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!!!!