Match Report vs Eclipse
22 May 2013 @ St Fagans (Skipper and report Kim)
A sunny evening at St Fagan’s CC welcomed the two teams
(on the far pitch). A new Casuals captain began his tenure
and the first task was not to cock up by winning the toss.
Out stroll Kim and keeping true to Casuals’ traditions
lost the toss with Eclipse electing to bat.
Winkie opened the bowling against Mike Williams and first
ball, bang, over cover for 4. We thought this could be a long
evening. Pablo opened the bowling at the other end and his
first ball had M Williams hitting the ball straight to the
mid wicket boundary where Bowesy was perfectly positioned
to take a dolly. What happened next?
a) Bowesy took the catch like a pro (haha)
b) Bowesy continued his butterfingers form and dropped the
c) Bowesy continued his butterfingers form and dropped the
catch and palmed the ball over the boundary for a 6?
The answer was of course C. Thankfully, the drop didn’t
cost us much as in Pablo’s next over he took the first
wicket of the dangerous man M Williams, caught brilliantly
on the cover boundary by Kim diving full length to take the
catch inches off the ground (you have to take my word for
it) [FAO Maria, this is a joke]. Next wicket also went to
Pablo enticing the batsman to pop a simply catch to P Tangley
at point. At the other end Saj has replaced Winkie and once
again bowled brilliantly. After bowling three tight overs
he got his reward in his final over where he bowled their
number 4 batsman neck and crop. In the tenth over Shakey replaced
Pablo and bowled to their number 3 batsman who swatted the
ball to the mid wicket boundary where Bowesy was, once again,
perfectly positioned. This time he:
a) took the catch like a pro (haha)
b) continued his butterfingers form and dropped the catch
c) continued his butterfingers form and dropped the catch
and palmed the ball over the boundary for a 6?
The answer, please be seated, was A, which was a shock to
everyone including Bowesy himself. Bowesy took the catch with
part hands and part chest – the end result was a catch.
Another memorable incident was Darren’s attempted catch
at short cover where he got to the ball, slide, let the ball
go through his fingers, and decided to knee the ball towards
long-off boundary where it stopped a metre in front of the
rope with the batsmen running 3. At the end of their innings
there were two run outs, one to Gareth and the other to Shakes.
A fine bowling performance by the Casuals restricted Eclipse
to 122-6 off their allotted 20 overs.
Pablo : 4-0-19-2
P Tangley: 4-0-35-0
Chasing 123 to win the Casuals opened with Kim and Will
‘Jesus’ Mason Wilkes with Kim facing the first
ball. First ball, wide; second ball, wide and 1 run; third
ball (1st legitimate ball and Jesus’ first ball), 4;
forth ball, a single; fifth ball (Kim’s 1st legitimate
ball, 6 followed by a couple of dots and the Casuals were
0-14 after one over. One could say the Casuals were off to
a flyer, something that is very rarely associated with the
Casuals. In the third over with the Casuals on 27 the first
wicket went down with Kim playing a lazy drive, top edging
to deepish point for 12.
Bowesy stroll to the crease and he and Jesus continued the
trend by scoring quickly, clubbing several fours and sixes
along the way. The two made batting look very easy, which
again is rarely seen in Casuals tops! With 10ish runs needed
Jesus unselfishly played a premeditated shot to the legside
for an easy single to get Bowesy back on strike thinking Bowesy
was close to his 50 [he wasn’t]. Unfortunately, the
ball pitch outside off stump and as Jesus turned the bat he
top edged it to the cover fieldsman who took a good catch
Jesus out for 61 but more importantly lost us a bonus point
as we later find out in the pub by losing two wickets Eclipse
stole a bonus point (from us)! Shame on you Jesus, playing
another lazy shot! One would have thought you’d learnt
your lesson from the weekend! [FAO Maria, this is also a joke
though the shot was lazy]. The rest of the match was uneventful
with Bowesy hitting a six to complete an impressive 8 wicket
thrashing with 5 overs spare.
Kim 12 (1x4 and 1x6)
Jesus 61 (5x4s and 4x6s – please correct me if I’m
wrong, hard to see the numbers on my phone)
Bowesy 38 n.o (2x4s and 3x6s – again might have got
the numbers wrong)
Cox 0 n.o
A superb bowling performance followed by excellent batting!
In fact, the bowlers won us the match and the batters took
Apologies to those that didn't get a bat or a ball!
Lol [this match report contain jokes! Readers are not allowed
to take offence]