Thursday, 28 August 2008


Hi all.

Just been up the club to witness the single wicket draw. The competition draw is below.

It has been set up in to 2 halves, with no seeds and was drawn completely randomly.

Top Half

Steve Hudson V BYE
Gareth Evans V James Hiscocks

Gordon Hannah V I Southwell
M Lowe V S Wilton

Jason Harries V Ian Coughtrey
Tom Brookfield V Upinder Singh

Lewis Clarke V Josh Clogg
Adrian Colley V BYE

Bottom Half

M Wilton V BYE
Stewart Jones V Huw Marks

Ollie Coughtrey V Connor Heatherton
Steve Bussell V Tariq Ali

Andy Smith V Lawrence O'Sullivan
G Marks V BYE

Geoff Colley V BYE
Nick Parker V Peter Colley

I do believe that Paul Marks is doing a book so please feel free to phone him for the odds. Failing that Paddy Power should be able to help

See you there Saturday up the common. Mr Richardson would like us all there by 10.30 so we can get the draw times and rules sorted. Also if anybody has a problem with the draw complain to Huw Marks, he was the drawer.

Let battle begin.

Up the Dinas

Campones Campones OLE OLE OLE

Hi all,

Well a bit of a anti climax but the battle is over and the war is won. A big thank you to everybody who played in the firsts this year. Its been a fantastic effort by everybody to keep the standards so high, especially when the season has been so disjointed. Even in a season when so many games have been lost to weather, when the final league table is decided next week we will have won as many games as everyone else and lost less. Deserving champions!!

Lots of thanks to the back room staff. Dad (Ken) who has scored every ball for the second year in a row, Sue Marks who has produced excellent teas week in week out and who has even made me like marmite!! Also a massive thanks to Ian Richardson and Miles Wilton who both worked so hard to get the common in shape and keep it that way. I'm sure we all remember the panic to repair the water pipe and the outfield before the season started.

As for Saturdays game our 197 all out was a good score on a difficult track and a slow out field. Caerleon were the visitors to the common and as is customary I loss the toss and we were asked to have a bat.

Myself and Suggy added 52 before we both departed (mine a bad shot, Suggy was just plain unlucky) and it was tough going for a while. A timely return to form saw J Guy score 30 runs ably helped by hot tub and once again, Busty ended not out. Some good lower order batting saw us bowled out in the last over to set a reasonable target of 198 to win but also with the 5 points necessary for champions.

It always looked like it was going to rain and it duly did. After going of once for rain we returned and took the decisive 3rd wicket of their opening batsman and it was immediately decided that it was too wet to continue. The continuing rain ended our chance of finishing with the win and Danny Zaman and Lawrence O'Sullivan's chances of reaching 15 wickets for the season.

With that the champagne was already on ice and the celebrations could begin! The rest, as they say, is history.

Its been a great season for the club, but disappointing that so few games have been played. Hopefully the nucleus of the squad can stay together and we can look to establish ourselves in the higher leagues. Proud of everyone!!

Dad promises me the seasons stats will follow shortly.

Up the Dinas.

Gordon OUT!!!

Monday, 25 August 2008


Guess the best place to start would be with the thank you's. The list is long and I'm sure to have forgotten someone so apologies if I miss anyone out.

Think I'll start with the players who, despite the frustrations of the weather and a different skipper each week for the 2nd half of the season, have been magnificent. Many times we have been under pressure at times in games but this season a number of players have stood up and ensured we have come through. Notably in both Barry Wanderers fixtures, away from home a fantastic innings from Mike plus big hitting from Upinder (scaring the rest of us to death in the process)saw us across the line. At home we looked well short of runs until Nick Parker hit 55 off 57 to post a total we could defend. Many other terrific performances including 100's for Geoff Colley and Andy Pearce and five for's for Steve Hudson and Nick Parker. Whilst on the subject of players huge thanks go to Simon Wilton for his role throughout the season. Despite not playing as much as I'm sure he would of liked Chi Chi has been an ever present when the 2's have played and scored with his amazing technicolor pens.

In all we used 25 players in this campaign so big thank you to all of you.

When the sun has allowed us to get a home game in Sue Mark's teas have been the talk of the league all season, when Sue has been unable to do them the Wiltons have done a tremendous job. Thanks to you all.

With Bryn-y-don being underwater for most of the season we have managed to get quite a few games on up the common. This is one of the reasons we have done so well and thanks have to go to Ian Richardson, Miles and everyone else who has worked on the common to get games played.
I know I have already mentioned the players but want to say an additional thank you to Mike, Gareth Marks, Gareth Evans and Huw who have all stood in for me as skipper at some point over the season.

I'm not going to give a usual match report on Saturday mainly due to the fact I was so drunk Saturday night I've probably forgotten parts of it, instead I'll just give you the final averages for the season.

Extremely pleasing to see so many 20+ averages with the bat, and so many sub 20 averages with the ball. No-one has manged to run away with the wickets but Nick Parker has manged to finish as leading wicket taker with 15.

Leading runs scorer was Andy Pearce with 215 runs at a strike rate of 96!!!!

Saturday, 16 August 2008

Captains Blog ... Supplemental

Hi all,

Game off again today but at least on a happy note it means we are promoted. Having a few drinks up the club at 5 o'clock and everyone is welcome to join.

see you there.

Up the Dinas!!