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Casuals vs. The Consmen 14 June 2006, Heath Park (skipper and report - Dan)

On a cloudy and quite dark evening, both teams eventually found the pitch, which because of a cock up with the booking we had to play on the artificial with a particularly dodgy outfield. As Richie wasn't playing, the Cazh managed to win the toss and put the Consmen into bat. Smitts made his wicket keeping debut as it was found out in 'passing' that in a previous life he was a semi-pro goalkeeper…Dan, after picking up yet another injury, opened the bowling off 3 paces however the new found swing stopped the oppo taking many chances only scoring 4 off his four overs. BA opened the other end, getting the ball to swing almost uncontrollably in the beginning. Once BA had found the right line (aiming a foot down leg) he got 2 wickets both bowled (4-17-2). Billy Mango and Muff paired up for the next set of overs, both bowling well (which is difficult for slower bowlers on an artificial) Billy finishing with 4 overs 15 for none, and Muff getting one wicket (bowled) finishing with 4-2(maidens)-16 for 1. Jamie Roach and Andy Hood finished off, Jamie taking a bit of punishment as the oppo tried to increase the tempo at the end (2overs 16 for 0). Winkie again bowled well going for just 7 runs off his 2 overs. The Consmen finishing on 77 for 3. Smitts had kept well and is obviously from the Goughy school of keeping - vocal!

The Cazh looking to equal the consecutive number of wins in a row (12), opened up with Shakey and Manish. Both progressed well, one slightly controversial moment with Manish caught off a bump ball (not out). Shakey was first to fall for 3 (bowled) in the 5th over. 23-1. Jamie Pike was in next, looking to improve on his 3 on Monday, unfortunately one bounced a bit more than normal and he was caught behind for 1. 30-2 off 6. The Consmen's bowling was good with a fair amount of pace, though Steveo is never intimidated by speed - as he only has one shot(!) only kidding….he opened his account with a four. Manish at the other end had played some good pull shots, but was finally bowled for 16. 40-3 off 9. James Roach entered the fray looking to push the rate along, but was caught by the bowler for 1. 49-4 off 12. The Cazh wobbled a bit (and I'm not talking bellies), however, BA strode out to the middle intent on 'taking us home' - he and Steveo did just that, Steveo not backing away from any ball lead the charge, then Paul got into the action and clubbed a couple of 4's and finished the chase with a towering 4 with 5 overs to spare. Steveo finishing on 20 and Paul on 24.

The highlight (or low-light) of the game was for all the residents in the houses surrounding the pitch, watching the Cazh get their kit off…..hopefully none were having their tea at the time…..
The winning record was equalled, with the record taking game taking place on Sunday against the old foe - the Sri Lankan's - bring it on. Paul managed to pass the 3000 run mark also. Congrats to Paul.


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