Sunday, 11 May 2008

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)
Extras.....................................................16
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!!!!!!!

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