Tuesday, 24 June 2008

DPCC 2nd XI V Caerleon

As promised a more detailed report of Saturdays game.
After delays due to the council failing to tell us the game was off down Parc Bryn-y-don we managed to give the wicket a quick roll up the common and agreed a 40 over game.

Stand in captain Huw Marks lost the toss and was invited to bat by the Caerleon skipper. Andy Pearce opened with Geoff Colley and put on 33 for the first wicket before Andy was caught off the Caerleon opening bowler. John Lee came to the crease and batted watchfully with Geoff before calling a crazy run and being run out for 5. Geoff was on 49 at the time. (I know the feeling fella)

This brought Snowy to the wicket both senior players batted superbly to form a 122 run partnership before Snowy fell 27 runs short of that elusive century.

Before striding out to bat I told Danny to enjoy himself and not worry about getting out, he really did take this to heart and promptly heaved the first ball straight up in the air. The Caerleon fielder looked to have run in too far before arching his back and diving backwards to hold on one handed. This left a bewildered DZ looking on wondering how a regulation catch was made to look so difficult!!!!!!

Lowey then decided he didn't want to bat so Huw picked up his bat and set about the bowling hitting 26 not out off 11 balls to add to his unbeaten 54 last week. Geoff completed his century off 108 balls in the penultimate over. A magnificent knock in his first start of the season. Dinas closed their innings on 231-4 off their allotted 40 overs.

Geoff Colley..................103* (117 balls)
Andy Pearce...................11 (28 balls)
John Lee...........................5 (20 balls)
Steve Hudson.................73 (62 balls)
Danny Zaman..................0 (1 ball)
Huw Marks.....................26 (11 balls)

In response as has been the case in so many games Caerleon didn't look like a run chase was in mind. Needing 5.8 rpo Caerleon could only manage 42 off the first 16 overs. With the required run rate up to 7.92 Huw decided to throw the ball to Chi chi in search of wickets. Chi chi did not bowl one of his most controlled spells and proved expensive. The returning bowlers came back well and restriced Caerleon to 172-6 off their allotted 40 overs.

Mike Lowe.........8-0-32-2
Upinder Singh....5-0-20-0
Huw Marks.........9-1-36-2
Danny Zaman.....9-2-22-1
Simon Wilton......3-0-36-0
Steve Hudson.....6-0-39-1

Another 24 point haul means we keep the pressure on Creigau at the top. Creigau amassed 26 points from their game so should be just above us at the moment.

Both 1st's and 2nd's have friendlies this weekend so a chance for some players to show what they can do.

Sunday, 22 June 2008

Back to the future (nice one Marksie)

Apologies for the headline but it was quite funny when we were having the usual off field banter Saturday.

Not you usual in depth blog this week blog fans. Not being able to stay to the end means I've not got the scorebook or any knowledge of the game after 6.30.

Needless to say that in a team featuring two of our junior section it was 2 senior players that stole the show with the bat. Snowy with a quickfire 74 and Compo with an assured 103 not out.

I'll update the stats when I get the scorebook back tomorrow night but just to say both knocks were a pleasure to watch, even though J Guy was talking to me throughout!!!!!!!!!

Story of the ball will have to wait but Caerleon seemed intent to drag things out in hope of rain and only some smart work from Andy Pearce got us a breakthrough. Stumping or run out??? Depends if Miles has Huw in his fantasy team!!!!!!!

Anyway I'll update more tomorrow night but we scored lots and they didn't get enough. Think we ended up with 24 points so depends on Creigau's tally but we should still be close to top spot.

Sunday, 15 June 2008


After some nagging by Chi Chi here is the horn count for the season.

Ali 8
S Jones 2
G Hannah 2 (both over extra cover, should count double in my opinion)
H marks 1
S Bussell 1
N Heslop 1
I Southwell 1 (and nice and correct it was too!!)
D Zaman 1

Keep up the hornage chaps

and averages to follow as well

1's back to winning ways

Afternoon cricket fans,

Saturday saw the 1's make the long trip to Llanarth, looking to show some good bouncebackability after a disappointing defeat to Llantwit Major last Saturday. Meeting at the square at 11.45 should have given us enough time to reach Llanarth, but after some frantic phone calls and establishing that lozzer was going straight to the ground we finally set off at 12.15.

