Cardiff Casuals Cricket Club
Club Notices
Pen Pics
Casual Tea Watch
Cazh Celebrities
Cazh Around the World
Stat Porn
Archive Results
Archive Milestones
Cazh Online Club Shop
Message Forum

Match Report vs Glenwood 07 May 2024 @ Wenvoe (Skipper and Report Jim)

Ahead of our first midweek game of the season, players could be forgiven for having forgotten what cricket is, given the cold, wet and miserable weather of the last few months that had seen a high volume of games cancelled for the Casuals and wider South Wales cricketing community. In arriving at Wenvoe, however, it appeared that the council had forgotten there was a cricket pitch there, despite having taken a booking a pitch booking and sending us an email saying ‘good luck for the cricket tonight’ to confirm the game could be played. Long outfield, unprepared wicket, no boundary marked and no tables or chairs to use, the evening already looked to be a chore.

Captain James lost the toss (useless tosser) and the Cazh were put into bat, with Rhys and Steve B opening up. Glenwood opened with two seamers who were using the poor pitch to their advantage, with movement and slow bounce making batting difficult, and the daisy-covered outfield meaning no value for good shots. Towards the end of the 7th, whilst trying to up the run rate, Rhys was caught at cow corner, bringing Joel out to the middle. Having struck the first boundary of the innings, Steve was soon run out trying to push a second, with Fred striding out to join Joel in the 10th over. This partnership accelerated quickly, worth 21 and included Fred hitting his first senior 6, before Joel was bowled at the end of the 11th having swung across the line, the Cazh 57-3 at this stage.

Debutant Alun was in next and struggled to get going, whilst Fred saw himself caught, giving Robbie ‘Rupert’ Sayer the chance to have a swing. Al was soon gone, run out, with skipper James returning two balls later after giving the bowler catching practice, 63-6 with only 5 overs left. Rob O was next in and pushed runs hard with Rupert, who was soon bowled before Dan was trapped LBW in the 15th, with Maxy coming out with one job – run! Indeed, Maxy stuck to this task and supported Rob O in running at any opportunity, allowing the Cazh to reach 93 off their allotted 18 overs, DT particularly delighted as he achieved another DNB.

The standard of the pitch meant the Cazh had reason to be confident that they could defend this total and this confidence only increased when Dan bowled the opening batsman on the first ball of the innings! However, it seemed the impact of multiple Casuals running up and down the wicket had had the impact of flattening it out. This, along with some inconsistent bowling, meant Glenwood piled on runs quickly, with their skipper retiring in the 3rd over having smashed three 6s. The Cazh kept fighting, however, with Fred running the other opener out, Maxy bowling the number 5 and Steve getting the number 4 LBW. One more wicket would fall, with Joel taking a very un-Casual (athletic) diving catch on the boundary off Fred’s bowling, but Glenwood reached their target with ease, finishing on 96-5 off just 11.2 overs, the Casuals cup run over at the first hurdle.

With the evening still young, the team retired to the Wenvoe Arms for a few drinks and buffet, consisting of crisps and freshly made pork scratchings. Reflecting on the game, perhaps we should have interpreted the council’s good luck email as being more of a sarcastic indictment on the state of the pitch and cancelled the game, rather than genuinely wishing us well for the upcoming fixture…

Full scorecard:



5 day forecast
Streetmap - directions
Useful Links
WCA - Cricket Wales
Wales Online
Willow League
Casual Friends

BDS Paints - Cardiff Casuals Cricket Club Sponsor


| Home
Copyright © 2004-2024 Cardiff Casuals