Monday, 26 May 2008

2 in a row

Hi all, here's a quick blow by blow of our encounter against the Wanderers.

As per usual I lost the toss and we were asked to have a bowl first. Luckless spells by Busty and Nic the Tic saw Wanderers reach 63 for 0 of 14 before some sharp fielding by Ade gave us our first wicket with a run out. Then 20 overs of accurate spin bowling from Ali and Danny reduced the run rate, as Danny took 4 wickets and Ali a deserved wicket with the last ball of his spell, leaving Wanderers on 127 for 6 off 36. We knew Wanderers had some big hitters down the order, so it was a difficult time for Hot Tub and Gareth to come on. Both took wickets, but some big shots from Jimmy Hassett took Wanderers to 190 for 9 at the end of their 45 overs.

After a fine tea from Sue, we made a good start to our reply. I opened with Ade, and when he was out to the last ball of the 20th over we were halfway to our target on 95 for 2. Seven overs later, despite 12 runs in 1 over by Ali, we had collapsed to 118 for 8. Not to be outdone, Busty then hit 4 fours in the next over. He and Nik then batted sensibly, eventually adding 38 before Nik was lbw. Last man Gareth arrived at the crease with 35 needed and Busty in prime form. Gareth played a great supporting role as Busty reached his 50 off just 32 balls, then Gareth hit the winning 4 to see us to a 1 wicket win with nearly 7 overs to spare.

Match winning performances by Danny with the ball and Busty with the bat, and a really pleasing win missing a few regulars. My particular thanks to Danny for playing for the Firsts when we needed him, and especially to Fez for the efforts he made to get here from London.

Match stats for the fantasists are as follows:

Bowling: S Bussell 10-1-49-0, N Heslop 6-1-30-0, S Jones 6-1-26-2, M Ali 10-1-29-1, D Zaman 10-1-28-4, G Marks 3-0-24-1.
Fielding: catches G Hannah (2), N Heslop, G Evans; stumpings G Hannah (2); run out A Colley.
Batting: G Hannah 52, A Colley 13, L Clarke 18, G Evans 0, S Jones 0, R Ferrier 1, S Bussell 57*, D Zaman 0, M Ali 12, N Heslop 9, G Marks 8*.

Also good to have a team night out at last. Well done to the 2s on their narrow win. Let's keep the momentum going throughout the club.

And finally, congrats to Gareth and Jodie on their engagement!!

Sunday, 25 May 2008

What a week!!!!!!

Phew!!! What a week in Dinas Powys Cricket Club. Three nail biting finishes in the space of three days. We played Creigau in the midweek league winning a game we looked dead and buried in. Special mention to Connor who made his senior debut aged 12 to bat no. 7 and score 7 n.o including an all run 5 with Mr Chairman!!!! Fantastic effort!!!

Then all eyes turned to the weekend where both 1st and 2nd's met their old foes Barry Wanderers. Sure Gordon will wish to fill you in on all the details of the 1st XI game but I'd just like to congratulate all involved. Personally I'd like to thank Fez, who due to updating his facebook status to say he was home for the weekend, got dragged in to enable me to continue captaining the 2nd XI. Not sure Nic the Tic will be thanking you though Fez!!!!!!

Anyway on the the main event, the 2nd XI took on Barry Wanderers with a very different team from that that had been so succesful in the previous 2 games.

Ade Colley, Garth Marks and Danny Zaman had all been drafted into the 1st XI. Miles Wilton and Neil "Waqar" Islam were unavailable and Tariq Ali carrying a dodgy hamstring meant 5 players having their first Saturday run out of the season. This included DPCC 2nd XI using their 3rd wicket keeper in 3 games, although Andy Pearce did a sterling job behind the sticks.

The game started with me losing the toss and being asked to field, to be honest I didn't feel it was a crucial toss but I probably would have batted if the coin had landed the other way.
We opened up with Mr Chairman and Upinder who both bowled exceptionally well but again without luck. Mike ended up with figures of 10-3-18-0 largely thanks to a dubious umpiring decision denying him a deserved wicket.

The Wanderers batsmen stuck to their task and all seemed to get starts but we always seemed likely to break a partnership. We had good variety in the attack with Nick Parker (10-1-48-3) being hauled off the golf course to bowl his left arm seam to go with Snowy's (9-3-38-2) variety and Mike and Upinders mix of seam and swing. I won't mention my bowling at this stage!!!!!

Anyway we all stuck to our task and ended up restricting the Wanderers to 184-7 off 45 with all 7 wickets being bowled.

