Monday, 28 July 2008

A Sunny Saturday at last

Saturday saw the 1's visit Barry Wanderers in what was an important game for both teams. We needed to keep winning at the top of the table and the Wanderers were looking for a change of fortune at the bottom. For the second week in a row I won the toss (YAY) and decided to have a bat on what seemed to be the first nice sunny Saturday of the summer.

Although we got off to a good aggressive start, I departed off a top edge caught a square leg for 22 which brought Wanderers old boy Stuart Jones to the crease. Following on from last weeks good form both Hot Tub(34) and Ade Colley (27) kept the score ticking along but both fell in quick succession. Fella and Lewis clark both looked in good touch whilst at the crease but unfortunately Fella top edged a catch to midwicket, whilst Lew was adjudged lbw on the front foot, much to his disliking.

Danny Zaman was next to the wicket and pressure was on. Geoff Colley joined him at the other end and the score was 119 for 5. DZ took things slowly blocking the first and as predicted by hot tub, put his next 3 balls for 6. An excellent innings of controled hitting followed, as he reached his 50 off 26 balls. Although Geoff was out for 10 he was part of a 73 partnership which swung the game back in out favour. Huw Marks got a great ball of Jimmy Hassett first up and Snowy was sent back to the pavilion of a tremendous catch at midwicket, by the same fielder who had dropped a regulation boundary catch of DZ. DP's new favourite leg spinner was next to the wicket for his first bat of the year.

Lawrence (DNB) O'Sullivan had assured everyone in the club he could bat (even though he seemed susceptible to a bit of swing in the nets) and in the last week in July finally had his first bat for the club. Excellent shots were played from ball one and he scored and excellent 21 from 14 balls including 2 horns. He was dismissed by Wanderers stand in keeper Gareth Lanigan, one handed diving to his right. Danny Zaman was the last batsman to be removed, finally miss timing a shot to cover. with Gareth Marks stranded at the end we finished out innings bowled out for 238 of 41.1 overs. A notable mention to Dan Bowles who had an great spell which saw only 19 runs coming off his 10 overs for 3 wickets.

With Busty off on his hols Huw Marks was thrown the cherry along with Hot Tub. Marksie filled in excellently bowling a miserly opening spell 08/0/30/0. Tub got opener Gareth Lanigan caught behind and after a decent 2nd wicket partnership, DZ got in on the act taking 2 wickets in 4 balls. Snowy Hudson rolled back the years to produce excellent figures off 10/0/25/2 and didn't bowl a bad ball in the process.

At 96 for 6 we were confident of bowling out the Wanderers. However they continued to bat well and score quickly as the run rate gradually increased. It was only an excellent piece of fielding from Gareth Marks which produced the run out of Jimmy Hassett and effectively ended their chance of chasing the total. Barry Wanderers reached their goal of 175+ not all out despite some excellent bowling at the death from Sundries and Hot tub and a special delivery from DNB, which pitched on leg and turned up the hill to clip the top of off Stump. Despite a good shout off the last over by H Marks wanderers reached 178 for 9 off their 45 overs.

Another professional performance and 25 points in the bag. A massive performance with both bat and ball from DZ which really turned both innings. Another game played in good spirits and again best of Luck to Wanderers for the rest of the season. By no means the worst team in the league and we are all in agreement that one win will really change the season.

Fantasy stats below.

G Hannah 22
A Colley 27
S Jones 34
J Harries 6
L Clarke 8
D Zaman 72
G Colley 10
H Marks 0
S Hudson 4
L O'Sullivan 21
G Marks 0*


S Jones 9/1/36/2
H Marks 8/2/30/0
S Hudson 10/0/25/2
D Zaman 8/0/24/3
L O'Sullivan 7/1/35/1
G Marks 3/0/20/0

catches : G Hannah (2), J Harries

Run Outs : G Marks

Big game at home to Penarth III on saturday.

Up the Dinas

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Mini Fella

Thanks for the blog Gord, appreciated all round.

Just to introduce Mini Fella or Teifion, or even Ty if the pronounciation scuppers you, below is the first family pic.

Thanks for all the messages of congratulations we have received and congrats to all involved in tonights win, lets repeat the result Saturday, all being well Dawn and Teifion may pop over as well, I reckon he could do a job for the two's!!!!!!

