Tuesday, 22 July 2008

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

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