Bowling figures were as follows:

Mike Lowe 10-3-18-0
Upinder Singh 10-0-34-1
Nick Parker 10-1-48-3
Jason Harries 5-1-31-1
Steve Hudson 9-3-38-2
Ian Coughtrey 1-0-7-0

Despite the wanderers getting a few more than we would have liked we were confident of chasing down the runs and opened with Matthew Hunt and debutant John Lee. Matthew set about his work in positive style crucnhing his second ball to the fence for 4. John unfortunately wasn't as assured and departed for a duck in the second over.

From here we continued to lose wickets regularly with no batsmen ever looking comfortable against an very slow attack that we all found difficult to get away. Matthew made a well crafted 20, Andy Pearce made a nice looking 28, Fella got to 20 but when Snowy fell for 21 with the score 114 for 6 things were looking perilous.

Then in strode the man of the moment Chairman Lowe. Mike batted magnificently to nurse the tail home, coming in in the 22nd over Mike batted for 17 overs for 27 not out to see us to victory. It was not without a few scares though, Veno's batted diligently for 3 runs though he batted overs very well to stay with Mike for 23 balls, before Upinder came in and batted the only way he knows. Upinder advanced down the track and hit Wanderers Captain Mike Ashton for 4 through mid wicket. This propmted Mr Chairman to have a word, Upinder took no notice and came down again this time hitting the ball onto the beach for 6. Again another word from Chairman Lowe had no affect with Upinder came dancing down again only to miss it, thankfully the Wanderers keeper fumbled the stumping chance and we held on. It was then left for Upinder to guide one through the vacant slip area for the 2 runs we needed to win the match.

DPCC batting card was as follows:

Matthew Hunt 20 (34 balls)
John Lee 0 (6 balls)
Andy Pearce 28 (31 balls)
Andy Smith 11 (19 balls)
Jason Harries 20 (22 balls)
Nick Parker 13 (15 balls)
Steve Hudson 21 (26 balls)
Mike Lowe 27* (55 balls)
Ian Coughtrey 3 (23 balls)
Upinder Singh 13* (8 balls)
Simon Wilton D.N.B

Not a classic for the purists out there but a well fought victory none the less meaning we picked up another 24 points to add to our 2 maximums so far. An average of 25.33 should mean we stay top of the pack but we will have to wait for other results to know for sure.

Updated averages are below and as we found out from the last one if you click on the table it will pop up a bit clearer just to save you requiring a microscope to read it!!!!

Congrats to all involved with DPCC over the last week!!!!!

Monday, 12 May 2008

Early Season 2nd XI Averages

Just for a bit of fun and for a few side bets the early season averages are as follows:

Sorry it doesn't make the easiest of viewing but need some lessons from Statto I think!!!!!!
Few interesting points though, Ade Colley leading run scorer, Danny Zaman highest strike rate and most 2nd XI horns.
Danny leader wicket taker with Sundries and Waqar close behind. Let me know if it's something you want me to keep updated on the blog and if it is I'm sure Chi Chi's coloured pens and my basic excel knowledge can keep it going.

Sunday, 11 May 2008

Excellent start under difficult conditions

On the softest wicket in Bryn Y Don's history, Dinas First XI had a tough encounter against Christchurch. After everyone telling me that i had to win the toss and bowl first (including being phoned at 7 oclock on a friday night to be told by hot tub that i would be insane to bat) My first duty as captain was to duly lose the toss and be asked to have a bat.

With ball not getting above knee high we were determined not to lose wickets early. Unfortunately Suggy and hot tub both succumbed to the pitch but Statto, ever the optimist, cheered tub up no end by reminding him that his 1 was a 100% improvement from last week. A good partnership by me and Fordy took us to 103 - 3 and left us with a chance of getting to 200, Fordy went on to make an excellent 52.

J guy, Busty, Marksie and Nic all did well to keep the run rate high during the closing stages and although classical shots were not in abundance, and with a little help from extras we managed to close out the innings on 220 for 7.

After an great tea (thanks mum) we started off well, with Busty trapping the dangerous Ross Edwards in from off middle stump in the most comprehensive of LBW decisions. Somehow the pitch managed to get even slower and lower and wicket fell at regular intervals. Nic the tic took two, marksie one and Hot Tub also making up for his dropped catch by coming on to take the wicket himself . Congratulations to new guys Brad, Laurence and Ali who all got their names in the book.

Self proclaimed champagne moment of the day came with a marvelous caught and bowled by new boy Laurence (lozzer) O'Sullivan. Marksie, that's how to take em one handed.

Also a big thanks to Pete Colley who took time out of his drinking hours to come on and field for us whilst Brad wasn't feeling very well. Brad welcome to the red hot heat of Dinas powys!!!

