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

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