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.

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