Despite a cracking last over from Ali, Christchurch dug deep and finished on 157 for 9 meaning a win by 63 runs and a great 25 points. After the toss I think we all would have taken that. A great team performance to start the season and long may it continue.

for all you fantasy watchers out there here is the scorebook

G Hannah 60
I Southwell 0
S Jones 1
A ford 52
G Evans 8
M Ali 0
S Bussell 17
H Marks 20*
N heslop 2 *
B Daniles DNB
L OSullivan DNB

extras 60

total 220 - 7

Christchurch 157 for 9

S Jones 8 -2 - 14- 1
S Bussell 6 - 0 - 23 -1
N Heslop 8 - 0 - 26 -2
B Daniels 2- 0 -11 - 1
L O'Sullivan 10 - 1- 23 - 2
H Marks 6 - 0 - 36 -1
M Ali 5- 2 - 4- 0

catches by H Marks, Ali, S Jones, L O'Sullivan

run out - jones

Up the Dinas

The Good Form Continues

Another good win yesterday for the 2's after a trip to Monkswood. They were something of an unknown quantity having been promoted as champions from division 3 and when we arrived to be told that their first team game was cancelled we expected a stern test. For 10 overs that was the way it was looking as well. Fella finally got the luck of the coin toss and had no hesitation in asking Monkswood to have a bat after heavy overnight rain had left the track looking extremely green.

The Monkswood openers batted extremely well and got there side off to a solid start reaching 33-0 after 11 before Gareth Marks took an excellent caught and bowled opportunity. This was the breakthrough we needed, despite having to listen to Sundries telling us how much it hurt his hand for the rest of the game, and the old adage 1 brings 2 was in evidence again as Mikey Lowe got in on the act with Andy Smith taking an easy chance at 2nd slip. That's right 2nd slip!!! We even had a gully as well!!!!!!

Wickets began to fall at regular intervals after that with Danny Zaman removing the most dangerous looking of their batsmen. Upinder bowled exceptionally well without luck to finish with 1 wicket before the destroyer came on to bowl.

Neil "Waqar" Islam came on with an electrifying spell of long hops and full bungers to take 4-12 off 4.1 overs. An exceptional catch from Ade Colley started what was to be a fine day for him.

Also worth a mention was the find of the day, new wicket keeper Tariq Ali who kept superbly standing up to Danny to keep a clean sheet of byes in difficult conditions.

Bowling figures were as follows:

Mike Lowe.................10-1-28-1
Gareth Marks............7-1-20-2
Upinder Singh............9-0-34-1
Danny Zaman............8-4-7-2
Neil Islam...................4.1-0-12-4

Extras posting 23 meant Monkswood finished on 103 all out

For all you fantasy league enthusiasts the catches were taken by Ade Coley (2) Andy Smith, Mike Lowe and Jason Harries

Batting was never going to be easy on a tough track so openers Matthew Hunt and Ade Colley were given the brief to bat overs and we could see how the pitch plays and evaluate from there.

That is exactly what they did and despite a few scares both batted diligently to get through 17 overs before the breakthrough came.

This wicket was called from everyone on the sidelines as Ade called Matthew through for a 3rd run to leave a very red Matthew on strike and fatigued. Matthew then carved one to point to break a solid opening partnership, departing for 10 hard made runs.

Tariq strode to the crease and looked right at home before a quick single tweaked a hamstring and he had to retire hurt for 10. This brought Andy Smith to the crease for his first Saturday knock of the season and he hit some nice shots including a classical on drive before departing for 11.

Fella arrived at the crease needing 24 runs for victory and thanks to some friendly bowling 16 runs were hit off the first over faced. A few singles off the next over left Ade Colley to smash one over mid wicket for 4 to win the game.

Ade carried his bat for 42 not out to go with a fine day in the field having taken 2 catches.

Dinas scorecard was as follows:

Ade Colley................Not Out...............42 (107 balls)
Matthew Hunt.........Caught.................10 (48 balls)
Tariq Ali.................Retied Hurt...........10 (18 balls)
Andy Smith..............Bowled.................11 (17 balls)
Jason Harries..........Not Out................17 (7 balls)
Total 106-2

Again another excellent team performance and thanks to all who contributed especially those who came all the way to Monkswood not to get a bowl or a bat but it's another big win with 25 points being bagged giving us a extremely healthy 25.5 point average after 2 games.

No game for the 2's next week due to FA Cup Final though I'm sure some of you may be asked to play in the 1's fixture against Brynmawr. Lets hope the break doesn't affect our form as we have a massive game against another newly promoted team and near neighbours Barry Wanderers on the 24th.

Up the Dinas!!!!!!!