So we get to Llanarth at 1.15 and on queue i lose the toss (5 out of 5, a club record?) and the oppo decide to have a bat. This was upsetting for a couple of reasons. 1) it looked like a lovely batting track and 2) we only had 8 men at the ground. It turned out Lewis was in Abergavenny and was running a little late (" Sorry Gord, its harder to find than you might think") Whilst Ali and Zaman were also a little lost ("the satnav says we will be there at 1.55. But at the moment we are in the middle of a farm") Armed with this information the brave 8 men of Dinas took to the field.

Busty and hottub took the new ball and with all things considered bowled magnificently. Although the first over went for 10 we managed to pull the run rate right back and Busty took the wicket of last years centurion against us Dougie Spencer with a lovely ball which jagged back up the hill clipping the top of off stump. With the cavalry arriving after 10 over we had bowled and fielded well to keep the score to 53 - 1 off 11 overs.

Danny Zaman was straight into the action taking a wicket 3rd ball. with an lbw spearing the ball at middle and leg. Fellow spin twin lawrence O'Sullivan was also amongst the wickets removing the ever dangerous Baxter with a long hop caught on the boundary by Nic. 4th combination this year for that partnership. Both bowled straight through and with Danny's spell conceding only 11 runs and lawrence taking 3 - 34 we had managed to restrict Llanrth to 121 off 35 overs.

However with some wickets in hand and an established batter at the crease Llanarth started to push for runs again. Nic once again bowled well without much luck as did Hottub who also came back on at the end. Short boundary's and good hitting seeing Llanarh reaching 192 for 8 of their 45. Although 30 more than they might have got I'm sure we would all have taken their final score when fielding with 8 men for 10 overs.

After a cracking tea (chocolate cakes with marshmallow through them, pink and white) we began badly in our run chase. I was caught in the covers for 1, my luck finally running out and it was Suggy who stepped up the the plate to fill in for my lost runs. A 54 run partnership between Hottub and Suggy steadied the ship and although Lewis , Andy ford and J Guy all came and went quickly, ( the least said about Fordy's the better) we remained up with the run rate and importantly Suggy continued to bat like a dream.

Ali scored a useful 20 playing the spinner well and choosing the big shots wisely before being caught on the boundary. This brought Busty to the crease who is becoming the specialist 'finisher' in the team. Suggy breezed through the nervous 90's and pushed a cover drive to the off side boundary. Coming back for the second could have seen either batsman run out at either end in the confusion, but busty kept a cool head as the llanarth fielders fumbled the run out attempts to see Suggy home for a flawless and well deserved Hundred. Unfortunately Suggy departed 1 run later, bowled by Powell and Llanarth were confident they were though us. However Danny Z had other ideas in mind.

Beginning slowly, Danny and Busty nudged singles bringing the target ever closer until Danny hit two fours followed by one of the biggest 6's ever witnessed by the Dinas faithful back over the opening bowlers head, sending the cows into hiding .(a cool ground. literally having a cow field at cow corner) Once again however we lost another wicket, that of Dannys and Llanarth had their tails up. But nic the tic showed excellent technique nudging a single leaving Busty to scurry through for the 2 winning runs with 2 overs left and 2 wickets left. The 2 wicket win leaving the villagers with a 25 point haul.

Once again a good close win over llanarth who must be wondering what they have to do to beat us. Good to see a game being played hard but in good spirits, with both teams enjoying some friendly banter. All the best to Llanarth until we meet them again in mid August in what again could be a crucial game for both teams.

The win leaves us top of league and if my calculations are correct the League table should look a little something like this after yesterdays results...

