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Match report vs Glenwood Church 21 August08@ Rumney RFC (Skipper Jam, report Shakes)

The cazh turned up at this new venue, fully dapped, but more than a little surprised that after the downpours of balmy August we could get a game in - even on an artificial pitch. Our trepidation increased when we discovered that the changing rooms were only for the rugby boys and so we faced the long yomp to the cricket pitch where most of us decided to change.

Luckily Dewbs, Muff and Goughy weren't available for this game. I'm sure they would have drowned on the way to the wicket. We waded for what seemed an eternity through standing water to get to a patch of green between the rugby and football pitches. The pitch was a bouncy carpet and the outfield was littered with standing water but hey, this was the last midweek game of the season and so we had to play.

Shakes and Ash opened the batting and got us off to an ok start with 14 off the first 2 overs. Ash played across the line once too often and was bowled but then Roachy joined Shakes, looking to set a platform for our middle order. At the end of the 10th over we had moved on to 45-3 with Shakes gone for 19 and Roachy for 14. Batting wasn't entirely easy on a pitch which offered some bounce and where the ball just plugged in the outfield when you played a shot.
Porno batted circumspectly on his promotion to number 4 and was eventually given out stumped for 6. It looked tight from the boundary and there was some debate after the game. But Ash raised his finger straight away and, with Kim departing after two well struck 4's in his 11 and Stevo run out for 6, we needed a bit more impetus at the death to take us past 100.

Jam and Foxy plundered 42 from the last four overs with two 6s and two 4s for the skip and a well paced 8 not out from the Fox in a highly effective little knock where he successfully gave the strike to the skip. Jam finished on 28* and the cazh on 110-6 in a decent score.

Dan and Shandy opend up and bowled superbly to give Glenwood some early problems. The initial problem for the bowlers was to keep the ball on the pitch. The ball looked like a peanut and swung like mad so we knew batting would be tricky (and it suddenly became clearer why batting had become harder for us). Glenwood did what they could but after 6 overs Dan had 2-5 and Shandy 0-4 (really unlucky) as they limped to 18 for 2.

After this the scorebook gets a little hazy as Glenwood make steady progress towards the target although they always seemed behind the rate. Doc went for 21 off his 3, Ash 16 off his 2 and Stevo for just 10 off his two although he did get a wicket (played on) as Glenwood reached 53-4 off 12. Then Roachy stepped up with two wickets in two balls, the second an excellent diving catch from Shandy.

Some controlled hitting by the Glenwood opener Dobson kept them in the game but it all went a bit Pete Tong when Shakey picked up two wickets in the 16th over - the first another excellent diving catch by Jam at deep mid-off, taking the ball by his ankles as it travelled at pace. Needing 25 off the last over was just too much for the oppo. Shakey picked up the last wicket as Dobson carried his bat for 56.

An enjoyable game as it turned out and a good turnout in the pub after. We discussed Ash's failed attempt at a diving catch off his own bowling and the memorable fielding of porno at long leg in the swamp that was the outfield. Tippy toeing is certainly porno's forte - absolutely hilarious.

(Ed - The game was played in excellent spirit between the two clubs, even Ash hitting their main batsman on the ear with a throw in stopped the on field banter- an enjoyable game all round)

Won 13, lost 13


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