Sunday, 15 June 2008

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

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