Dinas Powys 7 4 0 1 22.4
Llantwit Major 7 4 0 1 22.2
Christchurch 7 3 0 1 20.5
Caerleon 7 3 0 2 17
Pontllafriath 7 3 0 2 17
Brynmawr 7 2 0 3 15
Penarth 7 2 0 4 13.67
Llanarth 7 1 0 4 12.8
Barry W 7 1 0 5 12
(not official, just worked out from the scored from WOS)

Quote of the day - Hottub to a local after Dannys 6
Local - "is that a 6?"
hottub - "Think it should be a ******** 12!!!*

Interesting information of the day.
DZ is a bouncer at a favourite club of the chairman.

and not so exciting.
lawrence has a chain of fireplace and surrounds shops. so for all your fireplace needs please feel free to contact lawrence on ....

Scorebook and Fantasy points as follows

S Bussell 10 - 2 - 35 - 2
S Jones 9 - 0 - 65 - 1
D Zaman 10- 5 - 11 - 1
L O'Sullivan 10 - 0 - 34 - 3
N Heslop 6 - 0 - 34 - 1

Catches by Hannah (2), N Heslop, L Clarke, S Jones

G Hannah 1
I Southwell 101
S Jones 7
l Clarke 5
A Ford 0
G Evans 1
A Nagi 20
S Bussell 14*
D Zaman 18
N Heslop 1*
l O'Sullivan DNB

Next week away to Carleon for a top of the table clash,

Up the Dinas

2nd XI Averages

Guys here are the 2nd XI averages with Horns!!!!!!

Click on the table to open it in a new window.

Andy Pearce leading run scorer in the twos with Ade Colley leading the averages. Good to see Mr Chairman's coaching paying off currently lying 4th with Upinder 5th. Andy and Upinder currently leading the 2nd XI horns league with 4.

Bowling wise it's still Danny and Snowy leading the way but the pack are closing behind. Lowey getting 3 wickets yesterday Upinder to return next week. The race for 2nd team leading wicket taker is hotting up.

Saturday, 14 June 2008

Another Huge Victory for the Two's

Saturday saw us welcome third place Llanarth to Parc Bryn-y-don knowing that a points haul above 21 pts would move us back to the top if the league. Things didn't start to well with the visitors not turning up until 14.10!!!!!

I therefore claimed the toss and informed the visitors captain that we would be batting first. Both openers started well with Matthew Hunt doing well to avoid a beamer that left him on his backside with Adrian Colley halfway down wanting a run!!!!!!

Matthew eventually perished for 17 and Tariq and Ade followed not long after for 14 and 12 respectively, to leave us precariously placed at 45-3. Fresh from his century last week Andy Pearce bludgeoned 35 to put on 54 runs with myself beofre he was caught. Miles unfortunately didn't trouble Chi Chi and his pens but John Lee and myself put on another 49 runs before I called for a silly single that John promptly refused. Having the turning circle of the QE2 meant I was unable to get back and was run out for 49.

This brought Dinas Powys superstar, Huw Marks, to the crease and together John and Huw put on 75 for the 7th wicket before John departed for a well made 47. Despite Mike trying to hog the strike Superstar brought up his 50 with a horn over mid wicket followed by another boundary to close the innings on 265-8 off 40 overs. Huw ending up unbeaten on 54.

After the visitors polished of the cheese and marmite sandwiches (Grrrrr!!!!) we set about taking the 9 wickets we needed for maximum points (they only had 10 players).

It soon became apparent that any ideas of a run chase had disappared as quickly as our cheese and marmite sandwiches (I'm not bitter). Both openers were happy to practise their forward defensive and despite some probing bowling the Llanarth openers moved to 50 without loss off 24 overs!!!!!! Our adoring fan club, well Smudger anyway, had long departed the scene due to boredom.

Eventally I got one to straighten and got a LBW decision. This seem to open the floodgates and we took 6 Llanarth wickets in the last 6 overs. Mike was bowling to 3 slips and a gully at one point!!!!!

Eventually a very long 40 overs were bowled with Llanarth falling 135 runs short at 130-7.

