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

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