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.

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