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Match Report vs Eclipse - 18th August 2009@ Llanrumney (Skipper John, Report Tesh)

The sun was shining, somewhat uncharacteristic for Cardiff in August and certainly nothing like the damp conditions we'd seen in July.

The Casuals opened the batting with Kim and Shakes. Kim got off to a flyer; unfortunately Shakey did not and was caught behind for 0 in the 2nd over. Frank joined Kim and the pair put on 13 runs together - Kim scored all the runs and Frank ran well until he too was caught behind for 0. Darren and Tesh both came and went each adding 9 to the score, now on 57. Kim eventually departed with a well earned 31 bringing Goughy on who amassed 14 with a couple of boundaries and a few ‘come one’s. Foxy failed to trouble the scorers as did Paul but Dave made a valiant 8, all singles. A final wicket stand of 17 by Warwick (8) and Furnham (9) meant the Casuals had seen out the full 18 overs with 94 on the board. Not a bad total consider the bowling was very good, they gave away just 7 extras of which only 3 were wides.

With a relatively small total to defend the Casuals took to the field. The Eclipse batsmen got off to an aggressive start but Iain put a stop to that with a wicket in the first over, caught by Frank at point. Paul and Iain did their best to stem the flow of runs but by the 4th over Eclipse had 22 on the board. Paul forced the 2nd breakthrough and a very good catch by John F at mid off now put Eclipse firmly on the back foot. In the 5th over Iain took another wicket, again a catch, this time taken by Tesh at mid off. With the score around the 30 mark the run of wickets dried up, Niluka and R Jones, clearly their in-form batsmen, added another 40 to the score with Shakes and DT throwing all but the kitchen sink at them to halt their charge to the 96 run mark.

Foxy was the next bowler to cash in on the catch fest, he forced the batsmen to go aerial and Paul took a comfortable catch at square leg. The Foxy Prior show truly got underway when he took the next two wickets, one clean bowled and the other, the prized wicket of Chris Stork, was a stumping. Kim got in on the act next with a caught and bowled leaving Eclipse tantalisingly close, 85-ish, with a couple of wickets in hand. With the game looking like a certain loss the tables were turned once again when Kim was hit straight back over his head, Iain made a frantic effort to even get near to the ball and with arms outstretched and travelling at a rate of knots took arguably the best catch of the season.

The game, now in the last of the 18 overs, with one batsman remaining and 4 runs to get, was poised for a stunning finish. While most of the Casuals had been flaunting their newfound catching abilities Frank had been quietly plugging away. In his three overs he had bowled a staggering 13 dot balls and was finally rewarded by taking the all-important final wicket, bowled.

The Casuals won by 4 runs in what was possibly their season’s best fielding performance.

Apologies for a very, very, very late report. Besides forgetting, then returning back to work, then going on tour (and remembering again), then forgetting, and finally remembering...again, it can safely be said that I'm a tardy ****!


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