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Match Report vs Consmen 18 May 2010@ Llanrumney (Skipper and Report Captain Dan)

After the glorious weather during the day, come 5.30pm the dark clouds had materialised around the ground…but fortunately did not break, and after a while cleared slightly. However, this did not hinder Captain Dan from winning the important toss and deciding to bat first. The pitch that Llanrumney had allocated us was fortunately not the crap one furthest from the changing rooms, but the one next to it which seemed like a good track….

The Cheese and Easy Ryder were the openers for the day. The destructions from Captain Dan were for a solid start and then to accelerate after 10 overs….The first 2 overs the pair played solid defensive shots and took the singles where available. The in the 3rd Easy hit a beautiful cover drive for 4 and Ed used his cheese slice for another. The acceleration had begun. After 7 overs the score was on a very healthy 47-0, with Easy hitting another cover drive, supported by Ed at the other end and the running between the two was excellent. In the 8th over however, the calling or should I say running hit a hurdle. Easy played a square cut/drive…and called the run and was off screaming “yeiissss” in his now infamous way, Ed on the other hand either didn’t recognise the “yeiissss” as meaning “yes” or decided that he wasn’t going to go. Either way the result was Easy being at the ‘wrong’ end with Ed and the ball at the other – Easy run out for 14.

This brought Kim to the crease. Now Kim after his mature knock the previous week had also been instructed to bat sensibly and not to come back before he’d reached 50, at which in true Kim fashion he declared in that case he was going score a ton….At the end of the 8th over the score was 55-1.

The accelerator button was well and truly pushed during the next over as Kim carted a 6 and 4, Ed added a 2 and there were a few wides. 72 off 9. Unfortunately for the Consmen the next 3 overs followed in the same fashion and suddenly the score had raced to 115 for 1 off 12overs. The stream of runs was halted by the number 5 bowler D Dean, who bowled a very good line and length with a bit more pace which both Cheese and Kim began to defend against. Therefore Kim decided to take the runs against the other bowler and reached his 50 by scoring 2 huge 6’s in the 13over and Ed reaching his half century in the next. By the end of the 15th over the score had stopped rattling along at quite the same pace but was a competitive 136-1. The 16th over saw another big 6 from Kim and lots of running, the next was the last over from Dean which the pair took singles and 2s. 155-1 off 17.

And then all hell broke loose…..the last 3 overs the acceleration pedal was floored. Kim decided to stop running 2s and went for boundaries instead. The last 3 deliveries of the innings he clocked 2 6’s and a 4 to reach his century and taking the Casuals total to a new record (and top score of the season in any form of cricket) to 202-1. Both Ed and Kim finishing an excellent innings with 67 and 103 not out respectively.

With a massive total to defend the pressure was off the bowlers. BBN and Foxy opened. Nadeem started with a loosener wide, followed by another and another….in fact the first over was 12 balls in duration. However, his remaining 3 overs were excellent and conceded only 9 more runs. Foxy varied his line and length for the first 3 overs, restricting the batsmen to singles and 2s and the occasional boundary, his last was a bit more expensive not helped by some Casual fielding at long on however, he did claim the 1st wicket caught by…..can you guess?… one would have put money on it….but with his 15th catch of his career Dave took a super running catch at mid on!! 54-1 off 8. The Consmen actually had the same score as the Cazh had at this point…

Goff who had been promoted in the batting line up after not getting a bat at 5 the week before, and who failed to get in batting at number 4 this week was given the next bowling spell (next game he’s batting at 3!). His first over was a bit loose and expensive, the Cazh guilty a little of complacency in the field, however, newbee Gareth showed the Cazh how to do it with a running dive, pick up and throw all in one movement for an attempted run out – never before seen (successfully) in a Casuals game…

Like Nadeem, Goff’s remaining 2overs were a massive improvement as he found his line and length, restricting the batsmen to singles. In form DT, with his first ball took the wicket of the number 3, an absolutely shocker of a delivery a leg side wide saying ‘hit me’, but the batsmen only managed to top edge it straight into the hands of chirpy Thrush behind the stumps. In Dave’s 3 over spell he conceded only one boundary and took 2 more wickets in his final over both bowled. 88-4 off 14overs.

Muff and Pablo bowled the next stint, Muff having (as he claimed) a ‘certain’ lbw turned down, only to take his wicket the next ball. Paul mixed his deliveries up and wasn’t punished. Gareth was given the last but one over and after a couple of looseners bowled 4 dot balls. The game was concluded with the Consmen finishing on an admiral 126 for 5 (opener Skirrow unbeaten on 63) and on another day would have been a competitive total.

Once again a tremendous effort with the bat and the bowling and fielding has also improved. Well done all.

Nadeem – 4overs- 0 maidens- 16 runs- 0 wickets
Foxy – 4-0-38-1
Goff – 3-0-19-0
Dave – 3-0-15-3 (plus a catch)
Muff – 2-0-7-1
Paul – 3-0-17-0
Gareth – 1-0-8-0

Kim - 1 catch.



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