The cards were as follows:

Ade Colley..........................14 (36)
Matthew Hunt...................17 (19)
Tariq Ali..............................12 (15)
Andy Pearce.......................35 (39)
Jason Harries.....................49 (45)
Miles Wilton........................0 (7)
John Lee..............................47 (37)
Huw Marks.........................54*(32)
Mike Lowe...........................9 (8)
Gareth Marks......................1* (1)
Neil Islam.............................DNB

Mike Lowe...............8-4-18-3
Huw Marks..............9-3-26-1
Gareth Marks..........6-1-19-2
Neil Islam.................4-1-15-0
Jason Harries...........9-3-24-1
John Lee...................2-0-6-0
Andy Pearce.............2-0-8-0

Catches were taken by Miles, Huw, Fella and Tariq

A 25pt haul should take us back to the top of the league with Creigau having a friendly fixture this week.

Sunday, 8 June 2008

1's suffer first defeat of the season.

Another Saturday and another loss toss saw us being asked to bat first on what looked to be a decent BYD wicket.

Myself and Suggy started out well bringing up our first 50 partnership of the season. The runs Slowed slightly though and i was out in the 17th over for 46 with the score on 67. Suggy continued to bat well and held the innings together scoring 44.

The middle order found the going tough with the wicket beginning to get noticeably slower and lower with the older ball. Wickets began to fall but after last weeks fireworks Ali was sent in at No 6 to increase the run rate. Proving that last Saturday was no fluke Ali hit a deserved first 50 for the club at more than a run a ball including 2 massive horns to the longest boundary in the ground. He eventually fell for 68 and determined running from J guy, busty and Huw saw us reach 217 for 7 of our 45 overs.

Llantwit did not get off to the start they would have wanted, with hottub taking to early wickets with vicious swing. Although starting slowly Llantwit always kept in touch held together by the ever dangerous Julian Griffiths. All the Dinas bowlers bowled well, with nic the tic bowling a luckless spell and Lawrence taking 3 Important wickets but Llantwit showed their resilience to take the game to a nail biting conclusion.

The Run Rate did get up to 7 an over and despite the best efforts of the DP bowlers wickets were always in hand. With Ali taking 2 late wickets Lantwit needed 21 to win of 3 overs with 2 wickets in hand. This was taken down to 7 of the final over and it was down to the Llantwit skipper to hit the winning runs with excellent shots which went to the boundary of Busty, winning the game with 2 balls to spare.

Although a defeat we put in a good performance in all areas of the game finishing with 11 points. In the course of the season it is likely that we will play far worse and end up the victors, but that's cricket. Chin up lads, heres hoping we can get back to winning ways against Llanarth away next week.

Scorebook as follows.

G Hannah 46
I southwell 44
L Clarke 10
S Jones 8
A Ford 2
Ali Nagi 68
G Evans 7
S Bussell 0*
H Marks 0*
L O'Sullivan DNB
N Helsop DNB


S Bussell 9.4 - 2 - 34 - 0
S Jones 10 - 2 -42 - 3
N Heslop 6 - 0 -34 - 0
L O'Sullivan 10 - 2 - 35 -3
H Marks 4 - 0 -33 -0
A Nagi 5 - 0 - 28 -28

Catches N Heslop 2.

Up the Dinas

2nd XI Back on Track

Saturday saw us take the long drive to Tredegar not knowing what to expect after they beat our conquerors Creigau on the weekend before.

On what looked to be a usual Tredgar belter I won the toss and elected to have a bat.

We opened with the Matthew and Ade, returning from his back injury.

Young Cal Herring opened for the home team and began what was to be a hugely impressive spell by bowling Matthew 5th ball. This brought Tariq Ali to the crease and Tariq and Ade played the opening bowlers very cautiously moving the score onto 38 after 14 overs before Tariq fell LBW for 26.

This brought Andy Pearce to the crease who made it all look very easy. Andy scored 109 off 73 including 4 horns and 13 4's. And we won't mention him being dropped on 99!!!! Ooops!!!!!

Andy was superbly supported by Ade Colley who put his injury behind him to score a career best 72. Andy and Ade put on 172 for the 3rd wicket moving the score onto 210 after 36 overs.

