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Match report vs. Cardiff Uni Staff (League) 29 June 06 @ Llanrumney (skipper Richie, report E.Dain)

Cardiff Uni Staff 108/5
Casuals 109/0
Casuals win by 10 wickets.

Batting first on a wicket holding few surprises and little pace, Cardiff Uni Staff got off to a slow start, with only 35 runs from the first 10 overs. Andy Hood opened the bowling for the Casuals, bowling towards the pavilion, and was his usual economical self, with only 9 runs coming from his 4 overs. TH opened at the other end, replaced after 2 overs (for 5 runs) by Paul who claimed the first(?) wicket of the evening, a sharp yorker trapping the batsman LBW plumb in front. Nadeem replaced Hood at the far end and, after a hesitant start with a couple of legside wides, got the ball zipping around nicely, with the batsmen playing and missing more than once outside the off stump. Nadeem took one wicket in his 4 overs, the first of two catches for Matt Davies, a couple of fours in the last over leaving him with figures of 4 overs, 26 runs and 1 wicket. Matt Davies also bowled, replacing Paul (who mixed it up admirably, and whose 4 overs went for 19 and 1 wicket), and going for an undeserved 36 off 4 overs, but valiantly fighting back with two wickets, one clean bowled (top of middle stump) and one caught by Nadeem. TH finished up with two more overs at the far end, ending with one wicket (Davies' second catch of the evening) and 16 runs from the 4.

From 35 off 10 Cardiff Uni Staff had clawed their way to 108 for 5 aided by 17 extras. Such a total, representing a target of 5.5 an over, should never be in doubt though, especially with an opening partnership of John Furnham and Manish. In the end, no-one else was required to complete the victory, as John and Manish set about exposing the weaknesses of the fielding side. Aided by some poor ground fielding and a couple of bad drop-catches, John and Manish made light work of it, reaching 109 in 16.4 overs.

John's innings included four fours (one of which Paul greeted with the comment: 'Oh, he's absolutely wankered that one' as it careered towards the mid-on boundary) and an effortless straight six, and finishing with 47 not out. Manish was no slouch either, hitting six fours along the way to 49 not out.

Jamie deserves special mention since he was relegated from the no. 2 spot due to an urgent call of nature, and ended up not getting a bat at all. Richie and Paul deserve special mention for the sheer accuracy of their scoring, as do Andy Hood and Matt Davies who were the only two brave enough to umpire following Dan's warning about their skipper. In the end the game passed off without incident.


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