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Match report vs Sri lankans @ Wenvoe 30 july 06(skipper and report Richie)

The last Sunday in July saw the visit of the Sri Lankans to Wenvoe. Following the late arrival (by about 30 seconds) of the captain the toss was taken and won by Foxy who decided to bat and throw Messrs Shaky and Clapham together as the opening partnership.

Clearly flourishing in this new area of the batting order Jeff blossomed and although helped by several slices of lady luck in the disguise of a bar of soap shaped ball he and Mark made a solid 1st wicket partnership of 34 before Shaky was caught behind for 12 in the 13th over.

Joining Jeff was TH and this proved to be the blend for another useful stand of 34 before Jeff departed having offered one to many in the air for a bludgeoning 42 ( 68 for 2 off 19 overs )

Smitty was next in and continued the fine partnerships of the innings adding 44 with Ed before falling (caught) for 19 ( 112 for 3 off 27 )

With Ed still at the crease, 13 overs available and 7 wickets remaining you may think that a more than comfortable total was in the offing …. but we are the Casuals and as every erudite Casuals scholar knows we don’t do things we should do.

I was next in and out (caught & bowled off a leading edge) for 7 ( 123 for 4 off 30 overs )

Muff joined Ed briefly before Ed headed back to the pavilion (bowled) for a well constructed 38 (125 for 5 off 31 overs )

Paul ran to the middle only to be run out for 6 closely followed by Muff (bowled) for 11 to leave the Casz teetering on 142 for 7 off 36.

With last three wickets falling for only 4 runs (Foxy caught 2 ; James bowled 1 & Dewbs bowled 1 – leaving Elvis on 0 not out not having faced a ball) the total limped to 146 all out off 38.1 overs. (extras 7 [3nb; 1w; 2lb; 1b])

It’s bad enough not using up all your overs but when you do this after being a position of 112 with 7 wickets in hand and 13 overs left it’s criminal.

Tea (another Foxy classic) was taken and the Casz took refuge in cake, strawberries and lots of cream.

With the cries of we can do this, it’s not an easy pitch to play on etc. the Casz took to the field. With four defeats in a row under our belts I’m not sure how many of the 11 Casz on the field believed though ….

An opening partnership of Dewbs (pavilion end) and BA were unable to heed the words of encouragement and following 8 overs without a breakthrough and 53 on the board a change was made.

Jeff taking over from Dewbs and James from Paul. Jeff just seems to slip straight back into his rhythm not matter how long the break between games and took a wicket (caught [spectacularly] by Rich at gully) ( 69 for 1 off 11 overs )

With James struggling with his run up and subsequently line and length he was changed after a couple for Foxy.

The next eleven overs saw a dramatic decline in the scoring rate and a climbing belief that the Casz could get some respect in the result but with only 1 wicket still having fallen the Sri Lankans always held the upper hand. ( 122 for 1 off 23 )

Foxy’s exertions finally got the better of him and he requested a break after 5 overs with me taking over for the 24th over of the innings joined by Monty.

Monty’s first over produced a run out and with another falling in the next over (Rich caught and bowled) there was a brief glimmer of hope but the Sri Lanakans cantered home in the end reaching 147 for 3 off 28.5 overs (Extras 13 [6nb; 6w; 1b])

Bowling figures

Dewbs ........ 4 ........- ........18........ -
BA ........ 4 ........- ........34 ........-
Jeff ........8........1 ........20........ 1
James ........2 ........- ........26........ -
Foxy ........ 5 ........1 ........23 ........-
Rich ........3 ........- ... ....20........ 1
Monty ........2.5........ 1........ 5........ -

A win for the Sri Lankans by 7 wickets


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