This prompted Danny Zaman to be promoted up the order to give it some long handle but unfortunately the fireworks didn't get started as Cal Herring bowled him with a very good leg stump yorker.

Wickets fell regularly as DP pushed for a huge total, Snowy was done by an outstanding piece of wicketkeeping by 13 year old Cam Herring (talented family!!!!) down the leg side.

We finally closed on 271-9 with Dan Pearce batting sensibly for 3 not out. Cal Herring finishing a great spell with 10-1-32-6.

M Hunt.............................0 (5)
A Colley..........................72 (106)
T Ali................................26 (40)
A Pearce.......................109 (73)
D Zaman..........................1 (6)
J Harries.........................26 (21)
J Lee.................................8 (7)
S Hudson..........................0 (1)
U Singh.............................1 (6)
N Islam.............................1* (2)
D Pearce...........................3* (5)

Fantastic effort with the bat and shows the value of a solid base to work from. After 10 overs we were on 36-1 but had seen off one of the best bowlers we have seen this year and were able to get stuck in. Ade Colley deserves special mention for toughing it out up top before cashing in later in the innings.

In the field Tredegar lost one of their openers early to Waqar before the Herring boys starred again.

The cousins put on 63 for the third wicket before Cal departed for 43 thanks to a good catch in the deep form Waqar off Snowy. Snowy then began to tighten his grip ending up with a 5 wicket haul reducing Tredegar to 104-6.

Tredegar then shut up shop happy to milk as many points from the game meaning the bowlers toiled away without luck. Danny bowled well but with no attacking intent from the batsmen didn't look his usually potent self.

Tredegar ended up 162-6 off 45 to lose by 109 runs.

U Singh..............10-0-31-0
N Islam...............9-0-37-1
S Hudson...........10-2-31-5
D Zaman............10-1-31-0
A Pearce.............2-0-11-0
D Pearce.............2-0-8-0
J Harries............2-0-3-0

Good to get the show back on the road after a difficult week, lets hope the good form continues for the visit of Llanarth next week.

Thursday, 5 June 2008

Not bad for a pub team . . . continued

Alright all,

here's the report in full.

Saturday saw the 1's travelling the short distance to face Penarth 3rds who were fresh of the back of an excellent win against Llantwit major. As per usual I lost the toss and was asked to bat first on what looked to be a bowler friendly wicket, very similar to the one we played on at BYD first game of the season.

We didnt begin well, losing Suggy and lewis Clarke early on to 2 excellent catches. I followed shortly after (to John Clogg, grrrrrr didnt want that) and at 60 odd for 3 we werent in the most healthy of positions. But Hot tubs timely return to form steadied the ship, sharing decent partnerships with Fordy and J Guy. happily J guy played some excellent shots and almost had a smile on his face before being run out backing up after the bowler got a finger tip to the return shot. "when it doesn't rain it pours" was the comment from the returning Jealous one.

Last weeks hero Busty proved that cricket isnt as easy as he made it look last week and got caught after top edging the spinner for 3 which brought Ali to the crease. At the time we were looking at about 160 odd but with batting to come Ali was under strict instructions to try and push for the maximum batting points at 175. What was to come next was a bit of a shock. After starting slowly Ali was eyeing the short straight boundary at one and with the bowler looping it up he seemed to fancy his chances. A 6 followed by a 4 (only 5 yards short) was a great start to the over but the fireworks didnt stop there. Hitting the next 4 balls for 6 and taking the bowler for 34 in an over swung the momentum of the game in our favour and also earned a sanding ovation from the crowd, well us anyway. After returning from holiday the keeper of the Dinas Powys CC legends, Ian Richardson, phoned to claim that he held the previous record of 31, so well done to Ali on the new record. Surely a trophy somewhere for that.

Ali was also ably helped by Nic the tic, who also got in on the horns action and Sundries who both showed how much batting we have down the order and we finished the innings on 196 for 8.

