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Match report vs. South Glam (Cup Semi) 3 July @Wenvoe (skipper J Furnham, report E Dain)

S. Glam. 123 - 4
Casuals 88ao.

The scoreline paints a picture of a Casz capitulation in the face of some disciplined and efficient cricket from S.Glam, but in fact after 8 overs they had only scored 36 ( for the loss of one wicket). Hood and P Stephens were the first to bowl their two overs, each of them going for ten in total; then came Dan, going for 11, and Kim, the pick of the bowlers, going for two off his first over before bowling a wicket maiden. Next John Furnham came into the attack - his two going for eighteen - and I stopped paddling in the stream for a while to bowl my two, which went for 20.

Then came Jamie Pike, Nadeem and Fitzy, all of whom got among the wickets. Jamie bowled one, Nadeem had one caught at mid-off by Fitzy, and Smitty stumped one off Fitzy, in the 13th, 14th and 15th overs. Some sloppy fielding by the Casz - almost everyone let one through their legs - had allowed S.Glam to a reasonably challenging total. The only incident came when Smitty fixed umpire Parry with a level stare after having an appeal turned down, although this was repaid when Kim gave Smitty not out stumped later in the innings. Neither keeper said 'c*nt' or anything like it - Goughy take note.

Unfortunately, S.Glam have the kind of accurate bowling that can make a challenging total into a bloody difficult one, and it proved a bit too much for the Casz. JF and PS opened, with John stylishly late-cutting the first ball for 4. With only one more run added to the total, however, John was run out - though not by far in the end - with Smitty raising the finger at square leg. Paul then shouldered the responsibility for the innings, hitting the ball confidently for his 11 runs, before missing a straight one.

With the score at 18 off 3 and two wickets down, the pressure was on, and the Casz responded with a neat procession to and quickly from the wicket. Jamie Pike was run out for 5; Kim was caught for 3; James Roach bowled for 7; and TH caught for 5. Then the dynamic pairing of Hood and Smitty looked to salvage some dignity, but Smitts had to retire (for 6) after twisting his knee awkwardly striking the ball through mid-off for four.
Andy Hood eventually departed caught for 6, Dan top-scored with 18 before being bowled, and Fitzy was run out off the last ball for 2, leaving Nadeem not out 0.

Of our 88, 20 came from extras. All in all, we were well beaten by a side that out-performed us in all areas of the game.


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