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.