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Match Report vs Rhiwbina 18 July 2013 @ Llanrumney (Skipper Ed, report Jonny F)

As the glorious summer weather continued, the Casz arrived at Llanrumney knowing that the game had not been called off that morning! Cheese lost the toss and Rhiwbina unsurprisingly elected to bat as they only had 8 players at the start, although the rest did turn up during the course of their innings.

Dan opened the bowling and was his usual economical self. However, it was Cheese who made the first breakthrough in the second over as the batsman chipped one up to Winky at mid off who looked a bit nervous under the spinning ball but snaffled it comfortably enough.

The second wicket came courtesy of a run out when the other opener, a left hander, hit one straight at Tesh and called for a suicidal run. Tesh and Will did the rest, running out the captain at the striker's end. Dan then bowled the next batsman, leaving Rhiwbina reeling at 10 for 3.

Pete T and Pablo took over the bowling duties, Pablo getting the next wicket lbw. The batsman didn't look happy but I have to say it looked out from where I was and Paul and Will were convinced.

With the score on 24-4, the batsmen looked to just consolidate and take no risks so with Pete, Pablo & Steve bowling decent lines, not a lot happened for the next few overs.

Even so, the left hander was still there seemingly playing everything to leg and although he survived a dropped catch at backward square, he eventually toe-ended one back to Tesh for a fine caught and bowled. Mr Tickle had another wicket later that same over with one that turn a mile and hit the bottom of off stump.

Rhiwbina struggled to add anything after that as Dan & Cheese returned to finish off the innings. A run out and another 2 wickets for Ed saw the innings finish with Rhiwbina on 111-8 off their 20 overs.

Dan Lewis: 4 - 0 - 8 - 1
Ed Stewart: 4 - 0 - 13 - 3
Pete Tangney: 3 - 0 - 22 - 0
Paul Stephens: 4 - 0 - 21 - 1
Tesh Hirani: 3 - 0 - 20 - 2
Steve O'Reilly: 2 -0 -19-2

Johnny F & Winky strode out to the middle to begin the Casuals' reply but the innings started terribly with Jam mistiming a cut straight to a fielder for a second ball duck. Will took a few overs to come to terms with the pitch but then started playing a few shots. Sadly, he was bowled for 14 by a yorker length delivery, leaving the Casz on 22-2.
Richie H played his usual mix of watchfulness and lusty blows before being bowled for 13 (He may well have fallen asleep at the crease waiting for the bowler to get back to his mark).

So with the Casz innings wobbling a bit, we needed somebody to go out and steady the ship. We couldn't find anyone so Steve went out instead!

His first contribution was to call for a suicide run which would have seen him out for 0 but the keeper fumbled the ball and Steve survived. He then went on to play a normal Stevo innings with lots a few swishes and edges but also some very good shots which put Rhiwbina on the back foot and kept the innings ahead of the required rate.

Meanwhile, Andy H was still there playing a perfect anchor role - keeping out the good balls, punishing the bad ones and working the ball around to rotate the strike and allow Steve to play his normal game. Text book cricket from Winky.

It looked like the two of them would get us over the line, but the partnership was broken when Steve spooned up a catch for a fine 33 with just two runs needed for victory. Tesh Joined Andy but didn't get to face a ball as Andy knocked off the two runs required, carrying his bat for an excellent 32 not out.

Casz 112-4 in 17th over - a comfortable victory by 6 wickets with overs to spare.

Johnny F: 0 caught
Andy Hood: 32*
Will M-W: 14 bowled
Richie H: 13 bowled
Steve O: 33 caught
Tesh H: 0


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