Match Report vs Cardiff
Uni Staff 12 May 2010@ Sully (Skipper Captain Dan,
The cobbled together Casuals arrived at Wenvoe within plenty
of time for the 6pm kick off, well Mark was late but he was
a late replacement for late withdrawals so we forgive him.
The oppo were also on time apart for the skipper who arrived
at 6ish and took his time getting ready for the toss with
captain Dan. Dan lost and we were asked to field.
First impressions were that this was more our type of opposition,
there were no fit young talented types (you know 1st team
sponsored cricket shirts, 6ft 2 and 23 years old), which we
have run into at every game prior to this thus far. They just
seemed like normally talented cricket fans like us.
Andy and Nadeem opened the bowling on a firmer than usual
wicket right on the edge of the square close to the tennis
courts. The ball was swinging for both bowlers eliciting an
unforgivable drop at slip by yours truly off Andy. My blushes
were saved by a Keystone cop running incident and a good throw
by skip running out their opener for 6.
Andy bowled 3 good overs before falling (not figuratively)
for the old schoolboy error of trying to stop a moving ball
with his foot. This has now happened to me, my brother, Dave,
Porno, Foxy and now Winkie during games, we must learn to
dive people. Hopefully the ankle isn’t too bad Andy,
get well soon. Nadders produced his usual mixture and got
thumped around a bit by the other opener until Dan replaced
Andy and I replaced him from the football ground end.
We put the brakes on a bit before a lofted on drive off
me was excellently caught by Muff taking their useful looking
opener for 21. I am sure you would have caught it Skip but
it was a great running catch by the VC with a dodgy back.
Dan followed up by trapping the oppo skipper in front for
a rare Casual LBW for 4.
The number 3 batsman seemed to have a good eye and played
admirably at the other end slapping to extra cover and tugging
the shorter ones to mid on before the collapse happened.
Muff and my brother came on and ran through the rest of
the order. The ‘you miss I hit’ strategy applied
and six of the next seven wickets fell bowled. Mark got 4
all bowled and Muff got 2 as well as the aforementioned number
three smartly caught by Nadders at straight mid wicket for
a plucky 31.
Uni Staff - 93 all out in 19.5 overs
Winky – 3 overs 0 for 11
Nadders – 3 overs 0 for 27 & 1 Catch
Dan – 4 overs 1 for 14
Paul – 4 overs 1 for 21
Muff – 3 overs 3 for 10 & 1 Catch
Mark – 2.5 overs 4 for 7
Now for the batting, we haven’t been that bad this
year, it’s just that we have been batted out of games
by a bunch of 1st teamers. Cheese and the Goad opened up against
an attack with a combined age in three figures. The leg spinner
seemed to frustrate both batsmen a little but he did offer
up the odd freebie to Ed, Will on the other hand seemed to
loose patience and missed with a swipe and was bowled for
two. Shandy came in and played a few solid forward defence
shots before picking the wrong ball to drive getting smartly
caught behind for a duck bringing the scuffling Kim to the
Both of the elder statesman bowlers did well, the medium
pacer especially bowling his 4 overs for 11 runs. Ed was struggling
with the Wenvoe ‘bounce’ and played and missed
quite a bit and Kim wasn’t at his best but both kept
at it. Cheese eventually found a bit of fluency and made his
3rd 50 of the season reaching 51 and Kim hit a few good balls
and batted sensibly to finish on 32. We reached the total
for the loss of 2 wickets off 16.4 overs. I wouldn’t
say it was an easy or comfortable victory but it was still
a vital win, which has broken our losing streak
I would also like to mention our debutant Goff, unfortunately
he didn’t get a bat or bowl (I assure you that wont
happen very often) but he fielded very well, running balls
down and sending in good strong returns to keeper Kim. I hope
you enjoyed your first game, you are now our lucky charm.
Casuals 97 for 2 off 16.4 overs win by 8 wickets
Casuals 14 points, Uni Staff 1 point
Ed – 51 not out (5 fours)
Will – Bowled for 2
Shandy – Ct behind for 0
Kim – 32 not out (3 fours)