Wednesday, 12 November 2008


Evening everybody.

Monday sees another important day for the club, but this time it wont be on the pitch.

The AGM is being held in the rugby club at 8.30 and I cannot stress how important it is for everyone to make it if they can. A number of positions are becoming available and the club will struggle to move forward unless these vital gaps are filled. After so much hard work on and off the pitch it would be a shame to see the club move backwards.

So I urge members old, young and new to come along and see whats on offer.

hope to see you there


p.s up the Dinas!

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

What goes on 'Tour' Quay , goes on facebook!

Alright all,

Another season finished welcomed a deserved end of season tour, the unsuspecting victim this time round was the town of Torquay. Could the mighty mighty Dinas take on and beat Devon's finest? As the classic commentary went "Frankly who cares"?

The group met at the Cross Keys in Dinas at 12.30 and myself and Statto (Father Hiscocks, thanks for looking after us) were unsurprised to find Pete Colley already there pint in hand. (do you live there mate?) Leaving at 2 we faced horrible weather travelling down and we all thought that not a bowl would be bowled in anger over the coming weekend and the cricket was going to have to be played on the beach.

As for the tour entertainment much would be lost in translation. It is fair to say that refreshments were partaken with and much fun was had by all. As they say a picture tells a thousand words and I would recomend the DPCC website for the tour photos provide by statto. Fantastic work with those!!!

As for the matches we had mixed fortunes. Saturday saw the J Guy captain the side against Stokeinteignhead CC in what turned out to be a rain interrupted day. A Big Big thanks to all involved at Stokeinteignhead CC for managing to make the pitch playable and allowing the game to continue after 2 heavy showers. Originally scheduled for 30 overs the game was reduced to 25 after the first storm and we were bowled out for 96. Stokeinteignhead CC were always in command and ran out easy winners by 5 wickets. Pete Colley produced the funniest thing i have ever seen on the a cricket pitch, i recommend you ask him.

DPCC travelled to Babbacombe CC on the Sunday and it can only be described as the strangest outfield you will ever play on. The boundary is a good 12-15 higher than the square and walking in with the bowler can prove troublesome let alone fielding. Once again we were asked if we would like to bat first in this 40 over match and we accepted. After an excellent showing at no 11 the previous day Mike Lowe opened the batting alongside J Guy. The runs came at a decent rate but unfortunately so did the wickets. We were bowled out in the 30th over for 146 with only Statto offering any real resistance with a tour best 39 and a tour high 2 horns. DPCC were left answer less to babbacombes 68year old L Edgend, who finished with 4-9

However our effort in the field was better and a good containing spell by opening bowlers H Marks and Steve (Teeth) Bussell who had the timbers flying out of the ground. Chi Chi Wilton and Geoff Colley were the change bowlers and the unlikeliest of spin twins continued the damage with Compo taking 2 wickets and Chi leaving with the figures of 4 overs 1 maiden 3 for 52. You do the maths!! It was left to the skippers to smell cheap wickets and Myself and fella finished the Babbacombe tail for a famous 10 run tour victory. Again massive thanks Babbacombe CC, who worked magnificently to get the game on when many would have stopped on the forecast.

On Monday we were meant to travel home and play against ex player and Friend of DPCC Duncan Boffins Hanham CC, who are based just outside Bristol. Unfortunately the game was called off due to the waterlogged pitch and we hope to see them in the future.

Well that's about that for the cricketing side of the tour. Im sure tales will be told for a long time about the tour but I'll let you all find out in due time. What has mainly been learnt on our time in Torquay is hotels with swimming pools jaquzi's and bars are better than those without, Hot Tub makes excellent A Boards and has learnt how to spell "Powys" and switch hits are harder than they look, 3 attempts - 3 wickets.

Big thanks to Gareth Marks for the organising. Shame you couldn't make it mate!

Thanks to everyone for a great time

Up the POWYC!!

Thursday, 28 August 2008


Hi all.

Just been up the club to witness the single wicket draw. The competition draw is below.

It has been set up in to 2 halves, with no seeds and was drawn completely randomly.