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Arrivals and Departures

Good news and bad news,

Ali is going back to Pakistan and now that he cannot play on Wednesday night against the Wanderers in the 20 - 2 Cup, Saturday against Brynmawr will have been his last game for DP. Ali will be sorely missed in our middle order, but im sure that anyone who witnessed the 34 in an over against Penarth will not forget that in a hurry. Its because of this that we presented Ali with the club record trophy on Saturday after the game (picture on website) and I hope that when he thinks of his time in Wales that he will think of Dinas Powys Cricket Club and the good times that were had.

And on to happier news,

Congratulations to Dawn and fellow blogger, Jason 'fella' Harries on the arrival of their baby boy, Teifion Tudor Morgan Harries (if that gets to much mini Fella should work)He was born at 18.21 on Tuesday 22nd of July and the whole club wishes mum, dad and baby well.

see you soon mini fella

It's been a while.

Hi all.

Afraid there has been very little cricket to report on, but Saturday finally saw a game of cricket to finish for the first XI. After 3 overs versus Pontllanfriath and an excellent innings against Christchurch, which saw us bowl out the opposition for 171 (h Marks taking a 5for) we managed to start a game that looked like finishing.

Brynmawr were the oppo for the day and were off the back of an excellent win against title challenging Llantwit Major. For the first time this season (7 games) I did something wonderful. I won the toss and decided to have a bowl hoping the early cloud cover would stay and the new ball would swing.

And Swing it did, with Busty dismissing the opener with middle stump out of the ground. Both Bust and Tub bowled well having the batsman in all sorts of trouble and struggling for runs, but it was Danny Zaman who caused the damage, taking 4 for 18 in his 10 over spell. Brynmawr captain Gary Adlam batted well for his 43 as did D Hartland who had a patient 38 in the middle order but after Danny got both we were confident of boling them out. Some suicidal running resulting in 2 wickets helped the Dinas cause but once again it was Huw Marks who bowled excellently to clean up the tail on his way to 3 for 15. The wicket takers were ably assisted by Nic the tic who bowled a controlled dangerous spell without any luck and Lawrence O'sullivan who had some choice words at the end of the innings regarding chances behind the stumps. (another pint of bow on the way there lozzer) After 39.3 overs Dinas were the happier side after dismissing Brynmawr for 135

After another excellent tea myself and Ade Colley opened the batting to good effect and got us of to the start we wanted. With the score on 42 I was bowled and hot tub and Ade continued, with the score rattling along at 4 an over. Ade departed after scoring 28, but not before showing excellent courage to continue batting after top edging a delivery into his glasses causing a nasty cut above the eye. This brought Ali to the crease in his final appearance for the club before returning to Pakistan. Unfortunately he departed for 0, but did so trying to wrap the game up with a 6 over midwicket which was caught only inches form the boundary. Busty in his true not out style was there at the end after hot tub finished a classy innings in style with a 6 straight back over the bowlers head.

All in all a good win against one of our rivals, with us taking the maximum 26 points and brynmawr only the 4. Hopefully the momentum is just what we need with next Saturday's double header versus Barry Wanderers.Although a league game both teams commented on the excellent spirit the game was played in and the very best of luck to Brynmawr for the rest of the season.

fantasy points to follow


S Bussell 8 - 4 - 16 - 1
S Jones 6 - 0 - 31 - 0
D Zaman 10 - 3 - 18 - 4
L OSullivan 8 - 1 - 36 -0
N Heslop 4 - 0 - 15 - 0
H Marks 3.3 - 0 - 15 - 3

Catches - A Nagi
stumpings - G Hannah
Run outs - H Marks, Bussell


G Hannah 26
A Colley 28
S Jones 74*
A Nagi 0
S Bussell 1*

Up the Dinas

Saturday, 19 July 2008

2nd XI Update

Sorry we've not had a blog for a while guys. Not much cricket to report on and being in the one's has left me with not much to tell you.

Another comprehensive win over Monkswood and another washout today bizarrely!!!!!

Anyway the averages are updated below, Andy Pearce topping the run scoring charts with over 200 runs at 35.8 and Nick Parker's 5 for against Monkswood making him leading wicket taker with 11 wickets at an average of 10.

Sorry the tables are so spaced out but need some lessons from Statto I think!!!! As always though if you click on each table they will expand so you can read them.