Match Report vs Dinas
Powys 04 May 2009 @ The Common, Dinas Powys (Skipper
and Report Muff)
With the weather more suited to the Yorkshire Moors rather
than a common in Dinas the Casuals huddled in the dressing
room trying to stave off hypothermia. Muff won the toss and
with a VERY short boundary on one side and an opposition of
small boys (or were they far away?) and a couple of adults
decided to bat (and mainly in the hope it would warm up!).
Easy and Will did the honours and will was straight into his
stride taking 9 off the first over and a 6 in the next over.
An attempted run by Chris might have been on but unfortunately
Will had bellowed ,WAIT!!!!!!!!, five seconds before and Chris’s
hearing aid was off.
Will kept on hitting the ball to all parts from one end but
the kid from the other end only gave up 4 runs from his 4
over spell. Ash had joined the fray and was doing his Boycott
impression well and hitting the bad ball until being bowled
for 25 by a very fat man.
J.R next up and he explored his entire repertoire of shots,
both of which he used to great effect. Will meanwhile fell
into that old trap and got out the moment his wife and child
arrived for a heavy hitting 36 caught by an excellent catch
from their talented player. Shakey replaced Will and was again
putting the bad ball through the short boundary and although
there is no photographic evidence, he really did run a 3.
A rapid 40 partnership was brought to an end when Shakey was
caught by a child called Clogg for 16. 99-4 off 22.
Pabs took over and with the need to keep our foot on the
gas ran well with JR and got his eye in until exploding into
child molestation hitting to all parts and was very unlucky
not to get his fifty, falling 1 short. I was volunteered to
tell him. Sorry we didn’t give you a shout but you were
going along nicely!!! 49 in good time and the Cazh on 176
for 5 off 36.
Dan came in and mowed the meadow and was caught and bowled
only to be reprieved by a no-ball only to be bowled by a very
very fat man for 10. With only 1 over left Foxy with 1 and
JR for a nicely paced and watchful 41 carried their bats and
we finished with 203 for 6 which was about par with the short
Tea was taken, mercifully in the rugby club bar and was large
and varied (the food not the bar) unfortunately cake was left.
I hold Shakey responsible for this as after consuming my bodyweight
in egg sandwiches I had no room for cake. [Ed: to be fair
Shakey did consume 3 platefuls, though admittedly this is
no where near his body weight].
Restored we donned every item of clothing we possessed and
fought though the gale to the wicket. With one end being reserved
for the slower bowlers DT opened the bowling and kept to a
nagging line but was punished for anything short, a theme
that was to re-occur throughout the innings. Bravely doing
it for the team Winkie ran gamely into the breeze with the
reward of taking his first wicket of the season clean bowling
Mike Hunt (I kid you not) for 3.
Dan taking over into the gale then had the next victim well
caught by keeper Will behind for 3 and with DT getting a wicket
bowled the oppo were in trouble on 23-3 off 12.
This brought their talented player to the crease from where
he never left, hitting the ball anywhere he fancied to bring
up his hundred and on the verge of winning it by himself.
Luckily for us once Paul had got their obdurate opener bowled
it was just a question of picking off the kids and the fat
men and keeping Mr Slappy off the strike.
Pabs picked up 4 for 43, 3 bowled and 1 caught by JR and
got us to within sight of the win , Winkie and Dan combined
for a run-out and Muff with 1 bowled (bowling into the wind
which I had had no idea of how strong it was until I got to
the crease! So fair bloody play to Andy and Dan for their
effort) and Shakey picking up the last wicket caught by Paul
the Casuals win 2 days on the trot by 26 runs.
Well done all a good job in evil weather.
Thanks to Fox for bringing the kit and to JR for taking it
The following Milestones were reached in this game. Congratulations
Dan Lewis - 1250 overs
James Roath - 250 runs