Top Half

Steve Hudson V BYE
Gareth Evans V James Hiscocks

Gordon Hannah V I Southwell
M Lowe V S Wilton

Jason Harries V Ian Coughtrey
Tom Brookfield V Upinder Singh

Lewis Clarke V Josh Clogg
Adrian Colley V BYE

Bottom Half

M Wilton V BYE
Stewart Jones V Huw Marks

Ollie Coughtrey V Connor Heatherton
Steve Bussell V Tariq Ali

Andy Smith V Lawrence O'Sullivan
G Marks V BYE

Geoff Colley V BYE
Nick Parker V Peter Colley

I do believe that Paul Marks is doing a book so please feel free to phone him for the odds. Failing that Paddy Power should be able to help

See you there Saturday up the common. Mr Richardson would like us all there by 10.30 so we can get the draw times and rules sorted. Also if anybody has a problem with the draw complain to Huw Marks, he was the drawer.

Let battle begin.

Up the Dinas

Campones Campones OLE OLE OLE

Hi all,

Well a bit of a anti climax but the battle is over and the war is won. A big thank you to everybody who played in the firsts this year. Its been a fantastic effort by everybody to keep the standards so high, especially when the season has been so disjointed. Even in a season when so many games have been lost to weather, when the final league table is decided next week we will have won as many games as everyone else and lost less. Deserving champions!!

Lots of thanks to the back room staff. Dad (Ken) who has scored every ball for the second year in a row, Sue Marks who has produced excellent teas week in week out and who has even made me like marmite!! Also a massive thanks to Ian Richardson and Miles Wilton who both worked so hard to get the common in shape and keep it that way. I'm sure we all remember the panic to repair the water pipe and the outfield before the season started.

As for Saturdays game our 197 all out was a good score on a difficult track and a slow out field. Caerleon were the visitors to the common and as is customary I loss the toss and we were asked to have a bat.

Myself and Suggy added 52 before we both departed (mine a bad shot, Suggy was just plain unlucky) and it was tough going for a while. A timely return to form saw J Guy score 30 runs ably helped by hot tub and once again, Busty ended not out. Some good lower order batting saw us bowled out in the last over to set a reasonable target of 198 to win but also with the 5 points necessary for champions.

It always looked like it was going to rain and it duly did. After going of once for rain we returned and took the decisive 3rd wicket of their opening batsman and it was immediately decided that it was too wet to continue. The continuing rain ended our chance of finishing with the win and Danny Zaman and Lawrence O'Sullivan's chances of reaching 15 wickets for the season.

With that the champagne was already on ice and the celebrations could begin! The rest, as they say, is history.

Its been a great season for the club, but disappointing that so few games have been played. Hopefully the nucleus of the squad can stay together and we can look to establish ourselves in the higher leagues. Proud of everyone!!

Dad promises me the seasons stats will follow shortly.

Up the Dinas.

Gordon OUT!!!

Monday, 25 August 2008


Guess the best place to start would be with the thank you's. The list is long and I'm sure to have forgotten someone so apologies if I miss anyone out.

Think I'll start with the players who, despite the frustrations of the weather and a different skipper each week for the 2nd half of the season, have been magnificent. Many times we have been under pressure at times in games but this season a number of players have stood up and ensured we have come through. Notably in both Barry Wanderers fixtures, away from home a fantastic innings from Mike plus big hitting from Upinder (scaring the rest of us to death in the process)saw us across the line. At home we looked well short of runs until Nick Parker hit 55 off 57 to post a total we could defend. Many other terrific performances including 100's for Geoff Colley and Andy Pearce and five for's for Steve Hudson and Nick Parker. Whilst on the subject of players huge thanks go to Simon Wilton for his role throughout the season. Despite not playing as much as I'm sure he would of liked Chi Chi has been an ever present when the 2's have played and scored with his amazing technicolor pens.

In all we used 25 players in this campaign so big thank you to all of you.

When the sun has allowed us to get a home game in Sue Mark's teas have been the talk of the league all season, when Sue has been unable to do them the Wiltons have done a tremendous job. Thanks to you all.

With Bryn-y-don being underwater for most of the season we have managed to get quite a few games on up the common. This is one of the reasons we have done so well and thanks have to go to Ian Richardson, Miles and everyone else who has worked on the common to get games played.
I know I have already mentioned the players but want to say an additional thank you to Mike, Gareth Marks, Gareth Evans and Huw who have all stood in for me as skipper at some point over the season.

I'm not going to give a usual match report on Saturday mainly due to the fact I was so drunk Saturday night I've probably forgotten parts of it, instead I'll just give you the final averages for the season.

