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.

Batting

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

Bowling

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

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