having conceded just the 11 runs from his first 4 overs, started what would be an eventful 5th and final over. The second ball off the over was worked to square leg with Alex running round from fine leg to field. A bit of laziness in the field with Alex being too slow in making his way back to fine leg would however work out for the Casuals the next ball, with the batsman picking out Alex on the square leg boundary in front of the pavilion, with a good catch taken leaving Lydney 37-4.

Unfortunately for the Casuals, this proved to be the turning point in the innings, with the wicket bringing one of Lydney's better batters to the crease. Cheese replaced Liam and started his spell with 7 runs coming from his first over. Dave continued to bowl well however a wicket proved illusive before the batsman accelerated picking up 4 boundaries off Dave's final over as he hit his stride.

Dave and Cheese were replaced by Rob and Foxy, subbed on for what was allegedly his "last game". Little respect was paid the Foxy's bowling with his first two overs hit for 25 as Lydney started to race towards the Casuals total. Rob, having been hit for a couple of boundaries in his first over, recovered well to just concede the 13 runs from his 3 over spell, before being replaced by the Casuals secrete weapon. For the second day in a row, Jim came onto bowl, with his unconventional style yet again proving successful as he claimed the wicket of the form batsman, bowling him for 67 to the batsman bemusement. This wicket however proved little to late for the Casuals with Foxy returning to replace Rob as the hosts picked off the remaining runs, completing their chase with 3.5 overs remaining finishing 150-5.

A defeat for the Casuals but a good day had by all and conclusion to another successful tour!

D Lewis 6-2-10
G Day 5-0-12
L Warren 5-1-16
A Heath 3-1-8
D Thomas 6-0-27
E Stewart 3-0-19
R Owens 3-0-13
J Prior 3.1-0-37
J Hodkinson 2-1-7

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