Extremely pleasing to see so many 20+ averages with the bat, and so many sub 20 averages with the ball. No-one has manged to run away with the wickets but Nick Parker has manged to finish as leading wicket taker with 15.

Leading runs scorer was Andy Pearce with 215 runs at a strike rate of 96!!!!

Saturday, 16 August 2008

Captains Blog ... Supplemental

Hi all,

Game off again today but at least on a happy note it means we are promoted. Having a few drinks up the club at 5 o'clock and everyone is welcome to join.

see you there.

Up the Dinas!!

Monday, 28 July 2008

A Sunny Saturday at last

Saturday saw the 1's visit Barry Wanderers in what was an important game for both teams. We needed to keep winning at the top of the table and the Wanderers were looking for a change of fortune at the bottom. For the second week in a row I won the toss (YAY) and decided to have a bat on what seemed to be the first nice sunny Saturday of the summer.

Although we got off to a good aggressive start, I departed off a top edge caught a square leg for 22 which brought Wanderers old boy Stuart Jones to the crease. Following on from last weeks good form both Hot Tub(34) and Ade Colley (27) kept the score ticking along but both fell in quick succession. Fella and Lewis clark both looked in good touch whilst at the crease but unfortunately Fella top edged a catch to midwicket, whilst Lew was adjudged lbw on the front foot, much to his disliking.

Danny Zaman was next to the wicket and pressure was on. Geoff Colley joined him at the other end and the score was 119 for 5. DZ took things slowly blocking the first and as predicted by hot tub, put his next 3 balls for 6. An excellent innings of controled hitting followed, as he reached his 50 off 26 balls. Although Geoff was out for 10 he was part of a 73 partnership which swung the game back in out favour. Huw Marks got a great ball of Jimmy Hassett first up and Snowy was sent back to the pavilion of a tremendous catch at midwicket, by the same fielder who had dropped a regulation boundary catch of DZ. DP's new favourite leg spinner was next to the wicket for his first bat of the year.

Lawrence (DNB) O'Sullivan had assured everyone in the club he could bat (even though he seemed susceptible to a bit of swing in the nets) and in the last week in July finally had his first bat for the club. Excellent shots were played from ball one and he scored and excellent 21 from 14 balls including 2 horns. He was dismissed by Wanderers stand in keeper Gareth Lanigan, one handed diving to his right. Danny Zaman was the last batsman to be removed, finally miss timing a shot to cover. with Gareth Marks stranded at the end we finished out innings bowled out for 238 of 41.1 overs. A notable mention to Dan Bowles who had an great spell which saw only 19 runs coming off his 10 overs for 3 wickets.

With Busty off on his hols Huw Marks was thrown the cherry along with Hot Tub. Marksie filled in excellently bowling a miserly opening spell 08/0/30/0. Tub got opener Gareth Lanigan caught behind and after a decent 2nd wicket partnership, DZ got in on the act taking 2 wickets in 4 balls. Snowy Hudson rolled back the years to produce excellent figures off 10/0/25/2 and didn't bowl a bad ball in the process.

At 96 for 6 we were confident of bowling out the Wanderers. However they continued to bat well and score quickly as the run rate gradually increased. It was only an excellent piece of fielding from Gareth Marks which produced the run out of Jimmy Hassett and effectively ended their chance of chasing the total. Barry Wanderers reached their goal of 175+ not all out despite some excellent bowling at the death from Sundries and Hot tub and a special delivery from DNB, which pitched on leg and turned up the hill to clip the top of off Stump. Despite a good shout off the last over by H Marks wanderers reached 178 for 9 off their 45 overs.

Another professional performance and 25 points in the bag. A massive performance with both bat and ball from DZ which really turned both innings. Another game played in good spirits and again best of Luck to Wanderers for the rest of the season. By no means the worst team in the league and we are all in agreement that one win will really change the season.

Fantasy stats below.

G Hannah 22
A Colley 27
S Jones 34
J Harries 6
L Clarke 8
D Zaman 72
G Colley 10
H Marks 0
S Hudson 4
L O'Sullivan 21
G Marks 0*


S Jones 9/1/36/2
H Marks 8/2/30/0
S Hudson 10/0/25/2
D Zaman 8/0/24/3
L O'Sullivan 7/1/35/1
G Marks 3/0/20/0

catches : G Hannah (2), J Harries

Run Outs : G Marks

Big game at home to Penarth III on saturday.

Up the Dinas