Sunday, 4 May 2008

Off to a flyer!!!!!

Before I mention the cricket yesterday can a start by saying thank you to Ian Richardson and the rest of his willing team of helpers who managed to prepare a track to enable us to get a game on, sterling work by you all.

Congrats to everyone involved yesterday, a fantastic start to a new season. A maximum point haul is welcome at any point in the season but to get one an day one really sets the tone for the summer.

Really pleased to see the new faces fitting in as if they've been with the club ages. Ade Colley set the standard at the top of the innings opening in difficult circumstances with a nicely made 16.

Would love to comment on an old face returning to the club and batting at 3 but I blinked and I missed it!!!!!! Good job you can bowl Tub!!!!!

Danny Zaman rightly earned himself favouritism for the horns league with some massive hits, one of which wouldn't have looked out of place in last years Glammy fixture!!!!

Then Upinder took up the reins with some lusty blows and some great running with Chairman Lowe to ensure we got maximum batting points off the last ball.

Lastly many thanks to Waqar for scoring and to Chi Chi and his amazing technicolor pens!!!!! Thanks to Chi Chi I am able to put together the following.

Game Reduced to 40 Overs

1st Innings Scorecard was as follows:

Matthew Hunt Caught off R Hawkins 1 (10 balls)
Ade Colley Caught off R Francis 16 (37 balls)
Stuart Jones Caught off R Hawkins 0 (1 ball)
Gareth Evans Caught off R Francis 18 (40 balls)
Jason Harries Caught off Gogherty 15 (15 balls)
Miles Wilton Bowled by R Francis 5 (24 balls)
Danny Zaman Caught off Davies 47 (27 balls)
Steve Hudson Caught off Davies 8 (25 balls)
Gareth Marks Caught off Davies 3 (12 balls)
Mike Lowe Run Out 10 (12 balls)
Upinder Singh Not Out 22 (14 balls)
Extras 16 (2nb 4lb 8w 2b)
Total 161 All out

The 2nd Innings was largely a dreay affair with Newbridge never looking like they were considering a run chase. With so many bowlers available the most difficult thing was trying to decide which option to choose.

Chairman Lowe and Marksie opened up blowing off the cobwebs with only a few wides in a largely controlled spell. Steve Hudson came on first change and bowled well without luck, Upinder Singh came on the other end on debut and caused the batsmen a few problems on his way to picking up his first wicket for DPCC.

Fresh from a sparkling 47 of 27 balls Danny Zaman fired in his left arm spin to take 3 wickets to return figures of 5-3-2-3. After not performing with the bat and largely due to the fact I was a little bit bored I turned to Hot Tub to come up the hill. Stu returned equally impressive figures of 3-0-4-3 before he was hauled off cos Fella fancied his chances of taking the wicket of the 11 and 12 year olds batting 10 and 11 for Newbridge. Sadly this was not to be and Marksie returning down the hill got one to stay low and rock the middle peg.

All in all a clinical display with special mention to Miles' wicket keeping only letting 1 bye through in really difficult conditions.

2 Innings Bowling figures were as follows:

Mike Lowe 6 - 2 - 9 - 1
Gareth Marks 7.5 - 2 - 7 -2
Steve Hudson 4 - 2 - 5 - 0
Upinder Singh 5 - 0 - 17 - 1
Danny Zaman 5 - 3 - 2 - 3
Stuart Jones 3 - 0 - 4 -3
Jason Harries 2 - 1 - 4 - 0

Total 53 All Out 32.5 Overs

Difficult selection meeting again tomorrow night but plenty of cricket scheduled for the next week. Huw kicks off his midweek season on Wednesday at home to Lisvane then 2 league games on Saturday against Christchurch and Monkswood followed by a Sunday fixture against Blackwood. Please make you availability known to the skippers as we want to see as many people as possible pushing for a place.

Good to see some of the 1st teamers there yesterday showing their support and lets hope this result sets the tone for the rest of the season.

Thursday, 1 May 2008

New Season

New season is finally here guys, went to a really exciting balls meeting last night so got the new cherries for the season together with the Yearbooks.

Would say I'd distribute these Saturday but unless the rain gives in I think it may be next week.

Once again apologies to anyone who has missed out on Saturday cricket this week, it was a really difficult selection meeting and I sure it will continue to be over the next few weeks. Those of you not selected please try to turn out on a Sunday for Miles as runs and wickets on a Sunday will help you push for a Saturday place.

Finally just wishing you all good luck for the season, you'll see the handbooks soon and notice that Doc, J Guy and Smudge made the book for the 2nd's with Lowey and Marksie figuring in the bowling section. Hopefully we will continue to be well represented in next years book.