We started well with the ball, with both openers extremely economical with the new ball. hot tub took 2 in 2 and we were confident of achieving a good result. However we knew we had to keep working hard with Penarth full of familiar faces who had proved their worth at much higher levels. Lawrence O'Sullivan took the important wicket of Peter Goodfellow, caught in the deep with an excellent catch from Suggy. At the other end the introduction of Nic also had the desired result. Bowling with pace and menace he ran through the middle order literally sending the stumps flying on a number of occasions. He rounded off his first 5for for the firsts by taking the wicket of the opposition skipper, helped by a magnificent catch by J guy over his shoulder running backwards at mid on. (I know the family were there mate but you didnt need to milk the catch that much)

Sundries had the final say with a welcome return to first team wickets, cleaning up the tail with accuracy and swing. A great team fielding performance saw Penarth bowled out for 83 and a maximum 26 points taken out of the game. A big well done to everyone involved with the day. we had an good attitude in the field and lots of noise was made. With everyone bar Sundries available for the next game lets hope we can take the winning mentality forwards against Llantwit Saturday.

for all you fantasy watchers the results are as follows.


G Hannah 43
I Southwell 6
L Clarke 0
S Jones 38
A ford 9
G Evans 14
S Bussell 3
A Nagi 46
N Heslop 17*
G Marks 1*
L Osullivan DNB


S Bussell 6 - 3 - 9 - 0
S Jones 8 - 2 - 11 - 2
L O'Sullivan 7 - 0 - 37 - 1
N Heslop 7 - 2 - 19 - 5
A Nagi 3 - 2 - 2 - 0
G Marks 1.3 - 1 - 0 -2

Catches I Southwell 2, N Heslop 1, G evans 1

Up the Dians

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Not bad for a pub a team.

Hi all,

sorry the report is a little late in arriving. As most of you probably know my dad went to hospital on sunday night and it has all been a little bit hectic.

The upshot of this is that he has the scorebook at his house and as such i can't write a full report (you just cant get the staff these days!!)

As for the match saturday it ranks as one of the best performances by any dinas side i have played in. Everybody played a part whether it be in the field or with the bat and ball. I know the victory was important to quite a few people at the club and its great to be 3 from 3 and top of the league.

Well done to nic for taking his first 5 for in the 1sts. A great spell of bowling and you really deserved it. As for Ali's 34 in an over well, WOW. I dont believe we will ever see anything like that again at our level. it must be a club record and most importantly it completely changed the momentum of the game and gave us and excellent platform to bowl from.

Full report to follow shortly.

And once again folks, not bad for a pub team!!

... i would like to thank everyone who has rang/text/emailed me regarding ken. All the mesages have been passed on and have been appreciated be him, me and the rest of the family. He hopes to be fit and able to score on saturday but Si might still have to be on standby. could be the first time we have ever needed a reserve scorer

up the dinas

Sunday, 1 June 2008

2nd XI taste defeat

Disapointing result at home to Creigau losing by 76 runs. With many players out it was always going to be a tough assignment. Asking the visitors to bat first stand in skipper Mike Lowe and his troups restricted Creigau to 182-8 with Nick Parker the pick of the bowlers taking 3-36 off his 10 overs. Special mention to Dan Pearce who after being called up on the morning of the game fielded superbly throughout the innings.

Bowling figures were as follows:

Mike Lowe.........8....1....26...0
Upinder Singh..10...1....33...2
Nick Parker......10...1....36...3
Danny Zaman..10....0...41...2
Neil Islam..........7.....0...40...1

Catches taken by Nick Parker (2) and Miles Wilton

Dinas set about the chase in poor style when stand in opener Neil Islam fell in the second over with Matthew falling in the next. Wickets fell all too regularly with DP at 39-7 at one stage before Mike and Upinder once again came together to add 54 for the 8th wicket.

Mike and Upinder both scored 31 runs with Mike being the last Dinas wicket to fall with the score on 106.

On a more positive note today we entertained a Stewards XI on the common with 4 Dinas Powys juniors excelling with both bat and ball. We edged a cracking match with the party still going strong when I left.

Tough away trip to Tredegar awaits next week as we aim to get the show back on the road.