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Match report vs Sevenoaks 09 August @ Wenvoe (Skipper Paul, report Goughy)

With just a score sheet and some very distant memories I have been given the unenviable task of writing this match report.

Bottom line – We Lost

It was however a good and fairly contested game. Sevenoaks batted first with Kim and Manish opening the bowling. The first wickets were taken by Manish in the 2nd over a caught behind (Smitty) and an LBW. 8-2 off 2. A great start but sadly this just hastened their best batsman – Williams who plundered 57 in a knock that saw him stumped off Pablo. I seem to recall another close stumping an over or 2 before not given.

Anyhow the 3rd wicket went down in the 5th over to Kim, who had Elliot (first name Fred?) caught by Paul for 8. This was a case of third time lucky as Paul managed to drop him twice in the space of balls in the previous over! 17-3 off 5. As this was a shield game each bowler had a maximum of 3 overs and the Swain was economical at 3-0-10-1 with Manish even more miserly at 3-0-8-2.

Next up was the (lack of) pace pairing of Dewberry and Gough. Dewbs bowling because Brierley did not want to! In fairness at this point Williams was in his stride and spanked Dewbs for 33 off his 3. Gough at the other end bowled his brand of quick arm nonsense and only got hit for 14. 68 for 3 off 12.

The last bowlers up were the Casuals stalwarts in Winky and Pablo. Williams continued to big bat the attack and he reached his 50 before his demise – giving the odd chance but the Casuals could not snaffle him. With some support from Court and Allaway, Williams got the Sevenoaks total up to 116 for 6 off their 18. Winky bowled his usual tight lines and went only for 3-0-15-2 with Pablo having a tougher time and going for 3-0-31-1.

In reply to this large total the Casuals opened up with Brierley and Gough. The first over went for only 1 so 116 needed off 17 (over rate – 6.). The first wicket fell in the 4th over with Brieley going for 5. 17-1. With the run rate needing to be upped Manish came in and went again in the 7th over – a fine nick behind for 9. Manish claimed innocence on this one but John F gave the finger anyway!

Next up for the Casuals was Pike who put on a fine 50 partnership with Gough before he fell for 45 trying to up the ante. 80-3 off 13. With Pike falling in the next over, the collapse was on and the ‘writing was on the wall’ and ‘the duck had come home to roost’ and ‘the fat lady was definitely warming up’…..OK enough platitudes back to the game.

The next 4 overs were a mix of comedy running including a 3 run when Dewbs managed to hit the ball at his feet! Good value and worth paying your £10 on the Casuals DVD. The other comedy moment was Kim out sprinting one of the oppos larger fielders and JUST winning.

In the end the casuals were 5 short of victory with Pablo needing to hit a 6 for victory and only managing a single. 112-8 off 18.

A good game and actually quite exciting despite defeat. Another team we can beat but it needs us to be on better form than this with sharper fielding.


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