Match report vs Blood
Service 24 July 07 @ Llanrumney (Skipper and report
Ah the balmy days of summer, Tuesday July 24th, a strange
warmth giving celestial body appeared in the sky and at last
the mighty Casuals were to play a game of cricket, or at least
something resembling it. Thank god for Llanrumney, how many
times do you think anyone has said that? But thanks to the
excellent staff of the university we had a dry out field and
a pitch that was true even if it did resemble a mint humbug
on site and played as slowly as a sand pit.
The toss was won by me and after looking at the oppo and
recognising only a few of their team I decided to bat first.
The only problem with this was only 8 of them had arrived,
we had to lend them 3 fielders after a long wait to start
the game. Furnham senior and I opened the innings against
their one good player the left arm seamer who had a longer
run up than many test players with about half the pace and
he was let us say tardy in getting back to his mark. John
and I both scored 4's off full tosses before John was out
playing a back foot shot (mistake) and dragging one on against
one of the slowest seamers you will ever see. 17 for 1 in
the 4th over, John Furnham 5. James was in next and out almost
as quickly in the 5th over for 2, also played on to a good
Yorker length ball, 23 for 2 in the 5th. I went next trying
to pull top edging it back to the bowler for 8, 23 for 3 in
the 6th over.
Not a great start, but the best was yet to come, Smitts and
Shandy were now in and put on 37 for the 4th wicket in 7 overs,
Smitts played some good looking drives without finding the
ropes for his 18 (7 2's, 4 1's). Shandy's 1st 3 scoring shots
were 4's and he ended up with 5of them and a monstrous 6 over
the bowlers head in easily his finest hour with the club.
Smitts was out for 18 in the 13th over caught by the bowler
at this point we were 60 for 4.
Meanwhile on the boundary, a discussion was in full flow
about Tesh and his upcoming nuptials, the sanity of Goughy's
other half for agreeing to marry him and the revelation that
Ash bats for the other side, which is on camera by the way
and can't be refuted.
Sharif was in next, he and Shandy did a fine job scoring
36 off the next 5 overs. Shandy was caught and bowled in the
18th over for 36, a fine knock with some excellent cover drives
and a big six and good running. The little keeper was in next,
for those of you concerned for Sharif at this point you are
more than justified as a run out was coming up, the calling
wasn't great and the hesitation profound as Sharif was run
out for 13 in the 19th over, 100 for 6. A good knock for Omar
with a boundary and some good running in quick time. Matt
the Doc Davies then joined the Goughster and ran around like
silly beggars for the remainder of the innings. Matt was 3
not out and Simon ended up with 18 with a shot off the legs
for 4 1st ball and another massive 6 over deep square leg
off a full toss over the longest boundary, thus proving my
old bat is still pretty good.
Casuals 117 for 6 from 20 overs, a good effort at the end.
Now for the Blood service innings, Jaffa Brierley opened
the bowling for us and took a wicket with his 4th legal ball
caught at wide mid on smartly by Muff, 2 for 1 in the 1st
over. I bowled the next over and after unintentionally beaming
their captain I noticed their opening bowler who was also
their best batsman wasn't too happy about it. There was a
good chance a massive swipe was on the way so I bowled a slow
off cutter and took his middle pole out about 3 seconds after
he had played the shot. 4 for 2 after the 2nd over. Jaffa
bowled a good spell and was a little unlucky to end up with
only 1 wicket off 4 overs conceding 9 runs. I took myself
off after 1 over as I guessed they didn't have much left.
Tesh was next to bowl and he got their skipper with a two
bouncer. Tesh bowled a mixed bag of a spell; some good balls
some long hops and 2 wickets for 18 runs from 3 overs.
Dave DB Thomas bowled 3 tight overs with a maiden for 4 runs
and no wickets. Doc Davies got 4 for 4 from his 3 overs, including
a double wicket maiden and a failed hat trick in his first
and Goughy got a good stumping, a massively dodgy LBW decision
and an easy catch at mid on for John Furnham to finish off
At this stage any game of cricket is a good game and this
was any game of cricket against 9 men. They were all out for
36 after 1 ball of the 14th over. Casuals win by 81 runs.